Maine Dept. of Labor announces 13 additional weeks of unemployment help

Yolanda Curtis
July 2, 2020

The new proposal, introduced by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, would extend the weekly payment until the unemployment rate in an individual's state has dropped below 6%.

This extension of benefits is not available to Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims for self-employed and other populations expanded under the CARES Act.

A decade of Pennsylvania's unemployment rate
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The extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits that are set to expire July 31 may end a week earlier in some states, according to a CBS News report.

The Department of Labor and Industry announced the changes yesterday saying that if you have exhausted your 26 maximum weeks on unemployment-you will now be eligible for up to 13 more weeks of receiving benefits.

With approximately 33 million US workers now claiming unemployment benefits, a technicality concerning the day some states pay out benefits could affect a percentage of those in need.

"This is becoming less of a, the pandemic caused us to initiate lockdowns and people are at home, and now it's just we have a large number of unemployed people, what should we do to assist them, and $600 addition to unemployment checks in a bad economy is a really unprecedented step", said Matt Weidinger with the American Enterprise Institute. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to instead provide a $450-a-week bonus to people who leave the unemployment rolls and return to work, but Schumer says that won't help people who can't return to their old jobs or find new ones.

Laid-off workers in a state with an unemployment rate of between 7.5 percent and 8.5 percent are eligible for 39 weeks of additional compensation.

"The back-to-work bonus pays people who are working". They do not need to contact an agent or reapply for benefits.

All states except South Dakota have begun offering extended benefits, the Labor Department said.

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