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Why hasn't Congress fixed unemployment insurance?

Dec 17, 2020
Congress was able to pass the CARES Act quickly, but its benefits expire Dec. 26. Will they be extended?
Congress has known what's wrong with unemployment insurance for decades.
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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 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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Jobless claims see continued dip but recovery not yet within reach

Aug 13, 2020
While new jobless claims fell below 1 million for the first time in 21 weeks, we're still a long way away from a "good" economy.
A store advertising a job opening in Venice Beach, California.
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Some unemployed workers must prove they're looking for jobs to get benefits

Jul 22, 2020
States had suspended the requirement in the early weeks of the crisis, but some have now brought it back.
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How the loss of $600 a week will impact jobless people we've been following

Jul 22, 2020
For some people, moving might be an option. For others, not much might change.
An applicant fills out an unemployment benefits form in Virginia. Temporary relief payments are scheduled to end soon.
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Half of Americans who lost work or wages are getting $0 jobless benefits

May 18, 2020
Workers lost $80 billion in pay in April due to the pandemic, but only got $48 billion in unemployment benefits, according to the Hamilton Project.
An applicant fills out an unemployment benefits form in Virginia. Temporary relief payments are scheduled to end soon.
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