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    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansans who can certify that they are unemployed because of the coronavirus outbreak will be eligible for an additional $300 in unemployment benefits beginning Friday. Gov. Laura Kelly said the Kansas Department of Labor will begin processing applications for benefits from the state's Lost Wages Assistance program Friday. The benefits are in addition to unemployment payments under the federal Lost Wages Assistance program. President Donald Trump authorized the payments in early August when $600 in federal unemployment from the CARES Act expired. The benefits will be retroactive to the week ending Aug. 1. The funds will be available through the week ending Sept. 5. Kansas has paid more than 2.5 million weekly unemployment claims totaling more...
    When the pandemic hit last spring, Hayat Muse transitioned to distance learning to finish out her junior year at Spring Lake Park High School. Her part-time job — working at a nearby Caribou Coffee shop — didn’t fare so well.  She had been working anywhere from 15 to 20 hours a week, outside of school hours, to help supplement her mother’s income. But as business came to a halt, she got furloughed right away in March.  “I was one of the youngest working there,” she said. “I was also one of the first to be furloughed.” Growing up in a single-parent household, with eight siblings and a grandmother, she began working the summer before ninth grade to help contribute to...
    WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week to a still-high 837,000, evidence that the economy is struggling to sustain a tentative recovery that began this summer.The Labor Department's report, released Thursday, suggests that companies are still cutting a historically high number of jobs, though the weekly numbers have become less reliable as states have increased their efforts to root out fraudulent claims and process earlier applications that have piled up.California, for example, which accounts for more than one-quarter of the nation's aid applications, this week simply provided the same figure it did the previous week. That's because the state has stopped accepting new jobless claims for two weeks so it can implement anti-fraud technology and...
    The U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday that 837,000 workers filed for unemployment compensation last week, an improvement from the week before but still a sign the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the American labor market. Millions of workers remain unemployed in the United States, with the jobless rate at 8.1% in mid-September, and economists saying the figure could remain elevated for months. Only about half of the 22 million U.S. jobs lost in the coronavirus pandemic have been recovered. Weekly initial claims for jobless benefits seemed to have stabilized below 900,000 in recent weeks, but they are fluctuating from week to week. Last week’s 837,000 figure was down 36,000 from the revised level of the week before. The...
    CDC: Cruises in US waters halted until Nov. Online grocer Ocado is vying with supermarket giant Tesco to be the UKs most valuable retailer Unemployment benefits: Another 837,000 Americans filed for jobless claims last week America's jobs recovery continues, albeit at a slow pace, as another 837,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week, on a seasonally adjusted basis. © Michael Nagle/Bloomberg/Getty Images That was slightly fewer from the prior week, although last week's figures notably do not include updated numbers from California, which paused processing initial claims for two weeks. The state is working on a large backlog in benefits claims and implementing fraud prevention. The Labor Department estimated California's initial claims numbers by duplicating...
    The number of people filing initial unemployment claims dipped slightly last week to 837,000, holding relatively steady for the fifth week in a row as the labor market's recovery continues at a crawl. The figure, released Thursday by the Labor Department, is a decrease of 36,000 from the previous week's revised level. [ READ Struggling Airline Industry Braces for Looming Oct. 1 Furloughs as Congress Drags Feet on Aid ]Claims have stagnated at a historic level, though they remain well below a peak of nearly 7 million in March. The four-week moving average was 867,250 last week, while the pre-pandemic record sits just shy of 700,000. Another 650,120 people applied for benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which was...
    Initial jobless applications dipped last week but stayed elevated, signaling that the job market remains weak nearly seven months after the coronavirus hit the U.S. About 837,000 Americans applied for state unemployment benefits in the week ending September 26, the Labor Department said Thursday. Adjusted for seasonal variation, that represents a drop of 36,000 from the previous week. Another 650,000 people applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, a federal program for the self-employed and gig workers. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The large number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits each week reflects an economy that has recovered only about half of the 22 million jobs that have been lost during the pandemic. Many employers, especially small retailers,...
    New York (CNN Business)America's jobs recovery continues, albeit at a slow pace, as another 837,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week, on a seasonally adjusted basis. That was slightly fewer from the prior week, although last week's figures notably do not include updated numbers from California, which paused processing initial claims for two weeks. The state is working on a large backlog in benefits claims and implementing fraud prevention. The Labor Department estimated California's initial claims numbers by duplicating the prior week's reported claims figures.Claims under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program that Congress created to help workers who wouldn't usually be eligible for benefits, such as the self-employed, stood at 650,120.Adding these together, there were 1.4 million total...
    Getty The United States Department of Labor Frances Perkins Building. People who received extra unemployment benefits – in the amount of $400 or $300 weekly, depending on the state – may wonder whether they have ended. The answer is yes. Extra unemployment benefits have already ended. However, some people still haven’t received the money because it’s retroactive to August 1, and the time frame depends on when your state applied for funding and finished processing it. The federal government approved six weeks of extra supplemental unemployment checks at the $300 or $400 amounts. The time frame for the extra money was August 1 through September 5, 2020, CNBC reported. Thus people were set to receive $1,800 or $2,400...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government will provide its latest picture Thursday of the pace of layoffs in the United States, which have remained high as some sectors of the economy have rebounded since the viral pandemic erupted in March while others remain depressed. The still-elevated number of people seeking unemployment benefits each week reflects an economy that has recovered only about half the 22 million jobs that were lost to the pandemic. Many employers, especially small retailers, hotels, restaurants, airlines and entertainment venues, are still struggling. And millions of Americans are facing unemployment with vastly diminished aid since the expiration of a $600-a-week federal benefit this summer. At the same time, some newly laid-off people are facing delays in receiving...
