Additional $600 in unemployment assistance set to end July 25

State employment agencies distribute benefits but don’t have authority over benefits extension

Unless Congress steps in to extend or adjust the additional $600 per week in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits available under the federal CARES Act, the extra income for affected individuals will come to a halt after July 25, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department.

According to a press release, FPUC is entirely federally-funded and available only at federal discretion. State employment agencies distribute the benefits but don’t have the authority to decide whether the benefits are extended.

“We are committed to supporting both workers and employers as they navigate the changing workforce landscape,” Employment Security Department Commissioner, Suzi LeVine said. “ESD and our partners in the WorkSource system are here to help in the search for a new job or a new career, or maintain benefits if you cannot yet go back to work.

“Despite the COVID-19 crisis, many employers are still hiring across the state, and with the expiration of the additional $600 in benefits on the horizon it is a good time to look for your next opportunity,” LeVine went on to say. “WorkSource offices around Washington offer online workshops, training opportunities and virtual one-on-one help with everything from writing resumes and cover letters, to job application assistance and interview preparation.”

Most individuals currently receiving unemployment benefits or benefits under the federal CARES Act programs, receive the additional $600 per week on top of their base weekly benefit amount. Those eligible for benefits between April 4 and July 25, if they get a resolution on their claims after July 25, are still considered eligible for back payments of FPUC funds for all weeks in which they were eligible, according to ESD.

As of July 11, ESD has distributed a total of $4,425,152,128 in FPUC benefits.