When Will $300 LWA Unemployment Start Being Paid in My State? News and Updates


The temporary $300 unemployment benefit under the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program funding has now been approved by FEMA for all the states who applied for the funding grant. This supplementary payment is a much needed benefit for unemployed or underemployed workers who lost the supplementary $600 FPUC weekly payment at the end of July. But there is still a lot of confusion on when the $300 will actually be paid and while most states have been making payments, many states are yet to make their first or subsequent payments. So I tried to collate the latest information available in the LWA state tracker table below, which shows the payment status and actual or estimated future date claimants can expect their first weekly unemployment payment, if eligible. You can also see the 1000+ comments from readers that share their experiences around the LWA payment, including some very useful tips if you are facing issues getting your $300 LWA payment.

All states that applied and were approved by FEMA were only initially awarded three weeks of funding – covering the weeks of August 1st, 8th and August 15th.  After that, states and territories will need to submit a Lost Wages Additional Week Request one week at a time for funding to pay claims for subsequent weeks. However any additional funding is subject to the $44 billion budget that is available for this program and it is almost certain that funding will run out before the December 27th expiry of this program, unless Congress approves additional funding via a formal UI benefits extension.

In fact, at this stage approved states will only get a maximum of 6 weeks of funding (weeks covering August 1st to September 5th) for the LWA program per recent FEMA guidance to state labor and unemployment agencies that have already made several weeks of payments. Several states which started making the $300 payments earlier than other states have already been notified that their LWA funding allotment has run out and no additional funding beyond will be approved. Note however that some states like Florida will only be applying for and paying 4 weeks of LWA benefits, since they didn’t meet some of the LWA program qualification rules (details here).

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. A few states are adding $100 extra to this payment (see table), so that will increase the retroactive back payment as well. States which applied for and have been approved for additional weeks, have also started making retroactive payments for those weeks.

Similar to the challenges with rolling out the previous enhanced benefit programs, the actual payment date may change as states update their payment systems to confirm the eligibility ($100 minimum) for this program. I’ll continue to update the tracker as more dates are confirmed and you can see links in the table to state specific pages where more information is available. If you see this payment in your weekly claim or benefit payment, please leave a comment and I’ll update the LWA state tracker table which I am sure will help other readers waiting for their payment.

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Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) State Payment Date and Status

StateLWA StatusStart DateMax WeeksWeekly Amount
AlabamaPaying NowSep 6th6$300

Payment Pending

Mid to late October
(see estimate details)
ArizonaPaying NowAug 17th6$300
ArkansasPaying NowSep 12 (up to Oct 2nd)6$300
CaliforniaPaying NowSep 7th (Phase 1)
Sep 15th (Phase 2)
ColoradoPaying NowSep 18th (first 3 wk batch)
Sep 25th (second 3wk batch)
ConnecticutPaying NowSep 17th5$300
DelawarePaying NowSep 18th6$300
District of ColumbiaPaying NowFrom Sep 28th (paying wks 1 to 4)
From Oct 5th (paying wks 5 and 6)
FloridaPaying NowSep 8th4$300
GeorgiaPaying NowSep 12th6$300
HawaiiPaying NowSep 23rd
(see schedule)
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)
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)
NevadaPaying NowOct 20th
(see DETR comment)
New HampshirePaying NowSep 12th6$300
New Jersey

Payment Pending

Oct 22nd (est)
(see more details)
New MexicoPaying NowSep 10th6$300
New YorkPaying NowSep 14th6$300
North CarolinaPaying NowSep 6th (4 weeks)
Sep 16th (2 weeks)
North DakotaPaying NowSep 17th6$300
OhioPaying NowFrom Sep 14th (on PUA)
From Sep 20th (others)
OklahomaPaying NowSep 23rd6$300
OregonPaying NowOctober 2nd6$300
PennsylvaniaPaying NowSep 17th (first 3 wk batch)
Sep 24th (second 3wk batch)
Rhode IslandPaying NowSep 6th6$300
South CarolinaPaying Now (by check)Sep 25th
(7 to 14 days processing)
South DakotaNo PaymentDid not enroll6-
TennesseePaying NowAug 30th6$300
TexasPaying NowAug 23rd6$300
UtahPaying NowSep 9th to Sep 23rd
(paying in batches)
VermontPaying NowWeek of Sep 14th6$300
VirginiaPaying NowOct 19th
(see payout details)
WashingtonPaying NowSep 22nd6$300
West VirginiaPaying NowSep 16th6$400


Payment Pending

End of October6$300
WyomingPaying NowSep 13th6$300

The LWA state tracker table was last updated on October 21st. Payment Start date is when the state actually started processing LWA payments OR is the estimated date of the first payment processing based on available information. Note: Due to bank processing delays, it can take 2 to 4 days after the noted dates for benefits to hit your bank account or debit card. Please see links to more information in the table or your state UI website for specific payment status. If you find any mistakes or have updates, please leave a comment below and I will update table to help others.

What if my state has started making payments, but I don’t see my $300?

Claimants in most states do not need to take any action to receive the new benefits available in this program. The additional benefits will be added automatically for all claimants who are eligible and have certified for the relevant week. Their self-certification will ask them to confirm they were unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19. See more FAQs on this here.

However if your state has started making payments and you haven’t received payments you need to first confirm you are eligible. This means you must be receiving at least $100 in weekly unemployment benefit payments (pre tax and before any other deductions). This includes claimants receiving any type of regular unemployment insurance benefits as well as those receiving PUA and PEUC benefits.

If you are eligible and you have not received a payment in several weeks then you will need to contact your state UI agency to ensure the claim has been processed and is not being held up due to fraud, missing/incorrect payment details or due to a weekly or bi-weekly certification issue.

See more in this article on Why Your $300 Unemployment Has Not Been Paid or Delayed.

My state has been approved and the LWA tracker says payments are being made, but when will I get my payment?

