Many Americans do not cope with the bureaucracy or technical problems, so they can not get unemployment benefits, found out the EPI in his study.
Millions of Americans who lost their jobs because of the lockdown that was introduced to combat the Coronavirus epidemic do not receive government benefits. This conclusion was reached by the Washington Institute for Economic Policy (EPI), which published on Tuesday, April 28, the results of an online survey of more than 24 thousand adult Americans.
According to the EPI, for every ten people who successfully registered as unemployed on the labor exchange, there are 3-4 people who failed to cope with bureaucratic requirements or technical problems, so they could not apply. Another two out of ten people did not try to get state unemployment allowance for the same reasons. About two out of ten others were able to apply, but it was rejected.
NEW: The unemployment system is failing millions. Nearly 14 million people may have been unable to file for unemployment as the system buckled under the weight of new claims. Only about 50% of potential applicants are receiving unemployment benefits. https://t.co/gDFuzHpuS2 pic.twitter.com/cq4VJbp4DY
— Economic Policy Institute (@EconomicPolicy) April 28, 2020
According to official statistics, 26.5 million people have applied for unemployment benefits in the United States since mid-March. To this figure should be added from 8.9 to 13.9 million people who were not included in the statistics, according to the EPI. “The study confirms what individual cases show and what has been reported in the media: people face problems on the way to the assistance they need,” said Ben Zipperr.
However, those who have successfully registered on the labour exchange also have to wait several weeks for unemployment benefits. According to the U.S. Labor Department, 71 percent of those who apply already receive benefits. However, the figures vary greatly from state to state. Thus, the Florida authorities reported that they were able to process only one fifth of the applications.
Institute for Economic Policy conducted a survey from April 12 to 17 using Google Surveys. EPI is a non-profit organization, close to the trade union movement.