States are upgrading IT and accessibility to unemployment insurance, but it's a long hard road.
A lot of them don't even know they're eligible.
Continuing claims for benefits fell by 37,000 for the week, according to the latest data from the Labor Department.
The job market is still tight, so many who've lost jobs rejoin the workforce fast. Others aren't eager to deal with the unemployment insurance system.
Texas, for instance, sent out more than 1 million overpayment notices since the pandemic began.
Wages are rising and benefits are getting better. Trouble is, inflation is outpacing pay.
The Department of Labor has issued new guidance to states recommending they forgive pandemic unemployment overpayments where fraud is not involved.
While there are constraints on labor supply, we're seeing signs that some of them are easing, one economist says.
Some crash, others don’t work on mobile devices. In some states, workers have to wait to receive new passwords by mail to access their accounts.
Black workers were the only racial or ethnic group for whom unemployment rose in the most recent monthly data — to nearly 9%.