US Department of Labor ____ ET HANDBOOK NO. 394


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Data for Calendar Year 1955: Categories

Taxable Employment and Wage Data
Taxable Financial Data
Taxable Significant Measures
Taxable and Reimbursable Claims Data

1955
Taxable

STATE Employment and Wage Data
Average monthly covered employment Wages paid in covered employment during year
(in thousands)
Ratio of taxable to total wages Average weekly wage in covered employment
Total Taxable Total Taxable
(01)(02)(03)(04)(05)(06)(07)
United States 36,590,254 $148,636,813 $101,574,717 0.683 $78.12 $53.38
Alabama 448,459 $1,479,230 $1,113,804 0.753 $63.43 $47.76
Alaska 28,763 $172,884 $128,004 0.740 $115.59 $85.58
Arizona 159,003 $637,587 $455,972 0.715 $77.11 $55.15
Arkansas 239,156 $659,712 $535,239 0.811 $53.05 $43.04
California 3,256,361 $14,418,913 $9,762,167 0.677 $85.15 $57.65
Colorado 246,778 $992,521 $694,749 0.700 $77.34 $54.14
Connecticut 700,264 $2,963,929 $2,001,636 0.675 $81.40 $54.97
Delaware 119,229 $521,365 $364,382 0.699 $84.09 $58.77
District of Columbia 218,190 $835,380 $568,973 0.681 $73.63 $50.15
Florida 576,808 $1,953,526 $1,487,483 0.761 $65.13 $49.59
Georgia 631,104 $2,000,700 $1,524,518 0.762 $60.96 $46.45
Hawaii 102,787 $320,476 $250,402 0.781 $59.96 $46.85
Idaho 99,352 $355,176 $267,161 0.752 $68.75 $51.71
Illinois 2,497,568 $11,279,839 $7,244,201 0.642 $86.85 $55.78
Indiana 1,015,920 $4,414,090 $3,010,719 0.682 $83.56 $56.99
Iowa 374,010 $1,403,223 $1,002,423 0.714 $72.15 $51.54
Kansas 312,955 $1,236,794 $875,326 0.708 $76.00 $53.79
Kentucky 425,998 $1,520,277 $1,113,045 0.732 $68.63 $50.25
Louisiana 515,511 $1,805,071 $1,300,831 0.721 $67.34 $48.53
Maine 176,048 $587,999 $463,844 0.789 $64.23 $50.67
Maryland 650,755 $2,359,146 $1,695,584 0.719 $69.72 $50.11
Massachusetts 1,462,744 $5,381,368 $3,831,012 0.712 $70.75 $50.37
Michigan 1,844,774 $9,168,639 $5,628,682 0.614 $95.58 $58.68
Minnesota 601,419 $2,365,514 $1,618,968 0.684 $75.64 $51.77
Mississippi 208,652 $580,156 $469,566 0.809 $53.47 $43.28
Missouri 862,986 $3,406,504 $2,338,205 0.686 $75.91 $52.10
Montana 111,240 $411,371 $304,196 0.739 $71.12 $52.59
Nebraska 188,179 $676,962 $493,387 0.729 $69.18 $50.42
Nevada 65,745 $288,456 $231,888 0.804 $84.37 $67.83
New Hampshire 138,636 $459,265 $359,926 0.784 $63.71 $49.93
New Jersey 1,452,340 $6,290,166 $4,192,129 0.666 $83.29 $55.51
New Mexico 124,741 $454,381 $332,611 0.732 $70.05 $51.28
New York 4,537,888 $20,011,253 $12,945,204 0.647 $84.80 $54.86
North Carolina 749,696 $2,248,335 $1,810,756 0.805 $57.67 $46.45
North Dakota 50,899 $179,535 $133,081 0.741 $67.83 $50.28
Ohio 2,473,520 $10,926,965 $7,120,782 0.652 $84.95 $55.36
Oklahoma 326,669 $1,260,969 $884,807 0.702 $74.23 $52.09
Oregon 329,624 $1,390,065 $978,074 0.704 $81.10 $57.06
