US Department of Labor ____ ET HANDBOOK NO. 394


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Data for Calendar Year 1956: Categories

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

1956
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 38,983,356 $164,507,907 $109,817,323 0.668 $81.15 $54.17
Alabama 512,152 $1,732,972 $1,310,633 0.756 $65.07 $49.21
Alaska 30,493 $215,823 $150,465 0.697 $136.11 $94.89
Arizona 177,011 $748,521 $515,459 0.689 $81.32 $56.00
Arkansas 248,242 $713,490 $570,794 0.800 $55.27 $44.22
California 3,480,128 $16,204,464 $10,626,570 0.656 $89.54 $58.72
Colorado 285,383 $1,181,471 $811,030 0.686 $79.61 $54.65
Connecticut 743,033 $3,311,517 $2,160,666 0.652 $85.71 $55.92
Delaware 129,045 $606,386 $414,746 0.684 $90.37 $61.81
District of Columbia 221,829 $892,958 $595,875 0.667 $77.41 $51.66
Florida 712,044 $2,496,208 $1,877,859 0.752 $67.42 $50.72
Georgia 712,378 $2,325,290 $1,754,491 0.755 $62.77 $47.36
Hawaii 107,083 $342,875 $262,063 0.764 $61.58 $47.06
Idaho 104,885 $397,206 $289,106 0.728 $72.83 $53.01
Illinois 2,669,834 $12,538,539 $7,834,001 0.625 $90.31 $56.43
Indiana 1,101,487 $4,863,025 $3,210,533 0.660 $84.90 $56.05
Iowa 410,157 $1,578,999 $1,105,759 0.700 $74.03 $51.85
Kansas 346,454 $1,370,071 $951,122 0.694 $76.05 $52.79
Kentucky 446,178 $1,655,272 $1,184,749 0.716 $71.34 $51.06
Louisiana 548,339 $2,045,745 $1,434,668 0.701 $71.75 $50.32
Maine 195,123 $673,618 $518,741 0.770 $66.39 $51.13
Maryland 680,198 $2,617,022 $1,822,619 0.696 $73.99 $51.53
Massachusetts 1,505,623 $5,838,360 $4,027,420 0.690 $74.57 $51.44
Michigan 1,881,501 $9,515,762 $5,747,673 0.604 $97.26 $58.75
Minnesota 621,901 $2,563,803 $1,704,781 0.665 $79.28 $52.72
Mississippi 238,702 $684,663 $550,917 0.805 $55.16 $44.38
Missouri 937,275 $3,794,664 $2,549,278 0.672 $77.86 $52.31
Montana 116,466 $456,239 $326,076 0.715 $75.33 $53.84
Nebraska 205,578 $753,427 $539,045 0.715 $70.48 $50.42
Nevada 64,757 $290,112 $224,714 0.775 $86.15 $66.73
New Hampshire 140,775 $489,494 $372,871 0.762 $66.87 $50.94
New Jersey 1,511,321 $6,856,254 $4,420,545 0.645 $87.24 $56.25
New Mexico 134,221 $514,942 $368,042 0.715 $73.78 $52.73
New York 4,772,054 $21,961,172 $13,835,268 0.630 $88.50 $55.75
North Carolina 826,496 $2,563,765 $2,031,394 0.792 $59.65 $47.27
North Dakota 59,309 $210,216 $153,856 0.732 $68.16 $49.89
Ohio 2,544,279 $11,764,391 $7,426,541 0.631 $88.92 $56.13
Oklahoma 363,311 $1,430,913 $982,883 0.687 $75.74 $52.03
Oregon 357,432 $1,552,601 $1,193,912 0.769 $83.53 $64.24
Pennsylvania 3,127,443 $12,737,450 $8,509,681 0.668 $78.32 $52.33
