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Taking Stock of the Safety Net Series

Taking Stock of the Safety Net Series

<a title="Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 5: Helping Families Stay Afloat During Unemployment Spells" href="http://www.offthechartsblog.org/taking-stock-of-the-safety-net-part-5-he... 5: Helping Families Stay Afloat During Unemployment Spells</a>
<a title="Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 4: Helping Families Afford an Adequate Diet" href="http://www.offthechartsblog.org/taking-stock-of-the-safety-net-part-4-he... 4: Helping Families Afford an Adequate Diet</a>
<a title="Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 3: Helping Families Afford Decent Housing" href="http://www.offthechartsblog.org/taking-stock-of-the-safety-net-part-3-he... 3: Helping Families Afford Decent Housing</a>
<a title="Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 2: Meeting Families’ Basic Needs Through TANF" href="http://www.offthechartsblog.org/taking-stock-of-the-safety-net-part-2-me... 2: Meeting Families’ Basic Needs Through TANF</a>
<a title="Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 1: Overview" href="http://www.offthechartsblog.org/taking-stock-of-the-safety-net-part-1-ov... 1: Overview</a>

Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 5: Helping Families Stay Afloat During Unemployment Spells

Unemployment Insurance (UI) replaces up to half of the income that workers lose when they become unemployed through no fault of their own. That lessens the financial strain on their families while these workers look for new jobs. In a weak economy like the current one, UI also helps sustain consumer demand, keeping a downturn from being worse and providing a boost for a recovery.

Taking Stock of the Safety Net, Part 4: Helping Families Afford an Adequate Diet

As other posts in this series have shown, 2011 was another tough year for low- and moderate -income families. One indicator is that over 2 million new people joined the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- SNAP, formerly known as food stamps -- between January and September (the latest month available).

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