Analysis: Arizona ranks 13th best on unemployment insurances taxes


Arizona finished 13th in a new study by the Tax Foundation ranking which states have the most business-friendly unemployment insurance tax structures.

The state’s ranking rose two positions from its 2018 ranking, according to the foundation’s analysis, which is part of a wider study titled “2019 State Business Tax Climate Index.”

All states and the District of Columbia have unemployment insurance tax systems, which are federal-state programs that fund benefits to newly laid-off workers. Levies on employers fund the systems.

In the foundation’s analysis, those state tax systems that have low minimum and maximum rates, stick closely to the federal taxable pay levels, and don’t impose more surtaxes or additional benefits were rated the highest.

The Tax Foundation study rated the District of Columbia, but its ranking and score are separate from the 50 states.

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How Do States Measure Up on Unemployment Insurances Taxes?

State

2018 Rank

 2019 Rank 

Rank Change from 2018 to 2019

Oklahoma

1

  1

0

Florida

2

  2

0

Delaware

3

  3

0

Louisiana

4

  4

0

Mississippi

5

  5

0

Ohio

8

  6

2

North Carolina

6

  7

-1

Missouri

7

  8

-1

Nebraska

9

  9

0

New Mexico

16

  10

6

Indiana

10

  11

-1

Alabama

11

  12

-1

Arizona

15

  13

2

North Dakota

14

  14

0

Kansas

12

  15

-3

Utah

21

  16

5

California

13

  17

-4

Texas

26

  18

8

Washington

17

  19

-2

Vermont

18

  20

-2

Montana

20

  21

-1

Tennessee

22

  22

0

Connecticut

19

  23

-4

Maine

44

  24

20

Minnesota

37

  25

12

Hawaii

27

  26

1

South Carolina

29

  27

2

Maryland

24

  28

-4

Rhode Island

23

  29

-6

West Virginia

28

  30

-2

New York

30

  31

-1

New Jersey

36

  32

4

Iowa

34

  33

1

District of Columbia

30

  33

-3

Arkansas

32

  34

-2

Alaska

25

  35

-10

Wyoming

33

  36

-3

Oregon

31

  37

-6

Georgia

38

  38

0

South Dakota

39

  39

0

Colorado

35

  40

-5

Wisconsin

40

  41

-1

Illinois

42

  42

0

Virginia

41

  43

-2

New Hampshire

43

  44

-1

Nevada

45

  45

0

Pennsylvania

50

  46

4

Kentucky

47

  47

0

Idaho

46

  48

-2

Michigan

48

  49

-1

Massachusetts

49

  50

-1

Source: Tax Foundation

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