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Why Black Workers Will Hurt the Most if Congress Doesn’t Extend Jobless Benefits

Posted on AllSides August 7th, 2020
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coronavirus, coronavirus relief bill, jobless benefits, Black workers

When Congress expanded unemployment insurance this year to meet the staggering economic toll of the pandemic, it had one less-noticed effect: It made America’s fractured jobless benefits system more fair.

Starting in April, the federal government provided $600 weekly payments to unemployed workers in addition to state jobless benefits, smoothing sharp differences between more and less generous states. It also broadly expanded who qualified, removing barriers for lower-wage, seasonal and gig workers, who are typically excluded from aid. All of this had the added effect of reducing racial disparities in...

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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/07/upshot/unemployment-benefits-racial-disparity.html

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