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Finland paid unemployed people a basic income of $685 every month. It didn't work out

April 25, 2018View for printing

Finland's basic income program that drew international attention was a bust, the Finnish government announced Tuesday.

The pilot program that paid about 2,000 randomly-chosen unemployed Finnish people a monthly check of €560 ($685) will stop by the end of the year, the BBC reports.

The program, which started January 2017, was the first of it's kind in Europe. The government hoped the extra money would fuel the economy and innovation. The unemployment rate in Finland exceeds 8% and was 9.2% when the program launched. By comparison, the U.S. has an unemployment rate of 4.1%, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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