Help is on the way for jobless Americans via the extra $600.00 in weekly unemployment compensation established by the new $2.2 federal stimulus package. This payment will boost the amount of unemployment compensation workers would otherwise receive.
How Does This All Work?
Suppose under normal circumstances the state's unemployment benefit a worker would qualify for was $289.00 weekly.
With the added $600.00, those same workers will receive $985.00 per week in unemployment compensation.
Californians can be expected to be "shown the money" as early as tomorrow and Indiana is targeting April 20, 2020 for the first additional $600.00 to be reflected in state unemployment checks.
Workers in some states such as New York have already begun receiving the boosted unemployment benefit.
When it does begin turning up, the extra $600.00 will be retroactive to March 29, 2020 (assuming the applicant qualified for unemployment on that date).
Additionally, contract workers and self-employed Americans, two groups of people who have historically been disqualified from receiving unemployment, will now be entitled to apply for this compensation per the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.
The first step to receiving this much-needed aid is to apply for unemployment.
Due to the massive influx of new claims, there have been delays in completing the unemployment application process which has been discouraging to some workers. Still, the checks will not start until those applications have been completed and submitted.
Please go here for further information on how and where to apply for unemployment compensation in your state: