$300 federal boost hits NC unemployment checks
The state unemployment office said it started issuing increased benefits checks Thursday, implementing a federal program that will briefly boost weekly payments by $300.Posted — Updated
The money should come in a separate, lump sum, check of $900, according to the N.C. Division of Employment Security. Payments will go out in batches over the next several days, the division said.
That's why the payments will total $900.
While it lasts, the program provides a $300-per-week supplement to unemployment benefits for people who qualify for at least $100 a week in state benefits and are out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will determine additional funding availability on a weekly basis, and the state will pass that money on as long as it's available, DES said Thursday.
A previous $600-a-week federal boost expired over the summer. It's possible Congress will implement a similar program in the future.
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