Unemployment Insurance

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UI during COVID in US – How to improve it

This panel will focus on changes in unemployment insurance (UI) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and how lessons from these changes can guide reform of the federal-state UI system. For example, what lessons does the CARES Act UI payments experience offer on how we can better promote an equitable recovery? … Continue reading

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance in US ($600 weekly by UI) – Extension would support millions of workers: See updated state unemployment data | Economic Policy Institute

As of last week, DOL reported that over 15 million workers across 48 states and the District of Columbia are receiving or waiting on a decision for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits, which underscores the importance of extending benefits to those who would otherwise not have been eligible. Five states have at least a million … Continue reading

UI Weekly Claims in US (week ending May 9) – 2,981,000, a total of more than 36 M for the last 8 weeks

In the week ending May 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 2,981,000, a decrease of 195,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 7,000 from 3,169,000 to 3,176,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,616,500, a decrease of 564,000 from the previous week’s revised average. … Continue reading

COVID, UI and Fiscal Policy – Enhancing automatic stabilizers, especially improving unemployment benefit systems and social safety nets, can protect household incomes FMI says

This chapter argues that fiscal policies are at the forefront of facilitating an economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic once the Great Lockdown ends. Policymakers can achieve this objective with IDEAS: Invest for the future—in health systems, infrastructure, low carbon technologies, education, and research; adopt well-planned Discretionary policies that can be deployed quickly; and Enhance … Continue reading

COVID – UI in US and in Europe

Consider an average full-time employee in the food industry, who earned around $500 per weekbefore the coronavirus crisis. Average weekly unemployment insurance last year was $378, and now with the extra $600 from the coronavirus relief law, that worker could collect $978 in unemployment benefits each week for two months — nearly double what he … Continue reading

COVID and UI in US – Maximum UI benefits will exceed 90 percent of average weekly wages in all states

WHAT HAS CONGRESS ALREADY DONE TO ADDRESS THE CURRENT CRISIS? The CARES Act—a $2 trillion relief package aimed at alleviating the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic—extends the duration of UI benefits by 13 weeks and increases payments by $600 per week through July 31st. This implies that maximum UI benefits will exceed 90 percent … Continue reading

COVID, Cares Act and UI in US – States struggle to pay out the extra $600

Most other states have started to provide the extra federal jobless aid, though many did so only this week, nearly a month after businesses began shutting down across the country because of the coronavirus outbreak. At least 32 states will provide the extra federal benefits by the end of this week. California, the most populous … Continue reading

COVID and Unemployment Insurance in US – How to make it work for all

Since its creation almost a century ago, America’s safety net has not kept pace with the changing economy. Reforming the Unemployment Insurance program is a case in point. Created in 1935, this essential component of the safety net, which provides a basic level of financial assistance to workers who lose their jobs through no fault … Continue reading

COVID and UI in US – Most states have yet to update their systems to process applications

Even as nearly 17 million Americans have sought unemployment benefits in the past three weeks — a record high, by far — millions of people appear to be falling through the cracks. They can’t get through jammed phone systems or finish their applications on overloaded websites. Or they’re confused about whether or how to apply. … Continue reading

Who Can Help For Overloaded UI in US – Google Creates Unemployment Application Portal for New York State Labor Department

Google said it has created an application portal to help New York State respond to an unprecedented surge in unemployment filings after the economy was shut down by the coronavirus outbreak. The effort, called “Tech Surge”, is a partnership with Google Cloud, Deloitte, and Verizon to improve the reliability of the state’s online and telephone-based … Continue reading

COVID and Labor Shortages in US – Wanted: People who know COBOL for UI program coding

On top of ventilators, face masks and health care workers, you can now add COBOL programmers to the list of what several states urgently need as they battle the coronavirus pandemic. In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has put out a call for volunteers who know how to code the decades-old computer programming language called … Continue reading

COVID and Unemployment Insurance in US – what has congress already done to address the current crisis?

WHAT HAS CONGRESS ALREADY DONE TO ADDRESS THE CURRENT CRISIS? The CARES Act—a $2 trillion relief package aimed at alleviating the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic—extends the duration of UI benefits by 13 weeks and increases payments by $600 per week through July 31st. This implies that maximum UI benefits will exceed 90 percent … Continue reading

Unemployment Benefits in US – The Efficacy of Enhanced UI by St. Louis Fed

KEY TAKEAWAYS Social-distancing policies to slow the transmission of coronavirus have disrupted economic activity, shuttering firms and throwing many Americans out of work. Providing more generous unemployment insurance benefits to laid-off and furloughed workers can be an efficient, targeted means to help offset their loss of income. Small business loans aimed at keeping workers on … Continue reading

Unemployment Insurance in US – State reserves are not adequate before COVID-19

The federal-state unemployment insurance (UI) system pays temporary partial earnings replacement to involuntarily unemployed applicants while they are actively seeking reemployment. The UI system is an automatic stabilizer for state economies, injecting spending from benefit payments quickly in economic downturns, and withdrawing spending during business recoveries because of fewer beneficiaries and higher tax contributions. There … Continue reading

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims in US, April 13 – Down at the lowest level for initial claims since September 6

In the week ending April 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 192,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week’s revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since September 6, 1969 when it was 182,000. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 196,000 to 197,000. … Continue reading

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