RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Employment Commission announced this week that a criminal investigation was underway after the agency identified approximately 4,200 unemployment insurance claims that “may have been compromised.”
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A new audit from the Secretary of State has found Oregon’s unemployment insurance system experienced many problems during the pandemic, delaying payments to thousands of workers who lost jobs.
DETROIT (AP) — Thousands of people who were wrongly accused of fraud when seeking unemployment benefits can seek financial relief from the state, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, breaking new ground when someone claims their constitutional rights have been violated by the government.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky will use federal funding to establish a mobile unemployment insurance office to make the program more accessible, officials said.
The agency will have the ability to send the mobile office to underserved communities where it can help residents with several actions including filing for benefits, requesting payments and participating in eligibility reviews, a statement from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet said.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Over 55,000 more claimants won’t have to pay back unemployment overpayments totaling $431 million from the Michigan unemployment agency during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state announced Wednesday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Some 667,000 Minnesota workers who were on the front lines of the pandemic can expect to claim their $750 bonus checks in 10 to 12 weeks, state officials said Monday.
Cabinet commissioners laid out some details as Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature pushed through a bill Friday to give bonuses to workers who were on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic and to replenish the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund following months of negotiations.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota legislative leaders announced a deal Thursday to refill the state's unemployment insurance trust fund and to pay bonuses to frontline workers, resolving a monthslong impasse.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has passed a bill to replenish the state's unemployment insurance trust fund and get bonuses to frontline workers, in a potential breakthrough after months of stalemate.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called for compromise in negotiations to replenish the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund and to pay frontline worker bonuses during his fourth State of the State address on Sunday.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz sharply criticized the Minnesota Legislature on Wednesday for failing to break its impasse over an unemployment insurance tax increase that businesses are already starting to pay.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democrats in Springfield are celebrating approval of legislation that wipes out $4.1 billion in debt.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear signed into law Thursday a business-backed bill providing another round of coronavirus-related relief to Kentucky employers on their unemployment insurance tax assessments.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Since construction was deemed an essential industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, engineering consulting firm WSB largely avoided layoffs to its workforce of more than 600 people for the last two years.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's unemployment agency did not require worker background checks or quickly deactivate former contract and state employees' computer access to the confidential benefits system amid unprecedented jobless claims early in the COVID-19 pandemic, state auditors said Friday.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers gave final passage Monday to a business-backed bill that would provide relief to employers on their unemployment insurance tax assessments.
The House voted 88-5 to send House Bill 144 to Gov.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota legislative leaders remain so far apart on a deal to avert a looming increase in unemployment insurance taxes on businesses that they couldn't even agree Thursday on whether the deadline is next Tuesday, or April 30.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Legislation making sweeping changes to Kentucky's unemployment insurance system won Senate passage Thursday, leaving it one vote away from clearing the Republican-dominated legislature.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House overwhelmingly passed a bill Monday that would extend pandemic-related relief for employers on their unemployment insurance tax assessments.
The measure would allow employers to continue using the rate set for 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York could boost weekly benefits for laid-off workers and delay unemployment tax hikes for employers under a bill that passed the Senate this week.
State lawmakers hope to help an economy that's rebounding but at a slower pace than the nation: New York's 6.2% unemployment rate in December was more than two points higher than the national rate.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan likely paid about $8.5 billion in fraudulent jobless benefits over a 19-month period during the coronavirus pandemic, far more than previously estimated, according to a report released Wednesday by the state's unemployment agency.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's labor department is allowing people to apply for unemployment insurance online.
The department said this week it's rolling out a new unemployment insurance platform, UI Online, to allow people to apply online and track their claim.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week even though the U.S. job market has been rebounding from last year's coronavirus recession.
Jobless claims climbed by 28,000 to 222,000 from the previous week's 52-year low 194,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday that his administration is moving forward with a merger of Kentucky's education and labor cabinets.
The Democratic governor said the current arrangement makes it difficult to remain competitive for some federal grants and also creates challenges with meeting certain federal standards.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Shortcomings in the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency Office caused $3.9 billion in overpayments during the processing 5.4 million unemployment claims amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a state audit released Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell for the seventh straight week to a pandemic low of 268,000.
U.S. jobless claims dipped by 1,000 last week from the week before, the Labor Department reported Thursday.
