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Arizona: Arizona’s unemployment rate for October was 4.7%, up from 4.6 % in September.

Florida: Florida’s unemployment rate is 3.4%, which is the lowest level since January 2007. The October unemployment rate dropped slightly from September’s rate of 3.5%.

Illinois: The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced the regular unemployment rates for 2019 will be lower for more than 92% of the state’s employers, who are required to pay into the state unemployment system.

Rates are determined by the of ratio of unemployment charges to taxable wages paid in the state. The Illinois unemployment rate for September was down to 4.1%, a rate not seen since 1999.

Iowa: Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.4%t in October, tying the lowest rate recorded in state history. The 2.4 %  unemployment rate was first recorded nearly 19 years ago in December 1999. The rate held steady until March 2000, making October 2018 only the fifth month since the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program began in 1976 that the rate recorded was this low.

Michigan: Michigans’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.9% in October, the lowest since 2000.

Missouri: The unemployment rate in Missouri continues to decrease to a record low. At 3.1%, the rate is down another tenth of a percent since October. In the history of the data, the only other time Missouri’s unemployment rate has dropped this low was from October 1999 to January 2000.

North Carolina: North Carolina’s jobless rate inched lower for a seventh month to 3.6% for October. The North Carolina Department of Commerce announced  unemployment rate was .2 percentage points lower than September’s. The October rate was also slightly lower than the national rate.

Puerto Rico: On November 8, 2018, the Secretary of the Puerto Rico’s Department of Labor and Human Resources published a new regulation governing the administration of Puerto Rico’s unemployment insurance (UI) program. The Regulation to Administer the Unemployment Insurance Program, supersedes 3 previous regulation. The first part of the Regulation will take effect on December 8, 2018. Among other provisions, the Regulation reflects changes in weekly benefit amounts, revises partial payment plan requirements, and extends the time in which an employer can appeal a tax deficiency determination.

Specifically, the Regulation incorporates new tables regarding the current and future payments of benefits available to unemployed workers who qualify. To that effect, starting on July 1, 2019, the minimum weekly benefit will increase from $7 to $33, and the maximum weekly benefit will increase from $133 to $190. Likewise, starting on July 1, 2020, the minimum and maximum weekly benefits will increase again from $33 and $190 to $60 and $240, respectively.

The Regulation contains two significant changes affecting employers. The first change concerns partial payment plans, which allow employers to pay back due taxes on unemployment benefits to the Puerto Rico Department of Treasury (“Treasury”). The Regulation now allows employers to request 60-month payment plans, as opposed to the previously available 36-month payment plans, and an initial payment of a minimum of 15% of the tax debt to the Treasury, as opposed to the 20% previously required. Second, employers now have 30 days instead of 15 to appeal the Secretary’s determination that the employer’s tax payments on unemployment benefits were deemed deficient. Additionally, the Regulation incorporates a new Article regarding the disclosure of information that is given by the employer and the employee used for the determination of granting benefits. The Article establishes the procedure to request that information, and the allowed uses by government agencies, departments or services of said information.

Tennessee: Tennessee’s unemployment rate in October was still near historic lows, despite a slight increase. October’s unemployment rate for October was 3.7%, 0.1 of a percentage point higher than the previous month. Tennessee’s all-time low unemployment rate was 3.3% which the state recorded for five consecutive months between September and January 2018.

Washington: Washington state’s October unemployment rate dropped to 4.3% – the lowest level ever recorded –

 

 

 

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