Exhaustees of Extended Unemployment Benefits Programs: Coping with the Aftermath of the Great Recession
- Twenty-six percent of recipients in our main analysis file—recipients who collected benefits from only one claim during a three-year period—exhausted all of the unemployment compensation benefits to which they were entitled. Overall, these exhaustees collected an average of 87 weeks of benefits compared to 28 weeks of benefits for nonexhaustees.
- Four to six years after their initial claims, exhaustees were statistically significantly less likely to be employed and more likely to be out of the labor force compared to nonexhaustees.
- Exhaustees experienced greater losses in household income and had higher rates of participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Social Security retirement, and disability-related income support programs.
- Relative to recipients with long jobless spells, nonrecipients with long jobless spells were less likely to become reemployed in the subsequent few years following their layoff and had lower household incomes.
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