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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

UI

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TEUFA

ISSUE DATE

September 15, 1998

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

September 30, 1999

DIRECTIVE

:

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM LETTER NO. 44-98

 

TO

:

ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AGENCIES

 

FROM

:

GRACE A. KILBANE
Director
Unemployment Insurance Service

 

SUBJECT

:

Preliminary Estimates of 1998 Average Employer Contribution Rates

 

  1. Purpose. To transmit estimated employer contribution rates for 1998.

  2. Background. The attached tables contain preliminary estimates of unemployment insurance (UI) average employer contribution rates as reported by State agencies. The first table contains estimates for calendar year 1998 and actual rates for calendar years 1997 and 1996. The rates shown are UI taxes as a percentage of wages up to the State taxable wage base. To permit comparison of data among States with different taxable wage bases, estimated tax rates for each year are also shown based on total wages. The second table ranks the States for 1998 by their level of UI taxation relative to total wages.

  3. Action Required. State Administrators are requested to provide this information to the appropriate staff.

  4. Inquiries. Questions should be directed to the appropriate Regional Office.

  5. Attachment. Tabulation of average employer contribution rates: 1) by State, calendar years 1996-1998; 2) by tax rate based on total wages, calendar year 1998.