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Thousands of $600 Checks Never Made It to Unemployed Americans

  • Added federal benefit for jobless set to end this week
  • Lawmakers debating changes that could further burden states
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Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

With millions of Americans set to lose $600 a week in extra federal unemployment benefits -- an economic lifeline during the pandemic -- many thousands have yet to receive that money.

State unemployment agencies have been so swamped with claims that more than $100 billion of benefits owed still haven’t been paid, according to Bloomberg calculations based on Treasury and Labor Department data.