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FILE — In his Dec. 18, 2020 file photo a runner passes the office of the California Employment Development Department in Sacramento, Calif. California reported a significant surge in unemployment claims last week for independent contractors, accounting for more than a quarter of all such climbs nationally and raising concerns about a return of widespread fraud, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California sees suspicious surge in unemployment claims

Jan. 21, 2021 11:04 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is reporting a surge in coronavirus unemployment claims last week for independent contractors, gig workers and the self-employed — the category of benefits blamed for much of the state's fraudulent payments. The state last week received more than 110,800 Pandemic...

Couple indicted for pandemic unemployment benefits fraud

Jan. 21, 2021 5:37 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A woman who worked for the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance and her husband are facing charges they sought to illegally collect unemployment benefits for workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Tiffany Pacheco, 35, and Arthur Pacheco, 47, were indicted Thursday in...

FILE—In this file photo from Aug. 6, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine shrugs his shoulders in response to a reporter's question about him testing positive for COVID-19 in Bexley, Ohio. Ohio will use $50 million in federal pandemic aid dollars to buy two million at-home rapid coronavirus tests to help local health departments respond faster to testing needs, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Ohio to spend $50 million on 2M home coronavirus tests

Jan. 21, 2021 5:25 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio will use $50 million in federal pandemic aid dollars to buy 2 million at-home rapid coronavirus tests to help local health departments respond faster to testing needs, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday. The governor also said the state's 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. pandemic curfew, due...

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US jobless claims decline to a still-high 900,000

Jan. 21, 2021 9:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to 900,000, still a historically high level that points to ongoing job cuts in a raging pandemic. The Labor Department's report Thursday underscored that President Joe Biden has inherited an economy that...

US jobless claims dip to 900,000 as layoffs remain high with economy in grip of virus

Jan. 21, 2021 8:32 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — US jobless claims dip to 900,000 as layoffs remain high with economy in grip of virus.

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jan. 20, 2021 5:45 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Biden’s Stimulus Plan Will Bring Relief, but There’s One Flaw The New York Times Jan. 19 Joe Biden will take the oath of office as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday in the center of a city...

Some Missourians asked to give back COVID-related payments

Jan. 20, 2021 11:52 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some Missourians who received unemployment insurance payments during the coronavirus pandemic are now being told they have to pay back the money. Marissa Crozier told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that unemployment insurance kept her afloat after she was laid off as a costume designer for...

This Week: Netflix earns, jobless benefits, US home sales

Jan. 18, 2021 1:10 AM EST

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: BINGE THIS Wall Street expects that Netflix closed out 2020 with another solid quarter. The video streaming service has been riding a wave of popularity as people spend more time at home due to the pandemic. The company gained...

California COVID-19 benefits fraud could reach $9.8 billion

Jan. 16, 2021 8:03 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California may have paid out nearly $10 billion in phony coronavirus unemployment claims — more than double the previous estimate — with some of that money going to organized crime in Russia, China and other countries, according to a security firm hired to investigate the...

Kansas on track to pay out extra unemployment benefit

Jan. 15, 2021 5:12 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is on track to pay out an extra $300-a-week federal unemployment benefit as part of a coronavirus rescue aid package enacted late last month, a top Department of Labor official said. Ryan Wright, who stepped down as acting secretary of the agency in December but remains a top...