About 20,000 Virginians losing extended federal unemployment benefits this week

Virginians will be unable to collect federal extended unemployment benefits starting at the end of this week, which means thousands of people will not receive the full entitlement they had been expecting.

The announcement comes shortly after Gov. Ralph Northam issued an executive order to increase restrictions on businesses, which some members of the business community worry could yield higher unemployment.

The Extended Benefits Program provided unemployment benefits up to 13 weeks after one’s state unemployment benefits normally would expire. The last extended unemployment benefit payments will be provided on the week ending Nov. 21 even if a claimant had been approved for additional weeks.
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