End of federal unemployment benefit looms

Posted at 5:16 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 19:16:33-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Over 100,000 Utahns have filed for unemployment since the beginning of the pandemic — more than 30,000 of them during a single week in April.

As part of the C.A.R.E.S. Act, individuals who qualify for unemployment benefits from the State of Utah due to the pandemic also receive a federal benefit of an additional $600 per week. However, that benefit is set to expire at the end of July.

Nate McDonald with the Department of Workforce Services says now is the time for the unemployed to reach out to their former employers to inquire about when and if they’ll be invited back.

For those whose jobs won’t be bringing them back, the time to start looking for work is now, McDonald says.

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