An effective vaccine will likely help increase employment, but permanent changes to consumer behavior may mean some people won't have jobs to return to.
New data released on Friday showed that Black unemployment stood at more than 14 percent in July this year.
A new analysis of unemployment claims says about 1 in 3 California workers have filed for unemployment benefits since the coronavirus pandemic began earlier this year.
Republicans have recently indicated they are now willing to negotiate the amount of the payments to secure a deal.
A rise in coronavirus cases in the U.S. suggests that the hoped for V-shaped economic recovery still has far to go.
5.4 million unemployed Americans could run out of money to pay for things like rent, auto payments, credit cards, health insurance, food, and clothing by the end of this month.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said during an interview published Tuesday that "pointless roadblocks" present in Florida's unemployment benefit claims system are intended to discourage the jobless from filing claims.
"The speaker of the House and the Democratic Leader are continuing to say 'our way or the highway,'" Senate Majority Leader McConnell said Monday.
84 percent of voters said that the economy was a major factor in their decision about who to vote for in November.
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As a critical deadline looms, White House officials are stressing that they want to extend enhanced unemployment benefits that went into effect earlier this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic but negotiations with Democratic leaders, so far, have fallen short.
"Given the deteriorating economy, the final agreement needs to end up closer to the House proposal than the Senate's," Moody's Analytics wrote in its weekly market outlook report.
Governor John Bel Edwards warned Louisiana's jobless fund could be completely depleted by September, putting a greater financial burden on businesses.
Kevin McCarthy also blamed the Democratic leadership for delays in passing much needed COVID-19 relief legislation.
The $600 unemployment enhancement has ended, with the prospect of a deal between Democrat and Republican lawmakers for a further provision yet to be reached.
Congressional approval has fallen to 18 percent as Americans wait for a second economic relief package to be signed.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the GOP proposal "directs money to people who don't need it and takes money away from people who do need it."
Republicans in the Senate have proposed slashing the extra federal benefit to $200 per week.
"If you've lost your job through no fault of your own, Republicans want you to take a 30% pay cut. Can you believe that?" Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted.
Proposals from the Senate GOP suggest a lesser amount in unemployment enhancement than included in the CARES Act.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to unveil a bill on Monday, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told ABC News.
"The check is there, the re-employment bonus is there," White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said.
The CARES Act authorized enhanced unemployment payments, though these are due to end this week with no further relief yet signed off.
As coronavirus cases surge further jobs are under threat, with an unemployment benefit boost set to come to an end.
The immediate concern is how renters will pay rent without continued federal unemployment benefits, but a ripple effect could put a glut of houses on the market.
Two in five young Americans used their emergency savings during the coronavirus crisis, as unemployment tops 30 million.
"Basic unemployment insurance, which is a shared responsibility with the states and the federal government, is important," Mitch McConnell said.
The current federal supplement to jobless benefits of $600 per week is slated to expire this weekend.
Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia on Tuesday said the $600 per week in enhanced unemployment benefits shouldn't be extended past July 31, reiterating that it allowed a majority of jobless Americans to earn more not to work.
The last payments with expanded unemployment benefits will be sent out Saturday and Sunday.