    By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The government will provide its latest picture Thursday of the pace of layoffs in the United States, which have remained high as some sectors of the economy have rebounded since the viral pandemic erupted in March while others remain depressed. The still-elevated number of people seeking unemployment benefits each week reflects an economy that has recovered only about half the 22 million jobs that were lost to the pandemic. Many employers, especially small retailers, hotels, restaurants, airlines and entertainment venues, are still struggling. And millions of Americans are facing unemployment with vastly diminished aid since the expiration of a $600-a-week federal benefit this summer. At the same time, some newly laid-off...
    Getty Unemployment benefits for COVID-19 could be extended. A new Democratic plan to break the logjam in COVID-19 stimulus relief negotiations would give people $600 a week in extra unemployment benefits. That’s the same amount that people received when the pandemic first hit. To recap: The first $600 payments expired, but then President Donald Trump authorized $300, with the option for states to kick in an additional $100 if they wanted. Most states did not, and people started getting the extra benefits again, in most cases amounting to $300 a week. However, the federal government only authorized the extended benefits for six weeks, and that time frame has now expired (the benefits are retroactive, so some people are...
    PALOS PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- Palos Park police are warning the public about a recent unemployment scam.The south suburban police department said thieves tried to collect unemployment benefits from a local business in Palos Park.Those thieves allegedly claimed they were employees at the business, getting $484 a week.Police call this a scam and are now investigating the fraud.RELATED: Calumet City woman without unemployment benefits after stranger allegedly files in her nameEMBED More News Videos A Calumet City woman who recently lost her job says she can't file for unemployment because a stranger has already filed in her name on the IDES website. These scammers are not only causing problems for the businesses they claim to work for but also are...
    THE coronavirus pandemic continues to take its human toll as millions of US workers continue to look for jobs while hundreds of businesses remain closed. Although the jobless rate dipped to 8.4 percent in August from its peak of 14.7 percent, out-of-work Americans are still seeking unemployment benefits to hold them over until their next gig. 10Millions of American workers continue to apply for unemployment benefits despite the jobless rate dipping below 10% in AugustCredit: AP:Associated Press 10Americans on unemployment could get an extra $300 a week in benefitsCredit: Getty Images - Getty But how much money are jobless workers getting during the pandemic, and how do they apply for the funds? How much are unemployment benefits? There's no standard...
    The House Democrats' revised stimulus bill would restore some popular programs that were devised to help families weather the coronavirus pandemic. Chief among them: $1,200 per adult stimulus checks targeted to middle- and low-income families. Democratic lawmakers introduced the measure on Monday ahead of negotiations with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. In a statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the bill reflects a package that's $1.2 trillion less than the Democrats' original HEROES Act in May, which failed to advance amid opposition from Republicans. The new bill is called the updated HEROES Act, which stands for Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act. The new bill would also restore $600 in extra weekly jobless benefits, which until expiring in July...
    A protester blocks the street leading to the Washington, D.C., home of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., demanding the extension of unemployment aid, on July 22, 2020.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters Stimulus checks and enhanced unemployment benefits that helped the poorest Americans weather the coronavirus pandemic are in danger of ending, throwing the finances of the most economically vulnerable into a tailspin.  The Federal Reserve's "Update on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households," a highly watched annual report that has been expanded this year to reflect the coronavirus pandemic, showed that government measures have helped low and middle-income families boost savings.  To that point, in July, 48% of families making less than $40,000 annually said they'd cover a $400...
    Francis Stallings tapes signs to her car before participating in a caravan rally down the Las Vegas Strip in support of extending the $600 unemployment benefit, August 6, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Bridget Bennett | AFP | Getty Images Democrats are continuing their push to restore $600 a week in enhanced unemployment benefits, under a revised legislative proposal intended to juice the pandemic-challenged economy. The modified $2.2 trillion HEROES Act — a $3 trillion version cleared the Democrat-controlled House in May — was unveiled Monday. In addition to the measure providing stimulus checks and other support for struggling households and businesses, unemployed individuals would be eligible for $600 a week from the federal government through January, in addition to whatever...
    CALUMET CITY, Ill. (WLS) -- A Calumet City woman who recently lost her job says she can't file for unemployment because a stranger has already filed in her name.Cara Johnson said she's spent the last six weeks trying to clear her name and get the unemployment benefits she desperately needs."I lost my job on August 19," she said.Johnson said she applied for the benefits immediately after losing her job, but wasn't able to.With bills adding up, Johnson said she desperately needs the problem to be fixed, but IDES isn't acting fast enough to correct the issue.According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security website, Johnson said she learned she had an existing account with IDES."My first thought was that, could...
    BURBANK, Calif. (KABC) -- Burbank police arrested six people in an unemployment scam involving California state benefits.Officers were called to a Bank of America branch around 11 p.m. Saturday due to what they only described as suspicious activity.After investigating, they took six people into custody and found them with 40 stolen benefit cards from the California Employment Development Department, along with $40,000 in cash and a loaded gun.Fraud and scams related to EDD benefits have been on the rise this year, as the state agency handles an unprecedented number of unemployment claims during the COVID-19 pandemic.Police in Riverside say they are currently investigating more than 200 cases in a recent unemployment mail scam.
    My son has been working at a startup for three years since graduating college and is ready to move. He has been exploring career coaches and found an online source that charges 9 percent of your first year’s salary if you get a job. Sounds high to me. Is there a way to find a reputable career coach? Why someone would want to change jobs in a pandemic is beyond me, but no one listens to their mother. My son might listen to you, though! Well, at least someone’s kid will listen to me because mine won’t — and if your son won’t listen to you then make him read this response: Your mother is right. It’s fine to look...
