Adequate unemployment insurance extension increases odds of finding “better jobs”

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A new study found that given more time, people are more likely to find employment suited to qualifications. Unemployed workers are more likely to find “better” jobs to suit their qualifications with an unemployment insurance extension, say new study results. This research indicates the opposite effect suggested in arguments made by Republican leaders. The Congressional debates over the next coronavirus stimulus package include the type of unemployment insurance extension that will be employed. Republican leaders have been cautioning against the added $600 per week in federal benefits for those who…

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New York Uber and Lyft drivers win battle for unemployment insurance benefits

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The ride hailing drivers sued the state in May and a federal judge has now ruled in their favor. Lyft and Uber drivers recently won the right to receive unemployment insurance benefits immediately. The ruling was made by a federal judge who determined that the New York Department of Labor had taken too long to issue payments. The ruling was made by U.S. District Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall in Brooklyn this week. The judge cited a backlog of claims was occurring from ride-hail drivers who sued New York state in…

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22 million unemployment insurance claims were filed in a 4-week span

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As businesses continue to remain closed because of the pandemic, workers are steadily laid off. The steady stream of layoffs resulting from businesses temporarily closing due to the coronavirus pandemic has led to millions of additional unemployment insurance claims. In April’s first full week, an additional 5.2 million workers submitted their first week’s filing for benefits. US Department of Labor data showed that the total number of Americans who have filed their first unemployment insurance claims is 22 million in four weeks following March 14. This represents approximately 13.5 percent…

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Alberta, Canada, sees 91 percent spike in employment insurance recipients

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The province that had previously had a boom in job availability is now facing astounding unemployment rates. New research from Statistics Canada has shown that the province of Alberta has reached a tremendous increase in employment insurance recipients when compared to the rate in January 2015. The Statistics Canada data has shown that the figure in January 2016 is a massive 91 percent higher. In fact, across the country, the number of people receiving employment insurance has increased by 7 percent, but the majority of that figure is actually the…

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Layoff insurance is thriving in the current economic situation in Alberta

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Residents of the Canadian province are paying about $50 per month, per person, just in case. A new form of standalone layoff insurance is increasing in popularity in Alberta, Canada, and this is being seen as a fresh indicator that an economic downturn has made its way into the province. Thousands of layoffs have already occurred in the province, particularly within the energy industry. In response, an insurer is hoping to be able to profit and help people at the same time, providing them with both peace of mind and…

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State of the Union speech draws attention to wage insurance

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President Obama brought up the topic of a long history of labor protection and the need for support for the unemployed. During the last State of the Union speech from President Barack Obama, he mentioned the topic of labor protection that has a lengthy history within the country and, within this subject, he brought up the concept of wage insurance. He underscored the importance of work done on the unemployment insurance and job-training programs currently available. Following the statement he made about the need for improvement in unemployment insurance and…

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State’s Unemployment Insurance Fund is falling behind on repaying federal debt

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California still owes the federal government $8 billion on a loan California is falling behind on repaying a loan to the federal government. The state borrowed $10 billion from the federal government in order to ensure the recovery of its troubled Unemployment Insurance Fund. The fund exists as an insurance pool that is designed to cover the financial issues related to lack of employment. The economic recession that hit the country in 2008 and persisted through the following years placed the fund under a great deal of financial strain. Higher…

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