LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A legal aid professor will lead Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency after he helped create legislation aimed at improving it in the wake of a scandal in which people...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The fewest people in nearly 50 years sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of a strong job market and an unusually low level of layoffs.
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man has been convicted for underreporting his income to the state so he could continue receiving unemployment insurance benefits.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan signed a measure Tuesday to enable federal employees in Maryland who must work without pay in a government shutdown to get unemployment benefits via...
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — State economic analysts say Nevada is continuing a string of monthly reports showing drops in initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits, with February marking a...
GOP lawmaker, once unemployed, seeks to reduce benefits
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — About 20 years ago, a distribution company went out of business and Russell Webber lost his job, forcing him to rely on unemployment benefits until he could find something...
Furloughed federal workers can seek unemployment benefits
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Labor is recommending that federal employees who are furloughed because of the partial government shutdown should apply for unemployment benefits.
The department said in a news release Thursday that unemployment insurance was created to help people who are not working through no fault of their own.
Federal employees in Kansas can apply for benefits by calling a contact center at 1-800-292-6333.
New Mexico eases unemployment benefits rule due to shutdown
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government's partial shutdown has prompted New Mexico to waive the unemployment insurance rule's requirement that applicants search for work.
The Department of Workforce Solutions says an emergency provision issued Wednesday by Secretary-designate Bill McCamley waives the requirement for furloughed federal employees for up to 180 days.
Lamont warned about unemployment trust fund’s insolvency
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Among the challenges Connecticut's incoming governor faces: an insolvent unemployment compensation fund that could ultimately cost the state's employers hundreds of millions of additional dollars in payments.
A warning about the condition of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund was included in a transition memo the Department of Labor drafted for Democratic Gov.-elect Ned Lamont, who takes office in January.
Feds: 6 received jobless benefits through fraud scheme
CHICAGO (AP) — Six suburban Chicago residents are accused of taking part in a scheme to obtain Illinois unemployment benefits using the personal information of a health care firm's patients.
Federal prosecutors say from November 2013 to December 2015, the defendants filed claims seeking $5 million in unemployment benefit claims, with the state issuing benefits of $1 million.
Unemployment Insurance offices offering earlier hours
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state's Unemployment Insurance offices are adjusting their hours as part of an effort to better serve the public.
The Talent Investment Agency says office hours in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Saginaw are being adjusted based upon feedback that earlier hours are more in demand.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's unemployment insurance agency has expanded online customer services with a new feature called myKentuckyCareerCenter.
State officials say the secure feature can be used to check unemployment insurance claim balances and payment history. It also can access unemployment insurance documents and be used to communicate with claims advisers with a secure chat tool.
Unemployment insurance is a safety net for people who lose their jobs through no fault of their own.
Missouri audit finds overpayments to unemployed
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democratic State Auditor Nicole Galloway on Tuesday announced her office identified roughly $2 million in potential inaccuracies in Missouri's financial reports of its unemployment insurance program.
Galloway's office pointed to a new, more than $40 million tracking system for the program as the root of several financial reporting problems. According to the audit, the system was not fully developed or tested before it was put into place in November 2016.
Michigan man's dog approved for unemployment benefits
SAUGATUCK, Michigan — Apparently being man's best friend is not a full-time job for a Michigan dog.
Lawyer Michael Haddock is making national news after he wrote on Facebook that his German shepherd, Ryder, had been approved for unemployment benefits totaling $360 per week.
Owner receives letter granting dog unemployment benefits
SAUGATUCK, Mich. (AP) — Michael Ryder had been approved for $360 every week in Michigan unemployment benefits — until the state learned he'd been dogging it at the Detroit-area restaurant chain where he supposedly worked.
Ryder is a German Shepherd owned by attorney Michael Haddock on the other side of the state in Saugatuck.
Unemployment insurance tax cut headed to governor’s desk
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter thanked the Idaho Legislature for unanimously approving legislation that lowers the amount employers pay in unemployment insurance taxes.
Otter tweeted Tuesday the bill is great news for job creators and Idaho's economy.
Michigan business projected to pay less into jobless fund
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say state businesses are expected to pay less into a fund providing temporary benefits to eligible jobless residents.
