LI job growth has slowed as the unemployed await promised $300 aid boost

Long Island reported anemic job growth last month as jobless residents and New Yorkers across the state waited anxiously for a boost of $300 in weekly unemployment payments to hit their bank accounts in the coming days.

In August, Long Island was still down 152,200 jobs from a year earlier, the state Labor Department reported Thursday, with a gain of 7,500 nonfarm jobs on a month-to-month basis. The monthly gain is well below the 17,800 jobs gained in July, and the pace of growth has slowed since the 78,000 new jobs reported in June.

“The overall pace of job growth on Long Island slowed,” said Shital Patel, labor market analyst in the Labor Department’s Hicksville office. “The large gains in jobs in May, June, and July reflect the phased reopening of the economy.”

Patel said that the slower job growth in August is likely due to businesses relying on smaller

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Montgomery County Business Services says plenty of aid from CARES Act still available

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Senate Republicans have introduced a stimulus bill that will be voted on Thursday. It includes $300 of federal unemployment benefits and a new wave of PPP loans.

It does not mention a second round of stimulus checks or new funding for state and local governments.

It is not expected to get the 60 votes needed to pass.

Wednesday, a spokesperson for Montgomery County Business Services said they can’t speak for all counties, but there is still plenty of money for local aid.

Both Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman said they want to see more federal aid to state and local governments. Montgomery County received $92 million from the CARES act, but like all governments, are restricted from using it to offset revenue losses caused by the pandemic.

“Ohio cities in particular are in a tough situation because a lot of them rely on

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Live Efficient: Customer aid continues as restrictions ease – Lifestyle – seacoastonline.com

MANCHESTER — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and New Hampshire slowly reopens, Eversource is reminding customers of the options and solutions available to support them during this uncertain time. The energy company continues to offer various ways to assist customers, including tips to help save money and energy, as well as a new COVID-19 Payment Program that allows customers up to 12 months to pay any past-due balances.

“As the pandemic continues to evolve and we all begin to adjust to a new normal, we’re here to help any customer facing financial hardship or uncertainty,” said Eversource Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Penni Conner. “We recognize how challenging these times are and remain committed to supporting our customers as we navigate through this unchartered territory. Any customer who may have had a difficult time paying their energy bill because of the pandemic can take advantage of

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