Unemployment benefits coming soon for those out of work due to COVID-19

Posted at 6:36 PM, Mar 30, 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Last week it was announced that over 15,000 Nebraskans have filed claims of unemployment in a one week span, by far the most the state has ever seen in one week alone.

Commissioner of Labor John Albin spoke on how the recently passed C.A.R.E.S. Act will allow those that can’t work due to the coronavirus to get federal compensation.

Once approved, you’ll get half of the weekly pay you normally make with an additional $600 paid on top of that.

So folks that lost their job or are forced to stay home will get anywhere from $774-$1,040.

Albin says for those approved this week, it will still take some time to get paid.

“They can’t even certify their eligibility for it until next week, so they will not get a check this week. I’m hoping for next week but we'll see on that,” says Albin.

This money is in addition to the extra $1,200 that most Americans will receive from the recovery package.

Unlike regular unemployment benefits, those that are freelance workers.