Unemployment State Spotlight – Illinois

Illinois, also known as the Land of Lincoln and the Prairie State, was the home of Abraham Lincoln, the birth place of Walt Disney, and home of the first McDonald’s and the first sky scraper. It is the 5th most populous state in the country, and the most populous state in the Midwest with a

Unemployment: Who pays for it?

There are a lot of misconceptions about the way the unemployment system works. One topic that is often a source of confusion is the questions of “who exactly pays for unemployment?” Many workers believe that they pay for unemployment through the taxes taken out of their paychecks. That is untrue in the vast majority of

The Most and Least Expensive States for UI Taxes

When you want to understand your unemployment insurance (UI) tax cost, the focus often centers on your unemployment tax rate (if you are a taxable employer). This is a very important component when understanding UI tax costs. However, it is only one factor in the calculation of total unemployment expenditures. The other component is the

The Ins and Outs of Job Refusals

It can be difficult to keep track of all the rules and regulations governing what makes someone eligible to collect unemployment benefits. One concept that can be particularly confusing is how someone can collect unemployment if they’ve been offered work, but refused it. This concept applies most frequently to temporary job placement or staffing agencies

Unemployment State Spotlight – Texas

As the saying goes, “everything’s bigger in Texas.” The Lone Star state is the largest state in the contiguous U.S., covering 7.4% of total land area in the country. Texas is a big state with a big population, currently estimated at 16 million. It is also home to the highest volume of petroleum production in

Unemployment Myth Busters

This week, we are introducing a new series called “Unemployment Myth Busters.” There are a lot of common misconceptions about how unemployment works and who is eligible to collect unemployment. We will tackle these one at a time and debunk some of the most common falsehoods related to unemployment. Myth: When an employee quits voluntarily,

Unemployment State Spotlight – New York

The Empire State is home to some of the world’s best known attractions including Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty. The population of New York is extremely diverse with an estimated half of the population speaking a language other than English and approximately 200 languages represented state-wide. It is also home to the most

Unemployment Vocabulary – The Parties Involved in UI Claims

We’re kicking off a year-long series called Unemployment Vocabulary this week. If you do not work within the unemployment industry, some of the terminology utilized may be challenging to follow. It’s important to know the “lingo” to be sure that you understand what is going on within your company’s unemployment program. We’re going to start

Unemployment State Spotlight – Florida

The sunshine state boasts the 4th largest economy in the U.S. and ranks among the top 20 economies in the world. With a population of nearly 20 million, Florida has overtaken New York to become the third most populated state in the country. Home to Disney World, Universal Studios and Cape Canaveral, Florida is among