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Bloomberg

Amy Yee

23 September 2021

New York, United States

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Thousands of undocumented immigrants who lost their jobs during the pandemic can now receive aid through the Excluded Workers Fund. The $2.1 billion fund is the largest of its kind and the result of 18 months of lobby...

WTVR-TV

Caroline Coleburn

1 June 2021

South Carolina, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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If Virginia taxpayers who lost their jobs in the pandemic want to understand why their unemployment insurance payments lagged for months and why they couldn't get the Virginia Employment Commission on the phone, they ...

WTVR-TV

Shannon Lilly

1 June 2021

South Carolina, United States

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Four years before the pandemic caused unemployment compensation claims to spike, South Carolina took advantage of a federal grant to modernize its claims processing systems. That upgrade saved thousands of hours of ti...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Allie Barton

9 June 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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To meet the financial needs of undocumented immigrants caught in the gap left by the federal CARES Act pandemic relief program, the advocacy group Aliento has distributed financial aid, educated workers about unemploy...

ProPublica

Alec MacGillis

3 June 2020

Germany

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Germany's creative workshare approach to stemming unemployment has prevented mass layoffs, unlike rising numbers in the United States. The German government provides payroll subsidies which allow an employer to keep o...

The Local

Clare Speak

30 May 2020

Italy

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The Italian government's attempt to assuage the financial fallout of the pandemic on small businesses, freelance workers, and the self-employed did not achieve the desired results despite the enormous size of the aid ...

The Guardian

Jon Henley

7 May 2020

Finland

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The Finnish government's experiment with basic income revealed the mental and emotional benefits associated with receiving a small monthly income. The 560-euro amount is not enough to live on but provides a financial ...

NPR

Greg Rosalsky

7 April 2020

Berlin, Germany

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“Kurzarbeit” is a German governmental program that helps preserve jobs in an economic crisis. A company can reduce the hours of workers and the government will help pay them, which preserves the important specialized ...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

24 March 2020

New York, United States

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Bartenders and restaurant workers rely heavily on tips and often work off the books, which puts them in a unique disadvantage when trying to collect financial aid during this pandemic. Some have thought of creative wa...

The New York Times

Liz Alderman

6 March 2020

Paris, France

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Europe's generous social policies, such as allowing employees to retain their salaries while taking sick time to care for themselves or family members, may help to mitigate the coronavirus outbreak while also safeguar...

The Huffington Post

David Dayen

28 August 2018

Juneau, Alaska, United States

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In Alaska, a highly popular version of Basic Income gives residents between $1000 and $3000 a month. Although this wealth fund, and similar ones in countries like Norway, have been considered, critics argue that it wo...

This American Life

Adam Davidson

12 December 2017

Rochester, New York, United States

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Most jobs require at least a high school education, but 80 million Americans don’t have one, leaving millions of people locked out of the social economic ladder. In Rochester, New York, an organization called Pathston...

The New York Times

Peter S. Goodman

17 December 2016

Oulu, Finland

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Monthly unemployment checks are dissuading individuals from finding work for fear that their work will pay less. Oulu, Finland is testing out 'basic income' where everyone receives a government cheque, to encourage pe...

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

11 November 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The Los Angeles Metro service is working to use the U.S. Employment Plan model to upgrade its fleet with eco-friendly buses. Through this model, the manufacturers who invest in and hire disadvantaged workers and suppo...

FiveThirtyEight

Andrew Flowers

25 April 2016

Zurich, Switzerland

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More and more economists and financiers are supporting the idea of a government-supported basic income check for everyone, regardless of financial status.

National Journal

Clare Foran

9 January 2014

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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The unemployment crisis is a hard thing to solve - businesses sometimes have no choice but to let workers go. An innovative program tries to prevent joblessness by temporarily paying a portion of workers’ salaries at ...

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