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NY To Apply For New Unemployment Aid Program

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Jim Levulis

New York’s budget director says the state will apply for the federal government’s Lost Wages Assistance program that could lead to $300 in additional weekly unemployment benefits for eligible recipients. 

Robert Mujica said Friday that New York will apply after the federal government said it will no longer make states come up a portion of the money.


"But make no mistake, this does not absolve Washington from doing its job, and they must pass a comprehensive aid package that provides a stable extension of unemployment benefits, repeals the SALT cap and supports local and state governments," Mujica said in a statement. "Anything else would simply be unacceptable."

Governor Ned Lamont said the Connecticut Department of Labor will be applying as well. The $600 in weekly coronavirus unemployment assistance ended on July 31.

July’s national unemployment rate was 10.2 percent.

Jim is WAMC’s Associate News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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