Why The $300 Cut to the Original $600 FPUC Unemployment Stimulus Benefit and 2021 Extension is a BIG Deal


This article was last updated on January 4

Congressional leaders and the President have now approved a $900 billion stimulus plan that includes funding for extending federal pandemic programs (PUA, PEUC) and providing another supplementary unemployment benefit (FPUC) of $300 per week for millions of unemployed or underemployed Americans. This new $300 payment will be made to eligible recipients between December 27th, 2020 and March 14th, 2021.

Unfortunately this is only half of the original $600 FPUC payment, but had to be cut to keep the overall stimulus package below $1 trillion and get Republican Senate support. While the $600 weekly payment provided nearly full income replacement for 73% of Americans, the lower $300 will only cover about 42% of Americans (assumes regular UI is also being received). The the new 2021 $300 FPUC provides the same extra weekly benefit as the $300 LWA program, the good news is that it only requires a claimant to be getting $1 in regular UI (vs $100 under the LWA program).

You can see this article on actions claimants will have to take to get these extended benefits. States are updating their systems so will take time to get this payment, but will be retroactively caught-up for eligible weeks. See how your state is tracking with this payment.

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[October LWA Update] Most have states have paid out the $300 weekly LWA unemployment benefit. See the full and update list of states and payment dates.

The limited funding for this program means that the states who sign up late may have limited funding to implement these programs. The FEMA website, which this program is being rolled out under, has the latest updates on states enrolling in this program.

President Trump’s executive order on extending extra weekly benefits looks like it will provide much needed relief to millions of unemployed and under-employed Americans given Congress’ inability to compromise on a new stimulus bill which was supposed to include an extension of funding for the FPUC benefit (which was $600 p/week until the end of July 2020). Based on recent Department of Labor guidelines, Trump’s executive order will be enacted through the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program and have the following features:

The LWA program will extend the extra weekly unemployment payment until the end of the year, or until funding runs out. Under the program the extra UI benefit will cut the overall weekly payment to between $300 and $400, depending on how much states can fund of their obligation (up to 25%) of the extra weekly unemployment payment versus federally owned funding (75%). The payments will be valid from August 1st 2020 to the end of December 2020, subject to funding availability.

While the federal component of this weekly payment ($300 or 75%) will be funded under the FEMA program, the states can fund their $100 component out of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), provided under the CARES Act or other state funding. Alternatively, and importantly under DOL guidance, states may count funds that are already used to provide regular state UI payments toward the state match. If this is the case then the revised extra FPUC weekly UI amount will only be $300.

This is BIG deal because many states will likely just count their existing UI payments towards their state match, leaving the extra weekly payment to the federally funded $300! Which is a 50% drop from recently expired FPUC levels. While this will be in addition to existing state UI payments, it will still be a large cut for many families and jobless workers who relied on the earlier $600 FPUC payment.

[July-August 2020 update around 2020 $600 FPUC extension] Despite all the payout challenges with the enhanced unemployment benefits, millions of Americans have been benefiting from the $600 FPUC payment (detailed below in previous update) while they survive Coronavirus induced shutdowns or job losses. But with the $600 payment officially set to end at the end of July 2020, many Americans are asking if the $600 payment will be extended?

You can see a more detailed analysis here, but as with everything government related nowadays this has become a political issue. Republicans have indicated that they don’t want to extend the $600-a-week UI benefit past its current expiry. They feel the economy is improving and now want to encourage workers to go back to work versus relying on the generous enhanced unemployment benefits. This is why they are pushing for either a cut to the current $600 weekly amount to something around $200 to $300 p/week and/or providing back-to-work bonus payments. The argument here is that the current $600 weekly federal unemployment payment on top of regular state unemployment benefits is 133% more than the average income for most jobless Americans. They want to move to something like 60% to 70% of the average income, which will encourage people to go back to work (assuming their job still exists).

House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have confirmed the importance of the $600 weekly payment for the millions of unemployed by passing putting a new Stimulus bill in the House, called the HEROES act, which includes an extension of the $600 per week extra unemployment payment (FPUC) through to January 2021. However it is likely they will have to compromise with Republicans to get something passed.

My bet is that a compromise will be reached where the unemployment benefits will be extended to the end of the year, but the amount of extra UI payments will be reduced and/or progressively tied to the states unemployment. There will also likely be a matching incentive to workers if they go back to work. But stay tuned for more updates.

NotePUA unemployment benefits will continue to the end of the year while retroactive $600 payments will also likely continue into August as state UI agencies catch-up on payouts to eligible recipients.

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[Previous update] Under the latest Coronavirus stimulus bill (CARES act) unemployment compensation insurance has been extended by 13 weeks and boosted by adding $600 per week for up to four months, on top of what beneficiaries normally receive from states. It also expands eligibility for unemployment checks to self-employed people and independent contractors. More details and specific state payment dates shown below.

When will the $600 Unemployment Benefit Payment Start?

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has now provided guidance to states for implementation of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) programs and the $600 per week extra unemployment (FPUC) approved under the CARES act. While most state labor departments and unemployment agencies have implemented the enhanced unemployment programs, they have been very slow in getting payments out due to issues with updating policies and systems to accommodate the mandated changes. As a result state UI agency websites are behind on processing the additional $600 p/week payment to eligible recipients. Payments to those already receiving unemployment should be automatic, while others or newly unemployed will need to (re-)apply for the UI payments. The table at the end of the post shows states who are now paying the $600 payment based on their State Labor/UI website.

Will I get the full $600? The $600 is added to whatever amount you are currently getting in terms of regular unemployment insurance compensation (UIC), whether it’s the minimum or the maximum. So for example even if you are only getting $50 a week in unemployment benefits today you will still get the full $600 through the next four months (July 31, 2020) which is mandated in the stimulus bill. Note: regular state unemployment compensation includes UCFE, UCX, PEUC, PUA, EB, STC, TRA, and DUA.

Also note that the $600 weekly FPUC payment is paid retroactively. The DOL has specified that states who agree to participate and take the federal funding for the enhanced benefit program under the CARES act must provide retroactive payments to individuals eligible for FPUC for the weeks they would have been entitled. So assuming your state agrees to take part in the DOL program at the end of March (and most states have done so) payments would be effective starting with the week ending 4/5/20. So, if it takes your state UI agency until mid-April to actually start the payments, they will be retroactive back to 4/5/20.

