One-third of U.S.'s record unemployment payout hasn't arrived

The gaps in America's social safety net are becoming apparent at the same time as protests erupt over longstanding racial inequities. Foto: Tony Dejak Foto: Tony Dejak/AP

Almost one-third of unemployment benefits estimated to be owed to the millions of Americans who lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus slump haven't been paid yet as flagship policies struggle to cope with the unprecedented wave of layoffs.

The Treasury disbursed $146 billion in unemployment benefits in the three months through May, according to data published Monday - more than in the whole of 2009, when jobless rates peaked after the financial crisis...

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