Latest Unemployment insurance News

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...

Alaska ends extra jobless benefits as more enter workforce

Nov. 24, 2021 13:39 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska will end extended unemployment benefits because more people are employed, and an expert says it should not have an impact on the consumer market. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced the...

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...

U.S. jobless claims drop seventh straight week to 268,000

Nov. 18, 2021 09:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell for the seventh straight week to a pandemic low of 268,000. U.S. jobless claims dipped by 1,000 last week from the week before, the Labor Department reported Thursday. ...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Nov. 15, 2021 13:17 PM EST

Kansas City Star. November 11, 2021. Editorial: Pay people not to take the COVID-19 shot? What are Kansas Republicans even thinking? Should we pay the unvaccinated to stay home because the COVID-19 vaccine frightens them? It’s a completely absurd,...

NJ man pleads guilty to pandemic-related unemployment fraud

Nov. 12, 2021 14:26 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A New Jersey man who with the help of an alleged accomplice submitted more than 100 fraudulent claims for federal COVID-19-related unemployment benefits that resulted in more than $1.2 million in payments pleaded guilty to wire fraud on Friday, federal prosecutors said. ...