List Of States Paying Out $300 Additional Unemployment Benefits

Ever since President Donald Trump signed the new executive order, states have begun applying for funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Though 44 states have received FEMA’s approval, only 6 states are paying out the $300 additional amount to the qualified people. 

Here, we have listed states that have begun paying the extra unemployment benefits. Let’s have a look at them. 

States Paying Out $300 Additional Unemployment Benefits

States paying out the $300 additional benefits are as follows.



1. Arizona 

Arizona was one of the states which received FEMA’s approval and began paying out the extra benefits to the qualified people. Till date, more than 400,000 Arizonans have received $300 additional unemployment benefits. The payments were made retroactively for all weeks after July 26 when an additional $600 federal payments lapsed.

Only those who met any one of the following requirements received the benefits in the state.

  • Arizonans who were receiving a minimum of $100 through regular unemployment benefits
  • Arizonans who received $100 under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program 

However, the claimants are likely to stop receiving the benefits in the upcoming weeks. Michael Wisehart, Director of the Department of Economic Security (DES), stated, “Arizonans receiving the additional pay on top of the regular $240 unemployment benefits per week for the past month will get the payment this week and possibly the next. But the pool of federal cash that President Donald Trump tapped may run out after that.”

Wisehart further stated, “Right now, we know for sure that we can pay the benefits this week. But though we have an expectation, we are not certain that we will be able to pay next week.”

2. Iowa 

The Iowa Workforce Development began accepting applications and processing payments on September 3. The Department stated that it would take 5-7 business days for claimants to receive benefits. 

The payments are retroactive to August 1 and are paid to residents who:

  • Are eligible for receiving at least $100 weekly benefits through any of the federal programs
  • Have certified that he or she lost a job due to the Coronavirus pandemic

Those who have self-certified in the initial claim need not reapply for additional benefits. But those who didn’t, must notify the Department failing to which benefits will not be paid. 

3. Louisiana

The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) began paying out the $300 additional unemployment benefits on Wednesday, August 26. “Since then, about 300,000 jobless workers in the state have received an extra payment in addition to their regular unemployment benefits,” stated the Commission. 

“Another 50,000 Louisianans are scheduled to collect the extra $300 payment,” the Commission added.

The payments are retroactive to August 1 for those who met eligibility criteria during that period. The state listed requirements are:

  • One should be receiving a minimum of $100 under regular unemployment benefits or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program
  • One has certified that he or she is fully or partially unemployed due to the pandemic

However, according to LWC, those who previously did not submit self-certification and did not qualify for benefits, can be eligible if they recertified that they are unemployed due to the pandemic.

The commission advised claimants to wait for 24 to 48 hours for the payment to show up in their accounts.

4. Missouri

The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations started paying the additional unemployment benefits in Missouri on Monday, August 25. The payments are retroactive to August 1 and are expected to last for 4 to 5 weeks. 

To receive benefits, A Missourian should meet certain eligibility requirements. They include:

  • An individual must be eligible to receive a minimum $100 weekly unemployment benefits under regular unemployment benefits or other federal programs
  • An individual must indicate that he or she is fully or partially unemployed as a direct result of the pandemic

Missourians who have self-certified that they are unemployed in their initial unemployment claim need not take any extra action to receive the additional benefits. Instead, the Department will automatically add the extra $300 to their weekly benefit.  

To Missourians who did not notify that they were unemployed due to the pandemic but meet the minimum $100 requirement, the state will send either mailed correspondence or Email on their potential eligibility for the new executive program.

5. Minnesota 

The state began paying Lost Wage Assistance benefits on September 4. The payments are dated back to the week that ended on July 26. To qualify for unemployment benefits in Minnesota, one should meet eligibility requirements. They include: 

  • One should receive a minimum $100 weekly benefits through any of the federal programs
  • One should self-certify that he or she is unemployed due to the pandemic

6. Montana

The Department of Labor and Industry began distributing the additional unemployment benefits in Montana on Wednesday, August 26, under the Lost Wages Assistance program. Montana is one of the states providing $400 enhanced benefits to qualified people. The first week for which the payment was available was the week that ended August.

To qualify for this additional payment, the residents must meet eligibility requirements such as:

  • Should be eligible to receive at least $100 benefits under regular unemployment or other federal programs
  • Must certify that they are fully or partially unemployed as a direct result of the pandemic

For those who did not self-certify in the initial claims, the state ask to confirm if they were unemployed due to the direct result of the pandemic in their weekly payment request form. If yes, the state will begin paying out additional benefits to such individuals. 

Though claimants are not required to fill out a separate UI claim for the extra benefits, the state will pay Lost Wages Assistance funds in a separate direct deposit or add the amount to regular benefits. 

