Unemployment Benefits Extended into 2021 Or Will the Extra $600 Weekly Payment End in July 2020?

The expansive pandemic unemployment provisions passed under the CARES act stimulus package have been widely acknowledged as the largest boost to individuals who lost their jobs as a result of the Coronavirus induced slowdown. In particular the extra $600 (FPUC) weekly payment on top of the regular state unemployment compensation has been by far the most effective part of the government’s economic policy response to the fallout from the Coronavirus induced recession and unemployment spike.

While the debate rages along party lines on extending benefits, Trump administration officials and Congressional Republicans have strongly indicated they don’t want to extend the $600-a-week FPUC supplementary UI benefit past its current expiry at the end of July 2020. They feel the economy is improving and want to encourage workers to go back to work versus relying on the generous enhanced unemployment benefits. This is why they are pushing back-to-work bonus payments.

House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand have reiterated the importance of the $600 weekly payment for the millions of unemployed by passing putting a new Stimulus bill in the House, called the HEROES act, which includes an extension of the $600 per week extra unemployment payment (FPUC) through to January 2021 as the current FPUC provisions approved in March are set to expire at the end of July.

There is little doubt that the $600 payment and other enhanced unemployment benefits – in addition the PUA covering those workers not normally eligible for state unemployment benefits or extending existing benefit coverage periods by 13 weeks (under PEUC) for those whose jobs or livelihood were impacted by COVID – will be a big boost to many households. However the roll-out of these new provisions and payment to recipients has been less than stellar to say the least, mainly because of decades of under-investment in the administrative capacity of state UI agencies and systems (many still using mainframes or home grown software) has left them incapable of flexibly in adjusting to the new provisions and determining the eligibility of newly covered worker groups. Even back pay for retroactive payments is taking far longer than planned.

A Compromise on Extending Unemployment Benefits?

It appears highly likely that the President and his administration will have to provide some level of support to the millions of unemployed workers given the resurgence of the Coronavirus in several states that has forced extended business closures. As such a Senate proposal by the Democrats called The American Workforce Rescue Act (AWRA), may provide a party line compromise that the president could get behind, particularly as the presidential election is only a few months away. The AWRA proposal would continue to provide the full $600 extra weekly unemployment payment as long as the states unemployment rate is above 11%. When it drops below 11% (based on a three-month average), it will start to phase out to $0 until the state’s unemployment rate drops below 6%. So essentially $100 less for every percentage drop between 11% and 6% of a state’s unemployment rate.

With the current provisions expiring in a few weeks, I expect that that Congress will eventually craft a bill to extend these UI benefits to the end of 2020 using a hybrid of one of the above proposals – which may well also include another 2020 stimulus check to cover those not eligible for unemployment benefits.

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50 thoughts on “Unemployment Benefits Extended into 2021 Or Will the Extra $600 Weekly Payment End in July 2020?

  1. to me gov $600 must be extension for them.everyone does not see more and more homeless,brokend my heart…

  2. I feel they should extend the $600 because they are not looking at the overall big picture and I believe there are some things they are not telling us. The statistics they are looking at are the one of a middle class and upper class families the lower are the ones that are suffering the most. They work hard and now you want to take away the things that have kept them afloat. So you all need to look at the overall jobless and tell the people the truth about how the unemployment really look like. Congress and the republicans will never know how it is to be considered as lower class or what it is like to struggle to your head afloat for your children sake

  3. I am in the same situation. I gross on average 2000$ a week. My company had to lay me off when the pandemic started. I had savings, but it took so long for the extra 600 weekly my savings has been depleted, lost my health insurance, and I love what I do and would much rather be working than setting home. The problem from what I see is Trump administration being concerned about those collecting more by not working. The easy solution is to draft a bill and utilize the prior 3 months income an individual was making, and if it is well over the benefit amount then we should get continued help. It is the lazy individuals as well as thieves that take advantage of this ongoing challenge to put cash in there pocket for free. Personally I have a lot of pride, and hate utilizing Government assistance, but at this point pride is last of my concern. I have a home, family and have only used UI once when I was layed off for 3 weeks. I make way more working, so the possibility of looosing that extra money is stressful to say the least

  4. If I remember correctly, it was President FDR ,and sadly a world war, that pulled us out of the Great Depression! Maybe we need to create another New Deal of sorts? If only we had politicians who were actual LEADERS and not overpaid millionaires yelling at one another on capitol hill, maybe we would have an effective government! They are supposed to be PUBLIC SERVANTS, not multi- millionaires, not ROYALTY!! I am willing to bet that if the politicians in DC ,(both Republican and Democrat… they’re all the same in my book), took a HUGE pay cut, or better yet, a FREEZE put on their lucrative wages and perks, we’d see things getting done, and the American people taken care of.

