In 2013, Deloitte was paid $40 million to overhaul Florida’s unemployment system. In March, the system failed immediately. Now, the state is paying Deloitte $135 million to take on the state Medicaid system.
By Kirby Wilson and Lawrence Mower, Tampa Bay Times | August 5, 2020
State officials were reminded repeatedly of the outdated unemployment system through several audits, but continued to ignore the issue. Now COVID-19 is forcing the state to deal with the antiquated system.
By Mike Rogoway and Hillary Borrud, The Oregonian | August 5, 2020
Gov. David Ige vetoed a spending plan that would have added $100 in state weekly unemployment benefits, and hopes Congress comes up with a compromise to continue the $600-a-week federal benefit or something close to it.
By Dan Nakaso, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser | July 31, 2020
Gov. Newsom announced the formation of a team that will focus on resolving nearly 1 million backlogged unemployment benefit claims and then will work to streamline the process for future claim processing.
By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times | July 30, 2020
As workers are asked to return to their physical workplaces, many are nervous about COVID-19 risks. Some workplaces don’t enforce masks or social distancing and won’t pay for sick leave or COVID-19 tests.
By Margo Roosevelt, Hugo Martin and Taylor Avery, Los Angeles Times | July 28, 2020
The Employment Department has been processing claims more slowly than anticipated, but the original 70,000 claims have been cut to 44,000 and officials are optimistic that they’ll work through the remainder by Aug. 4.
The extra $600 each week in federal unemployment benefits that jobless workers have been receiving during the pandemic is scheduled to end soon. Many are wondering what impacts the program’s end will have on the economy.
A recent study of unemployment numbers ranked all U.S. states in their recovery from COVID-19. States have made progress, but the nation will need months, if not years, to fully recover from this economic crisis.