January 24, 2021

Coronavirus stimulus: States extend unemployment benefits as Congress debates extension

Individual U.S. states are acting to extend unemployment benefits as Congress debates whether or not to extend the extra $600 weekly unemployment benefits.

“States are taking the lead because of the concerns about the lack of action by the federal government,” Gbenga Ajilore, senior economist at the Center for American Progress, a non-profit for public policy research and advocacy, told Yahoo Money. “This is something that we’ve seen throughout this pandemic that the states can’t rely on the federal government to help out anymore.”

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States can generally offer up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits amid the coronavirus pandemic and 26 weeks of state unemployment, plus 13 weeks of federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). On top of that, all states except South Dakota have enacted Extended Benefits (EB).

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