ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — People collecting the extra $600 a week from unemployment only have a couple of more weeks to see that benefit end up in their bank account.
The extra payment on top of Florida's $275 in weekly unemployment comes to an end on July 31 as stipulated in the CARES Act stimulus package, but Florida will pay that out through the last full week prior.
"The CARES Act specifies that Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefit payments will end after payments for the last week of unemployment before July 31, 2020," the U.S. Department of Labor said in a statement in April.
July 31 falls on a Friday, but Florida's unemployment week ends on a Saturday. So, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity will pay out the last $600 in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance on Saturday, July 25.
The agency says on its website:
"Floridians may be eligible for up to $275 + $600 in weekly benefits. The additional $600 applies to weeks of unemployment beginning March 29, 2020, and ends July 25, 2020."
After July 31, Florida's unemployment benefits will fall back to the weekly payment of $275.
Democrats wanted to extend the $600 benefits through January 2021, but the idea was not embraced by President Donald Trump's administration.
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