Data Shows Unemployment Insurance Recipients Are More Likely To Look For Work
As Congress debates an extension of unemployment insurance, the usual arguments about how an extension discourages people from seeking work are floating around. A colleague of mine, Carl Van Horn, explained why this argument is false.
Myth: Unemployment insurance benefits discourage recipients from looking for work
Fact: The jobless who received benefits more actively sought work than those who did not receive them, the Heldrich Center’s national survey found. Recipients were more likely than other unemployed workers to apply for jobs, search newspapers and online job boards, contact friends or family members about a job or reach out to potential employers by phone or e-mail.
He also explodes several other myths about unemployment insurance, and Congress would be well advised to look at the data as they decide about extending assistance for those who truly need it.Click here for reuse options!
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