Puerto Rico 0.000 $0.00 $0.00
Rhode Island 241,465 $874,483 $696,717 0.797 $69.65 $55.49
South Carolina 388,431 $1,174,262 $940,246 0.801 $58.14 $46.55
South Dakota 64,970 $226,278 $166,201 0.734 $66.98 $49.19
Tennessee 623,146 $2,137,872 $1,591,124 0.744 $65.98 $49.10
Texas 1,683,706 $6,594,469 $4,536,759 0.688 $75.32 $51.82
Utah 161,860 $621,897 $435,806 0.701 $73.89 $51.78
Vermont 71,498 $253,141 $191,264 0.756 $68.09 $51.44
Virginia 640,544 $2,205,650 $1,638,491 0.743 $66.22 $49.19
Washington 580,786 $2,539,200 $1,714,836 0.675 $84.08 $56.78
West Virginia 361,296 $1,535,943 $1,019,358 0.664 $81.75 $54.26
Wisconsin 836,563 $3,626,506 $2,354,992 0.649 $83.37 $54.14
Wyoming 59,171 $228,506 $164,683 0.721 $74.27 $53.52
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1956
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 $1,463,261 $199,598 $1,380,728 $8,573,431 $8,573,431 $3,000
Alabama $17,576 $1,926 $12,494 $83,820 $83,820 $3,000
Alaska $4,799 $4 $4,972 $698 $698 $3,600
Arizona $7,072 $1,237 $3,745 $54,099 $54,099 $3,000
Arkansas $6,643 $1,082 $6,795 $46,012 $46,012 $3,000
California $158,208 $21,867 $98,753 $964,449 $964,449 $3,000
Colorado $4,908 $1,725 $3,351 $74,230 $74,230 $3,000
Connecticut $26,209 $5,725 $19,532 $245,840 $245,840 $3,000
Delaware $3,108 $401 $2,951 $17,169 $17,169 $3,600
District of Columbia $4,003 $1,339 $3,800 $56,939 $56,939 $3,000
Florida $13,757 $2,071 $11,528 $88,491 $88,491 $3,000
Georgia $22,318 $3,473 $16,846 $149,407 $149,407 $3,000
Hawaii $2,733 $531 $2,996 $22,355 $22,355 $3,000
Idaho $4,097 $875 $4,087 $37,676 $37,676 $3,000
Illinois $84,784 $10,970 $61,398 $480,265 $480,265 $3,000
Indiana $34,926 $5,014 $36,377 $212,784 $212,784 $3,000
Iowa $7,054 $2,603 $7,727 $111,189 $111,189 $3,000
Kansas $11,188 $1,923 $9,434 $83,143 $83,143 $3,000
Kentucky $23,112 $2,930 $24,329 $124,393 $124,393 $3,000
Louisiana $17,962 $3,164 $10,787 $138,145 $138,145 $3,000
Maine $8,348 $1,052 $6,625 $45,826 $45,826 $3,000
Maryland $18,125 $2,717 $13,601 $117,973 $117,973 $3,000
Massachusetts $70,303 $7,147 $44,668 $316,958 $316,958 $3,000
Michigan $73,403 $7,944 $150,077 $300,023 $300,023 $3,000
Minnesota $17,821 $2,806 $20,260 $119,103 $119,103 $3,000
Mississippi $6,174 $868 $7,979 $36,077 $36,077 $3,000
Missouri $25,223 $5,086 $21,757 $217,618 $217,618 $3,000
Montana $4,085 $1,071 $3,748 $46,184 $46,184 $3,000
Nebraska $4,125 $930 $5,526 $39,480 $39,480 $3,000
Nevada $4,409 $450 $4,604 $19,335 $19,335 $3,600
New Hampshire $6,553 $536 $5,746 $23,281 $23,281 $3,000
New Jersey $83,980 $10,902 $100,329 $459,766 $459,766 $3,000
