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Unemployment Insurance

Upon establishing a new business in Maryland, an employer must apply for an unemployment insurance account number.  Employers are assigned a new account tax rate until a rate can be established based on their experience rating.  There is no employee contribution. 

For 2014, rates are as follows:

  • Taxable wage base –  $8,500
  • New employer rate – 2.6 percent
  • Rate range for existing employers – 0.3 to 7.5 percent 

An employer may transfer experience from an operation which has been closed or substantially curtailed in another state.  The operation, to be eligible, must have had at least three years of benefit charges and payrolls immediately preceding the transfer.

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's Division of Unemployment Insurance

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