The tracker provides an actual or estimated date for the when the LWA payments start being processed by the state. If a start date has been officially published by the state, you will see the status updated to “paying now.” Otherwise it is estimate based on FEMA guidelines or if confirmed by several sources online. However this date (week start date in many cases) may not be the same as the date the actual UI payment will hit your back account or debit card. The actual date you may see the money could be several days after the official state processing start date and tied to your normal UI payment cycle. You will need to confirm via your UI online portal or state agency for the exact payment date.

Also note the payment date is generally the date when payment starts. In many states, due to volume of people being paid, claims are paid out over several days (in batches, based on SSN or First/Last Name). And given processing by banks to disburse these payments via direct deposit or debit cards can take 1 to 2 days, it may take several days after the first payment date for you to receive your payment.

I got my $900 back payment but no payments after that. Why?

The first state LWA grant approved by FEMA was only for three weeks. Hence the $900 payment (3 x $300) is what most people are seeing first, less any taxes or withholding. Subsequent $300 payments are approved and paid on a week by week basis. This includes retroactive payments which will also be staggered. Rest assured if you are eligible for past weeks you will get your payment.

Also the maximum number of weeks that can be paid under the LWA program is 6, which means the maximum payment in most states is $1800 (or $2400 if the state was paying $400 p/week). After the payment of 6 weeks, you will revert to what you were getting under existing unemployment programs.

I am got my first week of payments but not subsequent weeks.

Kristin asked, “My son just got his first payment for the weeks of 08/23 thru 08/29 and 08/30 thru 09/05. He got the extra $300 for the week of 08/23 – 08/29, but did not get the extra $300 for the week of 08/30 thru 09/05. We are in Texas. Do you know why he got it the first week, but not the second week?

Every week is processed separately by the state UI agency subject to FEMA funding. So you may be seeing some variability due to delays in approval, claim processing and eventual bank/debit card payment.

This article was updated on October 4

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1,289 thoughts on “When Will $300 LWA Unemployment Start Being Paid in My State? News and Updates

  1. Hello Andy they updated ct said payments wil be distributed starting 9/17/2020 FYI just to let everyone know

  2. I am in Mississippi, I got my round in full today, 9/14, I think. The amounts are confusing. For instance, I got two deposits today, totaled together, they are still shy of around $42 of what I have been seeing + the $900. I have tried to contact someone at MDES for help with this. Offered explanations needed :)

    1. I’m in Mississippi, I got 3 separate payments; $300, then 2 for $600 (which I got yesterday). My bf just got his $1500 today, in the same 3 payments. His was direct deposit to the bank and he always gets his payments a day later than Me.

  3. Hi Andy, is there a reason that the tracker board still has Wyoming as unknown? They were supposed to start paying out Sept 13. Still nothing. I filed my last claim yesterday, will it be on my pay Wednesday,? I see alot of people saying they check their summary on their unemployment page, I don’t have a summary option? How do I check if a payment has gone out?

  4. Im from south carolina I recive pua 109 a week will i get the 300 dollars an its says sept 20th

  5. Hi Andy…this is Kim from PA.
    It says we will start receiving our $300 payments on Sept.14th.
    There is nothing showing on my account or claim summary.
    I receive pua, which stated I did not have to apply.
    Will I receive it with my regular payment on Wednesday?

    1. In PA, LWA payments are made at the end of each week, meaning you will receive your LWA payments after you are paid benefit payments for one of the qualifying programs. This will result in your regular benefits and your LWA benefits being received approximately 1 week apart. See more on the dedicated PA UI page.

  6. Hey Andy is there updates on Arkansas I qualify for the LWA and it says their going to start paying on Sept 12 I just checked and it’s showing all I’m going to receive this week is my regular amount can anybody help me with this PLEASE

    1. Just saw a recent update from AK – DWS plans to begin issuing payments the second week of September. Payments will begin no later than October 2, 2020. Benefits will be paid retroactively for those determined eligible as long as funding is available. So your payment may just be delayed.

      Also the good news for AK claimaints is that since the minimum weekly benefit amount for PUA is $132, PUA claimants who are otherwise eligible for benefits will automatically receive the $300 LWA benefit.

      Source : https://www.dws.arkansas.gov/src/files/LWA_Press_Release_0908.pdf

  7. I live in Utah, it says they are sending out payments . The date shows for last week and ends tommorow. I get over 100$ so I qualify but it shows I’m only getting my regular payment tomorrow and does not have any extra added ( the 300$ or 900$).. will it only come with your weekly payment or it can come separate ? Has anyone from Utah received any payments yet?

    1. The LWA program in UT is for a total of six weeks and is available to individuals who received unemployment insurance, and meet all other eligibility factors, from the time period of July 26, 2020 through Sept. 5, 2020.

      The LWA benefits will primarily be paid out in two payments. Each payment will take approximately a week to distribute, following the approximate calendar:

      ● LWA Payments for July 26, 2020 through Aug. 15, 2020 – Payments began on Sept. 9, 2020, and will continue through Sept. 15, 2020
      ● LWA Payments for Aug. 16, 2020, through Sept. 5, 2020 – Payments will begin on Sept. 16, 2020, and continue through Sept. 23, 2020

      Source – https://jobs.utah.gov/covid19/lostwagefaq.pdf

    1. well it did say sept 13th earlier and now it says the 21st?? i dont understand this!

        1. Andy hey this is James from Florida . I see so far that I recieved 3 payments 1st week ($900) , $300 the 2nd week , (All on Monday) and now this week Monday recieved Nothing at all sucks! Cause I see on chart for Florida it’s 4 weeks only and Everyone else is getting 6 weeks so I’m wondering will we get some type of help to getting 2 more or more ‍♂️????? Hopefully!

  8. My question is would the LWA money would it be a check or would it go in my unemployment debit card. I’m from pa hope to hear an answer soon

    1. Nothing from ky yet…I thought beshears said first payment went out Friday . .lies…

  9. I am so upset. I FULLY PRAYED AND EXPECTED to get this money today. I have never needed money more then I do at this moment. Did anyone get their LWA money deposited this morning in Pennsylvania? Like the $&@k!!!’

