2018 Unemployment Cost Facts for Massachusetts

May 25, 2018

2018 Unemployment Cost Facts for Massachusetts

2018 MA


What do state unemployment tax (SUTA) costs and claim costs mean to your organization?

These factors could mean less money for your cause.

$541 Average SUTA Cost per Employee

Massachusetts employers pay an annual average of $541 per employee in state unemployment tax (SUTA) costs.

Unemployment Claim Stats

$34,590 Total Maximum Benefits

A claimant can collect up to a maximum of $34,590 on a single claim in Massachusetts

$311 Million Unemployment Claim Overpayments

Massachusetts’ fiscal year 2017 unemployment claim overpayment rate was 21.548%, equaling over $311 million ($100 million more than fiscal year 2016 overpayments).

$697 2020 Average SUTA Cost per Employee

Massachusetts uses rate schedules to assign unemployment tax rates. 2018 rates are based on those listed on schedule D. It has been announced that schedule E will be used for 2019 tax rates, increasing rates by another 13.5% across the board. Schedule F will be used for 2020 rates, increasing rates by another 13.5%! Average SUTA costs per employee are estimated to increase to:

2019: $614

2020: $697

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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NYCON members who use First Nonprofit’s programs enjoy enduring savings and improved efficiency. Our association knows that success, because from the beginning, we achieved the same great benefits. Great savings, seamless technology, and responsive service. NYCON highly recommends First Nonprofit’s remarkable unemployment solutions.

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

Throughout our membership in the Unemployment Savings Program, First Nonprofit understood our demands, community dynamics, and the importance of seamless services; that allowed us to serve our constituents better.

Hugh Parry, Retired President of Prevent Blindness America