Virginia to add $300 on top of what the state pays out

August 22, 2020
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Virginians on unemployment will get an extra $300 on top of what the state pays out.

Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration said this week that state is preparing to pay the extra benefit and is exploring ways to provide an extra $100 allowed under President Donald Trump’s executive order.

For months, on top of their state benefit, unemployed Virginians also collected $600 a week in federal jobless aid. But that expired at the end of July, and negotiations in Congress to extend it have collapsed in rancor.

In response, Trump signed an executive order to provide $300 to $400 a week and Virginia is one of several states, including Maryland, that will apply for the federal money.

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