Just 22 Percent Of The Long-Term Unemployed Are Collecting Unemployment Insurance

According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation/NPR poll, just 22 percent of those Americans who have been out of work for a year or more say that they are collecting unemployment insurance. Among those who are collecting benefits, “a full 94 percent think it is at least somewhat likely that their benefits will run out before they are able to find a new job.” As Center for American Progress Policy Analyst Sarah Jane Glynn wrote, “these findings echo what economists have been saying for some time now. The long-term unemployed are desperate to find work, their benefits are running out, and something needs to be done to assist them in this tough economy.” Instead, House Republicans have proposed cutting their benefits.