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Trump's proposed $300 federal unemployment boost could leave out up to 1.5 million low-wage workers from receiving jobless benefits

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

President Donald Trump's unemployment proposal seeks to design a parallel benefit system so workers can get an extra $300 a week from the federal government.
But it mandates that people must earn at least $100 in state benefits, a threshold experts say could leave out many part-time and gig workers from getting federal aid.
"The people I'm most worried are those who are doing their best to try and get back to work," said unemployment expert Michele Evermore.
One economist estimated it could leave out up to 1.5 million workers.
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Trump's executive order is designed to give an extra $400 in weekly unemployment, but one million Americans might not qualify

Trump's executive order is designed to give an extra $400 in weekly unemployment, but one million Americans might not qualify

1 month ago   |   By Business Insider

President Trump signed four executive orders on Saturday, including a $400 per week unemployment benefits boost.
However, the order requires that recipients must already be receiving $100 a week in state benefits.
That eligibility rule may mean that over 1 million Americans are left out, according to a labor economist who spoke to CNBC .
After states complained they could not afford the new payments ordered by the White House, the figure was reduced to $300.
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