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$300 Additional Unemployment Benefits: When Can One Expect The Payment?

Updated : September 10th, 2020

On August 8, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that provides $400 extra benefits. As per the new order, the federal government would provide $300 additional unemployment benefits per week, and the states are responsible for contributing the remaining $100. 

While the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would contribute an extra $300, on behalf of the federal government, states were given the option to choose how they would pay the remaining $100 and decide if they would even pay it. 

Note that the $300 federal unemployment benefits are not automatic. States must apply through FEMA for a grant. So, which states have applied for a grant with FEMA?  

In this article, we have listed which states have received approval to offer $300 additional unemployment benefits. We have also listed the benefit amount each state would provide.

List Of States Approved By FEMA 

Below is the list of states that have applied and have been approved by FEMA. 

1. Alabama

FEMA approved Alabama’s application on August 21. Based on the Department Of Labor (DOL) and FEMA estimations, the Alabama Department of Labor stated, “The eligible people could expect to receive the payment in approximately 3 weeks.”

2. Alaska

Though Alaska received FEMA’s approval on August 23, the qualified people won’t receive the payment immediately. According to the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Alaskans will have to wait for at least 6 six to 8 weeks to receive the benefits.

3. Arizona

Arizona, which received FEMA’s approval on August 15, is the first state to give out $300 additional unemployment benefits. The state has distributed an estimated $201 million to eligible Arizonans. 

An estimation of 250,000 unemployed Arizonans has received the $300 federal unemployment benefit in addition to regular benefits. The extra benefits were retroactively paid for the August first week.

4. Arkansas

Though the state received FEMA’s approval on August 25, it is still unclear when the residents will start to receive benefits. 

5. California

Though at first California Governor Gavin Newsom didn’t support the order, he then applied for the grant through FEMA, which was approved on August 21. But it is unclear when the Californians could receive the payment.

6. Colorado

The state received FEMA’s approval on August 16. But it is unclear when the qualified people could expect the benefits. But Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment has not yet determined the benefit amount nor has any approximation on development timelines to reprogram the systems to give the extra benefits.

7. Connecticut 

FEMA approved the state’s application on August 24. The qualified people can expect payment within 3 to 4 weeks. 

8. Delaware

FEMA approved Delaware’s application on September 2. However, it is unclear when the qualified people can expect the payment. 

9. Florida

Florida received FEMA’s approval on August 29. But the state’s Department has not announced when the residents can expect the payment. 

10. Georgia

The state received FEMA’s approval on August 23. But it is still unclear when the state’s Department of Labor would provide the add-on benefit. 

11. Hawaii

The state received FEMA’s approval on August 29. The state’s Department Of Labor is building a new program to implement and payout benefits. 

12. Idaho

FEMA approved the state’s application on August 19. The state’s Department Of Labor is yet to announce when the qualified Idahoans can expect to receive the benefits.

13. Illinois

FEMA approved the state’s application on September 1. However, it is unclear when the qualified people will start receiving the payment. 

14. Indiana

The state received FEMA’s approval on August 21. The state’s Department of Workforce Development is planning to provide benefits to the eligible people within 4 to four weeks.

15. Iowa

Iowa applied to FEMA on August 13 and received its approval on August 14. However, it is unclear when the Iowa Workforce Development would provide the add-on benefit.

16. Kansas

FEMA approved Kansas’s application on September 7. However, it is unclear when the qualified people can expect to receive the payment.  

17. Kentucky

FEMA approved Kentucky’s application on August 21. The qualified Kentuckians can expect to receive the payment within 2 to 3 weeks. 

18. Louisiana

Though the state received FEMA’s approval on August 14, it is still unclear when the qualified will receive the add-on benefits.

19. Maine

The state received FEMA’s approval on August 25. The residents can expect to receive the payment in about 3 weeks. 

20. Maryland

FEMA approved Maryland’s application on August 20. The eligibles are expected to receive the add-on benefits in late September.  

21. Massachusetts

That State’s application was approved on August 21. But it is unclear when the qualified people in the state will receive additional benefits.

22. Michigan

FEMA approved Michigan’s application on August 21. However, the state agency has not yet notified when Michiganders can expect to collect the extra benefits.

23. Minnesota

Minnesota received FEMA’s approval on August 29. But it is unclear when the qualified people in the state can expect to receive benefits.

24. Mississippi

Though Mississippi received approval on August 22, the Mississippians will have to wait for approximately 3 to 4 weeks to collect add-on benefits. 

25. Missouri

FEMA approved the state’s application on August 16. But it is still unclear when the eligible people can expect to receive the benefits in the state. 

26. Montana

Montana’s application was approved on August 18. But the state’s Department of Labor and Industry has not yet been notified when the qualified people will receive additional benefits. 

