State Spotlight – Arizona

State Spotlight – Arizona

Our State Spotlights allow us to share fun facts about each state along with current unemployment facts. As we highlight Arizona this week, it’s hard not to mention one of the state’s most popular natural wonders: the Grand Canyon. A few other beautiful landmarks include Sedona, Havasu Canyon, Lake Powell and the acclaimed Rainbow Bridge.

Unemployment Claim Filings at their lowest level since 1973

In the week ending October 8, 2016, unemployment claim filings remained unchanged from the previous week’s level of 246,000. The previous week’s level was revised down by 3,000 from 249,000 to 246,000. The 4-week moving average was 249,250, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week’s average. The important point to note here? This is

UI Vocabulary – Interstate & Combined Wage Claims

UI Vocabulary – Interstate & Combined Wage Claims

This week, we continue our Unemployment Vocabulary series with the concept of “Interstate & Combined Wage Claims.” Have you ever received a claim from a state within which you haven’t done business or at least reported wages?  Did you think the state possibly made a mistake by sending a notice of claim?  This is a

State Spotlight South Carolina

State Spotlight South Carolina

This week we shine the spotlight on the 8th state to join the Union: South Carolina. Most of us think of Myrtle Beach when we think of the state’s highlights, sitting at the center of a 60-mile crescent of beach called the Grand Strand. But, did you know that South Carolina is also known for

5 Key Elements of a Discharge Case

Unemployment claims generally fall into one of three main categories, lack of work, voluntary quit and discharge. Of these, the most challenging to win for an employer is the discharge because the state always saddles the “moving party” with the burden of proof, which is the employer in this instance. As a rule of thumb,

Ohio pays off balance of Federal UI Loan

Ohio pays off balance of Federal UI Loan

In May 2016, we reported that the state of Ohio was enacting legislation which would allow for the use of state funds to pay off the remaining balance of their outstanding Title XII loan legislation. We’re blogging today to report that this legislation has come to fruition and that the loan has in fact been

UI Vocabulary – Monetary Eligibility

This week, we continue our year-long Unemployment Vocabulary series with the concept of “Monetary Eligibility.” If you don’t work in the unemployment industry (UI), some of the terminology may be misinterpreted or hard to follow. Understanding the “lingo” helps you better understand what’s going on within your company’s unemployment program. Like most UI concepts, Monetary

Kentucky Pays Off Title XII Interest Surcharge

Kentucky Pays Off Title XII Interest Surcharge

The State of Kentucky recently announced that they retired their outstanding interest balance from their Title XII loan from the Federal Government.  Title XII loans were available to States following the Great Recession in order to replenish severely depleted State unemployment trust fund balances. The State of Kentucky borrowed close to $1 billion from the

State Spotlight – North Carolina

State Spotlight – North Carolina

Our State Spotlights allow us to share fun facts about each state, along with current unemployment facts. This week, we’re talking about North Carolina. One of the original 13 colonies, North Carolina was the first state to request its delegates to vote for independence from the British crown during the Continental Congress. The nation’s oldest