This week, which states began paying the additional $300 weekly jobless benefits?
In most states, benefits will begin to be distributed in the middle of the month. Under the $900 billion stimulus agreement agreed at the end of 2022, at least 11 states will begin paying the extra $300 in weekly jobless benefits this week. As of Tuesday, the states of New York, California, Arizona, Tennessee, and North Carolina had sent the additional unemployment benefits to their residents.
“Most states will be delivering the extra unemployment benefits by mid-January,” Michele Evermore, a policy analyst with the National Employment Law Project, told Yahoo Money.
At least 11 states will execute the $300 incentive payment during the first week.
According to a Brookings analysis, at least 14 million unemployed Americans will get an extra $300 per week in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) for the next 11 weeks, until March 14. The additional compensation will be added to both Jobless Insurance (UI) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) workers’ basic weekly unemployment payments.
California has begun paying benefits to workers with Unemployment Insurance (UI), but not yet to unemployed workers receiving PUA and PEUC, whereas New York has begun paying the extra $300 to unemployment beneficiaries in all programs. According to a statement from the California Employment Development Department, about 1.3 million Californians will receive the additional benefit this week.
Extra payments of $300 will begin the week of December 27 and will not be retroactive. Current legislation does not cover the weeks following the expiration of the extra $600 under the CARES Act and the extra $300 under the Lost Wage Assistance (LWA) program. Although the program’s benefits were swiftly provided in 2020 states like Nevada, Virginia, and Wisconsin, implementation took more than two months.
Based on changes in the state’s unemployment rate, the remaining six states alter their maximum weeks of UI available on a regular basis:
Alabama currently provides up to 14 weeks of unemployment insurance for new enrollees, with a five-week extension for those enrolled in a state-approved training program; Georgia currently provides 14 weeks of unemployment insurance, but this has been increased to 26 weeks in the COVID-19 emergency; Florida currently provides up to 12 weeks for claims filed after January 1, 2022; Idaho currently provides up to 20 weeks for new enrollees based on its November unemployment rate; Kansas currently provides up to 20 weeks for new enrollees