Inequality: millions still left behind by US economic recovery


One year ago, 1.7 million families relied on unemployment to get by. That number is now near 30 million. Virtually no state has an unemployment benefit that amounts to a living wage for a family. Call your reps today and tell them to Save The 600.

The US labour market recovery is losing steam and leaving millions of out-of-work Americans fearing for their futures as the initial round of stimulus from Congress fades and legislators on Capitol Hill remain at odds over another virus relief aid package [File: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]


More evidence surfaced on Thursday of the widening divide between the haves and have-nots in the United States, with data signalling an economic recovery that is going well for the well-off while leaving millions of jobless Americans behind.

Some 860,000 Americans filed for state unemployment benefits last week, a decrease of only 33,000 from the previous week, the US Department of Labor reported.

Add in people filing for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) - gig workers and self-employed individuals who are not eligible for state programmes - and the total climbs to 1.5 million Americans who applied for unemployment benefits last week.


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