by Meagan Dorsch
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 524,000 jobs were lost across the United States during the month of December. From Jan. 1 to Jan. 17, the Labor Department estimates that another 589,000 jobs have been lost.
17 states have unemployment numbers above the national average of 7.2 percent. For the first time since the recession began, two states,plus Puerto Rico, have unemployment numbers in the double digits.
In this edition of The Buzz, Jeanne Mejeur, an employment expert with NCSL, talks about actions states are taking to make sure they can pay unemployment benefits and how many states are now borrowing money from the federal government in order to pay claims.
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