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The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across the world; in most countries, it started in and lasted until the late s.
This cutoff threatens to pull the rug out from under an economy that has already seen millions of workers lose their state unemployment benefits this fall. Three million workers already ran out of state jobless benefits in September, and based on these trends, more than 4 million more workers likely ran out by the end of October official tallies are not released until November Long-term unemployment surged in October , with the share of all jobless workers out of work for twenty-six weeks or more shot up from While white workers were laid off at higher numbers than usual at the start of the pandemic, the share of unemployment insurance UI claimants who were Black soared by 40 percent from April to September—just as the benefits began to be cut off.
The past few months have seen a steady economic recovery, but the economy is still short There are simply not enough jobs being created to support all of the workers running out of aid before the end of Without unemployment benefits and with savings badly depleted, families will be at high risk for food insecurity and loss of their homes, and many may be unable to pay for health care during some of the darkest days of the pandemic.
While there are major political challenges to reaching a stimulus relief deal before the holidays, jobless workers cannot wait until January. The stakes are simply too high. Workers rendered jobless during the pandemic accessed various unemployment benefits through a system of state and federal programs, some of which were created specially to respond to the pandemic.
Figure 1 illustrates the interactions between these critical programs for jobless workers which are explained in detail in the next section of the report. The path that jobless workers face to access these benefits is as follows:. Previous laws, such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of , had a soft cutoff, which allowed individuals already receiving benefits to continue doing so until their full term was exhausted, but stopped any additional workers from qualifying. The important difference here is that a soft cutoff creates a gentle downward slope for workers and the economy, while a hard cutoff creates a cliff.
Using data from the number of workers that accessed state UI programs earlier in , and the rate of exhaustion in different states, we are able to estimate the number of workers who will still be on PEUC benefits as of December As a matter of reference, A large number of layoffs were temporary, and many workers have been called back to work or found other jobs. A record 3 million workers exhausted state jobless benefits in the month of September alone. By the end of September, the number of workers continuing to claim state UI benefits had dropped to Based on current trends, our model estimates that another 7 million workers will exhaust their state jobless benefits in the fourth quarter alone.
PUA is a more straightforward proposition, as those who entered the program can largely collect continuously through December, but the data has been less accurate. Unpublished Department of Labor data indicate just over This sharp drop reflects not only workers finding jobs but also potentially some misreporting earlier in the pandemic.
Table 1 illustrates the number of workers who are likely to be still receiving PEUC or PUA benefits and thus face a hard cutoff of benefits on December These amounts break down as follows:.
As extreme as the figures above are, they underestimate the problem. Many more workers will have depleted their CARES Act benefits even before the December 26 deadline, especially when it comes those who were laid off in the earliest stages of the current economic crisis. As a matter of perspective, there were 2. We estimate that 4. Notably, in Table 2, some states show PUA exhaustions before December 26 as the forty-six week PUA benefits in high unemployment states should carry all recipients to the deadline.
Some of these workers may still have EB eligibility going into January, but in states with shorter durations, such as North Carolina, workers will have likely already exhausted EB benefits even before the end of the year.
For this reason, the latest stimulus package passed by the House of Representatives includes a new extension entitled Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Extension Compensation that would provide another thirteen weeks to those who exhausted either PEUC or PUA benefits. Figure 2 illustrates how large an impact the December 26 cutoff of CARES Act benefits will have nationwide, relative to the number of workers who had exhausted their benefits before the cutoff.
Twelve million workers will be summarily dismissed from the unemployment rolls on December 26, ; before that, only 5. The stakes of the expiration of jobless benefits are high, starting first and foremost with the major consequences of long-term unemployment. Involuntary job loss has harmful effects on the outcomes of workers, and these effects are intensified when jobless spells are longer than six months.
There is a documented effect of long-term unemployment on household stability. Workers who are unemployed for substantial periods of time lower their consumption, 32 draw down savings to make ends meet, 33 and increase borrowing. Workers who are out of work for more than six months face increased rates of depression and anxiety 36 and greater incidence of suicide. For this reason, Congress has historically provided federal support for extended benefits when large numbers of Americans are facing long-term unemployment and keeps these benefits in place until well into a cycle of recovery.
Prolonged unemployment is more typical and more harmful for Black workers. In times of economic downturn, Black unemployment rates tend to spike earlier and recede more slowly than that of white workers. Though they are more likely to be unemployed, Black workers are less likely to get unemployment benefits. Extended jobless benefits are also a critical piece of the macroeconomic recovery. Unemployment insurance benefits have been proven over and over again to be one of the best dollar-for-dollar stimulus programs.
If benefits are cut off in December, it would be the earliest cutoff of extended benefits in any recent recession. In the previous four recessions, extended benefits were available to workers until at least three years after the start of the recession, recognizing the length of time needed to create jobs for all of those who had lost work during the downturn.
In the July recession, extended benefits were available until March ; in the July recession, extensions kept going until February ; and even the mild recession included benefits through March Critically, by this time, the share of workers on the core state benefits program had dropped substantially, to nearly half the current level, and thus the need for extended benefits had abated.
Figure 3 compares the current insured unemployment rate to previous cut offs of extended benefits, and this stark difference indicates just how grave this early cut off would be to workers and the economy.
Congress has stared down major expirations of jobless benefits multiple times during the Great Recession and previous economic cycles.
Policy makers have been more comfortable with enacting temporary extended benefits programs with more predictable costs rather than improving the automatic stabilizers in EB. The risk of such an approach, however, are huge cliffs like the one facing the nation on December With the stakes of the benefit cutoff perhaps higher than they have ever been before, there also seems to be a grave danger that unemployed Americans could be left behind during a lame duck session taking place in the overhang of a contested presidential election.
