December 2, 2020
Unemployment insurance is the most important support for displaced workers. However, benefits quickly decline over time and are more generous for higher income workers.
Policies and trends around employment impact over 160 million working Americans and their families. Our posts discuss a range of topics including: demographic trends in labor force participation; unemployment; the impact of immigration; minimum wage laws; discrimination; how trade policy affects U.S. jobs; the rise of automation; and employment-focused education and skills programs, among others.
October 21, 2020
Layoffs increase the risk of divorce for married workers. Unemployment insurance can mitigate some of the increased risk, especially for men without children.
October 1, 2020
The combination of job losses that were markedly worse for low-earning workers and the expansion of unemployment benefits made the CARES Act very progressive.
August 27, 2020
The Covid-19 recession has led to a sharp decline in women’s employment contrasting with previous recessions that saw a larger rise in unemployment for men.
August 11, 2020
The CARES Act added a $600 federal benefit that increased the generosity of state unemployment insurance. But many factors impact the intensity with which the unemployed seek work.
April 30, 2020
Frontline workers earn lower wages on average and are more likely to be from socio-economically disadvantaged groups than the overall workforce.