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Unemployed Georgians could be receiving $1,800 by the end of next week

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Georgians still jobless because of the COVID-19 pandemic could get up to $1,800 in federal benefits by the end of next week, on top of their normal state unemployment benefit, the Georgia Department of Labor has announced.

That equates to $300 per week for six weeks’ worth of benefits, the limit under the Lost Wages Assistance program, which President Donald Trump set in motion through an Aug. 8 executive order.

Georgians whose unemployment was caused directly by the pandemic and who earn at least $100 weekly in state benefits qualify for the federal supplement. They will receive the federal benefits in two waves — $900 early next week and $900 later in the week, the labor department said.

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