Paid leave and childcare during the pandemic

Congress responded to the arrival of the pandemic on US soil in spring 2020 by passing sweeping economic relief measures, including policies directed toward supporting the needs of families. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act ....

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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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Inspector general’s report confirms warnings of vulnerability of pandemic unemployment benefits to fraud

A recent report from the US Department of Labor (DOL) Inspector General (IG) spotlights why it’s far too easy to rip off the temporary federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.  The October 21 report, titled ....

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5 questions for Scott Winship on inequality, upward mobility, and poverty in the US

Should Americans be concerned about current levels of wealth inequality? Are living standards still rising in the US? And what has happened to poverty in America since the 1960s? I discussed these questions and more ....

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