Payment Delays, Identity Verification and Certification Issues with $300 Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Unemployment

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[Updated state payout dates and FAQs] The table below shows which states have now officially enrolled in the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) unemployment benefits program. Whether state UI agencies add the extra $100 weekly payment on top of the $300 per week base amount or just count existing unemployment benefits towards this $100 will vary state to state. The table also shows actual and estimated dates claimants can expect their first weekly unemployment payment, if eligible. I’ll continue to update the table as more states sign-up for the program.

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 will be provided. The maximum benefit in most states is $300 p/week or $1800 if you qualify for all weeks, as shown in the table below.

The good news however is that even if the state you live in takes several more weeks to roll out this program and start paying claims, payments will be retroactive to the beginning of August (week of July 26th to August 1st), the first week when this program was in place. So if you were eligible for the first three weeks you will at a minimum get $900 from this program in your first payment. Subsequent payments will come in following weeks based on FEMA funding approval and state processing timelines.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions and Comments

Based on some repeated questions in the comment section below I have received here are answers to help those who may have similar questions:

$600 FPUC vs $300 to $400 LWA – $99 Qualification difference

Many people have been asking if they qualified for the $600 FPUC payment prior to its expiry at the end of July, would they qualify for the current LWA payment? Sadly the answer may be no, because the $600 FPUC payment only had a requirement that the claimant be eligible to get at least $1 of regular state UI. The LWA unemployment benefit on the other hand (per above) requires claimants to be getting at least $100 of UI benefits (on a pre-tax basis). This $99 difference is a pretty significant difference in many states with low unemployment insurance benefits and in many cases the $100 threshold may eliminate part time workers or those furloughed from their jobs with partial incomes. Not however in some high unemployment benefit states like New York, the minimum unemployment payment for eligible claimants is $104. So everyone receiving UI benefits in that state will qualify for LWA.

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Question – Do I need to certify again for the LWA payment?

In most states if you are already on PUA, you would have already certified your job loss or loss of income was due to COVID related reasons. The PUA qualification threshold for this requirement was higher than LWA. However if you are starting a new claim or were getting over $100 in existing UI benefits from other programs you will need to certify (one time only) for the LWA program. You will generally receive an email, letter or notification in your UI portal to do this certification. If not then check your state UI website. If you don’t do this or do it late, you may miss out on your retroactive LWA payments if funding for the program has run out in your state.

Question – Why I am being asked for identify verification to get my payment?

Because of the rapid and inconsistent roll-out of the LWA program many states are seeing a sharp rise in fraudulent claims for these payments. As a result several states (e.g. SC) are implementing additional verification checks before making payments. This is delaying payments to eligible claimants by 2 to 3 weeks in several states. If your payment is delayed or you have only got your first batch of payments, then you will need to contact your state UI agency (or check UI portal) to ensure your remaining payments have not been held up due to additional fraud verification delays.

Question –  I’m listed as DUA for my unemployment. Will I get the 300 dollars (under LWA) or don’t I qualify for under DUA?

Answer – This depends on how you got your Disaster unemployment assistance (DUA). If your DUA benefits qualification was not related to the Pandemic, e.g due to natural disasters (flood, hurricane) that impacted your employment, then you won’t be eligible for LWA. However Individuals receiving DUA benefits because their employment was impacted by COVID-19 are eligible for LWA. Note some state unemployment agencies (e.g Texas and Oklahoma) are sometimes referring to DUA as PUA, in which case under PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) you would qualify for the $300 to $400 LWA payment.

Question – I am just below the $100 threshold ($90 to $99), can I still get this payment?

Gina asked, “I receive $97 a week in unemployment benefit in California. Will I get the extra $300? Just $3 short!”

Technically no. You must be getting at least $100 (pre-tax) in weekly benefits from the following qualified unemployment programs below to get the extra $300 to $400 LWA payment. However several states like California and New York are temporarily raising their state minimum unemployment benefit to put claimants in their states above the $100 limit so they qualify for LWA. You will need to check with your state unemployment agency to see if they will make this exception for you.

  • Unemployment compensation, including regular State Unemployment Compensation,
  • Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) and Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service members (UCX)
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • Extended Benefits (EB)
  • Short-Time Compensation (STC)
  • Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA)
  • Payments under the Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) program

Question: Working part time or a few hours, will I qualify for LWA?  

This was Jonathan’s example: I qualify for weekly $117 PUA payments every week. This week I worked one day part time and will receive less than $100 from PUA. Will I still Receive the additional $300?

Answer: The LWA program’s $100 cutoff is based on a claimant’s benefit base rate, which is calculated before any
deductions or reductions. This includes supplementary job payments by working part time in a given week, which would reduce your normal UI benefit claim. Because LWA eligibility is based on what you are eligible for or your base rate, you can still qualify for the $300 LWA payment if your actual weekly payment (net of taxes and deductions) is less than $100.

Question: Do I have to reapply to get these benefits?

Answer: It will depend on your state. In most states you won’t have to reapply and will be notified via mail or your UI portal around your eligibility and payment date for these benefits (will be on your claim balance). You may have to self certify that your unemployment or partial unemployment is due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (which is a very general criteria that almost anyone can use). Payments will be made retroactive to August 1st for the weeks you have certified and qualified ($100 threshold) for this payment.

Question Are LWA payments subject to federal income tax?

Answer: Yes. LWA is subject to federal income tax and will have been communicated to you by your state UI agency at the time of filing or certification

Question: Can LWA UI payments be withheld or offset for Child Support or Past Debt payments?

Answer: According to DOL guidance, Offsets of LWA payments other than for tax withholding are not permitted by state agencies. This includes child support debts.

Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) State Payment Date and Status

StateLWA StatusStart DateMax WeeksWeekly Amount
AlabamaPaying NowSep 6th6$300
AlaskaPaying NowNov 6th
(see estimate details)
6$300
ArizonaPaying NowAug 17th6$300
ArkansasPaying NowSep 12 (up to Oct 2nd)6$300
CaliforniaPaying NowSep 7th (Phase 1)
Sep 15th (Phase 2)
6$300
ColoradoPaying NowFrom Sep 18th
(in batches)
6$300
ConnecticutPaying NowSep 17th5$300
DelawarePaying NowSep 18th6$300
District of ColumbiaPaying NowFrom Sep 28th
(in batches)
6$300
FloridaPaying NowSep 8th4$300
GeorgiaPaying NowSep 12th6$300
HawaiiPaying NowSep 23rd
(see schedule)
6$300
IdahoPaying NowSep 12th6$300
IllinoisPaying NowSep 8th6$300
IndianaPaying NowWeek of Sep 21st6$300
IowaPaying NowSep 9th6$300
KansasPaying NowFrom Oct 6th
(see schedule/details)
6$300
KentuckyPaying NowSep 15th6$400
LouisianaPaying NowAug 27th6$300
MainePaying NowSep 12th6$300
MarylandPaying NowSep 12th (schedule)6$300
MassachusettsPaying NowSep 7th6$300
MichiganPaying NowSep 10th6$300
MinnesotaPaying NowSep 4th6$300
MississippiPaying NowSep 10th6$300
MissouriPaying NowAug 23rd6$300
MontanaPaying NowAug 30th6$400
NebraskaPaying NowSep 18th (First 3 weeks)
From Sep 20th (remaining payments)
6$300
NevadaPaying NowFrom Oct 20th (First 3 weeks)
From Nov 11 (Last 3 weeks)
(see DETR updates)
6$300
New HampshirePaying NowSep 12th6$300
New JerseyPaying NowFrom Oct 22nd
(see more details)
6$300
New MexicoPaying NowSep 10th6$300
New YorkPaying NowSep 14th6$300
North CarolinaPaying NowSep 6th (4 weeks)
Sep 16th (2 weeks)
6$300
North DakotaPaying NowSep 17th6$300
OhioPaying NowFrom Sep 14th (on PUA)
From Sep 20th (others)
6$300
OklahomaPaying NowSep 23rd6$300
OregonPaying NowOctober 2nd6$300
PennsylvaniaPaying NowSep 17th (first 3 wk batch)
Sep 24th (second 3wk batch)
6$300
Rhode IslandPaying NowSep 6th6$300
South CarolinaPaying Now (by check)Sep 25th
(7 to 14 days processing)
6$300
South DakotaNo PaymentDid not enroll6-
TennesseePaying NowAug 30th6$300
TexasPaying NowAug 23rd6$300
UtahPaying NowSep 9th to Sep 23rd
(paying in batches)
6$300
VermontPaying NowWeek of Sep 14th6$300
VirginiaPaying NowOct 19th
(see payout details)
6$300
WashingtonPaying NowSep 22nd6$300
West VirginiaPaying NowSep 16th6$400

WisconsinPaying NowFrom Oct 22nd6$300
WyomingPaying NowSep 13th6$300

The LWA state tracker table was last updated on November 10th. 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.

Also it is highly likely that the $44 billion funding for the LWA program via FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund will run out well before the December end date, unless Congress agrees on funding for an extension. States were initially only approved for 3 weeks and will have to keep requesting funding approval from FEMA on weekly basis. Some experts are saying benefits will only last 4 to 6 weeks, so states that have signed up early will likely get the most benefit payments. Further if your payments stop, it is likely due to states running out of federal funding.

Note however that should Congress pass another stimulus bill with enhanced unemployment benefits funding (e.g. FPUC extension), the LWA program will terminate immediately per program guidelines.

Note – States must apply via FEMA (by September 10th, 2020) to get access to unemployment funding for the LWA. Once FEMA reviews and approves the state’s grant application, the State Unemployment Insurance agency will coordinate with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and FEMA to program, implement, and distribute LWA funds once they update their systems to support program requirements such as claimant eligibility. States will be the ones administering the program and making payouts. The LWA state payment tracker table above shows which states are currently approved and the estimated week payments will begin. You should check your states unemployment website and UI portal for exact payout dates


[Aug 15th update] With Congress unable to reach an agreement on a new stimulus bill and no impending legal challenge, it looks like Trumps executive order to extend and replace the existing extra weekly unemployment benefit (FPUC, or $600 weekly payment) may actually be implemented following guidance by the Department of Labor (DOL) on the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program. The following are key guidelines issued by the DOL:

The LWA program will provide eligible claimants in state administered unemployment Insurance (UI) programs up to $400 per week additional UI benefits, starting with weeks of unemployment on or after Aug. 1, 2020, and ending Dec. 27, 2020 at the latest. This means that payments will be retroactive to August 1st, even though the program has been implemented after that.

Per recent federal enhanced unemployment benefit programs guidelines, to quality for LWA benefits claimants must certify that they are unemployed or under unemployed due to coronavirus (COVID-19) related reasons, and the state must confirm that the individual is receiving at least $100 of existing unemployment benefits under current benefit programs (which include state UI, PUA or PEUC). This is supposedly to prevent fraud from people who were claiming this payment with minimal UI benefits.

LWA will be funded through a joint federal-state agreement that requires states to contribute 25% ($100) of the benefit payment with the remainder (75%, or $300) coming from the federal government. States can use their own budgets or the emergency Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) they received under the CARES Act to cover their portion of the enhanced LWA UI payment, however this is not mandatory and is at the discretion of the state administration.

More 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 would only be $300, the federally funded amount.

Because Trump’s executive order cannot allocate new federal funding, the LWA program may end earlier than Dec. 27 (highly likely) if FEMA expends $44 billion or the balance of the Disaster Relief Fund decreases to $25 billion. Congress would then have to approve additional funding.

There are still several questions around how and when states can implement this. While the DOL guidelines will provide more clarity it will likely take weeks for states to update their unemployment systems and roll-out the updated guidelines.

