Extra $300 in unemployment benefits available next week until funding runs out
Six weeks after the CARES Act stopped providing an extra $600 per week for those filing for unemployment benefits, a little respite is on the way for those who lost wages due to the pandemic.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved Delaware’s application to receive Lost Wages Assistance funding from its Disaster Relief Fund, of which President Donald Trump made $44 billion available to assist the unemployed.
Eligible individuals will receive $300 per week in addition to their regular unemployment benefit. The Delaware Department of Labor expects to begin issuing those payments starting the week of Monday, Sept. 14. The payments are retroactive to Aug. 1.
It is unclear how long the funds will be available.
To qualify, you must meet the following conditions:
- Your weekly unemployment benefit amount is at least $100 under regular state unemployment insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation or other eligible federal unemployment insurance programs.
- You certify that you are unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Delaware Department of Labor determines that you are eligible for an underlying benefit payment for that week.
As of mid-August, Delaware had paid more than $768 million in unemployment benefits since the start of the pandemic. The state had received 131,709 new claims during that time.
Cerron Cade, secretary of the Labor Department, said last month that Trump's plan to use money from FEMA was "a Hail Mary that is unnecessarily complicated and will be a nightmare to implement quickly."
“We want to emphasize that this benefit is time-limited and not everyone who has filed an unemployment claim will be eligible," Cade said in a statement this week.
Benefits will be automatically calculated and distributed based on unemployment claims received, the Labor Department said, and people do not need to call or apply separately for the funding.
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