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2023 Calendar Year Tax Rates Are Coming Soon

The State of Oklahoma has recently issued the 2023 Unemployment Tax Rate notices for employers. Our team is currently reviewing the notices for accuracy, and these will be sent to employers shortly.  The receipt of the OK rates signals the start of the Unemployment Tax Rate season as many states will issue the 2023 rates over the next few months.  If you have any questions about your 2023 rates, please reach out to your Tax Analyst for more information.


ALASKA – Disaster Unemployment Benefits Available after Typhoon Merbok

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has extended Disaster Unemployment Assistance to residents living in the Bering Strait, Kashunamiut, Lower Kuskokwim and Lower Yukon regions are eligible to apply for disaster unemployment assistance if they were impacted by the storms caused by the remnants of Typhoon Merbok. Applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance are available until Nov. 2 and can be made by calling (888) 252-2557 or (907) 269-4700 between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.


FLORIDA – Some Requirements Waived after Hurricane Ian

In an effort to get aid to those in need, Florida has temporarily waived the work search requirements for UI claimants.  For individuals who may not qualify for regular benefits, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is now available.  The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is accepting applications for DUA from residents and businesses in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Flagler, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, and Volusia counties. Claimants must first file for regular benefits and if they are denied, that is the pass they will need to apply for DUA. To file a claim, individuals can go to the Florida Jobs website, then select “File a Claim”, then visit a local CareerSource Career Center, or call 1-800-385-3920.




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