Source: DOL (LWA program), FEMA LWA guidelines

This article was updated on October 2

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456 thoughts on “Payment Delays, Identity Verification and Certification Issues with $300 Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Unemployment

  1. I never received an e-mail,phone call or mail saying I needed to certify for tha $300 LWA. In fact,when I go on the UI site for NJ,it said you would need to do nothing—-for the LWA,20 week & 13 week extensions. It’s 10/30/20 & no direct deposit has hit my account. Who would I reach out to to find out why no LWA? And yes,I get more than $100 per week
    Any suggestions?

  2. Hello, My name is Jamie, I live in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, I applied for PUA back I July and received my RELICARD about a month later but my card up til last week has had a Zero balance, Mind you I certified every single Sunday back from March, now finally last Wednesday I received a notification saying $195.00 was added to my card. I had an identification issue,after giving them everything except my D.N.A. Now I don’t understand where is ALL that BACK PAY??? We’re talking back from march, when they issue me a letter stating I was approved for the Push when I filed in July??? I’m SOO confused,so many other people received Ten Thousand Dollars and then some….Please help me figure out what happened to all those weeks it was an additional $600, then $300…THANK YOU….

  3. Hi, wondering if I was unemployed during aug1to the September 5 but have returned to work, am I eligible for lwa assistance 300? Please if anyone can help answer this i would be so happy.

  4. I live in California and receive less than 100 weekly benefits. I’m recently in the PEUC extension. Will I be receiving the extra help from LWA?

  5. I received all of my $300 lwa payments. My husband has not. As of now I know the cutoff is 12/27 for New York. Is there a number to call to see if he will be getting his payments. Thank you.

  6. Does anyone have update on WI LWA? I am just wondering if it still at end of october or maybe sooner because i got a letter in the mail saying i might be eligible for LWA payments and i should reopen my claim if i have stopped collecting UC. I cant find any updates on if its sooner on time anything.

    1. I live in Wisconsin and just got my LWA payments tonight, I noticed on my payment history and I also had a message notifying me on the weeks that should be paid to me on my unemployment page. So they started paying out this week I heard. It’s not in my bank account yet, but it is added on the weeks that were back paid.

      1. For Wisconsin people… I did get my LWA in my account this morning. It was two lump sums of $900. It will be paid through the weeks of 31- 36 and it will be added to your benefit you were given back when you filed your weekly claim for those weeks.

  7. I’m curious to know, does the LWA payment go with your regular payment or a few days later?

  8. I just want to know if I recently got a job in middle of September if I’m still eligible for the back pay? I was unemployed until September 5th

  9. IAM from Kentucky and I certify that I was elegible for the LWA unemployment in KY and I make more then a 100 dollars on unemployment and I worked full time and laid off due to covid bit still haven’t received none of the 400 and I don’t know why I need help don’t know what else to do

  10. I certified several months ago. I’m under PUA. I haven’t received a denial letter, and only received one LWA payment 4 weeks ago. I qualify for the funds, I’m lost on why I only received 1 payment.

  11. Georgia, yes I am from georgia and have not received my one payment of LWA yet. I had only been out 1 week of the full 6 weeks that you are able to collect the retro of LWA. Most of my co-workers were out 2 of the weeks out of 6 and they received both payments back dated to August 1st. Me on the hand did not receive my one payment of retro for the lwa program. Why? I don’t understand and you can’t get ahold of anyone at the ui office in georgia.

    1. Chelsea,
      I am also missing a payment, were you able to get anything figured out or have you got the payment?

    2. I was approved 9-5-20 for PUA backdated to 3-2020 and have not received ANY payments from Ga. I have left in excess of 40 phone messages and sent probably about 10 emails with no responses at all. Smh…

  12. ANDY,
    ANY NEWS FOR NEW JERSEY LWA???? Seems like NJ is only state that doesnt get any updates at all.

    1. I Live In New Jersey to you should hopefully be starting next week you’re going to get one payment for six weeks 1.800

      1. Where’d u hear about that? U saying “hopefully” next week sounds like a guess. Have u heard anything about actual date? We know its one lump sum payment. They’ve been saying that. Just no one is saying WHEN

    2. No official update, but expect it to be coming this week or the next based on original DOJ estimates.

      1. Andy, why did u say this week or next according to DOL. Yet u answered in a different category saying dont hold our breath and dont count on it for this week or next? Seems like you’re just giving false hope to some and then being honest to others.

        1. I agree. All anyone can say is hope and the next few weeks. We are getting jerked around by all media, government, news networks. So sad considering the amount of hardship NJ is going through. No one will press Murphy or the DOL Commissioner.

        2. Thanks for your comment “Me” (ironically you don’t use your real name per your email – but I’ll keep that private). I have update the article and as of Oct 6th, still no word from NJ DOL/DUI. I did see the inconsistency across posts and table so cleaned that up. Trying to monitor 52 states (albeit down to 5 that are not yet paying) is not easy given this is something I am doing part time to help others. As always check the official site and your UI portal for the latest information. I also post more updates on Facebook and Twitter and you can always check that.

