Extra $600 Unemployment Benefits to End 1 Week Early, Labor Department Says

The United States Labor Department said a technicality may cause many Americans to have their $600 of weekly unemployment benefits cut off one week earlier than expected at the end of July.

The federal government's schedule for distributing the unemployment benefits as stipulated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is scheduled to end on July 31, a Friday. For many of the 33 million Americans collecting some form of unemployment benefits, the final day to receive the expiring extra $600 will be the week ending Saturday, July 25, or Sunday, July 26.

Based upon the state in which recipients live, the Labor Department cautioned that the final payment may come a week earlier than the calendar suggests.

Following those final July dates, unemployment benefits will revert back to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels which vary upon the state in which the funds are collected. Wide divides exist between state lines in terms of how much is normally paid out, with New Yorkers receiving about $400 more each week than their California counterparts.

"FPUC [Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation] is not payable for any week of unemployment ending after July 31, 2020. Accordingly, in states where the week of unemployment ends on a Saturday, the last week that FPUC may be paid is the week ending July 25, 2020," reads the Labor Department directive drafted back in early April.

"For states where the week of unemployment ends on a Sunday, the last week that FPUC is payable is the week ending July 26, 2020," the federal agency adds.

Unemployment benefits are therefore set to end earlier than July 31 in states including New York and California, where the respective labor departments end payment on July 25 or July 26. Other states such as Tennessee will cut off the additional $600 unemployment benefits on July 25.

Just shy of 1.5 million workers filed new claims for state unemployment insurance last week, the Labor Department reported on Thursday. This marks the 14th week in a row in which that number has surpassed one million filings for assistance. And an additional 728,000 Americans filed for benefits from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance [PUA] program, which seeks to cover self-employed and independent contractors who may not otherwise be eligible for federal jobless benefits. However, the 1.5 million figure is still far lower than the 6.5 million Americans who filed one week in early April.

In early May, 25 million people were collecting state unemployment insurance. Currently across the U.S., 1-in-5 workers has either received or recently applied to receive unemployment benefits as the pandemic pushes into late summer.

Congressional lawmakers do not have any established plans for additional unemployment benefits beyond July 31, with President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans signaling they'd prefer to pay employers to get back to work - instead of paying people who are not working. Other Trump administration officials have suggested that any new stimulus plan will target businesses rather than individuals for direct deposits.

Newsweek reached out to the Labor Department Tuesday for any additional remarks pertaining to the benefit cutoff date.

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The United States Labor Department said a technicality may cause many Americans to have their $600 of weekly unemployment benefits cut off one week earlier than expected at the end of July. ANWAR AMRO / Contributor/Getty Images