Federal Unemployment Benefits End Monday

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Federal Unemployment Benefits End Monday
By the end of Labor Day Weekend a lifeline for an estimated 7 million people will no longer exist.
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“I went back on food stamps. That’s the only way I’m eating. Other than that, I make $700 to pay my bills.” 

For Months $300 a week in federal benefits made a difference for unemployed Americans during the pandemic. But by the end of Labor Day Weekend a lifeline for an estimated 7 million people will no longer exist. 

All three benefits created under the Cares Act last year, and extended by the American Rescue Plan this year, expire on Monday.  

Here’s a quick rundown: 

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program extends benefits to those previously considered ineligible for unemployment insurance like gig workers, the self-employed and independent contractors.  

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation provides aid to people who exhausted their state benefits.  

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation is a bonus on top of state benefits. It was an additional $600 dollars per week and reduced to $300 dollars per week earlier this year.