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Idaho unemployed to get retroactive payments with Trump plan

Weekly $600 payments for unemployed ending sooner than expected
Posted at 1:37 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 16:12:28-04

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Gov. Brad Little says the state will pay $300 a week to unemployed residents under President Donald Trump’s supplemental aid plan.

The retroactive payments will cover a five-week-period beginning in late July and ending Aug. 29. The Republican governor said Tuesday that he's also looking to tap $15 million in federal coronavirus relief money to make sure the supplemental program applies to those receiving less than $100 in weekly state unemployment benefits who would otherwise be left out of the $300 federal supplement.

The state's unemployment rate is 5%, with 45,000 residents seeking work. Johns Hopkins University reports it has more than 32,000 coronavirus infections and 361 deaths.