2018 Unemployment Cost Facts for Pennsylvania

April 18, 2018

2018 Unemployment Cost Facts for Pennsylvania

PA 2018


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.

$573 Average SUTA per employee

In 2009, employers in Pennsylvania paid an average of $371 on SUTA per employee to the Department of Labor & Industry. By 2017, that cost had increased by 55% to $573 per employee.

savings snip$15,106 Total Maximum Benefits

A claimant can collect up to a maximum of $15,106 on a single claim.

$10,000 2018 Taxable Wage Base

The unemployment wage base increased from $8,000 to $8,500 in 2013, and has continued to increase since, therefore increasing the wages on which employers pay SUTA on.

$100 per employee Bond Interest Factor Cost

As a result of the Great Recession, Pennsylvania borrowed from the federal government from 2009 through 2012, then financed the outstanding debt through the issuance of bonds in the private market. An Interest Factor of 1.1% was created to pay the debt service on the bonds and changed to employers paying SUTA. However, Interest Factor payments are not credit to employers’ reserve accounts nor their experience record for future rate computation purposes.

The Interest Factor will cost employers $110 per employee in 2018 alone.

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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.


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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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