On This PageApril 2011, No. 285

How Did Unemployment Insurance Extensions Affect the Unemployment Rate in 2008–10?
Last Updated: 03/03/11

During recessions, it is common for the federal government to extend the standard unemployment insurance (UI) program. Many economic studies have shown that workers who receive UI extensions tend to take longer to find new employment, leading to a somewhat longer average duration of unemployment among all workers.