Another 1.4 million USA workers file for unemployment

Marco Green
August 1, 2020

Laid-off workers in the state filed 28,840 new jobless claims for the week ending July 25, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department.

Since the health crisis began, Utah has paid out $1.2 billion in jobless benefits.

In Sarasota-Manatee, more than 68,000 workers have filed unemployment claims since the pandemic began, according the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity-more than 18 percent of the labor force. "We also experienced a notable change this week, as the additional $600 in federal benefits expired on July 25". The rise in jobless claims comes as the federal $600-per-week unemployment payments are scheduled to end August 1, with no plans to extend them.

The Republican proposal stalled in the Senate on Thursday, according to a report from Politico.

The highest number of new claims was filed during the week of April 4 amid the pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week's initial claim number down to 8,811 (a decrease of 694) and continuing claims to 115,930 (a decrease of 880 for a total decrease of 1,574), states the release.

Roughly 1.2 million benefits have been claimed, and 96 percent of them have received at least one payment, which still comes out to roughly 50,000 New Jerseyans who have not gotten a single payment.

"While ESD administers this additional benefit, we do not have a say in whether it is extended". "We are throwing every resource we have at these complicated outstanding claims, and working to get everyone a determination quickly".

A landmark deal between the Murphy administration and the 35,000-member Communications Workers of American New Jersey, calls for thousands of member public workers to be partially furloughed during the month of July.

Ongoing jobless claims in Utah have declined for 12 straight weeks, with new claims lower than the number of residents dropping their applications as they return to work.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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