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  • West Virginia lawmakers consider bills to reduce unemployment insurance benefits

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    West Virginia lawmakers on February 19, 2024, introduced two bills related to unemployment insurance, proposing to index the length of unemployment insurance benefits to the state’s unemployment rate and reduce the maximum benefit amount in relation to the state’s average weekly wage. Senate Bill 840 would reduce the maximum number of benefit weeks to 12…

  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims fall to 218,000

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    New applications for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits fell 9,000 for the week ending February 3 to a seasonally adjusted 218,000. The previous week’s figure was revised up by 3,000 to 227,000. The four-week moving average as of February 3 rose 3,750 from the previous week’s revised average to 212,250. The number of continuing unemployment insurance…

  • Kansas legislators introduce bill proposing state unemployment insurance benefit pause when federal benefit supplements are available

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    Kansas House of Representatives introduced House Bill 2570 on January 23, 2024, which proposed pausing state unemployment insurance benefits when the federal government creates temporary benefit supplements—such as the $600 weekly stipends issued by the federal government during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill also proposed the following: Unemployment insurance is a joint federal and state…

  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims rise to 205,000

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    New applications for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits rose 2,000 for the week ending December 16 to a seasonally adjusted 205,000. The previous week’s figure was revised up by 1,000 to 202,000. The four-week moving average as of December 16 fell 1,500 from the previous week’s revised average to 213,500. Unemployment insurance is a joint federal…

  • U.S. weekly unemployment insurance claims rise to 218,000

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    New applications for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits rose 7,000 for the week ending Nov. 25 to a seasonally adjusted 218,000. The previous week’s figure was revised up by 2,000 to 211,000. The four-week moving average as of Nov. 11 fell 500 from the previous week’s revised average to 220,000. The number of continuing unemployment insurance…

  • U.S. weekly unemployment insurance claims rise to 231,000

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    New applications for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits rose 13,000 for the week ending Nov. 11 to a seasonally adjusted 231,000. The previous week’s figure was revised up by 1,000 to 218,000. The four-week moving average as of Nov. 11 rose 7,750 from the previous week’s revised average to 220,250. The number of continuing unemployment insurance…

  • U.S. senators introduce bill seeking changes to unemployment insurance program

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    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-), U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.), and U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.) and a coalition of six Democratic and Independent senators on October 26 introduced a bill proposing several modifications to the joint federal-state unemployment insurance program. The act, among other provisions, proposes the following program changes: Unemployment…

  • California legislators pass bill to allow unemployment benefits for striking workers

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    The California State Legislature passed a bill Sept. 14 that would allow workers to claim unemployment insurance benefits after striking for two weeks. The bill now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) desk for his approval or veto. If Newsom signs the bill, it would take effect starting in January 2024. California lawmakers previously advanced…

  • U.S. weekly unemployment insurance claims fall to 216,000

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    New applications for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits fell 13,000 for the week ending September 2 to a seasonally adjusted 216,000. The previous week’s figure was revised up by 1,000 to 229,000. The four-week moving average as of September 2 fell 8,500 from the previous week’s revised average to 229,250. The number of continuing unemployment insurance…

  • California legislators introduce bill proposing unemployment benefits for striking workers

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    The California State Assembly advanced a bill in late August that proposed allowing striking workers to claim unemployment insurance benefits after striking for two weeks. The deadline for introducing new legislation had passed, so legislators rewrote Senate Bill 799, which previously related to corrections and criminal rehabilitation, to propose expanding the state’s unemployment insurance availability.…