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September 1985

Unemployment insurance system marks its 50th anniversary

James M. Rosbrow

The Social Security Act of 1935 broke new ground in alleviating the economic impact of unemployment by establishing a Federal-State program of cash benefits for workers who had lost their jobs.

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