Fact check: Under the CARES Act, some unemployed Americans will make $24 an hour, not all
CLOSE When you get your stimulus check and how much you get depend on several factors. USA TODAYClaim: Because of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, the unemployed now receive $24 an hour from the federal government.The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, Act became law March 27. The stimulus package provided temporary economic relief, including the expansion of unemployment eligibility and a nationwide weekly unemployment bonus, to support the worsening economy.A page on Facebook critiqued the expansion of unemployment benefits. A post said: “Unemployment now pays $24/hour even if your wages were lower. Why don’t ‘essential’ people forced to still work get $24 too?”The post generated 46,000 shares and more than 1,000 comments.Criticism of the CARES Act extends beyond social media. Some economists find fault with the relief package, too.Karl W. Smith, a former assistant professor of economics at the University of North Carolina and vice president for federal policy at the Tax Foundation, in an opinion column for Bloomberg said the new unemployment benefits are too generous, put more pressure on the remaining essential workers and may cause resentment from lesser-paid essential workers.Josh Bivens, the Economic Policy Institute’s director of research, and Heidi Shierholz, a former U.S.