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Alabama: Starting January 1, 2020, a new law that can potentially reduce the number of weeks that a claimant can collect benefits will go into effect.  Senator Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, sponsored the bill, and Gov. Kay Ivey signed it into law. It shortens the maximum time to receive unemployment compensation from 26 weeks to 14 weeks. That can be extended by five weeks for participation in a job training program approved by the Alabama Department of Labor.

California: California’s jobless rate fell to 4.2% in May.

Delaware: Delaware Gov. John Carney signed a bill that was passed unanimously by the state senate and house which raises Delaware’s unemployment weekly benefit amount from $330 to $400.  The increase was the first in 17 years and comes long after the recession of 2008 and 2009.

Florida: Florida’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 3.4% in May, down from 3.5% in April.

Michigan: Michigan’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.2% in May. This is the third straight monthly increase in the unemployment tax rate.

Montana: Montana’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 3.6% in the month of May.

New Mexico: New Mexico has made it illegal for private employers to ask about a person’s criminal history on an initial job application.

Ohio: Unemployment in Ohio continued to edge down in May, dropping slightly to 4.1%, down from 4.2% in April. It’s also down from 4.6% in May 2018.

Oregon: Oregon’s weekly benefit amount has increased. The Oregon Employment Division said the maximum weekly benefit amount someone can receive has increased from $624 to $648, while the minimum amount has increased from $146 to $151. The change affects new unemployment insurance claims filed on or after June 30th. Those with existing claims will continue to receive the same weekly amount that they have been getting.

Rhode Island: Rhode Island’s unemployment rate in May dropped to 3.6%, down 0.1 percentage points from April.

South Dakota: Effective July 1, South Dakota’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program will be renamed Reemployment Assistance (RA). This is a result of HB 1035 which passed during the 2019 legislative session.

Virginia: Virginia’s unemployment rate increased in May by 0.1 percentage points to 3.0%, up from 2.9% in April.

Washington: Washington’s average annual wage grew by 5.5% in 2018 to $65,301, according to the state Employment Security Department – representing the largest percentage increase year over year since 2006. The average annual wage is used to calculate unemployment benefits for jobless workers. The minimum weekly unemployment benefit, calculated at 15 percent of the average weekly wage, will increase by $10 to $188, for new claims opened on or after July 1. At the same time, the maximum weekly benefit, which is the greater of $496 or 63 percent of the average weekly wage, will increase by $41 to $790.

 

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