Answers to your questions about unemployment benefits and COVID-19

Jul 7, 2020
As we approach the deadline for the expanded coronavirus unemployment payments to end, we look at some of the key questions around benefits.
Hundreds of unemployed Kentucky residents wait in long lines outside the Kentucky Career Center for help with their unemployment claims.
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When $600-a-week pandemic unemployment checks run out, what then?

Jun 30, 2020
If Congress doesn't act, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation is set to expire on July 31.
A Florida resident receives an unemployment insurance application in April. Many recipients could be shocked if the temporary extra benefit terminates at the end of July.
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Incomes rose in April, but only because of government relief payments

May 29, 2020
The Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that personal income rose by 10.5% in April. But without government relief payments, it would have fallen by roughly 5%.
President Trump signs the CARES Act in March. Personal income rose last month mainly due to the relief payments included in the act.

How we spent our relief checks

May 20, 2020
Economists at four universities studied the spending habits of about 1,600 middle and low-income consumers who got $1,200 direct payments. The money was spent on necessities like rent and food.
People shop at a Los Angeles grocery store. Americans spent their stimulus checks on the essentials, like rent and groceries.
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What House Democrats have proposed for a new COVID-19 stimulus bill

The $3 trillion bill proposes another round of direct checks to Americans.
Both sides have their demands, but will Republicans and Democrats be forced by necessity to find a middle ground?
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Some paper checks have already gone out, the IRS says, but others could take until June or July.
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Treasury expects to borrow $3 trillion over next 3 months

That's almost triple what the Treasury borrowed in the 2019 accounting year.
The Treasury needs the money to pay for all of the new stimulus spending to keep the economy afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.
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How are you spending your $1,200 relief payment?

May 1, 2020
Americans are paying back friends, buying necessities, paying bills and giving to charity.
Some people are donating stimulus checks while others are using it for essentials.
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