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Unemployment Benefits Extension Now Law, States to Begin Disbursal Immediately

President Obama has just signed the bill extending unemployment benefits into law. Now, the 300,000 jobless workers per week exhausting their 26 weeks of state

Amandeep Coleman
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Jul 23, 2010

President Obama has just signed the bill extending unemployment benefits into law. Now, the 300,000 jobless workers per week exhausting their 26 weeks of state unemployment insurance benefits will be allowed to move onto federally funded benefits. Workers who have not had access to the federal extension since benefits lapsed on June 2 will be reimbursed. The extension carries forward to Nov. 30.

The unemployment insurance benefits were held up in the Senate over concerns over the deficit for an unprecedented two months. Never before has Congress allowed extended benefits to lapse with the national unemployment rate over 7.2 percent. The rate is currently 9.5 percent.

Amandeep Coleman | Amandeep had never known a moment when she wasn't reading or making up stories, having been born into a family of readers. She took out a pencil and notebook during the now-famous blizzard and started writing down one of those stories. It was there that I began my professional life. Her first book was written after several rejections and manuscripts. She is a member of many writers' organizations and has received several accolades from her peers and the publishing industry. The New Yorker recently dubbed her "America's favorite novelist".

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