Why The $300 Cut to the Original $600 FPUC Unemployment Stimulus Benefit and 2021 Extension is a BIG Deal

Congressional leaders and the President have now approved a $900 billion stimulus plan that includes funding for extending federal pandemic programs (PUA, PEUC) and providing another supplementary unemployment benefit (FPUC) of $300 per week for millions of unemployed or underemployed Americans. This new $300 payment will be made to eligible recipients between December 27th, 2020 and March 14th, 2021.

Unfortunately this is only half of the original $600 FPUC payment, but had to be cut to keep the overall stimulus package below $1 trillion and get Republican Senate support. While the $600 weekly payment provided nearly full income replacement for 73% of Americans, the lower $300 will only cover about 42% of Americans (assumes regular UI is also being received). The the new 2021 $300 FPUC provides the same extra weekly benefit as the $300 LWA program, the good news is that it only requires a claimant to be getting $1 in regular UI (vs $100 under the LWA program).

You can see this article on actions claimants will have to take to get these extended benefits. States are updating their systems so will take time to get this payment, but will be retroactively caught-up for eligible weeks. See how your state is tracking with this payment.

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[October LWA Update] Most have states have paid out the $300 weekly LWA unemployment benefit. See the full and update list of states and payment dates.

The limited funding for this program means that the states who sign up late may have limited funding to implement these programs. The FEMA website, which this program is being rolled out under, has the latest updates on states enrolling in this program.


President Trump’s executive order on extending extra weekly benefits looks like it will provide much needed relief to millions of unemployed and under-employed Americans given Congress’ inability to compromise on a new stimulus bill which was supposed to include an extension of funding for the FPUC benefit (which was $600 p/week until the end of July 2020). Based on recent Department of Labor guidelines, Trump’s executive order will be enacted through the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program and have the following features:

The LWA program will extend the extra weekly unemployment payment until the end of the year, or until funding runs out. Under the program the extra UI benefit will cut the overall weekly payment to between $300 and $400, depending on how much states can fund of their obligation (up to 25%) of the extra weekly unemployment payment versus federally owned funding (75%). The payments will be valid from August 1st 2020 to the end of December 2020, subject to funding availability.

While the federal component of this weekly payment ($300 or 75%) will be funded under the FEMA program, the states can fund their $100 component out of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), provided under the CARES Act or other state funding. Alternatively, and importantly under DOL guidance, states may count funds that are already used to provide regular state UI payments toward the state match. If this is the case then the revised extra FPUC weekly UI amount will only be $300.

This is BIG deal because many states will likely just count their existing UI payments towards their state match, leaving the extra weekly payment to the federally funded $300! Which is a 50% drop from recently expired FPUC levels. While this will be in addition to existing state UI payments, it will still be a large cut for many families and jobless workers who relied on the earlier $600 FPUC payment.


[July-August 2020 update around 2020 $600 FPUC extension] Despite all the payout challenges with the enhanced unemployment benefits, millions of Americans have been benefiting from the $600 FPUC payment (detailed below in previous update) while they survive Coronavirus induced shutdowns or job losses. But with the $600 payment officially set to end at the end of July 2020, many Americans are asking if the $600 payment will be extended?

You can see a more detailed analysis here, but as with everything government related nowadays this has become a political issue. Republicans have indicated that they don’t want to extend the $600-a-week UI benefit past its current expiry. They feel the economy is improving and now want to encourage workers to go back to work versus relying on the generous enhanced unemployment benefits. This is why they are pushing for either a cut to the current $600 weekly amount to something around $200 to $300 p/week and/or providing back-to-work bonus payments. The argument here is that the current $600 weekly federal unemployment payment on top of regular state unemployment benefits is 133% more than the average income for most jobless Americans. They want to move to something like 60% to 70% of the average income, which will encourage people to go back to work (assuming their job still exists).

House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have confirmed the importance of the $600 weekly payment for the millions of unemployed by passing putting a new Stimulus bill in the House, called the HEROES act, which includes an extension of the $600 per week extra unemployment payment (FPUC) through to January 2021. However it is likely they will have to compromise with Republicans to get something passed.

My bet is that a compromise will be reached where the unemployment benefits will be extended to the end of the year, but the amount of extra UI payments will be reduced and/or progressively tied to the states unemployment. There will also likely be a matching incentive to workers if they go back to work. But stay tuned for more updates.

NotePUA unemployment benefits will continue to the end of the year while retroactive $600 payments will also likely continue into August as state UI agencies catch-up on payouts to eligible recipients.

