Change in unemployment brings new stresses for state system

New Yorks unemployment system might soon face its toughest test yet, months after Gov. Andrew Cuomo acknowledged the technology for processing claims collapsed.


The state has worked to clear a great deal of its claims backlog, observers told Crains, 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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