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Unemployment compensation provides the most basic benefits to workers who lose their job through no fault of their own. It lets these workers keep the rent paid and the lights on for a short time, while they find a new position. Letting workers get real help with retraining and reemployment will do more to increase solvency while maintaining the shared benefits and important economic protections provided by unemployment compensation.
This chart demonstrates trends in long-term unemployment and compares them to trends in the use of unemployment benefits. Broadly, this chart shows a pronounced increase in long-term unemployment in recent decades. Moreover, this chart demonstrates that, as the average duration of unemployment has risen for workers, they exhaust their benefits more quickly than before.
This act declares that it is an unlawful practice for an employing agency to fail or refuse to consider an individual for employment because of that individual\'s status as unemployed. The act prohibits employing agencies to public advertisements or announcements for a vacancy that indicate an individual\'s unemployment status disqualifies the individual for the job. The act also prohibits the employing agency from retaliating against a potential employee or current employee who reports or testifies against the agency for violating this act.