Brief Disadvantaged Workers and the Unemployment Insurance Program
Maria E. Enchautegui
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The unemployment insurance system is composed of state programs guided by broad federal principles, with funding and eligibility rules left to the states. The participation of employers injects a good deal of contentiousness and errors, while the principle of "no fault of their own" limits the eligibility of many workers who separate from their jobs for family and health reasons or because their temporary job ended. This system leaves many disadvantaged workers behind to the extent that only between 10 and 36 percent of unemployed workers with labor market disadvantages collected benefits in 2010, in comparison to 69 percent of non-disadvantaged workers.
Research Areas Wealth and financial well-being Social safety net Race and equity
Tags Welfare and safety net programs Employment and income data Racial and ethnic disparities Unemployment and unemployment insurance Racial barriers to accessing the safety net Racial inequities in employment
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center