Coronavirus Exacerbates Already Broken Unemployment Systems

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More than 25 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, a number exponentially higher than any other time in American history.

Now, in states where programs were already stretched thin, few workers are able to get their hands on benefits. In Florida, the state has only been able to process about 5% of claims, and many workers are still unable to even file for benefits due to the backup.

Michele Evermore, senior policy analyst at the National Employment Law Project, talks to host Tonya Mosley about the country's unemployment system in the wake of a pandemic.

This segment aired on April 29, 2020.



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