Some of the millions of American workers laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic are beginning to face a tough choice — return to work and risk infection, or stay home and risk losing unemployment payments.
By Jeff Amy, Adrian Sainz, Associated Press
Wednesday’s huge rise in unemployment claims dwarfs all historical records in the U.S. Although nearly 3.3 million filed, many economists say the number still doesn’t reflect the full scope of people who have been laid off or furloughed or are…
Total weekly applications for unemployment aid declined by 13,000, but the number of furloughed federal employees requesting benefits more than doubled the previous week.
By Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press
If Congress back pays employees once the shutdown ends, the workers would be required to pay back any unemployment benefits they received.
By Gretchen Frazee
By Kristin S. Seefeldt
A safety net is only useful if people can access its benefits.
By Joshua Barajas
Although the new figures are higher than expected, economic experts told Reuters that this uptick of jobless claims "probably reflected difficulties adjusting the data for seasonal fluctuations given a late Easter this year," and is not necessarily an indication…
Unemployment benefits, rebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward, and 'The Strangers Project.'…
Congress stepped back from the brink of financial turmoil after the House passed a tax plan that included the expiration of payroll tax breaks for all and the extension of Bush-era tax cuts for most. Judy Woodruff talks to Roll…
As Democrats and Republicans in the Senate remain gridlocked on extending federal unemployment benefits, Jeffrey Brown gets two points of view from William Beach of the Heritage Foundation and Christine Owens of the National Employment Law Project.
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