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March 27, 2020

Stimulus Bill Includes Additional Unemployment Pay

WCHS/WVAH — There’s some relief on the way. Read/watch.

The federal government passed its stimulus bill Friday, hoping to ease financial stress across the country.

This coming on the heels of West Virginia hitting its largest number of unemployment claims ever.

The relief bill will add $600 to regular unemployment benefit payments through the end of July.

Sean O’Leary, with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, said the package is meant to fill in the gap of a regular paycheck.

“The idea behind that was this additional $600 will help keep their paychecks whole during this time,” O’Leary said. “That’ll last for 13 weeks. By the end of the summer that $600 will go away and the unemployment payments will go back to normal. Hopefully, by then, people will go back to work.”

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