News Story (NATIONAL)
October 14, 2020
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Tags: COVID-19, Employment, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance
In the months of April and May, just 27% of service workers who’d been laid off or furloughed were receiving jobless benefits, according to research released Wednesday by The Shift Project at Harvard University.
“It’s really a constellation of factors that lead to many workers not having these unemployment insurance benefits when they need them the most,” says Daniel Schneider, The Shift Project’s co-director.
Some who’d lost work didn’t apply for assistance because they didn’t think they were eligible, while others couldn’t complete the application because of technical glitches in the system, Schneider says.