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Quick Statistics Data Definitions

Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave Insurance Statistics

Contribution Rate : California workers pay mandatory contributions to reimburse the Disability Fund for Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) coverage. The contribution rate is the percentage withheld from the wages of employees who are covered by DI and PFL programs.

Taxable Wage Ceiling: The maximum yearly wage that is subject to DI and PFL withholding.

Maximum Worker Contribution: The maximum amount withheld from the yearly wages of an employee who is covered by DI and PFL.

Minimum Weekly Benefit Amount: The minimum weekly benefit amount paid to an eligible DI or PFL recipient.

Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount: The maximum weekly benefit amount paid to an eligible DI or PFL recipient.

Average Weekly Benefit Amount: This is the typical weekly benefit amount paid to an eligible DI or PFL recipient.

Initial Claims Filed: The total number of DI or PFL applications that were filed during the month.

Benefits Paid: The amount of benefits paid during the month to all eligible DI or PFL recipients.

Disability Fund Balance : DI and PFL are State mandated and funded through employee payroll deductions. The fund balance is the amount that remains in the Disability Fund after all DI and PFL benefits have been paid for the month.

Job Services Statistics

Total Active Employers in CalJOBSSM: Those employers who have accessed CalJOBSSM to enter a job listing, update their business profile or to search job seeker résumés within the report period.

Total Active Job Seekers in CalJOBSSM: Those job seekers who have accessed CalJOBSSM to enter a résumé, update their personal information record, or search for jobs; or received a service from an EDD staff person within the report period.

Total Résumés in CalJOBSSM: The total number of job seekers who have entered a statement of their previous employment experience education, desired job objective, etc. during the report period.

Total Accesses in CalJOBSSM: An access count is taken each time the employer or job seeker logs onto the CalJOBSSM system during the report period.

Employer Registrations: The total number of California employers who registered in CalJOBSSM during the report period. These employers have been verified as bonafide California employers and are a subset of the Total Active Employers in CalJOBSSM.

Total Job Openings: The total number of job openings listed in CalJOBSSM during the report period.

Job Seeker Registrations: The number of job seekers who registered in CalJOBSSM during the report period. This is a subset of Total Active Job Seekers in CalJOBSSM.

Labor Market Information Statistics

Civilian Labor Force: The sum of civilian individuals 16 years or older who live in the geographic area and are either employed or counted as unemployed. This category does not include the military.

Seasonally Adjusted: Seasonal changes have been removed or discounted

Employment: People who live in the geographic area who are working. Persons with more than one job are counted once.

Unemployment: All civilians 16 years and over who did not work during the survey week, who made specific efforts to find a job within the past four weeks, and who were available to work.

Unemployment Rate: The unemployment rate is derived by dividing the number of unemployed by the labor force. The result is expressed as a percentage.

Industry Employment: The number of employees working for employers in the geographic area. Persons with more than one job are counted twice.

Average Hourly Wage: The average hourly payment for labor or services performed for all occupations. Includes tips and commissions but does not include overtime pay.

Payroll Tax Statistics

Tax Collections: Cumulative dollars collected for each tax in the current state fiscal year.

Unemployment Insurance (UI): The UI was established as part of a national program administered by the U. S. Department of Labor under the Social Security Act. The UI provides temporary payments to individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own. The UI is an employer-paid tax. Tax-rated employers pay a percentage on the first $7,000 in wages paid to each employee in a calendar year. The UI rate schedule is determined annually.

School Employee Fund (SEF): The SEF is a joint, pooled-risk fund that collects UI contributions paid by public schools and community college districts. Money deposited in the SEF is used to reimburse the UI Fund for the cost of UI benefits paid to former employees of those school employers who elected this option in lieu of paying the tax-rated method.

State Disability Insurance (SDI): SDI provides temporary benefit payments to workers for nonwork-related disabilities, family care leave, or bonding. SDI is a deduction from employees’ wages. Employers withhold a percentage for SDI on the wages paid to each employee in a calendar year, up to the taxable wage limit. The SDI rate and taxable wage limit are determined annually.

California Personal Income Tax (PIT): California PIT is a tax levied by the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) on the income of California residents and the income of nonresidents derived within California. The EDD administers the reporting, collecting, and enforcement of PIT withholding. California PIT is administered by FTB and EDD for the Governor to provide resources needed for California public services such as schools, public parks, roads, and health and human services. California PIT is withheld from employees’ pay based on the Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate (Form W-4 or DE 4) on file with their employers.

Employment Training Tax (ETT): The ETT provides funds to train employees in targeted industries to improve the competitiveness of California businesses. The ETT funds promote a healthy labor market by helping California businesses invest in a skilled and productive workforce and develop the skills of workers who directly produce or deliver goods and services. The ETT is an employer-paid tax. Employers subject to ETT pay 0.1 percent on the first $7,000 in wages paid to each employee in a calendar year.

Contingent Fund (CF): The CF was created as a depository for penalties and interest collected in the administration of the UI, SDI, ETT and PIT programs. The CF collections are used to fund EDD’s programs and any unused monies are transferred to the State’s General Fund for use by other State agencies for various programs.

Unemployment Insurance Statistics

Tax Schedule: UI tax rate schedule. Each year, the schedule is determined by the ratio between the Unemployment Insurance Fund balance on September 30 and total wages paid by all employers. All tax-rated employers who pay UI taxes to have their employees covered by the UI program are rated under the same schedule. The UI tax rate schedule is revised once a year.

Tax Wage Ceiling: Federal law requires that the minimum taxable wage ceiling will be the first $7,000 paid in wages to each employee during a calendar year. The taxable wage ceiling is the maximum amount of a covered employee’s wages during a calendar year upon which state unemployment insurance taxes are assessed in accordance with the state law in effect at the end of the year. The tax wage ceiling can only change by virtue of state and/or federal law.

Minimum Weekly Benefit Amount: The lowest weekly benefit amount for a week of total unemployment as provided under state or federal UI law. This amount can only change by virtue of state and/or federal law.

Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount: The highest weekly benefit amount for a week of total unemployment as provided under state or federal UI law. This amount can only change by virtue of state and/or federal law.

Average Weekly Benefit Amount: The average weekly benefit amount paid for a week of total unemployment. Average weekly benefit amount is obtained by dividing weeks compensated for total unemployment into benefits paid for total unemployment. Excludes federal programs (UCFE and UCX).

Initial Claims: Total number of new and additional regular unemployment insurance claims filed statewide for a given month. Excludes federal programs (UCFE and UCX).

Weeks Paid: Total number of weeks of regular unemployment insurance benefits paid statewide for a given month. Excludes federal programs (UCFE and UCX).

Benefits Paid: Total amount of unemployment insurance benefits paid for a given month. Includes all regular program payments (UI, UCFE, and UCX).

Trust Fund Balance: The balance in the individual state account in the UI Trust Fund that pays for the administration and payment of benefits. The Unemployment Trust Fund is a fund established in the Treasury of United States which contains all monies deposited by state agencies to the credit of their unemployment fund accounts and Federal unemployment taxes collected by the Internal Revenue Service.

Insured Unemployment Rate: The ratio of a 13-week moving average of weeks of unemployment insurance benefits claimed divided by an average of the most recently available four quarters of employment reported by employers covered by state UI tax laws. Differs from the Total Unemployment Rate (TUR) in that the TUR measures employment in the current month and is derived from estimates of the total number of unemployed individuals (those received UI benefits and those not receiving benefits) divided by estimates of the total population of the state.