But the numbers—and families behind them—leave no excuses for inaction. The estimates are based on reported data from states to the U. Using this data, the we conduct a flow analysis based on observed take up, exhaustion, and survival rates. Estimates are derived on the state level, with state exhaustion rates as a key metric equal to the sum of exhaustions for the past twelve months divided by the sum of first payments for twelve months but with a starting period lagged by six months.
Under this method, November exhaustions are projected as the exhaustion rate times the first payments for the month of May. September exhaustion rates were used but then corrected if current claims data indicate an earlier exhaustion rate is prevailing.
Based on observed data, 72 percent of state exhaustions are predicted to enter into PEUC benefits during the same month they exhaust. Among those flowing onto PEUC benefits in the fourth quarter, 7 percent are predicted to leave the program each month for employment.
Thus our model predicts higher utilization of PEUC than the weekly data. For the PUA program, month-to-month data is less accurate. Thus, the total number of first payments into the PUA program of Applying this predicts that 76 percent of the 9. In those states without a forty-six-week PUA program, 25 percent are assumed to have started before March 28 and thus exhaust before December After October 17, initial claims into PUA for the rest of October and November are assumed to have a 50 percent payment rate before December To estimate the number of states that will trigger off by the end of December, rendering still-jobless workers when PEUC expires, ineligible for additional weeks when they exhaust their state weeks, we project the initial claims, state benefit exhaustions, re-employment rate, insured unemployment rate, and the total unemployment rate for each state the weeks between the weekly UI report released November 12, To estimate initial claims, we take the three-week moving average of the change in total national initial claims and multiply that by the total national initial claims in the previous week.
Then we take the ratio of state to national claims from the previous week and multiply it by the projected total claims of the current week. Based on our analysis of the adjusted exhaustion rate we estimate that 45 percent of workers will become re-employed within twenty-six weeks, so for our re-employment estimates, we estimate 3 percent of continuing claims are discontinued each week due to workers becoming re-employed.
To project the insured unemployment rate, we take the sum of the continuing claims in the previous week and 25 percent of the initial claims in the previous week and subtract the estimated exhaustions and re-employed workers, then we divide that by the total covered employment in the state.
To estimate the total unemployment rate, we follow the same method as we do for projecting initial claims. Tags: economy , unemployment , unemployment benefits , unemployment insurance , covid , pua , peuc.
Andrew Stettner is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, focusing on modernizing workforce protections and social insurance programs. Elizabeth Pancotti is the policy director at Employ America, focusing on unemployment insurance, automatic stabilizers in fiscal policy, and labor policy.
I Understand. PUA eligibility started the week ending February 9, but most eligible for PUA lost employment in March and will be reaching the end of their benefits at the end of December.
An estimated 4. Moreover, an additional 3. Only 2. State law provisions are frequently tied to federal funding and the percent of workers collecting regular state benefits. The path that jobless workers face to access these benefits is as follows: The first line of defense for workers is state unemployment benefits, typically up to twenty-six weeks, but as few as twelve weeks in some situations and up to thirty in others.
For those not eligible for state benefits in the first place, the PUA program is available. EB is a permanent program that is only available in a legally defined high-unemployment state. In states such as Florida that have very short durations of benefits, workers who are still unemployed after receiving state benefits, PEUC, and EB which would amount to thirty-one weeks in Florida could apply for the PUA program. Sign up for updates.
Sign Up. Follow us. Andrew Stettner, Senior Fellow Andrew Stettner is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, focusing on modernizing workforce protections and social insurance programs. Elizabeth Pancotti, Contributor Elizabeth Pancotti is the policy director at Employ America, focusing on unemployment insurance, automatic stabilizers in fiscal policy, and labor policy. State Exhaustions: March—September. Take Up.
The war decisively ended the depression itself. The federal government emerged from the war as a potent economic actor, able to regulate economic activity and to partially control the economy through spending and consumption. American industry was revitalized by the war, and many sectors were by either sharply oriented to defense production for example, aerospace and electronics or completely dependent on it atomic energy. The organized labor movement, strengthened by the war beyond even its depression-era height, became a major counterbalance to both the government and private industry. Similarly, the substantial increases in personal income and frequently, if not always, in quality of life during the war led many Americans to foresee permanent improvements to their material circumstances, even as others feared a postwar return of the depression.
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The Great Depression was the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world, lasting from to It began after the stock market crash of October , which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors. Over the next several years, consumer spending and investment dropped, causing steep declines in industrial output and employment as failing companies laid off workers. Throughout the s, the U. The stock market, centered at the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street in New York City , was the scene of reckless speculation, where everyone from millionaire tycoons to cooks and janitors poured their savings into stocks.
The recession occurred during the recovery from the Great Depression.
Redefining the way we think about unemployment in America today, Out of Work offers devastating evidence that the major cause of high unemployment in the United States is the government itself. An Independent Institute Book. Richard K. GallawayLowell E. Reviews Jonathan R.
Unemployment , according to the OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development , is persons above a specified age usually 15  not being in paid employment or self-employment but currently available for work during the reference period. Unemployment is measured by the unemployment rate, which is the number of people who are unemployed as a percentage of the labour force the total number of people employed added to those unemployed. Unemployment and the status of the economy can be influenced by a country through, for example, fiscal policy. Furthermore, the monetary authority of a country, such as the central bank , can influence the availability and cost for money through its monetary policy. In addition to theories of unemployment, a few categorisations of unemployment are used for more precisely modelling the effects of unemployment within the economic system. Some of the main types of unemployment include structural unemployment , frictional unemployment , cyclical unemployment , involuntary unemployment and classical unemployment.
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