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Fed to discuss a pullback in economic aid with inflation up

Jul. 26, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With inflation uncomfortably high and the COVID-19 Delta variant raising economic concerns, a divided Federal Reserve will meet this week to discuss when and how it should dial back its ultra-low-interest rate policies. For now, the U.S. economy is...

Kansas will continue extended federal unemployment benefits

Jul. 23, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will not stop paying extended federal unemployment benefits that started during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Laura Kelly said. Business groups, companies and Republican leaders have been pressuring Kelly to end the benefits, which include...

Maine health officials not alarmed by COVID-19 increase yet

Jul. 23, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases has ticked up in Maine in recent weeks, but state health officials say they aren't sounding the alarm about it yet. The state's daily caseload had dwindled in early summer, with less than 20 new cases reported...

California makes change to pay unemployment benefits faster

Jul. 22, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration on Thursday announced a major change in how the state pays unemployment benefits, potentially unlocking payments for up to 100,000 people who have gone weeks or months without assistance. Getting...

US jobless claims rise to 419,000 from a pandemic low

Jul. 22, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week from the lowest point of the pandemic, even as the job market appears to be rebounding on the strength of a reopened economy. The Labor Department said Thursday that jobless claims...

Backlog of jobless benefits claims is growing, advocates say

Jul. 21, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The backlog of people in Pennsylvania waiting for a decision on whether they can receive unemployment compensation benefits has ballooned following the introduction of a new online portal for the system, advocates for the unemployed say. The Mon...

Whitmer vetoes moot bill to end unemployment benefit early

Jul. 20, 2021 22:30 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday vetoed a Republican-sponsored attempt to stop a $300 weekly federal supplement that is being added to unemployed workers’ benefits during the coronavirus pandemic. The extra payment is due to end Sept....

Montana businesses encouraged to report unemployment fraud

Jul. 20, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana employers are encouraged to notify the Montana Department of Labor and Industry if an unemployment insurance claimant fails to appear for a scheduled interview under a new policy announced by Gov. Greg Gianforte Tuesday. Gianforte said...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Jul. 19, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

Traverse City Record-Eagle. July 18, 2021. Editorial: Our Great Lakes deserve a group effort to protect them Taken separately, the threats to the health of the Great Lakes are enough to raise alarm. Together they are a crisis,...

Vermont unemployment rate inches up to 3.1% in June

Jul. 18, 2021 08:47 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's unemployment rate inched up one-tenth of a percentage point in June to 3.1%. The national jobless rate last month also increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 5.9% from May, the Vermont Labor Department said Friday. ...