Muriel Bowser
**FILE** D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s application to the federal government for $300 per week of additional unemployment compensation to eligible recipients has been approved.

The initiative was spurred by the expiration in July of a $600 weekly unemployment provided by the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program.

“We still, however, urge our federal partners to restore the $600 per week unemployment benefit as we continue to combat the effects of the coronavirus,” Bowser said Wednesday at a press conference, WTOP reported.

To qualify for the $300 weekly provision that is retroactive to Aug. 1, applicants must be receiving at least $100 per week from an approved unemployment compensation program and be able to prove financial burden or lack of work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Recipients are expected to receive the first payments in early October.

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