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    COVID-19 lockdowns crushed the working class while benefiting members of the elite and wealthy class, with employment levels for lower-wage workers dropping more than 25 percent, a new study by Harvard and Brown University shows. The study, which was also conducted in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, analyzed employment levels in January 2020, shortly before the lockdowns and quarantines...
    Eleven states have now ended the expanded federal unemployment program early in an effort to reinvigorate the labor market. Alabama, Idaho, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming all stopped the program on Saturday, joining Alaska, Iowa, Mississippi, and Missouri to bring the benefits to an early conclusion last weekend. That means about 8% of the total...
    SACRAMENTO — California’s borrowing to pay unemployment benefits will balloon to $26.7 billion by the end of next year as state funds prove inadequate to cover the costs of unprecedented joblessness caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report warns. Even as the economy is rebounding, unemployment remains high, and the debt is forecast to grow beyond the $24.3 billion...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — As of May 2021, California has regained more than half of the 2.7 million jobs it lost at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Friday, a trend driven by restaurants and hotels hiring more people as the nation’s most populous state reopens its economy. Employers added 104,500 new jobs this May as California’s unemployment...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — California has regained more than half of the 2.7 million jobs it lost at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Friday, a trend driven by restaurants and hotels hiring more people as the nation’s most populous state reopens its economy. Employers added 104,500 new jobs in May as California’s unemployment rate dipped slightly to 7.9%...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- There's a new way to get hold of EDD that's slowly gaining in popularity -- but there's a catch.By now the stories from people struggling to get EDDs attention are legendary."I was on hold four hours. They literally dropped my call," said Paula Mannor of Banning, California.RELATED: California lawmaker says latest EDD problems are 'beyond unacceptable'The same...
    Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law a bill that will end federal pandemic unemployment in exchange for a long-term increase in state unemployment benefits. The bill passed last week as the state’s regular legislative session came to a close. House Bill 183 will increase state unemployment payments by $28 a week, starting Jan. 1, up to...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California will stop giving unemployment benefits to people who are not actively applying for jobs, Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration announced Thursday.Federal law requires people who are out of work to be actively looking for jobs to be eligible for unemployment benefits. But the federal government let states waive that requirement during the pandemic because so many businesses...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — Californians will need to actively apply for jobs in order to receive unemployment benefits, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration announced Thursday. Federal law requires people who are out of work to be actively looking for jobs to be eligible for unemployment benefits. But the federal government let states waive that requirement during the pandemic because so many...
    High unemployment rates. Health care disparities. Remote learning difficulties. Small businesses closing. A startling rise in gun violence. These are just a few of the pressing issues New Yorkers face. And with Election Day just a few weeks away, the choices we make will have a huge impact on how our city and our communities recover from the pandemic year. ...
    WASHINGTON - More jobless U.S. workers sought benefits last week, ending a string of six straight weeks of a falling number of claims, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The world’s biggest economy is on a path toward recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, but 412,000 newly laid-off workers filed for unemployment compensation last week, up 37,000 from the revised figure...
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) – There’s now a new tool to help people filing their unemployment claims. Today, the Labor and Industry Department is launching a new text message feature that will help staff connect with people. The department says they’ll be sending text messages to individuals to let them know that staff will be calling them. They say the goal of...
    Eric Holcomb, governor of Indiana, speaks at the White House on June 26, 2020.Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images More than 400,000 people are poised to lose unemployment benefits this weekend as eight states withdraw early from pandemic-era programs. Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming are opting out of federal unemployment programs effective Saturday. They're...
    MICHIGAN will start giving laid-off employees $300 to get back to work by September 4. Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a new back-to-work program that would give people the ability to still collect a weekly unemployment check while also getting a paystub. 2Michigan will offer people $300 a week to get a jobCredit: AFP "Eligible laid off employees will earn $300...
    (CNN)In what may be the first lawsuit aimed at stopping GOP-led states from terminating pandemic unemployment benefits early, jobless workers in Indiana are challenging Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb's decision to cease the payments -- including the $300 weekly federal boost -- at the end of this week.In the lawsuit, filed Monday in state court, Indiana Legal Services and a private...
    A WOMAN has been jailed for nine years after she filed $500,000 in fraudulent pandemic unemployment claims for prisoners, friends and family. Leelynn Danielle Chytka, 31 from Lebanon, Virginia, helped file false applications and sometimes put the money into accounts of inmates but was also accused of keeping a part or all of the benefits paid for friends and family...
                      by Tyler Arnold  Virginians who receive food stamps will continue to be eligible for higher pandemic-era benefits through June, the Virginia Department of Social Services announced. Families receiving food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will see additional benefits automatically loaded onto their EBT cards. The funds will be...
    California needs its biggest job market to catch up to the rest of the state as it thaws from a coronavirus-chilled economy. Los Angeles County has been a huge drag on the state’s overall recovery that has, by several measures, been well behind the national pace. Consider: L.A.’s unemployment rate was 11% in April compared with 4.7% in February...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Pennsylvania is now allowing users to file for unemployment claims over the phone. READ MORE: New Castle Police Give Ice Cream To Almost 400 Kids The Pennsylvania Teleclaims system is now active, replacing the old phone filing system as part of the system-wide upgrade that launched this week. While there are...
    Thursday, during an appearance on FBN’s “Mornings with Maria,” Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) decried Gov. Laura Kelly (D-KS) to continued extended unemployment benefits, which is believed to be incentivizing an unwillingness to return to the workplace as the risk from the COVID-19 pandemic decreases. “[M]aybe I can share two anecdotes with you,” he said. “Several months ago, Governor Kristi Noem...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – For the first time in more than a year, Florida has posted a weekly count of new unemployment claims on par with the period just before the coronavirus pandemic caused widespread economic damage. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday estimated 5,800 initial jobless claims were filed in Florida during the week that ended June 5,...
    WASHINGTON - New claims for jobless benefits in the United States continued to fall last week, dropping for the sixth straight week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, as the world’s biggest economy continues its marked recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.    A total of 376,000 out-of-work employees filed for unemployment compensation, down 9,000 from the revised figure of the...
    The House GOP's campaign arm launched an attack against Democrats after a restaurant chain announced higher wages for its workers. The National Republican Congressional Committee on Wednesday launched a curious attack against COVID relief passed by the Democratic majority in Congress, slamming them for helping increase wages since he took...
    Americans who collected jobless benefits last year and filed taxes early are starting to receive their refunds. The Internal Revenue Service said last week that it has processed refunds for 2.8 million people who paid tax on unemployment compensation. These are people who filed returns before mid-March, when the American Rescue Plan made some unemployment benefits nontaxable. At the same...
    FOURTH stimulus checks could be automatically deposited into Americans' bank accounts if Congress passes a further economic relief bill. Millions are pushing the White House for extra payments as Democrats call for the introduction of "automatic stabilizers" for any future stimulus checks. Read our stimulus checks live blog for the latest updates on Covid-19 relief... 3A fourth stimulus...
    A FOURTH stimulus check could be on the way to Americans in the coming months if Congress approves another round of payments. The Internal Revenue Service has sent out monthly payments worth up to $1,400 since March but there are demands from some Democratic lawmakers in Congress to introduce another round of checks. Read our stimulus checks live blog for...
    President Joe Biden has proposed substantial spending increases he says will transform the economy, but a pair of recent disappointing jobs reports have some analysts wondering whether these investments will really pay off. Biden has already signed a $1.9 trillion spending bill he called the “American Rescue” plan into law and has jobs, infrastructure, childcare, and social welfare plans waiting...
    ALMOST 13million Americans who paid taxes on their unemployment benefits are due to be sent thousands of dollars worth of refunds. The IRS will be sending cash out to those eligible in the coming months. Read our stimulus checks live blog for the latest updates on Covid-19 relief... 2Millions of taxpayers who filed for unemployment are eligible for extra refundsCredit:...
