Where is My $600 Unemployment Compensation? COVID-19 Pandemic Stimulus Relief Slow Rollout Out By States

[Latest update] Most states have now implemented the $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation. Unfortunately the payout of this has been very slow and fraught with issues with many recipients (see comments below) complaining that they are yet to receive payments. Per updates below retroactive payments will be made to the beginning of April (for those who were eligible) in most states.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has now provided guidance to states for implementation of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Compensation program that extends state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits and provides a $600 p/week Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) stimulus; all approved under the CARES act. The table below shows the increase in maximum unemployment benefits (for individuals) with the new stimulus payment (until July 31st 2020) and extended benefits coverage. It is also being updated to show when/if states are paying this $600 payment and which date is retroactive to.

StateMaximum PUA Amount
Alabama$275
Alaska$370
Arizona$240
Arkansas$451
California$175
Colorado$618
Connecticut$649
Delaware$400
District of Columbia$444
Florida$275
Georgia$365
Hawaii$648
Idaho$448
Illinois$484
Indiana$390
Iowa$481
Kansas$488
Kentucky$552
Louisiana$247
Maine$445
Maryland$430
Massachusetts$823
Michigan$362
Minnesota$462
Mississippi$235
Missouri$320
Montana$552
Nebraska$440
Nevada$469
New Hampshire$427
New Jersey$713
New Mexico$511
New York$504
North Carolina$350
North Dakota$618
Ohio$480
Oklahoma$539
Oregon$648
Pennsylvania$572
Puerto Rico$190
Rhode Island$586
South Carolina$326
South Dakota$414
Tennessee$275
Texas$521
Utah$580
Vermont$513
Virginia$378
Washington$790
West Virginia$424
Wisconsin$370
Wyoming$508

In most states existing claimants should be getting the extra $600 automatically and will be added to their normal weekly payment or sent as a separate payment to where the current UI payment goes. New claimants who are able to enroll and certify for benefits (which has been a challenge given the volume of new claims) should be seeing this payment in their upcoming unemployment check.

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Delays by States in Rolling out New Unemployment Benefits

States are responsible for rolling out the new UI benefits and many are in the progress of updating policies and upgrading systems to support the new provisions. Hence the delay many unemployed Americans are experiencing when trying to file a claim. It may take till mid to late April for unemployed workers covered under the new provisions to receive these benefits. Some states have already started providing additional information. Here are some pertinent items and useful information from the major state’s unemployment departments.

Qualifying New York residents will see the additional benefit payments from April 10th. In California and Missouri, payments will start going out as early as the week ending April 12th. Officials in other states have said they have not yet figured out when they will be able to distribute the money as they are upgrading their systems and policies to accommodate the new federal PUA changes.

California Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) UI

The CA EDD has announced it will start paying the additional $600 UI stimulus from Sunday, for the week ending April 11. Claimants do not need to do anything to receive this extra funding. The EDD will automatically add the full $600 to each week of current benefits that are paid every two weeks, as long you are eligible for at least $1 in a regular payment each week. So for example, someone receiving the most recent average Unemployment Insurance payment of $340 a week, a usual biweekly payment would equal $680. With the extra payment, that biweekly payment would increase to $1,880.

The first week the additional payments can be made is for the week ending April 4, not before. Separate retroactive payments will be automatically issued soon to those who had an active claim that week, and the $600 extra payments can continue to those who remain impacted and otherwise eligible for benefits through the week ending July 31, 2020.

Jaina, posted the following 5 items confirming issues the EDD is having in making these payments:

1. If you received your last benefit payment for weeks you spent unemployed between February 2 and March 21, but are still within the one year that your claim is good for, you could be eligible for PUA benefits for the weeks you are eligible for between February 2, 2020 and March 28, 2020. While you will not be able to apply for PUA through UI Online, the EDD will send you a Notice of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Award and a separate document you’ll need to complete to give EDD additional details that we don’t already have from you to meet PUA requirements.

2. If you received your last benefit payment for weeks you spent unemployed on or after March 21 and are still within your benefit year, you will not meet federal requirements for PUA. But the EDD will automatically file an extension claim for you as soon as it’s available since we will already have your information needed. You will receive a notice from EDD when that claim has been filed and when you can certify for PEUC benefit payments.

