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Helping people understand how COVID-19 affects work and employment by sharing insights and help from ILR's workplace experts.

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Pandemic, racial inequities underscore need for better labor market data

Former U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics commissioner Erica Groshen describes how existing and available sources could be mined to better understand labor market data to inform an improved economic future.
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September 2020 Job Disruptions Update: Dimmer Prospects for a Speedy Rebound

In September, COVID-19 was still disrupting the jobs of over 12 million workers—about 7 percent of the pre-COVID-19 labor force. Prospects for a speedy recovery have dimmed as fewer jobless workers are on temporary layoff and more are permanently laid off and have left the workforce altogether.
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Reemployment Prospects Vary by Gender, Race and Hispanic Ethnicity

Most workers whose jobs have been disrupted maintain a tie to their employers.
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Returning to Work and Unemployment Benefits

Madison Meltz discusses the relationships between the choice to return to work and unemployment benefits.
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Maintaining Employee Fiscal Welfare When Returning to Work

As restrictions ease and businesses reopen, balancing employee financial security with business goals becomes critical.
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Job Market Conditions Remain Dire

In June, COVID-19 was still disrupting the jobs of over 24 million workers comprising about 15 percent of the labor force in February.
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How Did COVID-19’s Job Disruptions Vary by Gender, Race and Hispanic Ethnicity in May 2020?

White male workers fared better than female, African American, Asian and Hispanic workers according to national job numbers for May, says ILR economist Erica Groshen.
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New York State is Reopening, But Weekly Unemployment Claims Have Started to Climb Again

Russell Weaver explains the numbers behind rising unemployment claims as New York State reopens.
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Will the True Unemployment Rate Please Stand Up?

The numbers are solid, Erica Groshen says in response to speculation that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics might have manipulated data.
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May 2020 Jobs Report Update on COVID-19’s Impact on Jobs

The Payroll Protection Program worked, but it's about to expire, so fiscal policy is crucial for an economic recovery.
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Tracking Unemployment in New York State

A June 3 report will provide more accurate figures about unemployment in New York state.
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Weekly UI Claims in New York Reach Highest Total in Six Weeks, as National Numbers Continue to Fall

Russell Weaver shows that New York State unemployment-insurance claims have reached a high while national numbers drop.
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What is New York State’s Current Unemployment Rate?

Russell Weaver helps answer the pressing question: "What is New York's unemployment rate?"
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Gig Worker Rights in New York State during the Covid-19 Crisis and Beyond

Sponsored by the Worker Institute's Lois Gray Innovation Initiative, this webinar will examine the issues that gig-economy workers have been facing prior to and during the COVID-19 crisis. The panel will assess the existing policy and organizing solutions to the challenges.
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True Resilience Involves Pushing Forward From COVID-19, Not Just Bouncing Back

Russell Weaver asks whether we really want to "bounce back," instead of building better systems after the pandemic.
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Weekly Claims Continue to Fluctuate Despite Downward National Trend

Russell Weaver outlines fluctuations in unemployment-insurance benefit claims in the context of national trends.
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Here’s Where to Get Help with Unemployment Benefits in New York State.

ILR's Ian Greer outlines places you can turn for help with unemployment benefits in New York State.
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Resources for Graduates in the CARES Act

The Worker Institute's Hunter Moskowitz outlines some of the resources recent graduates should explore in the CARES Act.
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Large Drop in Weekly UI Claims Though Totals Remain at Historic Levels

Russell Weaver explains the recent changes in national and New York State unemployment insurance claim numbers.
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What Does the New Stimulus Package Mean for Workers?

Learn what is provided by the stimulus package and how it impacts the lives of working people.
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What’s the best indicator of COVID-19’s impact on jobs?

The national jobs report issued monthly by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics includes numbers that help predict labor market behavior. ILR School Senior Extension Associate Erica Groshen, who served as bureau commissioner, explains why the report is a go-to standard for understanding employment in the United States.
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Weekly UI Claims Still at Staggering Levels; New Unemployment Estimates – Implications for New York State

Russell Weaver helps answer the question: What might the report of UI cmails foretell about unemployment in New York State?
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Another Uptick in Weekly UI Claims in New York State as U.S. Claims Fall for Fourth Consecutive Week

Russell Weaver explains how one of the best real-time indicators of COVID-19’s economic impact has been the number of weekly unemployment insurance (UI) claims.
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COVID-19: What Unemployment Delays Mean for Newly Unemployed Workers

The processing capacity of state departments of labor are outpaced by an unprecedented volume of unemployment claims and call for emergency relief measures.
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Another New Record for Weekly Unemployment Claims in New York State

Volume of new unemployment insurance claims in New York remains alarmingly high, driving the need for emergency relief measures.
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What Do the Economic Numbers Mean?

The national unemployment rate could go up to 20 percent in April, says ILR's Erica Groshen.
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Webinar: Building Worker Power in New York State during the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond

On April 30th, 2020, join us for a live online forum hosted by the NYS AFL-CIO-Cornell University Union Leadership Institute
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Unemployment Insurance: Taking Stock in New York State

Understand changes to unemployment insurance in the first five weeks of the coronavirus crisis and beyond.
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How the CARES Act Impacts Workers

Learn what the CARES Act does for for working people, low-income people and gig workers.
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U.S. Government Mandates COVID-19 Paid Leave

The Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act -- here's how it works.
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