    (CNN)Candidate Joe Biden promised to help American workers bargain for higher wages. For a while, at least, President Biden is delivering.It's not by substantially strengthening the labor movement, as the self-described "union guy" intended. His proposal to ease union organizing languishes in Congress; so do his plans to create high-paying jobs with infrastructure investments and enhance worker skills with expanded...
                        A May survey from the NFIB found that nationally, seasonally-adjusted 48 percent of small businesses reported unfilled job openings for the fourth consecutive month. “Virginia small businesses are having a historically hard time hiring workers and getting back to pre-COVID levels,” NFIB Virginia State Director Nicole Riley said...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry says the new online tracker for unemployment compensation is now available to bookmark. You won’t actually be able to use the tracker until Tuesday when the new system launches, however. When the new system launches, the tracker is supposed to give users status updates. The current...
    The May jobs data released Friday bolster the arguments of those who say that the economy is suffering from an artificially constrained labor supply due to enhanced unemployment benefits. When the pandemic struck, the federal government began chipping in an extra $600 per week to bolster the incomes of Americans thrown out of work by the pandemic and lockdowns. This...
    ‘Watchdog on Wall Street’ host Chris Markowski joined the Daily Caller News Foundation’s Samantha Renck to discuss the less-than-expected May jobs report, the impact of continued government handouts, and more. WATCH: Check out more from the Daily Caller News Foundation: ‘Illegal To Tell The Truth In China’: Investigative Reporter Details Media’s Failure On COVID-19 Rep. Chip Roy: ‘Cartels Have...
    CNBC editor Rick Santelli reacted Friday to the weaker than expected jobs and unemployment numbers for the month of May. In May, the U.S. economy added 559,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.8%, which are both below the median forecast of 650,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 5.9%. Santelli argued on “Squawk Box” that the extra government benefits provided...
    THE WHITE House downplayed the possibility of a fourth stimulus check, even as dozens of lawmakers push for more relief. The White House Press Secretary said President Joe Biden has already put forth the best way forward for the country with his infrastructure plan. Read our stimulus checks live blog for the latest updates on Covid-19 relief... 3Psaki said Biden...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Texas is one of 25 states — all with Republican governors — that have opted to curtail enhanced unemployment benefits two months early, citing difficulties being reported by some employers in finding workers. ♦♦♦ Click Here To Read The Complete Story On cbsnews.com ♦♦♦
    Muhammad Ifzal, 42, lost his job as a medical lab technician a few months before the pandemic. And when the crisis shuttered the economy, it was difficult to find work because medical procedures slowed down. The Irving, Texas, resident said he's now dealing with another unexpected shock — an early end to enhanced unemployment benefits in his state.  "I was...
    (CBS DFW) — A fourth stimulus check is still part of the national conversation, with the third round of economic relief payments wrapping up. Over 167 million payments of up to $1,400 per person have been distributed since the American Rescue Plan (ARP) passed in mid-March. Plus-up payments, for those who didn’t originally receive what they were due, have also...
    States and lawmakers are devising new incentives and business tax breaks to try to get employees back into the workforce amid labor shortages in an improving economy with dropping covid cases. The efforts – which include tax credits for businesses who hire from among the long-term unemployed – come amid reports from companies that they are struggling to fill positions...
    (CNN) — Once considered a crucial safety net in the pandemic-fueled economic storm, enhanced unemployment benefits are now pitting the jobless who say they are still struggling to find work against businesses who argue they are now struggling to find employees. There are plenty of anecdotal examples to back up each side. But just what is happening in the labor...
    New claims for jobless benefits in the United States dropped for the fifth straight week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, as the world's biggest economy continues its marked recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.    A total of 385,000 out-of-work employees filed for unemployment compensation, down 20,000 from the revised figure of the week before, the agency said. The figure was...