Thursday, December 3, 2020

GAO: Unemployment benefits fell below poverty line in 13 states

From The Hill

Thirteen states have allowed unemployment benefits to fall below the poverty level of $245 a week, or $12,760 a year, according to a study released Monday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The change has occurred since the the end of July, when a federal program providing $600 in supplemental weekly benefits expired.

The CARES Act signed into law in March provided the weekly $600 payments to all unemployment benefit recipients. The amount was an attempt to bridge the difference between average weekly payments that came in at $333 per week and median income. 

Congress had sought to strike a deal that would include renewed benefits as part of a new round of COVID-19 relief, but has been unable to do so. See more here