Regular unemployment benefits are usually 1.25 percent of a worker’s earnings over a 12-month period. For example, a worker who earned $12.50 per hour, working 40 hours per week for the past year would get $325 per week in unemployment benefits. The minimum regular unemployment benefits payment is $151 per week. The maximum is $648 per week. (For new initial claims filed June 28 or later, the minimum is $157 and the maximum is $673).
The PUA weekly benefit amount is calculated the same way as for regular unemployment benefits, but PUA has a higher minimum payment. The minimum PUA benefit is $205 per week. The maximum is $648 per week.
With the CARES Act, everyone getting unemployment benefits in a given week also gets an extra $600 that week. This applies only to the time period March 29, 2020 through July 25, 2020.