        3. I put me cuz its simple. Feel free to say name connected to email. I believe its under jackie or possibly Jaclyn. Or AMN. Why would I care about u saying my name? Seems like u are irritated because of comments i posted. Simply pointed out inconsistencies. Saying this week or next week then saying somewhere else not to hold breath. I am not only person who has pointed out NJ has no updates. Not YOU specifically. We mean ANYWHERE. Theres been no updates at all. No one can find anything. And yes..its extremely frustrating. Even the post u just put up. For NJ thats not an update. Our portal has had that up for WEEKS now. So u see? NO UPDATES. DOL has that up for weeks yet it still can’t tell citizens when? So when we see constant updates for SC and MI..we just want to know where NJ updates are. Again, Not you personally. I said even this site that is designed to help us doesnt evwn have updates. Meaning…you can’t even get an update. Weve been told NOTHING. Now we see you switched it to mid to late October. So are you going by NEW info you have received? Or by that post thats been up since 3 weeks ago? Just curious. Thanks

  13. If you quit your job you’re not entitled to it which also means the first 300 you got You will have to pay it back

  14. This is absolutely ridiculous that the lowest paid, hardest hit workers get nothing from this system they’ve set up. I qualify for a grand total of 96$ a week through the state of Wisconsin and because of how this had been implemented, rather than getting the additional 300 i so desperately need, im 4$ short of the threshold and am forced to miss out on the lump sum almost 900$. I appreciate the thought behind trying to do this, but the implementation and the criteria are absolute garbage. Because our congress and senate decided to hold workers aid hostage as political bargaining chips, we are forced to make do with this half measure, which leaves myself and no doubt millions of others out in the cold. 4$ short so I won’t get a dime of the LWA and its disgustingly frustrating. Our government needs to understand that this “fix” let way too many who need the help the most fall through the cracks. I don’t know any grown adult with financial responsibilities that can come close to paying any bills, rent, utilities or food on a pitiful 96$ a week. And to be told “ahh 96 is plenty, you should have made more money in order for you to be eligible to receive additional aid”…sigh

    1. I also don’t understand the reasoning for this process either? Would it be possible to reapply for benifits to see if the weekly avergae would place you above the 100$ minimum so you would be able to apply for the 300$.

  15. still don’t receive any$ from deo, today is 9/29
    anybody in florida received $275 a week, but does not get any lwa payment?

    1. I didn’t receive my payments either. They said because if you didn’t answer yes to being unemployed because of COVID-19 on your weekly certification than you want receive it. I have been calling ppl because this is not right. I’m already struggling with the money I receive.

      1. i call ui too, they told me a different story.
        i had been told to 4 agents, everyone say i will receive the money soon, but they don’t know when i will receive it. fl offer 4 weeks of $300 payment.
        the last agent let me call back on Friday and she will push the manger to processed the payment.
        they trying to let you forgot the money and move on! but it’s not their money, it’s the fed money!
        I think FLORIDA is the most worst state for getting unemployment, people are only getting MAX $275 each week ! AND STATE THINK IT’S TOO MUCH FOR PEOPLES!

      2. Hi, Tam
        I call again with the agent, and he told me i will not receive any lwa payment because i answer NO.
        He can’t change anything, and i will not receive any lwa payment, because i answer NO.

      3. Please let me know how this gets fixed or if it does. I made the same mistake by either not reading it or not understanding what was being asked. May have been distracted I am not sure but as you know it is so difficult to speak with anyone. Let me know please. Thanks

        1. I DO TALKED TO AN AGENT, BUT HE SAID HE CAN’T DO ANYTHING, SORRY! HE CAN’T CHANG MY ANSWER, AND I WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY LWA PAYMENT.

  16. I live in ky I meet all the criteria to receive the 400 I have done everything to receive it I have self certified Sunday when I did my bi weekly benefit request I recieved my reg UI payment today but no 400 I have called and emailed with no results at this point I don’t know what else to do is anyone else going through this too it’s starting to really effect me

    1. Yes I did mine last Sunday and took forever to get my reg unemployment but no 400 so I emailed not once but 4 times. Still no answer

      1. Tonya I have done the same thing I self certified on Sunday when I did my bi weekly payment got reg payment today but nothing from 400 LWA I called and emailed to the point of exhaustion I’m beginning to think it’s just not coming

        1. I answer my questions wrong in my unemployment weekly claim and I called the unnemployment office and I talk to a representative and they sent my information to the question that I answered wrong and they ask me the questions again I gave them the right answers and she said that she was gonna send everything over to the head person and after they review it I should be getting my money within 4 to 6 weeks so I’m waiting now the 4th to 6th a week will be on the 15th and Iwill be calling them back on the 14th and 15 and I be calling them once a week let him know that I still haven’t received any money and will I still be getting it and they tell meI still should be getting it within the four to six weeks from the time that I had called them so hopefully I get it

  17. recently exhausted my regular Unemployment Benefits.. automatically signed me up for the EUC benefits hopefully I get approve .. will still qualify for the additional $300 payments I been getting unemployment since march 30 2020?I live in nevada

  18. I was laid off in June due to lack of work because of Covid 19 and the restaurant restrictions (only 30% capacity) per Ky Governor Beshear. I have yet to receive the $400. I know there were some questions when filing for your biweekly claim that asked about Covid19 but I always answered No because the reasons they give so not pertain to my situation. I was even told by a Unemployment agent to put No. Then I find out that those questions were used to determine if we get the funding or not! 100s of us misinterpreted that question! We have emailed and called the UE office, FEMA office and Governor Beshears office to only be lied to. I was told by 3 different agents this week that they could see I was clearly eligible and that I would have my money by today! Guess what? I see nothing! Then today ppl all of a sudden get a pop up on their account asking them to certify. Guess what? I still see nothing! I am eligible, I am off due to Covid causing the restaurant’s to close and I make $276 a week. The UE agents even read my file to me word for word.
    Why did so many get the money and so many didn’t?
    Why did so many get the pop up certification and so many didn’t?
    Please somebody fix this or come next week I’m sure there will be 100s protesting on the Governors lawn!

  19. Call ui agent on 9/22, and he said will be getting 5 payment of $300 soon.
    STILL dont get anything till today 9/25 friday!
    And FLORIDA star paying money on 9/8, when i will receive this lwa payments, OMG!

  20. I only get $63 a week because they take out $154 in child support so will I get the $300? Do they go by gross or net pay ?

  21. Hi i am from Michigan i am received 215 weekly with the peuc and i still havent received any payment from lwa

    1. Have you certified? If so then you need to contact your state UI agency as you should definitely gotten some payments by now.

  22. I’m annoyed as f*ck I was told I was to be getting $900 and what I got was $255 on Friday morning. I fully expect to be f*cked out of the rest of my LWA money. How about somebody stop using $3,000,000 of our tax dollars every week and spending it at Mar A Lago and just hand that money out instead?

