UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE: Receipt of Benefits Has Declined, with Continued Disparities for Low-Wage and Part-Time Workers

Source: Cynthia M. Fagnoni, Managing Director Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues, United States Government Accountability Office, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, Committee on Ways and Means, House of Representatives, GAO-07-1243T, Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The overall rate of UI receipt has increased modestly from the mid-1980s to 2005, but still remains below the near-50 percent rate of the 1950s.

A comparison of UI receipt by earning levels shows that low-wage workers were less likely to receive UI benefits than higher-wage workers. Moreover, the gap between the two groups has not narrowed over time. Between 1992 and 1995–the period covered in GAO’s previous analysis–low-wage workers were about half as likely to receive UI benefits as higher-wage workers. For the years 1998 and 2003–the years added for this analysis–they were about one-third as likely.

See also:
Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, Hearing on Modernizing Unemployment Insurance to Reduce Barriers for Jobless Workers, Wednesday, September 19, 2007

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