North Carolinians who have lost their job due to COVID-19 will soon see a direct payment of $900 deposited into their bank accounts.
Thanks to the Lost Wages Assistance Program, anyone who had their $600 per week unemployment bonuses expire on July 31st will now receive retroactive payments starting August 1st.
In yesterday’s press conference, Governor Cooper announced the retroactive payments.
“They’re working to get the money out by next week sometime,” said Cooper.
North Carolina’s application for the Lost Wages Assistance Program was just approved this week so funds from weeks ending August 1, 8, and 15 will be retroactively deposited into North Carolina bank accounts.
As the program was only good for $300 per week for 3 weeks after the CARES act ended on July 31st, Governor Cooper is now urging Congress to extend the CARES act and reinstate the $600 per week bonuses. He is also asking NC state legislators to raise North Carolina’s unemployment benefits from $350 per week to $500 per week.
What do you think should be done to help those who are still unemployed due to COVID-19?