$600 Unemployment Benefit Ending This Week
The additional $600 that people on unemployment have been receiving is about to run out. And it’s ending a week earlier than many expected.
The federal CARES Act guarantees the additional funds through July 31. But due to a one-day difference in the calendar, this will be the last week North Carolinians receive the benefit.
Lawmakers wrote the act based on benefit weeks. In North Carolina and every other state except New York, those end on Saturdays — and July 31 is on a Friday, making that last week of the month ineligible.
State benefits will continue as expected, up to the $350 current weekly maximum. North Carolina has one of the shortest unemployment payment periods in the country, but it’s extended an additional 13 weeks due to COVID-19.
Some lawmakers say the additional $600 should be continued, and possibly tied to the unemployment rate.
There are no official extension policies at this time.