    1. I’m in the same boat! We went from having full time jobs and a home a couple months ago to sleeping in the car right this moment because we don’t have money for a room! I have been reading up on payments all weekend and just knew North Carolina was going to pay out Monday morning…..but I received $132!!! I will pray for us all!

  10. I checked my UI claim the money is there it was received 9/11 but it hasn’t been deposited on my card when can I expect this from Georgia

  11. Arkansas only paid one week of the 3 weeks fema approved. What is next date to receive the rest of the back payments.

    1. Did you get that today I went on the website and it’s showing me that I’m only getting my regular amount this week

  12. Hi everyone,
    This is so frustrating to me, here we are starting another week and in California and I still haven’t seen not one $300 payment posted to my account. I guess by the time they get to me they will already be out of funds. Well anyway everyone keep your heads up and stay blessed.

    1. Same Here, I am eligible and have yet to receive the extra $300 dollar payments. I have also spoke to many others that have already received all of their LWA payments. I do not understand what is going on.

  13. I’m in CT and on the chart it says sept 13. It’s sept 14th and I looked at what my payout would be and it says my regular benefit. They said mid September it’s mid sept. I’m over it.

    1. These are estimated dates. I’ll move out a week since no one from CT is reporting payments. Here is what the official site says – A total of five weeks of Lost Wages Assistance will be paid in addition to regular unemployment weekly benefits and will be retroactive to the claim week beginning July 26, 2020. It will also be available for claim weeks beginning August 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2020. Claimants will receive the supplemental benefit in several payments upon self-certification. The first payment of $300 is issued mid-September with the remainder of retroactive payments following in two or three separate payments.

  14. I have regular UC. I applied for the lwa certificate on 9/6 @ 730 am. I did it biweekly 9/13 will I get the money this week or not until the 21…in PA

  15. It’s the 13th and Kentuckians still haven’t received their payment. 1st it was the 6th then 13th so what’s really going on ?! Does anyone have any updates?!

  16. I live in ny. It says retroactive Aug 2 9 and 16th. I did not receive any payment today. And it says it starts the 14th. Could it arrive in the next few days??

  17. I’m in N.C. and I only received my $132 this morning (9/14)…. I’m currently living in a hotel (with a couple nights in my car here and there) and I am beyond scared and stressed! Just a couple months ago I had a full time job and a home and now I’m practically homeless and alone. The cheapest hotel room here is almost $53 a night and I might get two nights out of the current amount I receive. I am on extended benefits and I have one week left. I have sent my resume out everywhere and I have heard nothing. I guess I’m going to try to look up local shelters. I really need anything extra I can get right now. I pray that N.C. adds the lwa soon or I’m done.

  18. I am eligible but I do not see the extra $300 payments after they said it’s starts today..

    1. Where are you located? I’m stuck because of this CV CRAP and we we’re supposed to get payments today and I got NOTHINGGG this morning. I’m in PA!

  19. I’m in Michigan and it says that our state is paying now and the date is September 10. How long should it take to get on my bank account. I certified for my 2 weeks September 13 and it said I was getting $157 my usual amount from unemployment does that mean I might not get the extra $300?

  20. Does anyone know whats going on with CA? I meet all the requirements and site says state started paying out as of the 7th. I have not received any info about LWA.

  21. I’m from California, I recieved my $300 but haven’t received the $600. Does anyone know when & why I haven’t recieved it?

    1. The $600 I think you are referring to has already ended as of July 25 from the original CARES ACT. No one will be getting an extra $600/ week anymore unless Congress comes to an agreement.

  22. I have received 4 payments that isn’t on my card and looking for 2 more I’ve filed a weekly certification for this week will MDES pay all 6 payments tomorrow

  23. When is VA going to receive the funds??? This doesn’t make any sense at all. It’s really unfair to the citizens. Our Governor needs to do a better especially when it comes to updating us on when we should receive it.

    1. VA just confirmed on their UI website – The department’s IT team is in the process of programming for LWA. We expect programming to be complete and the agency to be in a positon to make payments September 30. The tracker table in this article has been updated.

      Claimants do not need to file a separate application to receive LWA. They will need to self-certify that they are unemployed/partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by Covid 19. (instructions for certification will follow)

      LWA will be retroactive to week ending August 1, 2020.

      Source – https://www.vec.virginia.gov/html/lwa.html

  24. Hello when is Ohio getting paid the 300 pua back pay? It says pending September 13 2020 is this true? I looked on the system this evening and it’s only showing what I normally get, not reflecting the 300 extra retro…..

    1. I checked Ohio today it says 21st of September pending date I haven’t received a check at all

    1. I just checked mine in Ohio but just regular pay this week it says 160.00. No additions.

    2. No ohio doesn’t start tomorrow they pushed the dared back for a third time 9/13 then to 9/15 now they saying 9/21

      1. Don’t these payments go directly in card account or will it be sent out through the weekly certifications?

  25. Im from ga i have the 900 posted as paid on dol but havent received the funds on my card yet

    1. They (the bank) didn’t release it for me for four days. It was saying paid on the DOL site but the bank said they weren’t allowed to release the funds for four days at the GA DOL request.

  26. Well the Ohio link says end of September.. then the table says the 13th.. today is the 13th and I haven’t heard a thing and it seems that the end of Sept is what I’ve seen more so

    1. This is all so frustrating I’d just like for my job to open back up even though I’m scared as heck because of underlying health issues but,at this point my landlord has got to think I’m a liar. Governor Dewine is not helping us here in ohio with all these different dates. I’ve never been scared of being evicted ever in my life but now iam. Thanks Corona virus and Ohio thanks.

      1. There’s an eviction moratorium out so try again . U can’t be evicted until at the earliest jan 1st 2021 for not paying rent . Big facts google it .

