Aid to Jobless Workers in the Face of the Great Recession: The Interaction of Unemployment Insurance and the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program
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1. What is the extent of the overlap, meaning temporal connection, between UI and SNAP receipt? What is the timing of that connection?
2. How much does SNAP assist in filling the income gap when a job is lost?
3. How have changes in public policy and economic conditions affected the answer to these questions?
We find that the number of families relying on both SNAP and UI together ballooned with the Great Recession, and that the patterns changed as expected, with UI growing dramatically in relative importance. At the same time, only a minority of those swelling the ranks of SNAP obtained benefits from the UI program, suggesting that the current safety net has important limitations in times of serious economic distress.