$400 weekly boost
A $400 increase in benefits would bump that replacement rate to 86%.
The supplement would go further in some states, especially those that tend to pay more meager benefits.
Massachusetts, on the other hand, gave $491 a week to the average person, the largest payout among states in November. A $400 enhancement for that worker would yield an 81% increase in benefits.
More than 18 million Americans were collecting unemployment benefits at the end of 2020, according to the Labor Department.
States are currently in the process of issuing a $300-a-week enhancement to benefits provided by the recently passed $900 billion Covid relief law. It’s slated to end in mid-March.