When Will $300 FPUC Extra Unemployment Start Being Paid in My State? News and Updates on Payment for PUA and PEUC Claims

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This article was last updated on January 17

The new $900 billion COVID-19 Relief stimulus package has now been passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. It includes extensions to pandemic unemployment programs (PUA and PEUC) and an extra $300 FPUC supplementary UI payment. The supplementary payment will cover 11 weeks starting from December 27th, 2020 to March 14th, 2021. The actual payment date for these 11 weeks may begin a few weeks after the actual program start date due to state UI agencies updating their systems and eligible payments will be made retroactively.

Starting with week ending January 2, 2021 the FPUC payment can be made above and beyond any regular unemployment and require eligible claimants to certify regularly according to their state UI agency guidelines. Claimants will need to be eligible for at least $1 of an underlying unemployment benefit to receive the $300 supplemental payment under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. You do not need to take any additional action to receive this supplemental payment. States are slowly rolling out these changes for different groups of claimants – those getting regular UI and state extended benefits, those with active benefits/weeks after Dec 27th, PUA and PEUC recipients who exhausted benefits before December 27th and those who need to file a new claim after December 27th. So you need to be aware that payment and certification dates will vary by which group of claimants you fall into.

I will update dates in the table below as states implement these guidelines and start making making actual payments. Please leave a comment if you find updated or incorrect information reflected in the table and I will review/update accordingly. Details on why this payment could be delayed due to PEUC or PUA roll-outs are discussed in this video.

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PUA, PEUC and $300 FPUC Weekly Unemployment Payment Status (CAA 11-weeks)

Table Notes: $300 FPUC Weekly Unemployment Stimulus Payment Status by State Tracker. A Maximum of 11 weeks (Dec 27th, 2020 to March 14th, 2021) can be paid under this program and you must be getting $1 from existing program during coverage period. State labor and unemployment departments are slowly rolling out extended UI changes in batches by claimant groups. One of the last groups are those who have exhausted their benefits before Dec 27th and will need to wait till PUA and PEUC changes are implemented before getting the $300 FPUC (see why in this article). Where available I have broken up payment start dates by group. If you cannot see the table clearly, click here and scroll down

