With the expiration of enhanced unemployment benefit programs, many claimants who are struggling to find a job due to local market conditions or for COVID related reasons have been asking if state unemployment agencies will use already allocated stimulus funds to make extra unemployment stimulus payments.
However at this stage, no states have suggested any further unemployment stimulus payments. Instead they pushing eligible claimants to traditional state unemployment programs or to return to work job programs. I will continue to monitor this and post updates if things change.
In the absence of Congress and Federal action on providing an extension to unemployment benefits, many states are providing one time unemployment stimulus payments using what little CARES act funding they have remaining. This is above and beyond the existing enhanced unemployment benefits being paid. Here is a list of states making these payments:
Colorado: Governor Polis issued an executive order directing the Division of Unemployment Insurance to make one-time stimulus payment of $375 to eligible Coloradans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Claimants who had a weekly benefit allowance between $25 and $500 for any week between March 15, 2020 to October 24, 2020 are eligible to receive the one-time stimulus payment beginning in early December (paid in phases)
Maine: Through the State’s Pandemic Relief Program (PRP), Main will be making a one-time $600 stimulus payment to assist unemployed Maine people impacted by COVID-19 and are losing their Federal unemployment benefits at the end of the year, The disbursement is not an unemployment benefit and eligibility includes not only workers who are unemployed or partially unemployed due to Covid-19, but also self-employed, sole proprietors, and other business owners, according to a press release.
New Mexico: Over 100,000 unemployed New Mexicans will see an extra one time $1,200 state stimulus (Worker Pandemic Benefit) in their payments during the week of December 13th. The state Department of Workforce Solutions will make payments to people who qualified for jobless benefits Nov. 22-28 or Nov. 29-Dec. 5, as well as to claimants who exhausted their benefits between Sept. 12 and Nov. 5.
Alaska, California, Maryland, Minnesota, and New York are also working to provide similar payments. I will update this list as more information comes to hand. Please check back for details and for final eligibility via your state UI agency portal.