Unemployment Insurance Exhaustees Study

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U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

The recession that began in late 2007 increased the job finding difficulties facing recipients of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. In response to sharply rising durations of joblessness, the Federal government substantially expanded the number of weeks of UI benefits available to eligible individuals.

In some states, recipients could receive benefits for up to 99 weeks, which was almost four times the typical limit of 26 weeks during healthy economic times. Despite this expansion, large numbers of workers remained unemployed long enough to exhaust their entire benefit entitlements. There is little information about the characteristics of these “exhaustees” or about their labor market experiences, economic well-being, and participation in other government support programs after they ran out of UI benefits.

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Grace Roemer

Grace Roemer

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