UNEMPLOYED Americans could get up to $1,800 over the next six weeks thanks to an increase in unemployment benefits.
After much criticism for not reaching a conclusive second stimulus package, President Trump allocated $44 billion to give unemployed workers an extra $300 in weekly payments for up to six weeks.
Trump is using the money from the Disaster Relief Fund, managed by FEMA, to partially restore the $600 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance that expired at the end of July.
Forty-nine states, including Washington D.C., Guam and the Virgin Islands, have signed up for the federal portion of the aid. South Dakota is the only state that has not signed up.
States will issue up to six weeks of payments to eligible workers, allowing for Americans to receive up to $1,800 over the six weeks.
“States should plan to make payments to eligible claimants for no more than six weeks from the week ending Aug. 1, 2020,” a FEMA spokeswoman said.
Of the 49 states and three territories, only 27 so far have begun disbursing the money.
They include: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Payments are still pending in: Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
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Other states, like Montana, West Virginia, Kentucky and Kansas, have committed to adding ann extra $100 to laid-off workers over the next six weeks. Unemployed Americans in these states will receive up to $2,400 over the same time period.
Only those who receive at least $100 in unemployment through state programs will be able to receive the extra $300 a week.
Since benefits are calculated on a worker’s former income, some low earners are excluded, with one estimate saying over one million people will not qualify for the benefit.