First-time unemployment claims increased the most last week in the states of Indiana, Kansas, Illinois and Michigan, with some economists saying the U.S. economy is "running on empty."
Several states, such as New York and California, are experiencing issues with unemployment relief as many Americans pin their hopes on a second stimulus check despite the political gridlock in Congress.
If Congress passes new legislation offering COVID-19 relief, people who received $300 payments from the Lost Wages Assistance program may need to return it if the payments overlap.
Figures released this month show that 11.5 million people who lost their jobs from the coronavirus pandemic are still out of work.
A new federal jobs report found the number of permanent job losses rose by more than half a million in August.
The Treasury secretary said he believes "there is no question" ongoing COVID-19 restrictions are "the reason we have unemployment" during a Tuesday congressional hearing.
The president's requirement that claimants receive at least $100 in state payments could leave millions ineligible for the $300 federal supplement.
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FEMA approved grants for 35 states, but only four plan on paying the additional $100 needed for jobless residents to receive the maximum amount of benefits.
A recent poll found that 45 percent of Americans said they were putting more money into savings than usual, and 26 percent said they're paying down debt faster than before the pandemic began.
Mike Wilson said he thinks the recovery will be "more powerful than people are anticipating."
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Ahead of the first day of the RNC, a group of activists projected a video with pictures of people who have become unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The transition rate from temporary to permanent layoffs nearly doubled from June to July.
Oregon's coronavirus relief program distributed all 70,000 payments of $500 in only three days to residents who are waiting on Congress to sign off on a second stimulus package.
So far, residents in only two states will be eligible to receive the full $400 in expanded unemployment benefits.
Local consumer spending is expected to fall 44 percent without the extension of the $600 payments that supplemented 30 million Americans' unemployment benefits.
Meanwhile, unemployment remains at historic levels as a growing number of Americans struggle to get enough food.
With key lawmakers expected to speak at this week's DNC and next week's RNC, a stimulus deal before Labor Day seems unlikely.
So far, two states are rejecting the plan that pays out less than the $600 provided under the CARES Act passed by Congress in March.
"I now have to save my entire [unemployment] paycheck just to get by and pay my bills," a New York resident told Newsweek.
Experts have already warned that millions of Americans could lose out on the new unemployment benefits.
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Although new weekly jobless claims have declined, millions of Americans continue to rely on unemployment benefits.
The vice president has touted the number of jobs gained in recent months, following mass losses amid the COVID-19 lockdown.
It's unclear when people would start to receive the expanded benefits and some states are concerned about how they'll foot their 25 percent contribution.
"If we can get a fair deal, we're willing to do it this week," Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said.
California Governor Gavin Newsom joined a handful of other state leaders Monday in saying individual states do not have the funds required to participate in a new unemployment benefit bonus program President Trump announced over the weekend.
Research shows direct payments would keep millions of people out of poverty this year. They are an essential component of any congressional relief package.
"These policy announcements provide little real help to families," Democratic leaders said.