27. New Hampshire

The state received FEMA’s approval on August 24. But it is unclear when the state agency will begin paying the additional benefits. 

28. New Mexico

FEMA approved New Mexico’s application on August 15. But it is unclear when benefits will become available to New Mexicans.  

29. New York

The state received FEMA’s approval on August 23. Though an estimated timing is not available, the state’s agency is working to provide extra benefits as quickly as possible.  

30. North Carolina

FEMA approved North Carolina’s application on August 21. But updates on a timeline for collecting benefits is not yet announced.

31. North Dakota

FEMA approved the state’s application on August 31. The residents can expect to receive payments by mid-September.

32. Ohio

FEMA approved Ohio’s application on August 26. The Department announced that Ohioans can expect to receive the benefit by mid-September.

33. Oklahoma

Oklahoma applied on August 17 and received approval on August 18. As per the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the eligible Oklahomans can expect to receive benefits within 4 to 5 weeks.

34. Oregon

The state received FEMA’s approval on August 28. But it is unclear when the residents will start to receive benefits.

35. Pennsylvania 

FEMA approved the state’s application on August 24. But updates on a timeline for collecting benefits is not yet announced.

36. Rhode Island

The state received FEMA’s approval on August 22. The benefits will be available in the state after 2 to 3 weeks. 

37. Tennessee

Tennessee received FEMA’s approval on August 22. But it is unclear when the state’s agency will begin paying add-on benefits.

38. Texas

FEMA approved the state’s application on August 21. The Texas Workforce Commission has already started paying the qualified. The state has paid approximately $151.6 million as of Monday.

39. Utah

Though the state received FEMA’s approval on August 16, the residents have to wait for at least 3 to 4 weeks to collect add-on benefits.

40. Vermont

FEMA approved Vermont’s application on August 22. But the Vermont Department of Labor has not yet notified when the qualified people can expect to receive the benefit.

41. Virginia

FEMA approved the state’s application on August 26. However, it is unclear when the qualified people will start receiving the payment. 

42. Washington 

Washington received FEMA’s approval on August 24. The state’s agency has not yet notified when the qualified people can expect the payment.

43. West Virginia

The state received approval from FEMA on August 27. But it is unclear when the qualified people will start to receive benefits.

44. Wisconsin

Wisconsin received FEMA’s approval on September 1. The residents can expect to receive the add-on benefit within 8 weeks. 

45. Wyoming

The state received approval from FEMA on August 28. But it is unclear when the qualified people will start to receive benefits.

Note – South Dakota has opted not to participate in this new program. 

How Much Benefits Will Each State Provide?  

All approved states, except Kentucky and Montana, will pay $300 additional unemployment benefits. The states Kentucky and Montana have agreed to contribute the $100, thereby providing $400 extra benefits to the qualified. 

Who Qualifies For $300 Additional Unemployment Benefits?

To qualify for $300 additional unemployment benefits, one must receive at least $100 benefits per week through any of the following programs.

How Long Would a $300 Additional Unemployment Benefits Program Last?

Though the exact expiration date is unknown, the new order is expected to end when FEMA expends 444 billion from Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), or DRF’s total balance reduces to $25 billion.

Closing Thoughts 

Expiration of $600 weekly benefits had taken unemployed Americans by storm. But with the new order, people can receive extra amounts on top of their regular benefits and pay their medical, housing bills, etc. for a few weeks. To know more about the $300 additional unemployment benefits program, visit the state’s Department Of Labor website.

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  1. I had trouble getting my proof of self-employment to upload in secure file exchange and finally got it submitted by 12:06 am , 6 minutes late. What are the possibilities that they will deny it? I have received unemployment from March 2020 to some of Jan and some in Feb 2021. Most of Dec, Jan, Feb, March, & april were stopped for this proof of employment.
    Also, I see proof of Income as a 2nd issue but it is always on there. That was not on my TO DO list.
    I feel for u all on ID.ME…

    Anyone trying to reach UI, call their number, press 2 or 3 (questions abt filing a claim?) and then wait thru the message. At the end of it, u will be connected to a live person! I promise.. don’t push another button.. I’ve done it 4 times and it never failed.

    We lost our home, my ex took my child…. (kept her after a visit and called cps facilitating drama while the cops wouldn’t give her back without paperwork locked up in the court house..shut down for covid) I raised her by myself for 12 years & now she is with a violent alcoholic and parental alienating parent .. ….my dog, my 9-year sweet little best friend, was attacked, passing away 3 days later.. all in this time frame.
    But! It will all be ok. I have faith.

    Be grateful for your life and all that is in it today. What u dwell on daily will be your strength or weakness.
    Good luck to all of u.
    And thank you, Jeff, for responding out here. It is appreciated!
    Davulia S.

