States scramble to determine whether they can follow Trump’s jobless insurance order

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Governors and state labor department officials around the country are scrambling to figure out if it is feasible to implement President Donald Trump’s executive order to extend enhanced unemployment insurance partially for millions of Americans struggling to find work in the pandemic-scarred economy.

Democrats described the Trump effort as a hollow political gesture that would leave Americans without a much-needed lifeline at a time when unemployment remains at the lowest level since the Great Depression.

Even some GOP governors said they were unsure whether the Trump order is workable for their states.