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.
In some states, COVID-19 is classified as “ordinary disease of life,” like the flu, and is not covered by workers’ compensation. If it were covered, the health system could owe up to $16 billion in workers’ comp nationally.
By Melissa Bailey and Christina Jewett, Kaiser Health News | July 15, 2020
In California, Black and Latinx women have seen a 23 and 22 percent employment decline, respectively, due to COVID-19. “This is really amplifying existing inequalities, especially racial and ethnic inequities.”
By Leonardo Castaneda, The Mercury News | July 14, 2020
Washington state saw an 11 percent decline in unemployment applications in the week ending on July 4. But 736,000 are still jobless and the additional weekly $600 federal benefit payments are set to expire by July 25.
By Paul Roberts, The Seattle Times | July 10, 2020
A report finds that the coronavirus-caused shift to remote work has altered the idea of a workspace. Some are uncomfortable with returning to an office and many hope to continue working from home even after offices reopen.
Nearly 2 million unemployment claims that were filed months ago still haven’t been paid. Residents and lawmakers are frustrated by the state’s inability to keep up. “EDD is utterly failing millions of Californians.”