During the coronavirus pandemic, people are given food at a distribution point.
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Alaska and New Jersey
Delays in unemployment of $ 300
Delays are largely due to sluggish state administration hampered by outdated, decades-old technology and high levels of unemployment claims.
According to the US Department of Labor, more than 25 million workers remain unemployed. More than 730,000 workers in Alaska and New Jersey earn benefits through various programs. (The vast majority are in New Jersey.)
Larry Kudlow, Director of the White House National Economic Council.
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Nearly 1.3 million Americans applied for benefits between state and federal unemployment programs last week – more than six times the level in the same period last year.
The months of waiting for some workers is also at odds with an initial schedule from Trump administration officials like White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who telegraphed about a week or two to wait.
Essentially, states had to rebuild a new system from the ground up in the US $ 300 loss of wage assistance payments. The new federal program contained rules and requirements that state officials had to decipher and then translate into their technology systems.
For example, workers with a weekly benefit amount less than $ 100 per week are not eligible for the subsidy, leaving hundreds of thousands of people excluded. State officials had to determine how to explain this restriction.
States also had to file an application with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance with lost wages. Some took longer than others. New Jersey was one of the last countries to receive FEMA approval on September 4th.
Months of waiting
Waiting for $ 300 payments to be made available to workers who were unemployed between August 1 and September 5 mimics long delays seen earlier in the pandemic.
It took about a month for all states to begin paying the previous $ 600 weekly surcharge, enacted by the federal aid act of the CARES Act in late March.
Many self-employed, giants, freelancers, and other workers who are normally not eligible for government unemployment benefits have had to wait even longer to receive benefits through a new pandemic unemployment support program, also created by the CARES law.
Workers who applied for benefits months ago – more than six months ago – are still waiting for help.
Some states have been able to pay off support for lost wages relatively quickly.
Arizona, the first state to begin paying the grant, began making payments on August 17, just a week and a half after the program was created. Almost half had started granting the aid in mid-September.