Brief Weathering Job Loss
Unemployment Insurance
Margaret Simms
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Low-wage jobs are often characterized by uncertainty and unpredictable gaps in employment. A majority of workers in these jobs do not have access to the temporary income of unemployment insurance to tide them over when they suffer a job loss. This summary outlines recommendations for updating the program by extending benefits to more workers through changes in eligibility rules and establishing more uniform periods of benefit receipt.
Research Areas Families Social safety net
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Economic well-being Unemployment and unemployment insurance Families with low incomes