    Sam FornasieroSam Fornasiero For an instant, luck seemed to change for Sam Fornasiero. The 21-year-old's phone call was put on hold — a noteworthy improvement relative to the 2,000-plus prior attempts to reach New Jersey's unemployment bureau, by his estimation. The call went dead after a half hour of waiting. But Fornasiero has gotten good at waiting. Furloughed from his job at a film-production company in New Jersey in April, Fornasiero has waited more than five months for jobless benefits to arrive. He expects to be recalled to work at some point but doesn't know when.  "Weeks turned into months," Fornasiero, a photographer by trade, said of the benefits delay. "I burned through what savings I had."Waiting gameFornasiero is one of thousands...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — They can’t get unemployment money, and they can’t get the state to tell them why. CBS 2’s tip line is filled with the same concerns. Everyone has called with the same general issue: They received unemployment benefits for a little while until, seemingly out of nowhere, the certification process pushed them out. James Buchen is a chemical engineer who, like so many others, unexpectedly lost the job he loved to the global pandemic. “Unemployment benefit is kind of an expectation should something like this happen,” he said. But expectation and reality are different. “I can’t rely on unemployment,” Buchen said. “I don’t feel represented or appreciated for time being in Illinois.” He has been forced to move in...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania’s “woefully outdated” computer system used to handle unemployment claims will not get previously promised upgrades. For the past few months, The Department of Labor and Industry’s Secretary Jerry Oleksiak has said the new system would go live in October. With just a few days to go, the state announced it will now pause the launch of the new system. This comes at the recommendation of state legislators, stakeholders and the U.S. Department of Labor, according to the Department of L&I. The release states: “Pennsylvania will avoid potentially disrupting people relying on unemployment compensation by pausing the launch of the new system that will change how to file for claim and benefits.” The state is still using...
    Half of all states have depleted their funding for the extra $300 in weekly unemployment benefits that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance MORE ordered after failing to strike a deal with Congress. A congressionally approved expansion of benefits amid the coronavirus pandemic this spring provided the unemployed an additional $600 in weekly unemployment payments, but that expansion expired in July. Democrats pushed to renew the benefits, but Republicans argued they were too high and in fact discouraged people from returning to work. Disagreement about the benefits...
    Jose Luis Pelaez Inc | DigitalVision | Getty Images Oct.1 is around the corner.  And even though millions of Americans are living without a steady paycheck amid the pandemic, the bills are still due. Making the situation worse is that fact that Congress hasn't been able to reach a deal on another stimulus package, leaving extra unemployment benefits and a second round of direct cash payments in the balance.  To try to get some control over your finances during these difficult times, experts recommend you make a list of all your bills. At the top should be the things you most need: Housing,  phone, etc. More from Your Money Mindset:What to know about buying life insurance amid pandemicCollege kids worry...
    Getty The United States Department of Labor Frances Perkins Building. Whether the White House and Congress can get a deal done to send out more stimulus checks remains to be seen, which has left many unemployed Americans relying on funds from the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. President Donald Trump announced that the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program would replace the weekly $600 supplement in unemployment benefits that expired at the end of July. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is the program in charge of distributing funds, which has gone smoothly in some states and had a more difficult path in others. Some states had yet to distribute their first check at the beginning of this week.Most States Will Be...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — After the death of her only child, Cathyleen Williams lost her only source of income and was forced to rely on food stamps and credit cards after being denied unemployment benefits. Her son, Caleb, was born in 2006 with half a heart. His fragile condition meant that he needed help with everything. “Meds, feeding, laundry, helping him go potty,” Williams said. Williams gave up her job as a teacher to provide round-the-clock care for her son. Through a program called in-home support services, or IHSS, parents or spouses are paid by the state for work that would otherwise have to be done in an institution. In 2016, 9-year-old Caleb died. “His little body just couldn’t take...
    SAN RAMON, Calif. (KGO) -- Tawnya Coogan is having a tough financial go of it during this pandemic and was surprised when she recently received an email from the EDD."It said 'Action needed on your unemployment insurance claim,'" she says.RELATED: EDD troubles 6 months later -- has anything improved?She hadn't made a claim, so she went to the EDD website and checked her personal information on her EDD account. There, the San Jose resident found a Los Angeles address."There is also a phone number listed there, and that phone number is not mine either," she tells 7 On Your Side. "I am like, 'This is suspicious to me,' and then I happen to see your thing I have on Facebook...
    Hi, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:Personal FinanceFunding for the extra $300 unemployment benefit is nearing depletion — but it’s lasting longer in some states More than 94% of the FEMA disaster-relief money being used to fund the extra benefits has been distributed to make the $300-a-week payments across more than 20 statesVacuuming — and 7 other things people stopped doing at home during the pandemic If you're anything like us, you've somehow let certain household chores fall by the wayside over most of this strange year. Americans are starting to feel more comfortable eating at restaurants, but experts say to proceed with caution 'When eating you physically can’t wear a mask but you can minimize that risk by popping...
    Fall just started, but in the retail sector, that means the holiday season is just around the corner — and that means new job openings. Walmart WMT, +0.81%  on Wednesday announced it will start its holiday hiring process by bringing aboard 20,000 seasonal workers for its e-commerce fulfillment centers. Target TGT, +0.96%   on Thursday said it is seeking 130,000 seasonal workers for openings across the entire company, a number on par with its seasonal hiring last year. Earlier this month, 1-800-Flowers.com said it planned to hire 10,000 seasonal workers, up from the 8,000 temporary workers it hired in the 2019 holiday season. Overall, holiday retail sales are expected to grow between 1% and 1.5% year-over-year, according to forecasters...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- We've reported how folks across the state and country have been getting mail from the EDD addressed to complete strangers. Turns out to be scammers using random addresses to file phony claims.Now EDD has stopped paying benefits to anyone at those addresses. But will that cut off legitimate claims too? 7 On Your Side has found... it already did!RELATED: Woman gets EDD letters awarding, denying benefits in the same dayIt happened to a family in the South Bay. They were getting EDD letters addressed to strangers. Now EDD has cut off all benefits to that house - but it cut off a family member too.Linda Dodge of San Jose keeps getting EDD mail addressed to...
