unemployment insurance


Definition of unemployment insurance

: social insurance against involuntary unemployment that provides unemployment compensation for a limited period to unemployed workers also : unemployment compensation

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These are people who are now furloughed and can collect unemployment insurance or take a second job. . Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The Government Shutdown Is Now Endangering the Food We Eat," 10 Jan. 2019 Because legally mandated spending on unemployment insurance and other safety net programs tends to rise when growth slows, wider budget deficits and more Treasury debt could ensue. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Bond Indexes Bend Under Weight of Treasury Debt," 28 Nov. 2018 Back in the early 1980s, most benefits other than Social Security and unemployment insurance were exclusively for the very destitute. Mark Schmitt, Vox, "Why did Bernie Sanders’s Stop BEZOS legislation draw so much resistance?," 18 Sep. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up The Teamsters say many port truck-drivers are misclassified as independent contractors, making them ineligible for benefits including unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation and overtime pay. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Picketing Targets Contractor Hiring at California Freight Sites," 1 Oct. 2018 The government doesn’t have very many measures to help in a situation like that, because unemployment insurance is time-delimited. Recode Staff, Recode, "Journalist and author Annie Lowrey wants you to understand that universal basic income isn’t crazy," 16 July 2018 Some $133 million would be cut from a lapsed railroad unemployment insurance program, and $252 million from an Ebola response account, as apparently the money outlived the outbreak. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Useful Spending Debate," 13 May 2018 Some of these ideas underpinned early state-pension schemes and unemployment insurance in New Zealand, Australia and, in the first decade of the 20th century, Britain. The Economist, "The welfare state needs updating," 12 July 2018 At the same time, recessions put pressure on state spending as demand for government services, such as unemployment insurance and Medicaid, soars. David Harrison, WSJ, "Many States Are Likely Unprepared for Next Downturn," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of unemployment insurance

1923, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of unemployment insurance

: a social insurance program that provides unemployment compensation for a limited period to involuntarily unemployed workers

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