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[Previous update] Under the latest Coronavirus stimulus bill (CARES act) unemployment compensation insurance has been extended by 13 weeks and boosted by adding $600 per week for up to four months, on top of what beneficiaries normally receive from states. It also expands eligibility for unemployment checks to self-employed people and independent contractors. More details and specific state payment dates shown below.

When will the $600 Unemployment Benefit Payment Start?

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has now provided guidance to states for implementation of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) programs and the $600 per week extra unemployment (FPUC) approved under the CARES act. While most state labor departments and unemployment agencies have implemented the enhanced unemployment programs, they have been very slow in getting payments out due to issues with updating policies and systems to accommodate the mandated changes. As a result state UI agency websites are behind on processing the additional $600 p/week payment to eligible recipients. Payments to those already receiving unemployment should be automatic, while others or newly unemployed will need to (re-)apply for the UI payments. The table at the end of the post shows states who are now paying the $600 payment based on their State Labor/UI website.

Will I get the full $600? The $600 is added to whatever amount you are currently getting in terms of regular unemployment insurance compensation (UIC), whether it’s the minimum or the maximum. So for example even if you are only getting $50 a week in unemployment benefits today you will still get the full $600 through the next four months (July 31, 2020) which is mandated in the stimulus bill. Note: regular state unemployment compensation includes UCFE, UCX, PEUC, PUA, EB, STC, TRA, and DUA.

Also note that the $600 weekly FPUC payment is paid retroactively. The DOL has specified that states who agree to participate and take the federal funding for the enhanced benefit program under the CARES act must provide retroactive payments to individuals eligible for FPUC for the weeks they would have been entitled. So assuming your state agrees to take part in the DOL program at the end of March (and most states have done so) payments would be effective starting with the week ending 4/5/20. So, if it takes your state UI agency until mid-April to actually start the payments, they will be retroactive back to 4/5/20.

The $600 only applies to those who are receiving regular or PUA state unemployment benefits. If your state said that you don’t qualify for any amount of unemployment compensation, then you do not get the $600 either. The bill also waived the 7 day waiting period for new claims or if you lost your job due to any COVID-19 related reason. So you can file as soon as you get laid off or lose income as a self employed person.

Do part time workers or those getting partial UIC qualify for the $600 unemployment stimulus?

Yes. The Department of Labor (DOL) issued Unemployment Insurance Guidance Letter 15-20 (UIPL 15-20) that alludes to the fact that individuals who are entitled to receive regular unemployment compensation (UC) will also receive the $600 flat weekly payment through July 31, 2020. There is no minimum limit of unemployment compensation that is specified in the DOL guidelines, so even qualifying for a partial amount (i.e the case for part time employees) would qualify the employee for the $600 weekly payment. See more for part-time workers on getting this payment.

State by State Status on $600 payment

The following table shows how the current state administered maximums would increase with the supplementary $600 provision and which states are now paying these. However the roll-out of the enhanced UIC payments for those able to file new claims has been much slower than planned (see details). This information is changing daily so please let me know if you see an changes and I always recommend checking your local state labor or unemployment site to get the official payment dates specific to your claim.

State
(Click State For Details)
PUA State Contact NumberPaying Original 39 weeks (CARES)?Paying 11-Week 2021 Extension?
AlabamaY
AlaskaY
ArizonaYY
ArkansasY
California1-800-300-5616YY
ColoradoY
ConnecticutY
DelawareYY
District of ColumbiaYY
FloridaY
GeorgiaY
HawaiiY
IdahoY
Illinois1-800-244-5631Y
IndianaYY
IowaY
KansasY
KentuckyY
LouisianaY
MaineY
MarylandYY
MassachusettsYY
MichiganYY
MinnesotaY
MississippiY
MissouriY
MontanaY
NebraskaY
NevadaY
New HampshireY
New JerseyNorth Jersey: 201-601-4100
Central Jersey: 732-761-2020
Southern Jersey: 856-507-2340
Y
New MexicoYY
New York1-833-491-0632
1-833-324-0366 (to certify)
Y
North CarolinaYY
North DakotaY
Ohio1-877-644-6562Y
OklahomaY
OregonY
Pennsylvania1-855-284-8545Y
Puerto RicoY
Rhode IslandYY
South CarolinaY
South DakotaY
TennesseeY
Texas1-800-939-6631Y
UtahY
VermontYY
Virginia1-866-832-2363 YY
WashingtonY
West VirginiaY
WisconsinY
WyomingY

Naturally the above flat weekly increases are creating controversy as the new maximums could exceed what workers make from normal jobs and actually encourage employees to temporarily lay off employers while things are slowed down due to the Coronavirus induced shutdowns.

