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Justice Announces Federal Unemployment Benefits to end in June

May 14th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

 Federal benefits for those now on unemployment in West Virginia will end June 19, and as another incentive for people to return to work a bonus that could total $1,000 is also being considered.

Gov. Jim Justice said Friday the $300 a week will stop as a way to urge people to go back to work.

Any weeks applied for prior to June 19 that are eligible under the federal requirements will be processed, he added, but not after that.

Justice said the state is also looking at a bonus to help incentivize people to go back to work, with the state chipping in a $500 signing bonus and the business that is hiring matching it, for a total of $1,000.

They will have to work for at least 90 days to receive the bonus, he said. Details are still being worked out and may be finalized by Monday.

The bonus will apply only to those who are now unemployed, he added.