    1. Us in the Entertainment industry can not go back to work .Anyone who deals with a large crowds and lots of people are out of work until a vaccine or something like it is found..We need this $600 PUA … we need it extended.

  5. My son worked for years at a pizza place but had 2 heartattacks from stress over possibly getting the virus. The pizza place fired him . He filed for regular unemployment and was denied because they say he would have had to make 269 a week and he only made 240. So he filed for pua which he got plus the 600. He has 2 children. I hope for him and everyone else that it is extended. Maybe cut it to 300 a week. But continue it.

  6. The company I worked for took this opportunity to continue their business restructuring; therefore, laying off dozens of workers. They don’t have to pay the UC benefits for those individuals if it is COVID related so I guess it was a smart move on their behalf. As for me, my health benefits doubled through COBRA. Once my extended UI benefits end, my family’s health insurance ends. I am extremely nervous about our future. I hope the UI benefits are extended.

  7. I work for a trade show company in the warehouse and have been laid off since March 20th. I build the booths and inspect them then I take them down pack them and ship them to the shows. As of yesterday I was told that all shows but 4 have been canceled until after the first of the year. They are going to bring all of us back but when is the question. I don’t know once the unemployment is done which will be in August do I go and get a job maybe work a month or two and get called back then quit the new job. I’ve been at my job for 7 years and I’m only 9 years away from retirement so I want to be able to retire with this company. Just worried about what to do

  8. Hello, my unemployment benefits are over they just paid me the last week. How do I extend it???

    1. They need to extend it …those are the people that are going to spend it and put it back in the economy with everything closing again cases going up this virus wasn’t any of our faults Americans are hurting they need help and need it now!!

  9. I don’t think benefits should be extended across the board. Of course, those who are truly unemployment should be able to collect enhanced unemployment benefits for an extended period. On the hand, many workers have jobs, some form or another, to return but are refusing because of the enhanced unemployment benefits. If states had a better system determining those who are truly unemployed and those who choose to be unemployed, then it would eliminate the problem of work refusal. Businesses are required to enforce social distancing in the workplace, and provide sanitation and PPE to protect employees from COVID_19; therefore, workers should return to those jobs that they had before this pandemic. The other thing we must keep in mind is that many employers are not necessarily requiring workers to return the usual 5-day work week, yet again workers are choosing not to return. If a state has meet the Phase 5 stage, then workers, in general, should not have a chose on whether they return or not to work. Business operations is very much dependent on having an available workforce to sustain and help our economy get back to where we were.

    1. In PA, it is clear on your bi-weekly app for benefits that if you are offered employment and refuse, then you WILL NOT get your benefits

    2. Reply to Cheryl : People’s minimum wage/ monthly earnings should be what they are provided 4 X $600 per month during corona. That should be minimum, regardless what the person’s occupation is. Forcing people to work for starvation wage and most of them not having a basic health coverage in most dangerous conditions is oppressive. Getting rich on other people’s suffering is evil but since slavery times doing so has been normalized here. So Cheryl would you work full time for 1200 $ per month with no health insurance, risking your life daily in a city where you pay for rent $ 900, what would you be able to do with another $ 300 ? You can’t even afford to be testes for corona.

    3. So Cheryl would you work full time for 1200 $ per month with no health insurance, risking your life daily in a city where you pay for rent $ 900, what would you be able to do with another $ 300 ? You can’t even afford to be testes for the virus.

    4. Well I want to go back to work cause I bring home 1500.00 a week after taxes I can’t go back to work cause my store is in a mall and there is no way we can live on just400 a week unimployment I have always worked and never collect unemployment in my life over 40 years so not live beyond my meens and it’s disgusting that I may loose my house due to not being able to pay mortgage if we don’t get enhanced unemployment. The gov chose to not let me go back to work cause my company is in a mall and 300 after tax a wee is not even my electric bill as working middle class we get screwed so it’s nice rich people on capital hill feel it’s not worth us getting it I want to wrk but can’t according to gov

    5. I’m a school bus driver and schools are closed. I’ve been doing it almost 20 years. I make excellent $ and due to health concerns with my back and legs, taking a new job isn’t fair and is out of the question. I’ve worked hard to make it to the pay grade I am. If schools remain closed until January we should be able to continue our benefit and stimulus. We didn’t close the schools. We should not be penalized.

  10. With my unemployment and the government monies I received from unemployment, the amount is still lower than what I currently made before Covid-19. With that being said, I would still feel uncomfortable going back to work (in the office) for the following reasons (1) Not enough testing in my state (2) I don’t believe my company with live up to the standard guidelines in regards to social distancing. In addition, I have an underlying condition, If you are able to work from home, you should continue until a treatment or cure is found. You should not be fired if you decide not to return to the office.

