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Unemployment insurance is an important support for jobless Americans, although how best to structure benefits is the subject of ongoing debate. We are evaluating the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the unemployment compensation provisions of ARRA, addressing questions relating to extended and emergency benefits that became available through the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 (EUC08) and related legislation. Reducing veteran unemployment is another special policy concern, and the Army UCX Claimants initiative awarded grants to Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, and Texas, states with large veteran populations, to spur improvement in reemployment services for this group. Mathematica is evaluating this pilot initiative, which leverages assets and shares data across the unemployment insurance and workforce systems and the Army, examining projects in each state and identifying the extent to which they achieve the initiative's goals.
Evaluation of the Unemployment Compensation Provisions of ARRA
This evaluation assessed states’ decisions to adopt unemployment compensation provisions that expanded eligibility and/or the generosity of benefits. It also provided insights into who made use of the additional weeks of unemployment benefits available during the recession, and how they fared.
Unemployment Insurance Exhaustees Study
This study examines workers who collected unemployment insurance during and just after the Great Recession, when benefits entitlements increased from 26 to 99 weeks. It describes characteristics and experiences of workers who exhausted available benefits and how they fared after exhaustion.
Karen Needels is a labor economist with significant expertise in design, data collection, and analysis for experimental and nonexperimental evaluations of the unemployment insurance (UI) system.Featured ProjectsFeatured Publications
- Unemployment Compensation During the Great Recession: Theory and Evidence
- The EUC08 Program in Theoretical and Historical Perspective
- Training and Re-employment
- Unemployment Insurance
- Human Services