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What the expansion of federal unemployment aid covers

Feb 26, 2021
The headline is that people who’ve turned down work for health and safety reasons can be eligible for federal aid.
Federal unemployment aid eligibility is being expanded to three additional categories of workers.
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Unemployment claims still above 700,000

Feb 25, 2021
It's the lowest figure since late November for weekly jobless claims, but the labor market isn't making much progress.
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Fed and Treasury chart path back to "full employment"

Feb 24, 2021
Fed Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen peg the actual unemployment rate at around 10%, higher than the official 6.3%.
Federal Reserve Chair Powell testified on Capitol Hill about the U.S. labor market.
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What if jobless benefit boosts didn't need congressional approval?

Feb 22, 2021
Throughout the pandemic, federal unemployment benefits have had expiration dates. Some economists think there's a better way.
President Joe Biden discussing his administration's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief legislation.
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A city employee reminds a woman to wear her face mask on Sept. 7, 2020 in Manhattan Beach, California, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Unemployment claims jump to 861,000

Feb 18, 2021
The job market has stalled, with employers having added a mere 49,000 jobs in January after cutting workers in December.
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For state unemployment offices, the last year has been rough

Feb 18, 2021
They're processing more claims than ever, and Washington keeps changing the rules.
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Federal health care portal reopens for 3-month special enrollment period

Feb 16, 2021
The Biden administration plans to spread the word that people can sign up and may be eligible for free or subsidized coverage.
As of Monday, through May 15, people in the 36 states that use HealthCare.gov can sign up for federal insurance plans.
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HealthCare.gov reopens for enrollment

Feb 15, 2021
Over the last four years, millions have dropped off the ACA.
The Biden administration plans to spend $50 million on a marketing campaign to get more people to enroll through the Affordable Care Act.
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Unemployed workers go back to school to get back to work

Feb 11, 2021
One in three unemployed workers has pursued more education or job training while out of work, the Pew Research Center says.
A woman covers her face, pausing while filling out a job application in San Francisco.
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