While businesses are beginning to reopen in many states, more than 17 million Americans are still receiving unemployment insurance as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. At the end of the month, workers without a job are set to lose the extra $600 a week in pandemic aid, an issue stoking anxiety for many.
The official unemployment rate in June was 11.1%, the Labor Department said earlier this month. Some economists worry, however, that this figure might rise again as some businesses are forced to close after concerning increases in COVID-19 cases in some states.
Travel, hospitality, food and beverage services and any industries that require face-to-face contact or where social distancing is difficult were among the hardest hit by the coronavirus financial crisis.