|By Jessica Holdman, The Bismarck Tribune, N.D.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"The numbers have climbed quite a bit," said
Since about 2008, claimants with out-of-state addresses have steadily increased each year.
Out-of-state workers claiming unemployment also tended to have higher-paying jobs, causing payments to be higher, Brostrom said.
"That's a problem from my perspective," said
Despite more being paid out in unemployment benefits,
"There's still so much growth with employers that it's making up the difference," Brostrom said.
He said the increase in out-of-state claimants has affected his office in several other ways.
"This has resulted in flat to declining staffing in the UI program. With the increase in out-of-state claims and the flat level of staffing, we have seen an impact in our claims processing," he said.
In addition to talking to more state agencies,
"With many of these employers being outside of
The cost of unemployment benefits is covered by taxes paid by companies doing business in the state. The percentage rate of taxes paid by a company varies based on how often its former employees draw unemployment.
The maximum rate for 2014 is 9.76 percent and the minimum rate is 0.16 percent. Employers pay taxes on the taxable wage base. That base is
A company paying the maximum rate pays about
The longest a person can claim unemployment is 26 weeks, Brostrom said. With the surplus of work in the state,
"In the nation it's much higher than that," Brostrom said. "If you took out seasonal (employees) it would probably be lower … The goal is to get everybody back to work."
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