Will I get the $600 payment if I owe the IRS money or pay child support?

Individuals who currently have a debt with the IRS (or other government agencies) are still eligible for the $600 payment even if 100% of their weekly benefit amount is currently intercepted. Child support obligations however must be deducted from FPUC payments in the same manner and to the same extent as these obligations are deducted from regular UIC. Generally one-half of your $600 payment will be deducted and applied to your court ordered or voluntary child support or repayment of an UI over payment.

Since unemployment benefits are administered at the state level, please check your state’s UI website and file a claim to confirm your specific entitlement. Also note that the $600 payment is taxable and will be shown as income in your 1099G.

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595 thoughts on “Why The $300 Cut to the Original $600 FPUC Unemployment Stimulus Benefit and 2021 Extension is a BIG Deal”

  1. I just received my first payment of unemployment, for week ending 3/28. When will I start receiving the additional $600?

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  2. I have been receiving unemployment benefits since November. Will I receive the extra $600 per week and can I apply for an extension one I have exhausted my 26 weeks?

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    • I live in Texas and my benefits were exhausted Feb 18 but my case is active till Aug 15. I received an email stating that since my benefits were exhausted I would be notified if I was eligible to receive cares benefits..I’m still waiting,,.In the mean time what are the eligibility requirements and what is the amount I’m eligible to receive.

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      • PUA is at least half the state max benefits and $600 and they will automatically do everything for you so you don’t have to file anything else but it might be a few more weeks till they get around to implementing the PUA

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  3. my unemployment ends in May I receive benefits from the district of Columbia $262 every week do I need to reapply or it will the $600 automatic roll over to my regular UI?

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  4. I understand that individuals that were laid off due the Covid19 are eligible for unemployment, but my question is why $600 a week extra? Why not just meet 100% of earned weekly wages? What about the essential workers who risk their Health and loved ones well being? Where is their “$600” in addition to their “Earned” wages?

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    • I couldn’t agree more. I don’t understand why essential workers are expected to work and take a risk. I worry everyday I’m going to get the virus and take it home because I have to work. Paying people an extra $600 a week makes no sense. I agree with the comment that they should receive what they would normally receive if they were working. Looking at the numbers some people are probably going to be making just as much, if not more than us as essential workers. I really don’t understand the logic in what they’re doing.

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      • I can’t understand it either. I was on unemployment up until March 9th because I started a new job. Just working part time, but I felt at least I’m working! Then this whole thing with Covid started. My employer’s business is considered esstential, so I’m still working. But now people are either being laid off, or not working due to the risk of Covid. And now they are going to get a regular unemployment check, plus $600?? Gee, let’s punish those of us who worked hard trying to find a job for weeks, got a job (even though it’s not full time), now working but are actually making less than those sitting home not working! P!us, try don’t even need to apply for jobs, or had the one week wait!
        Hell, I should have just stayed on unemployment and not taken a new job!

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    • What about the president who sacrificed potentially over 100,000 citizens out of pure ego? They are passing the 4th part of the bill taking care of that but you should still always remember that the government doesn’t care about you they just wanted the $500,000,000,000 bailout package that came with this for big corporations

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      • Besides don’t get mad because someone is making a livable wage probably for the first time in their life. Instead why don’t you try getting mad that the people who have been constantly fighting to keep your rate of pay so low for the past 20 years?

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  5. I worked all of 2017 but then took off to study full time. I was supposed to start a new job this summer, but it did not go through due to the virus. Unfortunately I don’t have any paper work for work history in 2018? Will I be able to collect the 600 per week. I am in Florida. I already filled for unemployment as suggested. However my claim came back as denied due to lack of work history. Would I be still able to collect the 600?

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  6. Hello my question is when will the 600 add funds start to get added to our bennifits? For instance I file on 4/5/2020 will it be added this time or the next time?

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      • I mean I’ve been collecting already for two months. We in California do our s bi monthly. It shows that it will be applying thru the 5th of April then in two weeks the same. Should I not receive it since it’s week ending 4/5?

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  7. Found this, Its North Carolina but Im guess it will probably be around the same time …

    “We expect to receive guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor later this week about how to implement the changes, including the change that allows for an additional $600 in weekly unemployment benefits…..the additional $600 will be for weeks ending April 4 to July 31.

    Officials also revealed that those extra payments will begin going out about two weeks after guidance is provided.

