Tuesday, 10 May 2016 14:11

Responding to Unemployment Claims

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Did your business receive a state unemployment insurance (SUI) claim? When an employee files an unemployment claim, state agencies where the employee resides will request former employers provide more information. Your business...

Thursday, 10 January 2008 17:00

Unemployment Claims

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Unemployment claims dip

The labor department reported that 322,000 people filled applications for unemployment claims last week. This is down 15,000 from the week before. Claims dropped for the second straight week surprising many analyst. This is the same trend seen in Colorado as employers are busy hiring once again. During the last week many StaffScapes clients have asked about hiring or have hired new employees in 2008. 

With low unemployment employers are finding it difficult to find the right employee. It may be wise to ask a few more probing questions when interviewing candidates. By having a set list of questions when interviewing you will be better able to compare answers among job applicants. For more details on interviewing or steps to take when interviewing contact StaffScapes.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:00

Unemployment Claims

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Jobless Claims still on the rise, exceeding expectations

The US is paying benefits to nearly five million people, who do not have jobs. Unemployed workers who are receiving benefits came to an all time high reaching up to five million at the beginning of February. Jobless claims linger well above the projections of 600,000 from the Federal Reserve. Marking the fourth consecutive week were those receiving benefits has been at a record high of 4.99 million and rising. The complexity people are having is not finding another job, which means benefits are forced to be offered longer. An additional 1.5 million people are receiving benefits under an extended unemployment compensation program that congress approved last year. This number added to the already increasing number of people receiving unemployment benefits reaches 6.54 million. New applications for unemployment are pouring in and total 627,000 in last week alone. This is more than economists expected.

The claims also are the highest tally since October 1982 when the economy was emerging from a steep recession, even though the work force has almost doubled since then. More business are continuing to make layoffs and cut spending which is heightening concerns on the recession currently the longest in a quarter century. The Fed released a new economic forecast that reduced it current growth forecast for 2009. The forecast also increased the unemployment rate projections. The new forecast predicts unemployment to reach among 8.5% and 8.8% instead of the previous prediction of 7.6%. The President was in Denver this week to sign into law a stimulus program of $787 billion and then in Arizona for a $75 billion program for the mortgage foreclosures which is said to help the economy back from this recession.

Source: Fox News

Thursday, 18 September 2008 18:00

Unemployment Rising

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A recent Labor Departments report has listed an increasing toll to the housing, credit, and financial crises of the US economy.

According to the report the nation’s unemployment rate zoomed to a five year high of 6.1 % in August 2008. Employers have eliminated 84,000 jobs. Proof the troubled economy is hurting workers and businesses together.  With an unemployment rate recorded in July as 5.7% and then a jumped to 6.1% in August it seems this is a growing worry for consumers and could throw the economy off track as early as the end of this year or beginning next year.  Employers also cut their payrolls for the eight month in a row. The government had recorded a job loss of 51,000 for the month of June and July but revised figures show a true loss of 100,000 in June and 60,000 in July. Much bigger loss than what had been recorded prior to. With the economy’s troubles toping Americans worries the White House needs to kick it into gear.

Job losses that were eliminated:

Factories cut 61,000

Construction firms 8,000

Retailers 20,000

Professional/Business 53,000

Leisure/Hospitality 4,000

Associated Press
7:42 AM September 5, 2008

Sunday, 04 November 2007 17:00

Unemployment Hearings Part 3

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After submitting your appeal, you are almost on the way to the hearing - a few things to remember...

After turning in your appeal of the unemployment decision, you will receive a letter/packet from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The first page of packet will give you the hearing information for Claimant and Employer. The information contains the date and time of the unemployment hearing. The claimant and employer have a choice to appear to the Hearing office location which is stated in the document, or can call the number given on the packet.

The most important thing to remember when you get the hearing information packet is if you wish to present any evidence to the hearing officer pertaining to the termination - you must mail/fax those documents to both the officer and the claimant. If you do not, none of the documents you wish to use as evidence will be allowed if neither the claimant nor officer do not receive it.  Try to send the information a week before the scheduled hearing date so that the claimant and hearing officer have ample time to receive the documents.

Once you have sent the necessary documents, set a calendar reminder for the hearing, so you don’t forget. You’ve completed almost all the steps in the process, the next and final step is the appeal hearing.

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