Unemployment Insurance, Workers’ Comp Costs: 50-State Data Viz

Scroll down to use our interactive data visualization. It shows how the 50 states rank against each other and the national average over over five years, on costs to employers for unemployment insurance and workers' compensation. Image: Lens.

An interactive, 50-state data visualization below shows unemployment insurance costs and workers’ compensation rates across the country. The two maps show how states rank against each other, and against national averages.

The unemployment insurance costs measure reveals the amount that each state collects for related benefits as a percent of the total wages of employees covered by the plans. The workers’ compensation rate is calculated every two years for all 50 states by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.

Employers continue to voice concerns about costs for unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation. In their December 2015 Economic Climate Study the Washington Economic and Revenue Forecast Council noted that costs for the former are high here, “due to the state having one of the most generous unemployment insurance programs in the country in terms of benefits, eligibility and duration.”

The five-year average data show Washington ranks only 37th best of 50 states in controlling those costs. Most expensive, or 50th best, is Oregon. Least expensive, in order, are Louisiana, Arizona and Virginia. On workers’ compensation costs, Washington is in the middle of the pack.

Interact with each of the maps to find out how your state compares on the two performance metrics.

Data notes: All data provided is courtesy of the Washington Economic and Revenue Forecast Council (ERFC). The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services produces the workers’ compensation premium index every two years in order to make 50-state comparisons possible.

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