Unemployment and Recession Woes Intensify as Pandemic Wears On

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A man walks while working irrigating an alfalfa field in Imperial County, which has been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, on July 23, 2020 in El Centro, California. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The end of July spells the end of an additional $600 per week benefit for many unemployed Americans in the midst of a pandemic-induced recession. As Congress debates if and how to extend the supplemental cash, California lawmakers are drafting a plan to make up those funds if the federal money dries up. We discuss what’s in the works to help the close to 7 million unemployed Californians, where the recession is headed, and how lawmakers are responding.


Greg Ip, chief economics commentator, The Wall Street Journal

Marisa Lagos, politics correspondent, KQED; co-host, KQED's Political Breakdown show.