Unemployed have growing concerns as $600 federal payments are set to expire

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VACAVILLE, Calif. — Phyllis Mitchum, 57, had a steady job for nearly 20 years until the coronavirus pandemic forced her employer to furlough workers.

The senior service technician filed for unemployment in May after her company, a subsidiary of Xerox, furloughed her for an indefinite period of time.

Since then, she has received the maximum benefits available through unemployment which is $1,050 per week, or $4,200 per month. Californians who qualify for unemployment may receive up to $450 per week through the state program.

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