Safety Net For Unemployed Is Defective And Covid-19 Has Exposed Its Flaws

  • The U.S. lags behind other developed countries relative to unemployment benefits, according to researchers in a new paper published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Covid-19 is highlighting these flaws as millions turn to the unemployment system for help.
  • Even before the pandemic, the U.S. ranked as one the worst performers among developed countries relative to metrics such as benefit pay, duration and number of recipients, according to the paper.

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