Under the CARES Act in the United States of America, benefits for many unemployed American workers have been established. In the wake of COVID-19, it has become even more important for them to keep getting these benefits. The program that is responsible for providing such benefits to the jobless is the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program (FPUC).
As per the FPUC program, a jobless individual is provided with $600 per week. Approximately more than 30 million jobless people in America have been receiving benefits, out of which regular state programs are helping around 17 million Americans, while the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program is catering to the needs of an additional 13 million people who are not entirely unemployed but do not have sufficient income due to being self-employed.
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All in all, most of these 30 million people are eligible for the $600 bonus, but it is highly likely that this scheme would expire somewhere in the near future, with no proper replacement being in the plan to cater to the needs of the unemployed people. The infographic below offers insight into the number of people accessing these unemployment benefits.
Infographic by: Statista