Government Accountability Office report highlights flaws in the counting of unemployment benefit claimants

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) yesterday released a report titled “COVID-19: Urgent Actions Needed to Better Ensure an Effective Federal Response.” The report includes numerous policy and administrative recommendations, including several specific to the ....

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Most recent state unemployment data show recovery continues to spread

In the past few days, the US Department of Labor (DOL) has released updated unemployment data showing the economic recovery continued to deepen and spread across the country in October. That data also suggests that ....

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US unemployment claims rose solely because claims in Louisiana quadrupled. What’s going on?

This morning’s headlines report that US initial unemployment benefit claims rose last week, with some suggesting that reflects a slowing economy due to surging coronavirus cases. The headline of a Wall Street Journal article offers ....

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Unemployment claims continue to improve

Yesterday’s unemployment benefit claims report from the US Department of Labor (DOL) shows positive trends on multiple fronts, starting with first-time claims for state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits dropping below one million for the first ....

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Senate ‘HEALS Act’ includes important fix to Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

While most will focus on its proposed changes to the $600 per week federal bonus for the unemployed, the HEALS Act — unveiled by Senate Republicans Monday — also includes an important technical change designed ....

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Registered Nurses and Retail Salespersons Are the Most Sought-After Employees

Forty-eight Percent of Job Ads with Salaries Above $35K MONTGOMERY - Data collected and analyzed by the Alabama Department of Labor’s Labor Market Information (LMI) Division shows that the most online wanted ads were for ....

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