3. If you ran out of benefits before February 2 and are still within your benefit year, you most likely will not be eligible for PUA because you have to verify your unemployment is a direct result of the pandemic. However, you may be eligible for the new federal 13-week extension.

4. If you have run out of your benefits AND your benefit year has expired, you are encouraged to reapply for benefits through UI Online. Based on the information you provide, the EDD will determine if you qualify for a new regular UI claim based on wage data or a PUA claim.

5. If you are unable to collect regular UI benefits due to a disqualification (such as you voluntarily quit, were fired or discharged from your employer), or you are serving a false statement penalty from a past claim, you could be eligible for PUA benefits. As with group one above, you will receive a Notice of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Award and a separate document you’ll need to complete to give the EDD additional details that we don’t already have from you to meet PUA requirements.

Under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance page those who don’t usually qualify for regular CA Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, including businesses and the self-employed, may be eligible for the 13 weeks of extended benefits funded by the federal government. However the EDD is working through the eligibility provisions and so a lot of the newly covered worker types cannot currently file a claim since systems are not updated to accept their applications. You can see this page for the latest CA EDD filing details.

New York (NY) Enhanced UI insurance

The New York Department of Labor which manages the state’s UI payments published the following graphic which provides a good overview of how the enhanced UI benefits under the PUA and CARES act works. Payments for the enhanced benefits will begin 4/10/2020. See more information around the CARES UI provisions for NY claimants.

Texas Workforce Commission COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Update

The Texas (TX) WC provided the following graphic and timing for the enhanced payments. They are still in the process of upgrading systems but Texas Workforce Commission Director Ed Serna said that Unemployed Texans may see the big boost to their benefits from April 14th. See more information around the CARES UI provisions for Texas claimants.

PUA $600 Extended Unemployment Benefits

Florida (FL) Department of Economic Opportunity

See more information around the CARES UI provisions for Florida claimants. ​Eligible claimants typically receive their UC benefits in two to four weeks for their initial claim. Benefit payments are issued via a debit card provided by the UC office or through direct deposit. Florida has been one of the states with the most number of issues in paying claims.

Gerogia (GA) DOL Seeing Delays, but will backdate UI payments

The Georgia DOL has issued guidance for self-employed workers, gig/freelance workers and 1099 independent contractors to NOT APPLY until April 10th as they confirm eligibility requirements for these workers groups who were not eligible for UI benefits under existing programs. The PUA/CARES laws have changed this. They will however backdate payments for all eligible weeks beginning March 29th. See more information here and additional comments.

Regarding the $600 supplementary UIC payment the GDOL will begin sending this additional payment to those currently receiving state unemployment benefits beginning 4/13. This supplement will be an additional payment to regular weekly state unemployment benefits and will include all eligible weeks beginning with the week ending 4/4/2020. State and federal taxes may be deducted. Other deductions may include court ordered or voluntary child support or repayment of an UI over payment (one-half of your $600 FPUC payment will be deducted and applied to your outstanding over payment).

Maryland (MD) has announced that starting Friday, April 17, everyone eligible for benefits ending the week of April 4 will begin receiving an additional $600 per week as part of the FPUC program. They have partnered with a third party vendor to expedite payments. Unemployed people will receive the $600 on top of current regular benefits. Marylander’s will begin to see the increase in their next regularly scheduled payment after April 17th.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has gotten instructions to pay the $600 UIC to qualifying Hoosiers. They will be paid retroactively to the week starting with March 29th and payable for any week of unemployment through July 31st. Payments will be added to your existing UI payment and are targeted to start from 4/20. The first payment will include retroactive payments.

Like other state UI agencies the DWD is experiencing a massive influx of calls, given how many state residents have become unemployed or partially employed for the first time in their lives.

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253 thoughts on “Where is My $600 Unemployment Compensation? COVID-19 Pandemic Stimulus Relief Slow Rollout Out By States

  1. Kentucky-I filed 5/08, not eligible for regular UI due to being self employed and the system updated the very next day to tell me I was not eligible for a reg claim but I may still be eligible for PUA and once set up a message would appear in upper left corner and that is the last thing I have heard from them. No letter, no emails, no return emails, no return phone calls and I have been in Que for a return call for over 2 weeks now and I cannot get no information nowhere, nohow plus the documents tab on the website quit working so I can no longer see that either. Any help?

