Just when and how that money will go out to people who are collecting unemployment in North Carolina remains to be seen, but the state Division of Employment Security said Friday that was applying for the full six weeks.
The plan was to re-evaluate and see how long the money would last. On Friday, FEMA said there's enough for six weeks.
Most of the initial three weeks' worth of payments has already gone out in lump sums in North Carolina, and the three weeks covered have passed. North Carolina has already gotten federal approval for a fourth week, and it's applying now for weeks five and six, Division of Employment Security spokeswoman Kerry McComber said Friday.
A FEMA spokesperson said in an email that every state that applies for the funding would get six weeks' worth.
Without the boost, North Carolina unemployment typically pays people about half of their salary, capped at $350 a week. State lawmakers, in legislation that passed last week, added an extra $50 a week to those checks.
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