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The millions ‘hanging by a thread’ as coronavirus aid expires

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption As the US economy reopens, some lawmakers say it’s time to cut back the pandemic relief When Brandon Humberston’s weekly unemployment benefits finally kicked in after months of waiting, the $750 (£586) cheque was a “godsend”. Suddenly the 19-year-old, who worked as a cook at Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle until the pandemic cost him… Read more →

US Treasury sent $1.4bn of pandemic aid to dead people

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US Treasury department did not check death records before mailing out stimulus cheques The US Treasury mistakenly sent more than $1.4bn (£1.1bn) of its pandemic rescue funds to dead people, government inspectors have found. The finding was one of several “challenges” uncovered in the official review of federal coronavirus aid. Since March, Congress… Read more →

Coronavirus: US workers seeking jobless aid near 40 million

Image copyright Getty Images A further 2.4 million Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, despite hopes that easing lockdown restrictions would help restart the US economy. The new filings brought the total since mid-March to roughly 38.6 million – almost a quarter of the workforce. The weekly figures have declined since peaking at almost 6.9 million at the end of… Read more →