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Earlier this year, business leaders and Republican governors said to cut off a $300-a-week federal unemployment supplement. Many people, they argued, would then take jobs. Yet three months later, there’s been no big influx of job seekers.

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Faced with a potential fourfold increase in payroll taxes on employers, Virginia officials are looking to spend up to $1.3 billion to replenish the state’s diminished unemployment trust fund when the General Assembly meets this summer to decide how to use $4.3 billion in federal emergency aid to the state.

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Virginia legislators are intensifying their oversight of the Virginia Employment Commission as the agency digs out from a deluge of unemployment claims that have overwhelmed the system during the economic upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

You probably are seeing signs like these in a lot of places in Southside Virginia. There are plenty of jobs available, and filling them has become "very challenging,' business leaders say.

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As millions of Americans wait to learn when they’ll get their third stimulus check, you may already be wondering if a fourth round of aid is in the works. Some members of Congress have called for additional aid for families still weathering the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic, a year since it knocked the […]

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