    And, an important item, any benefits that are owed will be paid retroactively, officials said.

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  8. I have only been at my job for 6 wks and we shut down due to coronavirus. That is the only work history I have and the unemployment office in MS tells me that i do not qualify for any benefits but i know that i should at least qualify for the extra $600. Can someone tell me if this is correct?

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  9. I receive unemployment benefits already I got hired to two jobs and then I could not start work due to the corona do I qualify for the extra $600

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  10. I live in Michigan. I’ve had my hours reduced 50%. Do I qualify for unemployment and will I receive the $600 benefit?

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      • The $600 doesn’t start until the week of 4/5/2020 so no you won’t get back pay for March. If it takes your state a few weeks to get it up and running for you to start receiving the $600 they will back pay starting the week of the 5th.

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  11. Will people who are filing for partial unemployment receive the full $600 a week on top of state UI insurance? I cannot find an answer to this

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    • If your employer applies for a Short-Time Compensation plan, then you would be eligible to receive additional partial unemployment benefits*. This additional benefit would be 20% of what you would get on full unemployment. Ex: if your weekly full unemployment benefit is $300, then you would get an additional $60/week, or $240/month.

      Sources: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/stc_fact_sheet.pdf
      *This may only be for some states, which are listed at the link above.

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        • Would the ST Compensation then INCLUDE the $600/week also??? That is an important thing. Again, my part time Veterinary staff usually doesn’t make $600/week anyway so if they went on full unemployment-even as part timers -IF they would get an extrra $600/week along with some unemployment, my staff will not want to work because they will make MUCH more money being unemployed. So, if they could get $600 WHILE still working for me shortened hours, that would be phenominal!!!

  12. I work for a non-profit and they are currently still paying us until they can’t. They said that we will all be laid off by June. My question is if I am laid off in May or June will I still get the extra $600 per week? Is there a specified period we are entitled to the extra $600? Thanks.

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  13. I’m from Minnesota and have been laid off all winter cuz I’m a seasonal worker. (can’t work excavation in the winter months) Anyways my unemployment ran out 3 weeks ago so my question is, since they implemented an extension on unemployment benefits will I get back paid for them 3 weeks? There was no money left in my account but I still filled out my weekly benefit cuz I figured they’d be giving out extensions. Also would we get back paid the $600 also? Thanks any information would be great.

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    • Ya know , i live in R.I. , but worked in Connecticut , my company closed down completely last September . I just got a letter from Connecticut that there was no extension to unemployment benefits I collected my 26 weeks , I know there is more money hidden somewhere , which sucks , but , I have been scanning everywhere for an answer , I know there is one somewhere , no one is actually supplying any real answers ! I don’t know what to do , I have also been on the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment , I even got through to The Goverment Department Of Labor and they sent me down a dead end , uuuggghhh

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  14. Im on unemployment in pa do u know when I should see the $600 increase because it is not showing up for this week check

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      • By mid-April is what I am hearing. But depends state to state. Due to the surge in new applicants and new rules to update systems with, things are taking longer

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        • The $600 doesn’t start until the week of 4/5/2020 so you won’t see it this week. You may see it next week but not guaranteed because states may be behind but you will receive back pay for it if it’s a few weeks before it starts sending out

  15. Good afternoon. I reside in Florida and my unemployment recently exhausted. My claim began last year November. Will I be eligible for the continuance and will I have to re-apply to receive said benefits? Thank you.

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  16. Question….. I have my hours cut by 45%.. I’m supposed to be on the Workshare program – so I can continue to work 55% of the time.. That puts me on unemployment (receiving about $162/week to help subsidize my income. Please tell me I will receive the Federal $600 as well as the small unemployment..
    This is within the State of Michigan.

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  17. My question is sort of the same as above. I worked 1 full week and two days, I was hired on Fulltime 40 hours a week. I am from MN, I applied for unemployment and received this notice this AM:
    Pending issues have been identified with your account. You are not currently authorized to receive payment

    You can Request Payment or View and Maintain your account online Monday through Friday from 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (Central Time)

    So my question is will I still get the additional money from the Gov even if I am not getting unemployment but am in the system?

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  18. my last day of work was 3/20. on UI website, it says effective date 3/9/20.
    furthermore, in payment history it says week ending 3/15/20 and release date shows 3/27/20

    1. is this how you are showing the waived date? I want to make sure it is known my last day of work was 3/20.

