Unemployment Benefit Expansions: A Guide for Policy Responses in the Wake of COVID-19

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10 min readMar 20, 2020

By Elizabeth Pancotti


The Unemployment Insurance (UI) system replaces wages for workers who lose their jobs. The Department of Labor oversees the system, but states administer programs and set eligibility and benefit guidelines. In most states, unemployed workers are eligible to receive about half of their previous wages for up to about 26 weeks.

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