Unemployment Claims Are Down, but Many Workers Lower Expectations

With temporary layoffs turning permanent and career paths derailed, economists say a new coronavirus wave could derail the recovery.

News Story (NATIONAL)

Patricia Cohen, Ben Casselman
New York Times (NYT)
October 22, 2020

Tags: COVID-19, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance


John Michael Purdon, 22, said he had voted for President Trump in 2016 but was now voting for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Mr. Purdon is temporarily working as a substitute teacher near his home in Barnegat, N.J., but that was not the plan. He graduated in April from the University of Pittsburgh and expected to be in a nursing residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, “but right now, hospitals don’t have the money.”

On June 1, before he found the teaching gig, he applied for unemployment benefits. They didn’t arrive until the end of August, he said.