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AVERAGE BENEFITS PER FIRST PAYMENT

Benefits Paid for all weeks compensated divided by the number of first payments.

AVERAGE DURATION

The number of weeks compensated for the year divided by the number of first payments. (ETA 5159)

AVERAGE HIGH COST RATE

The average of the three highest calendar benefit cost rates in the last 20 years (or a period including three recessions, if longer). Benefit cost rates are benefits paid (including the state's share of extended benefits but excluding reimbursable benefits) as a percent of total wages in taxable employment.

AVERAGE HIGH COST MULTIPLE (AHCM)

Calendar Year Reserve Ratio (or "TF as % of TW"); divided by the Average High Cost Rate.

AVERAGE TAX RATE (Taxable Wages)

Total employer contributions for a 12 month period divided by the total taxable wages employers for the same period. (ES 202)

AVERAGE TAX RATE (Total Wages)

Total employer contributions for a 12 month period divided by the total wages paid by taxable employers for the same period. (ES 202)

AVERAGE WEEKLY BENEFIT AMOUNT (AWBA)

Benefits Paid for Total Unemployment divided by Weeks Compensated for Total Unemployment. (ETA 5159)

AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE

Total wages divided by covered employment, divided by 52 weeks. (ES 202)

BENEFITS PAID

The Unemployment benefits paid to individuals under a state program, usually the first 26 weeks of benefits, for all weeks compensated including partial payments. (ETA 5159)

CIVILIAN LABOR FORCE

The average number of individuals who are either employed or unemployed in the week of the 12th for the three months of the quarter. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

COVERED EMPLOYMENT

The number of employees covered by Unemployment Insurance reported to the states by employers. (ETA 202)

EXHAUSTIONS

Number of claimants drawing the final payment of their original entitlement for a given program. (ETA 5159)

EXHAUSTION RATE

A rate computed by dividing the average monthly exhaustions by the average monthly first payments. To allow for the normal flow of claimants through the program, the numerator lags the denominator by 26 weeks, e.g., the exhaustion rate for CY 1995.3 is computed by dividing the average monthly exhaustions for the twelve months ending September 1995, by the average monthly first payments for the twelve months ending March 1995.

EXTENDED BENEFITS

The supplemental program that pays extended compensation during periods of specified high unemployment in a state to individuals for weeks of unemployment after exhaustion of regular UI benefits. One-half of EB is funded by the state trust fund. (ETA 5159)

FIRST PAYMENTS

The first payment in a benefit year for a week of unemployment claimed under a specific program. This is used as a proxy for "beneficiaries" under a specific program. (ETA 5159)

HIGH-COST MULTIPLE (HCM)

"TF as % of TW" divided by the High Cost Rate. The High Cost Rate is the highest historical ratio of benefits to wages for a 12-month period.

HIGHEST/LOWEST QUARTER

The value displayed represents the quarter with the highest or lowest value beginning with the January through March quarter of 1971 (CY 1971.1). Exhaustion rate and average duration are for 4-quarter periods, ending with the quarter shown.

INITIAL CLAIMS

Any notice of unemployment filed (1) to request a determination of entitlement to and eligibility for compensation or (2) to begin a second or subsequent period of eligibility within a benefit year or period of eligibility. (ETA 5159)

INSURED UNEMPLOYED

The average number of weeks claimed for the three months of the quarter. (ETA 5159)

INSURED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (IUR)

The rate computed by dividing Insured Unemployed for the current quarter by Covered Employment for the first four of the last six completed quarters. (ETA 539)

INTEREST EARNED

The amount of interest earned on the Unemployment Trust Fund account. (unpublished US Treasury reports)

OUTSTANDING LOAN BALANCE

Balance, as of the end of the quarter, of advances acquired by the state under Title XII of the Social Security Act. (unpublished US Treasury reports)

RANK

All rankings are from highest to lowest for a particular item. Ties receive the same rank.

RECIPIENCY RATE

The insured unemployed as a percent of total unemployed.

STATE REVENUE

Funds deposited in state accounts in the Unemployment Trust Fund (UTF). These revenues are used to pay state UI benefits and the state share of EB. (ETA 2112)

SUBJECT EMPLOYERS

The total number of employers subject to UI taxes. (ETA 581)

TAX YEAR

The twelve-month time period in which a state's tax rate schedules and taxable wage base remain constant. This is equivalent to the calendar year for most states, with the exception of NH, NJ, TN, and VT. These 4 states have July-June tax years.

TAXABLE WAGES

Wages paid to covered employees that are subject to State Unemployment Insurance taxes. (ES 202)

TAXABLE WAGE BASE

For each State, the maximum amount of wages paid to an employee by an employer during a tax year which are subject to UI taxes. Wages above this amount are not subject to tax. Note: taxable wage bases published in this report are current as of the date of issue. Therefore, they do not match the time period of the taxable wages and average tax rate on taxable wages.

TF AS % OF TAXABLE WAGES


Trust Fund Balance as a percent of estimated wages for the most recent 12 months. Also referred to as the Reserve Ratio. Estimated wages are based on the latest growth rate in the 12 month moving average (MA). Example for 1997.4: Growth rate=((MA1997.2-MA1996.4)/MA1996.4); MA1997.4=MA1997.2*growth rate)

TOTAL UNEMPLOYED

The average number of individuals, 16 years of age or older, who do not have a job but are available for work and actively seeking work in the week of the 12th for the three months of the quarter. This includes individuals on layoff and waiting to report to a new job within 30 days. (Bureau of Labor Statistics-Not Seasonally Adjusted)

TOTAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (TUR)

The rate computed by dividing Total Unemployed by the Civilian Labor Force. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

TOTAL WAGES

All wages or remuneration paid to workers on all payrolls covered by Unemployment Insurance. (ES 202)

TOTAL WAGES (Taxable Employers)

All wages or remuneration paid to workers by all taxable employers. (ES 202)

TRUST FUND BALANCE (TF)

The balance in the individual state account in the Unemployment Trust Fund. (unpublished US Treasury reports)

UNEMPLOYMENT TRUST FUND (UTF)

A fund established in the Treasury of United States which contains all monies deposited by state agencies to the credit of their unemployment fund accounts and Federal unemployment taxes collected by the Internal Revenue Service.

UCFE

Unemployment Compensation for Federal Civilian Employees

UCX

Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Members

WEEKS CLAIMED

The number of weeks of benefits claimed, including weeks for which a waiting period or fixed disqualification period is being served. Interstate claims are counted in the state of residence. (ETA 5159)

WEEKS COMPENSATED

The number of weeks claimed for which UI benefits are paid. Weeks compensated for partial unemployment are included. Interstate claims are counted in the paying state. (ETA 5159)

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