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Maximum Weeks of State Unemployment Insurance Benefits Available

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Great graphic from the CBPP on unemployment insurance benefit duration (in weeks) by state. Unemployment insurance (UI) benefits are state administered and generally most workers are eligible for up to 26 weeks. Two states that provide more than this – Montana (28 weeks) and Massachusetts (30 weeks). However there are 8 states that provide fewer […]

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Where Can I Check my State Tax Refund Status and Filing Information?

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[Updated for 2015-2016 Tax Year] There is a lot of focus around this time of the year on folk’s federal IRS tax return, but just as many people need to worry about one or more state tax returns. Every state varies with their local tax rules and refund processing timelines and I thought I would […]

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2016 and 2017 Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefits By State

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Listed below are the latest maximum weekly unemployment insurance benefit/compensation amounts¬†by state. The Unemployment compensation (UC) program is designed to provide benefits to most individuals out of work or in between jobs, through no fault of their own. Note, the table below contains the the maximum weekly unemployment insurance compensation¬†(benefit) including adjustments for dependents where […]

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US Real GDP By State and Per Capita Income Comparison

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The US Bureau of Economic Analysis has released the 2010 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures which showed a 2.6% average increase across the nation. As the graphic below shows 48 states and Washington DC experienced real GDP growth, led by the eastern seaboard states. Texas, North Dakota and Oregon were other states which had the […]

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The Most Overlooked Tax Deductions You Can Claim This Year

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The folks at Turbo Tax have provided a list of the most overlooked deductions that may save you a few bucks when filing your tax return this year: 1. State sales taxes This write-off makes sense primarily for those who live in states that do not impose an income tax. You must choose between deducting […]

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Housing Market Predictions and Forecast For Home Prices in the Year Ahead

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The American housing market is still in the doldrums according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index which showed that U.S. home prices are down a record 5.9% from the corresponding quarter last year (2010). But there is some good news in that home prices are up 3.6% from last quarter. The latest report also […]

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2012 vs 2011 Federal and State Minimum Wage Rates

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[Updated for 2012 Rates and Changes] The federal minimum wage rate in 2012 stays at $7.25, or $15,000 on an annualized basis. However 18 states and Washington, D.C., have raised rates above the federal level to keep up with increases in the cost of living (see graphic below). This helps state workers because if federal […]

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