With an extremely volatile economy and massive job loss as a result of the recession, unemployment insurance (UI) has become vital to families across the country. Millions of workers have lost their jobs and turned to unemployment insurance to help take care of their families. UI benefits are payments from the federal government and administered by states to workers who have lost a job through no fault of their own.
Emergency Unemployment Compensation of ARRA
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 improved UI, through, for example a temporary increase in the amount jobless workers receive, new provisions to provide extended benefits for the long-term jobless, and new provisions that provided subsidies so that jobless workers could keep their health insurance. ARRA also gave funds to states to help administer the record number of people filing for these benefits.
Unemployment Insurance Extensions
NETWORK is currently working on extending UI benefits.