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$600 unemployment supplement: how long does it extend?

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program (FPUC) provides a $2,400-a-month supplement to those already receiving unemployment benefits.

$600 unemployment supplement: how long does it extend?
JUSTIN LANE EFE

A key part of the $2 trillion CARES Act passed by Congress in March was the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program (FPUC), which provides a top-up of $2,400 per month to individuals already collecting unemployment compensation.

Since the CARES act was implemented, more than 33 million people have filed for employment in the United States. The aim of the FPUC enhancement was to ensure the average worker still received the equivalent of 100 percent of their wages, meaning the $600-a-week supplement would benefit workers in jobs and industries with lower average hourly pay. 

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Who is eligible to receive the $600-a-week FPUC?

All individuals who are eligible and receive regular Unemployment Compensation or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance will receive the $600 FPUC per week.

How long will the $600-a-week FPUC available?

The $600 FPUC payments will be backdated to all eligible weeks for which individuals claim UC or PUA beginning the week ending April 4, 2020 and will be paid for all eligible weeks claimed through July 25, 2020.

The Democrat’s HEROES Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives last week, has a proposal to extend the expiration date to January 31, 2021.

However the bill looks unlikely to be passed in the Republican-controlled Senate, where, President Donald Trump has said, it would be "DOA. Dead on arrival”. Only one Republican supported the bill, Peter King of New York.

As things stand then, it is unlikely that the FPUC will be extended beyond 31 July.