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State
(Click state link for details)
Payment Status, Dates and Roll-out Schedule
AlabamaJanuary 6th - Paying benefits to active claimants and those who have exhausted benefits and eligible for extended coverage period.
AlaskaNo update as of Jan 11th. Still waiting to implement DOL guidelines for UI extension
ArizonaStarting the Week of January 3rd
ArkansasNo update as of Jan 21th. DOL guidelines have been provided, but the state UI agency (ADWS) has provided very limited updates (last one of Jan 7th) and is presumably in the middle of updating their state UI systems to process payments. Until that time, they are asking folks to hold questions and refrain from calling their local offices or Hotline with questions regarding the extensions or changes. Claimants will receive notices with information specific to their UI claim status.
CaliforniaJan 3rd (for active claimants with with regular UI or FED-ED extension ) and Jan 10th (for those also getting extended PUA, PEUC)
ColoradoCDLE still updating systems to process $300 and PUA/PEUC extensions. (estimated end of January)
ConnecticutClaimants will begin receiving payment upon filing their claims beginning on Jan 3, 2021. (source: CDOL)
DelawareJanuary 4th, 2021
District of ColumbiaDES is still updating systems to process $300 and PUA/PEUC extensions (estimated end of January)
FloridaJanuary 12, paying out claims. DEO also says it’s still working on implementing the continuation of PEUC and PUA for claimants who had exhausted benefits (may see delays in $300 payment for this group)
GeorgiaJanuary 2nd (for active claimants getting regular UI). Those on State Extended Benefits (SEB) and PEUC claims will get $300FPUC released after 01/12/21. PUA and PEUC claimants have exhausted benefits should not file a new claim, but should continue to request weekly payments via UI portal. Once GDOL updates systems they will make back payments for eligible weeks.
HawaiiJan 11th, Paying active PUA claimants that have certified eligible claims for the week ending Jan 2nd, 2021. Eligible claimants that can certify claims on Sunday, Jan 9 for the week ending Jan 8th will also have their claims processed, including $300 FPUC. (HDOL)
IdahoStarting the week ending Jan 2, 2021
IllinoisConfirmed January 7th. Paying from the week ending Jan 2, 2021 for all programs
IndianaDWD began paying the additional $300 available through CAUWA on regular UI claims on Jan. 8, 2021 (still to pay those who have need to reapply for extended coverage period)
IowaJanuary 15th (Estimated)
KansasNo payments as of Jan 12th, official update is they are still updating systems based on DOL guidance
KentuckyNo payments as of Jan 12th, official statement is “We are going to have to, with the new CARES Act, go in and reprogram because they (the federal government) changed, once again, who qualifies for this extra $300."
LouisianaPaying all benefits now. Per the Louisiana Works website, you can start or reopen a claim for unemployment insurance now to get the extension coverage. If you already have an active unemployment claim, just continue the weekly claim certification process. If you have already filed an unemployment claim due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), you do NOT need to call the LWC. Login and check your Message Center for important details.
MaineWeek Jan 2nd (active claims): Week of Jan 10th ( Claimants who had exhausted their PUA benefits including or prior to Dec. 26); Jan 17th (Claimants who had exhausted their original PEUC benefits including or prior to Dec. 26) (source: Maine DOL)
MarylandJanuary 5th
MassachusettsJanuary 6th. The additional $300 was added to weekly benefit payments for the week ending Jan 2nd. PUA claimants will receive their FPUC payments beginning Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 (retro to Jan 2nd)
MichiganFrom January 12th (for those getting regular/EB unemployment). From Jan 17th for PUA and PEUC claimants with active and remaining claim balances as of Dec 27th, 2020 Those PUA and PEUC claimants who had exhausted benefits prior to Dec 26th have to wait till programs/systems are update to file/reopen claims. No action and need to wait for updates from Michigan UIA.
MinnesotaStarting the Week of January 3rd
MississippiStarting the Week of January 3rd
MissouriJanuary 18th for regular UI/EB recipients only. PUA and PEUC recipients are still waiting. Keep certifying if have an active claim balance. (Source : MO Division of Employment Security (DES))
MontanaJanuary 5th - added to recipient’s state weekly benefit amount (source: Montana DOL)
NebraskaJanuary 8th, 2021
NevadaJanuary 6th (active claimants). Those who exhausted benefits will have to wait until system updates are done to reopen PUA/PEUC claims (expected end of Jan)
New HampshireJanuary 5th (Source : NHES)
New JerseyNJ DOL experiencing delays and challenges in implementing $300 payment. Those currently collecting UI, PUA & PEUC will see $300 FPUC hit accounts from Jan 19th (estimated) and towards late Jan/early Feb for those who exhausted benefits prior to December 27th and need to reopen/refile for extended coverage. (See details in this video)
New MexicoJanuary 18th (estimated)
New YorkStarting the Week of January 3rd
North CarolinaJanuary 6th (active claimants)
North DakotaStill making update to systems for PUA and PEUC recipients. ND Job Service expects to roll this out by the end of Jan 2020 (including retroactive payments)
OhioODJFS is issuing FPUC payments as of 01/16/201 for those with active PUA, PEUC and Regular UI claims and who can certify. Those who had exhausted PUA or PEUC benefits won't receive the $300 until they can file claims following system updates that will only happen in February. All claimants will eventually receive all benefits they are eligible for.
OklahomaJan 7th for active claimants and PUA/PEUC claimants who had NOT exhausted benefits as of Dec 27th. OK OESC estimates that starting on January 25th will starting pay out the $300 federal compensation to all remaining claimants. (source: OESC)
OregonJanuary 7th, 2021 (active claimants)
PennsylvaniaStarting from Tues., January, 12 (for regular UC and EB recipients). PUA and PEUC programs are being updated to allow the extended payments to be applied for existing and newly eligible claimants. Do not file a new claim and await for instructions from PA L&I DOL
Rhode IslandStarting the Week of January 3rd
South CarolinaJanuary 9th
South DakotaJanuary 13th
TennesseeStarting the Week of January 3rd
TexasJanuary 7th (regular UI). Texas TWC still updating systems for individuals unable to request payment due to having exhausted their (PUA, PEUC, EB) claims prior to Dec 26th, TWC will send them updated information once system updates have been made - no action needed now.
UtahJan 7th - Paying to Regular UI and PUA claimants. PEUC claimants to start later in January (source: Utah DWS)
VermontJanuary 11th; New PUA claimants must complete an initial application for benefits before filing a weekly claim. Individuals in regular UI have already been able to file for the PEUC extension, which went live on January 3rd. Existing PUA and PEUC can file weekly claims to receive the $300 payment. (Source : Vermont DOL)
Virginia01/08/2021 for UI and PEUC. The target date for implementation is 01/14/2021 for PUA with active claims/balances. PUA and PEUC claimants who exhausted benefits before 12/27 will only be able to reopen/reactivate claims after 1/29/2021, due to to delays in system updates by VEC.
WashingtonWill issue payment for the first two weeks on Jan. 15, 2021 (source: ESD WA)
West VirginiaStarting the Week of January 3rd for all eligible recipients. You will need to reopen claim if had a gap in your filing and exhausted benefits before 12/26/20 and your initial claim year has not ended. (see WV instructions)
WisconsinStarted from January 15th (active claimants).
WyomingJanuary 16th

