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March 16, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Alabama: A bill to reduce the number of weeks people receive jobless benefits and tie the number to the state’s unemployment rate cleared a House committee this morning. As originally written, Sen. Arthur Orr’s Senate Bill 92 proposed the number of weeks people could receive benefits would vary by county, depending on their local unemployment rate. March 15, 2018, Orr said the U.S. Department of Labor said that’s not allowable. He’s substituted the bill with one that uses a statewide rate.

Currently, Alabamians can receive unemployment for up to 26 weeks.  Under Orr’s bill, when unemployment is at or below 6.5 percent, people would receive 14 weeks of unemployment. When it’s above 6.5, and more people are searching for jobs, they’d receive up to 20 weeks. Orr said the bill includes a “five-week kicker” that allows for additional benefits if people are enrolled in job-training programs.

The bill also increases the weekly benefit by $10. The currently average weekly amount is about $206 to $218 a week, the third lowest amount in the nation.

He said the legislation would put Alabama’s benefits more in line with other states in the Southeast. The bill cleared the Commerce and Small Business committee this morning. Orr’s bill now must be approved by the House. It had already been approved in the Senate but must return there because of the change removing county-specific unemployment rates.

Illinois: Illinois unemployment rate drops to 4.8% in January. The state’s unemployment rate is 0.7 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate reported for January 2018, which held at 4.1 percent.

Iowa: Iowa’s unemployment rate remained steady at 2.9 percent in January. Iowa Workforce Development said in a news release Monday that the December rate of 2.9 percent was revised upward from the preliminary rate of 2.8 percent reported Jan. 23. Iowa’s unemployment rate compares to a 4.1 percent national rate. The number of Iowans without jobs decreased to 48,300 in January from 49,300 in December. The current estimate is 9,100 lower than in January 2017.

Maine: The Maine Department of Labor says the state’s unemployment rate fell slightly in January to 3 percent. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate was down from 3.1 percent for December and 3.4 percent a year ago. The department says the state’s rate of unemployment has been below 4 percent for 26 consecutive months, which is the longest stretch since the current methodology was put in place in 1976.

Maryland: Maryland gained 12,900 jobs in January though unemployment increased for the third consecutive month.  On the downside, unemployment ticked up to 4.1 percent in January, compared to 4 percent in December. This was the third straight month the unemployment rose since reaching a low of 3.8 percent in September.

New Mexico: New Mexico’s unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent in January, down from 6 percent in December. The state jobless rate was at 6.5 percent in January 2017, still higher than the national unemployment of 4.1 percent.

South Carolina: The South Carolina unemployment rate rose a 1/10 of a percentage point to 4.3 percent in January, according to the Department of Employment and Workforce.

Tennessee: Tennessee had a statewide unemployment rate of 3.3 percent in January, which was the sixth lowest in the nation.

Vermont: Vermont’s unemployment rate continues to remain low while employers across the state report they can’t find enough workers to fill open jobs. The state Department of Labor on Monday released the January unemployment statistics that showed 2.9 percent of the state’s workforce is unemployed. The state unemployment rate is tied for the fourth lowest rate in the country.

CCC will continue to keep you informed as more information is released.

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