Federal Unemployment Assistance Proposals: State Impact Comparison

Congress is currently considering proposals to renew federal unemployment assistance.

House Democrats have proposed renewing a flat $600/week federal supplement. Senate Republican leaders introduced a plan to target 70% wage replacement for beneficiaries, with a cap on the weekly federal supplement of $500. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has recommended a similarly structured plan, with target replacement between 80% and 90% of an individual’s working wages (85% is used for the analysis below) and a supplement cap of $400. Under the Senate and Chamber proposals, if a state cannot conduct the individual calculations, each recipient in that state will receive a flat $200 supplement.

Update (Aug. 6): This table has been updated to include a state-by-state analysis of the Collins-McSally-Romney “compromise” proposal, which starts with a flat federal supplement in August and September before targeting 80% wage replacement (with a $500 supplement cap) from October to December. If a state cannot conduct the individual calculations, recipients in that state will receive a flat $300 federal supplement from October to December.

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