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Alaska to stop $300 weekly federal unemployment aid boost

May. 14, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska will stop participating next month in a federal program that provides an extra $300 a week in unemployment aid, the state labor commissioner announced Friday, saying it's “time to help people get back to work.” Commissioner Tamika L....

Arizona joins 12 GOP states in ending extra unemployment pay

May. 13, 2021 21:37 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday joined a growing number of Republican governors who are stopping payment of an extra $300 a week in pay for unemployed workers as a way to force people to return to work. The governor’s action ends of use of federal...

US mortgage rates fall for 4th week; 30-year dips to 2.94%

May. 13, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage rates declined this week, marking their fourth consecutive week below 3% and further evidence of the strength in the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average for the...

Kemp: Georgia to cut jobless benefits to push people to work

May. 13, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is cutting off federal unemployment programs that provide a $300-a-week boost to people on the jobless rolls, as well as programs that pay federal money to people not usually eligible for state unemployment or who have been on jobless aid for longer than the state...

Louisiana House Republicans propose return-to-work bonus

May. 13, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican House lawmakers on Thursday began advancing a proposal to offer Louisiana residents receiving unemployment up to $1,000 to go back to work, but only if they give up their right to claim jobless benefits for six months. GOP lawmakers...

US jobless claims fall to 473K as more GOP governors bar aid

May. 13, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 473,000, a new pandemic low and the latest evidence that fewer employers are cutting jobs as consumers ramp up spending and more businesses reopen. The decline — the fourth in...

Auditor: Officials delayed disclosure of unemployment fraud

May. 13, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The department responsible for unemployment benefits delayed disclosing the number of fraudulent claims it was receiving for months during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Ohio's state auditor. State Auditor Keith Faber told

Choppy jobs recovery could mean bumpy economic rebound

May. 13, 2021 10:41 AM EDT

April's weak jobs report is a sign that while the U.S. economy continues its post-pandemic recovery, the road ahead will be bumpy. Only 266,000 jobs were created last month, shocking Wall Street and leaving the U.S. still about 8.2 million jobs short of the where the...

US jobless claims drop to 473,000, a new pandemic low, as layoffs slow further with economy strengthening

May. 13, 2021 08:58 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US jobless claims drop to 473,000, a new pandemic low, as layoffs slow further with economy strengthening.

Utah to end $300 federal pandemic unemployment benefit

May. 12, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah will terminate its participation in the federal government’s pandemic-related unemployment assistance program, Gov. Spencer Cox announced Wednesday Utah is the latest of several states, including Arkansas, Mississippi, Montana and South...