    2. What does everyone who is waiting for the 300 in Ohio expect! As long as DeWine can delay the payment more interest money will be collected by the state. He and his team do not care if the citizens of Ohio are struggling, he only cares about how he looks doing his COVID TV updates, he could keep us updated during these updates on the status, but he chooses to ignore the issue. It is time to vote this November, vote out these elected officials who do not care about us! Senators and Congressmen also are to blame, no one in Ohio politics want to work together to solve the problem. Do not count on seeing anything extra on September 21! They will have an excuse ready to delay the payments.

      1. Awwwwww man..I was feeling hopeful. Now after reading this I believe you and am now disappointed

  27. I’m in Georgia and it says Sept 11th and Sept 13th I’m wondering if anyone has received the payments yet.

    1. I checked my claim summary on the ga pua portal and selected the lwa link and it showed that on Tuesday I will be receiving $900 for the first 3 weeks of August. I also read somewhere that they would be splitting the payments into two lumps sums. The 2nd to be deposited at the end of the same week you get your 1rst payment. I hope this helped, I understand how it is trying to figure this process all out. Idk why they didn’t simply deposit all of the back dated amounts at one time… ……

  28. I filed the regular claim today, this post said the lwa in Wyoming will start paying today, Sept 13. On my unemployment site, it has at top the the lwa will not be paid in lump sum but staggered out. I thought everyone would get the back 3 weeks? And the tracker board for Wyoming has not been updated, it still said unknown. What is going on

  29. John here in Mississippi- on Thursday 9-10 I showed one $300 payment from MDES. Payment but haven’t received any funds yet in my back account. On Friday 9-11 two additional payments show up as a payment for a total of three. And yesterday 9-12 two additional payments were made for a total of 5 – none of which have made it to my bank account – anyone else seeing this?

    1. 3 other people I know and myself are experiencing the exact same problem in Mississippi ….not sure what’s going on but I will call and try to figure this out later on today

  30. I live in SC and do not understand why it takes so long for them to implement this change to their system. I dont see how anyone can make it through these times. It’s so stressful. I see mixed dates for SC do we know that Sept 20 is accurate? Or is it an estimate? They get their funding as soon as they are approved so making people wait 3 weeks is wrong. Other states did not take that long

    1. I’m from Connecticut they gave us a date of September 13. Went online to check and only my regular unemployment went through. Struggling here. This is really unfair. I understand how you feel.

  31. Florida here I qualify , turned my weeks in but I haven’t received the 900.00 . If they started paying out on the 8th when should we see it in our direct deposit ?

    1. Im from WPB,FL my LWA payments was issued on 9/8/2020 for 3 weeks and i recieved my $900 in a check on 9/14/2020 because of the weekend also i have another week i got posted yesterday 9/14/2020 on the same day i got my payment (issued 9/8/2020) so if LWA is paying weekly than that 9/14/2020 check should be here this week but for only $300 on 9/18/2020

  32. Hey My question Is, After Recievinh that first 3 weeks of backpay for LWA will it continue after this? Or at least 2 more from 8/23-9/5?? And does it post on a Monday like the first 3 weeks did? Or after we file for our 2 weeks??

  33. Andy, What happens when my PEUC ends? I’ve done used up my Regular Unemployment and get PEUC but it ends in a few weeks..I’ve been looking for a job here in Arkansas but I’ve had no luck. What do I do next? And I don’t qualify for the extra $300 a week bc I only draw $81 weekly. I don’t know if our Governor is going to add to the weekly amount for ppl like me that don’t get $100 a week.. I don’t know what to do..

        1. Anyone that was self employed with a legitimate business can file for a SBA Disaster loan, but only up to September 30, 2020

    1. I’m in Arkansas and it says that they started paying on Sept 12 but I just checked my account and I am only getting my original amount I wonder if the extra 300 will be on my next week payment can anybody help me out with this

      1. David,
        At least you are getting something bc I’m not!! I get $81 a week after taxes $73..I know everyone is hurting at this time, I’m not trying to downsize that, but a lot of us are hurting worse then others. I’m not saying this directly to you or anyone else in particular, I’m just saying it’s not fair that some ppl get the extra help while others suffer!! To me it’s so unfair!!

    1. I means you’re impatient just as I’m sure based on your screen name as you are over weight . Simmer down now…

  34. Hi I live in SC it says we are pending payment on the 20 of Sept is there something in need on my end to ensure that I received the 300 payments from LWA..yes i receive weekly benefits of more than 100 dollars..Need to know

  35. my payment was ‘sent out on Sept 10’ when should I expect it in the mail? is it being sent as first class mail?

  36. hello Andy any information would be helpful I live in Ohio and I have seen comments from every state but mine do you have any updates Ohio is doing a terrible job in communicating anything to us thank you

  37. Connecticut: it says mid September. Does that mean I will receive benefits on my debit card this Tuesday along with my regulars unemployment Benefits? I can’t seem to find why information on the news outlets about if it will be this week. It just says mid September.

      1. Woke up today pretty disappointed, it’s not there. They said mid September. Isn’t it mid September? This was my last week filing…. next week I won’t be able to file I ran out of benefits. As of right now it won’t let me apply for extended benefits I don’t know if I have to wait till next week or not. I feel helpless. I know the money will come. By the time it does I’ll be so far behind on my bills it almost won’t matter….

        1. I’m in CT also they said it will start paying out on the 17th of this month so hopefully we will receive it by the end of this WK or it will be with are payment next year!!!!!!!……. I Kno it’s hard I’m going through it just like everyone else but just hv faith it will come God bless

      2. I’m in CT also it says it will b paid on the 17th of this month so hopefully we get it this WK or with our regular payment next wk

  38. I’m from Mississippi and it’s showing 5 payments on mine. Only 1 was on my card. The other 4 have not went through yet

    1. I’m showing 5 as well for Mississippi 3 as paid on the 11th and 2 additional showing paid for the 12th – I get direct deposit to my checking account and haven’t seen any funds yet

  39. Are there any updates on Georgia? GDOL said that there would be 2 separate disbursement batches, and I’ve seen conflicting dates of actual payments

    1. Georgia- My UI Portal says $900 Payment submitted September 11th, since that was on a Friday I’m assuming the Pmts will hit my Card Monday or Tuesday

  40. ANDY,
    I have a question I’m in NC. I received the $900 for the first 3 weeks of august and have been reading that there are 3 additional weeks approved for the state’s getting funding. So can u tell me of NC is one of the states that FEMA has already approved for the extra 3 weeks of pay totalling up to 6 weeks total so far? Theres nothing posted on our unemployment website about payments.

