In some reopening states, unemployment can pay more than lost jobs

What are daily lessons?

These short lessons cannot substitute speaking on a regular basis, which is the best way to improve. These lessons are a great way to keep improving in between lessons. They are short readings and videos selected by Marcus to help you save time and energy. It is not easy to stay motivated and even when you are motivated, it is difficult to find something new and interesting every day. I will take care of that for you, making it very simple for you to improve your English skills every single day!


Keep a “Daily Lesson” diary to track your progress and the new things that you learn, specifically the new sentence from the reading and video. You can easily come back and find all of the vocabulary words from the article on my website at a later date.

Improve your reading skills and vocabulary


While unemployment benefits serve as a financial lifeline for those who lose their jobs, the program typically replaces only about 40% of workers’ wages, on averageBut now, many laid-off Americans are receiving bigger checks from unemployment than they did from their jobs, thanks to the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package passed by Congress in March. The bill included a historic $600 boost to weekly payments, on top of state benefits, that lasts for up to four months. In 38 states, the combined payment is equal to or larger than the average weekly wage for the jobs that were lostHowever, the enhancement is leading some employers in states that are starting to reopen to worry that their former workers are not rushing to return to their jobs. Lawmakers knew when they were crafting the relief bill that their unprecedented expansion of the unemployment program might result in the jobless getting paid more than they did at work. But they wanted to act swiftly as the coronavirus was ravaging the nation’s economy, and a set amount would be easier for state unemployment agencies’ antiquated technology systems to handleAnother 3.8 million Americans filed first-time jobless claims last week, bringing the total to more than 30 million over the past six weeks, on a seasonally adjusted basis. Keeping families whole in the short term was the right thing for Congress to do, said Tedeschi, who previously worked at the US Treasury. 

on average – is defined as the usual amount of something.

laid-off – a temporary or permanent discharge of a worker or workers.

checks – an order to a bank to pay a stated sum from the drawer’s account, written on a specially printed form.

boost – a source of help or encouragement leading to increase or improvement.

lasts – (of a process, activity, or state) continue for a specified period of time.

wage – a fixed regular payment earned for work or services, typically paid on a daily or weekly basis.

employers – a person or organization that employs people.

former – having previously been a particular thing.

rushing – moving with urgent haste.

crafting – exercise skill in making (an object), typically by hand. 

swiftly – at high speed; quickly.

ravaging – cause severe and extensive damage to.

amount – a quantity of something, especially the total of a thing or things in number, size, value, or extent.

handle – manage (a situation or problem).

Optional Reading Assignment

Chose one sentence from the reading that you think can be useful for you to learn and send it to me in a message on WhatsApp.


Mentre i sussidi di disoccupazione servono come linea di vita finanziaria per coloro che perdono il lavoro, il programma di solito sostituisce solo il 40% circa del salario dei lavoratori, in media. Ma ora, molti americani licenziati stanno ricevendo dalla disoccupazione assegni di disoccupazione più cospicui di quelli che hanno ricevuto dal loro lavoro, grazie al pacchetto di aiuti per il coronavirus da 2.000 miliardi di dollari approvato dal Congresso a marzo. Il disegno di legge includeva uno storico aumento di 600 dollari per i pagamenti settimanali, oltre ai sussidi statali, che durano fino a quattro mesi. In 38 stati, il pagamento combinato è pari o superiore al salario medio settimanale per i posti di lavoro persi. Tuttavia, il miglioramento sta portando alcuni datori di lavoro negli stati che stanno iniziando a riaprire i battenti a preoccuparsi che i loro ex lavoratori non si affrettino a tornare al lavoro. I legislatori sapevano, quando hanno elaborato il progetto di legge, che la loro espansione senza precedenti del programma di disoccupazione avrebbe potuto far sì che i disoccupati fossero pagati più di quanto non fossero pagati al lavoro. Ma volevano agire rapidamente, poiché il coronavirus stava devastando l’economia della nazione, e un determinato importo sarebbe stato più facile da gestire per i sistemi tecnologici antiquati delle agenzie di disoccupazione statali. Altri 3,8 milioni di americani hanno presentato per la prima volta richieste di risarcimento per disoccupazione la scorsa settimana, portando il totale a più di 30 milioni nelle ultime sei settimane, su base stagionale. Mantenere le famiglie intere nel breve periodo è stata la cosa giusta da fare per il Congresso, ha detto Tedeschi, che in precedenza lavorava al Tesoro degli Stati Uniti.

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Optional Video Assignment

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