How Unemployment Insurance Abroad Compares To The U.S.




The number of Americans filing for unemployment insurance soared to 38.6 million this past week, even as some states and cities attempt to re-open their economies from Covid-19 lockdowns. Other hard-hit countries, like Spain and Germany, have a different way of handling unemployment insurance compared to the patchwork system in the United States. Here’s how the social safety net for workers in America compares to other systems around the world.

Correction (May 23, 2020): The title for Jeremy Pilaar misstates his current role. He’s a former fellow at the San Francisco Affirmative Ligation Project.

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How Unemployment Insurance Abroad Compares To The U.S. System


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