Increased unemployment assistance as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, the coronavirus-related stimulus package, that Congress passed last month is being held up from distribution in some states around the country

Aging computer infrastructure built around COBOL, a 60-year-old programming language that few programmers today still know how to work with, is responsible for the delay. Visit BGR's homepage for more stories.
Here's the latest in what's become a long string of examples of how the response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has been a patchwork of efforts between federal, state, and local agencies that sometimes overlap, are sometimes redundant, and other times reveal stunning ineffectiveness.

Regarding the latter, there's a wild reason why some recipients of unemployment checks -- who stand to receive more money from than usual, thanks to the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package Congress passed in late March -- have yet to receive their payments. And it has to do with the fact that the computer systems supporting some state unemployment programs run on COBOL, a computer programming language that's 60 years old.

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