Pennsylvania 3,052,765 $11,771,366 $8,153,680 0.693 $74.15 $51.36
Puerto Rico 0.000 $0.00 $0.00
Rhode Island 226,519 $796,947 $593,545 0.745 $67.66 $50.39
South Carolina 360,851 $1,064,873 $865,913 0.813 $56.75 $46.15
South Dakota 55,838 $191,505 $143,103 0.747 $65.95 $49.29
Tennessee 563,447 $1,890,030 $1,416,738 0.750 $64.51 $48.35
Texas 1,474,755 $5,621,194 $3,921,645 0.698 $73.30 $51.14
Utah 152,657 $555,900 $403,462 0.726 $70.03 $50.83
Vermont 62,660 $213,871 $165,424 0.773 $65.64 $50.77
Virginia 576,195 $1,910,938 $1,447,657 0.758 $63.78 $48.32
Washington 568,430 $2,385,948 $1,661,098 0.696 $80.72 $56.20
West Virginia 324,236 $1,318,862 $912,136 0.692 $78.22 $54.10
Wisconsin 789,022 $3,284,713 $2,199,968 0.670 $80.06 $53.62
Wyoming 58,108 $212,924 $156,611 0.736 $70.47 $51.83
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1955
Taxable

STATE Financial data (in thousands)
Contributions collected Interest credited to trust fund Benefits Paid Reserves as of December 31 Federal loans to State reserve funds, balance as of end of year Net reserves, balance as of end of year Taxable wage base, year end
(01)(08)(09)(10)(11)(12)(13)(14)
United States $1,208,788 $1,350,264 $8,263,724 $3,000 $8,260,724 $3,000
Alabama $13,539 $1,682 $11,306 $76,448 $76,448 $3,000
Alaska $3,825 $20 $6,818 $3,825 $3,000 $825 $3,600
Arizona $5,827 $1,091 $3,478 $49,567 $49,567 $3,000
Arkansas $6,284 $1,004 $6,494 $44,934 $44,934 $3,000
California $144,906 $19,044 $102,597 $880,078 $880,078 $3,000
Colorado $2,613 $1,594 $3,081 $70,742 $70,742 $3,000
Connecticut $23,826 $5,233 $25,621 $232,797 $232,797 $3,000
Delaware $1,997 $362 $2,116 $16,491 $16,491 $3,600
District of Columbia $2,889 $1,255 $4,504 $55,211 $55,211 $3,000
Florida $8,492 $1,939 $11,061 $83,783 $83,783 $3,000
Georgia $17,831 $3,118 $15,837 $140,013 $140,013 $3,000
Hawaii $2,340 $504 $2,765 $22,018 $22,018 $3,000
Idaho $4,678 $807 $4,352 $36,717 $36,717 $3,000
Illinois $52,988 $10,074 $78,115 $443,603 $443,603 $3,000
Indiana $27,915 $4,583 $24,693 $208,258 $208,258 $3,000
Iowa $4,350 $2,458 $6,100 $108,928 $108,928 $3,000
Kansas $9,701 $1,781 $10,603 $79,183 $79,183 $3,000
Kentucky $19,725 $2,757 $27,808 $122,640 $122,640 $3,000
Louisiana $14,458 $2,850 $15,111 $127,441 $127,441 $3,000
Maine $7,187 $968 $8,146 $42,902 $42,902 $3,000
Maryland $13,337 $2,485 $18,155 $110,304 $110,304 $3,000
Massachusetts $69,802 $6,047 $51,451 $282,918 $282,918 $3,000
Michigan $54,169 $8,383 $67,045 $366,917 $366,917 $3,000
Minnesota $14,732 $2,683 $21,776 $118,225 $118,225 $3,000
Mississippi $5,338 $840 $7,550 $36,860 $36,860 $3,000
Missouri $19,012 $4,703 $23,478 $208,297 $208,297 $3,000
Montana $3,779 $996 $3,461 $44,678 $44,678 $3,000
Nebraska $3,286 $897 $4,431 $39,800 $39,800 $3,000
Nevada $4,225 $410 $3,039 $19,019 $19,019 $3,600
New Hampshire $6,546 $464 $5,235 $21,831 $21,831 $3,000
New Jersey $74,157 $10,523 $94,793 $463,831 $463,831 $3,000
New Mexico $3,820 $784 $3,383 $35,407 $35,407 $3,000
New York $200,004 $28,576 $222,200 $1,273,160 $1,273,160 $3,000
North Carolina $21,900 $3,915 $24,349 $173,306 $173,306 $3,000
North Dakota $1,947 $224 $3,203 $10,076 $10,076 $3,000
Ohio $47,845 $13,911 $60,454 $619,274 $619,274 $3,000
Oklahoma $7,419 $1,165 $9,299 $51,550 $51,550 $3,000
Oregon $12,155 $1,271 $16,843 $56,697 $56,697 $3,000
Pennsylvania $125,647 $7,949 $180,302 $347,073 $347,073 $3,000
Puerto Rico $1
Rhode Island $16,160 $526 $12,340 $26,202 $26,202 $3,000
South Carolina $10,113 $1,580 $9,401 $71,127 $71,127 $3,000
South Dakota $905 $297 $1,288 $13,186 $13,186 $3,000
Tennessee $21,196 $2,159 $28,982 $94,225 $94,225 $3,000
Texas $14,144 $6,415 $17,140 $283,687 $283,687 $3,000
Utah $4,541 $805 $4,047 $36,359 $36,359 $3,000
Vermont $1,861 $354 $3,098 $15,479 $15,479 $3,000
Virginia $7,407 $1,976 $9,824 $87,232 $87,232 $3,000
Washington $35,344 $4,341 $33,407 $191,887 $191,887 $3,000
West Virginia $9,035 $1,335 $15,313 $58,624 $58,624 $3,000
Wisconsin $22,140 $5,483 $22,180 $245,123 $245,123 $3,000
Wyoming $1,451 $353 $2,191 $15,791 $15,791 $3,000
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1955
Taxable

STATE significant measures
Percent of total wages Average employer tax rate as a percent of taxable wages Reserve ratio (percent of total wages) as multiple of highest 12-month benefit cost rate
Contributions collected Benefits paid Average employer tax rate Reserve Ratio High Cost Multiple
Rate 12 mos. ending
(01)(15)(16)(17)(18)(19)(20)(21) (22)
United States 0.81 0.91 0.81 1.18 5.56 0.00 0.00
Alabama 0.92 0.76 0.73 0.97 5.17 0.00 0.00
Alaska 2.21 3.94 2.00 2.70 0.00 0.00 0.00
Arizona 0.91 0.55 0.91 1.27 7.77 0.00 0.00
Arkansas 0.95 0.98 0.93 1.15 6.81 0.00 0.00
California 1.00 0.71 1.03 1.51 6.10 0.00 0.00
Colorado 0.26 0.31 0.24 0.34 7.13 0.00 0.00
Connecticut 0.80 0.86 0.80 1.19 7.85 0.00 0.00
Delaware 0.38 0.41 0.44 0.63 3.16 0.00 0.00
District of Columbia 0.35 0.54 0.35 0.52 6.61 0.00 0.00
Florida 0.43 0.57 0.41 0.54 4.29 0.00 0.00
Georgia 0.89 0.79 0.89 1.17 7.00 0.00 0.00
Hawaii 0.73 0.86 0.72 0.93 6.87 0.00 0.00
Idaho 1.32 1.23 1.32 1.75 10.34 0.00 0.00
Illinois 0.47 0.69 0.46 0.72 3.93 0.00 0.00
Indiana 0.63 0.56 0.65 0.96 4.72 0.00 0.00
Iowa 0.31 0.43 0.30 0.42 7.76 0.00 0.00
Kansas 0.78 0.86 0.77 1.09 6.40 0.00 0.00
Kentucky 1.30 1.83 1.29 1.76 8.07 0.00 0.00
Louisiana 0.80 0.84 0.81 1.13 7.06 0.00 0.00
Maine 1.22 1.39 1.22 1.55 7.30 0.00 0.00
Maryland 0.57 0.77 0.61 0.85 4.68 0.00 0.00
Massachusetts 1.30 0.96 1.28 1.80 5.26 0.00 0.00
Michigan 0.59 0.73 0.56 0.91 4.00 0.00 0.00
Minnesota 0.62 0.92 0.61 0.90 5.00 0.00 0.00
Mississippi 0.92 1.30 0.93 1.15 6.35 0.00 0.00
Missouri 0.56 0.69 0.56 0.82 6.11 0.00 0.00
Montana 0.92 0.84 0.90 1.21 10.86 0.00 0.00
