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.
No state lets people stay on unemployment benefits for more than 26 weeks.
More than seven months into the pandemic, more people are filing for unemployment benefits every week than at any point in the Great Recession.
Expiring federal and state relief benefits are taking billions of dollars a week out of the economy.
The federal government is funding 13 additional weeks of unemployment benefits after state payments run out, but getting them can take extra effort.
More states are trying to join the program, but most will offer $300 a week in additional benefits, rather than the $400 the president wanted.