The Examiner 18 Dec, 2020 08:00 am

79,000 in Missouri getting payments set to expire Dec. 31

79,000 in Missouri getting payments set to expire Dec. 31
12 million people nationwide could lose benefits at the end of the month.

The overall labor force, which includes working-age Missourians with jobs and who are looking for jobs, has dropped more than 100,000 in the same time.Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation who studies unemployment, said ending things now would be a mistake.In a report published last month, he wrote that doing so threatened to "pull the rug out" from under an economy already in a fragile state as it waits for COVID-19 vaccines to become widespread, which isn't expected to happen until late spring or early summer.Lawmakers have been going back and forth with proposals for weeks in an effort to get something done after months of doing nothing, and on Monday, a bipartisan group put forth a $908 billion proposal that would extend both special unemployment programs and offer a $300 a week boost for 16 weeks.

strong US jobless claims rise to 885,000 as coronavirus cases climb House and Senate leaders on both sides of the aisle have since floated their own proposals with similar provisions and stimulus checks, and with an initial Friday deadline looking out of reach, leaders began telling their caucus members to be ready to work the weekend, Politico reported.Call him at 417-403-8096 or email him at [email protected]

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