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Unemployment Insurance: A System That Works for Economic Recovery

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Emergency expansions to unemployment insurance (UI) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have provided crucial support to workers across the country. With a major component of the expansions—an additional $600 in weekly benefits—having lapsed at the end of July, lawmakers are in disagreement about how to balance financial relief with rebuilding the labor market and continue to grapple with what form UI should take going forward. The situation is further complicated by administrative challenges causing benefit delays and limiting options for benefit design.

Join the Bipartisan Policy Center, the National Employment Law Project, and the American Action Forum for a discussion on the role of UI in the next phase of response to the nation’s public health and economic crisis and the need for modernization as part of an eventual recovery.


Michele Evermore
Senior Policy Analyst, National Employment Law Project

Douglas Holtz-Eakin
President, American Action Forum

Moderated by:

Ben Gitis
Senior Policy Analyst, BPC

In light of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, BPC events have shifted to all remote formats, such as video teleconferences or calls.

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