Which States Are Still Paying $300 Unemployment Benefits?

Updated : February 22nd, 2022

In total, 49 states received the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) approval to pay out $300 additional weekly benefits to the qualified people. Some states began giving out payments in August, others had to wait till September. While some states are still paying $300 unemployment benefits, others have depleted their funding. 

This article will guide you through the states that are still paying out an extra $300 weekly unemployment benefits to the eligible people. 

List Of States That Are Still Paying $300 Unemployment Benefits

1. Alabama 

The state received FEMA approval on August 21 and began rolling out payments on September 3. According to the Alabama Department of Labor, the residents will be notified if they have qualified for additional unemployment benefits and if they need to take any additional steps to receive the payments. The state will continue to provide $300 benefits per week until it runs out of funds. 



2. Alaska 

Though Alaska received FEMA’s approval on August 23, it did not begin paying its residents’ additional weekly benefits yet. The state is expected to begin paying out benefits in mid-October. According to the authorities, the eligible Alaskans need not take any steps to enroll in the program. The state will automatically pay them benefits. 

3. Arkansas 

Arkansas is one of the states that is still paying $300 unemployment benefits. The state received FEMA’s approval on August 25 and began rolling out benefits in September. The Division of Workforce stated that qualified people need not take any action to receive extra unemployment benefits in Arkansas. The authorities will send letters to the qualified residents notifying that they will receive the payments. 

4. California

California received FEMA’s approval on August 21 and began paying out benefits on September 7. The extra benefits are expected to last only for three weeks in the state. According to the Employment Development Department (EDD), qualified residents need not take any extra action to receive the payments as the Department will automatically collect details and pay benefits. 

5. Colorado 

The state received FEMA’s approval on August 16 and began paying out benefits on September 18. The Department of Labor and Employment announced that it would pay the extra unemployment benefits in Colorado in two installments, and the program would end when it runs out of funding.

6. Connecticut 

Connecticut received approval from FEMA on August 24 and started paying its residents on September 17. Residents who are already receiving benefits through regular and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program (PUA) need not take any action to enroll in the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. 

But new claimants must self-certify that they are unemployed due to the direct result of COVID-19 to receive an additional $300 unemployment benefits in Connecticut. 

7. Delaware 

Delaware received FEMA’s approval on September 2 and began paying out benefits on September 14. The state requires the residents to self-certify that they are unemployed due to COVID-19 to receive the payments. 

8. Florida 

The state received FEMA’s approval on August 29. According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, no additional applications are required if one is receiving benefits through the Reemployment Assistance program. Initially, the state announced that it would provide benefits for up to six weeks, but the LWA program will end faster than expected. 

9. Georgia 

FEMA approved the state’s application on August 23. According to the authorities, those who are receiving benefits through regular unemployment and the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program will not be required to take any additional actions to receive benefits. 

10. Hawaii

Hawaii received FEMA approval on August 29, but it didn’t start paying benefits yet. The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial stated that the eligible people could expect to receive payments in October. 

To receive additional unemployment benefits in Hawaii, one should self-certify that he or she is unemployed due to the direct result of COVID-19. But those receiving benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program need not make any additional action.

11. Illinois

The state received FEMA’s approval on September 1. However, it is unclear when it will begin to give away benefits. According to the authorities, the residents who are receiving benefits through the regular unemployment program and meet state listed requirements need not take any additional action to receive additional Illinois unemployment benefits.  

12. Indiana

The state received FEMA’s approval on August 21, and the payment is set to begin on September 21. According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, residents should self-certify to receive additional weekly Indiana unemployment benefits. 

13. Kansas

Kansas was approved for extra unemployment funding on September 7. To qualify for $300 weekly unemployment benefits in Kansas, the residents should self-certify that they lost their job due to COVID-19. 

14. Kentucky

The state received FEMA’s approval on August 21. According to the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance, the qualified people will receive $400 additional benefits. To receive additional Kentucky unemployment benefits, residents will be required to self-certify that they are unemployed due to COVID-19.

15. Maine

Kansas was approved for extra unemployment funding on August 25 and began giving out benefits on September 11. Residents who didn’t notify that they lost their job due to the direct result of COVID-19 must self-certify. If additional information is required, the authorities will mail a letter or notify such residents through their ReEmployME account correspondence tab.

16. Maryland

Maryland was approved for extra unemployment funding on August 29 and began giving out benefits on September 11. To qualify for extra Maryland unemployment benefits, residents must self-certify that they lost their job due to the direct result of COVID-19.

17. Michigan 

The state received FEMA’s approval on August 21. To receive extra unemployment benefits in Michigan, residents must self-certify that they have lost their job due to COVID-19. The benefits will be given until the state runs out of funding.  

