15 weeks - the average duration of weekly payments for a person
receiving unemployment insurance benefits since 1970.
On August 14th 2015 the Unemployment Insurance program, part of the Social Security Act, will be 80 years old.
In addition to helping workers and their families, the Unemployment Insurance programs play a key role in helping businesses, communities, and the nation's economy. It was created in 1935 in response to the Great Depression, when millions of people lost jobs. These people couldn't buy goods or services, which contributed to more layoffs.
Since then, the program has continued to help cushion the impact of economic downturns and bring economic stability to communities, states, and the nation by providing temporary income support for laid-off workers.
America's Service Locator contains information on service providers that are relevant to Employment and Training. Here you will find Locations, Hours of Operation, and Phone Numbers for local services ranging from Unemployment Insurance, and Job Assistance to American Job Centers.America's Service Locator
For State-specific information on Unemployment Benefits, Employment Assistance, or Employer Information, select your state on the Service Locator map:Map Search for State Links
If you've received a determination denying benefits, read about...Benefit Denials