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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives her weekly update on COVID-19 and the state's effort to contain it during a virtual news conference from the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, July 23, 2020. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico taps federal loans to pay unemployment

Sep. 22, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has depleted its unemployment benefits trust fund and begun to use federal loans to keep up with claims — spending that can trigger higher taxes if not repaid, a top labor official said Tuesday. Workforce Solutions Secretary Bill McCamley said that unemployment trust...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020 file photo a man takes a photo of a sign advising that the Employment Development Department is closed due to coronavirus concerns, in San Francisco. A review of California's unemployment agency has found its productivity level declined despite hiring hundreds of new workers. The Employment Development Department has been overwhelmed by millions of claims for unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Report: California unemployment agency does less with more

Sep. 21, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California unemployment agency’s two call centers to field questions about jobless benefits had two major problems as millions of people sought help due to the pandemic: One had nobody on site to answer calls and the other had hundreds of untrained new hires who...

Maryland's unemployment website update creates frustration

Sep. 21, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A new version of Maryland’s unemployment insurance portal created frustration among claimants who said they were unable to file their claims upon its launch before the issue was later resolved. The technical glitches came as BEACON 2.0, an update of the BEACON portal that...

Florida's unemployment rate drops to 7.4% amid pandemic

Sep. 18, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.4% in August, a sharp decline from July, when it was 11.4%, according to state statistics released Friday. Jobless claims are still high, however, as Floridians and businesses attempt to inch back to economic health during the...

Fraud arrests made over California’s unemployment benefits

Sep. 17, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Investigators unraveling an identity fraud scheme targeting California’s unemployment system have arrested 44 people in Beverly Hills this month alone, officials said Thursday. More arrests are expected as the California Employment Development Department and federal...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, a help wanted sign hangs on the door of a Target store in Uniontown, Pa. Hundreds of thousands of Americans likely applied for unemployment benefits last week, a high level of job insecurity that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak. Economists expect that 850,000 people sought jobless aid, down from 884,000 the week before, according to a survey by the data firm FactSet. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

Sep. 17, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high number of people that illustrates the broad economic damage still taking place nine months after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. The Labor Department said...

Jeff Lello stands in front of the van in which he lives, in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant, since being laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Lello is one of an estimated 20 million Americans living paycheck to paycheck, spending more than 30% of their income on rent, who are likely to experience homelessness at some point, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

From a stable job to a tent: A waiter's homeless struggle

Sep. 12, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Lello has never been rich, but the 42-year-old could pocket $100 cash most weekend nights at the steakhouse chain where he waited tables. He always had enough money for groceries, his car and the modest Orlando apartment he rented with roommates. But when he reported for...

An employee wearing a face mask and face shield stands to guide passengers to maintain a one-way walk flow as a precaution against the coronavirus at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: South Korea stays in downward infection trend

Sep. 10, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s daily count of new coronavirus cases is under 200 for a ninth straight day, continuing a downward trend in fresh infections for the country. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday the 176 cases added in the previous 24 hours took the...

Florida bars allowed to reopen next week at 50% capacity

Sep. 10, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida bars will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity starting Monday, state officials announced Thursday. At the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears issued an emergency order rescinding a...

Trumpet player Ben Galles tries to stay warm during band practice before school on the first day of in-person instruction at Jenks High School, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic, in Tulsa, Okla. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

Oklahoma initial weekly, continuing jobless claims decline

Sep. 10, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Claims for unemployment benefits in Oklahoma are declining after reaching record levels during the coronavirus pandemic, the state Employment Security Commission reported Thursday. First-time weekly claims for the week ending Sept. 5 totaled of 5,241, and continuing claims numbered...