State unemployment departments and agencies will be responsible for disbursing these benefit payments, similar to the $300 LWA and earlier $600 FPUC supplementary unemployment programs. Given the many challenges and various payment issues across states with earlier supplementary UI benefit programs, I expect this to take some time to be rolled out and require retroactive payments to get claimants caught up. So stay tuned and subscribe to get the latest updates. You can also see this $300 FPUC video for more details on this program.


Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program – Now Expired

The temporary $300 unemployment benefit under the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program funding has now been paid in all states who participated in the program. The program expiry date was December 27th, 2020 and this means that any new or retroactive payments under this program will NO longer be paid out going forward. This has been replaced by the new $300 FPUC payment discussed above.

This supplementary payment was a temporary, but much needed benefit for unemployed or underemployed workers who lost the supplementary $600 FPUC weekly payment at the end of July. There was a lot of confusion on when the $300 would actually be paid by state UI agencies which led to the creation of the LWA state tracker table below, which shows the payment status and actual or estimated future date claimants can expect their first weekly unemployment payment, if eligible. You can also see the 1000+ comments from readers that share their experiences around the LWA payment, including some very useful tips if you are facing issues getting your $300 LWA payment.

All states that applied and were approved by FEMA were only initially awarded three weeks of funding – covering the weeks of August 1st, 8th and August 15th.  After that, states and territories will need to submit a Lost Wages Additional Week Request one week at a time for funding to pay claims for subsequent weeks. However any additional funding is subject to the $44 billion budget that is available for this program and it is almost certain that funding will run out before the December 27th expiry of this program, unless Congress approves additional funding via a formal UI benefits extension.

In fact, at this stage approved states will only get a maximum of 6 weeks of funding (weeks covering August 1st to September 5th) for the LWA program per recent FEMA guidance to state labor and unemployment agencies that have already made several weeks of payments. Several states which started making the $300 payments earlier than other states have already been notified that their LWA funding allotment has run out and no additional funding beyond will be approved. Note however that some states like Florida will only be applying for and paying 4 weeks of LWA benefits, since they didn’t meet some of the LWA program qualification rules (details here).

Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) State Payment Date and Status

StateLWA StatusStart DateMax WeeksWeekly Amount
AlabamaPaidSep 6th6$300
AlaskaPaidNov 6th
(see estimate details)
6$300
ArizonaPaidAug 17th6$300
ArkansasPaidSep 12 (up to Oct 2nd)6$300
CaliforniaPaidSep 7th (Phase 1)
Sep 15th (Phase 2)
6$300
ColoradoPaidFrom Sep 18th
(in batches)
6$300
ConnecticutPaidSep 17th5$300
DelawarePaidSep 18th6$300
District of ColumbiaPaidFrom Sep 28th
(in batches)
6$300
FloridaPaidSep 8th4$300
GeorgiaPaidSep 12th6$300
HawaiiPaidSep 23rd
(see schedule)
6$300
IdahoPaidSep 12th6$300
IllinoisPaidSep 8th6$300
IndianaPaidWeek of Sep 21st6$300
IowaPaidSep 9th6$300
KansasPaidFrom Oct 6th
(see schedule/details)
6$300
KentuckyPaidSep 15th6$400
LouisianaPaidAug 27th6$300
MainePaidSep 12th6$300
MarylandPaidSep 12th (schedule)6$300
MassachusettsPaidSep 7th6$300
MichiganPaidSep 10th6$300
MinnesotaPaidSep 4th6$300
MississippiPaidSep 10th6$300
MissouriPaidAug 23rd6$300
MontanaPaidAug 30th6$400
NebraskaPaidSep 18th (First 3 weeks)
From Sep 20th (remaining payments)
6$300
NevadaPaying 5th and 6th weeksFrom Oct 20th (First 3 weeks)
From Nov 11 (Last 3 weeks)
(see DETR updates)
6$300
New HampshirePaidSep 12th6$300
New JerseyPaidFrom Oct 22nd
(see more details)
6$300
New MexicoPaidSep 10th6$300
New YorkPaidSep 14th6$300
North CarolinaPaidSep 6th (4 weeks)
Sep 16th (2 weeks)
6$300
North DakotaPaidSep 17th6$300
OhioPaidFrom Sep 14th (on PUA)
From Sep 20th (others)
6$300
OklahomaPaidSep 23rd6$300
OregonPaidOctober 2nd6$300
PennsylvaniaPaidSep 17th (first 3 wk batch)
Sep 24th (second 3wk batch)
6$300
Rhode IslandPaidSep 6th6$300
South CarolinaPaidSep 25th
(7 to 14 days processing)
6$300
South DakotaNo PaymentDid not enroll6-
TennesseePaidAug 30th6$300
TexasPaidAug 23rd6$300
UtahPaidSep 9th to Sep 23rd
(paying in batches)
6$300
VermontPaidWeek of Sep 14th6$300
VirginiaPaidOct 19th
(see payout details)
6$300
WashingtonPaidSep 22nd6$300
West VirginiaPaidSep 16th6$400

WisconsinPaidFrom Oct 22nd6$300
WyomingPaidSep 13th6$300

Payment Start date is when the state actually started processing LWA payments OR is the estimated date of the first payment processing based on available information. Note: Due to bank processing delays, it can take 2 to 4 days after the noted dates for benefits to hit your bank account or debit card. Please see links to more information in the table or your state UI website for specific payment status. If you find any mistakes or have updates, please leave a comment below and I will update table to help others.

What if my state has started making payments, but I don’t see my $300?

Claimants in most states do not need to take any action to receive the new benefits available in this program. The additional benefits will be added automatically for all claimants who are eligible and have certified for the relevant week. Their self-certification will ask them to confirm they were unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19. See more FAQs on this here.

However if your state has started making payments and you haven’t received payments you need to first confirm you are eligible. This means you must be receiving at least $100 in weekly unemployment benefit payments (pre tax and before any other deductions). This includes claimants receiving any type of regular unemployment insurance benefits as well as those receiving PUA and PEUC benefits.

If you are eligible and you have not received a payment in several weeks then you will need to contact your state UI agency to ensure the claim has been processed and is not being held up due to fraud, missing/incorrect payment details or due to a weekly or bi-weekly certification issue.

See more in this article on Why Your $300 Unemployment Has Not Been Paid or Delayed.

My state has been approved and the LWA tracker says payments are being made, but when will I get my payment?

