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Extra Jobless Aid Authorized by Trump Is Ending After Six Weeks

Sept. 11, 2020, 11:56 AM

Funding is drying up for the supplemental weekly jobless-benefit payments authorized by President Donald Trump at the start of August, with aid capped at just six weeks in the stopgap program.

Under the Lost Wages Assistance program -- which uses disaster-relief funds to provide an extra $300 a week from the federal government to most jobless-benefit recipients -- states will get funding covering six weeks, according to an emailed statement Thursday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Several states announced they were notified Wednesday that funding would not extend beyond the benefit week that ended Sept. 5.

Almost every state...

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