Why Did My $600 Unemployment Check Stop

There has been a lot of news around people getting one or more of the extra $600 weekly unemployment checks, part of the CARES enhanced unemployment provisions, but then seeing an extended delay or sudden stoppage of these checks without any notice. This has created a lot of angst and anger for millions of unemployed Americans who needed the extra unemployment stimulus to make ends meet. So why did this happen and what can be done? Read on.

“I live in Georgia and I’ve been receiving unemployment along with the $600. Since memorial day however I haven’t received anything. What do I need to do?” (Angela, PA)

“I received my unemployment and extra 600 for last three weeks, but on the 4th week I just received my (regular state) unemployment and didn’t receive the extra $600 any no one has any idea about this.” (Matt, NJ)

Wanted to know who can help in regards to the $600 extra UI we used to get every week. I have not gotten it since 5-19. Now I claimed my weeks for 5-27 now in week of June 5th and still no $600. Some one please help. The unemployment people can’t help because they don’t know about it. (Rachel)

Based on various state labor and unemployment websites and official channels here are some reasons why the $600 payment may have been interrupted.

You didn’t certify

While you only need to qualify for the minimum amount of regular state unemployment to get the $600, you do need to certify that you qualify every week or bi-weekly (dependent on state). So if you don’t certify or your employment situation changes such that you no longer qualify for state unemployment, then you won’t get the extra $600 FPUC payment either. That’s why some people are complaining that getting standard and enhanced unemployment checks could be more beneficial than what they may earn working!

Your State Has Technical Issues Making Payments

Many states like Florida, Ohio and Kentucky have reported that their systems are struggling to cope with the amount of new claims and as a result are struggling to certify and keep payments on schedule for current claimants. They have advised of delays in payment and at times incorrect details being displayed when checking payment status’.

The main problem with UI and payment issues across the country is the antiquated systems being used across several state agencies that administer claim filings and payments. States are literally on the fly revamping their systems as some of them caved from the unprecedented amount of claims filed. In NY the DOL added hundreds of workers to assist with the enormous amount of claims and there are Reps working from home that are now assisting the claims process. In early April it was a jumbled/hot mess but it is actually starting to function now the way it is supposed to. Hang in there and keep bugging your politicians to get off their butts via phone calls and email. Good Luck! (Jim)

Fraud Prevention

Some states like New York, had initially paid out the $600 with few checks on claimants. But as systems were upgraded for the new unemployment provisions and due to the massive increase in fraudulent claims many subsequent $600 payments were held back to ensure identity and qualification checks were more rigorous. The appears to also be the case in other states. As a results payments are being delayed and getting to genuine claimants at much later dates.

The Federal Government is not paying states

There is a rumor that the delay in payments is due to the state not receiving funds for the federally funded $600 FPUC payment. This is not true as the payment of these claims is being done by states who can get reimbursed by the federal government. As long as the individual state agree to Department of Labor rules for the extra pandemic unemployment provisions (and all did) they will be covers by the federal government and should not be a reason the $600 payments are delayed to eligible recipients.

Payment Frequency of the $600 is different to regular state UI

The $600 FPUC payments in many states are paid on different schedules to the regular UI (but paid via the same method). Some states due to processing delays and because the $600 is accounted for differently (since federally funded) have staggered this payment which has resulted in some delays. This seems to be especially notable after memorial day.

What to do now?

For those who have gone more than two weeks since receiving their original FPUC payment, the first step is to confirm your job/eligibility situation has not changed (i.e. continue certifying) and to contact your local state unemployment agency (see links by state here). It can be hard to get a live agent to talk with so I also suggest you check the social media channel for these state UI agencies. That seems to be eliciting a faster reply in many cases. Here is a good news case from a recent comment I got.

Hi all. I’m currently a gig worker in Florida that’s unemployed due to COVID, obviously. Thought I could being y’all some hope if you haven’t received your money already. I was deemed eligible for PUA after two times of being deemed ineligible for regular UA. I received back pay a few days after applying for PUA, and started receiving my state and fed payments regularly. I would receive my federal money Monday night/Tuesday morning for two weeks straight. After Memorial Day, on the 19th of May, the payments stopped coming. Around 4am this morning, June 4th, I received a deposit of $1,080. Here’s what I heard was happening from someone who got a hold of someone at the DEO said & I can now confirm this is true: They are now offering the state and federal payments bi-weekly. We all have missed out on being paid because they were reworking the system. On top of being paid bi-weekly, instead of receiving our fed money weekly like we were, they are taxing the $600 wether you’re opted in or not. So you will be paid $1,080 every two weeks. So if you haven’t received a payment since May 19th, like myself, expect to receive a payment for that much either tonight or Monday to make up for the last two weeks. Then you will be receiving another one next week, and from then on out, you will be receiving it every two weeks when you go ahead and claim your weeks. Frustrating, yes – but at least we will be receiving our money. I hope I helped ease some of your anxiety about your payments, can I definitely woke up everyday with major anxiety not seeing that federal payment in my account!

