Layoffs may be on the horizon. Is the unemployment insurance system ready?

Aug 4, 2022
States are upgrading antiquated technology. But there are still big disparities among states.
Though states are investing to upgrade unemployment systems, there are still wide disparities among their processes and the benefits they provide.
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GAO report highlights vulnerabilities in the unemployment insurance claims system

Jun 9, 2022
The report says decades of underinvestment in personnel and technology have led to weaknesses that were exposed during the pandemic, when there was high demand for benefits.
The GAO said the demand for unemployment benefits during the pandemic brought to light a variety of  weaknesses in the system.
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As federal unemployment benefits end, many states' UI systems remain janky

Sep 7, 2021
Some crash, others don’t work on mobile devices. In some states, workers have to wait to receive new passwords by mail to access their accounts.
To help states improve their unemployment systems, the Labor Department is creating an Unemployment Insurance Modernization unit.
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Did hiring pick up after states ended extra federal unemployment benefits?

Jul 22, 2021
What business owners are seeing, plus a look at unemployment and job search data.
Hiring results have been mixed in states where federal unemployment benefits have ended.
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Big jump in unemployment benefit claims from gig workers

Jan 21, 2021
More people are relying on gig work, which puts a lot of risk on the workers themselves.
An Uber driver participates in a car rally calling for basic employment rights in August 2020 in Los Angeles.
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Unemployment insurance is broken. What would it take to fix it?

Jan 20, 2021
Making the unemployment system a federal program could help reduce some of the huge racial disparities that currently exist.
Some economists are saying it is time for the federal government to take over the unemployment insurance system.
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Long-term unemployment rose slightly in December

Jan 8, 2021
But it doesn't account for those who've stopped looking for work.
The view from an empty, closed restaurant in New York City early in the pandemic. The long-term unemployed have become a large proportion of the overall jobless population.
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Why hasn't Congress fixed unemployment insurance?

Dec 17, 2020
Congress was able to pass the CARES Act quickly, but its benefits expire Dec. 26. Will they be extended?
Congress has known what's wrong with unemployment insurance for decades.
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Most states have been underpaying Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits

Dec 1, 2020
Instead of calculating PUA benefits based on people’s income, many states have just been paying the minimum benefit.
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Unemployment insurance is broken. How can it be fixed?

Nov 18, 2020
When tens of millions of workers were laid off and applied for benefits in the spring, the system crashed. Here are some ideas for making it work better.
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