Federal stimulus act bolsters Hawaii unemployment benefits

  • A security guard is set up outside the unemployment office in Hilo on Monday, March 15, 2021. Employees are working in the office, but it is not open to the public. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

  • A security guard has a desk set up outside the unemployment office in Hilo on Monday, March 15, 2021. Employees are working in the office, but it is not open to the public. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

Thanks to the federal economic stimulus plan passed last week, Hawaii residents can receive pandemic unemployment benefits until September with minimal hassle.