The state has worked to clear a great deal of its claims backlog, observers told Crain’s, but many New Yorkers are still waiting for their benefits. The $600 extra federal payment that has boosted the weekly unemployment checks of nearly 3 million New Yorkers since March expired today—yanking nearly $1 billion total in income from New York. In its place, Republicans in Congress are supporting a bill that would replace the weekly bonus with one equal to about two-thirds of a workers’ prior wages.
For labor systems already stressed by historic levels of claims across all 50 states, implementing that calculation could cause nightmarish delays.
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