By JOSH RESNEK
For the past 52 weeks, many unemployed Everett residents have been collect- ing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) in addition to Massachusetts unemployment compensation.
Everything ended on September 4.
The extra Federal stimulus payment of $300 per week supplementing nominal Massachusetts unemployment compensation gave a safety net of protection to those boxed out of the current labor market by changes brought on by the COVID-19.
The near-collapse of the US economy in 2020 forced the government to extend as well as enhance unemployment for the first time in modern history.
The aid and comfort given to many thousands of people in Massachusetts was a Godsend.
Now, the party is over, so to speak.
Those out of work need to find work and fast.Continue reading “PUA benefits ends, many left without financial lifeline”