While it is stressful for many to have the interruptions to their $600 payments, states by law have to pay you what is owed and are retroactively catching up on payments. In fact many comments on this site across the articles on enhanced unemployment benefits indicate claimants are eventually receiving large backdated unemployment payments covering several weeks.

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34 thoughts on “Why Did My $600 Unemployment Check Stop

  1. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. I guess I’m blessed or lucky or maybe both. I applied for PUA benefits on June 5th & received PUA benefits retroactive to March 10 (which was the last day I worked) on June 9th! The extra $600 was included for the months of March, April & May. I file weekly on Sundays & have been receiving payments on Tuesdays (including the extra $600). So sorry to hear that things aren’t working out for other folks.

  2. IS THERE A WAY TO CHECK MY STATUS, WAS IT STOPPED INTENTIONALLY OR IS THERE A PROBLEM WITH THE SYSTEM. JUST NEED CLARIFICATION ?

    1. Hi, seems no one can get straight answers here. My federal payments were coming in, only got one $600 after claiming my weeks last Monday 6/22/2020. Have not seen anymore. Gov. DeSantis is dodging news reporters, he won’t answer questions about this. I did read where Gov. DeSantis is holdong the money and releasing it little by little after he collects the interest off of it, then we get ours. Only God knows what this corrupt State is doing to us poor folks that need help and it’s clear they don’t care! Good luck to you and us all!

    2. Hi, that’s another thing, there is no way to check our $600 fed payments. Cant speak to anyone I been on hold for hours today, phone battery going dead lol! I read where Gov. DeSantis is holding the payments and releasing the money little by little after he receives the interest off of it, then we get ours. Only God knows what they are doing in this corrupt State of Florida, and it shows clearly none of our officials cares about us folks struggling to make it every day! Gov. DeSantis is dodging questions from reporters as well so he don’t have to explain where our money is. Seen emails from one reporter that has been trying to reach him for days, they send Gov. DeSantis schedule to them at 9:00pm at night after his day has ended so no reporters can catch him, that is just sad and cowardly. I have not seen any fed payments since I claimed on 6/22/2020, got one $600 payment. no more since. Good luck!

  3. my job started my claim but now doesn’t because im working 32 hours and im not receiving the extra 600 what can I do to get it started back up

  4. hello, I received one payment May 14th but haven’t received anything since then.. I need help I cant talk to anyone and I sent 3 emails since may . no one contacted me

  5. I live in NC and have been receiving unemployment plus $600 per week since 5/27. Every Monday I certify and then I get DD on Tuesdays. This week I logged in to certify and that option is gone. It’s replaced with a link to “File for emergency pandemic unemployment”. My regular unemployment amount is exhausted but I should still qualify for the $600.

  6. So I live in Fl and I have not received the extra $600 since 5/19 but im still receiving the regular UI. Today (6/13/2020) I received a random amount of $741. I am missing 3 payments of $600 so how did they come up with this random amount?

    1. They are automatically deducting taxes and any child support payments – so this may be a reason. But Florida is a mess. See the dedicated page for Floridians (on menu from home page)

    2. I’m from Ohio i got mine last week but didn’t receive my 600 this week whats going on

    3. I live in Largo, FL. Same here, regular unemployment okay but this week on 6/23/2020 only received one $600 payment. They were sending when I claimed weeks, 2 weeks of $600 the next day but now this time it’s only one payment. What in the world is DeSantis doing? Hording the interest again for his own gain and not releasing our funds? Good Lord this is awful, makes me want to move to Canada.

  7. I am in Florida. Today is June 12th. Like everyone else the $600 stopped as of 5/19. On June 2nd I had to certify for my 2 weeks; the week of 5/17 and the week of 5/24. On Thursday, June 4th I received the two weeks that I certified for $494. On Friday, June 5th I received one payment of $540 ($600 less taxes). Now this week no additional $540. I don’t understand I thought they were going biweekly but I’m not even getting it weekly. Now I’m suppose to certify for my 2 weeks on Tuesday 6/16. I was thinking instead of certifying for both weeks together I will certify for one week and see if I get $540 and then the following week certify for the other week. This is ridiculous.

    1. same here so frustrating to live in FL right now finally got things going right and they messed it up again ughhhhhhhhhhhh

  8. HI I live in NJ i got my unemployement check due to the covid $231 but I didn’t get the $600, it says i’m elgible for it but doesnt say where to apply for it.