The $600 only applies to those who are receiving regular or PUA state unemployment benefits. If your state said that you don’t qualify for any amount of unemployment compensation, then you do not get the $600 either. The bill also waived the 7 day waiting period for new claims or if you lost your job due to any COVID-19 related reason. So you can file as soon as you get laid off or lose income as a self employed person.

Do part time workers or those getting partial UIC qualify for the $600 unemployment stimulus?

Yes. The Department of Labor (DOL) issued Unemployment Insurance Guidance Letter 15-20 (UIPL 15-20) that alludes to the fact that individuals who are entitled to receive regular unemployment compensation (UC) will also receive the $600 flat weekly payment through July 31, 2020. There is no minimum limit of unemployment compensation that is specified in the DOL guidelines, so even qualifying for a partial amount (i.e the case for part time employees) would qualify the employee for the $600 weekly payment. See more for part-time workers on getting this payment.

State by State Status on $600 payment

The following table shows how the current state administered maximums would increase with the supplementary $600 provision and which states are now paying these. However the roll-out of the enhanced UIC payments for those able to file new claims has been much slower than planned (see details). This information is changing daily so please let me know if you see an changes and I always recommend checking your local state labor or unemployment site to get the official payment dates specific to your claim.

(Click State For Details)
Maximum PUA AmountPUA State Contact Number
District of Columbia$444
New Hampshire$427
New Jersey$713North Jersey: 201-601-4100
Central Jersey: 732-761-2020
Southern Jersey: 856-507-2340
New Mexico$511
New York$5041-833-491-0632
1-833-324-0366 (to certify)
North Carolina$350
North Dakota$618
Puerto Rico$190
Rhode Island$586
South Carolina$326
South Dakota$414
West Virginia$424

Naturally the above flat weekly increases are creating controversy as the new maximums could exceed what workers make from normal jobs and actually encourage employees to temporarily lay off employers while things are slowed down due to the Coronavirus induced shutdowns.

Will I get the $600 payment if I owe the IRS money or pay child support?

Individuals who currently have a debt with the IRS (or other government agencies) are still eligible for the $600 payment even if 100% of their weekly benefit amount is currently intercepted. Child support obligations however must be deducted from FPUC payments in the same manner and to the same extent as these obligations are deducted from regular UIC. Generally one-half of your $600 payment will be deducted and applied to your court ordered or voluntary child support or repayment of an UI over payment.

Since unemployment benefits are administered at the state level, please check your state’s UI website and file a claim to confirm your specific entitlement. Also note that the $600 payment is taxable and will be shown as income in your 1099G.

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593 thoughts on “Why The $300 Cut to the Original $600 FPUC Unemployment Stimulus Benefit and 2021 Extension is a BIG Deal

  1. I live in Arkansas and I’m getting the peuc and I only get 81$ a week so will I get to get the extra $300 extended unemployment money or not

    1. Not likely. Under Trumps executive order you need to be receiving at least $100 a week in unemployment benefits.

  2. I filed in Delaware for self employed at the beginning of April and received the monetary determination letter but nothing else. Then once the system was up for self employed I filed again. This time I started receiving payments almost right away. I was not denied as so told I would be. I did not receive retropay. I even called in for all April since I had filed and had not heard anything. Do I need to file a claim for my retropay or what? This is 5 weeks I am missing that i so very much could use.

    1. You guys should google “state representative (your zip code)”

      Then email your area rep. to help you with you government issues. I did not know about it until a friend of mine told me about it. I tried it that same night and they urgently responded with in 10-15 minutes.

      Gob bless

  3. I live in Alabama our work for school that did pay me right so I question they try fire me and try to get me come in residence but I would I spo to be 1407.00 month but instead I was paid 884.70 months they try to block my unemployment by lie on me so I will be able to get mine

  4. UPDATE: I challenge anyone to read my July comment then compare it to today. As of the 25th of July for us, the PUA ended. NOW the state UI is offering me LESS than even $140 per week! I would LOVE to see ANY politician LIVE on this without ANY other source of income! They would die before the end of the day, because we all know they spend more than this on their daily latte’s, etc.
    Now, also, as of today, MORE restaurants, small business owners, etc, have shut down permanently. NOBODY can keep a roof over their head on $140 per week at todays cost of living expenses. Thankfully, by reason of experience, and age, I will “survive” but ONLY by using 40+ years of blood and sweat and taxed to hell savings and investment strategies. The point though is the blantant audacity of ALL the criminal politicians to expect / believe / think, anybody can / will have a roof over their head even at these B.S. payment levels, AFTER having taxed every penny a worker makes during their entire lifetime.
    THIS is my original comment from July >>>
    No matter which side you are on, here is something else to consider. I am an
    Alaskan, just shy of 60 years old, my primary profession, was truck driver/equipment operator, for over 35 years. I have NEVER once drawn
    unemployment before, EVER, before this Covid19 disaster. I used to run the
    entire continent, Yes, Alaska, every Canadian province,and even go into
    Mexico. Well, from Alaska, if you are going by roadway, you HAVE to go
    through Canada !! Well, guess what, they SHUT DOWN the border(s) and
    say NO !! Did we ask for this?! NO!!!! So does this make it OUR fault?!
    I had to pull teeth practically to FINALLY get the FPUA going. Even though
    it “said” zero job searches required (for now) I am smart enough to NOT think or expect that the gov can keep supporting us,me,you,ANYBODY forever,
    We The People are NOT the ones that screwed us out of our work, businesses, etc. !! I looked at the Job Openings while I was in the website and it returned ZERO openings !!!! Ya think that “might” just be a problem??!!
    So, YES, the $600 needs to be extended, at least until, EVERYTHING is back
    to FULL pre Covid capacities, and we ALL know, THAT is NOT going to be
    anytime soon !