The Talent Investment Agency said in a release Wednesday unemployment insurance tax rates are projected to decrease an average 4.5 percent this year. The average employer is likely to pay about $403 per employee, down from $422 last year.
- Wisconsin State JournalDemocrats Josh Kaul, Tony Evers eye shift from GOP anti-fraud push on jobless claimsMay 12, 2019
- Baraboo News RepublicThree charged with unemployment fraud in Sauk CountyMarch 27, 2019
- The Washington TimesD.C. to collect trash on federal properties during government shutdownJanuary 15, 2019
The first bill of this year’s Idaho legislative session is a tax cut for Idaho employers that was proposed and widely supported last year, but got killed in the cross-fire between the House and the Senate over other tax cuts.
First bill seeks to trim unemployment tax
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The first bill introduced in the 2018 Idaho Legislature seeks to lower the amount employers pay in unemployment insurance taxes.
If it passes, the proposal introduced Thursday is expected to save employers a total of $115 million over the next three years by reducing a key component in how Idaho calculates the unemployment insurance tax rate. It would also reduce the cost of unemployment insurance taxes by 30 percent.
State Labor Department officials are advising residents filing new unemployment insurance applications to prepare for delays during the peak period for new claims.
State considers payments to victims of unemployment errors
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers are looking to create a state fund to compensate thousands of people who were falsely accused of fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits.
Lansing — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a plan to reform the state's unemployment insurance system following a false fraud scandal that ensnared tens of thousands of jobless residents, sending the eight-bill package to Gov. Rick Snyder for potential signature.
Alcorn County unemployment stood at 4 percent in October as the downward trend in the rate continues. With 15,460 people counted as employed or currently looking for work, the civilian labor force is a bit smaller than a year ago, when it numbered 15,850. The number unemployed was 620, down from 850 a year ago, and those holding jobs numbered 14,840, down from 15,000 one year ago. The jobless rate was down from 4.3 percent in September and 5.4 percent a year ago. Mississippi’s unadjusted rate...
Initial claims for unemployment benefits were down in Floyd County from September to October and down by an even larger percentage when compared to October of a year ago. The first of two monthly Department of Labor reports for October also shows that metropolitan Rome added 100 jobs to local payrolls as compared to October of a year ago.
Michigan House OKs unemployment changes after fraud scandal
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House on Wednesday unanimously approved bipartisan legislation that would cut high financial penalties for collecting excessive unemployment benefits while easing the ability for employers and claimants to report cases of identity theft and other issues.
Lansing — A state House committee plans to vote next week on an eight-bill package aimed at overhauling how the state's Unemployment Insurance Agency deals with fraud, the panel's chairman said Thursday.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that metro Rome’s economy posted a strong September even while the region lost jobs for the month.
During September, metro Rome lost 300 jobs, which decreased the total number of jobs to 41,100. The job losses came in the private, service-providing industries, which includes trade, transportation and warehousing, along with local government. Jobs were unchanged at 41,100 from September 2016.
Nevada’s first-time jobless claims down 15 percent
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation says initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits totaled 9,068 in September in the state.
That figure, which was released Monday, is down 15 percent from last August. It is the lowest of any month since August 1998.
Bills unveiled to fix Michigan unemployment benefits system
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan would no longer assess extraordinarily high fraud penalties on people who receive unemployment benefits, and those accused of wrongdoing could get help from an advocate instead of having to represent themselves or hire a lawyer under bipartisan legislation unveiled Thursday.
A Columbia City man pleaded guilty to unemployment insurance fraud, a statement from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said.
Kevin A. Judkins, 54, was working and receiving wages while claiming unemployment insurance benefits, the department said.
It said Judkins was sentenced to one year of probation and was ordered to repay $1,744 in benefits he collected while working.
Indiana’s unemployment rate rises to 3.5 percent in August
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state says Indiana's unemployment rate rose to 3.5 percent in August and was below the national rate of 4.4 percent last month.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Friday the state's August jobless rate compared with one of 3.1 percent in July.
Michigan reverses 44,000 jobless fraud cases, refunds $21M
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan said Friday it has reversed at least 44,000 unemployment benefit fraud cases covering a two-year period and is refunding nearly $21 million after a computer system wrongly accused people of collecting excessive benefits.