    1. Yes. All states can get up to 6 weeks. NC has to apply for extra weeks and FEMA will approve the additional 3. Just a slow process to make these out and you should see them in the next week or so if you are eligible for those weeks

      1. West Virginia announced Friday FEMA has ended funding for the program. WorkForce will receive enough money to provide those unemployed an additional $300 a week from Aug. 1 to Sept. 5. The first checks are scheduled to go out Monday. So does this mean no one else gets the unemployment. I have no clue how this works. My physician placed me on high risk 2 weeks ago.

  41. Im in Mississippi and have a reg UI claim it says but filed under the covid and don’t have no payments pending but my friend who has a dua claim in Mississippi has 5 300 payments pending for Monday in him account ..so are they just finished or what’s going on

  42. Nevada has been approved by FEMA for LWA funding (3 weeks initially and 3 more future weeks likely). Their UI agency DETR estimates it will take four to six weeks to complete system updates before the agency can begin issuing payments to eligible claimants. No action is required from eligible claimants.

  43. Maryland (MD) started LWA self-certification on Sep 11th, with payments expected early the following week.

    Note that the self-certification can only be completed once, so please review and answer carefully. If a claimant completes the self-certification incorrectly, they will not be able to correct it without the assistance of an agent. If claimants are NOT monetarily eligible for the LWA program, then they will not be presented with the self-certification and cannot apply for LWA benefits because they are ineligible.

    After certifying that they have been unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions due to COVID-19, claimants will receive a lump sum payment retroactive to their earliest date of eligibility within the LWA program within 1-2 days. This initial payment may be on a different day than a claimant regularly receives benefits. FEMA has stated that no funding will be available for states past the sixth week.

    1. When they send out the funds does it go directly on my reliacard? Or will it be part of the weekly certifications

  44. How would i know my job is still affected by COVID -19? I receive over 100$ in regular unemployment, i filled out the LWA application, my hours are less than my usual, i work at Applebee’s, we can’t seat too many people close together, we wear masks, we can’t have a certain amount of people in the restaurant, does that mean I’m eligible?

    1. Yes…even if you are partially unemployed and get over $100 a week in UI you are eligible for LWA, When you self certify just confirm you were impacted (we all were!)

    1. how many days did you wait for it to come in the mail from the date it was sent out?

  45. What do you do when your unemployment balance is getting low and you need an extension? Can you switch to pandemic assistance unemployment? I have not been able to find out an answer to this question via email, phone, live chat, ETC. I live in Kentucky by the way. And has anyone started receiving their backpay last wages assistance?

    1. PUA and the $300 LWA (covered in this post) are separate programs and you can be in both program concurrently. PUA provides an extension of state UI benefits to a broader group of workers (see links in article), but no extra payments. LWA is just about the temporary $300 extra payment, which is only available for 6 weeks.

    2. I’m in fort Thomas and no I haven’t received mine either. I was wondering if I was going to find someone else from Kentucky on here.

      1. Yeah we are in Lexington. We applied yesterday for our normal biweekly benefits which show processed on our portal they usually hit really late tonight around 2:30 AM but nothing with lost wags assistance

  46. Hi,
    I’m from Ohio and I’m curious about the PUA benefits. I applied on July 3rd. I was found eligible on August 20th. It says that my effective begin date was June 21st but they only gave me the $600 Weekly payments dating from July 5th. Maybe I’m not understanding this but I thought it should’ve dated back to June 21st?

  47. I live in Arkansas and draw $81 a week so I don’t Qualify for my states extra $300..Now that BS!

    1. Everyone is complaining about their checks being late..Hey at least you get them..cause I don’t!

    1. U can check ur payment history where u verify ur weeks of unemployment, money is deposited to ur account, will take a few days to posted to ur card

    1. I live in PA and have NOT received any payment(s) or Back Payment(s) for the LWA ($300 / $900 backpay) So, hopefully by the 14th something will come thru.. What a CLUSTER F%@$!!!

      1. They should start week of the 13th – likely in rolling waves so you should see payments over the week.

        1. Why they say the 14th? I still havent received the extra 300!! Does it come with my regular pua benefits?Same day, or is this seperate from my 195 a week that i get from the state?

  48. I live in Mississippi as well and that’s all i recieved was 300 . I am very disappointed in our Governor. I thought we supposed to get back pay. I only get 174 dollars for regular unemployment and now knowing all we going get is 300 on a weekly basics. I am totally upset.

  49. Hello from Maine Just wanted to say I received my $900 this morning September 12th and you can find out if your LWA approved and payments pending on your Reemploy/Maine unemployment page where you do weekly certification! Sign in then hit inquiry then benefits and at bottom you’ll hit LWA payments and it will show approved&processed or pending payments!! Blessed day

    1. Thanks for sharing Joy. Appreciate the update and the tracker has also been updated for this date.

      1. I don’t qualify for the extra in Arkansas because I draw $81 a week. I’ve done ran out of my Regular Unemployment and I now draw PEUC..I only have a few weeks left on it, I lost my job because of COVID what do I do when my PEUC runs out?

  50. Its really sad that the government can fail American citizens who pays taxes like this.I live in Louisiana and have been out of work since april,I have filled out over 500 job applications and had 0 interviews.Every week is a challenge and my max is 247 per week.There is no jobs in my field available in Louisiana so I’m looking for a new career. But the stress level is beyond high going from a 23 hour job to below minimum wage.Not sure how I can afford to pay my bills stay happy and positive covid is a true killer.

