unemployment benefits

New York State

The New York State Labor Department said it has prevented more than $1 billion in unemployment fraud during the coronavirus pandemic. Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said the department identified more than 42,200 fraudulent unemployment benefit claims since mid-March, and it has referred more cases to federal prosecutors than the department did in the last 10 years combined.


There are over 100,000 federal employees in New York State. Ones impacted by the government shutdown may have the option to apply for unemployment insurance. Not many have so far. WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports.

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U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is calling on the House of Representatives to vote this week on legislation that would extend benefits to the long-term unemployed.