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There is no federal standard for unemployment benefits, so states create their own rules.
Federal government loans are helping some states continue paying jobless benefits, and some still feel the effects of the Great Recession.
Yale research says there were a lot of reasons people did not go back to work that were more important, like lack of child care or the fear of getting COVID-19.
More than 1.4 million laid-off Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week
Some who have lost jobs because of COVID still have not filed for unemployment benefits, even though they’re eligible.
Money in jobless people's pockets can stimulate the economy, but longer unemployment payments could slow a recovery, experts say.
They have been a lifeline for laid-off workers. They also boost demand and enable businesses to focus on staying afloat.
One idea for replacing the current $600-a-week benefit is paying workers a percentage of their past wages.
If the $600-a-week pandemic payment disappears, many may have trouble covering their basic expenses.