Although other numbers are falling, the number of people receiving extended unemployment remains high

Jun 10, 2021
Many of them will face the hardest path back into the labor force.
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Work rules for SNAP benefits don't lead to more people working, study finds

Jun 9, 2021
But they do reduce the number of people receiving food assistance.
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More Republican-led states opting out of federal unemployment payments

May 14, 2021
Republican governors say the added federal benefits are discouraging people from taking jobs.
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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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Most states have been underpaying Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits

Dec 1, 2020
Instead of calculating PUA benefits based on people’s income, many states have just been paying the minimum benefit.
In 27 of the 41 states that reported PUA data in September, the average weekly benefit was not much higher than the minimum.
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Unemployment recipients aren't getting support they're eligible for, report finds

Dec 1, 2020
In 29 of 41 states that reported data, people in receipt of pandemic assistance benefits were being paid below the federal poverty line.
Gig workers have received unemployment benefits many would not have been entitled to before pandemic assistance began.
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Janet Yellen, Biden's pick for treasury secretary, says U.S. needs more pandemic relief spending

Yellen, a former Fed chair, has advocated for more spending to aid small businesses and the unemployed during COVID-19.
Yellen is seen as an authority on what happens if the government cuts back on stimulus spending too soon.
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Unemployment insurance is broken. How can it be fixed?

Nov 18, 2020
When tens of millions of workers were laid off and applied for benefits in the spring, the system crashed. Here are some ideas for making it work better.
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What you need to know about Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation

And what happens when the PEUC program expires at the end of the year?
People lining up to file unemployment claims in Calexico, California, in July.
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