Workers are a year into unemployment benefits. It’s causing problems


People wait in line at a food distribution site in the South Bronx on March 10, 2021 in New York.

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It’s been about a year since millions of Americans filed for unemployment benefits in the early days of the Covid pandemic.  

That anniversary seems to be posing administrative issues in some states. They may result in delayed benefits or a lower-than-anticipated amount of aid.

“I do think it’s a snag that’s catching certain people,” said Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation.

Benefit year

Claims for jobless benefits began ticking up the week of March 14, 2020, as the coronavirus sent shock waves through the labor market.



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