Nebraska 0.49 0.65 0.47 0.65 5.88 0.00 0.00
Nevada 1.46 1.05 1.51 1.88 6.59 0.00 0.00
New Hampshire 1.43 1.14 1.49 1.90 4.75 0.00 0.00
New Jersey 1.18 1.51 1.03 1.54 7.37 0.00 0.00
New Mexico 0.84 0.74 0.85 1.17 7.79 0.00 0.00
New York 1.00 1.11 0.97 1.49 6.36 0.00 0.00
North Carolina 0.97 1.08 0.91 1.13 7.71 0.00 0.00
North Dakota 1.08 1.78 1.06 1.43 5.61 0.00 0.00
Ohio 0.44 0.55 0.44 0.67 5.67 0.00 0.00
Oklahoma 0.59 0.74 0.59 0.85 4.09 0.00 0.00
Oregon 0.87 1.21 0.86 1.23 4.08 0.00 0.00
Pennsylvania 1.07 1.53 1.13 1.63 2.95 0.00 0.00
Puerto Rico 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Rhode Island 2.03 1.55 2.01 2.70 3.29 0.00 0.00
South Carolina 0.95 0.88 0.93 1.14 6.68 0.00 0.00
South Dakota 0.47 0.67 0.47 0.62 6.89 0.00 0.00
Tennessee 1.12 1.53 1.14 1.52 4.99 0.00 0.00
Texas 0.25 0.30 0.33 0.48 5.05 0.00 0.00
Utah 0.82 0.73 0.82 1.14 6.54 0.00 0.00
Vermont 0.87 1.45 0.88 1.14 7.24 0.00 0.00
Virginia 0.39 0.51 0.39 0.51 4.56 0.00 0.00
Washington 1.48 1.40 1.39 1.99 8.04 0.00 0.00
West Virginia 0.69 1.16 0.71 1.03 4.45 0.00 0.00
Wisconsin 0.67 0.68 0.68 1.01 7.46 0.00 0.00
Wyoming 0.68 1.03 0.70 0.95 7.42 0.00 0.00
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1955
Taxable and Reimbursable

STATE Claims data Average weekly benefit
Number of first payments Weeks compensated for all unemployment Caimants exhausting benefits Average duration (in weeks) Weekly insured unemployed Amount Ratio to average weekly total wage
Number % of first payments Potential Actual Actual for exhaustees Average number Percent of cov. employ.
(01)(23)(24)(25)(26)(27)(28)(29)(30)(31)(32) (33)
United States 4,508,404 56,099,631 1,272,231 26.1 22.7 12.4 20.3 1,254,508 3.4 $25.04 0.321
Alabama 48,732 643,808 24,427 44.7 18.9 13.2 17.8 17,151 3.8 $17.97 0.283
Alaska 11,779 207,308 3,623 27.2 24.9 17.6 22.3 3,071 10.6 $33.17 0.287
Arizona 15,654 154,029 3,280 20.2 20.5 9.8 17.4 4,258 2.6 $23.06 0.299
Arkansas 36,902 377,134 13,629 35.4 16.1 10.2 15.4 11,426 4.7 $17.98 0.339
California 335,716 4,078,178 57,038 16.0 24.5 12.1 22.5 96,033 2.9 $26.41 0.310
Colorado 11,851 126,231 2,987 24.6 18.0 10.7 16.5 3,306 1.3 $25.69 0.332
Connecticut 87,103 964,845 19,544 20.7 23.0 11.1 21.8 21,000 3.0 $27.69 0.340
Delaware 7,845 99,123 3,155 32.6 18.8 12.6 17.8 2,203 1.8 $22.15 0.263
District of Columbia 14,131 190,742 4,818 30.9 21.3 13.5 20.0 4,151 1.9 $23.89 0.324
Florida 61,248 590,008 27,136 43.3 14.1 9.6 13.2 16,391 2.8 $19.54 0.300
Georgia 66,323 864,598 28,729 40.0 20.0 13.0 18.2 20,856 3.3 $18.86 0.309
Hawaii 11,780 140,226 2,754 22.4 20.0 11.9 20.0 3,494 3.4 $19.77 0.330
Idaho 16,052 185,148 4,255 26.5 21.5 11.5 17.7 4,539 4.5 $23.79 0.346
Illinois 292,294 3,241,212 71,230 22.4 21.7 11.1 18.9 77,246 3.0 $25.51 0.294
Indiana 105,555 1,063,737 40,189 35.8 16.4 10.1 15.0 23,027 2.2 $24.34 0.291