7. North Carolina 

The state’s Division of Employment Security began paying out the additional benefits on September 3. It is expected to pay for weeks that ended August 1, August 8, and August 15. To qualify for additional benefits in North Carolina, one should meet eligibility requirements such as: 

  • Be eligible to receive at least $100 weekly benefits through any of the federal programs
  • Self-certify that he or she is unemployed due to the direct result of the pandemic 

If one has not self-certified, he or she can visit File Lost Wages Assistance Certification in the Customer Menu page in the online UI account and complete the process.   

8. Tennessee

The state’s Department Of Labor began paying Lost Wage Assistance benefits on August 26. The state made payment for the 1st three weeks of August, totaling $900, i.e., $300 per week. 

Note that not all unemployed are eligible for the additional unemployment benefits in Tennessee. To qualify, Tennesseans must be unemployed due to the pandemic and receive a minimum of $100 per week through any one of the following programs.

  • Regular unemployment compensation
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
  • Extended Benefits payments
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation

Those who have qualified for benefits on August 1 and continued to apply for weekly claims will automatically receive them. The state will either add the amount to regular state benefits or will pay separately. 

9. Texas

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) began distributing the additional unemployment benefits in August. The initial payment period was for the first three weeks ending August 1, August 8, and August 15. To qualify for the extra unemployment benefits in Texas, one must:

  • Be eligible to receive a minimum $100 weekly benefits under regular unemployment or other federal programs 
  • Have certified that they lost the job due to the pandemic

Those who are already receiving regular unemployment benefits need not apply separately for the extra payment. The state will give it along with the regular benefits. But if one is new to applying for unemployment benefits, he or she should certify that he or she lost the job due to the pandemic’s direct results. 

Closing Words

Other states are expected to begin paying out the additional $300 benefits to the qualified people at the earliest. But if you are living in any of the above-listed states, you can soon expect to receive payment to your bank account. If you live in a state which has not yet begun paying benefits, remain patient. 



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  1. I was fired through no fault of my own in the state of NJ. I was hired to help build an apparel startup. Hired for coming from a corporate background, I would make my professional suggestions on how to improve and develop product as that type of information was always welcomed but unfortunately not utilized. During my time, I’ve repeatedly tried to help the company to avoid costly mistakes in the future when it came to producing apparel, yet my boss preferred to always “wing it” change direction and never follow any type of calendared process. Fast forward and to no surprise to me there is an issue with production and I’m informed with vague information and so as a professional, I remind the owners (again) of the proper protocol that I’ve been suggesting and believing that they finally understood this now. But the understanding was an awakening that was too late (as it seems). Therefore a week later, I was fired as a cut in finances, With no severance, I ask for a confirmation on days worked in order to claim for unemployment due to the financial reduction but then am emailed that due to my decision making that the company lost thousands of dollars and that I didn’t perform my job. I continued to apply for my claim and was denied with allegations that in addition to losing thousands of dollars that I now stole candy (of all things) from the company under footage which is false, and that I watched movies on my phone which was also a false claim. The adjudication office has reached out to me to give me 2 days to reply against the ridiculous allegations and I have replied to all her points of accusations. I had also added more information which I regret now because I was a bit emotional because of the low blows that came my way. Nevertheless, the email had been sent and I am now waiting to see the next steps.
    My question is this. In the state of NJ, what are the next steps for determination?
    Will my former employer read my comments which will only add fuel to the fire (which is true on the additional emotional writing) and then create more lies?
    Have employers gotten away with denying claims by creating false claims?
    This is not what I had expected nor planned to rebuttal in an adjudication.
    I only wanted unemployment pay while I continue to look for work.

  2. I went on medical leave in 2016. I had 2 years of approved leave with pay and benefits. Over the past 2 years, I continued on medical. In May of 2018 my employer tried to terminate for refusing to follow the company doctor’s recommendation to return to work with restrictions in a non hazardous area. I was never informed of where to report or when to report for work. I didn’t even know of the attempted termination until I didn’t receive my bi-weekly payment. I filed a greviance to get my job, pay, and benefits back and was awarded a temporary re-instatement until I had a third party doctor exam. During all of this, I reached my 2 year limit on pay and benefits. Once the 3rd party medical exam was done, the doctor sided with me that there were health reasons for not restoring me to my previous position. But he also agreed with my employer’s company doctor offer of returning to work with restrictions in a non hazardous area. My employer informed me at that time they had no jobs available for me. Since I no longer receive pay or benefits I filed for unemployment. The state said that my employer objected to my request for umeployment on the grounds that I’m weeking fulltime for them and now it has been 6 weeks pending adjudication. I receive no pay no benefits and was told I don’t have a job from my employer. How can they hold up my unemployment pay?

    1. Gil,

      Thank you for writing to us. The outcome of the adjudication depends on the paperwork/documents you submit supporting your stance. Please make sure to prepare well and argue confidently in your favor.