    1. Love your comment by reason of experience and age you will survive…… Born in 1960 I understand exactly that as well. In addition one must get creative and start a new CV19 budget. You are so right what is given is their lunch and latte $$$. If we all wear a mask when out in public it will certainly help stop the spread. Tom do you know when and how the 13 week extension of Regular UI payments gets added on? As mine will run out at 25 weeks and a half week of $ on the 26th week. I thought that 13 week extension was included from the get go….

      1. Did you ever find an answer to this? I am in the same boat as you; my 26 weeks of support have concluded (gone by rather quickly I might add). I receive my last payment tomorrow, and it isn’t so much a payment as it is simply my claim being closed out by handing me the final crumbs of my “Benefits Remaing” balance. I did see that I received Trump’s $300 assistance for a few weeks, the earliest of which started on July 26th. I was surprised by this as I thought LWA payments didn’t apply to months previous to August. Either way, I was under the impression I would automatically be enrolled in some sort of extended benefits program as my research led me to believe. I was not though. Instead, I received a message that my benefits were completed, and I was not eligible to make a new claim until March of next year. Do i need to apply for Extended benefits or for the pandemic assistance unemployment? Or how does this work? I get confused with all the damn acronyms assigned to these payments, lol.

  5. I filed my claim July 17th but was told not to call in my first benefit request till August 2 will I receive one week of the $600 or more then that….

  6. Andy, I think your math is wrong.
    “133% more than the average income…”
    I think you meant “133% OF the avg income…”

    1. I completely agree with you Russ. If anyone reading this article does the math on even my own personal comment earlier today, then here is an example.
      $140 per week X 4 weeks equals a grand TOTAL of $560 !! Yes, that IS
      even LESS for an ENTIRE month, than the pre-expiry $600 per week FPUA !!
      So, just where does that 133% more come from exactly??!! Also, when you make / made as much as $5000 per month working your job BEFORE this
      Covid B.S then $500 would be only 10% of your NORMAL income Andy.
      This would mean a 90% reduction or LOSS of the NORMAL income.
      Just sayin…………

  7. I live in NJ. I guess this is an area to complain, so here’s mine. For NJ the max unemployment states 713, which is great compared to most states. It’d be a little more nice if that’s what they were giving. Pre tax I made 1800 a week, which should qualify easily for the 713. I’m getting 588 after taxes. Taxes are 10%. 642 should be the amount. $54 doesn’t sound like much but multiply that over five months and I should have another 1000 up to this point. With the extra 600, which I got last week, but not this, worked out to be exactly 66% of my income. I’m grateful for the money but staying home has cost me over 600 a week through no fault of my own, I don’t see a public sickness, and my employer can’t afford to bring me back in a dead restaurant industry. Taking this 600 away and I’m making less than 35% of my salary!!!

  8. Is the retroactive payment applying to April regardless of when you actually filed your initial claim? For instance if you waited until June were approved, and would have been approved if you knew and filed earlier? Also does the half taken out for child support to arrearages or monthly payments or both. They applied my entire 1200 stimulus to arrearages and my monthly. Support payments are only $175. Thanks in advance.

  9. if I filled on the 30th of July will I still receive the 600 for the week prior or the full amount..I live in fl..

  10. So if my next claim date is August 2nd and I claim every 2 weeks will I still get the 600 payment for the first week of July 26th. I know I wont get the full 1200 since it ends on the 31st but will they at least give me the 600 for the first week when I do my 2 week claim on August 2nd?

    1. I’m in the same boat, I file the 2nd also but from what I have read in KY they ended it the 25th so they are saying that the first week ending the 26th we won’t be getting it for that week. I hope I am wrong though.

  11. The worry that people are not returning to jobs because they’re making more $ on the enhanced unemployment payments is just bogus. The majority of people who collect unemployment do so until their 6 months of collecting is up. Wether or not they are making more, less, or the same as they were at their job. People use their benifits to the end, usually. I’m in Texas and the oilfield is dead. There’s 0 jobs out their right now to replace my 120,000$ a year job. And believe me…..I’m not making more on the benifits than I was at work . But reduced payments from 1120$ a week to 521$ a week will mean I can barely get by instead of comfortably living and doing my day to day shopping. It’s not going to incintivise me to go back to work by taking the benifits away. There’s no work to go back to.

    1. Exactly, the unemployment rate is ridiculously high. Then they will say well I know I guy that can’t get workers, your right not at $8 an hour because I can’t afford the gas to get there, childcare, etc. It’s cheaper to not work even without any benefits because all the added costs of going to work like childcare basically zeros out my income at those levels. This country is in a mess and the politicians need to quit the BS bickering and do what’s right for the people for once and not what’s good for them. Americans need to wake up and start holding these guys accountable because for so long they haven’t been, now is time to change that.

      1. If they want to stimulate economy let’s start with raising minimum wage to a living wage which would trickle into everyone’s salaries as well !! Remember Mike there is not enough childcare out there and essential workers are prioritized….And what happened to a second Stimulus check after all this time? By the way….each golf trip by Trump , secret service and the staff cost about $600,000 average paid by tax payers. Trump only goes to golf clubs that he owns so who is really getting that bonus check ????? Abuse of Power and reckless spending!!

    2. Same for us Mark. Slope worker friends I hardly ever see, I could go visit right now because they are NOT working, they are furloughed / home. I’ve checked our industry openings every time I am on the state website and there are ZERO.
      So to all the Fed politicians >> “Yes,we can all go right back to work to all the
      NOBODY open, NOBODY hiring jobs right now can’t we” ??!!! Must be nice to
      NOT have to worry about the real world cost of living. (But ONLY for them)

  12. I’m in Kansas and been getting payments and bonus since April, no issues. 349+600 = 949 a week.

    Not 1 messed up payment. Guess i am really lucky. Also my benefits were going to run out October, but now if they extend it to end of the year, all the better.

    If they extend the bonus, I’m going to be saving it back like i did most of the last bonus weeks, gotta make a long term plan in this crazy times, this is getting worse by the week, scarier than ever and there’s no light end of the tunnel yet.

    Kids going to school online, we dont leave the house except for appointments, wife doesn’t work, (Disabled) I’ve been out a job since January. Holed up at home and clinging on to whatever we can get, as we watch the world fall apart all around us.