    Unemployment claims in California resumed their dreary upward march last week, and since coronavirus-linked business shutdowns began in mid-March, a shocking 8.8 million workers in the state have filed for jobless benefits, the government reported Thursday. An estimated 230,400 workers in California filed for unemployment benefits during the week that ended on Sept. 19, which was 4,000 more than the 226,000 who filed jobless claims in the week ending on Sept. 12, the U.S. Labor Department reported. The Sept. 19 unemployment numbers showed an increase because the Sept. 12 numbers were revised downward. The huge numbers of unemployment claims have arrived at a time when the state’s Employment Development Department is preparing to halt for two weeks the processing of...
    Getty Unemployment benefits for COVID-19 could be extended. There are a lot of different numbers floating around out there when it comes to extra unemployment benefits. You may have heard that some people are getting $2,400 and some people are getting $1,800 and wonder why. Here’s why some people are getting $2,400. It all depends on the decisions made by your leaders at the state level. That’s because the federal government is only picking up 75% of the total, for $300 extra per week. What confused some people is that President Donald Trump, when he authorized the extended benefits in August, indicated that qualifying Americans would get $400 a week. However, $100 of that must be provided by...
    BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Another 22,795 people filed new unemployment claims in Massachusetts last week. That’s an increase of 4,407 from the previous week, Department of Labor numbers show. New claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance in the state dropped slightly to 11,313. The program is designed to help independent contractors and “gig economy” workers who are not typically covered by unemployment insurance. The unemployment rate in Massachusetts was 11.3% as of August. Learn more about applying for unemployment in Massachusetts here. The number of people seeking unemployment aid nationwide rose slightly last week to 870,000, a historically high figure that shows that the viral pandemic is still squeezing restaurants, airlines, hotels and many other businesses six months after it first erupted. The...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid rose slightly last week to 870,000, a historically high figure that shows that the viral pandemic is still squeezing restaurants, airlines, hotels and many other businesses six months after it first erupted. The figure coincides with evidence that some newly laid-off Americans are facing delays in receiving unemployment benefits as state agencies intensify efforts to combat fraudulent applications and clear their pipelines of a backlog of jobless claims. California has said it will stop processing new applications for two weeks as it seeks to reduce backlogs and prevent fraudulent claims. Pennsylvania has found that up to 10,000 inmates are improperly receiving aid. Get the app: Download the CBS Sacramento...
    Another 870,000 Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as the labor market struggled to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic, the feds said Thursday. The latest filings ticked up slightly from the prior week’s revised total of 866,000 and brought the seasonally adjusted total for the coronavirus pandemic to about 61.9 million — a number equivalent to more than 38 percent of the nation’s workforce. Jobless claims have stagnated in recent weeks as the COVID-19 crisis kept workers under pressure. Economists were expecting 850,000 filings this week, according to The Wall Street Journal, which would still have been well above the Great Recession’s peak of 665,000. The weekly figures from the US Department of Labor are seen as...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A Glenview man is suing the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), saying the agency owes him more than $6,400 in unemployment benefits.  John R. White filed the small claims complaint in Cook County Circuit Court Tuesday. He accused IDES of withholding benefits after a system “glitch” when he applied for unemployment online in May.  White’s complaint comes amid the agency’s struggle to handle the influx in claims during the pandemic. This includes a laundry list of system issues reported by many who attempted to file for unemployment.  View this document on Scribd White, a contract consultant who works in financial services, said a local company terminated his services in April due to COVID-19. When he learned he...
    WASHINGTON -- 870,000 Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, the latest snapshot of the pace of layoffs, which have remained elevated but have been declining as some sectors of the economy have rebounded in the six months since the viral pandemic erupted.The number of people seeking unemployment benefits each week is still high, and the economy has recovered only about half the 22 million jobs that were lost to the pandemic. Many employers, especially small retailers, hotels, restaurants, airlines and entertainment venues, are struggling. And millions of Americans are facing unemployment with vastly diminished aid since the expiration of a $600-a-week federal benefit this summer.At the same time, some newly laid-off people are facing delays in receiving unemployment benefits...
    People line up at a food bank following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), New York, July 30, 2020.Carlo Allegri | Reuters The number of first-time filers for unemployment benefits were slightly higher than expected last week as the labor market continues its sluggish recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. First-time claims for state unemployment benefits were expected to total 850,000 for the most recent week, down slightly from the 860,000 claims reported for the previous week. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.Related Tags Breaking News: Markets Breaking News: Economy Unemployment U.S. Economy Economy
    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government will provide its latest snapshot Thursday of the pace of layoffs, which have remained elevated but have been declining as some sectors of the economy have rebounded in the six months since the viral pandemic erupted.The number of people seeking unemployment benefits each week is still high, and the economy has recovered only about half the 22 million jobs that were lost to the pandemic. Many employers, especially small retailers, hotels, restaurants, airlines and entertainment venues, are struggling. And millions of Americans are facing unemployment with vastly diminished aid since the expiration of a $600-a-week federal benefit this summer.At the same time, some newly laid-off people are facing delays in receiving unemployment benefits as some...
