19 States and Counting Apply for Federal Jobless Aid Boost

Aug. 21, 2020, 10:56 AM

Nineteen states have applied for the latest jobless aid expansion, and most plan to pass along the $300 weekly federal boost to claimants without an extra $100 of state money, a FEMA official says.

Matches Scarce: The Lost Wages Assistance program, created by a presidential memo, calls for a $300 weekly boost in unemployment benefits, matched by $100 from states. Nearly all state applicants so far are opting to count existing benefit payments as the state share, stopping short of the full $400 increase.

Short-Term Relief: The program theoretically runs from Aug. 1 through Dec. 27, replacing the $600 federal ...

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