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Thirteen states and the U.S. Virgin Islands have Federal Unemployment Tax Act credit reductions for 2013, the Labor Department said Nov. 12. For 2012, 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands had FUTA credit reductions.

Delaware has a 0.6 percent credit reduction that requires employers to pay up to $42 in additional FUTA costs for each employee for 2013.

A credit reduction of 0.9 percent, increasing FUTA costs by up to $63 for each employee for 2013, applies for employers in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

Indiana has a credit reduction of 1.2 percent for 2013 that increases FUTA costs by up to $84 for each employee. However, the state prevented an extra credit reduction, the FUTA benefit cost rate add-on, that would have required employers to pay up to $98 for each employee in addition to the extra charge of up to $84 for each employee. Indiana prevented the benefit cost rate add-on with a fifth-year waiver application that was approved by the Labor Department.

The U.S. Virgin Islands has a credit reduction of 0.9 percent for 2013 plus an extra credit reduction of 0.3 percent. This extra reduction, the 2.7 add-on, can apply for jurisdictions that do not achieve solvency goals established by the Labor Department.

Five states that had credit reductions in 2012 repaid their federal unemployment loan balances and do not have credit reductions for 2013: Arizona, Florida, Nevada, New Jersey and Vermont.

South Carolina, despite its federal unemployment loan balance, does not have a credit reduction for 2013 because its credit reduction avoidance application was approved by the Labor Department.

These states are to increase minimum wage rates in 2014: Arizona, to $7.90 an hour from $7.80, effective Jan. 1, 2014; California, to $9 an hour from $8, effective July 1, 2014; Connecticut, to $8.70 an hour from $8.25, effective Jan. 1; Florida, to $7.93 an hour from $7.79, effective Jan. 1; Missouri, to $7.50 an hour from $7.35, effective Jan. 1; Montana, to $7.90 an hour from $7.80, effective Jan. 1; New York, to $8 an hour from $7.25, effective Dec. 31, 2013; Ohio, to $7.95 an hour from $7.85, effective Jan. 1; Oregon, to $9.10 an hour from $8.95, effective Jan. 1; Rhode Island, to $8 an hour from $7.75, effective Jan. 1; Vermont, to $8.73 an hour from $8.60, effective Jan. 1; and Washington, to $9.32 an hour from $9.19, effective Jan. 1.

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