UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE IS AN ESSENTIAL LIFELINE FOR WORKERS, FAMILIES, AND THE ECONOMY

Unemployment insurance (UI) benefits have served as a crucial lifeline for millions of workers and families throughout the pandemic. The emergency boosts to UI during the pandemic — $600 a week until July 31st of last year, and now $300 — have been especially critical since UI benefits in many states only cover a fraction of a worker’s lost wages.

UI benefits put more money in peoples’ pockets, which in turn powers consumer spending, generating growth that reverberates throughout the economy. Enhanced UI benefits are an essential part of a healthy recovery that centers workers and local communities and should continue until we are on stronger economic footing.

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