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As many as 3.2 million jobs were added by the federal Paycheck Protection Program, but the long-term effect is unknown.
They're divided on whether and how to extend emergency pandemic unemployment benefits.
The rise in weekly jobless claims to 1.4 million underscores the outsize role the unemployment insurance system is playing as a safety net.
Economists say the additional $600-a-week benefit has boosted the whole economy and contributed to job growth.
For some people, moving might be an option. For others, not much might change.
The House has passed a $3 trillion relief bill. Senate Republicans are expected to roll out their own package this week.
The expanded $600 per week unemployment assistance has been crucial, but experts say there are more effective ways to support people who’ve lost work.
Normally, jobless workers receiving unemployment cut their spending by 7%. But a JPMorgan Chase study found it's rising — by 10%.