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Fast Unemployment Cost Facts for New York

NY fact sheet

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.

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 (860) 571-3189 to request a free, no-obligation cost savings evaluation. Evaluations include a 2018 rate projection!

Unemployment insurance cost facts every New York nonprofit should know

What do state unemployment taxes (SUTA), state unemployment reserve balances and claim overpayment rates mean to your nonprofit?

These factors could mean less money for your nonprofit organization’s cause.

41% Increased Tax Cost

In order to rebuild New York’s diminishing state unemployment reserve fund, caused by the most recent recession, factors used in calculating employer unemployment rates were increased; therefore increasing the average unemployment tax cost per employee from $318 in 2009 to $447 by 2015.

$178 Million Unemployment Claim Overpayments

The New York April 2014 – March 2015 unemployment claim overpayment rate was 7.086%, equaling over $178 million.

$10,700 New York’s unemployment wage base increased from $8,500 in 2013 to $10,300 in 2014 , and will continue to increase by $200-$300 each year through 2026; therefore increasing the wages on which employers pay SUTA on. Currently, the wage base is $10,700.

There are options to financing your nonprofit organization’s unemployment costs.

First Nonprofit Group provides more than 1,800 nonprofit organizations and governmental entities around the country with unemployment insurance at affordable rates. Click here or call 1-(800) 526-4352 to request a free, no-obligation cost savings evaluation. Evaluations include a 2017 rate projection!

Partner Spotlight: New York Council of Nonprofits

“The Soapbox and Toolbox for New York State’s Nonprofits”


The New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) has been a crucial voice, supporter and source of information for all nonprofit organizations in New York State since 1927. This association is also an excellent resource for for-profit businesses and individuals, as well as communities in need of technical assistance services or special projects.

NYCON’s more than 3,000 members have access to a variety of services. In addition to governance and operations support, this association offers educational events, group purchasing, discount programs, employee benefits and insurance programs. NYCON members also become members of the National Council of Nonprofits, the national voice of nonprofits.

NYCON partnered with First Nonprofit Group (FNG) in 2006 to provide their members with a safe alternative to the high cost of State Unemployment Taxes (SUTA). Since then, FNG’s own Vice President of Member Services, Cecilia Piazza, along with NYCON’s Vice President of Membership and Marketing, Valerie Venezia, have travelled throughout the state educating nonprofits about their unemployment options as well as sharing best practices of unemployment claims handling and documentation. Today, more than 100 organizations have saved millions on state unemployment taxes through our unemployment programs.

In the clip below, Doug Sauer, Chief Executive Officer of NYCON and First Nonprofit Unemployment Savings Program Board Member, speaks about our partnership.  For a complete list of all FNG partners,  click here . For more information about NYCON membership, visit their website,

New York Nonprofits: Unemployment tax costs have increased by 47% since 2009!

What do high unemployment rates, increased taxes and negative State Trust Fund Balances mean to your nonprofit? Click here for a copy of our New York Fact Sheet for Nonprofits and learn more about:

  • The recent increases in cost of unemployment insurance taxes in New York
  • Possible upcoming cost increases
  • What program members have saved by enrolling in one of First Nonprofit Group’s unemployment programs


    Did your state’s unemployment wage base change in 2014?

    Several states have announced changes to their unemployment taxable wage bases, effective 2014. A state unemployment taxable wage base is the maximum amount on which an employer must pay unemployment taxes for each employee. For example, an employer in Oregon must pay unemployment taxes on the first $35,000 an employee earns throughout the 2014 calendar year.

    Why is this information important?

    Several states have an upcoming April 30th deadline to submit their 1st quarter 2014 wage report. Unemployment taxes must be paid on the correct wage base to avoid any penalties.

    An increase in the taxable wage base can also mean an increase in unemployment tax cost per employee. For example, if an employer in North Dakota had a 1.0% unemployment rate in 2013, their cost per employee would be $318 ($31,800 x 1.0%). In 2014, that cost would increase to $336, should their tax rate remain at 1.0% ($33,600 x 1.0%).

    Nonprofit employers have options to avoid these increases. To request more information, complete the form to the right.

    ** For employers that pay the highest UI tax rate of 9.79%, the wage base is $22,100.

    What’s the Overpayment Rate in Your State?

    The Benefit Accuracy Measurement program (BAM) released the overpayment rates for all state unemployment agencies earlier this year. The program is designed to determine the accuracy of paid and denied claims. The national overpayment rate sits at 10.67%.


    2012 Loan Interest Due to the Federal Government

    Over 30 state unemployment agencies have had to borrow money from the federal government in order to replenish their own unemployment unemployment trust funds.  Last year, several of these states began to pay interest owed to the federal government. In 2012, the states listed below will owe over $874 million in loan interest only.  In order to cover loan interest payments, some states have assessed surcharge rates to employers.  To see if your state unemployment agency has introduced any of these surcharges, please visit your state’s page in our ‘State Info‘ section.