A gap in federal unemployment benefits is now unavoidable. Here’s why.

News Story (Massachusetts, Missouri, NATIONAL, Nevada, Texas, Washington)

Katherine Landergan, Rebecca Rainey
July 23, 2020
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Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM), Nevada Legal Services, Unemployment Law Project (WA), Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC)


Huge numbers of out-of-work people, confusion over exactly how to apply, and overwhelmed unemployment office staff and systems were already hindering the system. Now tens of millions of laid-off American workers will go weeks without federal jobless aid — because Congress hasn’t renewed the benefits in time for overwhelmed state unemployment systems to adjust their computers.