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.
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.
(Click state link for details)
Payment Status, Dates and Roll-out Schedule
|Alabama||January 6th - Paying benefits to active claimants and those who have exhausted benefits and eligible for extended coverage period.|
|Alaska||No update as of Jan 11th. Still waiting to implement DOL guidelines for UI extension|
|Arizona||Starting the Week of January 3rd|
|Arkansas||No 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.|
|California||Jan 3rd (for active claimants with with regular UI or FED-ED extension ) and Jan 10th (for those also getting extended PUA, PEUC)|
|Colorado||CDLE still updating systems to process $300 and PUA/PEUC extensions. (estimated end of January)|
|Connecticut||Claimants will begin receiving payment upon filing their claims beginning on Jan 3, 2021. (source: CDOL)|
|Delaware||January 4th, 2021|
|District of Columbia||DES is still updating systems to process $300 and PUA/PEUC extensions (estimated end of January)|
|Florida||January 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)|
|Georgia||January 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.|
|Hawaii||Jan 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)|
|Idaho||Starting the week ending Jan 2, 2021|
|Illinois||Confirmed January 7th. Paying from the week ending Jan 2, 2021 for all programs|
|Indiana||DWD 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)|
|Iowa||January 15th (Estimated)|
|Kansas||No payments as of Jan 12th, official update is they are still updating systems based on DOL guidance|
|Kentucky||No 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."|
|Louisiana||Paying 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.|
|Maine||Week 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)|
|Massachusetts||January 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)|
|Michigan||From 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.|
|Minnesota||Starting the Week of January 3rd|
|Mississippi||Starting the Week of January 3rd|
|Missouri||January 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))|
|Montana||January 5th - added to recipient’s state weekly benefit amount (source: Montana DOL)|
|Nebraska||January 8th, 2021|
|Nevada||January 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 Hampshire||January 5th (Source : NHES)|
|New Jersey||NJ 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 Mexico||January 18th (estimated)|
|New York||Starting the Week of January 3rd
|North Carolina||January 6th (active claimants)|
|North Dakota||Still 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)|
|Ohio||ODJFS 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.|
|Oklahoma||Jan 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)|
|Oregon||January 7th, 2021 (active claimants)|
|Pennsylvania||Starting 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 Island||Starting the Week of January 3rd|
|South Carolina||January 9th|
|South Dakota||January 13th|
|Tennessee||Starting the Week of January 3rd|
|Texas||January 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.|
|Utah||Jan 7th - Paying to Regular UI and PUA claimants. PEUC claimants to start later in January (source: Utah DWS)|
|Vermont||January 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)|
|Virginia||01/08/2021 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.|
|Washington||Will issue payment for the first two weeks on Jan. 15, 2021 (source: ESD WA)|
|West Virginia||Starting 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)|
|Wisconsin||Started from January 15th (active claimants).|
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
|State||LWA Status||Start Date||Max Weeks||Weekly Amount|
(see estimate details)
|Arkansas||Paid||Sep 12 (up to Oct 2nd)||6||$300|
|California||Paid||Sep 7th (Phase 1)|
Sep 15th (Phase 2)
|Colorado||Paid||From Sep 18th|
|District of Columbia||Paid||From Sep 28th |
|Hawaii||Paid||Sep 23rd |
|Indiana||Paid||Week of Sep 21st||6||$300|
|Kansas||Paid||From Oct 6th |
|Maryland||Paid||Sep 12th (schedule)||6||$300|
|Nebraska||Paid||Sep 18th (First 3 weeks)|
From Sep 20th (remaining payments)
|Nevada||Paying 5th and 6th weeks||From Oct 20th (First 3 weeks)|
From Nov 11 (Last 3 weeks)
(see DETR updates)
|New Hampshire||Paid||Sep 12th||6||$300|
|New Jersey||Paid||From Oct 22nd|
(see more details)
|New Mexico||Paid||Sep 10th||6||$300|
|New York||Paid||Sep 14th||6||$300|
|North Carolina||Paid||Sep 6th (4 weeks)|
Sep 16th (2 weeks)
|North Dakota||Paid||Sep 17th||6||$300|
|Ohio||Paid||From Sep 14th (on PUA)|
From Sep 20th (others)
|Pennsylvania||Paid||Sep 17th (first 3 wk batch)|
Sep 24th (second 3wk batch)
|Rhode Island||Paid||Sep 6th||6||$300|
|South Carolina||Paid||Sep 25th |
(7 to 14 days processing)
|South Dakota||No Payment||Did not enroll||6||-|
|Utah||Paid||Sep 9th to Sep 23rd|
(paying in batches)
|Vermont||Paid||Week of Sep 14th||6||$300|
(see payout details)
|West Virginia||Paid||Sep 16th||6||$400
|Wisconsin||Paid||From Oct 22nd||6||$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.