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June 2019

UNEMPLOYMENT WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT W/E JUNE 21, 2019

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending June 15, 2019 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 222,000
  • 4 week moving average: 218,750
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,662,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,679,000
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 219,892
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.1%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 1,519,354

The full news release report can be downloaded here.

VERMONT: UNEMPLOYMENT TAX RATES ANNOUNCED

The Department of Labor in the state of Vermont recently released the fiscal 2020 unemployment tax rates. We will a decreases in construction industries with a dip of .6% in the new-employer tax rates for buildings construction, bringing it down to 4%. This applies to Code 236. Another change applies to Code 237, the civil-engineering construction industry, which will come down half a point to a rate of 5.6%. Code 238 which covers the new-employers in special-trade contracting will also go down a bit, landing at a rate of 5.5%.

The range for experienced employers will stay in the 0.8% to 6.5% range for the July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 time period. New employers will also have an unchanged rate from their previous fiscal year, holding steady at 1%.

WYOMING: UI TAX SYSTEM UPGRADE

Employers in the state of Wyoming now have the flexibility to authorize payments, file reports and appeals, as well as make account changes online with the help of a brand new cloud-based UI tax system. The Wyoming Unemployment Insurance (WYUI) upgrade has been years in the making with the collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Not only was the modernization overhaul done swiftly, the state boasts being the first to host benefits as well as its tax systems on a public cloud system.

It is likely many other states will soon follow suit. Mississippi and Maine have also been working with TCS under the ReEmployUSA Consortium to update systems for better efficiency.

UNEMPLOYMENT WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT FOR W/E JUNE 1, 2019

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending June 1, 2019 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 218,000
  • 4 week moving average: 215,000
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,682,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,672,750
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 188,697
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.1%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 1,511,706

The full news release report can be downloaded here.

Oklahoma: DUA

Many workers in Oklahoma who have been unable to work due to the continuing storms that began on May 7th in the state are now able to send in applications for Unemployment Assistance (DUA) to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC).

The first step in the process is to file a state unemployment insurance claim here.

Once eligibility is denied for regular unemployment, the claimant can proceed with applying for DUA. OESC representatives are available to assist with this process by phone at 1‐800‐555‐1554 weekdays from 8am‐4pm. It is important to mention your reason for call is damage from severe storms, straight line winds, tornadoes, and/or flooding that has temporarily affected your ability to earn income.

Current eligible counties: Muskogee, Tulsa, Wagoner

Application Deadline: July 5, 2019

Required Documentation:

It is important to note that claimants have a maximum of 21 days from the date they file to provide all required documentation (social security number and proof of earnings and employment via a check stub and/or recent tax forms). This information may be faxed to the OESC at 405‐962‐7524 Attn: DUA desk. If you would rather send the documents through the mail, they should be sent to: OESC P.O. Box 52006  Oklahoma City, OK 73152‐2006

Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits or do not qualify for unemployment benefits;
  • Worked for an employer, were self‐employed, or were scheduled to begin work or self‐employment in the disaster area;
  • Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage, destruction, or inaccessibility of the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
  • Are unable to reach their job or self‐employment location because they must travel through the affected area and are prevented from doing so due to the disaster;
  • Establish that work or self‐employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income;
  • Cannot perform work or self‐employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster;
  • Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household.

Resources for finding work within the state of Oklahoma can be found through Workforce Oklahoma as well as OKJobMatch.

Unemployment Weekly Claims Report for W/E May 25, 2019

The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending May 25, 2019 has been released by the Department of Labor.

  • Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 215,000
  • 4 week moving average: 216,750
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.2%
  • Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,656,000
  • 4-week moving average: 1,672,500
  • Number of unadjusted claims: 196,060
  • Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.0%
  • Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 1,504,555

The full news release report can be downloaded here.

Alabama: Senate Bill 193

A bill was just passed in the Alabama House of Representatives that ties the length of unemployment benefits to the unemployment rate in the state. For example, during times of a 6.5% maximum rate of unemployment within the state, the length of receiving benefits would go down to 14 weeks. With each 0.5% increase in the state’s rate, an additional week of benefits would be accessible to qualified applicants.

This would bring the maximum amount weeks on unemployment benefits down to 20 from the current 26.  However, if unemployed claimants enroll in an approved training program, they are awarded five additional weeks, bringing it back up to a potential 25 week maximum. The  bill also includes an extra $10 a week on the monthly unemployment paycheck, bringing the maximum weekly benefit from $265 to $275 a week.