The tracker provides an actual or estimated date for the when the LWA payments start being processed by the state. If a start date has been officially published by the state, you will see the status updated to “paying now.” Otherwise it is estimate based on FEMA guidelines or if confirmed by several sources online. However this date (week start date in many cases) may not be the same as the date the actual UI payment will hit your back account or debit card. The actual date you may see the money could be several days after the official state processing start date and tied to your normal UI payment cycle. You will need to confirm via your UI online portal or state agency for the exact payment date.

Also note the payment date is generally the date when payment starts. In many states, due to volume of people being paid, claims are paid out over several days (in batches, based on SSN or First/Last Name). And given processing by banks to disburse these payments via direct deposit or debit cards can take 1 to 2 days, it may take several days after the first payment date for you to receive your payment.

I got my $900 back payment but no payments after that. Why?

The first state LWA grant approved by FEMA was only for three weeks. Hence the $900 payment (3 x $300) is what most people are seeing first, less any taxes or withholding. Subsequent $300 payments are approved and paid on a week by week basis. This includes retroactive payments which will also be staggered. Rest assured if you are eligible for past weeks you will get your payment.

Also the maximum number of weeks that can be paid under the LWA program is 6, which means the maximum payment in most states is $1800 (or $2400 if the state was paying $400 p/week). After the payment of 6 weeks, you will revert to what you were getting under existing unemployment programs.

I am got my first week of payments but not subsequent weeks.

Kristin asked, “My son just got his first payment for the weeks of 08/23 thru 08/29 and 08/30 thru 09/05. He got the extra $300 for the week of 08/23 – 08/29, but did not get the extra $300 for the week of 08/30 thru 09/05. We are in Texas. Do you know why he got it the first week, but not the second week?

Every week is processed separately by the state UI agency subject to FEMA funding. So you may be seeing some variability due to delays in approval, claim processing and eventual bank/debit card payment.

1,378 thoughts on “When Will $300 FPUC Extra Unemployment Start Being Paid in My State? News and Updates on Payment for PUA and PEUC Claims

  1. I got my 300 today. But I thought nj was supposed to be retroactive. People keep lieing. Nj is good for this. This is really a disservice to American workers. That mean if they didn’t retroactive the money than we don’t get it. And that means we don’t get the full 11 weeks so that money goes in the pocket of nj.

    1. Louisiana workforce commission sucks I been calling all week and weekend and cannot get anybody on the phone I received a payment 12/27 and 01/05 and that’s it I received my final determination on 01/08 and received nothing after that they say your claim roll over don’t file a new one claim I only received one payment that it

  2. Pennsylvania has indeed kept its promise of paying the folks on regular UC , as for the folks on EB (extended benefits) they haven’t received a thing since December 26th. Now they have updated their site stating that EB payments will not be paid until PEUC completes. To me this means In March/April. They haven’t updated anyone on EB , except stating there’s a known issue they are working on and NOT to contact them. As for PEUC it’s been updated that they will pay for 1 week a d then update further when they know more. PUA – nothing has been said for them.

    It’s a joke, I know plenty of people facing eviction, near starving, since when they had Unemployment it disqualified them from food stamps, and to requalify they need to go a full month with little to no income.

    The EB is the most worrisome of all, if there update to their site means what it says, those people will be going 3 months with no payment. That’s criminal.

  3. Hello all,

    In New Jersey, as of 10:00AM, Tuesday, January 12th 2021, claimants have yet to receive any of the new “11 Weeks of $300 Unemployment Bonus as per NJDLWD. I find this to be an understatement but, it’s a MASSIVE DISSERVICE to the Residents & Employees of this state. First of all, NJ was boasting about how they’re one of the “FIRST STATES”, to issue these payments to their recipients as they “Planned Ahead & Anticipated” that the $600 Program would be reinstated. Furthermore, they claimed that claimants would see these benefits in their accounts as early as Tuesday, January 12th 2021. However, there was this disclaimer attached to that same memo. It read, “after successfully user testing”.

