Mark Smith, Mitchell Hartman, Mitchell Hartmann discussed on 90.3 KAZU Programming


With a couple of minutes ago, the state of play post election with a relief package and what's gonna happen? Or not in this economy because of it. Three quarters of a million people lost their jobs. Two weeks ago, we will get an update on first time unemployment claims tomorrow and his marketplaces, Mitchell Hartman reports. A lot of those people who are out of work have similar stories to tell about dealing with long delays in trouble, even getting benefits. About juggling work with home schooling. Kids all of that mixed in with plenty of financial struggles. Here's Mitchell. Daniella night, Fairfax, Virginia ticks off pretty much all of those issues grappling with work and unemployment in case they have some child noises in the background. It's okay. Yes, for constantly all day long. That's nights, three year old. She's also got a five and a nine year old No one. That school everyone is home. When we spoke back in the summer night was juggling two jobs, which she did at night to make ends meet, but she couldn't keep it up with home schooling. Now, she says, she's going through the stages of grief. And I think I've been depressed morning life before. I have put one of my jobs because I would say it was impossible nights. Husband just started a new job at a government agency after several months out of work, so that at least was a big relief. But we still have not seen anything any money from his unemployment benefits for the two plus months that he was not employed there expecting more than $5000. Knight says the Virginia Employment Commission is still reviewing the claim. We're trying as best we can to keep up with build jobless benefits started coming in the spring for an Zebley of Kansas City, Missouri, when she closed her one woman bakery in the first wave of covert shutdowns. Like everyone on unemployment back then she got an extra $600 a week in federal pandemic assistance that helped a little but that help me pay my rent basically and keep the electricity on. In the summer. She re opened the bakery first for a few hours, then a few days a week, But then she got Cove it. It's Been rough. For sure. I have had the long haul coded stuff going on. When she started feeling better. She re opened the bakery, which is just barely breaking even and she dropped off unemployment. She says After the $600 a week federal payments expired in July. My state benefit would have been $120. So instead, I just pushed and went back to work. I probably should not have done that. I would not contagious. I wasn't you know, putting anyone else at risk, but I wasn't ready. Fear of illness has kept some people on the unemployment rolls for the long haul. Mark Smith is in his late forties, He worked as a janitor in a factory in Portland, Oregon, for 25 years until it closed when the pandemic hit. Then he went on unemployment. He could look for another job, but he's decided not to. I'm basically truthing along as the pandemic and the emergency is still going on to be at least one left. Vector of possible contagion. He has a roommate who works in health care and an elderly relative living with them. Smith's been getting about 300 a week on unemployment. At the beginning of October, he ran out of his 26 weeks of state benefits and applied for the 13 week. Federal extension. I am hoping doing like fingers crossed. It's been four weeks so far. He hasn't gotten any money. I'm Mitchell Hartmann for Marketplace. I need you to follow me on this one for a minute here, But mobility was on the ballot here in California yesterday. Economic mobility, yes, but also.

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