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Audit: Colorado paid $73 million in bogus unemployment aid

Dec. 06, 2021 17:45 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A state audit has found that Colorado likely or potentially paid $73.1 million in fraudulent unemployment claims during the coronavirus pandemic's first year, including $3.9 million on behalf of dead people and $5 million on behalf of people who were unqualified because they were...

Labor department launches website for unemployment insurance

Dec. 04, 2021 10:00 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's labor department is allowing people to apply for unemployment insurance online. The department said this week it's rolling out a new unemployment insurance platform, UI Online, to allow people to apply online and track their claim....

US jobless claims rise by 28,000, but still low at 222,000

Dec. 02, 2021 09:03 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week even though the U.S. job market has been rebounding from last year's coronavirus recession. Jobless claims climbed by 28,000 to 222,000 from the previous week's 52-year low...

Oregon governor calls for special session to protect renters

Nov. 30, 2021 19:49 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — With winter coming and federal funds drying up, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday she'll call a special session of the Legislature Dec. 13 to approve state funding for rental assistance and extend eviction protections issued because of the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

This worker got jobless benefits; Virginia wants them back

Nov. 25, 2021 08:44 AM EST

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — For 26 years, Ernest Ray worked at a company in southwest Virginia that made compressors, in a physically demanding job that involved night shifts on a factory floor. When the plant closed in 2018, Ray applied for and received about $9,000 in unemployment benefits. ...

Americans are spending but inflation casts pall over economy

Nov. 24, 2021 18:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are doing the main thing that drives the U.S. economy — spending — but accelerating inflation is casting a pall. A raft of economic data issued Wednesday showed the economy on solid footing, with Americans’ incomes rising and jobless...

US jobless claims hit 52-year low after seasonal adjustments

Nov. 24, 2021 09:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits plummeted last week to the lowest level in more than half a century, another sign that the U.S. job market is rebounding rapidly from last year's coronavirus recession. Jobless claims dropped...

Beshear proposes merger of education and labor cabinets

Nov. 18, 2021 17:56 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday that his administration is moving forward with a merger of Kentucky's education and labor cabinets. The Democratic governor said the current arrangement makes it difficult to remain competitive for some federal...

Scant fraud reported among U.S. rental assistance programs

Nov. 18, 2021 15:33 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After watching scammers make off with more than $20 billion in fraudulent California unemployment benefits during the pandemic, state housing officials were wary of a repeat when the federal government poured money into the state and told them to use it to pay off...

Audit: Michigan unemployment error overpaid $3.9 billion

Nov. 18, 2021 15:06 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Shortcomings in the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency Office caused $3.9 billion in overpayments during the processing 5.4 million unemployment claims amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a state audit released Thursday. The agency's...