Brookings experts reviewed how the expansion of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits has helped offset the decline of incomes during the pandemic. Although expanded UI payments have certainly assisted families, authors found that in March 2020 the increase in these payments offset less than 15 percent of lost wages and income, due to delayed payments and eligible people not applying. Preliminary analysis of April 2020 found that UI had not reached everyone in need by then either. #covid-19 #workforce
Unemployment insurance has not fully replaced crashing incomes
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