Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a joint state-federal program that provides temporary financial assistance to qualifying unemployed workers while they seek work.

CEO works with the Employment and Training Administration's Office of Unemployment Insurance to conduct studies of UI programs that can help DOL program administrators as well as policymakers, states, employers, and workers understand various facets of these programs. Research related to UI programs help support strategic goals across the Department, including the goal to administer strong workers’ compensation and benefits.

In addition to CEO’s funded studies, please visit the Clearinghouse for Labor Evaluation and Research (CLEAR) to examine the broader state of the evidence in these topics. Relevant evidence reviews include:


The Department of Labor's (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) sponsors independent evaluations and research, primarily conducted by external, third-party contractors in accordance with the Department of Labor Evaluation Policy. CEO’s research development process includes extensive technical review at the design, data collection and analysis stage, including: external contractor review and OMB review and approval of data collection methods and instruments per the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), review by academic peers (e.g., Technical Working Groups), and inputs from relevant DOL agency and program officials and CEO technical staff. Final reports undergo an additional independent expert technical review and a review for Section 508 compliance prior to publication. The resulting reports represent findings from this independent research and do not represent DOL positions or policies.