2018 Unemployment Cost Facts for Illinois

April 11, 2018

2018 Unemployment Cost Facts for Illinois

IL 2018 fact sheet

What do state unemployment tax (SUTA) costs, claims costs and wage base amounts mean to your organization?

These factors could mean less money for your cause.

$398 Average SUTA Cost per Employee

Factors used in calculating employer state unemployment rates have increased; therefore increasing the average unemployment tax cost per employee by 33% since 2009

Unemployment Claim Stats

$15, 938 Total Maximum Benefits

A claimant can collect up to a maximum of $15, 938 on a single claim

$218 Million Unemployment Claim Overpayments

Illinois’ fiscal year 2017 unemployment claim overpayment rate was 12.088%, equaling over $218 million.

$596 Recommended Average SUTA Cost per Employee savings snip

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is financing unemployment at 32% less than their minimum adequate financing rate. In order to meet adequate financing, IDES will have to increase average SUTA costs per employee from $398 to $596.

During  the recent Great Recession, average SUTA costs per employee peaked at $693.

First Nonprofit Group provides state compliant, individually insured, cost-saving options to satisfy SUTA requirements for nonprofit, governmental and tribal entities  Click here or call (312) 239-8385 to request a free, no-obligation cost savings evaluation. Evaluations include a 2019 rate projection!



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New York Council of Nonprofits, Albany, NY

It has been our sincere pleasure to maintain a strong, vibrant business partnership with First Nonprofit. We greatly admire their strong industry knowledge, technical expertise, constant professionalism, knowledgeable and dedicated staff. They are always extremely responsive, personable and provide us with the necessary guidance and recommendations on a numerous variety of employment scenarios. We are impressed with the accuracy of their employment decisions, integrity of their employees and efficiency of their claim handling. We greatly respect and value the consistent, impressive cost savings from the utilization of their outstanding services.


Thresholds, Chicago, IL

Because INCS advocates for the operating conditions that allow charter public schools to provide high quality public education, partnering with First Nonprofit was an easy decision. First Nonprofit’s unemployment programs provide our member schools two operating elements crucial to their ability to provide high quality public education: savings and budget certainty. Capable, committed teachers are the key to student success. By participating in the unemployment insurance savings plan, charter public schools gain peace of mind and are able to invest more money in their teachers.

Illinois Network of Charter Schools

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