Resources for Technical Assistance

1) Unemployment Insurance Financing Technical Guide: Guidelines for the Construction and Analysis of State Unemployment Insurance Financing Structures With Accompanying Spreadsheet Model

This Technical Guide is a comprehensive work on building or evaluating an Unemployment Insurance tax structure. The purpose of this Technical Guide is to provide program analysts and policy makers a practical hands-on tool for constructing a UI tax system or correcting a financing imbalance in a state’s existing tax structure, or even implementing an alternative method of experience rating. In addition, accompanying this Guide is an Excel spreadsheet model that takes the user through each of the steps, described in the Guide, of building a state tax system and also includes some tools to analyze a state’s existing system.


Unemployment Insurance Financing Technical Guide

Spreadsheet Model

2) WPRS/RESEA Profiling Model Technical Assistance

Pursuant to Public Law 103-152 which was enacted by Congress in 1993, all states are required to establish a system of profiling new UI claimants to identify those most likely to exhaust their UI benefits so they could be referred to reemployment services in a timely manner. More recently, the FY 2017 appropriation provided funds for Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) targeting UI claimants identified as most likely to exhaust their UI benefits as identified by the existing Worker Profiling and Reemployment Services (WPRS) program models.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Unemployment Insurance offers technical assistance to states on issues relating to WPRS modeling techniques and best practices as well as bi-annual training seminars on model building. Technical assistance is available on all aspects of worker profiling including general guidance, available techniques and model diagnostics, and full model building assistance. For information on future seminars, questions regarding available technical assistance, or to request technical assistance for a state profiling system, please contact Kevin Stapleton at (202) 693-3009 or via email at Stapleton.kevin@dol.gov.


3) Training in Quantitative Analysis of State Unemployment Insurance Programs

One of the primary operational goals of the Office of Unemployment Insurance is to provide technical assistance to State Workforce Agencies. A significant effort to accomplish that mission has been providing biannual seminars on the quantitative analysis of UI programs. These seminars cover topics such as benefit cost estimation, taxation principles and experience rating, forecasting UI variables, and measuring the impacts of state law changes. The reference manual provided to participants in the most recent quantitative methods seminar is available at the following link:


Benefit Financing Seminar Manual (October 2018)

For information on future seminars, questions regarding available technical assistance, please contact Robert Pavosevich at Pavosevich.robert@dol.gov.


4) UI Director’s Guide

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) Director’s Guide is a resource of information about the UI program that has been developed for UI Directors by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration’s office of Unemployment Insurance. The Guide outlines the principles establishing the UI program, including information about the Social Security Act and the Federal Unemployment Act- the foundations upon which states have built their UI systems. It also provides information on the requirements states must meet to be in conformity and compliance with federal law.


UI Director’s Guide: Essential Elements for the Unemployment Insurance Director

5) Benefit Financing Model

The State Unemployment Insurance Benefit Financing Model (SBFM) is a simulation model used by state agencies to forecast the balance of their state UI trust fund ten years into the future. This program, written in C, is maintained at the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Unemployment Insurance and is available upon request for any State over a secure line through the Internet.

States generally use the SBFM for three purposes: 1) to see how various economic scenarios will impact revenues, benefits, and the overall trust fund balance. 2) Measure the responsiveness of their state financing system, and 3) measure the impact of new state laws and proposals. If you have any questions, or would like access to the SBFM, please contact Ed Dullaghan at (202) 693-2927 or via e-mail: Dullaghan.edward@dol.gov