New York's Troubled Trust Fund

New York has long operated as a pay-as-you-go system, accumulating no reserves at all, and taking short-term loans from the federal government every year to make it between its large tax paydays each May. During better times, the state managed to pay off its loans most years before interest accumulated, but when the recession struck New York was one of the first states to begin borrowing large sums long-term. Average business taxes will increase from $320 to $349 per worker for 2010, but that most likely won't save the state from having to pay back billions -- or from facing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of interest payments.

This news application is no longer being updated as of February 3, 2011. The historical data is still accurate.

  Bankrupt and Borrowing: New York's unemployment fund is currently bankrupt and New York is borrowing from the federal government.

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Borrowed Amount Unemployment Rate (November) Net Income (December) Avg. Weekly Benefit % of Unemployed
Receiving Benefits
$3,369.2m 8.2% $-276.9m $309.5 37.0%
National: 9% Rank: 50 of 51 Rank: 21 of 51 Rank: 26 of 51

Unemployment Reserves (millions)

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Sources: Google Public Data, Department of Labor, Treasury Department.