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U.S. Work Force Falls

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August is always a bit of a rough month. The end of the summer means back to school, shorter days, and fewer  popsicle cravings. This year, 2020, August has also shown us a spike in  unemployment rates throughout the country. 

The U.S. Department of Labor reported that over 1.1 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the week of August 15 alone — which far exceeded any given estimates. 

Created in 1935, unemployment insurance is a type of social insurance. When workers lose their jobs — to no fault of their own, like during a pandemic — the government helps temporarily supplement a portion of their income, with employers’ tax dollars, while they look for new work.

The previous week on August 8, the Trump administration authorized an extra $400 in weekly unemployment insurance benefits. Three-quarters of this $400 sum will come from the federal government through the Department of Homeland Security’s Disaster Relief Fund. The other $100 will come from the state. Supposedly. While Trump authorized this order, he did not receive congressional approval and that’s kind of mandatory, so.  

Do you know of anyone actively hiring right now?  The retail, restaurant, entertainment, and hospitality industries have all experienced huge losses. Plus, what are all these restaurants going to do once it gets too cold for outdoor seating? Just a thought, but that future is headed our way. 

  • What’s your current employment status?

    • Working Remotely
    • Working On Site
    • Struggling
    • Unemployed


Written by Nina Slowinski

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