    If not called back to work on or before July 31, 2020, the benefits should be extended until December 31, 2020. There will be more layoff due to this virus after July 31, 2020. We will have a second wave!!!! due to all the people who were protesting and the economy opening up too soon.

    I have a son that use to works part-time at a restaurant. If the $600 weekly benefit expires on July 31,2020 and he is not called back to work, than what happens? Part-time workers have bills as well. The restaurants are only calling back 25% of there staff. The bottom line, people are afraid to go back to work due to no ongoing testing!!!!!!and no treatment for this deadly virus.

    1. I hear ya Dee. I just lost my job after 22 yrs because of the virus and I want to get back to work so bad I can taste it. Government is telling us that more testing is needed to know for sure and will help them get the economy open. More testing is being done and they’re seeing the virus is much more wide spread than they anticipated and they will continue to close down. So, there’s no solution with our without the testing at this point. The only thing that will help resolve this pandemic is a viable and effective vaccine. Until then, we’re all stuck at home, and even then, we’re still at risk because health officials believe the virus is mutating and is now airborne (not proven yet, but you’ll hear them make that official soon.). I’ve got an elderly Mother that lives with me and I have mortgage payments. Even with my experience, the industry I’m in is flooded with applicants and employers are ghosting applicants because they can. Everyone trying to get back to work wants to work–I’m one of them. I have never been on unemployment and If I can help it, I never will be again. I need that extra $600 so my Mom and I don’t end up on the streets. So, I’m scared.

  11. I am praying that the extension will be approved. I work for a union for
    20 years in NYC that provides dental services to Hotel and Club workers. I haven’t been called back to work yet because the hotels are not open and some have been shut down. Once the tourist come then the hotel workers get called back to work hence I get called back to work. The extra benefit will have a major impact on my survival for the next weeks to come.

  12. I’m currently on extended benefits in new jersey, if they pass extension of federal enefit would I be able to get a second extension Would that be automatic?

    1. Hi I live in California and after the second extension is really hard to get another.But this may change due to the pandemic.i wish you the best

  13. I have been working as a gas station attendant for many years,on Feb 25th at work I suffered a stroke on the 26th i was in the emergency roomand they told me about my stroke,i was send by ambulance to another city on the 26th Feb and was send home back on the 28th of Feb.
    I apply for unemployment and I was told on a phone interview from the Unemployment that I was not getting any unemployment because i needed to go out and look for a Job ,they did carer that the corona virus crisis .My Dr suggested to apply for dissability from the State of CA and i was approved but then i dont get the extra $600 boost from the federal goverment WHY????
    My place of work was closed on Feb 29th to remodel the all place,they have not done any work at all,because of the Pandemic and looks like they may never reopen at all.
    Im will be 66 this coming November and no one whants to hire me.Do not know what to do

    1. In PA, it is clear on your bi-weekly app for benefits that if you are offered employment and refuse, then you WILL NOT get your benefits

  14. Do states have the option to Extend regular benefits if the federal doesnt pass? I’m 8 weeks left on first exstenion, is it possible to get a second extension in new jersey?

    1. Yes they do – but the issue is they don’t have much money left in their State UI reserves and federal funding is only till end of July for the extra $600 payment. PUA is a bit longer (to end of year).

  15. Do states have their own option to Extend a second time on Their own? I have 8 weeks left and even if federal is not extended can the state of New Jersey extend regular benefits? Or will federal extension include a second extension? I’m out in 8 weeks

  16. Extending the benefits will help those people that have not been called back to work yet. We must keep in mind that those who refuse to go back to work they will no longer qualify for unemployment. for those who say that is a bad idea extending the $600 a week benefits, maybe you are not in the same situation as others are so if you have gone back to work good for you. don’t talk negative about those that are depending on these funds

  17. I was laid off from my job; I am 65 years old, I need to work! Who is going to hire me??? I hope the benefits are extended to people like me that are not likely to find a job.

  18. Did I or PUA do something incorrect..? Because besides the FPUC “extra help” I would only be making $267 as a maximum benefit amount weekly… I’m not sure who can live off that.. let me rephrase that, “survive” off that.. as I am still unable to work. But anyway, my PUA has been “pending” for four weeks, while being told “you’re all set- no actions need to be taken.. just wait” – so I’m learning how to survive ….with prayer.

