Coronavirus unemployment benefits. Here’s who qualifies and how much they get.
WASHINGTON — The coronavirus relief package dramatically expands unemployment insurance to for the jobless during the outbreak, aimed at easing the suffering imposed by the crisis as claims last week topped 3 million and shattered records.The $2 trillion bill, which was passed the Senate and is set to be approved by the House on Friday, creates two main categories of benefits for individuals. The first is Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which covers people who are unable to work because of the coronavirus outbreak — that includes independent contractors, gig workers, sick people and those caring for a loved one during the outbreak. The second is an extra $600 per week over the next four months for those who are out of work and getting jobless benefits in their state.The unemployment benefits are worth an estimated $260 billion, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. The unemployment benefits come alongside direct cash payments to individuals and relief for businesses and the health care sector.Here are some questions and answers on how the unemployment benefits work:Q: I just lost my job. What kind of help can I get?Once you’re on unemployment insurance in your state, you will be eligible for an