Weekly unemployment benefits of $ 600 for late July

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The Department of Labor says the states will begin administering weekly payments of $ 600 to many of those receiving unemployment from the state, which will be in addition to standard unemployment checks issued by the states.

The payments are part of the CARES law, which Congress passed last month and which Trump signed on March 27.

The timing of payments will vary by state, as the federal government works with the states to administer the program. The program will run until the end of July.

Additional payments of $ 600 will be available for those receiving standard state unemployment, in addition to those receiving pandemic unemployment emergency compensation (PEUC) payments; Assistance in the event of an unemployment pandemic (PUA); Extended Benefits (EB); Short-term compensation (STC); Commercial Readjustment Indemnities (TRA); Unemployment assistance in case of disaster (DUA); and payments under the Self-Employment Assistance Program (SEA).

The program is fully funded by the federal government.

As states begin making this payment, eligible individuals will receive payments retroactive to their eligibility date or the signing of the state agreement, whichever is later, said the Ministry of Labor. .

“The increase in the weekly unemployment benefit of $ 600 included in the CARES law will provide valuable support to American workers and their families during this difficult time,” said Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia. “The Department will continue to provide advice and support to states so that they can administer the significant new benefits under the CARES Act while protecting themselves against fraud and abuse in their unemployment insurance systems.”

Nearly 10 million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits in recent weeks.

Justin Boggs is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk.

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