  3. I live in the state of Nevada and had filed for unemployment a few months back in June and was denied because of not earning enough funds in that quarter which show that I’m trying to open a claim on a previous claim considered double dipping. I was told that if I worked and made $1,200 then that would be enough to fulfill and be approved for unemployment claim for the new quarter. I did work a new job started the job as a project assistant for a plumbing company to which the hiring manager knew I had never worked in plumbing but had over 20 years in construction. All in all I worked really hard to understand the plumbing industry but I could never satisfy my supervisors expectations and the last week of me working she basically took ball work from me and kept saying she will handle it even though I would ask every hour or less if there is something that I could do, she kept denying me any work because she was frustrated that I couldn’t do the job is good as she did even though she’s been there for 30 years. I was receiving unemployment funds for the past 3 weeks and suddenly I have to wait till November 2nd for an adjudication meeting and my funds have been placed on hold until then. Can my claim be denied because I could not do the job she expected even though she hired me knowing my previous experience? What should I expect now?

    1. Brooke,

      There is a thin line. It can go against your since expectations were not met or it can also be in your favor for unreasonable demands from your supervisor. If you think you have a strong case, make sure to argue well and present all supporting paperwork.

  4. The state of Oregon UI told my spouse every claim that isn’t due to lack of work now goes through adjudication! Is that true or are they just saying that because she ‘resigned en leiu of termination’ in her trial period? She worked for the state, and didn’t want to be unable to find employment in another department.

    1. Ambrose,

      I don’t know if this is true. How can you confirm? By calling the office again and asking for a different representative to speak to.

    2. Yes, this is true, Oregon will adjudicate any “employment separation” that isn’t due to a lack of work. FYI they’ll also treat a resignation in lieu of termination as her being fired because if your wife’s employer told her “quit or you’ll be fired”, she didn’t really have much of a choice and she was going to lose her job either way.

  5. I was terminated while on Workers Comp. The employer didn’t call me, I was notified a month after the fact by the insurance carrier for the employer! And get this,,,When I opened my UI case to start benefit payments, I notated in the questionnaire that I have a lifting restriction imposed by the Doctor but that I can still physically work and I’m currently available to work….and I was denied UI benefits.
    I’m appealing.

    1. Will,

      I think you should be eligible to collect UI benefits under such circumstances. Please make sure to keep supporting documents handy to support your stance during the Appeal.

  6. I’m currently appealing an availability issue in Massachusetts. I was accepted to a local community college never enrolled and because at the time when I applied I stated I was accepted they denied me. I was laid off due to lack of work it was a temporary position on August 3, 2018. My previous employer I was with 2+years, however I did quit that job which I’m sure doesn’t help my claim, however I’ve submitted everything from my most recent employer including wages which redetermined me eligible. Now I’m appealing my availability… I’ve contacted the college to get verification letter stating I’m not enrolled nor have I ever been but due to their protocols they fought me tooth and nail to get this verification. Stating there’s nothing to send if I’ve never been so there. Last week they finally sent a certified seal enrollment letter that shows I am inactive and never enrolled or registered within that institution. I think it was to stop me from constantly contacting them. Will this help remove the availability disqualification? Also are availability cases easier to resolve?

    1. Lily,

      To offer a straightforward answer to your question, if you lost the previous job due to involuntary reasons (no fault of yours), you should be eligible to collect.

      1. So I just got my Late Appeal decision after sending in all necessary information as to why I was filing late pertaining to being offered a temporary job. The decision states DETERMINED.

        Not exactly sure what that implies. I’m assuming the worst though. Since no adjudicator ever called me. Can you please clarify?

        1. Lily,

          I suggest you call the Claims Center to find out the status. It more or less means the “Determination” process is now complete.

      2. UPDATE: I called the claims center to clarify the adjudicator’s decision they stated that it means I found eligible for the Late Appeal regarding my availability. The representative also stated that its very strange to be appealing a one party decision ( thus meaning appealing just myself.) Will I still have to continue with this hearing since my enrollment verification proves with a certified seal inactivity and no enrollment has ever been made? Are availability appeals easier to win since its not a wage or reason for termination I am appealing?

        1. Lily,

          This seems like a complicated situation. I suggest you ring up the adjudicator and consult him/her on further steps.

  7. my adjutication was removed and my case still says that im eligble and active does that mean the ruled in my favor ?

    1. Jeannette,

      That is correct. The authorities might have ruled in your favor and ruled out the need for an adjudication. Please call the office for clarification.

  8. After working at various jobs over the course of 24 years and never being fired,I finally was recently. The reason was arguing with a manager because she was unprofessional and baited me into a argument and I signed the statement she wrote against me before I left and now I wonder will the unemployment official side in my favor over me signing the statement..