  51. Hi I’m looking for an answer
    When I sign into my UI account and click on weeks claimed it shows me the weeks 8/1 8/9 8/15 8/22 all weeks I’ve already claimed and got paid for 132 a week but now it say payment of 432 a week and it’s pending again..? When will I see the extra $300?
    And the last 2 weeks my payments have been on hold so I’m asking if that will mess up the retro payment?

  52. I’m in Mississippi and I got $300 for the week ending Aug. 1st on today 9/11. When will the other back owed weeks be paid? The MDES site only shows the one LWA payment processed at this time.

    1. hello .. im in Mississippi as well…it showed the first week aug 1 st payment pending Thursday night for me and now it shows an additional 2 wks have been processed on 9/11 for Aug 8 th and 15th so check online again under
      your mdes lwa assistance and it should be pending. not sure about any other weeks i heard we would only get 3 to 4 weeks i heard other states got 6 weeks .. anyone else have any info,?

      1. JESUS LUVS!!! Hello, Tasha I’m also in Mississippi and my lwa paid me $300 yesturday 9/11 minus FIT. But it says for I and my husband that two other payments were processed and paid but only one is showing on our debit cards.Do you know why? Thank you so much BE BLESSED!

        1. Hey Tesha. Crissy from Mississippi as well. How or where do you check pending payments. Need all the help I can get checking this.

        2. Where you verify ur weeks, sign in to verify and find payment history, u should see money has been deposited to ur card.it will be in ur account Monday or Tuesday morning.

      2. I’m in Mississippi and have a total of 5 payments showing – haven’t hit my bank account yet

  53. I missed a week. I’m in PA. It says about being paid for the weeks of 8-1, 8-8 and 8-15. But mines only started on 8-8. Will I still receive the $600 for 8-8 and 8-15?

    1. The $300 is retroactive from 8/1 for all weeks from then till now. The total amount should be about $1800 for that time frame. All persons receiving unemployment will get that money.

        1. Emails have been sent out over the last couple of weeks going into the details .

          Here is one –

          Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program Update from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security

          The extra $300 from the federal Lost Wages Assistance program, created by Presidential Memorandum, will be available in the coming weeks. Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) has received several questions about the program. All individuals who have been filing for unemployment benefits are receiving this message to provide answers to these questions.


          To receive the extra $300, you must meet each of the following criteria:
          •Receive unemployment benefits through one of the designated state or federal programs shown below for the covered weeks
          •Be eligible for at least $100 per week prior to federal tax withholding (this is the weekly benefit amount shown on your monetary determination notice)
          •Be receiving unemployment benefits as a direct result of COVID-19

          Weeks of Coverage:

          •Initially, the four weeks ending August 1, August 8, August 15 and August 22, will be paid for eligible individuals
          •It is estimated the Lost Wages Assistance will be available for four (4) to six (6) weeks
          •MDES will make weekly funding requests to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as required for additional weeks of benefits covering the week ending August 29, 2020, and later
          •Benefits will be paid retroactively to eligible individuals

          Timing of Payment:

          MDES is implementing the program as quickly as possible and expects to begin making the initial payments by mid-September.

          Designated Unemployment Benefit Programs

          •Unemployment Insurance (UI) or Unemployment Compensation (UC) (state benefits)
          •Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
          •Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
          •Extended Benefits (EB)
          •Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE)
          •Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers (UCX)
          •Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA); and
          •Payments under the Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) program

          Work Search Requirements

          Unless you are scheduled to start a full-time job within the next four weeks, you must actively seek and apply for full time work each week. Your work search details must be documented when you file your weekly certification for unemployment benefits. When filing job applications online, save confirmation messages and/or emails as part of your work search record.

          Self-employed individuals and workers who receive 1099s who are filing for benefits must also meet the work search requirements to remain eligible. This includes making three (3) job contacts each week, one (1) of which must include filing an application or submitting a resume for employment. It is acceptable for the job contacts to be related to your regular self-employment or 1099 activities. You should maintain a log of your job search activities which includes the employer details and all self-employment contacts.

          For more information about what is needed to fulfill this requirement, please visit, https://mdes.ms.gov/worksearch.

  54. I exhausted my UI benefits this week however I did receive UI benefits for all weeks in August. Will I get the lost wages if Nebraska is approved disapproved approved since I was eligible then but don’t currently have any UI benefits

    1. Yes you will, plus your UI benefits should be extended for an additional 13 weeks after the normal 26 weeks, which should take you to about December.

    2. Yes you will. Nebraska started paying first 3 weeks on Sep 18th as confirmed from several comments. This was 2 days earlier than scheduled.

  55. This is so disappointing, I’m from California and it shows that California started paying on the 7th of September and I have yet to see the LWA payment deposited to my account. I have heard rumors wait until the end of the week it should be posted by then. Is there anyone else in California that’s having the same problem or it just me? because I’m beginning to think that I did something wrong and I’m not going to get anything.

    1. Your not the only one!! I’ve been waiting too and I’m also in California SD and I still haven’t received anything

  56. Hey Florida here..i see everyone else getting their back pay. But nothing gir me so far not even on the connect website shows no payments….only seeing my regular benefits anybody else ?

  57. Hey Andy, my name is Miranda. I’m in Indiana. I have a question. My regular UI benefits should run out on the 21st of September, the same day the state is suppose to start paying the 300$ a week and the retroactive payment. Will I still receive it even if they pay it to us after my money runs out? That’s my only income and I have kids and bills to pay. I’m taking online classes and can’t find work and been out of work since March due to COVID reasons

    1. JESUS LUVS!!! Hello Amanda call your card I just so happened to call mine yesterday and there just so happen was a (lwa) payment on there minus taxes.Yet the sight says I had 3 payments paid and processed.

  58. I am in Pennsylvania. I got a notification that 5 weeks were approved for PA…
    when should I expect to get the LWA payments for those
    5 wks ?

  59. How about Ohio?
    My husband already gets UI benifits. $159 per week after taxes. Pre tax$189
    Will he get the extra $300? And when?

