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Many workers will get 4 extra weeks of unemployment benefits. Here’s how

  • The $900 billion Covid relief law gives workers an extra 11 weeks of unemployment benefits through March 14.
  • This applies to millions of people getting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.
  • Many will be eligible for an additional month, for a total 15 weeks of jobless benefits. However, they won't get a $300 weekly boost during that extended period.

A pedestrian passes a notice for the Revival International Center (Centro Internacional de Avivamiento) food pantry, in a city hard hit by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S., July 9, 2020.Brian Snyder | Reuters

The recent Covid relief package offers 11 extra weeks of jobless benefits to workers. Many, but not all, will be eligible for four more, for a total of 15 weeks.

However, they won't get a $300 weekly increase in benefits during that four-week period.

The $900 billion measure extended two temporary federal unemployment programs that support millions of Americans into 2021.

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One, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, issues benefits to the self-employed and others who don't typically qualify for state aid. The other, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, is available to those who exhausted standard state benefits, which generally last up to six months.

Both, created by the CARES Act, were slated to end the weekend after Christmas. Now, workers can get aid until March 13 or 14. (The exact end date depends on states' respective administrative calendars.)

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