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Goldman Sachs: Extended Unemployment Benefits Not Causing High Unemployment

Goldman Sachs: Extended Unemployment Benefits Not Causing High Unemployment

Extended unemployment benefits are not to blame for high unemployment, according to research by investment firm Goldman Sachs.

“Some commentators have argued that extended unemployment insurance (UI) benefits are the key reason for high unemployment in the United States,” says the report, released to clients last week and made available to HuffPost on Wednesday.

Goldman’s researchers find that extended unemployment benefits, which provide up to 73 weeks of federally-funded aid beyond the standard 26 weeks provided by states, account for a half-point increase in the unemployment rate.

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