    Stay safe, stay healthy.

    1. Have you been hit with overpayment issues yet? Just started in Colorado. So fun.

    1. They say “back-to-work bonus payments” well that doesn’t help with those who are high risk. My physician just told me yesterday she will not release me yet. I would only draw 75.00 a week (taxes out) so now worry about the other 650.00 to cover rent and my other bills. My medication alone with co-pay is 208.25.

      1. Jouridan… We all are in different situations but have financial crisis as a common denominator. AS far as your RX goes I have a couple suggestions. (1) you could ask your pharmacist to see if there are any online coupons that they could apply to your RX. I had a RX that found a coupon that was $75 off monthly.( 2.) You could look up or call the drug company that makes your RX to see if they have any additional programs that you might be eligible for (3) Look for resources locally that might be able to help. Most cities have a St. Vincent DePaul Society which is the Catholic Church ( don’t have to be Catholic) and they can be extremely helpful in different areas. I had good experiences with them helping me to pay for RX and gas after Hurricane Ike. Remember every penny saved is a penny earned ! Don’t know if you are eligible for food stamps SNAP but you you could get that during CV19 then less to pay at grocery and in turn you can buy your RX. Good Luck!!!

  13. Is anyone else having an issue with payment date saying in progress…? My husband has not received his benefits for 2 weeks they both say in progress it tells me that he is suppose to get paid but still nothing. We didn’t have any issue until child support started to come out last week and we still haven’t gotten his money for last week either.. it states not problems found

    1. I’m in the same situation. Every claim filed prior to last week was listed with a payment number the next day. Now, last week’s payment (for the prior week), and this week’s payment (for last week – filed today), both show “In Progress”. Also, the $600 stimulus addition was not listed in the last two weeks’ claim summaries, even though this benefit was supposed to last through the week ending 7/25 (last week). No issue with the claim, so I don’t know what’s happening, and that’s unsettling. I’ll just keep filing weekly and if it goes another week, will start reaching out to PA for assistance. Maybe they’re just overwhelmed, or maybe the stimulus being in “ending or extending” limbo has something to do with it. Patience, I tell myself, patience.

        1. Thanks Tina…that makes me relax a bit. I tend to fret. So clarify if you would, when the week’s status was shown as “In Progress”, was your regular UC listed, and the stimulus not? And then, when you did receive a payment, was it for regular UC plus the $600? SG

  14. I was overpaid with the reg. unemployment benefits plus the extra $600 benefit for 2 weeks back in April.

    I reported the overage and was not paid for 5 weeks, i thought I was paying off the overpayment with the req. Unemployment and the extra $600; that was not the case.

    Per the unemployment “specialist” im only eligible for the reg. Unemployment and not the $600, because I owe to the overpayment office.
    She said I would have to be making payments plus they would be taking all of my unemployment benefits. I told her that is not helpful as I was paid the overage with the extra $600 benefit, unemployment is my only source of income.
    If I owed money to any government agencies I would still be eligible for the extra $600 a week plus the reg. Unemployment, Which then i would be paying off the balances with the extra $600+ the reg unemployment owed which is fine, im paying it off..

    But that apparently is not the case.
    Im paid only the reg. Unemployment benefit.

  15. We have a scheduled shutdown for this week of July 4th. We get to draw unemployment. I live in Alabama. My question is do we get to draw the 600 dollars also since this is a scheduled shutdown? Thank you!

  16. I am receiving the $600.00 but they did not take tax out, how do I notify them to take out the tax, I live in NJ. They are taking tax out of my unemp!oyment. I am confused.

  17. My bf received the determination letter from pua stating he gets $176 a week, but online it says $0 and his payments are $0, my question (s) are, 1. What’s goin on with that? 2 has anyone else experienced this and if so, any advice? We are in KY, if that makes a difference

    1. I had the same thing happen i called an called an finally someone answered me an told me that they are just behind that they just have a few more things to finish up an it will be there my stuff said 00 for over a month an 223 was all that was being said i would get but then when they finally fianished my stuff they had everything on there so my guess is that it will be on there they are just finishing your stuff but to be safe i would call an keep calling til they help you

    2. yes same thing happened to me and im in ky when i requested my first check it said my payment was 0 on my summary page. It said that for a couple days and then the same dates i claimed for came up again under that and it had the right amount. Have no clue why they did that and its still on my summary page that i got a payment for 0. Just give it a few days and see if they put another post on there this time with right amount maybe it has something to do with it being the 1st payment requested hope this helps i was worried but it did change and all good now.

  18. I lost 2 partime jobs on the same day. The first job filed the paperwork right away amd unemployment benefits started and everything was fine. The second job filed a separate claim a month later, now im 130.00 short. I only receive 504.00 and the 306.00. What happened? Im in Ga. I lost 2 jobs and got a reduction.

  19. I am open to working from home during COVID-19 and actively looking for jobs. I am having a hard time finding something I am qualified for that doesn’t require me to be outdoors and risking my health. Luckily, I still have benefits to collect, and I know I have the extension program option that is being offered by the government.

    I was wondering if my unemployment benefits are exhausted, regardless of the 13 week extension, and if I get a job in retail (which is my profession) and the retail store I work in the future hypothetically closes 6 months later, will I still be able to collect benefits say in 202 if my benefits have been exhausted because of COVID-19 in 2020??

    It doesn’t make sense that not only is it 90% harder to find a safe job to work from home because of COVID-19, but how can I bounce back if I need a cushion later in the future for emergencies because of being laid off?

    Please let me know, how this will affect me, not now, but in my future when I need unemployment again, after COVID-19 is over.

  20. I work part time and started my job in February. My hours where cut by just a few hours a week due to all this . I got denied for regular unemployment and then I got the link to apply for the pua. Would I be eligible for the pua? And if my hours go back to normal would I still cerify every two weeks?