  2. Hey I’m from Mississippi I haven’t received anything it’s been 8 weeks.. it’s saying I have an issue on file because it’s saying a discharge on my account with my last job. Please help me

  3. I HAVE ONLY RECEIVED (2) 600.00 PAYMENTS SINCE THE START OF THIS FILING. I HAVE GOTTEN PAID 5 WEEKS OF UNEMPLOYMENT. WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO GET THE OTHER 600.00 PAYMENTS TO BE CAUGHT UP?

    1. To get benefits you have to apply every week, if you applied only once you’ll only receive one payment.

  4. I live in P.A.I had no issues applying and recieving regular UC benefits. I recieved my very first regular UC benefit payment on May 20th. I have yet to recieve any $600 FPUC payments. I was told the $600 would be deposited a week after my UC benefit but its been over 10 days and haven’t received it. Do you think the FPUC payments will be mailed by check or is that just for PUA and not regular UC. I recieved my UC benefits via D.D so I wasn’t sure if the $600 + would be mailed by check or D.D. Anyone know of this?

    1. It’s been 8 weeks and my and I have yet to receive a penny from both the AZ State unemployment and the PUA. We have both been approved but they haven’t sent a penny. It is impossible to reach any body by phone as they have a message that the cues are full and to call later. We start callat 8:00 on the nose and have even tried at 7:58 and all through the day and it’s the same. They do not respond to their email help desk on the website nor the chat. No communication has gone out as to what the hellmis happening. Never seen such a cluster in my life.

      1. REPLY TO GREGORY ROPER—SAME FOR ME–ALSO IN AZ! SAME SITUATION! A HORRIBLE NIGHTMARE FOR SURE! I HAVE TRIED EVERY DAY, EVERY WAY, TO GET THEIR “INCORRECT DATA” WEBSITE ISSUES RESOLVED!! CAN’T REACH ANYBODY REGARDLESS OF ALL THE VARIOUS MEANS USED TO TRY!! FOR ME, (IN MY CASE) THE WEBSITE HAS “FALSE” “START DATE” AND “FALSE 1ST WEEKLY CLAIM DATES” FOR ME, “WRONG DATES” FOR “MY UNEMPLOYMENT LAYOFF EFFECTIVE DATE” AND “FALSE DATES FOR “1ST WEEKLY FILING”, MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO DO “ANY” OF THE “PUA WEEKLY FILING CLAIMS” ON THEIR SITE!—THUS ZERO $$$ COMING TO ME, WHILE MANY OF MY CO-WORKERS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET THEIRS! I FILED EVERY SINGLE WEEK SINCE APRIL 6TH LAYOFF WITH THE AZDES SITE, BUT THE PUA WEBSITE HAS THESE “ERRORS” THAT ONLY THEY CAN CORRECT, ON THEIR END! I AM BEYOND DISCOURAGED, AS IT IS NOW 10 WEEKS, AND I GET “ZIP” BECAUSE OF “THEIR ERRORS” IN “DATA ENTRY”, THAT ONLY “THEY” CAN CORRECT! IF ANYBODY ELSE IS/ OR HAD THIS “ON-GOING ISSUE” PLEASE COMMENT AND TELL “HOW” YOU GOT IT RESOLVED SO YOU COULD FINALLY GET YOUR MUCH NEEDED MONEY! I AM BEGINNING TO THINK THEY “PURPOSELY” PUT “INCORRECT DATES” IN TO “PREVENT” PEOPLE FILING WEEKLY PUA CLAIMS, SO THE STATE CAN KEEP THE FUNDS IN THEIR “COFFERS”! THEY SENT EVERYBODY “1” CHECK FOR THE “MID-WEEKS” AT THAT POINT IN TIME—“DIRECT CHECKS FOR 3-WEEKS TOTAL”, BUT THEN THEY CLEARLY TELL YOU, YOU NEED TO FILE WEEKLY PUA CLAIMS GOING BACK TO “FIRST WEEK FILING CLAIM” AND YOU CAN’T PROCEED TO “ANY” SUBSEQUENT WEEKS “UNTIL” THAT “FIRST WEEK” IS CORRECTLY FILED/SUBMITTED STATING ITS TRUE AND CORRECT!! (THERE IN LAYS THE PROBLEM!) THEIR DATES ARE FALSE!! AND “IF” YOU “SUBMIT IT” WITH THOSE “INCORRECT DATES” YOU ARE “GUILTY OF UNTRUTHFUL SUBMISSION!!” SO YOU CAN’T SUBMIT IT “AS THEY HAVE IT” OF YOU ARE “GUILTY” OF SUBMITTING IT AS CORRECT( WHEN IT CLEARLY IS “NOT” CORRECT!) SO YOU CANT DO THAT!! I THINK THEY MAKE IT SO DIFFICULT SO PEOPLE WILL JUST GIVE UP AND GO AWAY, SO STATE KEEPS THE $$$$ SAYING IT WENT “UNCLAIMED”!!!!!!!!!! I AM ABOUT TO GET AN ATTORNEY!! SERIOUSLY!!!

