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Unemployment Expert Answers Your Questions On Back Pay, Communication Lags

Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow with the Century Foundation, joins us to answer questions on the unemployment process.
Joseph Louis joins others in a protest asking the state of Florida to fix its unemployment system on May 22, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

We want to know: What are your experiences, questions and frustrations about unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic? Share your stories with us. Your answers may be used on-air and you may be contacted by a producer.


Even if Congress continues the $600 weekly CARES Act benefit that is set to end next week, many Americans say they either can’t get through to their state's unemployment office or still haven’t received a dime after filing.

That’s the case for Betsy Burke and her family in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. Burke’s husband supports the family through his job as a mechanical engineer. He was

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