  23. I live in Nevada and am a registered voter, Gov Sisolak we are not going to forget we are one of the hardest hit states and you were one of the last to apply! I read it was because they were studying how it would work? If they studied that long why is it taking soo long now to release the funds? You already have the program remember we had the 600 a couple months ago? It’s just adjusting number. Or you can call Arizona’s detr and ask for help!

    1. I left Nevada after months of putting up with the unemployment system. I was a Palace Bartender for 10 years and my family almost ended up homeless because of poorly handled UI benefits. And now Sisolak waits until the last minute to ask for additional funds. My family is sleeping in our car and I have never felt so betrayed by my state.

  24. How long does it take to get your weekly certification reviewed i answered a question wrong on unemployment certification and it was for the LWA qualifications in north dakota

  25. Why haven’t I received my my biweekly benefits that I requested 09/19/2020. On account summary said $950.00 was issued on 09/21/2020 but not in bank and I always receive by now. I’m really worried and of course no one will call you back.

    1. What state? I’m in ky. Same thing. Request benefits 9/20 it’s now 9/22 now money has come. It’s always here by day 2.

      1. I live in Kentucky I recieve $137 weekly $274 bi weekly I think it’s a damn shame how Gov Andy Bashear has Lied to us about the LWA payment. Today is the 26th and I have still not gotten any type of loss wages payment and I want my damn money all 6 weeks or I’m going to the News. If Kentucky started paying on the 16th where is my money?? I have only recieved my $274 bi weekly payment

        1. They did start paying and already have paid out 3 to who is certified you should have gotton 3 by now but I have friends that haven’t received anything either . I wish I could go there and do their job . They should have people working on the back claims and people working on the rest . The longer we wait the more the bills pile up and it’s hard to split that 400 Bucks up and keep some to spend I wish they would just send them out in a lump some like before .

  26. Indiana was scheduled to start paying today. I got my regular weekly payment but didn’t receive the backpay LWA payment. Has anyone in IND seen their payment yet?

    1. I got my regular one day then the next I got the 400 . Maybe it’s going to be set ok like that but I do know I’m the weekends you might not get it because they sent them on the 17 and 18 and we didn’t get them til Tuesday and wensday .

  27. Kentucky has no option on the portal to self certify for past weeks , back in time. Only the two weeks your claiming now. So how could you qualify for LWA. There’s no option anywhere on the portal to do this. So , how do you self certify for LWA in Kentucky with no option to do so ? Who can I report this to ?
    the US dept. of Labor or FEMA ?

    1. I’m experiencing the same thing I was on weekly benefit request then the system changed me to bi weekly so I can’t do my request until Sunday sept 27th still no 400 yet can’t call anyone I am just at a loss to figure this out also

      1. Please , let me know if you figure out how to self certify for LWA in Kentucky. I don’t see any option to go back in time , to 8/1 the first week of LWA. You can only says yes to the question about being on unemployment because of disruptions caused by Covid 19 on the bi-weekly request for payment. However, I’ve self certified for the last 4 weeks and have not received any LWA payments. I do qualify , but I cannot find any statement about it or way to do it beyond the week I’m answering questions for at the time. So , since all of the LWA was retro / back in time , I guess you would have to go back in time to qualify . . . IDK. You should only have to say it once , but like I said, I’ve done this the last two times I’ve requested payment , which is 4 weeks. 4 times I’ve self certified and still no LWA payments. But there’s nothing on the UI portal after you log in that says anything about LWA , no directions , no option to check or click or anything else. So , what do we do ?
        How do you self certify for LWA in Kentucky ? ? ?

        1. Hi I just checked my UI page s d the self certify is there once you log in it pops up there is a series of covid related question and you either decline or accept I do my benefits this Sunday so I’m hoping the 400 will come shortly after I did have to call a lady who has helped me with unemployment because the questions are a little tricky reduced hour due to covid isn’t on there but if your place of employment is reduced due to covid and mandates then she said is ok to accept I hope this helps everyone

      2. I am experiencing the very same thing and can’t get any explanation from anywhere !! It’s so frustrating.

  28. Do anyone else have any new information about Georgia and why we didn’t get the final $900 by 9/19 like their website says? Do anyone know of any one person in Georgia that can at least see the second batch disbursed on their ui portal?

      1. On their website it says clearly that the funds will be disbursed 9/19 and it will reflect on the ui portal. Did you hear or do you have solid information that the money is gone because of the natural disasters that are currently in motion

    1. Hi I filed Ohio pua on August 16th and I’m still waiting for 1 payment.I been filing weekly claims too its been 6 weeks now and no pua payments.Ohio really sucks! Make America great again.come on trump push that money thru..I’m already living out of my truck.

  29. Can your LWA be taken for back child support in Indiana? I saw the Department of Labor says no?!?!
    Any insight from any one?

      1. Russ shame onyou for your discussing, hurtful rude and unnessesartly commit)oppionion to Joel it was a simple question! weather he is irresponsible or unable who are u to judge him or call him names with ur two edge word for a ring, are u really any different than him then, even if he willing chose not to pay his child support? And for ur information I am a mother of three who’ like joel is behind in bk child support also in which I pay, but nevertheless my children where wrongfully awarded to there father my x husband after he ruthlessly and purposely keept them from me for over 12 years in which I fought him from day one. But his father and uncles and dad’s brother were all officials of the court or of the law in which my case was heard in front of the honorable Judge Ken adair who was first representing my x husband in a false case of allocations against me in order to freely flee with my children alunharmed and untouched by the law bc his family was the law and though I had full custody and he had a history of phycological breakdowns and manic and bipolar attacks and demestic abuse charges and drug and other criminal chargeres and unstable and jobless and homeless ( he lived with his mother and father) still Durning this time! He was still awarded full custody after kidnaping my children and I had a home I recently purchased I was a nurse and still attending collage I never even had a seatbelt ticket at that time and I was known for the mother of love and endurance in my home town all the other mother’s and children respected and adores me and looked to me for advice and comfort with questions or concerns they had of there own children. Never the less my point is : next time before u are quick to pounce on someone u never even met for whatever reason or excuse u had at the time he is not ur father who didn’t pay ur mother and hurt u and ur mother. He is a separate individual. And u know nothing about him regardless of his status as a father it’s his matter and it’s only between him and God and his children weather he be a bad father or a good father. My x husband still to this day after 14 years collects and intersects my money so I truly understand his consern.