New Mexico $4,357 $875 $2,649 $38,100 $38,100 $3,000
New York $211,405 $30,504 $212,736 $1,305,825 $1,305,825 $3,000
North Carolina $26,095 $4,200 $25,063 $179,134 $179,134 $3,000
North Dakota $2,338 $225 $2,576 $10,107 $10,107 $3,000
Ohio $54,788 $14,856 $61,328 $629,758 $629,758 $3,000
Oklahoma $9,542 $1,243 $8,912 $53,714 $53,714 $3,000
Oregon $16,368 $1,262 $19,986 $54,663 $54,663 $3,600
Pennsylvania $186,125 $8,444 $160,176 $383,862 $383,862 $3,000
Puerto Rico $1
Rhode Island $18,034 $667 $13,898 $31,199 $31,199 $3,600
South Carolina $10,995 $1,729 $10,607 $73,530 $73,530 $3,000
South Dakota $1,506 $314 $1,438 $13,615 $13,615 $3,000
Tennessee $27,013 $2,235 $28,908 $95,004 $95,004 $3,000
Texas $24,478 $6,854 $22,292 $293,835 $293,835 $3,000
Utah $4,926 $888 $3,857 $38,424 $38,424 $3,000
Vermont $2,412 $382 $1,713 $16,612 $16,612 $3,000
Virginia $10,215 $2,123 $8,678 $91,332 $91,332 $3,000
Washington $36,042 $4,634 $34,727 $198,350 $198,350 $3,000
West Virginia $12,635 $1,461 $8,486 $64,533 $64,533 $3,000
Wisconsin $25,243 $5,960 $24,051 $252,981 $252,981 $3,000
Wyoming $1,738 $373 $1,825 $16,125 $16,125 $3,000
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1956
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 0.89 0.84 0.88 1.32 5.21 0.00 0.00
Alabama 1.01 0.72 0.84 1.12 4.84 0.00 0.00
Alaska 2.22 2.30 1.88 2.70 0.32 0.00 0.00
Arizona 0.94 0.50 0.92 1.33 7.23 0.00 0.00
Arkansas 0.93 0.95 0.92 1.15 6.45 0.00 0.00
California 0.98 0.61 0.98 1.50 5.95 0.00 0.00
Colorado 0.42 0.28 0.39 0.57 6.28 0.00 0.00
Connecticut 0.79 0.59 0.77 1.18 7.42 0.00 0.00
Delaware 0.51 0.49 0.51 0.74 2.83 0.00 0.00
District of Columbia 0.45 0.43 0.46 0.69 6.38 0.00 0.00
Florida 0.55 0.46 0.55 0.74 3.55 0.00 0.00
Georgia 0.96 0.72 0.97 1.29 6.43 0.00 0.00
Hawaii 0.80 0.87 0.79 1.04 6.52 0.00 0.00
Idaho 1.03 1.03 0.99 1.36 9.49 0.00 0.00
Illinois 0.68 0.49 0.69 1.10 3.83 0.00 0.00
Indiana 0.72 0.75 0.72 1.09 4.38 0.00 0.00
Iowa 0.45 0.49 0.42 0.60 7.04 0.00 0.00
Kansas 0.82 0.69 0.80 1.15 6.07 0.00 0.00
Kentucky 1.40 1.47 1.37 1.91 7.51 0.00 0.00
Louisiana 0.88 0.53 0.88 1.26 6.75 0.00 0.00
Maine 1.24 0.98 1.24 1.61 6.80 0.00 0.00
Maryland 0.69 0.52 0.69 1.00 4.51 0.00 0.00
Massachusetts 1.20 0.77 1.18 1.71 5.43 0.00 0.00
Michigan 0.77 1.58 0.77 1.28 3.15 0.00 0.00
Minnesota 0.70 0.79 0.63 0.95 4.65 0.00 0.00
Mississippi 0.90 1.17 0.91 1.14 5.27 0.00 0.00
Missouri 0.66 0.57 0.67 1.00 5.73 0.00 0.00
Montana 0.90 0.82 0.90 1.26 10.12 0.00 0.00
Nebraska 0.55 0.73 0.54 0.75 5.24 0.00 0.00
Nevada 1.52 1.59 1.50 1.94 6.66 0.00 0.00
New Hampshire 1.34 1.17 1.25 1.64 4.76 0.00 0.00