    ALSO my benefit only indicates my weekly benefit amount as 504.00
    this does NOT INCLUDE the 600. when will the 600 start to see in the check? will it be retroactive ?

    thank you

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  19. my last day of work was 3/20. on UI website, it says effective date 3/9/20.
    furthermore, in payment history it says week ending 3/15/20 and release date shows 3/27/20

    1. is this how you are showing the waived date? I want to make sure it is known my last day of work was 3/20.

    ALSO my benefit only indicates my weekly benefit amount as 504.00
    this does NOT INCLUDE the 600. when will the 600 start to see in the check? will it be retroactive ?

    thank you

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  20. I feel like there is a skirting around the question whether or not the 600.00 will be back dated when it finally starts. What is the effective start date for the 600.00 stimulus payment? and I’m confused about the ui regular payment has that increased as well or does that stay the same at like 55 percent of earned income.

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    • The article says that the $600 is retroactive. Payments are effective starting with the week ending 4/5/20. So, if it takes them until mid-April to actually start the payments, they will be retroactive back to 4/5/20. The $600 only applies to those who are receiving unemployment benefits. If your state said that you don’t qualify for UI, then you do not get the $600 either. The bill also waived the 7 day waiting period for new claims.

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  21. if you are not even getting the max now for state bc you did not make that much being employed do you not get the additional 600 or are they just raising the max you can get a additional 600 for those who are not getting as much as they should bc of the cut off already in place? i am not understanding sorry

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    • Even if you are only getting $50 a week in unemployment you will still get the $600. The $600 is added to whatever amount you are currently getting, whether it’s the minimum or the maximum.

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  22. If my unemployment expires in April. Will I get to extend my unemployment. And do I get the 600.00 back paid. Thru March ? I live in Texas

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  23. So I live in the state of Georgia my hours where cut in half my unemployment is 189 a week. I am getting less money then people not working. I put my self at risk 5 days a week. I put my diabetic high risk daughter at risk by not knowing what I bring home from work. Where is the fairness is that. Stay home get rewarded got to work get screwed over. People not working at all will make at least 3x the money I make working reduced Hours. We are getting less benefits that’s fair we still have some form of income but to take the 600$ away from us is like punishing us for putting yourself in a danger zone

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    • You’ve already got the unemployment filed and you’re getting $189 per week now? I’m trying to clarify that you have been approved for it already and that you are indeed getting the money?
      If that’s the case, just sit tight and keep doing what you’re doing. Once this stimulus bill goes into full effect and states start paying out the federal money you will get the money from your part time work as well as that $189 unemployment, with another $600 per week from the federal payout. That $600 is only for four months though, so try to save a bit of it. Your regular unemployment should also be boosted an additional 13 weeks. Also, because you are still working part time, you’re probably not taking the usual full benefit amount per week, so you would have a lot more weeks of unemployment than somebody who was laid-off outright.

      I fully support anybody such as yourself who is really keeping this country going right now. I don’t think the bill was thought through by anybody who signed it and once payments start it’s stories like yours that are going to really bring that to light. Please try to remain calm and know that many of us are grateful for your service in these times. More help is on the way. :)

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    • I’m reading your comment and am confused as I too am working part time getting partial unemployment. I understood we would also be getting the additional $600 per week. It hasn’t started in Maine yet but from the information I have been reading you should be getting it as well. Hope you and your family make out ok.

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    • Isabel…I agree! I just got a new job, after being on unemployment, and only getting $90 a week. So I took a job, working part time. But hey…If I would have stayed on unemployment, and not taken a job, I’d be making more staying at home getting $690 a week! Which is over 2X what I make working! Doesn’t make sense does it?!?

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  24. I live in the state of S.C. my last unemployment check will be April 6 ( the place I worked for 19 years closed ) S.C. does not have a extension & only allowed 20 weeks. Because of bill that has passed will my unemployment be extended because of virus in my state?

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  25. If you were laid off from a second job that was parttime , but you still work your other job, can you apply for unemployment till your back at your 2nd job

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  26. How long did it take anyone who filed due to the pandemic, to finally start receiving benefits ? I filed mine 03/09 and it’s still pending :(

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  27. If my hours were cut at work because of the coronavirus and I collected partial unemployment will I also get the extra $600?

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    • It depends on the state you in. I am in Georgia and they do not pay me extra my unemployment is 189 a week people not working at all, getting about 3x more then me working. This is how we get rewarded by putting our health and lives at risk

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    • Wondering the same as above! I just finally received my instructions on how to certify my weekly hours for PARTIAL unemployment insurance (UI) 2 weeks after applying in NJ (for anyone wondering where). Will people who are filing or already on PARTIAL unemployment receive the full $600 a week on top of state unemployment insurance? Or will the $600 only be applied if you’re collecting/filed for FULL unemployment insurance benefits? Been looking everywhere to try and find the answer!!

