Unemployment Benefits To Expire July 31; What Does It Mean For Arizonans?
More than 30 million unemployed Americans have had an extra safety net during the pandemic. As COVID-19 hit communities across the country and forced the closures of numerous businesses, Congress approved supplemental unemployment benefits — that meant an additional $600 per week for people who qualified.
In states like Arizona, where unemployment typically offers just $240 a week, the federal dollars have made a significant difference in keeping individuals and families afloat.
But the federal supplement is due to expire July 31 with no backup plan in place.
For more on what this could mean for Arizonans, The Show spoke to Cynthia Zwick, executive director of the group Wildfire, a movement to end poverty.