  2. I filed over two months ago. I have not received any information. My status says “pending resolution”. I have no way of contacting anyone. My position was eliminated at my job and I submitted the documentations online. I dont know what else I can do.

  3. I have been apply Ohio Pua unemployment since July 5th still pending issues. Upload what they ask for when ever I call says your case is in Adjudication. Very very frustrated, financially I am broke. Health issues. Waiting a long period.Don’t know what I will do ?

    1. Nafisa,

      I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals until payments normalize.

    2. Same here since Feb 2021 turned in all the documents still pending issues 3 months now. When you call they tell you to be patient. Pulling my hair out it’s so frustrating.

  4. I was receiving PUA unemployment. they made me file for a new claim in February. Now I am in adjudication even though I gave all the same information from my previous claim. Have been adjudication since February and I call and they say they will put in a ticket to have an Adjudicator call me. Nothing. I am wondering If I can go down to to Maryland Unemployment Office and demand that someone talk with me to release my claim for payment. It’s been 56 days. I read that they have a maximum of 45 days.

    1. Luis,

      Your adjudicator may be inundated with pending cases. Please continue to follow up (if you have the contact details) or consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

    2. t sounds just like mine only im disqualified yet actie every till sept 4th . they haven’t asked me for anything! i file then its disqualified yet im told im ok and have nothing to do bit wait for an answer? answer to what? they switched my program and all and asked me to provide proof for a claim that wa denied al eady back in 2018! deny me once and then again perhaps? lol idk

  5. My mom had unemployment in Florida. She just recently moved temporally to California with a sister since she needs assistance, and now the website is telling her she cannot do anything because she is register in another state. Can she keep filing unemployment in Florida, even if she is living and register now in another state? how is the process to change the unemployment? I tried calling and there is no answer. Thank you!

    1. Stephanie,

      Please ask your mother to consider transferring the UI benefits from FL to CA (details will be available on either of the websites). If there are benefits weeks left in the account, she will be able to claim them.

    1. Leatha,

      UI benefits are offered to claimants who lose employment involuntarily and be able to and available for work.

  6. I lived in ga in 2019 and move to florida in 2020 and work for the xmas months in nov-dec. I was told to do a combine wage claim. my question is which state do i file the claim in?

  7. I filed for pua in Ohio back in October 2020.My claim has been in ajudacatuon since 11/1/20.So 2 to 6 weeks is a total understatement! When I call.i am told to basically hurry up and wait some more.I have recently been redetermined and my claim is allowed.but I have one pending issue.How long is too long?

    1. Nicole,

      Unfortunately, nobody has an answer. There are perhaps thousands of pending applications. Please consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

  8. If you claim your weeks for unemployment and for the next 2 months you still have not received your money. Where can you go in volusia county to talk with a live person

      1. HI Jeff,
        I applied back in Dec 5th, 2020 and I haven’t received any correspondence, is there a local office that I can make an appt to make certain my claim is right.

        1. Adam,

          You can consider visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible (details will be available on the Unemployment Office’s website).

  9. On NYS DOL website, my claim is saying current yet the information is for my old claim with 0 days remaining despite receiving 2 weeks of payments on the new claim and I was able to certify last night. I haven’t received anything; no letters or emails.

  10. I was disqualified for UI benefits for not providing an ID and other forms of identification. How do I fix this?

        1. Gary,

          You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

    1. Hi Mike, I’m in NYS and was at the end of my BYE on 3/14, I was still certifying but wasn’t getting paid. I found out I had to file a new claim because my other was exhausted. I’m still waiting on approval. Maybe you have to file a new claim. I hope this helps.

  11. They say 2-6 weeks it’s more accurate to say 2-6 months; and when you call many of them are rude and unwilling to assist!

  12. someone needs to look into Sharon L. Anton gillette, wyo. or dickinson, nd she is a fraud and has done so many fraudulent things and please look into her

    1. Annette,

      Please report it to the Fraud Division of the Unemployment Office in your state. You can report on the website.

  13. I worked part time for thee years here in florida. I’m currently not working. I’m also retired and collects social security.
    My question is
    Am I qualified to file for unemployment ?

    1. Ruby,

      To be eligible, you’re required to have sufficient hours and earnings. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website.

  14. So adjudication takes 8 to 12 weeks. Oh okay, that explains why I havent received payment since July. That surely helps just like the rest of the information that you give. And by the way. What’s the NEW reason you can’t get through to the Call Center.

    1. Maria,
      I have gotten through to the call center (live agent) every time i’ve tried calling within the last 2 weeks. The number to a live agent (follow the prompts carefully) is (667)-207-6520. i have gotten through within 10 to 15 mins with each call i had made!

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