2018 Unemployment Cost Facts for Washington

May 16, 2018

2018 Unemployment Cost Facts for Washington

2018 WA


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.

$482 Average SUTA Cost per Employee 

Employers in Washington paid an average of $482 per employee in SUTA (State Unemployment Taxes) in 2017.

savings snipUnemployment Claim Stats

$17,706 Total Maximum Benefits

A claimant can collect up to a maximum of $17,706 on a single claim.

$80 Million Unemployment Claim Overpayments

Washington’s fiscal year 2017 unemployment claim overpayment rate was 8.743%, equaling over $80 million.

$47,300 2018 Taxable Wage Base

Washington’s unemployment wage base increased from $45,000 in 2017 to $47, 300 in 2018, therefore increasing the wages on which employers pay SUTA on.

2016: $44,000

2015: $42,100

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 (503) 858-5622 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