At least 2.3 million Californians affected by the coronavirus have applied for unemployment insurance in the last four weeks, which exceeds the number of applications for all of 2019, said California Governor Gavin Newsom.
Only for the week ending Saturday, April 4, 2020, California Department of Employment Development (EDD) processed 925,450 claims, representing an increase of 2,418% over the same week last year.
The good news is that workers will be able to add an extra $ 600 to the amount they currently already receive. These additional dollars are part of the economic stimulus package approved by Congress and signed into law on March 27 by President Trump.
“Many Californians feel the effects of this pandemic, and this added benefit is very important to our workers,” said Governor Newsom.
Claimants do not need to do anything to receive this additional money, the website says. “The EDD will automatically add the $ 600 to the current benefits that are paid every two weeks” as long as the person is eligible and until July 31, 2020.
What you should know about the coronavirus in the Central Valley of California:
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19, such as: fever, cough, shortness of breath, You should call 211 or 311 (in Madera County) before going to any emergency center.
- If you have been affected by the coronavirus, you can apply for unemployment insurance, or receive financial aid from the government. Find out here if you are eligible.
- If you don’t qualify for federal aid, you can Find support resources at this link.
- If you don’t have money to buy food, in these places you can get them for free.
- If you are a microentrepreneur, you can get help from the government for keep paying wages. More information here.
- These are the non-essential businesses that should close their doors after the executive order to stay home, decreed by the Governor of California on March 19.
- If you can’t pay your rent, the state governor suspended evictions for nonpayment, while the pandemic lasts.