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      • Honestly the answer is still up in the air as the DOL has not released detailed guidelines to the states yet. That’s probably why you cannot find an answer. My guess based on what I am seeing is that the extra stimulus will be proportionate to your partial employment payment (likely) or if it is applied as liberally as stated in the CARES act then everyone on UI will get the full $600 payment. I’ll update this post as I soon as I get confirmation.

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  28. I filed my first weekly claim today will the increase due to virus outbreak be on my first unemoloyment check,oregon

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  29. I got unemployment approved 1 day before the stimulus bill got signed. Will the $600 be added as back pay to my benifits i recieve after the bill got signed or will they just start when DOL gets it processed? And no back pay will be added additionally to my benifits i recieved after the bill was signed?

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    • I am wondering the same thing, if we will get backpay for it for weeks between when they signed the bill and when they start paying it

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  30. If someone’s work hours were cut but didnt originally qualify for benefits because they still earn more than the maximum weekly benefits would they now qualify for benefits if what they earn is still less than the New Maximum Weekly Benefit with Stimulus? Would it be prorated up to the difference after factoring the additional weekly $600? Thank you.

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  31. Question, not a comment :
    I currently receive an unemployment check for having a “Job Attached” claim due to weather. Does this affect my stimulus check by perhaps lowering it to $600 (the amount for non-working citizens) from the original $1200 (the amount for citizens with jobs) working citizens are projected to receive, or will I still be eligible for the full amount of stimulus money that all the other citizens with jobs are going to receive?
    I ask because being “Job Attached” means I am employed, though not working due to no fault of my own, like weather, which is the case with many of my Carpenter’s Union brothers and sisters in this area of the country (Montana).

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  32. I dont see an increase in South Carolinas amounts. Does this mean they’re not adding the $600 into the unemployment checks? Mine actual claim has been calculated but I’m still waiting on employer verification. When they do verify (since I’m laid off due to the coronavirus) will the $600 already be loaded onto my benefits card?

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  33. I would also like to know about the rules of how this supplemental UI income will work. Being in the maximum bracket allowed by my state witch is not even close to enough to support my family. A determination or decision would be be greatly appreciated. if anyone has a website or some info from a Proven source. Please let us know. Thank you.
    God bless and be safe out there.

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    • Yes. Unemployment compensation is taxable income. You’ll get a Form 1099-G that will tell you how much unemployment you must report on that year’s tax return. If you opted not to have taxes withheld from unemployment payments or didn’t make estimated tax payments on the amount, you’ll likely owe the IRS

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  34. Who will send us this extra $600? Employer or added to unemployment check? If it comes from employer and they don’t want to pay it can they just get rid of you? My office just closed for a few weeks.

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  35. will a person get 600.00 a week on unemployment, or does it depend on the state to determine how much they get

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    • Linda, the extra $600 is going to anyone who is currently on unemployment or joining now. If you already get UI, the $600 is added to that. Also, the provisions to expand UI to “gig workers” (Lyft, Uber, etc) guarantees them the $600/week, even if they aren’t on traditional UI. Hope this helps.

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      • I’m in the food service industry in WI.
        This afternoon, I read from CNBC that people who make their living primarily off of tips, will not be the people receiving the 600.00 .

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        • Not true. You will have to prove your income to get stimulus payment – so file a return and show this income. You should then get some of the stimulus.

  36. How will income be proven for 1099 and gig workers that are doing significantly better this year than they did in 2019? And, I claim my college age son as a dependent. Is he eligible for unemployment due to coronavirus?

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  37. If someone only worked a short time, a couple of months before being laid off, do they still get unemployment & +600 extra?

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    • Martin, that would be determined by your state’s unemployment office. You have to have accrued a certain number of hours to be eligible for traditional unemployment. If you aren’t – you’ll still likely get the $600 which is being paid by the federal government. (to the states who will issue the payments to us). Hope this helps.

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      • Why is my neighbor who filed on 200$ and receiving 98$ for his claim in ny getting an additional 600$ a week for when he worked never even grossed that much ever,ever in his lifetime on top of that het the gets the 1200$ stimulus check when there’s other people out there that actually deserves it.

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        • The $600 payment till July 30th was approved under CARES stimulus bill (PUA act). All those who get UI are eligible for this.

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