Research Report An Introduction to Unemployment and Unemployment Insurance
Wayne Vroman
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This paper describes the evolution of unemployment in recent years (the rate of unemployment occurrences and average unemployment duration) and highlights variation in unemployment by gender, age, ethnicity and educational attainment using national data. It then demonstrates the wide variation in receipt of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits by states. It also identifies several state-level factors related to recipiency rate variation. Finally, it suggests changes that would increase UI recipiency in the states.
Research Areas Social safety net
Tags Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Unemployment and unemployment insurance