    New York (CNN Business)America's recovery from the pandemic continues to slow. That was visible again in the Labor Department's weekly jobless claims report Thursday.Another 870,000 workers filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits on a seasonally adjusted basis. That was up very slightly from the previous week.Six months into this crisis, weekly claims are about four times higher than they were before businesses went into lockdown in March.Continued jobless claims -- counting workers who have filed for benefits for at least two consecutive weeks -- stood at 12.6 million on a seasonally adjusted basis, down a bit from the prior week.But Americans also filed for benefits under the government's other programs, such as the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which Congress created...
    The number of new applications for unemployment benefits ticked up to 870,000 last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, as the number of claims has barely budged over the past four weeks. Forecasters had projected 840,000 new jobless claims. Jobless claims fell below the psychologically important 1 million mark at the end of August, but have not moved significantly since. New weekly claims remain extremely high by historical standards. As the coronavirus hit the United States and the economy locked down to slow its spread, layoffs and thus weekly claims for unemployment benefits skyrocketed in late March, to as high as 6.9 million. The number of beneficiaries then dropped precipitously through the end of May as many workers...
    Former Australia batsman Dean Jones dies of heart attack Companies that rebranded to avoid being canceled Boosted unemployment benefits didnt incentivize Americans to stay jobless, Fed study shows — diminishing one of Republicans key arguments against extra payments © Nick Oxford/The Washington Post/Getty Images A man fills out paperwork while waiting for his number to be called at an unemployment event in Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 15, 2020. Nick Oxford/The Washington Post/Getty Images In a new study, economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco found that expanded unemployment benefits had little-to-no disincentive effect on unemployed Americans' efforts to be rehired. The researchers determined that, while the temporary expansion led some workers to fully recoup their lost...
    By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government will provide its latest snapshot Thursday of the pace of layoffs, which have remained elevated but have been declining as some sectors of the economy have rebounded in the six months since the viral pandemic erupted. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits each week is still high, and the economy has recovered only about half the 22 million jobs that were lost to the pandemic. Many employers, especially small retailers, hotels, restaurants, airlines and entertainment venues, are struggling. And millions of Americans are facing unemployment with vastly diminished aid since the expiration of a $600-a-week federal benefit this summer. At the same time, some newly laid-off people...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government will provide its latest snapshot Thursday of the pace of layoffs, which have remained elevated but have been declining as some sectors of the economy have rebounded in the six months since the viral pandemic erupted. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits each week is still high, and the economy has recovered only about half the 22 million jobs that were lost to the pandemic. Many employers, especially small retailers, hotels, restaurants, airlines and entertainment venues, are struggling. And millions of Americans are facing unemployment with vastly diminished aid since the expiration of a $600-a-week federal benefit this summer. At the same time, some newly laid-off people are facing delays in receiving unemployment...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- We've reported how folks across the state and country have been getting mail from the EDD addressed to complete strangers. Turns out to be scammers using random addresses to file phony claims.Now EDD has stopped paying benefits to anyone at those addresses. But will that cut off legitimate claims too? 7 On Your Side has found... it already did!RELATED: Woman gets EDD letters awarding, denying benefits in the same dayIt happened to a family in the South Bay. They were getting EDD letters addressed to strangers. Now EDD has cut off all benefits to that house - but it cut off a family member too.Linda Dodge of San Jose keeps getting EDD mail addressed to...
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- Riverside police detectives are investigating a new scam involving unemployment benefits that are fraudulently obtained when thieves apply for the assistance, and then have the benefits mailed to unsuspecting victims' addresses.Detective Brian Money said in some cases the people at the listed addresses are suspects, but in most cases they're innocent victims completely oblivious as to why the unemployment benefits are arriving in their mailboxes."We found that a lot of these people are completely not associated with the mail," Money said. "They don't know why it's going to their address; they don't know who the people are who are listed on the mail."Money said in some cases the scam has led to confrontations when the thieves...
    USA TODAY launches This Is America, a newsletter on race and identity 5 Major Changes Youll See At Dunkin Unemployment benefits: 8 possible reasons why your payment is late — and what to do about it You could call it a perfect storm. © Frederic J. Brown / Contributor / Getty Images A woman wearing a facemask enters a building where the Employment Development Department has its offices in Los Angeles, California on May 4, 2020, past a posted sign mentioning the closure of the offices's public access counters due to the coronavirus pandemic. - Dismal US employment figures are expected with the release Friday May 8 of figures for April's US jobs report, with 30 million Americans filing...
    The coronavirus pandemic has depleted the fund New Mexico uses to pay unemployment benefits, forcing the state to borrow money from the federal government to continue paying claims. The state’s Department of Workforce Solutions has paid out more than $2 billion in unemployment benefits since mid-March. There are about 90,000 people currently receiving jobless benefits, down from a high of 150,000 in July, although just 9,600 in New Mexico were on unemployment before mid-March. New Mexico's and other states' unemployment filings skyrocketed in late March when government restrictions were put in place meant to slow the spead of COVID-19. Since testing began in early March, New Mexico has reported 27,683 positive coronavirus tests, including 106 on Monday,...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A Glenview man is suing the Illinois Department of Unemployment Security (IDES), saying the agency owes him more than $6,400 in unemployment benefits.  John R. White filed the small claims complaint in Cook County Circuit Court Tuesday. He accused IDES of withholding benefits after a system “glitch” when he applied for unemployment online in May.  White’s complaint comes amid the agency’s struggle to handle the influx in claims during the pandemic. This includes a laundry list of system issues reported by many who attempted to file for unemployment.  View this document on Scribd White, a contract consultant who works in financial services, said a local company terminated his services in April due to COVID-19. When he learned he would qualify...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Twenty more inmates and accomplices have been charged in connection with the alleged statewide scheme to illegally obtain thousands of dollars in coronavirus unemployment benefits. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the arrests of 20 inmates and their accomplices on Wednesday, saying the charges are linked to at least two existing organized groups of inmates and outside accomplices in three central and eastern Pennsylvania prisons. “After announcing our first round of arrests in these COVID unemployment scams, I promised that there were more to come. Today, 20 more individuals have been charged with illegally taking benefits away from hard-working Pennsylvanians who are struggling during this crisis,” said Attorney General Shapiro in a statement....
