Coronavirus: Millions of Americans set to lose key $600 benefit

A $600 (£459) jobless benefit paid weekly to tens of millions of unemployed Americans expired overnight after Republicans and Democrats failed to reach a deal on its extension.

Coronavirus: Millions of Americans set to lose key $600 benefit

Friday was the deadline for an agreement on the coronavirus relief, which tops up state benefits that are mostly far below $600.

Republicans want a smaller relief plan than one passed by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

Talks will continue on Saturday.

Unemployment has soared during the coronavirus pandemic, with 30 million Americans currently collecting jobless benefits.

The US economy shrank at a 32.9% annual rate between April and June – the sharpest decline for decades.

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