Members of Congress are locked in a stalemate over the details of another economic stimulus package for people and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hanging in limbo is a $600-per-week COVID unemployment benefit that millions of people in the U.S. had come to rely upon. Cutting it permanently could spell disaster for the country’s economy, says Northeastern economics professor William Dickens.
As the country enters the fourth month of a “new normal” governed by public health guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19, a new survey by Northeastern and other researchers shows that more than a quarter of U.S. residents “describe symptoms in a range that would be considered moderate or severe depression,” according to the report.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 400 employees working on the Boston campus in dining and parking positions were temporarily laid off by their employers. To help them, the university will offer a robust set of resources, including connecting them with temporary employment opportunities through Northeastern’s extensive co-op employer network, as well as educational assistance tailored to the circumstances of each worker.