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$ 300 versus $ 400 per week
A weekly increase of $ 300 in weekly unemployment benefit would be in addition to standard government benefits.
According to the latest data from the US Department of Labor, workers received an average of $ 324 per week in government benefits in the third quarter of last year. That aid replaced about 38% of their average early layoff wage, which was $ 843 per week.
According to a CNBC analysis, an additional $ 300 per week would increase that replacement rate to 74%.
A weekly increase of $ 400 would have raised it to 85%.
By comparison, a $ 600 weekly improvement offered by the CARES Act last year replaced 100% of the lost wage of the average unemployed person.
The $ 300 surcharge would go further in some states, especially those that tend to pay meager benefits.
In Mississippi, for example, the average worker received $ 190 per week in January, which is the lowest of any state, according to the Department of Labor. Another $ 300 per week would more than double the current allocation.
Massachusetts, on the other hand, paid the average person $ 521 a week, the largest amount of any state in January. A $ 300 improvement in Massachusetts would provide a higher total payout ($ 851 per week) compared to the Mississippi worker, but would not double the initial aid.
According to the Department of Labor, more than 18 million Americans were receiving unemployment benefits in mid-February.