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February 2019

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report for W/E February 9, 2019

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending February 9,  2019 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 239,000
  • 4 week moving average: 231,750
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,773,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,750,250
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 242,257
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.5%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 2,134,406

The full news release report can be downloaded here.

Alaska: DUA Available

Alaskans unable to work as a direct result of the November earthquake may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Benefits.

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has issued the following  requirements for eligibility:

  • Have exhausted entitlement to regular unemployment insurance benefits.
  • Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in an area covered by the disaster declaration.
  • Became unemployed or unable to work as a direct result of the disaster.
  • Are unable to reach their place of business as a direct result of the disaster.
  • Cannot work due to an injury caused by the disaster.
  • Have become the major support of the household due to a death directly related to the disaster.

The time period for assistance covers up to 35 weeks from December 2nd of last year.  A weekly amount up to $370 may be claimed.

Contact:  Call 888-252-2557 to apply for benefits M-F (10am-3pm)

Deadline:  March 14, 2019

Be prepared to provide your social security number.  You may also need to show dates most recently worked as well as the contact information of that employer.  Those that are self-employed can provide documents that display earnings from being self-employed.

For more information, visit

http://labor.alaska.gov/news/2019/news19-04.htm

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report for W/E February 2, 2019

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending February 2,  2019 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 234,000
  • 4 week moving average: 224,750
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,736,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,741,250
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 253,410
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.5%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 2,099,416

The full news release report can be downloaded here.

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report for W/E January 26, 2019

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending January 26, 2019 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 253,000
  • 4 week moving average: 220,250
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,782,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,737,750
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 267,921
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.5%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 2,129,011

The full news release report can be downloaded here.

 

 

New Jersey: Minimum Wage Bill

Legislators have just passed a minimum wage bill in the state of New Jersey that would raise the hourly minimum wage from $8.85 to $10.  This would become effective on the first of July and apply to most workers in the state.  The wage will continue to rise incrementally until reaching $15 in 2024.  Tipped employees will see  a rise from $2.13 to $2.63 at this time and subsequent increases on the first of each year.  Those employees with seasonal jobs (May 1-Sept. 30) as well as those working in companies with 5 employees or fewer, will see hourly wages reaching $15 by January 1, 2026. Those working on farms will receive a minimum wage increase reaching  $15 by January 1, 2027.  It is expected Governor Phil Murphy will sign the bill on Monday.

 

Maryland: UI Benefits During Shutdown

Lawmakers in Maryland are working on legislation to protect their federal workers during potential future shutdowns like the one that just occurred.  Del. Jessica Feldmark, plans to file a bill on Monday that would give essential employees access to UI benefits when working without pay.  The state of Maryland is striving to join California, Colorado, and Vermont in treating these employees the same as furloughed workers. The cost is estimated to be $231 million ($9 million per week) in a case of a six-month shutdown.  Maryland’s unemployment insurance trust fund currently stands at $1.1 billion.