New Jersey 1.22 1.46 1.06 1.64 6.71 0.00 0.00
New Mexico 0.85 0.51 0.85 1.19 7.40 0.00 0.00
New York 0.96 0.97 0.94 1.49 5.95 0.00 0.00
North Carolina 1.02 0.98 1.04 1.32 6.99 0.00 0.00
North Dakota 1.11 1.23 1.09 1.50 4.81 0.00 0.00
Ohio 0.47 0.52 0.47 0.74 5.35 0.00 0.00
Oklahoma 0.67 0.62 0.67 0.98 3.75 0.00 0.00
Oregon 1.05 1.29 1.09 1.42 3.52 0.00 0.00
Pennsylvania 1.46 1.26 1.49 2.24 3.01 0.00 0.00
Puerto Rico 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Rhode Island 2.06 1.59 2.15 2.70 3.57 0.00 0.00
South Carolina 0.94 0.90 0.92 1.15 6.26 0.00 0.00
South Dakota 0.67 0.64 0.67 0.91 6.02 0.00 0.00
Tennessee 1.26 1.35 1.29 1.71 4.44 0.00 0.00
Texas 0.37 0.34 0.44 0.65 4.46 0.00 0.00
Utah 0.79 0.62 0.79 1.12 6.18 0.00 0.00
Vermont 0.95 0.68 0.97 1.26 6.56 0.00 0.00
Virginia 0.46 0.39 0.47 0.63 4.14 0.00 0.00
Washington 1.42 1.37 1.51 2.24 7.81 0.00 0.00
West Virginia 0.82 0.55 0.82 1.23 4.20 0.00 0.00
Wisconsin 0.70 0.66 0.70 1.07 6.98 0.00 0.00
Wyoming 0.76 0.80 0.77 1.07 7.06 0.00 0.00
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1956
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 4,665,218 53,158,758 980,790 21.5 23.0 11.4 20.0 1,212,182 3.1 $27.02 0.333
Alabama 58,335 643,764 19,245 34.8 19.2 11.2 17.5 20,307 3.9 $19.69 0.303
Alaska 9,095 145,869 1,848 19.1 25.2 16.0 24.2 2,477 8.1 $34.55 0.254
Arizona 14,617 150,250 2,859 19.2 22.0 10.4 18.3 4,294 2.4 $24.16 0.297
Arkansas 36,635 364,179 11,250 32.3 17.0 10.0 16.2 11,272 4.5 $19.23 0.348
California 333,503 3,657,287 40,083 12.0 24.5 11.0 21.7 85,943 2.4 $28.33 0.316
Colorado 14,179 136,202 2,882 21.9 18.1 9.7 15.8 3,382 1.1 $25.40 0.319
Connecticut 69,696 721,501 13,089 19.0 22.5 10.4 20.2 16,359 2.2 $28.31 0.330
Delaware 12,574 106,226 2,452 26.2 19.7 8.5 16.8 2,070 1.6 $28.75 0.318
District of Columbia 12,951 155,765 4,174 33.0 21.1 12.6 18.9 3,631 1.6 $24.71 0.319
Florida 62,258 567,488 25,259 41.2 13.9 9.1 12.8 15,791 2.2 $20.75 0.308
Georgia 81,583 892,972 26,046 34.7 20.2 11.0 18.8 21,354 3.0 $20.02 0.319
Hawaii 12,372 137,681 2,165 18.1 20.0 11.2 20.0 3,388 3.1 $21.78 0.354
Idaho 13,827 155,682 3,348 24.2 20.6 10.7 16.1 3,790 3.6 $26.60 0.365
Illinois 241,276 2,416,487 45,651 19.8 22.2 10.1 18.4 58,988 2.2 $27.14 0.301
Indiana 153,364 1,418,513 51,522 34.4 16.1 9.3 13.0 30,958 2.8 $26.72 0.315
Iowa 33,054 325,807 10,802 34.3 17.0 9.9 12.8 7,746 1.8 $24.98 0.337
Kansas 36,473 368,293 9,961 28.7 17.7 10.2 16.1 7,452 2.1 $26.54 0.349
Kentucky 80,252 1,149,267 19,716 25.9 26.0 14.4 26.0 29,521 6.6 $21.61 0.303
Louisiana 39,402 518,483 16,140 41.2 17.6 13.2 15.8 12,170 2.2 $21.91 0.305