18. Mississippi

Mississippi was approved for extra unemployment funding on August 22 and began giving out benefits on September 12. To qualify for extra Mississippi unemployment benefits, residents need not file additional applications. The payments will be added to their existing unemployment benefits.

19. Nebraska

The state received FEMA’s approval on September 9. To receive extra Nebraska unemployment benefits, residents must self-certify that they have lost their job due to COVID-19. The benefits will be given until the state runs out of funding.  

20. Nevada 

Nevada is one of the states that are still paying $300 unemployment benefits. The state which received FEMA’s approval on September 11 will pay benefits until it runs out of funds. To qualify for additional unemployment benefits in Nevada, residents must self-certify that they are unemployed due to COVID-19. The residents can expect to receive the payment in 4 to 6 weeks.

21. New Jersey

New Jersey received FEMA approval for extra federal unemployment funding on September 4. It is unclear if residents should take extra action to enroll in the program. The state is expected to provide benefits until it runs out of funds.

22. New Mexico

New Mexico is one of the states that are still paying $300 unemployment benefits. The state received FEMA’s approval on August 15 and began rolling out benefits on September 3. According to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, residents must self-certify that they are unemployed due to the direct result of COVID-19 to enroll in Lost Wages Assistance benefits.

23. North Carolina

The state received FEMA’s approval on August 21 and began giving benefits on September 3. To receive extra North Carolina unemployment benefits, residents must self-certify that they have lost their job due to COVID-19. The benefits will be given until the state runs out of funding.  

24. North Dakota

New Dakota is one of the states that are still paying $300 unemployment benefits. The state received FEMA’s approval on August 31 and began rolling out benefits on September 10. According to the Job Service North Dakota, residents must self-certify that they are unemployed due to the direct result of COVID-19 to enroll in Lost Wages Assistance benefits.

25. Ohio

Ohio received FEMA approval for extra federal unemployment funding on August 26. According to the Department of Job and Family Services, residents must self-certify that they lost a job due to the direct result of COVID-19 to receive benefits. 

26. Oregon

Oregon was approved for extra unemployment funding on August 28. To qualify for extra Oregon unemployment benefits, residents must self-certify that they have lost their job due to COVID-19. The Oregon Unemployment Department has launched the self-certification process for applicants to submit evidence they have lost work due to the direct result of COVID-19. 

27. Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania was approved for extra $300 unemployment funding on August 24 and began rolling out payments on September 10. To enroll in the Lost Wages Assistance, residents must self-certify that they are unemployed due to COVID-19.

28. Rhode Island

Rhode Island received approval from FEMA on August 22 and started paying its residents on September 3. The Department of Labor and Training announced that residents who are already receiving unemployment benefits would automatically receive the enhanced payments and need not take any action to enroll in the Lost Wages Assistance program. 

29. South Carolina

The state received FEMA’s approval on September 1. To be eligible for an additional $300 unemployment benefits in South Carolina, residents must self-certify that they are unemployed due to COVID-19 to receive the payments. The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce is expected to begin paying out benefits late September or early October. 

30. Vermont

Vermont was approved for extra unemployment benefits funding on August 22. It will provide $400, of which $300 is given by the federal, and the state contributes $ 100. To qualify for $400 weekly unemployment benefits in Vermont, residents who receive benefits through Pandemic Unemployment Assistance need not take any additional action. But those collecting benefits through the traditional unemployment program must take state listed additional steps

31. Virginia

Virginia was approved for the extra unemployment funding on August 26 and began giving out benefits on September 30. To enroll in the Lost Wages Assistance program, residents who didn’t indicate to authorities that they lost their job due to the direct result of COVID-19 must self-certify.

32. Washington

The state received FEMA’s approval on August 24 and began paying benefits on September 22. To qualify for $300 additional Vermont weekly unemployment benefits, residents who receive benefits through Pandemic Unemployment Assistance need not take any additional steps. But those collecting benefits through the traditional unemployment program must take state listed additional actions

33. Wisconsin

Wisconsin received FEMA’s approval on September 1. The residents can expect to receive payments in October. To qualify for additional unemployment benefits in Wisconsin, claimants need not undertake any additional actions. The state will automatically add benefits to regular payments. 

34. Wyoming

Wyoming was approved for extra unemployment funding on August 28 and began paying benefits on September 11. To qualify for extra Wyoming unemployment benefits, claimants need not take any additional steps.

Final Words

The $300 additional weekly unemployment benefits are expected to soon deplete in many states, leaving unemployed Americans to look forward to new financial measures. But with the presidential election approaching, it is unlikely another relief aid measure will be implemented any time soon.

 



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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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