Share $300 Supplemental Unemployment Benefits: What We Know

Share $300 Supplemental Unemployment Benefits: What We Know

With over one million Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims flagged for fraud, the Department has been working closely with data analytics companies, financial institutions, state and federal partners to identify legitimate claims, resulting in this latest release of benefits.

[A] number of state laws include provisions for extending the potential duration of benefits during periods of high unemployment for individuals in approved training who exhaust benefits, or for a variety of other reasons.

If Kansas' application is approved, the program will provide eligible claimants with an additional $400 per week on top of their regular unemployment benefits.

FEMA and the Labor Department predict that the Disaster Relief Fund will likely only be able to pay four to five weeks of benefits, lasting until some point in September. The program additionally excludes those receiving less than $100 in weekly unemployment benefits.

Only those whose unemployment is related to COVID-19 will be eligible for LWA payments. 1 through August 22-29 will be made over consecutive days.

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Per FEMA's authorization, the grant will fund an additional $300 weekly payment to those who are eligible for at least $100 in weekly unemployment benefits for the three weeks ending 8/1/20, 8/8/20, and 8/15/20. LWA is now time-limited to an initial five-week period and not everyone who has filed an unemployment claim will be eligible. The state started paying another $300 in benefits to those who qualify, but it will not last long.

Individuals and business owners in Benton, Boone, Cedar, Jasper, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, and Tama counties may now apply for the FEMA Individual Assistance Program. When combined with the new LWA program, the maximum possible benefit will be $740 per week for the covered weeks before federal withholding taxes.

"Payments under the Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) program". From week ending 3/21/2020 through 8/29/2020, 330,645 PUA claims have been validated.

Eligibility requirements differ from the FPUC (Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation) program. From week ending 3/21/2020 through 8/29/2020, the sectors with the most regular UI initial claims processed included Accommodation and Food Services, 858,572, Health Care and Social Assistance, 422,810, Retail Trade, 387,184, Administrative and Support Services, 303,726, and Manufacturing, 278,086. Today, over 148,000 jobs are listed online at for Georgians to access. At this time, GDOL career centers are remaining closed to the public. The GDOL will reopen offices to the public as soon as social distancing can be effectively implemented to protect both staff and customers.

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