U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Rose 22,000 to 378,000  

As reported in Bloomberg .com

March 20 (Bloomberg) — The number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance rose last week and the total number on benefit rolls reached the highest since August 2004, signs that firings are increasing.

Initial claims for benefits increased 22,000 to 378,000 in the week ended March 15, more than economists forecast and the highest since the week of Jan. 26, from 356,000 the prior week, the Labor Department said in Washington. The number of people staying on benefits rose to 2.865 million from 2.833 million.

U.S. companies are cutting staff as the biggest housing slump in a quarter century, tighter credit and mounting financial losses push the economy toward a recession. The Federal Reserve, noting labor markets had “softened” as it cut interest rates earlier this week, said it would act “as needed” to promote growth.

“This is pretty much what it looks like heading into recession,” Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in New York, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “It’s a bad number for the Fed. This is something that might keep them cutting rates.”

Treasuries were little changed after the report, with the benchmark 10-year note yielding 3.33 percent.

Weekly claims were forecast to rise to 360,000 from 353,000 initially reported in the prior week, according to the median projection of 39 economists in a Bloomberg News survey. Estimates ranged from 345,000 to 380,000.

From a company’s perspective

Many companies look to firing or laying off employees to address a downfall in the economy. This may address an immediate need but many fail to realize that this decision lives with them for 4 years.

First, if an employee collects, the payments will be paid out of the State mandated company’s account. The state unemployment programs are set up to mirror that each company has their own checking account.

The state assigns a rate that tells you how much will be put into the account and then notifies you how much has been paid out in claims.

The amount paid out directly affects the balance or reserves held in the account and have a direct relationship in determining what your rate will be over the next 4 years. The state makes a calculation based on the dollar amount of claims paid out, the reserves needed to support future claims as they relate to the taxable wage base.

 Confused yet?

That is the way the states want you to view it.

Should you have any questions about the unemployment or claim process, feel free to contact us. We deal with these issues on a daily basis.

george@hbsadvantage.com

We find many clients have been assigned the wrong rate and our overpaying unemployment taxes.

To learn more visit our website.

www.hbsadvantage.com

We look forward to discussing this with you.

What’s it worth?

January 11, 2008

Just in the last week, firms operating in Pennsylvania received their new Unemployment Tax Rate notices in the mail…….. Happy New Year!

 What is your new rate? 

Many people don’t realize it but Unemployment is the 2nd highest employer mandated tax.

Mistakenly, it is taken as just another cost of doing business.

 The whole Unemployment process can be likened to having a checkbook with the State.

  • The State tells you what your rate is.
  • The State tells you how much money you should be depositing in this account over the next year.
  • The State tells you how much they have taken out of your account to pay claims.

 Who is holding the State accountable that the rate is correct?

 Who is holding the state accountable that the claim amount taken from your account is correct? 

That is what we do!

The national average for overpaying Unemployment Claims is 9.5%, in some states it is over 25%.

Maybe this is something you should be keeping an eye on?

This is just not another cost of doing business. 

Did your rate increase?

I was speaking to a prospective client the other morning. They told me their Unemployment rate went up 2%. Doesn’t sound like much?

Well 2% to this small company means an additional $24,000 in Unemployment taxes for the next year.

How much additional revenue will be needed to cover this cost?

Stop the runaway train! Start asking questions!

Is your current unemployment rate correct?

Why not ask us?

We will do a no cost analysis of your current rate.

We have a 90% success rate reducing unemployment cost and getting refunds for overpayments.

 You may fax your current rate notice to our office 856-857-1233 for a no cost analysis of your current rate. 

Call 856-857-1230 or email us george@hbsadvantage.com to discuss your current unemployment rate. 

Hutchinson Business Solutions…Your Business Tax Advocate.

Our clients do not overpay taxes!