  21. I live in NYS and didn’t qualify for unemployment in March when I applied because I didn’t make enough for the two quarters prior. But as of April 1st, I did qualify (since I made enough in the first quarter of 2020) so I filled out and sent in a form and a letter (regular mail) explaining to cancel my original claim and to start me a new one using this alternate pay period – (as I was advised by a representative to do on the phone). I also emailed NYS twice and called dozens of times but can’t get through – just like everyone else, which takes like 10 minutes to do because you have to hit a ton of buttons and enter your social security number – and then it just hangs up on you…. But here’s the weird thing… My NYS qualification is in pending status… This would explain why I haven’t gotten a check yet. But I did receive a fed stimulus check for $600 one week. The next week I got nothing. The next week I got another one for $600. The next week nothing again. We’ll see what happens this week but I am REALLY confused. Anyone else only getting the $600 every other week?

    1. Sounds like you’re getting the 600 extra in unemployment! They wouldn’t break up the stimulus payment! Hang in there, the rest will come!

  22. Michigan gives me $362 per week plus $160 for the PUA. Why am I not getting the full $600?

  23. You are showing Florida as having 25 weeks of regular unemployment. Florida has only 12 weeks of unemployment. They have never increased it. (They are still claiming the unemployment rate in Florida is only about 4%)!

  24. If You receive SSD can you get PUA as well ?friends are telling me yes. I am from Michigan

    1. Laura, I live in Pennsylvania and currently collect social security disability, I qualified for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) due to losing the gig job I had.
      Hope this helps answer your question

  25. From what I’ve read, you need to reapply and you will be classified to get PUA. I recently applied for PUA and the next day I was approved for everything from March. I then called the BOA/EDD to check on my card, asked them to send express and received it in 3 days. The funds were already deposited the next day after I applied and certified for all weeks since March-May.

      1. I don’t understand how this is true when other articles and the DEO say it is paid out if you are receiving at least $1 from regular unemployment. I was getting it until after memorial day and then it stopped. So is this a change or what

    1. Where did you call for the card? I live in oregon… got my letter that i am approved. Should I call somewhere or do you think that a card is already on the way?

      1. I live in fl. They applied my unemployment in a debit card from the state. I got a payment on it and didn’t receive my card for 2 weeks

    2. Where did you certify the weeks back to March? I qualified for PUA plus and $600 FPUC. So far I have received two checks so far for the last couple months. I seperated from my employment March 27th. How do I apply back to that date I separated? I’m do confused.

  26. I live in Illinois and received unemployment until Dec of 2019. I filed a claim in March and was told that I needed to refile in April which I did. I received a letter stating that I was ineligible but I was told to certify on May 4th. I did and have not heard anything since. My question is, do I need to file for the PUA or will the agency automatically file it for me?

  27. Of my husband got 4 weeks severance pay and was approved for unemployment but has to wait until the 4 weeks are up to get unemployment benefits will be still get the extra 600 for those weeks.

  28. I’m in Indiana, restaurant worker, been laid off since march 15th, applied and denied for UI, applied for PUA, got a nonsense letter with a lot of $0 on it saying I have a right to appeal within 14 days, but does not say what i’m appealing. Letter is titled ‘monetary determination’ but there is nothing indicating any determination at all. Uplink still says 7 vouchers claimed, benefits amount $0. Little things change on the way it’s displayed, but no progress. Have not received stimulus check. Have no received any UI. $2000 in debt. Going back to work Monday…I know nothing. 5 hours waiting on the phone got me hung up on. I also received a key2benefits card one month ago that has been empty this entire time.,

  29. hello i live in pa and was sent a letter saying i was eligible for the pua benefits with the weekly benefit amount of 290.. and nothing about the extra 600. does that mean i dont get the extra 600 or will i recieve it ? very confusing and this is the first time i have ever needed to do unemployment with being self employed. can someone please help me out with some answers.

    1. I have the same problem. But it think it’s because it’s back up in the system therefore they have to calculate and send that after. From what I read, if you receive unemployment you will automatically recieve the $600. But its a waitjng game. Because there are millions waiting just like us for them to get things sorted out. So be patient is all that I can advice friend.

    2. The $600 is added to it without showing up on the paperwork. You have to certify every week. I have been able to call and get through to REALLY nice people that helped make sure I had all my info right.

      1. Who did you get through to? on what #? I’ve called the 888-313-7284 # at least 200 times and it just rings busy. I have been unemployed now for 8 weeks, I received only the very first Bi-weekly claim payment. I’ve filed twice more since then for the bi-weekly claim and haven’t received anything. I haven’t received a payment in 4 weeks. Also, I haven’t seen any of the $600/week payment.

    3. I live in Oregon and my letter was like yours only showed only showed state amount not the 600 and the next week I was told it was a waiting week so I’ve got noting so far so does that mean Oregon is stilling my 600 and waiting week ?

    4. Yes I agree it’s a waiting game. I called my local NJ UI office over the last almost 2 months and tried all the automated sections to get through and even got to the point several times early morning and afternoon where the automated system finally said connecting you to an agent and it didn’t it hung up. I think maybe the UI offices all over are so inundated that they are using all the employees to just process claims and not answer the phones which honestly should be updated saying as such if that is the case or at least these governors daily or weekly updates should tell us don’t expect to get anyone on the phone because blah blah blah. Anyway I am an independent contractor, 1099 and I filed March 22nd and logging in online my claim status said “filed” which is good and benefit rate and total were $0 until I finally received an email stating I was upgraded to PUA claim status because you need to file and be denied and have the status like I did. So I received that email May 7th finally giving hope because it stated how much weekly and the total amount. It said I needed to claim by Saturday, though my filing claim day was Friday which I did, and I would receive payment on Tuesday, May 12th. Well I logged in on my designated day and filed again (I had been filing weekly all along which oddly it allowed) all 6 weeks I was out of work. I have not yet received that direct deposit but I am hopeful assuming they are just backlogged. So it’s Wednesday the 13th and no payment yet but I’ve learned to be patient even in financial need. Side Note…I did start working the last few weeks part time sporadic hours when I can get them and I received the stimulus check in the mail May 1st but a friend of mine in NY just received hers in the mail today May 13th. So I think things are just backlogged. I do search news on updates and it seems NJ’s old Cobalt program system God Bless it went down over the weekend again but for an ancient system it is handling the claims pretty well with few problems.