  60. Hello everyone…from Wisconsin the article says start date of the 20th but im hearing late October which one us accurate

    1. I think the Sep date is more likely given FEMA guidelines. The official WI DWD site says, “The Department of Workforce Development submitted a grant application for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program on August 27, 2020. The grant was approved on September 1, 2020. DWD will update this site when additional information is available.”

      So not much help there. But if the grant was approved Aug 27th, I cannot believe it will take them so long to implement program and make payments. Many other states have already done it

      1. Hello I got my first $300 for mississippi an then the same day they added two more $300 payments will those go through today or Monday. It said processed and payment so will I get that today on my card or Monday

  61. Your wrong Andy about Kentucky not being approved for the 400. You are talking about Kansas who was denied by the state council for the extra 100 on top of the 300. Your comment has hundreds of people in another chat in panic mode..

    1. PLEASE!?! any update on ky date of payout. Anxiety is taking over! Any info would help. Governor gives no updates…

  62. I live in SD Cali and and I only received on the 6th my original payment I didn’t get my $300 or my back pay from August . Is anyone else having the same issue??

    1. Andrea
      I’m having the same problem I haven’t received any money yet either with the exception of my by-weekly payment.

  63. Florida here. Seems to me like everyone has gotten at least 3 weeks back pay but I still haven’t received anything. Nothings even processing on connect? I receive more then 100 per week for regular u employment? Anyone else?

    1. You may want to check your account. I received 900 on Tuesday. They are paying it out.

      1. Did u receive it on a separate day than your benefit date? Or on the same day you receive you regular weekly benefit?

    2. Same boat ! Nothing….not even on connect..hopefully we’ll see some movement. My regular payment is due Monday maybe it’ll come separate in check format for me and not on my way to go card…they didn’t put the 600 when I received 2 payments on the card. I got a check in the mail. Wish I knew what was going on.

  64. Hi I live in ky our site on the employment page says early September. One website says this week but this one says the 13th. So how likely is this gonna happen? And if I claimed this past week does that mean I have to wait til I claim again on the 20th to get it or what

    1. WBS2 reported that Georgians will receive $1,800 in extra unemployment benefits from September 13th as part of the Lost Wages Assistance Program. Only 6 weeks ($300 x 6 = $1800) have been approved by FEMA for GA. The money will be distributed as six extra payments of $300, spread over two days. The first $900 payment will be distributed early next week and the second $900 payment will be issued by the end of the week.

      1. GA here and on the site I’ve been paid $900 as of today which now it’s a matter of when it hits my account. Looks like the other $900 should go in by end of next week or the 15th according to this page so we shall see.

        1. How did you get it that fast?? All sources say early next week??

        2. So it’s showing in my account on the UI website but I haven’t got it into my bank account yet. I wondered if maybe they would send it into my account Friday night cuz it’s showing 8/1 8/8 8/15 as paid on 9/11. I don’t know why I didn’t receive the money in my account yet but it’s there showing paid on the Georgia site. Anyone who might have a reason why I’d love to hear an explanation as to possible reasons why.

        3. Me 2 im in ga i have the 3 dates posted as paid but havent landed on my account

        4. Im in Georgia also I can’t even access my UI portal.. my employer was filing my unemployment so I’m guessing from everything I’ve read I qualify.. I also hear that it will hit our accounts Tuesday

        5. Georgia- $900 just hit my acct a few mins ago, I’ve been checking my UI all morning and just got an email saying a deposit was made to my card! It’s been pending since Friday the 11th!

        6. And according to what I have read the other 900 will be deposited later this week.

  65. Hi I’m from NJ and was wondering how accurate the date is to get our money? I have seen October and I have seen sept 20. Where do you get your info?

  66. Hi, I’m from Illinois have been unemployed since the summer. I certify the 14th of September. Does that mean I will be getting retropay of $300 each week from August 1st? So a total of $1,800 or will it be a different amount? Thank you

  67. Why does New Mexico say August 30… And its now Sept 10 ..?!. What’s going on can anyone help?!?

    1. From what I saw on the tracker the payment is coming around 9/14. I think NM was approved on 8/30

    2. I live in New Mexico I got my unemployment on Tuesday then on Wednesday I got $1500 deposited for The LWA for 5 weeks Cuz NM is only paying $300/ week retroactive!

  68. Hello I’m from ct the system is up n running for claimits to certify it started on 9/9 when i tried it said i wasn’t elgible when i called dol i think it was due to a lot of lot of people trying to certify i went back later in the day ii was able to certify and i got confirmation once we certify do you know when we will receive the payments in ct

  69. I’m in New Jersey and you have on there that the payment date is sept 20. How accurate is that and where did you get your information. Cause I’m seeing else where that it wont be until October sometime but I’m really praying its sooner.

    1. Latest update from NY DOL is “New York State is working to implement this program as quickly as possible. There is no need to call the DOL at this time — we will contact claimants with additional information when the program is able to launch. In the meantime, per federal law please continue to certify weekly to ensure you receive all benefits to which you are entitled”

        1. Moved to payments starting week of Sep 13th, which is inline with their recent news release

          HEYENNE – On September 9, 2020 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) informed the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS), that the Lost Wages Assistance program (LWA), which provided an additional $300 a week to qualified unemployment claimants will end with benefit week September 5, 2020. DWS is in the final stages of program implementation and payments will be provided to eligible individuals in the coming days.

          FEMA previously approved DWS funding requests for the benefit weeks of:

          August 1, 2020
          August 8, 2020
          August 15, 2020

          As soon as the program is fully implemented in Wyoming, DWS will issue retroactive payments to eligible claimants for the approved three weeks, and will continue to request funding for the additional three weeks as long as FEMA funds remain available. Claimants will continue to receive normal weekly benefit amounts for any benefit weeks for which they are eligible.

