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

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