  30. I am going to get my unemployment but when will I receive the 600 dollars

  31. Question? If I go back to work after all of this pandemic and I am getting the 600.00 from the federal government? Do I notify the federal government that I have returned to work and if I do can you provide me the information I need to do that.? Do I continue to receive the benefit until June if I am working or does it stop when I notify the government of my return to work ? I have tried to call and have not been successful to the Unemployment office and the information on the computer is vague. Thank you for your time..


  32. i have been receiving my 600.00 weekly except for this week i did not is there a number I can call regarding this.

    1. I am in Pa. and I have been getting the extra 600.00 every week but all of a sudden it stopped and I don’t know why. Will I continue to get it? It stopped the beginning of July.

  33. Hi, i received a approval letter to PUA but in the letter says about an appeal. In the letter there’s no amount, it is just a sheet of paper saying PUA Effective date 02/02/2020- Appeal rights expire 05/14/2020.

    Section I. Claims Determination. YOU ARE ALLOWED BENEFITS AS OF 02/02/2020.

    Section II. Legal Basis for Determination. The CARES Act of 2020, Public Law 116-136, and Sections 20 CFR 625.2 and 625.5 of the Code of Federal Regulations State in part that an individual or self-employed individual who worked or was scheduled to begin work at the time of the COVID-19 public health emergency but is unable to do so shall be considered unemployed.

    Section III. YOU ARE UNEMPLOYED as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Therefore, you can be paid Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

    Section IV. Account Chargeability

    Section V. Appeal Right. Unless an electronic or written appeal is filed, this determination becomes final 15 days after the date it is mailed to you. If the 15th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or state holyday, the next work day will be considered the 15th day for the purpose of filing an appeal. An appeal may be filed online at dol.georgia.gov, in writing by email to appeals@gdol.ga.gov or fax to 404-232-3901 or 404-232-3902. Refer to the Claimant Handbook for more details.


    My Question is… what should I do? Why they talk about an appeal… appeal what?

    1. I got the same letter . My question is it say we are allowed benefits dating back to Feb ! so can we submit weekly claims retro active for those dates ?

      1. Hey any update on this? I got the same letter today. We’re you able to get benefits from 02/02/2020?

        1. Not yet but I figured it was worth a shot so I submitted for them I’ll let ya know next week

        1. Lynn what is the number you called in NC. My daughter lives there, has been trying for days and can’t get through. She needs help in completing her application.

    2. That means you are approved u just have to wait on your card and after your appeal u will be able to access it online and when your card come your first payment will be on there

  34. My son receives SSI and worked twenty hours a week. He was terminated and now receives unemployment and the 600.00 a week. How does this affect his SSI since this puts him way over what he is allowed to have in a month.

    1. I’m on SSDI and worked part time but now I am receiving regular unemployment plus the weekly $600 federal ui benefits. Even though SSI is a different program and has different limitations. The $2000 monthly asset limit on SSI recipients, does not apply to the weekly $600 FPUC. The $600 payments are supposed to be for this emergency, that is his money, so it’s not supposed to be used to calculate base rent or as a qualifier nor disqualifier for benefits such as SSI, SSDI, etc. As long as his regular unemployment compensation is not over the SGA limit or he doesn’t let that part of his unemployment build to over $2000 a month in his account, he should be fine.


  36. I have received California unemployment insurance since Sep 2019. I have received the additional $600 per week for the last 4 weeks. My benefit allotment ran out on my last payment and I received a message stating I would not be eligible for an “extension”. I thought the Federal government mandated an additional 13 weeks of benefits regardless. Will I not receive additional benefits as a result of CARES or does the state of California decision trump what the feds say? Anyone?

    1. Same thing happened to me. Everything I read indicates that this is a glitch. Hopefully this question will be answered by someone who knows for sure.

      1. Hello J. Fleming. Thanks for your comments. It’s reassuring to know someone else has this dilemma. It’s frustrating because it is impossible to talk to a human being at EDD. All the phone numbers are a dead end. On my personal Online UI there is no tab that allows me to file a “new” claim which seems to be the suggestion made by others in this forum. I guess I’ll wait until Sunday when I can Certify for benefits to see if that triggers anything.
        I don’t understand why my account doesn’t automatically provide me with another 13 weeks of benefits as mandated by the federal government. Some people have suggested filing under PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) but when I do that it always ends up going back to my EDD Online UI account where I can’t open a new claim because there is no tab to do so. Please keep in touch and let me know if you have figured a way around this mess. Thank you.

  37. Received my State of Florida unemployment this week (retroactive to the 4 weeks I waited). But no sign of the CARE act federal unemployment. I thought the State of Florida had started paying those effective April 12th. Shouldn’t it have been in my state unemployment payment?

    1. from my understanding, this is an example: In the state of Florida if you qualify for regular unemployment over $125.00 a week and submit a claim every two weeks, they deposit that money separate into your bank account of $125.00 X 2 weeks= $250.00 and then they deposit your PUA of $600.00 X 2 weeks= $1,200.00 a couple of days later, for a total of $1,450.00 into your bank account. that’s two separate deposits in your account from DEO every two weeks.

  38. I live in Maryland and still did not receive any payment. My benefits on the website for PUA shows $176 weekly, do you guys have any idea why?

    1. That PUA is likely your state’s Pandemic fund…the Federal $600 says FPUA…like I live in NJ, didn’t qualify for regular unemployment bc I work part-time. But while not qualified for regular unemployment, I did qualify for my states PUA plus the FPUA…each state receives the federal $$ and then doles it out so it’s not the Feds, its your state. For every day the state can delay paying out any part of the lump sum they received from the Feds…they make interest, so there’s that….

      1. Yes, indeed!! I am in MD and it took some time, but I did get it all retroactive . I am really worried about Lodi h the 600 as I only get 176 UI . Not sure when I can return to work because I am at risk (72 with compromised immune system) plus my boss is still at home so he can babysit. Well, if anything in life I have learned be frligent, be patient tho gs fall into place, but who knows….at least I only have myself to take care ofthanks for listening to whoever fidgood luck yo all and stay safe. God Bless

    2. Initially, I showed 430 as a WBA. Now I have the same issue and it says 176 for PUA and doesn’t show my 430 WBA. This new system messed everything up.

