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Extra unemployment benefits are available but you have to reapply to get them

If your unemployment check from the state is about to stop coming, there’s another way to keep getting paid during the pandemic.

The Cares Act offers up to 13 weeks of additional jobless benefits, but there’s a catch, you have to re-apply to receive the funds.

Once you run out of money from your standard state unemployment time of about 12-weeks, you could now receive three more months of income.

An additional $600 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits are available to everyone receiving state unemployment benefits under the CARES Act. The funds are available for any weeks beginning after the date the state enters into an agreement through the week ending July 31. You don’t need to apply separately for these benefits – if you’re eligible, you will receive them through your state.

For more information about what you need to know to receive money from the Cares Act, visit the U.S. Department of Labor website here.

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