        1. Wtfis this guy Russ talking about that man for maybe he ain’t in the position to pay his child support I pay mine every week but sometimes ppl don’t have it who is he to judge the next person calling him a loser hes the loser wat you unhappy with yourself or wat u mad cuz you can’t get any pussy to have kids bro you on here lookn for your unemployment to

      2. It’s not always that case. Im paying child support for my 14 year old son that lives with me and never goes to his mom’s. so am I dead beat? Since I got laid off im behind about $500. Everybody thinks I should be getting child support

  30. the poor people is struggling if they took all the income away from the government they would understand where we come from but right now they dont understand they get paid very good to decides what happens to us the poor people so they should step back and take a second glance

  31. i live in ky. i have been on unemployment since march 31 due to the covid i still havent got the extra 400 dont no what to do can not get ahold of no one no one answers the phone they put you in a cube cant get out what should i do

  32. I’m in Wisconsin. They haven’t paid the LWA yet until the end of October. If I start working this week 9/17/2020 would I still receive the back pay for the LWA payment? Or is it just gone?

    1. in florida we omly get 4 weeks and that is due to their fsiled system.I am was orinally denied due to failure of system,therefore I started receiving PUA 125 a week and finally system fixed ans I was determined eligible for regular UI benefits.256 a week I received that 2 weeks and back to PUA payments and still shoes I am eligible for REGULAR UI an my balance.Point being that is why Florida is not paying at least 10 percent of their states unemployment,because their system is flawed.Most that were NOT approved fro Regular UI payments only do top errors with their system.I NEED HELP.I HAVE 5 CHILDREN AND MY HUSBAND JUST DIED MAY 8TH 2020 21YS OLD DOWN TO 1YRS OLD AND MY INCOME IS 220 EVERY 2 WEEKS..PLEASE HELP

  33. I live in ky and did my bi weekly benefit Sunday sept 13th but I have not recieved the 400 and I meet the requirements will I not get the 400 until I do my next benefit on sept 27th? I’m just so worried and confused on how they are sending these payments of 400 out does anyone know? This is stressing me out so much thank you all for your help

    1. I qualify and even got a letter from the kentucky government and I have got nothing. I guess that shows how these millionaire politicians really feel about us.

  34. I get reg UI. I lost my job directly related to COVID and get over $100 per week. I still haven’t gotten LWA money. I know a few friends that gotten the LWA money with their benefits on Tuesday. What i heard on a Youtube video update is Ky is having system issues but say its paid because some have gotten the one payment of $400. I just hope whatever it is gets fixed soon cause i know everyone needs this money right now.

  35. Ok I get reg ui from ky it says they are paying but wondering if I’m getting the extra I thought anybody that got 100 dollars a week then they would get the extra 400

  36. you are right rob that is not fair. i only get 50 a week and my school is doing remote learning so i am out of work and i have been searching and interviewing but no luck. they should give the extra 300 for everyone that is receiving unemployment. we work our ass off and this is what we get. BS.

  37. I live in KY and I get 143 a week and 286 bi weekly and I haven’t received anything yet and i believe I qualify

  38. Im in Wisconsin and i see it says pay date end of October but then says pending payment is there a possibility that my state will start paying out LWA payments sooner?

  39. I live in ny and it says week starting September 14 th for payments for LWA I haven’t received any . How long does it take . I receive above 100.00 for regular unemployment

  40. still nothing from ky got regular unemployment but not the extra 400 whats up. how is ky sending out the extra 400 got regular unemployment but not the other anybody got a answer.

    1. Some people have been reporting payments form KY…just slow processing so you may see a seperate payment later this week of next week with your regular UI.

    2. I haven’t received anything yet either my boyfriend and my mom’s boyfriend received there 400 but I haven’t received anything

  41. I just got off the phone with Ohio unemployment, and.i would like to say some of the people are making false comments. They informed me that it will be starting when we file this coming week. But yet some people are saying that they have been getting notices and even payments. I’m baffled by this.

    1. Hi Thomas,

      I am reading comments and you seem to have honest answers. I receive extended unemployment in Columbus ohio was your comment referring to regular unemployment claims starting this Sunday?

  42. Hello im in Fl an its the 16th of Sep. an i haven’t received LWA benefits yet my amount is over 100 that I receive in unemployment i receive my benefits on the unemployment card which means I’m suppose to get a check since I didn’t do direct deposit be i haven’t received the 900 is anyone else from Florida experiencing this?

    1. Log on to connect and check your payment history. Find out when your Lwa benefits we’re processed. My checks were dated 2 days after the process date and received in the mail 7 days after the process date. It shouldn’t take much longer than that unless something is wrong. Then I would suggest calling.

      1. i stay in florida. i also qualify. but still haven’t received my lwa yet. shyt crazy

    2. Looks like Florida star paying on sep8th, had been waiting more than one week, no payment. No one pick up phone @deo

  43. Illinois PUA says week of 13th, It is now the 16th and I was only paid the original amount, no back pay or pending! Is there hope?

  44. I’m in California and receiving Ui benefits. My question is if I was terminated for non Covid reasons in April 2020 do I get the LWA $300? God bless each and everyone. Thank you for this forum! All of this is so confusing!

