Unemployment

The Unemployment Insurance System Is Set to Get a Tech Makeover — but It Needs Much More, the Biden Administration Says

The Labor Department has launched an overhaul of the technology that runs the unemployment insurance system, which was overwhelmed by claims and plagued by fraud during the pandemic. But the agency says Congress must act to fix deeper problems.

10 States Didn’t Pay Off Unemployment Loans Ahead of Interest Deadline

States that borrowed money from the federal government to cover unemployment benefits began to accrue interest Monday. Together they have more than $45 billion in loans outstanding.

Fleecing the States: Fraud in State-Administered Pandemic Programs

COMMENTARY | Since the pandemic began, billions of dollars have been stolen from state unemployment benefit systems—systems that weren’t designed to identify or stop this type of cybercrime. 

States Borrowed Billions to Pay Unemployment Benefits. Soon Interest is Due.

Fourteen states owe $54 billion to the federal government for loans to keep unemployment trust funds solvent during the pandemic.

The States Where Unemployment Claims Have Shrunk the Least and the Most

The biggest gainers are in the South and the Great Plains and the losers are everywhere.

States Snag $240M to Combat Unemployment Fraud

The federal grant funding can be used to pay for identity verification services, cybersecurity, or other expenses related to fraud detection.

The Best U.S. Cities to Live In

The city atop the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings is a repeat winner, but several other major metro areas plummeted in the rankings due to factors like high unemployment rates and rising costs of living.

How Unemployment Insurance Fraud Exploded During the Pandemic

Bots filing bogus applications in bulk, teams of fraudsters in foreign countries making phony claims, online forums peddling how-to advice on identity theft: Inside the infrastructure of perhaps the largest fraud wave in history.

Judge Blocks Maryland from Cutting Federal Unemployment

Twenty-six states plan to stop providing supplemental $300-a-week unemployment payments before the program ends in September. Jobless workers in five states have challenged the decisions.

A 50-year-old Unemployment System (Finally) Nears an Overhaul

Wisconsin officials have said the outdated computer technology contributed to problems processing claims during the pandemic. Now they’re looking for bids to revamp it.

Indiana Must Continue Federal Unemployment Payments, Judge Rules

The ruling is the latest development in a lawsuit over Gov. Eric Holcomb’s decision to prematurely curtail the state’s participation in the expanded benefits. More than two dozen states have made similar moves.

Will This State’s Workers be Forced to Pay Back Mistaken Unemployment Aid?

Missouri lawmakers failed to pass legislation that would have allowed the Department of Labor to forgive unemployment benefit overpayments. Officials are trying to determine what happens next.

Multiple States Offer Bonuses to Entice Residents Back to Work

The payments, largely funded by federal coronavirus relief money, are designed to address a labor shortage that some economists say is due to slow wage growth.

Despite Federal Moratorium, Eviction Rates Returning to Pandemic Levels

But states and cities across the U.S. that set up their own eviction-prevention programs are seeing lower eviction rates than those where tenants were protected only by the federal rules.

Not All Jobs Are Coming Back Post Covid: How States Can Help Retrain Workers

Rhode Island’s Back to Work program focuses reskilling workers through partnerships with local industries for in-demand jobs.

In Some States, Unemployment Stays Stubbornly High

Despite rebounds in some states, millions remain unemployed with no job prospects.

U.S. Unemployment Claims Fall to Under 700,000, Lowest Since Pandemic

More than 18.9 million people still are collecting benefits, but economists are confident hiring will pick up.

How One State Will Work With the Feds On a Major Tech Overhaul

Wisconsin has turned to a federal team of tech experts as the state seeks to revamp its antiquated unemployment computer system.

States Debate Improvements to Unemployment Systems

Tech upgrades are bipartisan. Increased benefits are not.

Justice Department Warns of Fake Unemployment Benefit Websites

It’s one more issue for jobless Americans and state workforce agencies to be concerned about.