Jul 22 2020

News Roundup: Economic Disaster Looms

Headlines and stories across the country show growing fear as White House, Senate Republicans dither in the face of expiring unemployment benefits.

Washington, D.C.—After two months of denying the urgent need for economic relief across the country and ignoring the HEROES Act, Senate Republicans and the White House are slowly writing a doomed bill filled with bad policies that will not help. As Republican Senators steadfastly refuse to extend enhanced unemployment benefits which will expire days from now, here’s what the American people are reading:

STATES

Arizona – Arizona Public Media: Loss of federal unemployment dollars will hurt Arizona economy

Colorado – Denver Post: $600 federal unemployment benefit set to expire next week (“Colorado’s unemployment ticks up in June while national rate declines”)

Georgia – Atlanta Journal Constitution: Unemployment remains high as coronavirus slows recovery

Hawaii – KHON: Hawaii’s massive unemployed population dependent on soon-expiring federal assistance

Iowa – Des Moines Register: Iowa's economic recovery staggers, unemployment claims increase for second week

Kansas – KMUW WichitaJobless Kansans Foresee Harder Times Ahead As Federal Aid Nears An End

Kentucky – WAVE: Kentucky, Indiana rank among highest in COVID-19 personal bankruptcy

Louisiana – WVUE: $600 supplement to end in two weeks, unemployed anxious

Maine – Bangor Daily News: Maine sees spike in new jobless claims after weeks-long decline

Massachusetts:  ‘We're Going To Have To Pray': The Extra $600 Unemployment Benefit Is About To Run Out – WBUR Boston

Michigan – Detroit Free Press: Michigan unemployment claims continue to mount as state's reopening pauses

Minnesota – Fox9: DEED warns Minnesotans on unemployment that $600 federal payment ends in July

Missouri – KHSB: $600 unemployment benefit set to expire this month

Nebraska – KPTM: Unemployment concerns spotlighted as jobless law is about to expire

New Mexico – Albuquerque Journal: $600 federal unemployment benefit over at end of month

North Carolina – Charlotte Observer: A crisis looms for NC and the nation as federal relief and eviction bans come to an end

Ohio – Columbus Dispatch: Stuck: New claims for unemployment remain at high levels in Ohio, US

Oregon – The OregonianUnemployed Oregonians worry about survival with $600 federal unemployment benefit set to expire

Pennsylvania – ABC27: Federal stimulus program to end July 25, state offers emergency programs

Rhode Island – Providence Journal: This is last week for $600 unemployment bump: What’s next for R.I.’s jobless?

South Dakota – Argus Leader: South Dakota women majority of unemployed amid COVID-19 pandemic

Tennessee – Nashville Tennessean: For Tennesseans, extra $600 CARES Act unemployment benefit payments end July 25

Texas – Houston Chronicle: Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the U.S. And during the pandemic, an estimated 659,000 Texans lost their health care.

Utah – Salt Lake Tribune / AP: Rising coronavirus infections threaten U.S. economic recovery. Utah’s unemployment claims remain high

Wisconsin – Wisconsin Examiner: The rent is coming due. Will Congress offer more relief as it gets back to work?

NATIONAL

Associated Press: Stress rises for unemployed as extra $600 benefit nears end

NPR: The End Of $600 Unemployment Benefits Will Hit Millions Of Households And The Economy

NBC: Millions of Americans face unemployment cash cliff with no sign of congressional deal

Wall Street Journal: Eviction Looms for Millions of Americans Who Can’t Afford Rent

Vox: If Congress doesn’t act, massive unemployment and a ruined economy may come soon