March 12, 2002
March 12, 2002
A state-by-state unemployment insurance report card released today gives Ohio’s system a failing grade.
Failing the Unemployed, produced nationally by the Economic Policy Institute, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the National Employment Law Project, takes a detailed look at unemployment insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, evaluating how each measures up in five critical areas: Eligibility requirements, benefit levels, tax equity, trust fund adequacy and recession preparedness. The report grades each state “pass” or “fail” overall, with those who flunk in more than three areas considered failing.
Ohio failed on eligibility requirements, employer taxes, solvency and preparedness for a recession, and is among the report’s 23 failing states. It is also among only 8 states that failed in 4 or more of the 5 categories. Congress last week finally extended benefits for many workers across the nation rapidly exhausting them. As another result of the law, federal money will soon be flowing into state unemployment funds, giving Ohio a new opportunity to address several of its deficiencies.
The report also found that:
“Ohio and the country need to strengthen unemployment insurance so more low-wage workers and others who have been closed out can participate,” said Zach Schiller, senior researcher at Policy Matters Ohio, the nonprofit research institute that released the report locally. An earlier Policy Matters report found similar problems in the Ohio unemployment insurance system, and the institute makes several policy recommendations to address the most urgent needs raised today:
The Economic Policy Institute is a non-partisan national research organization based in Washington.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a Washington-based non-partisan policy institute.
The National Employment Law Project, based in New York, is a non-profit organization, which litigates and makes policy recommendations on behalf of low-wage workers.
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