News Story (Massachusetts, NATIONAL)
Sean P. Murphy
April 16, 2020
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Tags: COVID-19, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance
Organizations mentioned/involved: Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Massachusetts has plenty of company. Especially hard-hit are big states, like New York and California, where applicants for unemployment insurance complain of long waits. Julia Simon-Mishel, a supervising attorney in the unemployment compensation unit at Philadelphia Legal Assistance, pointed out many states had cut their unemployment insurance staffs to bare bones during times of low unemployment before the pandemic.
“States are doing the best they can, but it’s a nearly impossible situation,” she said.