Radical agitation helped bring Social Security and much of the New Deal into being.
With coronavirus cases increasing again in the United States, the “fragility of the recovery” is in jeopardy, one economist said.
Which party controls the Senate will largely dictate how ambitious President-elect Joe Biden can get on taxes, health care, climate change and other policy priorities.
Emergency federal programs to assist the unemployed in the pandemic will expire at year’s end if there is no congressional action.
Third-quarter growth set a record, fueled by federal assistance. But recent signs point to a loss of momentum in job gains and production.
Fontrell Antonio Baines, who performs as Nuke Bizzle, illegally obtained $1.2 million in jobless benefits intended for workers idled by the coronavirus pandemic, the authorities said.
Hopes for a rebound of the American economy have been clouded by layoffs, a surge in virus cases and a lack of fresh federal aid.
Does the latest twist herald the end of a bull run or the beginning of a shift toward long-neglected niches?
President Trump cut off negotiations over a new aid package on Tuesday. Economists of all stripes agree that could be a costly mistake.
Jerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve chair, called the recovery “incomplete” and highlighted that it was better to overdo the pandemic policy response than to undershoot.
Lawmakers approved the measure along party lines, even as Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a late-stage agreement with the administration was still possible.
A standoff over further federal aid and concern over the pandemic’s duration are pushing companies to eliminate jobs.
Pandemic programs have lowered the barriers to collecting benefits, and the usual security methods haven’t kept up.
New filings for unemployment benefits rose last week, signaling continued layoffs even before autumn chills outdoor business.
In the wake of the last recession, government spending dried up, dragging out the recovery. Policymakers warn against letting it happen again.
Weekly tallies of jobless claims were not meant to be treated as an economic indicator. The pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of doing so.
An emergency federal program faces growing issues with spurious claims, and the flood of applicants may have led to overcounting the unemployed.
Filings for benefits reflect continued layoffs and a sluggish recovery. “The numbers are going in the wrong direction,” one economist said.
A $600-a-week supplement that expired in July has been credited with bolstering the economy. Its impact on hiring is central to a political fight.
Progress in restoring lost jobs has become more challenging. “It’s pretty bad at this stage in the crisis,” one economist said.
President Trump’s stopgap program to get more money to the jobless is off to a slow start. Here’s how it works.
The economy’s rebound showed signs of stagnating. Then enhanced unemployment benefits and a small-business loan program expired.
Federal aid and eviction bans have kept many tenants in their homes. With that support ebbing, it can take charity and sacrifice to avoid dislocation.
Optimism about Apple’s future profits won’t pay this month’s rent.
With the labor market showing new fragility, most states have yet to seek funds under President Trump’s stopgap plan to supplement weekly jobless pay.
Longstanding but little-used state programs, with a recent dose of federal aid, prevent layoffs by putting workers on part-time duty in a downturn.
Minutes from the Federal Reserve’s July meeting show that some officials fretted as expanded unemployment insurance ran out.
Twenty-one inmates in the San Mateo County, Calif., jail filed for pandemic unemployment assistance, resulting in payments of at least $250,000, according to the district attorney.
Providing more aid to struggling governments has become one of the biggest issues tangling up the debate over another pandemic rescue package.
New state claims fell below one million for the first week since March. But jobless ranks remain vast, and a White House relief plan faces hurdles.
Because Congress controls federal spending, at least some of the measures will almost certainly be challenged in court. Or they may become moot if Congress reaches a deal.
Democrats criticized President Trump’s directives and called on top administration officials to resume talks over a broader agreement.
A federal supplement to jobless pay was a lifeline for millions and for the economy. Its cutoff, even if temporary, may have lasting consequences.
Democrats said the talks had been “disappointing,” and President Trump promised to use executive orders to provide relief if no agreement could be reached.
Without more federal aid for workers, experts are expecting the largest disruption to the housing market since the Depression.
An extra $600 a week smoothed out sharp differences in benefits among states, and among the people who live in them.
Nearly 1.2 million filed for state benefits last week, the lowest total since March, as economic readings offer only limited encouragement.
Facing a loss of hours, unsecured wages and slow reopenings, some unemployed Britons are reconsidering their livelihoods.
Millions of Americans can’t wait while the Senate takes the rest of the summer off.
As his top advisers met with Democratic leaders to try to hash out a compromise, President Trump hurled insults at Democrats and mused aloud about short-circuiting the talks and acting on his own.
Their cruelty and ignorance are creating another gratuitous disaster.
Negotiators acknowledged some progress over the weekend, but said they remained far apart on a number of issues.
The second-quarter contraction set a grim record, and it would have been worse without government aid that is expiring.
President Trump signaled that he was not interested in a broad economic recovery package that would have to be negotiated with Democrats, saying he preferred a narrower plan.
A supplement to unemployment benefits is at an end, and Congress is deadlocked over new aid. For some, that means hunger, evictions or bankruptcies.
Senators in the party are “all over the lot” on the pandemic bill as jobless benefits run out and the fate of any legislative deal remains uncertain.
A federal judge’s decision in New York is a key victory in efforts to secure the protections extended to other workers.
As Republicans consider whether to extend $600 a week payments for those without work during the pandemic, the election looms large.
Lawmakers will have to bridge significant policy gaps to reach an election-year agreement on how to best provide relief to businesses and families still reeling from the pandemic.
The proposal comes after Republicans struggled to iron out their policy differences with the administration and each other. Democrats are all but guaranteed to reject the offer.