CRS – The Unemployment Trust Fund: State Insolvency and Federal Loans to States

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 25, 2012

The Unemployment Trust Fund (UTF): State Insolvency and Federal Loans to States, Julie M. Whittaker, Specialist in Income Security. September 20, 2012

  • “During some recessions, current taxes and reserve balances were insufficient to cover state expenditures for unemployment compensation (UC) benefits. UC benefits are an entitlement, and states are legally required to pay benefits even if the state account is insolvent. Some states may borrow funds from the Federal Unemployment Account (FUA) within the Unemployment Trust Fund (UTF) to meet UC benefit obligations. The 2009 stimulus package (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, P.L. 111-5 §2004) temporarily waives interest payments and the accrual of interest on these loans to states from the FUA. This report summarizes how insolvent states may borrow funds from the federal account within the UTF to meet their UC benefit obligations. Outstanding loans listed by state may be found at the Department of Labor’s website.
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