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Jobless benefits are a lifeline – if the unemployed can get access

Posted on AllSides April 23rd, 2020
From The Center
Economy and Jobs, coronavirus, jobless claims, unemployment benefits

In economic hard times, unemployment assistance brings rapid, and needed, relief. This time, states are scrambling, and learning lessons in readiness amid a historically fast spike in unemployment.

Every morning, Ciara Bailey wakes up at 7:45 a.m., calls the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry when it opens at 8:00 a.m., and waits on hold – only to get disconnected.

Ms. Bailey filed for unemployment in March after both of the Pittsburgh restaurants where she worked closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. She says many of her co-workers have...

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