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Jobless Aid System Upgrades Not Enough for Next Recession

May 26, 2022, 3:31 PM

The federal-state unemployment insurance system wouldn’t be able to handle another influx of claims anytime soon, according to the US Labor Department’s unemployment modernization office, a reality of the disjointed nature of the safety net and the gravity of needed updates.

Seven months into a $2 billion effort to modernize and streamline the 53 state-run unemployment insurance programs that pay out benefits to laid-off workers, some results from several rounds of targeted audits of those systems will be made public soon.

The Biden administration last August released its plan for how it would spend $2 billion set aside in one ...