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Houston workers who were laid off due to the pandemic must meet job search requirements for benefits

The state of Texas announced that workers in the Houston area who were unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic would need to begin applying for jobs to continue to receive benefits.  Unemployed workers will now have to show an active…
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Workers with low income and minimum wage jobs in Louisiana were forced into poverty by government closures of businesses

Low income residents in Louisiana who made minimum wage or slightly above were most affected by the coronavirus and government mandated shutdowns.  Employment experts reach a consensus that forcing people out of work was particularly devastating…
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Houston workers suffered greatly because of restrictions and closures during the coronavirus pandemic

Figures released in early June of 2020 showed just how drastically employment in Houston was affected by the coronavirus pandemic and forced closures ordered by the government. These new numbers show that the metro area’s economy may have…
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Louisiana service industry workers may have trouble surviving after closures related to coronavirus

Local news for New Orleans, Louisiana reported on how coronavirus restrictions have devastated the city’s economy and the food and drink service industry in particular. Workers who suddenly find themselves without jobs through no fault of…
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Louisiana workers were held back by inconsistent coronavirus restrictions

New Orleans workers and business owners in certain industries expressed frustrations about being able to return to work after restrictions related to the coronavirus began to end.  New Orleans workers frustrated as government wants to keep…
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Louisiana government workers were forced out of their positions because of losses tied to coronavirus

A number of government employees in Lafayette Parish were laid off due to losses that were caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Lafayette Parish decides to eliminate over one hundred positions The Mayor-President of the Parish announced…
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Houston set a record for unemployed workers in 2020

In April of 2020, the Houston Metro area set a record for job losses. More jobs were lost during that month than at any other time according to city records. About 14% of the area’s entire workforce, or about 450,000 workers were without jobs.…
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Louisiana unemployment claims started to decline as coronavirus restrictions expired

As restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic began to end, the number of new unemployment claims being filed in the state decreased drastically. However, many workers were still unemployed, and waiting on benefits and wages that were…
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Immigrants Fear That Applying for Unemployment During the COVID-19 Outbreak Could Harm Their Chances of Obtaining Citizenship

There are hundreds of thousands of immigrants currently living in the U.S. for work, school, health care, or other personal reasons. While some may wish to keep their visit short and one day return home, a large percentage of those residing…
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Nebraska government had to quickly make changes to their unemployment system

The governor of Nebraska had to issue an order to extend the deadline for unemployment claims due to an abnormally high number of applications. Governor wants to update and revamp the state’s unemployment claim process Governor Pete…
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Montana unemployment rate grew significantly in the month following the coronavirus shutdown

Just as unemployment claims were increasing in Montana due to the coronavirus spreading across the country, the local offices closed down due to health concerns. This created issues with people applying for benefits and not receiving them until…
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Missouri Department of Labor was working to get non-traditional workers paid during coronavirus shutdowns

Workers around the country were trying to navigate a complex set of new regulations to get their unemployment benefits. As this was happening, computer systems became overwhelmed and needed to be updated due to forced business closures. Many…
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Minnesota news reports on workers devastated by coronavirus closures

A number of Minnesota residents were disappointed by the lack of information and communication from employers and state unemployment offices after they were forced out of work by the coronavirus.  Workers tell reporters about their frustrations…
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Michigan dealt with historic numbers of unemployed workers due to coronavirus closures

The shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic were mostly responsible for the over 200,000 unemployment claims filed in the state of Michigan during the first week of April 2020. As with many other parts of the country, residents of the state…
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Massachusetts workers may receive less money if their company participates in paycheck protection program

The paycheck protection program that was offered during the coronavirus pandemic created some unforeseen issues between businesses and their employees. Local news for Massachusetts reported on the struggle one small business went through to…
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Maryland made their unemployment process worse when they tried to fix their dated system for claims

Workers who were laid off in Maryland experienced frustrations similar to Americans in other states after the coronavirus pandemic forced businesses to shut down. When Maryland tried to fix these issues with a new online portal for unemployment…