The Century Foundation: Delay in Extending Unemployment Aid Has Shortchanged Workers $17 Billion in January

The Century Foundation: Delay in Extending Unemployment Aid Has Shortchanged Workers $17 Billion in January. “The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 enhanced unemployment benefits for 18.6 million Americans relying on jobless pay during the pandemic. The act extended FPUC (a $300-per-claimant additional benefit to all recipients), PEUC (extended benefits for the long-term unemployed), and PUA (benefits for low-wage and self-employed workers not eligible for regular unemployment) through March 2020. Unfortunately, payment of these benefits rolled out slowly in January 2021 as the late enactment of the legislation complicated state implementation.”

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