The federal program that provides an extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits is expiring on July 25.
Since March 29, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program has been offering extra money to people who’ve been laid off because of the pandemic. This was part of the CARES Act that included federal assistance for various programs related to economic recovery.
“We want to make sure that claimants are aware that the additional $600 payment from FPUC is ending on July 25,” Acting Secretary of Labor Ryan Wright said. “There is still time for Kansans to receive FPUC benefits. However, time is running out and unless Congress extends this program, it will end later this month. Other COVID-related unemployment assistance programs will remain in effect. Kansans are encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits today if they qualify, and the FPUC benefits will be added to your weekly payment.”
Congress returns to work today and talks are already underway about a new aid package. A new deal could extend the FPUC payments and may even include another round of stimulus checks.