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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...

South Korean K-pop group BTS members salute to their national flag during a ceremony marking the National Youth Day at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Lee Jin-wook/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea's daily virus total drops slightly

Sep. 19, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

South Korea __ South Korea’s new coronavirus tally has fallen below 100 for the first time in more than a month, as the country’s recent viral resurgence is gradually easing. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Sunday that the newly counted 82 cases took the country’s total...

Alaska unemployment numbers improve, still historically high

Sep. 19, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's unemployment numbers improved in August but still remains historically high amid the coronavirus pandemic, the state's labor agency reported. In August, the state reported 37,000 fewer jobs than in the same month in 2019 for a 10.5% drop, said the Alaska Department of...

Indiana plans to borrow $300 million for jobless benefits

Sep. 19, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A flood of unemployment claims related to the coronavirus pandemic has caused Indiana officials to seek as much as $300 million in loans from the federal government. The borrowing is needed because the state’s unemployment fund had about $40 million at the end of August, down...

Indian passengers queue up to test for COVID-19 at a facility erected at a railway station to screen people coming from outside the city, in Ahmedabad, India, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. India's coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling. India is expected to have the highest number of confirmed cases within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.67 million people have been infected. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

The Latest: U of Colorado shifting students for virus cases

Sep. 18, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

DENVER — The University of Colorado has forced some students to move out of their dorms to create more isolation housing for students with coronavirus infections as case numbers continue to increase at the Boulder campus. The Denver Post reported that the university said in an email to affected students...

Montana sets COVID case record for second consecutive day

Sep. 18, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana health officials reported a record number of COVID-19 cases on Friday, a day after breaking a record that has stood since July. But a state health official said that cases aren't necessarily on the rise. The state confirmed 224 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, a day after setting...

FILE - In this July 18, 2020 file photo a closed sign hangs in the window of a barber shop in Burbank, Calif. California's unemployment rate has fallen to 11.4% in August. The Employment Development Department says the state added 101,900 jobs in August. Most of those were government jobs, including temporary positions for the U.S. Census. California lost more than 2.6 million jobs in March and April because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California jobless rate falls with help of temporary jobs

Sep. 18, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A raft of temporary government jobs for the U.S. Census boosted California's economy in August as the state added 101,900 jobs as the unemployment rate fell below the high-water mark of the Great Recession for the first time since March. But experts warned that other indicators...

Providence College deals with surge of student virus cases

Sep. 18, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

The president of Providence College announced that the school is moving to remote-only learning for at least two weeks after a surge of new coronavirus cases among students, saying “we are out of options." The private Roman Catholic university’s president, Rev. Kenneth Sicard, wrote to the school...

People fill the beach in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Saturday, July 4 as coronavirus cases continue to surge. At least 41,413 people in South Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 787 have died, according to state health officials. (Josh Bell/The Sun News via AP)

South Carolina unemployment falls, but tourism jobs vanish

Sep. 18, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s unemployment picture has improved overall, with 20,000 people finding work and businesses reopening as they adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. But restaurants, hotels and other tourism businesses continue to struggle, having lost more jobs even in the height of...