Congressional decisions after the Great Recession led to cutoffs of UI aid with unemployment still elevated: Number of states that did not but would have offered extended potential benefit durations to unemployed workers whose benefits triggered off only when unemployment fell to 6%, 5.5% and 5% triggers.

Date 5% 5.5% 6%
2014 37 33 27
2015 29 21 14
2016 21 11 7

Note: We examined how many states had unemployment rates higher than potential “trigger-off” thresholds of 5%, 5.5%, and 6% for the extended benefits durations.

Source: State unemployment rate data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2021a).

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