Maine 34,698 357,781 6,314 18.7 23.0 10.3 22.3 8,149 4.1 $19.08 0.287
Maryland 77,746 595,651 14,719 19.2 19.5 7.7 15.7 11,896 1.7 $24.10 0.326
Massachusetts 178,944 1,823,043 37,671 22.8 21.0 10.2 16.9 41,306 2.7 $25.80 0.346
Michigan 362,557 4,451,130 87,255 25.2 22.8 12.3 19.4 99,710 5.3 $34.12 0.351
Minnesota 68,586 876,189 13,951 21.0 22.6 12.8 22.1 19,588 3.1 $24.04 0.303
Mississippi 39,878 424,776 10,408 27.8 17.8 10.7 17.4 11,207 4.6 $19.50 0.354
Missouri 116,848 1,091,592 22,412 20.2 20.5 9.4 17.5 27,562 2.9 $21.36 0.274
Montana 13,917 159,898 3,046 22.5 20.0 11.6 20.0 3,585 3.0 $23.41 0.311
Nebraska 20,854 230,618 6,429 32.3 18.3 11.3 17.1 4,829 2.3 $24.60 0.349
Nevada 12,797 146,271 2,594 20.2 22.2 11.5 18.9 2,755 4.2 $31.92 0.370
New Hampshire 24,705 274,134 3,137 12.8 26.0 10.9 26.0 6,341 4.5 $22.43 0.335
New Jersey 256,851 3,313,293 61,701 24.3 23.5 12.9 21.3 67,025 4.4 $31.15 0.357
New Mexico 10,242 112,047 2,338 22.7 21.3 11.0 18.4 2,555 1.9 $24.31 0.329
New York 610,935 7,549,559 69,224 11.1 26.0 12.4 26.0 163,766 3.4 $29.85 0.337
North Carolina 141,931 1,485,386 23,592 17.7 26.0 10.5 25.2 31,028 3.7 $17.37 0.291
North Dakota 7,509 98,424 1,854 25.1 20.0 13.1 20.0 2,124 3.5 $26.95 0.395
Ohio 184,899 2,079,436 26,041 14.7 25.5 11.3 23.2 47,123 1.8 $30.53 0.343
Oklahoma 33,854 383,171 12,666 39.1 17.9 11.6 15.8 10,014 2.7 $24.15 0.319
Oregon 64,852 705,159 8,943 14.3 23.2 10.9 18.8 16,003 4.4 $29.01 0.347
Pennsylvania 453,170 6,109,470 83,445 18.3 30.0 13.5 29.4 136,302 4.3 $27.49 0.351
Puerto Rico 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 $0.00 0.000
Rhode Island 52,306 552,361 15,178 30.8 18.5 10.6 14.6 11,960 4.9 $26.46 0.380
South Carolina 45,846 526,070 15,259 34.7 20.2 11.5 18.4 12,779 3.2 $20.67 0.356
South Dakota 6,069 64,049 2,970 49.8 15.9 10.6 13.4 1,549 2.3 $23.12 0.345
Tennessee 106,367 1,476,260 35,587 34.9 22.0 14.1 21.4 34,959 5.6 $19.89 0.301
Texas 100,617 1,036,378 32,269 34.9 17.5 10.5 15.5 22,705 1.3 $21.82 0.290
Utah 14,923 151,549 2,519 17.0 22.3 10.5 20.5 3,637 2.2 $26.66 0.361
Vermont 6,507 79,290 1,187 19.3 26.0 12.2 25.3 1,794 2.5 $22.49 0.330
Virginia 60,468 466,818 20,674 34.3 14.5 7.8 11.8 11,000 1.7 $19.04 0.288
Washington 96,111 1,207,258 21,573 21.5 23.8 12.6 21.4 26,987 4.6 $29.47 0.351
West Virginia 50,180 423,009 6,828 13.8 24.0 8.5 22.9 10,911 3.0 $20.80 0.254
Wisconsin 87,586 811,698 18,690 22.6 0.0 9.3 0.0 18,744 2.2 $30.31 0.364
Wyoming 7,019 65,274 1,824 26.4 18.5 9.1 13.0 1,396 2.3 $28.28 0.381
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