Though they initially gave the cold shoulder to the idea of extending the $600 per week bonus past its July 31 deadline, Senate Republicans are warming to the idea of stretching the extra payout period while reducing the benefit.
Outside Washington, the argument that the answer to the problems created by subsidizing unemployment lies in a program to subsidize re-employment would be met with silent stares—and justifiably so.
A new poll shows 58 percent of Americans support extending $600 weekly unemployment payments past July, but top Republicans have said an extension is unlikely.
Giorgio Pierangeli said only around half of the staff at his restaurant, The Local Table, agreed to come back to work after Ventura County said restaurants could resume dine-in services.
If passed, the bill, introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, would provide Americans unemployed due to the pandemic with a $4,000 tax credit to use on training programs so they can have a competitive edge in the post-pandemic workforce.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the national unemployment rate had risen to 14.7 percent.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with about half a dozen African American community leaders and to tour the Ford Rawsonville Plant about 125 miles south of Midland, Michigan, where residents have been forced from their homes after floods.
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New data published by the Department of Labour on Thursday revealed that 2.4 million workers filed jobless claims in the week ending May 16.
A Nigerian fraud ring is siphoning millions in unemployment insurance money, according to federal authorities.
The state court's order comes as many Texas businesses still have yet to reopen, and amid a record filing of at least 2 million unemployment claims statewide due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The federal coronavirus relief bill known as the CARES Act gave $600 per week in unemployment insurance to unemployed workers on top of the state unemployment money they claim.
The Heroes Act, which the House could vote on as soon as Friday, includes assistance to state and local governments, hazard pay for front-line health care workers and extended financial relief programs.
The U.S. Department of Labor released its weekly claims report on May 7, indicating that nearly 33 percent of Kentucky's workforce has filed for unemployment benefits in April.
Lamar Alexander warned on Sunday that Congress can't possibly appropriate enough money to help every American negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
As unemployment has surged, Americans whose employment is often tied to their jobs will lose their current health care coverage.
"I don't want to sugarcoat any of this because it's so difficult. I don't think the numbers are going to turn up in the next few weeks," Larry Kudlow cautioned.
More than 20 million Americans lost their jobs in the last month, and unemployment among African-Americans has hit 16.7 percent.
"The economic and jobs numbers are going to continue to deteriorate," Kudlow said on Friday.
The nation's unemployment rate is the worst since the Great Depression, hitting 14.7 percent for April.
"I would fully expect harsh cuts to unemployment benefits in the years to come," said Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation.
"At the high end, we will have returned to a level of employment last experienced in the mid-1990s," economist Elise Gould wrote.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order Wednesday in an effort to deliver unemployment benefits faster to those out of work as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Department of Labor released new figures showing another 3.1 million Americans filed initial jobless claims last week.
Congressman Don Beyer released a report last week arguing that unemployment insurance should be automatically tied to economic conditions.
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Stephen Moore projected unemployment would hit 15 to 20 percent in many states.
The Republican governor relaxed rules on unemployment benefit claimants who refuse suitable work as he also loosens lockdown measures to reopen the economy.