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Effects of Hidden Poverty Surface in ND

July 9, 2020

FARGO, N.D. — An anti-poverty group in North Dakota says extra federal unemployment benefits have shielded many laid-off workers from seeking assistance. But it acknowledged that things might change soon, and that existing challenges didn’t come out of nowhere.

There’s been little indication that Congress will extend the extra $600 a week in jobless benefits approved at the onset of the pandemic. The additional pay is scheduled to end July 31.

So, Andrea Olson, executive director of the Community Action Partnership of North Dakota, said they’re preparing for higher demand: “We are anticipating a general increase, just based on the numbers of people that were affected by executive order.”

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