Unemployment insurance is broken. How can it be fixed?

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Unemployment insurance is broken. How can it be fixed?

November 18, 2020 | Mitchell Hartman | Marketplace
The Biden administration will likely be able to push IT upgrades and enhance data coordination between state and federal systems. But setting new national standards to increase unemployment benefits and expand eligibility will be mostly up to Congress through legislation.
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Unemployment claims are falling. But that’s not necessarily because people found work

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Unemployment claims are falling. But that’s not necessarily because people found work

November 13, 2020 | Greg Iacurci | CNBC
Claims for unemployment benefits are falling. But it’s not all because people are returning to work. Instead, many workers may be running out of jobless benefits altogether or falling through the cracks of the system, according to labor experts.
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Jobless Americans struggle to get and keep benefits

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Jobless Americans struggle to get and keep benefits

November 4, 2020 | Mitchell Hartman | Marketplace
More than seven months after COVID-19 all but shut down the U.S. economy, 22.6 million Americans were getting unemployment benefits — either through a state or federal pandemic program — according to the Labor Department. And 751,000 newly unemployed workers filed initial jobless claims, which is more than in any week during the Great Recession.
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Unemployment claims are down. It’s not all for good reasons

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Unemployment claims are down. It’s not all for good reasons

October 22, 2020 | Greg Iacurci | CNBC
The number of workers collecting state unemployment insurance fell by more than 1 million people, to 8 million, during the week ended Oct. 10. By one estimate, about half the decline is due to other factors. They include shifting onto other programs for longer-term unemployment and dropping out of the labor force.
Tags: COVID-19 | Unemployment | Unemployment Insurance