4 results for tag: unemployment


Those $1,200 Emergency Payments Are Arriving — And Debt Collectors May Be Eyeing Them

By Chris Arnold | April 13, 2020 Those $1,200 federal payments to help Americans through the coronavirus crisis have started arriving in some people's bank accounts via direct deposit. But many people will have to wait longer — and there could be pitfalls, such as debt collectors grabbing the money before you do. Those who'll be getting checks in the mail may not see them for weeks or even months. To get the money faster, millions of people will have to provide direct-deposit account information to the IRS. The IRS is just starting to bring portals online to let people do that. The first went live on Friday, but it's just for people who ...

CARES Act allows the unemployed to take on a side gig and still collect benefits – here’s why you should tread carefully

By Elisabeth Buchwald April 6, 2020 If you’re one of the 6.6 million Americans who filed for unemployment benefits last week there’s a good chance you’re anxiously waiting for a check to arrive in the mail. In the meantime, you might consider taking on gig work. What you may have given less consideration to is how that might affect your ability to collect unemployment benefits. The CARES Act attempts to tackle that. Last week, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in response to businesses closing in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and provides $2.2 trillion to help businesses and ...

Economist’s Advice for Waiters and Tipped Workers: Submit Unemployment Claims Now

By Stephania Jimenez March 27, 2020 Waiters and waitresses are among the lowest-paid workers in the United States. And times are getting harder for them during the coronavirus pandemic. “I’m concerned they may be hurting the most,” said Villanova Economics Professor David Fiorenza. As businesses close as a result of the outbreak, more workers have filed unemployment claims. Pennsylvanians filed 650,000 unemployment claims over an 11-day period, state labor statistics released Thursday show. ... Minimum-wage earners in Pennsylvania make $7.25 an hour. However, because servers also receive tips, employers can pay them a minimum ...

Economy strong, yet millions of Americans have more than one job

By Michael E. Kanell February 17, 2020 In the pre-dawn, long before getting to her job as a Marietta teacher, Emily Willard, 28, hits the gym. A couple of times a week – as well as some weekends and school holidays – she’s at Total Row in Buckhead, getting a bit of a workout, sure, but that’s not why she’s there. She’s a trainer, leading a group of early morning rowers in their huffing and puffing so she can pick up some extra coin. “It is nice to have money on the side,” Willard said. In Atlanta and nationally, the unemployment rate is plumbing historic lows. Most people looking for a job can find one. But for some, one job ...