(CNN)Now that the $600 federal unemployment supplement has expired, Eliajah Carroll is trying to survive on only $200 a week in Rhode Island state benefits. The Providence bartender, who hasn’t worked since the coronavirus pandemic shuttered his restaurant in March, logs onto Indeed every morning to hunt for work. He’s applied for jobs at banks, at retailers in malls and at cell phone stores. Only one employer responded, and it was to turn him down. With September rent due in 10 days, Carroll is hoping lawmakers act soon — even though Congress may not take up extending the unemployment benefit boost until next month. And Rhode Island has yet to be approved for the temporary $300 weekly supplement authorized under President Donald Trump’s recent executive action. Eliajah Carroll wants Congress to provide more federal assistance to the unemployed. “Everyone is pretending they are looking out for us,” said Carroll, 30, who made about the same on the enhanced unemployment as he did at work. “They are not the ones faced with: ‘Should I buy groceries or should I put my $200 this week to my rent?’ ” His message to Congress is simple: “Put yourself in our position and get… Read full this story
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