Jan. 28, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, JANUARY 28: UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
— Monday, January 28th. As the Great Depression approached its worst,
made the nation's first governmental direct relief effort for the unemployed. On this date in 1932, it enacted unemployment insurance.
was soon followed by a half-dozen other states before the Social Security Act in middecade moved all states to adopt such programs by 1937.
's program issued it's first unemployment check in August, in the amount of
. By 2010, states and local governments took in over
from the payroll tax to fund unemployment insurance. But they spent nearly
in such assistance, more than double the outlay of 2009.
is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 4525U.S. Census Bureau, State and Local Government Finances Summary: 2010
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau