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  • UNEMPLOYMENT WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

    December 8, 2017
    The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending December 2, 2017 has been released by the Department of Labor. Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 236,000 4 week moving average: 241,500 Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.4% Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,908,000 4-week moving average: 1,912,750 Number of unadjusted claims: 325,762 Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.4% Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 1,948,316 The full ... Read More
  • UTAH: BEST UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM IN NATION

    December 5, 2017
    The Department of Labor praises Utah as having the best unemployment and appeals programs in the nation, operating faster and more effectively than other states of its size. The state received recognition at the National Unemployment Insurance Directors’ Conference in Florida last month. Read More
  • COLORADO: NEW MINIMUM WAGE

    December 4, 2017
    Effective January 1, 2017, the state of Colorado will see an increase in the minimum wage from the current $9.30 an hour to a higher $10.20 hourly rate. Those employees that receive tips will now have a minimum wage of $7.18. This number comes from a formula created by the Colorado Constitution in which $3.02 ... Read More
  • RHODE ISLAND: LOWER UNEMPLOYMENT TAXES IN 2018

    December 3, 2017
    The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) has announced a $10 million tax cut for state employers in 2018. For years, the state has been known for its higher than average rates, but this is the second year in a row they are getting some relief. With a balance of around $350 million, ... Read More
  • UNEMPLOYMENT WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

    December 1, 2017
    The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending November 25, 2017 has been released by the Department of Labor. Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 238,000 4 week moving average: 242,250 Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.4% Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,957,000 4-week moving average: 1,911,000 Number of unadjusted claims: 224,208 Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.1% Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 1,612,663 The full ... Read More
  • THE SUCCESS OF SIDES

    November 30, 2017
    A recent study has revealed that the SIDES program (State Information Data Exchange System) is quite successful with transmitting separation information to state agencies. The program has saved a significant amount of man hours as well as paper, proving to be a more efficient system than the traditional method of verifying employee unemployment insurance claims. ... Read More
  • MAINE: REEMPLOYME LAUNCH

    November 21, 2017
    Maine is one of the first states participating in the new online unemployment benefit filing system called ReEmployUSA mentioned in a previous post. This cloud-based program has been in the works for years and is intended to provide an efficient experience for claimants to file for benefits, get information on their accounts, enter required Work ... Read More
  • MISSOURI: MINUMUM WAGE RATE INCREASE

    November 20, 2017
    The Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations has issued a press release announcing a revised set minimum wage rate for 2018. Beginning January 1, state law will require all businesses to pay an additional fifteen cents an hour, bringing the required hourly rate to at least $7.85. Exceptions to the rule are retail and ... Read More
  • UNEMPLOYMENT WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

    November 17, 2017
    The Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims report for the week ending November 11, 2017 has been released by the Department of Labor. Seasonally adjusted initial claims: 249,000 4 week moving average: 237,750 Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.3% Seasonally adjusted insured unemployment number: 1,860,000 4-week moving average: 1,887,000 Number of unadjusted claims: 233,060 Unadjusted insured unemployment rate: 1.1% Unadjusted number claiming UI benefits: 1,614,048 The full ... Read More
  • FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT TAX RATES FOR 2017

    November 17, 2017
    On November 13, 2017 the U.S. Department of Labor released its determination with respect to FUTA offset credits for 2017 in the Federal Register. Employers in California and the Virgin Islands will have credit reductions of 2.10% for calendar year 2017.  This means that the net FUTA tax rate for employers in these jurisdictions will be ... Read More