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THE FUTURE OF Work

THE FUTURE OF Work

Unemployment Fraud from Prisons Has Cost State Millions

California’s employment agency faces hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment benefit claims fraud as scammers and inmates have filed for and collected jobless pay.

By Chase DiFeliciantonio and Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle  |  November 25, 2020
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Pandemic May Cause Backwards Progress for Gender Pay Gap

Women continue to leave the workforce to meet childcare needs at a disproportionate rate compared to men. Experts are worried this could create greater challenges in finding work and increasing wages in the future.

By Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press  |  November 24, 2020
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Florida Lawmakers Not Likely to Increase Jobless Benefits

When federal unemployment aid ends on Dec. 31, the state’s benefits will return to a maximum of $275 a week. Republican lawmakers aren’t interested in increased benefits, while Democrats have proposed a substantial boost.

By Gray Rohrer, Orlando Sentinel  |  November 23, 2020
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Local Government Employment Still 4% Below Pre-COVID Level

The number of people working in local government continues to rise at a slow pace, and remains well below last year's level. However, the incoming administration has promised to prioritize state and local government aid.

By Ben Miller, Government Technology  |  November 17, 2020
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Louisiana’s Extended Jobless Benefits End in December

Even as job numbers continue to improve, the number of state residents collecting unemployment benefits at the end of October was approximately 25 times greater than the same time last year.

By Bryn Stole, The Times-Picayune  |  November 16, 2020
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Detroit Looks to Build Cybersecurity Student Pipeline

As the industry continues to grow, there could be as many as 3.5 million unfilled positions by 2021. To help fill this gap, Detroit’s cybersecurity industry is looking to find ways to build student interest and diversity.

By Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press  |  November 12, 2020
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The Financial Wellness Programs Public Employees Need

State and local government workers were worried about their finances even before the pandemic. Helping them and their families navigate the impacts of the economy is more important than ever.

By Joshua Franzel, Center for State & Local Government Excellence; Shaun Snyder, National Association of State Treasurers; and Cara Woodson Welch, International Public Management Association for Human Resources  |  November 12, 2020
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U.S. Economy Hopeful as Unemployment Rate Falls

The U.S. added 638,000 nonfarm jobs in October and the jobless rate fell to 6.9 percent. While there is still a long way to go to return to pre-pandemic levels, many are hopeful with the economic gains.

By Katia Dmitrieva, Bloomberg News  |  November 6, 2020
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Missourians Switch to Federal Jobless Aid After State Runs Dry

While the state claims its unemployment assistance numbers have dropped by 2.6 million, some of that decline is simply claimants switching to federal assistance after exhausting aid available from Missouri.

By Jacob Baker, St. Louis Post-Dispatch  |  October 26, 2020
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State’s New Immigration Law Streamlines Professional Licensing

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law last month that will make it easier, quicker and cheaper for refugees, asylum seekers and those with special immigrant visas to get professional licensing.

By Ashley Wong, The Sacramento Bee  |  October 23, 2020
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Washington’s Jobless Claims Decline, But Relief Still Needed

The state’s Employment Security Department reported a 24.3 percent drop in new claims last week. But workers are still filing new claims at nearly three times the rate of a year ago as doubts rise over federal help.

By Paul Roberts, The Seattle Times  |  October 23, 2020
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