  39. I received first $600 DD last Friday . My Unemployment portal says account still pending and same when I call in to automated .
    I’m waiting for this weeks $600 direct deposit .
    Assuming obviously I’m approved , will 2nd payment be forthcoming ?

    1. Given that my state, Rhode island is not included in the list of states . that means I am not eligible to receive the $600

      1. your state is recognized and if you look at bottom of that list there is a page two!

  40. I live in CT just got a $841.00 check for unemployment. Idk if that for back retroactive of the $ 600.00 I’m owed or my unemployment pay with out the $600.00. How can I find the break down of this?!

    1. Go to the unemployment website and look up payment issued to you if the money was unemployment it will tell you the amount and the date they issued it to you if it’s the 600 it won’t say anything that’s how you know

    2. Same here, in CT. The math indicates that we received a $300 FPUC.
      CT Weekly UI Benefit = $667.
      FPUC = $300.
      Taxes withheld = $97 fed, $29 state.
      $667 + $300 – $97 – $29 = $841.

  41. I was working 5 days a week, got furloughed, and now getting unemployment plus the 600 (in Delaware). My question is, will I still get the extra 600 if I return to a part time job for only 3 or 4 days a week?

  42. I live in Maryland and just got an extension since I had already gotten my 26 weeks (that ended at the end of March). I am due to receive $106 per week. Will I also get an additional $600?

  43. Please someone tell me if a 17 year old high schoolers are allowed to claim Pandemic UC ? This is what is happening in my small business . My business was never closed. Five people are still working for me . We were working via a zoom and we had people packaging home work & leaving in the bins for parents to pick up once a week.These kids never answered our calls or emails for a week when we requested for help. Our place is fully sanitized. Then I received a notice from Texas Work force commission saying UI /Disaster Benefit request. I have asked my key staff to go to the office and pull worksheets off the shelves and place it in packets . This was the job these kids were doing before who is getting the PUC now while being full time students. They have the key to get into the tutoring center and no interactions with anyone . These kids instead started getting $600/week benefits . They were working 10 hours a week. They are on their parents tax claim as dependent. I am fully reopening the business next week . If they refuse to come back should I inform TX work force commission? These kids didn’t even earn $80/week take home pay . Now getting $600/week . Why government allowing this ?

    1. First off, usually UI is paid partially by you, the employer. If they have not been laid off or fired, you need to let UI in your state know. Also, if they are laid off and are are turning down work, which it sounds like they are (I suppose they could say their cell phone wasn’t working so they didn’t get your calls), they are supposed to write that down on their weekly UI report (It says “Did you turn down any work?”) and that would make it so their UI would be cut down or eliminated. If your key employees are doing the job of these kids and it’s not a hassle, you could “hire the kids back” after things get rolling again….OR, just hire new kids, as it’s obvious they aren’t concerned at all with your company! Either way, you’ve got to inform UI what the status of these employees are: laid off or employed but not returning your calls, so they “quit”. Perhaps they are waiting for you to fire them, so they can collect UI?

  44. i check my UI portal it indicates i was started but not confirm in the state of Ga…what it means am a stylist it was sent to me from PUA AS A EGIBLE I APPLY AND ON ui PORTOL IT KICK THAT OUT

  45. My husband is a gig worker and doesn’t qualify for Alabama unemployment. Will he get the $600.00 as a laid off gig worker?

  46. I live in Kansas. Received my first $600 stimulus payment. Is this state making retroactive Payments? If so, how and when?

    1. I just got my first $600 today too. The articles from press releases I’ve seen from the Governor said that it will be retroactive. I’m operating from memory here. I believe the retroactive date was March 29th, but I’m not sure.

    2. i live in kansas and even though it says i 600.00 extra bank of america did not load it just my regular amount

    3. Did you actually receive the money or was it just showing in your status as paid? Mine showed the $600 added in when my last weeks pay was processed, but when the money got in the bank this morning, the $600 portion was not there.


    1. I just got approved for my weeks as I have been waiting almost 7 weeks. My statement says I get the $600 on top of my state benefit. It also shows how they took out the taxes. Only the state benefit was taxed NOT THE $600 STIMULUS. So no you do not get taxed on the stimulus. They also backpay out of the 7 weeks I have been out I will be back paid those 5 weeks that I could claim so far and only one week which was before the bill past I will not get the $600 extra. I expect a nice check soon.

      1. taxes may not have been withheld from the $600 stimulus at this time, but at the end of the year it will have to be claimed as income. If you make enough money in 2020 to owe taxes you will have to pay at that time.

      2. Of course you will be taxed! They may not have done it on the front end but your gonna get it on the back end!

      3. Yes, but check with your State for sure. I got both thru the PUA which is the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Good luck

  48. im confused, i’m recieving unemployment and the $600 extra. my question is when i go back to work do i still get the extra $600 stimulas money each week or is that for those only collectingunemployment?

    1. Only those who are eligible for and collecting at least $1 of unemployment can get the $600 of UI

      1. I had tax taken out of 600 for the fees and also taxed by the state. I am also pretty sure I read from government the 600 is definitely taxed sorry, but maybe check with your State. Good luck

  49. If employer pays me from PPP loan which is forgivable and for that I have to go off unemployment which I qualify for and was on during shutdown,which we are still in ohio shut down,mass layoff whatever you call it, Does this cost me the 600.00 FPUC money too ??? Can I reapply for that or does the PPP make me not qualify ??

  50. I live in NY and have been waiting 6 weeks for my unemployment to go through. Am I going to get all that back money when it finally comes in? Like the 600.00 a week back money too? I have 2 babies and no other income and cannot get a response from them at all. I have called hundreds of times, e-mailed 4 times, faxed letters and mailed letters and still nothing. Just every week I file my benefits online but still no money coming in. Almost 7 weeks!!!

    1. I live in Jersey and Governor Murphy guarantees all NJ residents not lose one penny of what is due them. I am sure NY just be the same.

