WPVI: University of Pennsylvania alum creates job site for those unemployed due to COVID-19

WPVI: University of Pennsylvania alum creates job site for those unemployed due to COVID-19. “Aaron Fishkind recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a job lined up, but his verbal offer fell through. ‘Once the coronavirus hit and I followed up with them they were like, “We don’t have anything open at the time. We are firing not hiring,”‘ Fishkind said. Fishkind became active on a new site created by fellow Penn Students which links job seekers with recruiters.”

CNBC: Jobless claims total 1.5 million, worse than expected as economic pain persists

CNBC: Jobless claims total 1.5 million, worse than expected as economic pain persists. “Weekly jobless claims stayed above 1 million for the 13th consecutive week as the coronavirus pandemic continued to hammer the U.S. economy. First-time claims totaled 1.5 million last week, higher than the 1.3 million that economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting. The government report’s total was 58,000 lower than the previous week’s 1.566 million, which was revised up by 24,000.”

Left out: More workers now losing hope of getting back jobs (AP)

AP: Left out: More workers now losing hope of getting back jobs. “Even as the U.S. economy begins to flicker back to life, even as job cuts slow and some laid-off people are called back to work, the scope of the devastation left by the viral pandemic has grown distressingly clear to millions who’d hoped for a quick return to their jobs: They may not be going back anytime soon.”

Slate: Here’s What Happens if Republicans Let Those $600 Unemployment Benefits Expire

Slate: Here’s What Happens if Republicans Let Those $600 Unemployment Benefits Expire. “…while one might not have guessed it based on Trump’s surreal Rose Garden touchdown dance Friday, the country’s unemployment problem has not actually disappeared. It’s barely budged. As of May 16, the last date with complete data, more than 29 million Americans were still claiming jobless benefits. It is not at all clear how soon those people will be able to return to work. Allowing their federal aid to outright lapse would be both cruel and a near-term blow to the economy. (Full disclosure: Slate has applied for state shared work programs that would make employees eligible for unemployment insurance benefits as part of a reduced schedule, and so we have some vested interest in the federal program continuing. I wrote a whole article explaining it here).”

ProPublica: How Germany Saved Its Workforce From Unemployment While Spending Less Per Person Than the U.S.

ProPublica: How Germany Saved Its Workforce From Unemployment While Spending Less Per Person Than the U.S.. “The pandemic has cost jobs around the world. Comparing people who lost the same position in the two countries reveals that the U.S. government is spending more on unemployment — but its citizens are getting less.”

NBC News: Four states warn unemployment benefits applicants about data leaks

NBC News: Four states warn unemployment benefits applicants about data leaks. “At least four states are warning residents who have applied online for unemployment benefits because of the coronavirus that their personal information may have been leaked.”

Reopening reality check: Georgia’s jobs aren’t flooding back (Politico)

Politico: Reopening reality check: Georgia’s jobs aren’t flooding back. “Georgia’s early move to start easing stay-at-home restrictions nearly a month ago has done little to stem the state’s flood of unemployment claims — illustrating how hard it is to bring jobs back while consumers are still afraid to go outside. Weekly applications for jobless benefits have remained so elevated that Georgia now leads the country in terms of the proportion of its workforce applying for unemployment assistance. A staggering 40.3 percent of the state’s workers — two out of every five — has filed for unemployment insurance payments since the coronavirus pandemic led to widespread shutdowns in mid-March, a POLITICO review of Labor Department data shows.”

NBC Chicago: Illinois Launches ‘Get Hired’ Portal To Connect Workers With Job Opportunities Amid Pandemic Unemployment Crisis

NBC Chicago: Illinois Launches ‘Get Hired’ Portal To Connect Workers With Job Opportunities Amid Pandemic Unemployment Crisis. “The Get Hired portal provides information on both job opportunities and unemployment information. It is designed to be user-friendly for all job seekers regardless of backgrounds, and will also allow employers not only to upload jobs, but also to set up virtual job fairs and training. As of Thursday, Get Hired already featured nearly 60,000 available jobs in several industries. More than 70 employers have also committed to hosting virtual job fairs through the website.”

BBC: One in four US workers claiming jobless benefits

BBC: One in four US workers claiming jobless benefits. “The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped by almost 3 million last week as virus shutdowns continue to weigh on the US economy. The filings brought the total number of new jobless claims since the middle of March to more than 36 million. That amounts to nearly a quarter of the American workforce.”

Coronavirus: US unemployment claims hit 33.3 million amid virus (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: US unemployment claims hit 33.3 million amid virus. “A further 3.2 million Americans sought unemployment benefits last week as the economic toll from the coronavirus pandemic continued to mount. The new applications brought the total number of jobless claims since mid-March to 33.3 million. That amounts to more than 15% of the US workforce.”

‘We don’t know how it will end’: Hunger stalks amid virus (Associated Press)

Associated Press: ‘We don’t know how it will end’: Hunger stalks amid virus. “Before the pandemic, food policy experts say, roughly one out of every eight or nine Americans struggled to stay fed. Now as many as one out of every four are projected to join the ranks of the hungry, said Giridhar Mallya, senior policy officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for public health. Immigrants, African Americans, Native Americans, households with young children and newly jobless gig workers are among those most at risk, said Joelle Johnson, senior policy associate at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.”

WENY: NYS Bar Association to offer free legal aid for denied unemployment insurance applicants

WENY: NYS Bar Association to offer free legal aid for denied unemployment insurance applicants. “The Bar Association is helping people who have applied for unemployment insurance but were denied. The Bar Association President says people have a much better case to make while challenging that denial if they have an attorney in their corner, but as you can imagine, someone without a job may not be able to afford one. If you’re denied an unemployment insurance claim with New York, you can challenge it and get a hearing, if the ruling stands, you can then appeal it.”

KSBY: ‘Onward California’ website helps Californians find jobs

KSBY: ‘Onward California’ website helps Californians find jobs. “The website … will help employees access emergency resources, training for a new career and connections to employers seeking people with their current skill set. Several private industries are running Onward CA in collaboration with the state, Mastercard, the University of California, California State University, California Community Colleges and technology companies, including LinkedIn and Salesforce.”

Engadget: Uber built a tool to help its drivers find work at other companies

Engadget: Uber built a tool to help its drivers find work at other companies. “Uber recognizes that its drivers are facing major work shortages, as fewer people travel via rideshare during the pandemic. The company is already offering 14 days of financial assistance to drivers diagnosed with COVID-19, and it fought for its gig workforce to receive federal stimulus money. Now, it’s taking another step. Today, Uber launched Work Hub to connect drivers in the US with additional employment opportunities.”

CNN: Kansas City’s WWI Museum is avoiding layoffs by giving employees thousands of pages from its archives to digitize

CNN: Kansas City’s WWI Museum is avoiding layoffs by giving employees thousands of pages from its archives to digitize. “A museum in Kansas City, Missouri is avoiding laying off its employees during the coronavirus pandemic by giving some of them a big project to take on. The National WWI Museum and Memorial said it is moving 10 of its employees to a team dedicated to digitizing thousands of letters, diaries and journals.”