Unemployment Insurance Policy
(Employment and Training Programs)
Thursday, November 2, 2017: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Columbian (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
Panel Organizers: Cristina Cristobal, Abt Associates, Inc.
Panel Chairs: Laura Peck, Abt Associates, Inc.
Discussants: Stephen Woodbury, Michigan State University
Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs provide a cushion for individuals during spells of involuntary job loss. When UI claimants struggle to become reemployed, UI programs provide services and cash assistance to support a transition back to work. This panel includes results from three studies funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The first study examines four states receiving the Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) grant and early impacts of the program on UI benefits paid, time to employment, and earnings for these states. The second study sheds light on unemployment compensation and the extent to which recipients exhaust their benefits. The third study examines a new approach that supports entrepreneurship as an avenue to reemployment.