        1. I am posting this because I am In Arizona as well and the PUA website is stating that they have a wrong so security number on me so they are not allowing me to file but I’ve been deemed monetary and eligible for regular unemployment like you say it had only the PUA website can fix this so everybody around me is getting their money but I’m not getting anything at all either and it’s really starting to discourage me because you know what it’s not fair and I can’t seem to get a hold of anybody either for them to be able to correct the situation so I don’t know what to do either but I’m hoping that maybe if I put this post with yours maybe somebody will see it and I’ll be able to help us out all the best to you

    2. I, too, am in Pennsylvania . It has taken a number off weeks to receive the regular unemployment compensation. Furloughed on March 22nd. I have not receive the $600 for any week.

    3. Hi, I’m in PA and also have the same issue. Went from getting direct deposit PUC and now getting a check in the mail…but am not getting my $600 payments. So frustrating.

    4. If y0u get direct deposit. Then it will be deposited electrically..I recieved my first UI payment a week ago on thursday but no 600 dollar check yet..but my co worker who filed the same day as me got his a couple days ago on monday I believe and he got his first ui check last week..so I’m assuming it’s just different for everybody

  5. Does the FPUC originate from the Treasury? I recieved a direct deposit of 1200 from the TREAS IRS 310. It is not the stimulus because i recieved that in April, and the amount is different, due to having a child.

  6. I live in Georgia & work in the movie business building sets. We were completely shut down in early March & I filed an unemployment claim but did not certify until early April after finding out we would be paid 40 hours a week until April 13 at which time we would be laid off.. So at that time I certified and very quickly began to receive my unemployment benefits followed not long after by the $600 payment as well as $330 a week for the State Benefit. It shows my most recent determination was on 4/8/2020 and I was approved but for whatever reason it appears the claim was assigned to a previous claim because I received a letter saying my benefits are exhausted after only a month or two of payments. It is showing my claim was filed in 2019 & now expired. My first question is shouldn’t my previous claim have been closed when I went back to work for about 3 months before the covid pandemic hit? If not then it appears I lost those weeks of eligibility even though I was working at the time which doesn’t make sense… Second, even if that is right am I not entitled to the 13 week extension of benefits for covid-19?? Now I have been cut off after only a handful of payments which is frustrating but it said if I was still unemployed To bring my letter into a Career Center which isn’t possible since they aren’t open… So I call over & over & leave message after message with no answer & no return calls to advise me on what to do! I feel as though I was cut off in error b/c of it being attached to a claim that was left open while i went back to work… Even if it isn’t an error shouldn’t I get the extension? Should I file another claim even though it shows my recent determination was decided in April 2020 but the claim it is attached to when I certify is from 2019?? I am very confused and currently without an income and with no answer via my email requests or voicemail requests for someone to call me back & explain what is going on & what I should do to reinstate my weekly payments! I don’t want to start a new claim b/C I thought I just filed a new claim but it wasn’t treated as such?!? I’m very confused & would greatly appreciate any help or advice you guys may be able to kindly provide to guide me in this craziness

