Block, Goodman
December 1945
Social Forces;Dec45, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p224
Academic Journal
U.S. Social Security statistics show that less than 49 percent of the total employed labor force work in covered employment. Of this group only those who can meet the minimum specifications of the particular state unemployment insurance law of the state where they were employed will be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits when they become unemployed. There are now 51 separate unemployment insurance systems, one for each state and one each for the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. Each of these separate systems has its own provisions limiting eligibility. These restrictions require the filing of a claim during a certain period, that the claimant has registered for work at a public employment office, that he is able and available for work, that he has earned a certain amount or has worked a certain time in covered employment during a specified "base period" and that he has served a waiting period. These restrictions vary in each of the systems. The fact that there is quite a gap between the number of those who file for benefits and the number who actually are held eligible for benefits is understandable.


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