Regular Program Insured Unemployment as a Percent of Total Unemployment
Data from 1950 to 1963
This chart shows the proportion of total unemployed filing for UI benefits, commonly referred to as the recipiency rate. This rate has been used to gauge UI recipiency. In the 1950's this rate tended to be around 50 percent. During the 1960's and 1970's, the rate hovered around 40 percent. There was a sharp decline in this rate in the early 1980's, reaching a low of 30 percent in 1984. This decline may, in part, be attributed to states tightening requirements in response to solvency problems. Since 1984, the recipiency rate has shown modest improvement.