    Getty The Problem Solvers Caucus is calling for $450 per week in extra federal unemployment benefits as part of the next stimulus package. Some Americans who qualify for extra unemployment benefits are getting $400 a week for six weeks, and other Americans are getting $300. What gives? Will you get the larger amount of $400? The answer is that it depends on your state. Here’s how that works. It turns out that only three states approved the $400. You can find a state-by-state tracker later in this article. Initially, the extra payments – which are shelled out on top of what states give people in unemployment benefits – amounted to $600 a week. That amount was enacted...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. IKEA wants to reimburse the state of Maryland for the unemployment benefits the state paid to the retail giant’s furloughed workers during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter obtained by Maryland Matters that was sent late last month to Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), IKEA USA President Javier Quiñones outlined the IKEA US Community Foundation’s plans to cover the state’s $2,136,346 in payments to the company’s furloughed workers while the two Maryland stores, in College Park and Nottingham, were closed. “IKEA Retail U.S. has reopened its stores, and the Foundation, using funds contributed by IKEA...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For Campaign 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to make it easier for unemployed New Yorkers to become poll workers. The governor signed an executive order that will let people who are collecting benefits sign up for temporary work at local or New York boards of elections. CAMPAIGN 2020: Tri-State Area Voter Guide For Nov. 3 General Election Cuomo’s action means they won’t risk losing unemployment benefits. You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here.
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has depleted its unemployment benefits trust fund and begun to use federal loans to keep up with claims — spending that can trigger higher taxes if not repaid, a top labor official said Tuesday. Workforce Solutions Secretary Bill McCamley said that unemployment trust reserves were exhausted on Sept. 8 — and that the state has spent about $35 million since then in borrowed federal funds to maintain unemployment benefits. New Mexico's unemployment rate of 11.4% in August exceeds neighboring states as health officials take gradual steps toward reopening the economy and schools, where most pupils are still studying from home. McCamley said about 123,000 people were receiving unemployment benefits as of last week...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A possible solution has emerged for an unemployment benefits problem we have been reporting on for months. A man still serving unemployment penalty weeks said he got a call that could mean he will be getting money from the state soon. The call came days after CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov’s reporting. Two business days after Ken Scott’s story aired, he heard from an Illinois Department of Employment Security employee telling him to apply not for regular unemployment benefits, but for benefits earmarked for independent contractors and business owners. But an independent contractor he is not. “Makes no sense to me,” Scott said. “I just got the call right out of the blue.” It’s a call...
    Maybe Gov. Andrew Cuomo just doesn’t want New Yorkers to get President Trump’s jobless benefits. The state’s lame excuses for its failure to ensure those payments actually reach people who file claims are just the latest evidence. Democrats in Congress are blocking efforts to renew the $600-a-week federal unemployment bonus that expired on July 31, holding it hostage for other outlays they say are vital. When Trump bypassed Congress to OK a $300-per-week bonus, Cuomo called it “laughable” and “impossible” — and didn’t even bother applying for it on behalf of the state’s jobless. His initial gripe was that the state needed to come up with $100 from its own pocket — but he didn’t jump in when Trump waived...
    seksan Mongkhonkhamsao Americans have lost $145 million to fraud related to Covid-19, according to Federal Trade Commission data. Consumers have filed more than 205,000 reports of fraud linked to the coronavirus since the beginning of the year, according to the federal agency. The average loss was $300, according to the FTC. But financial loss among seniors who are at least 80 years old, despite being victimized less frequently than others, was more than double at $655 for the typical person. More from Personal Finance:$300 unemployment benefits end in at least 9 states as stimulus hopes fadeOpen enrollment is coming up — here's what to watch out forHere are 3 things to keep in mind to handle market volatility Scammers have...
    Food banks in the Orlando, Florida, area face continued demand as unemployment due to the Covid-19 pandemic persists.Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images States are starting to run out of funding for enhanced unemployment benefits, leaving millions of workers without additional aid as hopes for more stimulus dwindle. At least nine states — including Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Texas and Utah — have finished paying a $300 weekly unemployment subsidy to workers eligible for the money to date, according to state officials. Others, like North Carolina and Tennessee, are poised to finish disbursing the aid, made through a federal Lost Wages Assistance program, as soon as this week.VIDEO2:1702:17Plan on not having U.S. fiscal stimulus anytime soon: Portfolio managerSquawk...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) -- The ongoing fiasco at EDD came under the spotlight Monday. Governor Gavin Newsom released his highly-anticipated task force report on what's gone wrong, revealing 600,000 claims are gathering dust and a million more workers had their benefits cut off.The EDD now stopped accepting new claims for two weeks, until Oct. 5, while it "resets" to a new system.RELATED: EDD troubles 6 months later -- has anything improved?Kim Nicol of Santa Rosa is one of the 600,000 workers who still have no benefits months after losing their jobs."I've been waiting since August. Aug. 1," she says."You can't get through the customer service line, eight till noon -- forget it." Michael Hurley of Concord has been waiting since...
    The Cuomo administration is still getting inundated with complaints from frustrated jobless New Yorkers who haven’t received federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits that officials promised to transfer into their accounts last week. “Everybody’s struggling, we all need our money,” said Elizabeth Overby Ronchi, 65, who worked at Carnegie Hall, the famed Manhattan music venue shuttered during the coronavirus outbreak. “I’m a bartender at Carnegie Hall and a lot of my coworkers, even the ushers — I spoke with them today — nobody’s getting anything. Some of my coworkers who have Chase direct deposit, and others with the KeyBank card, they’re getting nothing. It’s hit or miss,” the Bergen County resident told The Post. KeyBank is the institution contracted by the state...
    SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday defended his efforts to fix an outdated state unemployment benefits system that has delayed payments to tens of thousands of Californians who have lost their jobs since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and face increasingly dire financial circumstances. A “strike team” investigation ordered by Newsom was released late Saturday night, concluding that the number of bogged-down claims continues to rise by 10,000 a day — even though the governor had pushed to clear the backlog by the end of September. The report estimated that it may take until January to fully address the backlog. Newsom said that actions being taken by his administration will allow unemployment claims to be processed substantially faster...
    During a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic and the wildfires burning in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom took some time to address the ongoing economic fallout that has left millions of Californians unemployed -- and many of them frustrated with the state's EDD, or Employment Development Department.The department was overwhelmed by the volume of unemployment claims that have been filed over the past six months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. EDD announced it is taking a two-week reset period in which it will not accept new claims in order to clear a massive backlog and also work to prevent fraud.An EDD strike team found 600,000 workers still have not received benefits they applied for at least three weeks...
    Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell during a speech on March 3, 2020 in Washington, DC.Mark Makela/Getty Images The federal government pumped money into the U.S. economy this spring and summer, fueling a faster than expected recovery, but Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and others are warning that more help will be needed once that money is exhausted.  The first round of relief, which included a $600 weekly addition to unemployment benefits, $1,200 checks to many and the Paycheck Protection Program that encouraged companies not to lay off workers, did more than just replace the income of those laid off and sent personal income and the savings rate soaring.  Since the CARES Act expired at the end of July, political...
    Getty Unemployment benefits for COVID-19 could be extended. Technically, extra unemployment benefits have already ended. That doesn’t meant that all qualifying Americans have received the $300 (or $400 in some states) per week yet. The date the money will land in people’s pockets depends on each individual state, when and whether it sought approval to get the checks, and how long they are taking to process. Here’s what we mean by extra unemployment benefits already ending. The federal government approved six weeks of extra checks. However, that was for a retroactive time frame of August 1 through September 5, 2020. That puts the total amount the extra benefits are worth at $1,800 for Americans in states approving $300...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Monday marks six months since Illinois' stay-at-home order went into effect in response to COVID-19.Since then, the pandemic has cost thousands of jobs and buried the state unemployment department in an avalanche of claims.Half a year later, some people say they are still waiting for their benefits, while others are struggling to recover from badly delayed payments.RELATED: Illinois unemployment PUA participants say state demanding they pay back thousands, slashing weekly benefits"I've been waiting since March of this year," said Tomia Wells. "I really need it bad. I just had a baby, a newborn in March, and then my job ended due to COVID."Wells says she is one of those who is still waiting on her benefits from...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California will not accept new unemployment claims for the next two weeks as the state works to prevent fraud and reduce a backlog as millions remain out of work statewide during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said late Saturday.Nearly 600,000 Californians are part of a backlog where their unemployment claims have not been processed by the state's Employment Development Department for more than 21 days, the state said in a news release. There are also 1 million cases where residents received payments but are awaiting a resolution to their modified claims.RELATED: $2.5 million in EDD fraud leads to arrest of 44 suspects in Beverly Hills, police sayThe report found the biggest roadblock to getting unemployment benefits stems from...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California will not accept new unemployment claims for the next two weeks as the state works to prevent fraud and reduce a backlog as millions remain out of work statewide during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said late Saturday.Nearly 600,000 Californians are part of a backlog where their unemployment claims have not been processed by the state's Employment Development Department for more than 21 days, the state said in a news release. There are also 1 million cases where residents received payments but are awaiting a resolution to their modified claims.RELATED: $2.5 million in EDD fraud leads to arrest of 44 suspects in Beverly Hills, police sayThe report found the biggest roadblock to getting unemployment benefits stems from...
    As hundreds of thousands of Californians continue to wait for unemployment checks, the state department responsible for processing claims announced late Saturday evening that it is undergoing a “two week reset.” In a press release released by the Employment Development Department, a strike team set up by Governor Gavin Newsom announced that starting Sept. 19 the agency will undergo a “reset” to improve and modernize technology and process claims faster in hopes of tackling a massive backlog. Nearly 600,000 Californians who have applied for unemployment benefits more than 21 days ago have not received a word from the EDD as the agency struggles to process the backlog. The EDD also faces 1 million cases where individuals received payments but have...
    SACRAMENTO —  California’s antiquated unemployment benefits system requires a complete overhaul to overcome significant problems that have delayed getting money to many left jobless during the COVID-19 pandemic, a strike team appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom said Saturday. The 45-day review by technology and government experts found that the backlog of unresolved claims at the state Employment Development Department is rapidly growing by 10,000 a day and, though Newsom wanted it eliminated by the end of this month, will take several more months to be cleared. The report was requested by Gov. Gavin Newsom in July after months of complaints from unemployed Californians frustrated with the state agency for failing to process claims, leaving them without the benefits needed to...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's unemployment numbers improved in August but still remains historically high amid the coronavirus pandemic, the state's labor agency reported. In August, the state reported 37,000 fewer jobs than in the same month in 2019 for a 10.5% drop, said the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. That's an improvement on numbers from July, when the state had 39,900 fewer jobs than it did in the same month last year — a roughly 11.2% decrease. Still, more than 43,000 people are collecting unemployment benefits in the state as of the last week of August, a number almost 10 times higher than it was at this time in 2019, said Lennon Weller, a state labor economist....
