Jobless Numbers Are ‘Eye-Watering’ but Understate the Crisis

News Story (Florida, NATIONAL, Texas, Washington)

Patricia Cohen
New York Times (NYT)
April 23, 2020
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Unemployment Law Project

Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Unemployment Insurance

Organizations mentioned/involved: Unemployment Law Project (WA)


With government phones and websites clogged and drop-in centers closed, legal aid lawyers around the country are fielding complaints from people who say they don’t know where else to turn. Nearly a month after Washington rushed through an emergency package to aid jobless Americans, millions of laid-off workers have still not been able to apply for those benefits — let alone receive them — because of overwhelmed state unemployment systems. The struggle by states to field claims has hampered economic recovery.