Owners feel pinch from unemployment tax hike - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Owners feel pinch from unemployment tax hike

BOISE, Idaho. - Business owners are feeling the pinch and looking for ways to recoup the costs of Idaho's rising unemployment tax.
     
The unemployment tax rate has more than doubled this year, following a 70 percent increase from a year ago.
     
State officials say the tax paid by employers is expected to remain high through 2011 and possibly 2012 as the economy turns, people return to work and the state repays the federal loans used for unemployment benefits.
     
The Idaho Statesman reports the standard rate paid by employers last year equaled an average of $518 per worker. This year, the standard rate has increased to more than $1,100 per worker.
     
The higher rate has irked employers.
     
Idaho Labor Department spokesman Bob Fick says the agency got 700 complaint calls in December when the increase was announced.

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