  45. Utah
    I had an issue preventing payment this week when I filed my weekly claim on Sept. 12th. After speaking to a case worker and providing some info the issue was fixed and today I checked my unemployment account online and it says “Last deposit Date” Sept. 17, 2020 plus my weekly benefit amount. When I originally filed my claim I was working and at the time my hours were significantly reduced so I was elegible for benefits. When asked if my hours being reduced were as a result of covid 19 I answered yes that was for my original claim. I recieved benefits up until August 30, 2020 when I exhausted my benefits for that claim so I reapplied and was elegible for PUA Claim. Except for this time when asked if I wasnt working because of covid19 i said no because I was no longer employed. I was let go mid July and thats why there was an issue preventing payment but the issue was resolved after providing some documentation from my doctor. So my question to you is will I recieve back pay for the weeks of August 1,8,15? And also would the lwa payments show up on my account or no? Because as of today all it says is my last deposit date and weekly benefit amount. I checked payment history and the August dates do not show a $300 increase. Will the LWA payments show that they have been deposited or do they just get deposited in bank account? I know im elegible but I don’t understand why no deposits have been made? Help.

  46. I am on peuc in California I receive more than 99 a week . But I didn’t receive any back pay last week when they started to issue out the extra 300. Does any know why ?

  47. Um from Richmond va i receive 80 after taxes and child support do i still get 300

    1. If your weekly benefit amount is $100 or more before taxes and child support then you will qualify for LWA benefits. So check your approval letter/website from your state for the weekly benefit amount you qualified for originally. There should be somewhere in the paperwork/website that tells you how much child support is being garnished. I’m in a different state so our system is probably set up differently but hopefully this helps. In Florida the website doesn’t give the dollar amount being taken out for child support, just says 26%.

  48. I live in SC & was unemployed right before covid, the place I worked for closed after being employed there for 19 years there & since pandemic I have been unable to find a job every application no response. Will I qualify for the LWA I am still receiving EB right now ?

  49. I live in California I started my ui claim on 09/22/2019 I receive 271 a week i have exhausted my funds I received the extra 13 and maybe something else thru edd I’m now on my fed-Ed extension I have to certify on 09/20/2020 will I get the LWA since I haven’t seen nothing when I search my payment history

  50. Hello I’m from Ohio and when will I get the self certification for LWA to qualify? I get $100+weekly also iv been on extended benefits little after receiving those $600 payments.

    Thanks god bless. We will make it through this.

  51. Please please please…anything on kentucky? Tracker says yesterday…no pay still….please any info

    1. Hi!! Im n kentucky here in Jessamine co… YES my $400 is pending check yours!! I get regular unemployment card. My unemployment is one deposit and my $400 is right after that both pending and like usual its available 4 or 5 am-ish :) hope i helped lol god bless

      1. Yes I got the 400! Thank you for your response. Now we just have to figure out when the rest is coming!! Lol

      2. the 400 is showing pending . I am askin cuz I dont have any pending deposits and my bank usually just deposits it. Do you know how I can find this out. Looking for advice here in KY. Thank you

    2. there have been people confirmed on the payment. I heard it only 1 /400 payment and we are supposed to only get 3. i been trying to call. I only got my reg ui and that was late last night

  52. So help me understand! I worked as a Waitress so my hours will on reflect what I made on the clock. However, I mad enough to pay my bills in tips. So I’m getting $96 in unemployment and u telling me there is no help for me! Wow you’ve got to be kidding me! Make that make sense?!

    1. It doesn’t go by your hourly check, it goes by how much money you made in the last 4 quarters. If you reported your tips accurately for tax withholding purposes then those tips we’re considered when calculating your benefits.

  53. Hi I’m from NY and I just signed my Edoc regarding to see if I qualify for LWA ; How long will it take before I know that I’ve been approved and how long will this assistance last ?

  54. I wonder how the President or my Governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson is going to feel when I get kicked out of my house and they find me living on their front lawn?? I also come with 2 dogs., so they will be pooping everywhere LOL..

  55. The ppl like me that don’t draw $100 a week, will lose everything that we worked for over the years!! My $81 a week $73 after taxes don’t pay much of anything..I’ve already had to sell stuff to make ends meet, and that to me is UNFAIR!!! That’s just telling me and others like me that we don’t matter!! It’s ok that we can’t pay our bills, it’s ok that we can’t feed our kids, HELL its ok that we are suffering!!

    1. This is bull and i know saying I’m sorry doesn’t do damn near a thing to help u, but shit I’m so sorry and its not ok, not right, they don’t give a dang cus they have food , home, vehicle, MONEY but if they were effected …. that’s when the crap would hit the fan. That’s how it goes if u never get put in a situation to fully understand whatever the situation may be , hell then you’ll never get it or understand how it feels or what to do or what the person is going through!! I’m in Kentucky and my Gov. Whom I’m not fond of, has implemented a housing voucher application for a fam or individual to get their back rent (back to March) and/or future rent(until Dec) PAID!! Including late fees!! And after u submit app once they decide yes or no most everyone is able to get rent pay.. it goes straight to your landlord!! I’m hoping maybe your state has a program similar ?? Or go to your state website n check out all that’s available i thought i knew it all when it comes to help while this covid shit is screwing up our lives.. but that was like a hidden secret many didn’t know! So check it out just to see. I’m praying for u God is amazing and u must be getting ready to have one hell of a blessing cus the devil is trying to get u stay strong, keep praying , keep Faith and remember how bad ass u r!!! Much love :)

      1. Thank You So Much!! ❤️ Your kind words are very touching I have emailed my Governors office seeking help and answers, they in return said I need to get ahold my local ADWS-(Arkansas Department Workforce Service)..for assistance, they in return said I need to get ahold of my local DHS office and seek help!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME??