  19. If people read up on the details of being eligible to continue receiving the benefits, the companies that had to lay off workers if they call them back and they refuse, the company is required to report them and hence they lose their benefits. It’s sad those saying it’s a bad ideal because everyone will just want to live off the government …. So everyone loses their pride and integrity once their given help…. REALLY!? how about everyone is trying their best to get through this ordeal hopefully without their family having to feel the depth of the effects it’s had on the entire world. Is it so bad to want to be in a place where your not having to worry how you will feed your family because of a situation you dont want to be in? I agree, those that are given the opportunity to go back to work but don’t should be cut off, but why put another one in the grave because of one that is giving the chance to work again? Put guidelines in place yes, but to say let them die if they haven’t gotten back to work is really heartless

  20. In regards to extending UI and FPUC, I feel is neccesary for most of us. Maybe not the $600 we are receiving now, but a fair amount would definetely help. Even with the the additional $600.00 I am receiving now, I am still short of what I was making before the pandemic hit. Im in the hospitality industry and my Resort rated one of the top 100 resorts in the world will take 3 to 4 years to get back to what it was before the3 Pandemic hit… Please extend the benefits until the end of the year or longer.

    1. Iam also in the hospitality industry. Travel Agent have been for the past 28 years and
      people do not understand that we do not control the Airplanes . We sell mostly International tickets and the world has stopped flying Internationally specially to the hard hit places therefore my point is we do not control our situations. I have been thru the 2008 recession and 9/11 and this has been the worst for our hospitality industry.
      We want to get back to work but we unable to do so ……. flights keep on being postpone
      and pushed back since March 27th.

  21. Giving people more money a week than they would make if they went to work is a terrible idea. The better idea is to open the economy and stop the over blown scare tactics. Government handouts have historically never worked, just creates a form of Welfare dependency. This is a fact in New York as we start to open back up and have workers refusing to come back to work because they make more on Unemployment. Unemployment is designed to survive NOT thrive.

    1. Something to think about while on your high horse. I worked 40 plus every week and try to run handan services when not at primary job. This hit and I was not and still really can’t work even today due to this virus. Yes I am getting $758 a weak in unemployment but it took me 11-12 weeks that I had to simply go without any money coming in. So if you think I’m even at a equal place financially right now you’re stupid. Finally like most of us I would much rather hold my head high and take pride in working hard every day like I normally do instead of taking what’s called hand outs or welfare wrongly because I’ve worked and paid my taxes from 18-40 years old 22 years I’ve been I good little worker and I ain’t getting hand outs I’m getting looked out for by the country I look out for my whole life. Please don’t waste your time responding back and insulting us all again with your ignorance please.

    2. I don’t disagree with your statement in theory, Robert. But that theory, like many, doesn’t exactly match the reality. IF employers do what THEY are supposed to do, they will report employees who refuse to come back to work, and those recipients’ benefits will end. So if there is abuse in terms of individuals remaining unemployed by choice, it is on the head of business, not workers or the agency. I do agree that the $600/wk additional is more than it should be in some regions. Perhaps it should be adjusted based upon local data (like state maximum weekly benefits are set), and based on the last 12 months of earnings of the employee (as are the state benefits). Lastly, if there is no work, employees cannot “just go back to work” whether they want to or not. And just as importantly, giving employers relief from payroll taxes will not add jobs. If employers have nothing for additional employees to do, they will not create jobs for folks to sit around, just because they don’t have to pay a fraction of the salary in payroll taxes.

    3. Replay to Robert : People’s minimum wage/ monthly earnings should be what they are provided 4 X $600 per month during corona. That should be minimum, regardless what the person’s occupation is. Forcing people to work for starvation wage and most of them not having a basic health coverage in most dangerous conditions is oppressive. Getting rich on other people’s suffering is evil but since slavery times doing so has been normalized here.

  22. I feel that it is very well needed to extend the unemployment insurance be if it’s due to not haven a babysitter I can’t return back to work and it’s hurting me bad worried about my bills pulling up on me and not being able to get the food my babies need or keeping lights and ac and heat on in my house. I stay stressed out always worrying about it . So please extend the benefits

  23. Unemployment is needed. Some families don’t have daycare and can’t return to work. Also what the big deal when the money goes right back to the government!

  24. It doesn’t matter, they are not paying people unemployment benefits now, let alone more.

    Families have been abandoned and left to starve

  25. It doesn’t matter, they don’t pay the unemployment anyway, families deserted for months

  26. I was a car salesman and even if I get to go back to work nobody is buying cars at the same rate so even though I have a job, I still won’t have an income. Extend UI and FPUC for people like me will be able to survive. Maybe while we get paid more to stay home, we can get our real estate license or learn AI coding. So I think extending UI and FPUC is good

  27. Providing lower paid workers more money for not working than they make for working is a really bad idea. Extending the timeframe for five or six months will have a negative effect on getting the economy moving again.

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