    1. Jason,

      If you’re able to prove your position preferably with supporting documents, you should be able to collect UI benefits.

  9. Can you be denied unemployment after being terminated for allegedly making a customers grocery bags too heavy. Customer made a complaint that I packed her bags too heavy. When I had only put 4-6 items in each bag. This occurred while I worked for Meijer.

    1. That sounds like an awful reason to terminate employment. Please consider applying for UI benefits until you find employment. You may want to speak to the Unemployment Office in your state once before applying. Please call them.

  10. I moved to NC for a Job the employer begged for me to work for him. The job is 1 hour away. I got sick one day driving there and went to work and told the girl I was working with that I was sick and may need to go home so I call the the staffing lady and the own and told them I’m sick and I’m going home they said OK. Next day get a text saying I’m off for the next 2 think they could not find anyone to work with me see my tech went on vacation. When my tech came back from vacation they told her she will be working alone she sent me the text I was shocked because now it’s two weeks with out work I’m a fulltime worked get a w2 at the end of the year. I work the own stating what is going on why you not having me work I said I will have to file unemployment no response. Umployment told them I walked off the job when the all said I called them when I was leaving stating I was sick and they sent Umployment the call off work text they sent me its been 6 weeks and no amswer on my unemployment case help if you can

    1. Lace,

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons. If you think this was the case, please consider filing until you find employment. Make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute.

  11. I filed for unemployment in florida but then moved to Georgia, after I was unable to obtain a job in Florida. I was hired at amazon in Florida but have already moved to Georgia and receiving unemployment at the time. The unemployment is now adjudicating because it picked up that I was a new hire at Amazon but I Couldn’t work for Amazon seeing how I moved out of Florida before I was hired. It has now been eight weeks of claiming with a hold on my funds what will happen next?

    1. Ernest,

      If you still remain unemployed, you should be able to continue claiming UI benefits. Since you’ve moved to Georgia, you can consider transferring your claim over to the new state.

  12. I worked a 3 yr contract with an employment firm. That contract ended unexpectantly and I filed unemployment. The employer called me with 2 jobs. one of the jobs was at the company that I just left and the company had a 6-month wait and I was unsure if I could return to the company. I expressed this to the employer and they said that they would check to see if I could return to the employer. I was trying to avoid rejection/embarrassment for myself and the employer. I was submitted for 2 jobs.

    The employer filed a protest saying I had refused work. I spoke with the adjudicator. (Who called me a day earlier than our call) It turns out two jobs that of the two jobs they said I had refused. they had submitted me for one and the other was the job aforementioned. the employer never got back in touch with me and I eventually applied for the job.

    The adjudicator told me that I would receive two letters in the mail in 5 -7 business days and told me to keep certifying.

    Any idea where this is landing. The employer did not tell the truth and I sent documented information to our phone call. The adjudicator said that they had cancellations and that was why he was calling a day early.

    Any ramifications for the employer not telling the truth.

    1. It’s the time to make a strong case for yourself. Chase the adjudicator at regular intervals and submit the required documents in your support.

  13. I finally got the courage to do this as I now get Social Security but I doubt things have changed. Years ago when I was working I had a sales job and they did all sorts of sexist crap. They would not pay the spiffs to females. They called you names over the intercom. They would break things on products ordered and picked up by customers. People knew about it but would not come forth. When you saw something illegal going on that you were not supposed to see, you got fired. The employer lied about you to the DES and they even lied to future employers so that you never had respect once you worked at their place. The so called judges as your hearings admonished you for speaking out but there was nothing to be done unless others backed you up and they were afraid for their jobs. This still goes on. For the most part it is women judges doing the bidding of male employers. Some of these women should be asking themselves questions about the lives of others they were complicit in destroying. There never was any recourse for sexual harassment and discrimination and there still is not. Have any of these female judges ever thought to require further proofs from the employers. Has any judge ever compelled the employer to proof of sales or production exceeded by the women who have been fired? That would be the most telling. When other situations arise and the female employee has been with the company for more than five years, have any of these judges had the sense to ask if the person lasted with you that long and their last evaluation was superior enough to merit a raise, why do you all of a sudden doubt the employee? There is no common sense to these horrible women and they are there as judges because of their stupidity. The system is geared to protect only the rights of the employer so don’t be down on yourselves if you find yourself a victim because if the employer loses then you have a case! DES judges are paid to destroy people.

  14. Please contact me I’m going to be homeless loose vehicle they are holding my unemployment and I don’t know why I’ve been doing everything and more I’m a cancer patient and have to get to my therapy today I can’t go cause my trucks out of gas and no money

    1. Jerome,

      Hope you get out of this situation soon. Please let us know how we can help you. This is a private forum and our help can be limited. If you’re referring to Unemployment Insurance, please call the Claims Center for further inquiry.

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