    1. I’m in NJ as well and I received my normal unemployment but not my $600 as well. My daughter received her $600 so I’m not sure whats going on. I tried emailing the state with no success and calling is a recorder number to call back tomorrow. If you find a number or email address let me know and I will do the same

    2. As a follow up. I received 1200 this week to make up for the missed one last week. Seems they had a computer problem.

    3. Hi! I have the same situation – I received my $231 for this week on 6/23 (this is the first payment I’ve received in two months) and I was told I’d get the extra $600 as well but it’s now Friday and it never came….I’m very concerned as a lot of us are relying on this extra deposit!

  9. I was getting the $600 stimulus check every Monday but I did not receive it this week.
    I usually get it on Monday. Did something happen that these checks stopped ?

    1. I live in NJ and the same thing happened to me this week, unable to reach an agent by phone, so frustrating.

      1. That an no one responds to emails! It’s so frustrating. Seems like NJ had an issue this week with processing the FPUC $600 payments. I was supposed to get mine Wednesday. I got an email confirming it and my eligibility….but nothing has been deposited yet.

        1. Issues is integrations with their eligibility checking systems and payments. Seems to be various technical issues

    2. It happened to me as well. I Only got one $600 payment on 6/24/2020. This is just awful, makes me want to move out of Florida. Nothing but crooks running our State.

  10. How long does it take to get paid during the pandemic if I just claimed for 5/26/2020-06/02/2020 today. How long, basically does your claim take to process even though my account had been denied in June 3, for insufficient funds but redid it on the 06/05/2020 was deemed not registered until I went back and fixed the PUA questions and was automatically granted funds after I claimed my week which was for the last week in May. So back my question which is how long should they take to deposit my money if I claimed 06/08/20 for 5/26-06/02.

  11. I have been receiving the extra 600 dollars PUA EVERY Monday which is also the day I claim for my state unemployment which would reach my account that Wednesday. Today I didn’t get my 600. This has never happened to me before. Is there a number to call about the federal 600 payment?

  12. In Arizona and this is the message I got – “AZ DES is aware that there are claimants who filed weekly certifications recently that did not receive the additional $600 weekly Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payment benefit. We sincerely apologize and are working to correct this as quickly as possible. We will provide an update as soon as we have an estimated date of payment for these claims.”

    So looks like same old IT issues with all the old systems the states have. By the time they fix this the extra $600 program will end.

  13. I’m in FL also and I haven’t gotten my $600 federal unemployment since week of Memorial Day also. When I am able to get through and speak to someone they assure me it’ll come soon and its just being delayed and told me to expect it last Tuesday. Tomorrow will be 3 weeks and still nothing. They tell me they don’t have anything to do with the federal money and since I’m still getting my state unemployment (ONLY $125 week!) I will still get the federal money. I’m doing everything and if it doesn’t start coming soon I’m gonna be homeless! HELP!!

    1. This is from someone else. I couldn’t figure out why my $600 a week stopped either and its 3 weeks.
      I’m currently a gig worker in Florida that’s unemployed due to COVID, obviously. Thought I could being y’all some hope if you haven’t received your money already. I was deemed eligible for PUA after two times of being deemed ineligible for regular UA. I received back pay a few days after applying for PUA, and started receiving my state and fed payments regularly. I would receive my federal money Monday night/Tuesday morning for two weeks straight. After Memorial Day, on the 19th of May, the payments stopped coming. Around 4am this morning, June 4th, I received a deposit of $1,080. Here’s what I heard was happening from someone who got a hold of someone at the DEO said & I can now confirm this is true: They are now offering the state and federal payments bi-weekly. We all have missed out on being paid because they were reworking the system. On top of being paid bi-weekly, instead of receiving our fed money weekly like we were, they are taxing the $600 wether you’re opted in or not. So you will be paid $1,080 every two weeks. So if you haven’t received a payment since May 19th, like myself, expect to receive a payment for that much either tonight or Monday to make up for the last two weeks. Then you will be receiving another one next week, and from then on out, you will be receiving it every two weeks when you go ahead and claim your weeks. Frustrating, yes – but at least we will be receiving our money. I hope I helped ease some of your anxiety about your payments, can I definitely woke up everyday with major anxiety not seeing that federal payment in my account!

  14. I live in Georgia and stillhave not rec any any unemployment yet me or my son and we have been approved since 3/8/2020 and him 4/19/2020 so were is the money and when is it going to drop

  15. My employer is offering for me to come back 2 days a week. I worked a 40 hour a week position before COVID 19 hit. If I go back, will I lose the unemployment plus the $600.00 or will I get an adjustment to my unemployment and continue to get the $600.00?

    1. You will likely lose some of your state UI. But if you do qualify for even $1 of state UI (or the state maximum) you will get the $600.

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