    OK… which one is it? After user testing or on 1/12/21? The problem i have is the fact that they FLAT OUT LIED by saying that they’ve already started issuing benefits to their recipients ahead of other states. Perhaps, to draw attention away from the fact that they totally left people in the dark with the FEMA LWA payments? Thus, trying to get ahead of any backlash? Beforehand? Its absurd how much they lie, but to mention how evasive Governor Murphy is when asked questions. Rather comical because he sat there blaming Trump for all of this nonsense (which does have some truth to it), but yet… he answers questions just like Trump would. Then to top it all off, anytime he’s asked a question, there’s ALWAYS… ALWAYS… ALWAYS… A BETTER PERSON TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION! IT’S NEVER HIM.

    I CAN MOCK HIM NOW:

    Q: UGH… MR. GOVERNOR, Can you tell us when workers should expect to see these payments hit they’re accounts?
    A: Ugh… that’s a good question for Anthony or Robert. I don’t have the answer to that question. But ugh, I’ll have one of them answer that for you. Are they available now? Oh no? Ok. I’ll have to have them get back to you on that question. (As he pretends to write it down on his “memo pad” with a pen with no ink.)

    Q: Governor, can you tell us when you’ll be allowing businesses to reopen?
    A: Ugh… that’s a question for Judy. Is Judy here? Judy, you wanna take this question? I mean… cause you’re the expert here. (Oh sure Mr. Governor…..)

    Q: Governor, I thought there were limits on Social Gathering in New Jersey. Can you explain what happened in Ocean County this weekend?
    A: Oh yes.. there is but I’ll allow Pat Callahan to elaborate more on that. Pat… (Ugh… yeah Governor.)

    Meanwhile, he wants to “PRETEND” like things are running smoothly but can’t answer a single question without first dumping it off into someone else. Guess that’s how he sleeps better at night. It’s always someone else’s problem. What the hell is he even here for? If every time a question is asked he gets to dodge it?!

    Oh… let’s not forget how “tirelessly” his office has been working. And… how those who haven’t received your unemployment benefits in over 10 months, rest assured you’ll get every dime you’re owed. (HELL… that’s like writing a post dated check or writing a check against an account with no money in it or closed. It’s not worth anything.

    I tell you what though… here’s a fact. I can promise you that he WILL NOT… WILL NOT… GET ANOTHER TERM. YOU WATCH!

    THE WAY HE’S HANDLED THIS PANDEMIC IS DISGRACEFUL, TO SAY THE LEAST. Just like he smiles when his checks clears his account for the crappy job he’s doing (from our tax dollars), will be the same way voters will be smiling come the next election year. I mean… in all honesty, he shouldn’t be collecting one dime until EVERY SINGLE CLAIMANT RECEIVED HIS/HER BENEFITS! PERIOD!

    I have a problem with that. You’re in an office, where you’re supposed to be working for the people. And as compensation for your work, you pull a salary from the workers tax dollars. Right? Well… if you’re not doing your job efficiently and effectively, then why are you still entitled to a salary? He claims to feel the pain we feel. Oh really? How so? Aren’t you lights working? Don’t you have heat and food on the table? Do you worry about the repo man coming for your vehicle? Or the bank for your house? Oh wait… you live in a mansion that “WE THE PEOPLE” pays for. You get a Personal Armed driver with a police escort. (No need for a vehicle or gas.) Oh but you feel it huh?

    Was it before you became numb? Oh but he’ll feel it come November.

    1. Not to mention if an employee at McDonald’s were to screw up really bad, they’ll be out of a job. Am I right or right? If a Doctor were to misdiagnosed or messed up, they’ll be sued and lose their license. If a pilot were to make an error while flying, it’s safe to assume that they too would lose their license or at the very least have some repercussions behind it.

      If an CEO said something racist, they’ll be asked to step down. Right?

      But meteorologist and politicians can be wrong 100% of the time but keep their jobs?

      Ugh… can I have an application too?

    2. I’m in Louisiana and I received the benefits last week now this week I didn’t get nothing what’s the hold up

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