State Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Solvency Webinar Archive


March 19, 2010 at 3:00 PM EST  (90 minutes)


This webinar, hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor, National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, will focus on state unemployment insurance trust fund management and strategies to address trust fund solvency. It is designed for individuals who may be new to the solvency issue or may like an update.


  • Rich Hobbie, Executive Director, National Association of State Workforce Agencies
  • Dale Zeigler, Deputy Administrator, Office of Unemployment Insurance, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Rob Pavosevich, Office of Unemployment Insurance, U.S. Department of Labor 


The recession that began in December 2007 has driven more than half the states to borrow over $32 billion in Federal loans to pay Unemployment Insurance benefits. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, up to 40 states will require loans totaling some $90 billion.


This first of two webinars, will focus on the following:

  • What causes contributed to trust fund insolvency?
  • What remedies might states pursue to return their trust fund accounts to a healthy position?
  • Is this situation unprecedented and what actions can Congress take to assist states?

The second Webinar will be an advanced session covering the changes in states tax structures that promote solvency, including calculating adequate tax levels, changing the minimum, and maximum tax rates and the taxable wage base. It is designed for individuals involved with analyzing changes in their UI tax system.


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