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S. 2865: Unemployment Insurance Improvement Act

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When a person loses their job in the U.S., they can qualify for unemployment insurance to compensate for lost income up to a certain amount. However, the largely state-run systems that provide unemployment insurance vary in how long (and how much) you receive that insurance.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of September, 34.5 percent of unemployed people had been so for more than 26 weeks. While most states provide up to 26 weeks of unemployment insurance, six states provide more, while nine states provide less: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

For context, the percentage of “long-term unemployed” — that is, people out of …

Sponsor and status

Ron Wyden

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Oregon. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 27, 2021
Length: 10 pages
Sep 27, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Sep 27, 2021

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3 Cosponsors (3 Democrats)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Sep 27, 2021

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S. 2865 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2865. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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