More unemployment aid may be coming. Many are still waiting on the last round


  • President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress are trying to pass a $1.9 trillion Covid relief package. It would extend unemployment benefits and raise them by $300 a week, among other things.
  • Yet many workers haven’t yet gotten benefits from the $900 billion pandemic measure signed by former President Donald Trump in December.
  • Delays have occurred in California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana and Virginia, for example.

President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are hoping to pass $1.9 trillion of additional pandemic relief, including extra jobless benefits.

Still, many unemployed workers haven’t yet gotten benefit payments from the last stimulus package, which former President Trump signed more than a month ago.

States like California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana and Virginia haven’t issued that assistance to some groups of workers, according to their respective unemployment agencies.

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The $900 billion relief measure, passed in late December, extended unemployment benefits for 11 weeks and raised pay by $300 a week.  

Many states have been issuing that aid to workers in phases, as they tweak their systems to account for various pieces of the legislation.

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As a result, some groups have waited longer than others.

“The complexity of some of the additional specifications are challenging to program and will be an increased burden, not only on our [unemployment insurance] staff, but to claimants, as well,” Mark Butler, Georgia’s labor commissioner, said in January.

Some of those updates are ongoing, the Georgia Department of Labor said in a tweet Tuesday.

Biden’s plan would extend unemployment benefits through September and raise pay by $400 a week.


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