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Idahoans who filed for unemployment will start seeing an extra $600 payment from the federal government in coming days.

The Idaho Dept. of Labor hadn’t been paying the extra money from the federal government in recent weeks, due to computer software issues.

Now, the department said it will start doling out the money – $63 million worth – in coming weeks. Funds will go to the bank accounts of unemployed Idahoans retroactively to March 29th, and will be paid each week going forward.

A New York Times analysis of the extra federal payments on top of regular unemployment benefits shows that Idaho workers, on average, will earn more on unemployment than they would have working. The analysis puts the average Idahoan on unemployment at roughly 130% of their average wage. Only two states, Maine and New Mexico top the Gem State on the list.

The extra $600 payments run through the week of July 25, 2020.

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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Idaho, nearly 109,000 Idahoans filed for unemployment benefits.

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