Bloomberg Law
Aug. 4, 2020, 5:35 PM

States Start Cutting Slimmer Checks After Jobless Aid Boost End

Ben Penn
Ben Penn

States that struggled for months to meet the surge in demand for unemployment benefits are discovering that they’re well-equipped to stop paying more than 20 million Americans the extra $600 per week in federal aid that expired last week.

At the same time, many laid-off workers who’ve been drawing weekly jobless benefits will start discovering Tuesday that their direct deposits or mailed checks are $600 lighter—down to a national weekly average of $320 compared with the $920 average before Congress allowed the program to expire. Some may not see that change reflected in their bank accounts until later this week, ...

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