Unemployment Insurance Exhaustion Rate


Unemployment insurance claimants who collect all of their insurance entitlement in a given year, as a percent of the number of first-time claimants in that same year.


Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Unemployment Insurance Chartbook (Table A-9, “Exhaustion Rates vs. Total Unemployment Rate”).

Methodological Notes: 

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own, and meet certain other eligibility requirements.

The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality calculates annual averages of the monthly estimates of the UI exhaustion rate provided by the Department of Labor.

Claimants who exhaust their benefits in any year may have started receiving them in the previous year.