For every 10 people who successfully filed for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, at least three more tried but couldn’t get through : Number of unsuccessful UI claimants for every 10 successful UI claimants, by reason for failure

Survey question UI claimants
I applied successfully 10.0
I tried but I could not get through 3.7
I tried but my application was rejected 1.7
I did not apply because it was too difficult 2.0

Note: The survey targeted 25,000 people and as of this writing 98% of those targeted had completed it (24,607 respondents).

Source: Google Survey of 24,607 people conducted by EPI between April 14 and April 24, 2020. Survey responses were normalized to 10 respondents who reported that they successfully applied for unemployment insurance benefits.

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