  56. What’s going on with Virginia??? They are so slow like dang. Been pending a month and this site says September 13 today is the 14th. They have the funds and need to distribute them

    1. Yes!! My unemployment card says i got $400 pending deposit !! And my unemployment funds r separate deposit

  57. In Georgia did anyone get the LWA deposited in your account as of today please reply Georgia or anyone who knows about the LWA program here

  58. Not sure if this question had been asked yet…
    I recently exhausted my regular Unemployment Benefits..EDD automatically signed me up for an extension of PEUC benefits.. will I qualify for the additional $300 payments? I live in Cali.

    1. Yes – You can get LWA if you get at least $100 of unemployment through regular state or other enhanced benefit programs (like PEUC and PUA)

  59. Crazy I recieve 99$ in unemployment so I’m 1$ short to get the extra300$ gotta be kidding me

  60. If those qualified through the PUA in pennsylvania, how will they receive the benefits?! Will it be direct deposited on debit card or will it be a paper check written out n sent to the address of recipient?! Cause I filed for my weekly benefits and it didn’t show that the extra $900.00 added to my weekly amount so just curious if it just gets added even if it doesn’t show it on my weekly certification and I do make over the 100.00 cutoff. Lmk please

  61. Not much a comment but a question. If I exhausted my EB benefits before lwa payments begin will I still receive my payments if I am elgible.

      1. The LWA covers Aug 1st to Sep 5th weeks. So if you got over $100 via EB or other unemployment (PUA, PEUC) during those weeks and you certified you will get the $300 LWA. If you didn’t get any unemployment for the weeks LWA was in effect you won’t the get the $300. It is a supplementary payment on top of existing unemployment, not a replacement.

        1. It’s not lasting through the week ending Sept 5th in some states. Money has already dried up. Florida is only getting 4wks.

        2. Correct, FL is one of the exceptions But due to one of the LWA program’s requirements that stipulates at least a quarter of the program’s recipients receive an existing $100 in state jobless aid, which Florida does not meet due to their historically low unemployment benefit payment.

  62. Why is there a minimum of $100 in State unemployment to receive the added federal benefit. It’s people making the least that can use it the most.

  63. When will Florida receive the additional 3 weeks retroactive payment for August 22 to September 5. Thanks.

    1. My checks were processed 9/8/20 and I received 3 separate $300 checks on 9/12/20. Direct deposit customers received the deposit in their banks around 9/9/20

  64. Hi Andy,
    Today I Received the extra two payments for the LWA program.. it just hasn’t been deposited into my EDD bank account so I’m assuming it’ll be here either today or tomorrow morning. So altogether I have received the $900 in back pay from the LWA program. I have a new question now my husband is on unemployment as well and was wondering when will an email text or you iMessage we sent out for him to fill out anything stating that he was unemployed due to the Covid in the month of August or is there somewhere where we can go and fill out the application to speed up the process So altogether I have received the $900 in back pay from the LWA program. I have a new question now my husband is on unemployment as well and was wondering when will an email text or you iMessage be sent out for him to fill out anything stating that he was unemployed due to the Covid in the month of August or is there somewhere where we can go and fill out the application to speed up the process. I can’t seem to find anything so does that mean he just has to wait for edd to send us something to fill out?

  65. Does anybody know what day Georgia will release the LWA? Georgia saying we should have it early next week that’s Monday or Tuesday

    1. Likely first payment on Tuesday and second one on Thursday. Also depends on bank processing of payments which may add a day to receipt of payment

      1. Are you waiting in Georgia as well? If so do you have any further information about the LWA? Making sure I’m not missing nothing

  66. I received my regular unemployment check , direct deposit, today 9/11/2020..since florida has started to payout lwa on 9/8/2020 , why didn’t i receive my $ 900 since Aug.1st

    1. The deo website says lwa payments are being sent between 9/8-9/20. Log in to connect and check to see if your lwa payment has been processed yet. Will show up as 3 separate payments of $300.

  67. good morning i live in maryland they sent me zn email saying that i might qualify for the extra 300 , my place of business was close right b4 the covid they were going out of business. I was able to get regular unemployment after that but im not employed due to covid buisness are not hiring due to covid. Do i qualify for the 300$ Lwa even though i lost my job before covid Thank you .

    1. I’m just an “observer“. Also someone that is unemployed as well and just reading all the comments to see if I can find out anything about KY LWA. I wanted to comment on a statement that you made, that your State emailed you that you may qualify for the additional $300. Be extremely careful with such emails as State Departments will not email you. The email may have been a hacker phishing for your info.
      Phishing is a way hackers con you into providing your personal information or account data. Once your info is obtained, hackers create new user credentials and basically steal your info or even worse, steal your identity!! PLEASE BE SAFE and never release your personal info (SSN, banking info, passwords) over an email. You can always call your DOL to verify.
      I hope I was able to help you on this piece of things. Good luck to you with the $300 LWA!!!

      1. I am so glad you caught that also- I was thinking the same thing. Being so relieved someone gets back to you- might rush into something without thinking. Vulnerability is so sad when preyed upon -in any form. Just when you think things can’t get any worse- they do.

      2. Yea it’s the unemployment website that emails us to remind us to certify for the week to recieve PÚA payment.. I also recieved an email saying I may be eligible for the 300$ and within a few days I had it .. it will show up on ur claim page as a payment… just so ya know.. also u r very correct about the hackers .. I’ve had the problem myself.. these emails say no reply but ligit. God bless

        1. Asking for a friend if they receive the pua $600 unemployment will they me qualified for extra $300 if they were receiving $91 unemployment?

  68. I was told that the LWA will be for 6 weeks now. I live in NC and it still says that we are only getting 5 weeks will this be updated? Or is this incorrect

  69. I’m from NC. I have received the back pay of $900 but when I recertified again I only got my regular UI benefits. On the website it says that NC was starting payments on the Sept 6th should I expect an extra $300 in my account the next time I certify

  70. I see something say 58 then weekly payment 54 so 108 every two weeks im in florida will i get the 300 i live in florida its so hard please help me understand i was getting the 600 im getting peuc now so someone please help me understand please.

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