DETROIT (AP) — A former contractor for the state of Michigan has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for helping orchestrate a $3.8 million fraud scheme involving money intended to help unemployed people during the coronavirus pandemic.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Initial jobless claims in Ohio have returned to pre-pandemic levels for the first time, according to two weeks of state data. The positive economic news comes even as a fresh state auditor's report sheds more light on the extent of fraud experienced by Ohio’s unemployment insurance program.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Weekly claims for unemployment assistance have fallen to pre-pandemic levels in Maine.
The Maine Department of Labor said Thursday that about 3,400 people received an unemployment benefit payment during the week ending Oct.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Thousands of Arizonans have fallen victim to identity theft during the pandemic, resulting in delayed or denied payments and financial devastation.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana employers are encouraged to notify the Montana Department of Labor and Industry if an unemployment insurance claimant fails to appear for a scheduled interview under a new policy announced by Gov.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Concerns about cybersecurity have led the state of Kentucky to extend its search for a company to modernize its pandemic-stressed unemployment insurance system, Gov. Andy Beshear's administration said Wednesday.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday tapped into a pot of emergency federal cash to refill the state unemployment insurance trust fund, bringing it above the level it was before the pandemic hit in March 2020 and nearly erased the fund's balance.
FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) — Overhauling Kentucky's outdated technology for processing jobless claims could take up to three years, the state's labor secretary said Tuesday as lawmakers delved into problems with the pandemic-stressed unemployment insurance system.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Thousands of Kentuckians can now apply for a waiver that could clear them from having to repay the overpayments included in their unemployment benefits.
The Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance says it has mailed notices to about 14,000 unemployment claimants identified as having been overpaid in 2020.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana legislators scrambled in the final days of their session to make decisions on spending the state’s $3 billion share of the $350 billion in federal coronavirus relief money approved this year for state and local governments.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham vowed Friday to replenish the state's indebted unemployment insurance trust fund with federal relief funds to avoid future tax increases to businesses and said a $300 weekly federal bonus to unemployment benefits will continue through the expiration date in September.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The longtime state executive who inherited oversight of Kentucky's beleaguered unemployment insurance system during the COVID-19 pandemic is stepping down as labor secretary.
Labor Secretary Larry Roberts' retirement, effective at the end of June, was announced Monday by Gov.
Businesses could be spared billions of dollars of higher taxes in coming years — potentially freeing up money to spend on employees or invest in their operations — as a result of federal coronavirus aid flowing to the states.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii will once again require people receiving unemployment insurance benefits to search for work as a COVID-19 testing program for travelers and growing vaccinations fuel a recovery of the tourism industry, Gov.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is tightening up access to jobless benefits as the state emerges more fully from the pandemic.
Work search requirements will be reinstated for all those seeking regular unemployment insurance benefits beginning the week of June 15, the Baker administration announced Thursday.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico probably overpaid unemployment insurance benefits by an estimated $250 million during the coronavirus pandemic amid a backlog of investigations into potentially fraudulent claims, the budget and accountability office of the Legislature announced Wednesday in a research report.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will reinstate a requirement that people receiving unemployment benefits show they are actively searching for work, effective May 30, but has no plan to end a $300 weekly federal supplement going to 816,000 jobless residents.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska will stop participating next month in a federal program that provides an extra $300 a week in unemployment aid, the state labor commissioner announced Friday, saying it's “time to help people get back to work.”
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana has paid roughly $6.2 million in improper unemployment benefits to nearly 1,200 people locked up in jails or prisons, the state Legislative Auditor's Office says in a report released Monday...
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's lawmakers on Thursday wrapped up a legislative session marked by a generous influx of federal aid that helped the islands weather a pandemic that threw tens of thousands of people out of work and upended the state’s tourism-dependent economy...
The U.S. Department of Labor has directed Vermont to review the eligibility of thousands of Vermonters who received unemployment benefits over the last 13 months after the state deactivated some eligibility criteria to speed payments during the pandemic...
Emergency measures to help struggling businesses pay less in unemployment insurance taxes while simultaneously granting more funding to the unemployed were voted out of the Maryland Legislature last week and await signature from Gov...
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's $3.9 billion in federal pandemic relief will be used to bolster the state's unemployment insurance fund, fuel state recovery efforts, reopen schools and expand broadband technology, Gov...