An Extra $600 Coming To Unemployed Californians Starting Sunday

As unemployment claims hit a record high

April 10, 2020

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On Thursday California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that unemployed Californians will get an extra $600 on top of their weekly benefits starting Easter Sunday. This will boost the average weekly benefit for out of work Californians from $340 to $940. For those who receive bi-weekly payments that'll jump from $680 to $1,880.

The money comes from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act and it'll kick in automatically for anyone who's eligible to receive at least a $1 in payments. It'll continue through July 31, 2020.

Unemployment claims over the last month have reached 2.3 million, more than the total claims for all of 2019. Unemployment claims are up nearly 2,500% from this time last year.