Hawaii's Troubled Trust Fund
Faced with a record trust fund balance in 2008, Hawaii instituted an unemployment insurance tax holiday with a trigger that would dramatically increase taxes if the balance went too low. When unemployment spiked from 3 percent to 8 percent, the fund's balance dropped precipitously, triggering a business tax increase from $90 to $1,070 per employee, on average.
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|Bankrupt and Borrowing: Hawaii's unemployment fund is currently bankrupt and Hawaii is borrowing from the federal government.|
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|Borrowed Amount||Unemployment Rate (November)||Net Income (December)||Avg. Weekly Benefit||% of Unemployed
|National: 9%||Rank: 21 of 51||Rank: 1 of 51||Rank: 7 of 51|
Unemployment Reserves (millions)
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Sources: Google Public Data, Department of Labor, Treasury Department.