Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a state-federal program established in 1935 to insure workers against brief spells of involuntary job loss.

In recent years, critics have argued that UI does too little to address the problems faced by dislocated workers and tends to exclude workers who do not have a traditional full-time, full-year work history, particularly low-wage women. Upjohn researchers are examining other strategies—including work sharing and short-time compensation—to determine their effectiveness for both workers and employers.

Through independent and collaborative research, the Upjohn Institute continues to seek greater understanding of the best ways to replace income lost through unemployment and to promote speedy reemployment.

All Research

Putting short-time compensation to work

November 8, 2016 · Research Highlight

Is our Unemployment Insurance system recession-ready?

May 25, 2016 · Research Highlight

UI research highlights from 2015

December 24, 2015 · Research Highlight