CAI Projection:  Unemployment Taxable Payroll

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george pic for news.jpgCAI projects that the taxable payroll for the unemployment tax year 2015-2016 will be in the amount of $22,300.00, up from $21,700.00 in 2014-2015.

The unemployment taxable payroll in North Carolina is calculated by multiplying the yearly average insured wage by 50 percent rounded off to the nearest multiple of one hundred dollars ($100.00).  This calculation is done in accordance with NC General Statute 96-9(5).


Here are the taxable payroll amounts in recent years:


2014-2015       $21,700

2013-2014       $21,400

2012-2013       $20,900

2011-2012       $20,400

2010-2011       $19,700 (no change from previous tax year)

2009-2010       $19,700

2008-2009       $19,300

2007-2008       $18,600

2006-2007       $17,800


For more information regarding unemployment in North Carolina, go to the Division of Employment Security’s web site at


If you need any assistance with unemployment issues, please call any member of our Advice and Resolution team.



The unemployment maximum weekly benefit amount is no longer indexed to the average weekly insured wage.  Legislation (H4) passed in the 2013 Session of the North Carolina General Assembly states that the maximum weekly benefit amount is to be statutorily set.  This means that passage of legislation is required to either increase or decrease this amount.  The current maximum weekly benefit amount is $350.


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