Unemployment Insurance Recipiency Rate


Percent of unemployed people who file for unemployment insurance benefits.


Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Unemployment Insurance Chartbook (Table A-12, “Regular Program Insured Unemployment as a Percent of Total Unemployment”).

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 Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies people as unemployed if they do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the prior four weeks, and are currently available for work.