Unraveling the Unemployment Insurance Lifeline: Responding to Insolvency, States Begin Reducing Benefits and Restricting Eligibility in 2011

Source: Claire McKenna and George Wentworth, National Employment Law Project, Legislative Update, August 2011

From the press release:
State lawmakers in 10 states used the 2011 session to push through a range of unprecedented cuts and new restrictions in their unemployment insurance programs, according to an analysis of state legislation released today by the National Employment Law Project. Some of the most severe cuts NELP’s new analysis shows that in 2011, six states cut the maximum number of weeks that jobless workers can receive unemployment insurance to less than 26 weeks–a threshold that had served as a standard for all 50 states for more than half a century, until this year. occurred in states hit hardest by unemployment and the recession….

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