Iowa 29,217 293,300 11,239 36.0 15.2 10.0 12.1 6,688 1.7 $21.90 0.304
Kansas 40,634 447,761 13,561 32.3 17.4 11.0 16.0 9,031 2.8 $24.40 0.321
Kentucky 75,480 1,330,197 27,462 32.4 26.0 17.6 26.0 30,312 7.1 $21.49 0.313
Louisiana 45,418 694,004 26,424 51.8 17.9 15.3 16.9 16,004 3.1 $22.43 0.333
Maine 38,734 442,593 9,645 24.0 22.7 11.4 21.0 10,491 5.9 $18.91 0.294
Maryland 85,559 788,244 22,560 24.6 19.7 9.2 16.9 15,962 2.4 $24.31 0.349
Massachusetts 176,030 2,112,440 59,367 30.1 20.8 12.0 18.2 46,494 3.1 $25.11 0.355
Michigan 226,102 2,205,158 51,211 19.7 22.8 9.8 20.3 51,433 2.7 $31.68 0.331
Minnesota 67,321 985,286 18,457 25.6 23.5 14.6 22.7 22,093 3.6 $22.55 0.298
Mississippi 36,473 413,439 15,472 39.8 16.0 11.3 16.0 11,019 5.2 $19.09 0.357
Missouri 105,095 1,191,127 28,787 23.9 20.5 11.3 18.5 29,003 3.3 $21.13 0.278
Montana 13,715 158,047 3,144 23.4 20.0 11.5 20.0 3,782 3.4 $21.92 0.308
Nebraska 17,469 190,875 4,803 28.6 18.4 10.9 17.6 4,039 2.1 $23.83 0.344
Nevada 10,061 100,899 1,789 19.4 22.2 10.0 18.7 2,023 3.0 $30.82 0.365
New Hampshire 24,024 266,390 3,305 12.9 26.0 11.1 25.9 6,287 4.5 $21.16 0.332
New Jersey 227,322 3,401,385 73,752 30.9 23.7 15.0 22.3 66,528 4.5 $28.51 0.342
New Mexico 11,337 142,226 3,484 28.8 21.6 12.5 19.3 3,161 2.5 $24.30 0.347
New York 633,031 8,539,149 98,804 14.7 26.0 13.5 26.0 184,158 4.0 $27.43 0.323
North Carolina 115,831 1,475,007 28,617 23.4 26.0 12.7 25.3 30,523 4.0 $17.12 0.297
North Dakota 8,973 125,732 2,481 26.7 20.0 14.0 20.0 2,661 5.2 $26.21 0.386
Ohio 166,830 2,240,367 41,094 20.6 25.5 13.4 24.3 48,468 1.9 $27.98 0.329
Oklahoma 32,929 400,415 14,330 39.8 17.9 12.2 16.0 10,667 3.2 $24.12 0.325
Oregon 67,593 771,065 16,016 23.7 23.0 11.4 20.2 16,878 5.1 $22.52 0.278
Pennsylvania 507,797 7,063,716 163,610 29.6 26.4 13.9 22.4 149,601 4.9 $26.64 0.359
Puerto Rico 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 $0.00 0.000
Rhode Island 47,581 558,764 14,847 29.9 19.2 11.7 16.7 12,470 5.5 $23.23 0.343
South Carolina 40,417 511,744 18,598 41.3 18.8 12.7 18.0 11,332 3.1 $18.85 0.332
South Dakota 5,565 58,169 1,984 36.0 15.8 10.5 13.4 1,432 2.5 $22.90 0.347
Tennessee 103,170 1,541,596 39,754 34.9 22.0 14.9 22.0 34,319 6.0 $19.08 0.296
Texas 90,968 963,979 37,389 38.6 17.3 10.6 14.1 23,476 1.5 $18.11 0.247
Utah 15,389 167,155 2,900 18.7 23.0 10.9 21.0 4,119 2.7 $25.27 0.361
Vermont 8,286 138,073 2,702 27.6 26.0 16.7 26.0 2,936 4.6 $23.36 0.356
Virginia 65,286 534,495 25,772 36.5 13.8 8.2 12.1 12,423 2.1 $18.88 0.296
Washington 103,833 1,289,929 24,715 24.9 24.2 12.4 22.8 29,669 5.2 $26.42 0.327
West Virginia 54,235 753,612 19,896 31.6 24.0 13.9 23.5 17,122 5.2 $21.09 0.270
Wisconsin 80,449 798,693 35,052 38.7 0.0 9.9 0.0 18,158 2.3 $28.44 0.355
Wyoming 7,285 78,273 2,414 32.4 18.4 10.7 14.2 1,594 2.7 $28.55 0.405
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