        1. I’ve got the same question. Updates on Louisiana. I have not received the $300 Direct deposit payment this week9/11, for last weeks 9/5 claim.
          I have received a total of $900 for weeks August 14, 21, and 28. With the last direct deposit of $300 on Sept. 2.
          I can not locate any news about Louisiana’s $300 EXTRA BENEFITS. The UNEMPLOYMENT website for Louisiana does not mention anything (News, updates) about that benefit. Even on my personal unemployment account it does not show the $300 payments only my weekly benefit Payments of $247.
          Any help would be appreciated!

        2. I contacted the LWC and she the payments are coming they’re just 24-48 hrs behind bc of the holiday

      1. I’m in NY. Roll out was 9/14, which is today. I received regular UI but not the $300. I am qualified to receive it. What’s happening ?

      2. I show my regular UI as of this morning but not anything extra. Government website stated it was rolling out today. What gives ?

  70. Hey Andy. The state of Illinois says “paying now” i claimed my Weeks of unemployment Tuesday and I checked my benefits today and I only have my normal unemployment benefits. How is it going to be paid for the extra $300 and the back pay. Do I need to keep checking my balance everyday to see if its added or what?

    1. It shows up under Lost wages at the bottom of the list of payment types so where you saw the 600 there’s now one under that and that’s where you see the 300 and all payments for that.

      1. Has your payment landed yet?? im in ga mine hasnt. But the lwa shows 900 paid.

    2. Hi, IL here. Certified Monday the 7th (regular unemployment). Today is Friday the 11th and still have not received the $300.00 LWA. My unemployment far exceeds the $100.00 benefit whereas, I would be denied. Anyone from IL receive the LWA/FEMA benefits? Please advise, thanks.

      1. Illinois here. My case is just like yours. I checked it again and nothing. I’m not sure if Illinois has started paying out. Anyone from Illinois help us?

        1. Illinois—Checked this morning Monday 09/14/2020. No LWA payments on our accounts!. Someone got IDES 300 Dollar LWA backpay at all in Illinois?.

        2. Illinois—- Good news today Tuesday 09/15/2020 my husband got his 900 Dollar and on my IDES account
          I can see deposited 900 in my account today. I will have my money tomorrow in my bank account. I am so glad!

  71. I love in NC got my $900 but called to check on $300 said not getting lost wages was one time for three weeks

    1. I’m in North Carolina too and recieved three weeks on the 6th, and was told by many sites that there could be up to atleast 6 weeks worth of payments. And now, I see quite a few states got atleast 2 more weeks, which is 5 and Georgia and a couple other states are getting 3 more weeks, so they’re getting 6 weeks total. Why is this different for so many states. We need more help.

  72. Hi I qualify for $105 week . I have taxes taken out .so I only receive $97. I live in Mexico was wondering if I still qualify for the extra.$300

  73. I live in Cali and received the extra 300 on Sunday September 6 but I did not get lump sum they said I would get now they’ve added two more weeks, where’s the rest of the money?

    1. Hi Terri,
      I’m in CA and in the same situation. Received 300 on Sunday, not the lump sum. I also saw in my claim history that the program I’m in is classified now as ‘Disaster Assistance’. I certified in March for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance which is eligible for the extra 300. Looking on EDD website there is a Disaster Unemployment Assistance program (what people that can’t work due to structural damage to place of employment–think fires) that is not eligible for Lost Wages Assistance that all PUA folks should be getting. Not sure if this is just a word choice issue and our $ is coming, or if we have actually been reclassified into a different program that is ineligible?!

  74. Andy,
    I have a question for you or anyone else that may be able to answer it. If I reopened my claim in May and I was told that I had over payments that I had to settle. So they started taking my unemployment payments but I was still getting the $600 every 2 weeks. How will that effect my $300 payments? I am getting $450 per week and I have finish paying off my overpayment August 16th.

    1. I am in Georgia also and they haven’t updated their website in 2 weeks.. its beyond frustrating.

      1. The first 900 is showing up now but its not actually on the card yet. Check below the pua supplement it should say lwa funds and you’ll see three posted payments. But the money hasnt landed and i dont think it will til weds which is just stupid.

  75. I’m in California and I have not received lwa yet, only the regular payment and it came in Monday night after I submitted my request

    1. Hi Lucinda,
      I live in California also, the unemployment site just posted that I received my regular payment on the 6th. May be that is why they keep shutting their site down to try and catch up. Hopefully we will get it soon.

  76. Has anyone heard of only getting $48 dollars from self unemployment and also i live in Indiana which starts Sep 22 for the $300 but everyone is saying have to make at least $100 or more to get the $300 from fema lwa set up so will that mean im not qualified and whats up wit the $48 also if they needed it that bad they should’ve just kept the $48 lol its not paying any of my bills I know that much any suggestions or answers appreciated thanks

  77. I’m curious if anybody from Illinois has actually received theirs this week seeing the site said it started paying this week

    1. I haven’t – Certified this Monday and just received the regular UI benefits. Although it does state on the website that they will start making payments this week (Sep. 6th)

      1. Illinois— same here. My husband and I certified regular unemployment on Monday. Got our payments delayed on Thursday. Both still no 300 dollar boost in account on Friday 09/11/2020, noon.

        1. Illinois here. I received my Regular UI on Thursday. Has anyone else in Illinois received any backpay or information? Also i receive over 100. However I’m not sure if Regular UI benefits can get the extra 300.00? Does anyone know any of this in Illinois. You never know with our Gov.

  78. I live in TN and just recieved my 300 dollars for week ending aug 22nd @ 925 pm Wed. night 9/9/2020
    So far i have recieved 4 payments of the fema grant lost wages …… So the payments are coming hang in there everyone they will pop up at anytime i havent got one payment at the same time once they just deposit at all hours of the day or night so its coming just have to hold on for a little longer ……. Thanks Trump … And hopefully congress will do something now since thier vacation is over ?? World wide pandemic and what does the united states of Americas govt.. Do they take a vacation and leave us hanging Absoultley not ok i wish i could vote every single one of them out of office and start clean …

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