    1. Hi, I read your post and I can sense how tired and frustrated you must be and I don’t blame you. Hope I’m able to help, although I don’t live in your state the rules and stipulations are pretty much the same everywhere. If you’ve previously applied for regular unemployment and were denied then you can apply for pua unemployment. However, if you already applied for regular unemployment you must first wait till you are either accepted or denied before you can go apply for pua. Pua application is the easiest thing I’ve ever applied for or filled out in my life. Here’s what i know given that I am receiving pua myself. It’s actually very difficult to NOT get approved. It takes about 3-5 min to apply, your instantly given an approval or a denial notice on the spot….no waiting. And your instantly given the opportunity to apply for any and all claims for however many you’ve applied for. Mine was 11 weeks and I had to file them 1 after another. Thats it and then you wait and generally your paid within 4-7 days via direct deposit but 10-14 if you choose their card. Its that simple!!! Now heres a big tip bcuz of all the fraud going on and pua not telling anyone up front, only after they call and are told by an agent is when you find out why you’ve been waiting longer than normal. After you’ve been approved call pua and ask them to email you a verification form they will send it to you via email and then you’ll be required to take a pic with your i.d to your face, then a pic of it on both sides, plus your s.s card and a birth certificate. Once you send them it literally speeds up the the process by weeks. Wish someone told me sooner. Idk why pua isn’t automatically notifying people and sending the form on the spot, but regardless your gonna be required to send one. I was told after waiting over a week then i waited a total of 3 before i got paid. If i knew sooner i would of got paid sooner. Gd luck, hope I was of some help!!!

  7. Hi my name Sam from NJ I received the $600 for 3 weeks, after that I didn’t receive it again even I still under unemployment. I must pay my bills and my rent. Do I have to do anything.

  8. I am independent contractor from NJ I been out of work since 03/20/20 I applied for unemployment on 04/13/2020, I didnt hear anything from NJ LD until 05/16/20 via email allowing me to start to certify for my weekly benefit witch I did I was able to get NJ PUC $231 for each week I certifY for but no 600 pmt from the FPUC not even once $00 I have a family of 4, kids r out of school …..HOW CAN I SURVIVE WITH 231 WEEKLY IN AMERICA? THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WHERE IS THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS?

  9. I don’t see any information about Texas. I’ve been receiving state unemployment but not the extra 600 where do I apply for that?

  10. I received a letter from Ill. Department of Employment Security stating that their records indicated that I met the criteria. I received a deposit on 4/28 but nothing since then. I have been trying to call in to certify ,at 312-338-4337 , but it will not let me do it, instead the machine tells me to call 800-244-5631. When I call that number its always busy. What can I do? Please advise.

    1. Try to certify online if you can’t means that that there is a problem with your application. If you dont certify weekly you dont get paid. It’s a disaster

  11. I live in New Jersey , have been out of work since March 18 Due to covid 19 have received all of my unemployment benefits to date .But only received 4 payments of $600. Missing 3 payments of the $600. Now I am supposed to go back to work the week of May 25 th will I every see those missed payments of $ 600 I could really use those payment do to my husband is on disability for his heart and I only work part time ,the amount I got on unemployment alone was least then $ 250 a week ( I made more a week working ) so with the extra money from the government really really help out but please advise me on this matter thank you

    1. You should get those retro weeks if you were eligible for regular or PUA Unemployment. Probably just ongoing systems issues that are likely delaying your payment. Try and call them if you can, but otherwise just hang in their and wait.

      1. It’s very hard to reach them via phone calls they dont take any call. They have 3 offices in NJ one in Freehold 2nd in Trenton not sure about 3rd. Good luck

    2. Similar situation here, been collecting both the UI and the extra $600 and everything was fine but for the past two weeks the $600 hasn’t come in. I’ve looked everywhere for a phone number but no luck. Please respond back if you found a way to contact them

    3. Try to fight for it dont give up you may have to wait longer but keep trying . They didnt pay a lot of people that $600 not even once this is a disaster!!!!

  12. I am receiving my weekly benefits in Florida finally, but have not received all my $600 payments. Will they catch it up or is it going to be a loss. My weekly is only $139

    1. I just received my first payment from unemployment, $244.00 no $600.00. This is a total nightmare. They want me to report bi-weekly yet they can’t help us. I have been out of work since March 20th and the system didn’t let me get my application in until April 23rd. Still struggling through this. I call and leave my phone on speaker hoping to get a person. Keep trying.

  13. I have finish my unemployment on 4-21-2020 and have not received federal stimulus check for $600,00, where I can check my status, still not working,

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