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Monday Map: Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates

1 min readBy: Nick Kasprak

Today’s map shows the lowest and highest marginal unemployment insurance taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. rate in each state. These are taxes levied on a portion of a worker’s wages, paid (in most cases) by employers (though the actual economic incidence is on both employer and employee.) The wage base varies greatly from state to state; the lowest is $7,000 (in AK, CA, and FL) and the highest is $37,300 (in WA.)

For more on UI taxes, read our latest background paper, “Unemployment Insurance Taxes: Options for Program Design and Insolvent Trust Funds” by Joseph Henchman.


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