    2. You are entitled to all the weeks you were unemployed hon! Good luck to you and those precious babies.

  51. A native in Colorado, thirty-three years in the workforce, at the age of 57, in 2013, I began receiving Disability payments. Have been ever since and will the rest of my life. Will I be receiving the additional $600.00 like all the other unemployed individuals?

  52. Can you collect the $600 weekly PUA payement if you are on disability? It is telling me I just need to certify and I called the Social Security office and they said I can just so long as I don’t work… still seems odd to me tho…

  53. OK this has confused me I got laid off from my regular full-time job March 18 but I have a part-time job for a couple of years now , In PA , 15 hours a week somewhere around there my question is will I still receive the extra $600 or not because I’m working part time or can anyone help with this answer or do they know

    1. If you can qualify for even $1 of regular UI (which you may if your part time income dropped due to COVID or is Lower than the states maximum WBA) you can get the extra $600

  54. will the 600 be deposited even if your waiting on a determination from your previous employer or do u need to have already received your first payment to receive that 600

    1. They want sent you the extra 600$ unless you are approved for regular UI. and then the extra 600 weekly will post a few days after your regular UI is posted to your account.

  55. How do I get taxes taken out of the 600.00 now so I don’t get hit so hard at the end of the year? I went to the tax info place when doing my unemployment but it only deducted taxes from my REGULAR unemployment, not the 600.00. How can I change this?

    1. I am having a hard time finding that same thing! We always get money back from federal and NC and do not want this $600 not being taxed screw us up next tax time. Any advise would be greatly appreciated!

  56. Same boat. In pa n been forced out of work since March 18th. Only got 1 unemployment payment of $91 a week. No $600 yet. Thought that $600 was weekly. My brother got 2 unemployment payment s n only one week of the extra $600. I’m so confused. Will I get it? N shouldn’t my brother have gotten 1200??? I should also get 1200 for weeks ending 4/4 n 4/11. Anyone who can clarify plz do. TY. I would rather b working my measly job where I didn’t even make min wage half the time. This is for awful:(

    1. Keep trying!! I just got approved and received retroactive UI plus 600 retroactive. Check making sure you submit all they required. I received notices thru my portal. It took forever because they didn’t receive my 1099 sent it probably 20x then uploaded pic several times, got a lyric of eligibility and within a week receive all the UI and 600 retro back to 3/15 !! Hang in there

  57. Will they take my entire $600 NJ unemployment stimulus if I am in arrears on my child support? I thought they would treat it as a job and only take out what I owe every week like they already have been doing with my regular unemployment pay, but I am hearing so many different things that I don’t know what to believe. Some insight on this would be greatly appreciated

    1. They should only take your weekly payment out of your unemployment. Your $600 a week should be untouched.

      1. Child support obligations however must be deducted from FPUC payments in the same manner and to the same extent as these obligations are deducted from regular UIC. Generally one-half of your $600 payment will be deducted and applied to your court ordered or voluntary child support or repayment of an UI over payment. As per the Article above.

        1. I’m not getting any 600$. Just received one payment

  58. I got my first 2 checks for unemployment on 4/20/2020 for weeks 3/28/2020 and 3/17/2020. Will I get the extra 600 for those two payments?

    1. Did you READ the article?
      (Hint: the answer to your question, per the information in the article, regarding those specific dates, is … NO.)

    2. No only went into effect after March 29 so week ending April 4 you will get and going forward.

  59. I live in ohio and been laid of. Over all this virus stuff going around. I filled my weeks and it’s says pending still all four weeks. And no one picks up like unemployment it’s like no ones even there. What can I do I have no income and not sure when I be back at work

    1. Ohio is way behind in implementing the new $600 PUAC and 13 week extension. This is likely why you are not getting a response. I feel for your tough situation like many of us, but you’ll just have to wait till the Ohio unemployment department gets their act together and starts making these payments.

  60. So I got back pay for 2 weeks, but they took out 125 from each check only giving me 950 instead of the full 1200. I know people who are getting the full 600 so I don’t understand. Is this because of the tax number i claim on a regular paycheck?

    1. Did you choose to have taxes taken out that may be why, anyways be grateful you’re even getting anything my boyfriend applied over a month ago and his is still processing and doesn’t even know if he’s approved or denied.

  61. We live in WA state. I filed for unemployment as usual this week. I filed on the 20th (a day late because the system website was not letting me get on). So when I look at my list of claims, it says I was paid the extra 600 with my last 2 weeks claims (april4,april11). I get in my account today and have less than what they told me I’d get and my claim for this week still says 0. Is it possible this amount was back pay and this weeks check will be deposited soon? Because i should have gotten almost 1000 more! Thanks to whoever can help me. Stay safe and sane out there family. Love to you all.

  62. So I live in Oregon and I got $600 3 days in a row to catch up on the back pay and now this week I didn’t get a $600 anything!!! Does anyone know why that is???

    1. That’s exactly what happened to me. I have no idea what is going on or if I will receive anymore $600 payments or not.

    2. Same thing happen to me IN Oregon I got the 600 last week but not this week? 4-19-20 I thought it said 600 extra per week?? Why didn’t I get it this week. Big let down once again by Oregon Unemployment

      1. Big letdown? Wow, you did nothing to earn the additional $600 to begin with. Be happy they even made it happen in the first place. Ridiculous thought process.

    3. I also live in Oregon and the same thing happened to me…unsure of what’s behind this. Hope it gets figured out.

  63. Oregon: they sent me 2 payments of 504$ after taxes for the week if 4/4/20 and this week it shows that I’m only getting my regular ui benefits which seems strange to me

    1. @Terra The same thing happened to me. I received only my regular benefits this week. But, when the retroactive checks came in, they did so in 3 separate deposits over a 2 day period. I am hoping the 600 dollar check for this week is going to soon follow the one received this morning.

  64. I’m in penalty weeks & they are taking my UI allowed income. It’s not fair if I don’t get the $600 because this is a pandemic and separate money from the penalty in which I have $12,480 allowrd to be used once penalty weeks are up. Please help I’m desperately wanting to know the answer to this. Unemployment office says they don’t know.

  65. I’m in Texas as was wondering about everyone else questions, When will we start getting out $600 in the unemployment this is so confusing to everyone. Please can we get a straight answer to our questions?

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