1M more in USA file jobless claims; unemployment dips below 10%

1M more in USA file jobless claims; unemployment dips below 10%

NY was one of the faster states doing it.

Only people who are receiving at least $100 in unemployment assistance through regular state programs or other aid initiatives like a shared-work program are eligible for the boosted benefits, according to a White House memo.

But it could be several weeks before the money begins to flow because the DOL has to re-code their system the same way it was forced to do at the start of the pandemic when an extra $600 was added to unemployment payments.

For more information visit the State of Minnesota's Unemployment Insurance website.

Another 1 million US workers have filed for new unemployment benefits, the Labor Department said in its weekly report Thursday.

The weekly $300 payments should cover about 85% of the average worker's wage.

"The Trump administration's 'lost wages assistance, which is not the same as unemployment insurance, is letting Californians and the American people down", Warner said, calling $300 a week "untenable for unemployed families given the devastating impact of COVID on the job market".

As unemployment claims remain relatively low, the Labor Department paid out the least in unemployment benefits since mid-April - a sharp downturn following the expiration of the $600 weekly federal benefit.

"These half measures hurt working families, our state's economy and our communities". Before the pandemic, the highest number of new weekly claims was 695,000, from 1982 - a threshold that county has almost doubled most weeks since March.

That means the state will start issuing weekly $US300 supplemental unemployment checks starting on September 7, with the initial benefit payments retroactive to August 1, when federal unemployment benefits lapsed.

Steve Grove, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, said the state has already completed all of the necessary work to make sure it can make payments as soon as the funding is transferred from the federal government.

New York City's unemployment rate was at 20 percent in July, the highest in the state where the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 15.6 to 15.9 percent in July 2020.

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits hovered around one million last week, suggesting the labor market recovery was stalling amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and government financial aid drying up.

Assembly members including Democrat Adrin Nazarian of Los Angeles said during a hearing Monday that the agency has previously experienced the same problems and he is disappointed that the issues were not resolved.

Hilliard told the lawmakers that technology improvements have allowed the department to pay out billions of dollars in benefits, but she acknowledged that more needs to be done. "What we have been able to accomplish is quite incredible, but it's not good enough".

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