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Which States Are Still Paying $300 Unemployment Benefits?

Updated : September 23rd, 2020

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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