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Millions of unemployed New Yorkers woke up Friday wondering where their money was. As CBS2’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas reported, additional unemployment payments were delayed because of a banking glitch. Kimba Williams is like 2.2 million New Yorkers who expected up to $900 in extra state benefits added to their unemployment to hit their account. “Food, clothing, simple stuff. Kids are going back to school. People need school supplies,” Williams said. “I called my bank first to see if there was an issue. They said there’s nothing posted.” Every vendor who works with the DOL has a responsibility to get New Yorkers their benefits as quickly as possible—which KeyBank failed to do. KeyBank has assured us this problem...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A flood of unemployment claims related to the coronavirus pandemic has caused Indiana officials to seek as much as $300 million in loans from the federal government. The borrowing is needed because the state’s unemployment fund had about $40 million at the end of August, down from nearly $1 billion before joblessness exploded in March. The state is seeking $60 million to cover shortfalls for September, plus a projected $120 million each for October and November, said Josh Richardson, chief of staff at the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “We know that we’re going to borrow,” Richardson said. “There was no reason to wait any longer.” Indiana is among more than 20 states and territories seeking federal...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A programming mistake caused more than 4,000 out-of-work Louisiana residents to get notices saying they’d been overpaid thousands of dollars in unemployment compensation and had to return the money, officials say. “I apologize,” Louisiana Workforce Commission Ava Dejoie told The Advocate. She said incorrectly programmed computers miscalculated benefits and automatically sent the notices to people who applied on two days in March. The commission has sent nearly 8,500 “cancellation adjustment notices” to more than 4,300 people, commission media office staffer Frededreia “Dede” Dunham wrote in an email Friday to The Associated Press. Most people got two overpayment notices, one for state payments and one for federal payments, she said. “There are around 20 overpayment cases...
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A programming mistake caused thousands of out-of-work Louisiana residents to get notices saying they’d been overpaid thousands of dollars in unemployment compensation and had to return the money, officials say. “I apologize,” Louisiana Workforce Commission Ava Dejoie told The Advocate. She said incorrectly programmed computers miscalculated benefits for about 3,000 people and automatically sent the notices. “A notice canceling that overpayment” was posted Thursday, Dejoie told WAFB-TV. Many people got two letters — one for state unemployment insurance and one for the federal pandemic unemployment program, WBRZ-TV reported. Dejoie said affected people will be sent revised notices, and most will be told they do not owe anything. The erroneous notices were sent Sept. 9 and...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As the pandemic swept the nation, collapsed the economy and threw millions out of their jobs, it was time for the California Employment Development Department to step up and rescue the desperate legions of suddenly unemployed citizens.It buckled instead.RELATED: Are you getting mysterious EDD letters? Scammers file bogus claims using random addresses: 'It's scary'The antiquated computer system froze out users. The phone system gave outdated information on frustrating recordings. A deluge of claims - four million within the first month - clogged both phones and online portals, effectively blocking out those desperate for help.Workers without paychecks and small businesses forced to shut down on March 17 suddenly were eligible for federal unemployment benefits. While the money...
    A store displays a sign before closing down permanently in Arlington, Virginia.OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images States are poised to raise taxes on businesses starting next year and cut jobless benefits for workers as the coronavirus-fueled downturn continues to stress unemployment systems around the country. Industries like bars and restaurants that were hit hardest by the employment crisis may be hit with the biggest tax hikes. Millions of Americans have continued to draw jobless benefits over the past six months and hundreds of thousands file new applications for aid each week. Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwards That deluge — unparalleled in the history of the unemployment insurance system, which was created in the 1930s — has drained the trust funds states use...
    Democrats and Republicans still haven't reached a deal on another stimulus package.Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images It's a scary time for millions of Americans as Congress is still unable to reach a compromise on a stimulus package that could include another round of direct payments and more unemployment benefits.  Jobless rates are still high, and cases of the coronavirus show no sign of abating.  Yet even without a formal deal between Republicans and Democrats, a number of relief measures are still available to many. Those include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's announcement that most renters struggling to pay their rent amid the pandemic can't be evicted through the end of the year.  And although the $600 federal unemployment checks...
    PHOTO VIA SEAWORLDFlorida continues to see a steady decline in first-time unemployment claims, even as several large hospitality and entertainment companies have extended and imposed large-scale layoffs because of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday reported 33,821 first-time unemployment claims in Florida during the week that ended Sept. 12, down from a revised 40,256 claims in the previous week. The numbers are well off a peak in April when more than 900,000 claims came in during a two-week period. The Department of Labor initially estimated 36,541 new claims in Florida for the week ending Sept. 5. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity on Friday will release detailed unemployment information for August. The department reported 1.125 million...
    The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced Thursday that for the month of August, Georgia’s unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, while the national unemployment rate stood at 8.4 percent. Along with outpacing the national rate, Georgia recorded a decrease of 2 percentage points since July and a seven-point drop since the beginning of the pandemic. The state reported a 12.6 percent unemployment rate in April and has seen a steady decrease since the initial surge. “We anticipated a drop in the unemployment rate as we have seen many businesses reengaging in the economy and bringing employees back to work,” said Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler. “I believe our strong unemployment rate has a positive influence on the...
    The Cuomo administration finally distributed unemployment insurance benefits this week to 2.26 million New Yorkers — $1.9 billion in total — just weeks after the White House accused the state of dragging its feet on the matter. The state Labor Department said the jobless New Yorkers received retroactive federal Lost Wage Assistance benefits of $300 each for the weeks of August 2, 9th and 16th. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is overseeing the program, approved New York for a second and final round of benefits — for a maximum of six weeks in payments.. The Labor Department will process $300 LWA payments retroactively to about 2.3 million New Yorkers for the weeks of Aug. 23, 30th and Sept....