One in Four Unemployed People Getting Jobless Benefits / Says Private Research Group

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Just one of every four unemployed people in the United States received jobless benefits in October, the lowest figure in at least two decades, a private research group said Tuesday.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said that in Michigan and Texas, five of every six unemployed people received no jobless benefits last month.

Michigan's jobless rate was 10.3 percent in October and some 340,000 of the jobless there did not receive benefits, said the center, which based its conclusions on an analysis of Labor Department data for the past 20 years.

Nationally, the percentage of unemployed people receiving benefits was 25.8 percent in October, only about half of what it was in 1980 when unemployment averaged 7.1 percent for the year, the same as last month's jobless rate, said the center's research director, John Bickerman.

The number of unemployed who are not receiving any benefits stood at 5.9 million in October, the same number as in the depths of the last recession in November 1982, concluded the non-profit center, which is financed by several foundations. …


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