Here’s how a $ 300 and $ 400 unemployment boost compare
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Congress is on the cusp of raising weekly pay for unemployed workers by $ 300 a week.
The American Rescue Plan, passed Saturday by the Senate, offers a $ 300-a-week increase in unemployment benefits. The supplement would last until Sept. 6.
The House is voting this week on the Covid relief bill.
But the House had earlier passed a version of the aid package that offered a larger, $ 400 weekly supplement. Democrats reached a compromise to reduce the supplement to placate Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.V.
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“My top priority throughout these negotiations has been securing the strongest possible deal for jobless workers that could pass the Senate. This agreement achieves that,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Said Friday.
President Joe Biden is expected to sign the $ 1.9 trillion relief measure this week, before temporary unemployment programs expire March 14.
$ 300 vs. $ 400 a week
A $ 300 weekly increase in weekly unemployment benefits would come on top of standard state benefits.
Workers got $ 324 a week in state benefits, on average, in the third quarter last year, according to most recent US Labor Department data. That aid replaced about 38% of their average pre-layoff wage, which was $ 843 a week.
An extra $ 300 a week would bump that replacement rate to 74%, according to a CNBC analysis.
A $ 400 weekly raise would have bumped it higher, to 85%.
By comparison, a $ 600-a-week enhancement offered by the CARES Act last year replaced 100% of lost wages for the average jobless worker.
The $ 300 supplement would go further in some states, especially those that tend to pay more meager benefits.
In Mississippi, for example, the average worker got $ 190 in weekly benefits in January, the least among all states, according to the US Labor Department. An extra $ 300 a week there would more than double their current allotment.
Massachusetts, on the other hand, paid $ 521 a week to the average person, the largest amount among the states in January. A $ 300 enhancement in Massachusetts would offer a larger overall payout ($ 851 a week) compared to the Mississippi worker, but would be well short of doubling the initial aid.
More than 18 million Americans were collecting unemployment benefits as of mid-February, according to the Labor Department.