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Coronavirus unemployment benefit extensions should turn off only when economy recovers
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Coronavirus unemployment benefit extensions should turn off only when economy recovers

Author Lily Roberts urges lawmakers to ensure that unemployment benefits are extended throughout the duration of the economic recovery, arguing that extensions should only be turned off when rehiring has taken place and hiring is back to normal.

At the height of the Great Recession, 800,000 jobs were lost in one month. More than 20 million Americans lost their jobs this April.

Typically, unemployment insurance replaces less than half of a worker’s pay. When this crisis began, $600 weekly payments were added because states’ outdated systems (long underfunded by conservatives) couldn’t handle individual calculations.

If we eliminate the $600 weekly payment, millions will face a deeper crisis. In North Carolina, the average unemployed worker will receive only $265 a week: That’s not enough to pay a mortgage, find child care or feed a family.

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Authors

Lily Roberts

Managing Director