Effects of Welfare Reform on Unemployment Insurance

Brief

Effects of Welfare Reform on Unemployment Insurance

May 1, 1998

Abstract

Welfare reform will hardly make a ripple in unemployment insurance because less than 20 percent of welfare recipients who become unemployed will be eligible for benefits. Those that do qualify for unemployment insurance will receive benefits 40 to 50 percent lower than the average recipient. This brief examines the primary reasons that make welfare recipients less likely to receive unemployment insurance benefits.

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