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.


Unemployment insurance reforms reduce layoffs

February 25, 2020 · Research Highlight

How to fix a broken unemployment insurance system

June 19, 2018 · Research Highlight

All Research

Displaced Long-Term Workers

August 18, 2014 · Research

Financing Unemployment Insurance

March 1, 2014 · Research

Financing Unemployment Insurance

February 1, 2014 · Research

Unemployment Insurance

September 1, 2013 · Research

Wagner-Peyser Employment Services

January 1, 2013 · Research

Wagner-Peyser Act Reemployment Services

January 1, 2013 · Research

Trade Adjustment Assistance Program

January 1, 2013 · Research