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Weathering Job Loss: Unemployment Insurance

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Publication Date: July 2008

Publisher(s): Tax Policy Center

Author(s): Margaret Simms

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Economics (Economic conditions)

Keywords: Families/Parenting; Economic Well-being; Employment; Poverty and Safety Net

Type: Paper


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.