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Breakout Session

Unemployment Insurance: Compensating for Tough Times

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM ET

Unemployment insurance has experienced an increase in national attention and use not seen since its creation in the 1900s. While the job market has rebounded a bit, jobless claims remain high. Research shows that for every dollar spent on unemployment compensation, the local economy receives between $1.70 to $1.90 in economic return. However, many states are facing depleted unemployment insurance trust funds. Learn about the complex interplay between the federal and state functions of unemployment, how COVID-19 affected unemployment insurance, and how states are thinking about their unemployment compensation systems going into 2021 and 2022. 


Zach Herman
Policy Associate, NCSL Employment, Labor, & Retirement Program

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Michael Quillen
Policy Associate, NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee

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Jon Jukuri
Federal Affairs Counsel, NCSL

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