The administration rolled out the new $300-a-week benefit, using money from a $44 billion disaster relief fund, after Congress and the White House failed to agree to extend the $600 payment. Yet because of a raft of restrictions and bureaucratic…
By Christopher S. Rugaber, Leah Willingham, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired. The Labor Department’s report…
By Paul Wiseman, Associated Press
Fears of coronavirus have sparked an historic recession in the U.S. economy, and millions of Americans have lost their jobs.
By Laura Santhanam and Associated Press
While job losses show signs of slowing down, experts say the pandemic’s lingering long-term effects on the economy could play out for decades.
By Laura Santhanam
By Jeff Amy, Adrian Sainz, Associated Press
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.
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…
By Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press
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 Gretchen Frazee
If Congress back pays employees once the shutdown ends, the workers would be required to pay back any unemployment benefits they received.
By Kristin S. Seefeldt
A safety net is only useful if people can access its benefits.
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