The figures were released as part of a review that began in January, after an astounding 93 percent error rate was discovered in an examination of thousands of cases.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court on Tuesday tossed a lawsuit filed by people who were wrongly accused of defrauding the state's unemployment benefits system, ruling that they waited too long to sue.
A lawyer for the three men, who want class-action status on behalf of 46,000 residents, called the decision "ridiculous" and vowed an appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court.
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced recently that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region in May was 4.7 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 4.6 percent in April. In May 2016, the rate was 4.9 percent.
The rate rose as the labor force grew and there was an increase in layoffs as measured by initial claims for unemployment insurance.
Alcorn County unemployment, at 4.7 percent in May, continued to register lower numbers than a year earlier. The not seasonally adjusted rate was up from April’s revised rate of 3.6 percent and down compared to 5.3 percent a year earlier. Mississippi’s not adjusted rate rose from 4.3 percent in April to 5.3 percent in May, while the seasonally adjusted rate was 4.9 percent, down a tenth of a percentage point. Alcorn County ranked 10th among the state’s 82 counties, tied with Tippah County. The...
The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Rome’s unemployment rate in May was 5.1 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 5 percent in April. In May 2016, the rate was 5.5 percent.
The rate rose as the labor force grew, the number of jobs was unchanged, and there was an increase in layoffs as measured by initial claims for unemployment insurance.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state says Indiana's unemployment rate declined to 3.2 percent in May and is below the national rate of 4.3 percent last month.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Friday the state's May jobless rate compared with one of 3.6 percent in April.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University economists say their business index shows improvement in the state's economy for the past nine months.
Their Mountain State Business Index, after recording a slight monthly increase in May, was 1.6 percent higher than the same month last year.
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding Illinois out of nearly $7 million in unemployment benefits.
The U.S. attorney's office says 54-year-old Letitia Garcia of Round Lake Beach helped hundreds of people prepare and file unemployment insurance claims that contained false information.
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is seeking a number of changes in the state's unemployment insurance system.
Legislation filed by the administration on Tuesday would allow the spouses of relocated military personnel to collect unemployment benefits if their spouse's new assignment has forced them to leave their current job.
Alcorn County unemployment dipped below 4 percent in April, falling from the prior month and year. At 3.7 percent, the jobless rate is down from 4.1 percent in March and 4.6 percent in April 2016. The county had 590 categorized as unemployed, compared with 650 a month earlier and 740 a year earlier, according to the labor force report released this week by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. New claims for unemployment insurance in Alcorn County numbered 43, compared to 62 a year...
The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Floyd County’s unemployment rate in April was 5.1 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 5.3 percent in March. In April 2016, the rate was 5.6 percent
The rate declined as more people became employed and employers created more jobs.
Alcorn County unemployment was nearly unchanged in March while showing a decrease from a year earlier. At 4.1 percent, the rate is up slightly from 4 percent in February but down from 4.8 percent a year earlier. Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted rate stood at 5 percent in March, declining from 5.2 percent in February and 6 percent a year ago, according to the labor report released this week by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The number categorized as unemployed in Alcorn...
￼￼Workforce Services names new director of unemployment insurance
Alcorn County unemployment dropped to 4 percent in February as all counties across the state posted decreases from January. The county’s rate was at 5.5 percent in January and 5.3 percent in February 2016. The number unemployed was 640, compared to 850 a year earlier. The month brought 37 first-time filers for unemployment insurance in the county and 355 continued claims, compared to 47 first claims and 405 continued claims in February 2016. Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate...
Idaho employers to pay the cost of political infighting
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho employers will pay millions of dollars more than necessary in unemployment insurance taxes after a bill that was supposed to lower those costs failed on the final day of the 2017 session.
Ex-Labor Department clerk sentenced in unemployment scam
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former employee of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for stealing about $56,000 in unemployment benefits.
Lusselenia Lopez, 48, of Woodbridge, pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to commit official misconduct.
Indiana jobless rate edges up to 4.1 percent in February
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's unemployment rate edged up to 4.1 percent in February from a month earlier and remains lower than the national rate of 4.7 percent.
Figures released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Development show Indiana's jobless rate rose from 4 percent in January. Indiana's labor force increased by 7,912 over the previous month, with a 6,394 increase in employment and a 1,518 increase in unemployment.