Sunday, August 7, 2011
Tougher to be Unemployed in 9 states
Wisconsin added a "waiting week".... we've always had that in Florida. They also denied benefits to anyone filing for unemployment who fails a drug test. We're much more aggressive in Florida; we're going to make anyone who applies for any type of state aid take a drug test at their own expense. Wisconsin's unemployment is only 7.6%.
South Carolina is slashing weeks of unemployment from 26 to 20. They're also designating any employer who operates 36 weeks a year or less as "seasonal", making their layoff workers ineligible. At 10.5%, they have the 5th highest unemployment in the land.
Rhode Island (for some reason, the 3rd highest in unemployment at 10.8%) has a new calculation for unemployment that will reduce average benefits by $100 a week.
Michigan, at 10.5%, and Missouri, at 8.8%, are reducing weeks from 26 to 20, just like SC.
Indiana's new formula cuts UE from $283 to $220, and they added the drug provision as well. They're at 8.3% unemployment.
Illinois, at 9.2%, and Arkansas, at 8.1% have reduced benefits by one week, from 26 to 25. Arkansas has capped benefits at $451 (which seems like a fortune to Florida workers, at $275)
Florida wanted to see "how low can you go"...at 10.6%. It's at 23 weeks as long as Florida is above 10.5%, however, one week drops off for every .5% reduction; which means that workers will get only 12 weeks if we ever return to 5%. However, given that we have been too busy with anti-abortion and restricting voter rights legislation, we didn't pass any jobs bills while the legislature was in session.