An Unemployment System Frozen in Amber

By Bryce Covert


The new set of benefits are all completely gone. Before the pandemic expansions expired, three-quarters of people were accessing benefits through them rather than their state programs. Today, the share of unemployed workers getting benefits is now back to about 25 percent of jobless Americans. Despite the focus on the system and its failures, as well as these brand-new experiments, “it didn’t accomplish any durable change,” said Indivar Dutta-Gupta, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy.

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