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Why Changing Unemployment Payments Could Take Months

“There are 53 different unemployment systems across the United States and its territories, all of them inundated with record numbers of unemployment claims , and they all have different ways of calculating and handing out benefits. As of now, they all dispense their normal unemployment checks, which vary based on the state and how much a worker was earning over a certain period before losing his or her job. For the last several months, states have been adding $600 per week from the federal government on top of those benefits because of the coronavirus pandemic.”