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July 2012

Recent trends in the characteristics of unemployment insurance recipients

Marios Michaelides, Peter R. Mueser

Data from the Benefit Accuracy Measurement program indicate that important changes in the composition of the unemployment insurance (UI) population took place from 1988 through 2010; changing shares, by gender, race and ethnicity, age, education, industry, and occupational status, reflected changes in the composition of the unemployed and in the UI takeup rate.

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