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July 23, 2020

West Virginians Wait on Word on Whether Additional Pandemic Unemployment Will Continue

West Virginia MetroNews – A “robust” relief plan was what those with a number of West Virginia advocacy organizations said they were hoping to see out of the next federal stimulus package that was in the works on Capitol Hill to address fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Read full article here.

On Thursday, talks were continuing about what could be a more than $1 trillion proposal, the latest federal help, as confirmed COVID-19 case numbers continued to climb in the U.S.

One of the earliest relief packages came with the additional unemployment benefits, $600 more per week, for the millions of Americans who found themselves suddenly out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Without Congressional action, the additional benefits were scheduled to end with the close of July.

“Things would be much, much worse without it,” Sean O’Leary, senior policy analyst with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, said of the effects of the extra unemployment.

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