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Additional $600 In Unemployment Benefits Set To Expire July 31

As many Americans continue to file unemployment claims, the additional $600 in unemployment benefits are set to expire today, and on July 30, the U.S. Senate failed to pass an extension of the additional benefits.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 6,841 less unemployment claims were filed in Alabama during the week of July 25, than the week prior to, with 16,835 claims filed, and in the state of Mississippi 8,952 unemployment claims were filed, which was down by 3,142 claims filed from the week of July 18.

Those receiving unemployment benefits began to receive an extra $600 a week in April as a result of a federal coronavirus relief law, but with those additional benefits soon coming to an end on Friday, July 31, many people believe it will have a negative impact on those that may still need the assistance.

“I think it will affect a lot of people, because you know, you still got the pandemic going on. So, you know it kind of hard to go back to work and you don’t know who got what, you know, they trying to rush everybody back in, but I think it will help them at least until they get to solve the problem, or until it just moves away, but I don’t know, I think they should renew it,” said Lyron Naylor, resident.

“That kind of money is just not enough for the people that’s without work, and this and that. They’ve got rent to pay, kids to feed, and everything. I think they ought to go ahead and get it as soon as possible, but I really think it should be increased,” said Edward Allen, resident.

Mississippians and Alabamians who are seeking unemployment insurance are able to apply through the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and the Alabama Department of Labor.

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