Why The Additional $600 Unemployment Insurance Benefit and Extension in 2020 is a BIG Deal And When It Starts Paying

Under the latest Coronavirus stimulus bill unemployment 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 to self-employed people and independent contractors.

When will the $600 Unemployment Benefit Payment Start?

As of now most state unemployment agencies are still awaiting formal guidance from the Department of Labor (DOL) on the implementation of the new federal provisions and funding. They will need these details to update systems to accommodate mandated changes. As a result state UI agency websites are behind on processing the additional $600 p/week payment. Most are committing to have the updates in place my mid-to-late April. If you already receive UI benefits you will automatically be added to new stimulus programs if eligible and receive these payments as you currently do. Others or newly unemployed will need to (re-)apply for the UI payments.

Will I get the full $600? The $600 is added to whatever amount you are currently getting, 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 which is mandated in the stimulus bill.

Also note that the $600 is paid retroactively. Payments are 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 unemployment benefits. If your state said that you don’t qualify for UI, then you do not get the $600 either. The bill also waived the 7 day waiting period for new claims. So you can file as soon as you get laid off or lose income as a self employed person.

The following table shows how the current state administered maximums would increase with this new provision.

StateCurrent Max. Weekly Benefit AmountNew Maximum Weekly Benefit with Stimulus
Alabama$275$875
Alaska$370$970
Arizona$240$840
Arkansas$451$1,051
California$450$1,050
Colorado$618$1,218
Connecticut$631$1,231
Delaware$400$1,000
District of Columbia$444$1,044
Florida$275$875
Georgia$330$930
Hawaii$630$1,230
Idaho$410$1,010
Illinois$471$1,071
Indiana$390$990
Iowa$447$1,047
Kansas$488$1,088
Kentucky$415$1,015
Louisiana$247$847
Maine$410$1,010
Maryland$430$1,030
Massachusetts$823$1,423
Michigan$362$962
Minnesota$740$1,340
Mississippi$235$835
Missouri$320$920
Montana$487$1,087
Nebraska$440$1,040
Nevada$427$1,027
New Hampshire$427$1,027
New Jersey$713$1,313
New Mexico$425$1,025
New York$504$1,104
North Carolina$350$950
North Dakota$633$1,233
Ohio$435$1,035
Oklahoma$505$1,105
Oregon$590$1,190
Pennsylvania$573$1,173
Rhode Island$566$1,166
South Carolina$326$926
South Dakota$345$945
Tennessee$275$875
Texas$521$1,121
Utah$496$1,096
Vermont$458$1,058
Virginia$378$978
Washington$790$1,390
West Virginia$424$1,024
Wisconsin$370$970
Wyoming$489$1,089

Naturally the above 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.

Note the eligibility for this additional payment is going to only apply from this year and valid for four months, but that is still to be confirmed. Since unemployment benefits are administered at the state level, please check your state’s UI website.

137 thoughts on “Why The Additional $600 Unemployment Insurance Benefit and Extension in 2020 is a BIG Deal And When It Starts Paying

  1. Ron

    If I work during my unemployment does the money I make get deducted from my unemployment check?

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    1. Andys2i Post author

      Your unemployment will actually be lower if only partially unemployed

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  2. Serena

    I file my unemployment claim about week of go because my job reduce our hours. My employer told us to file unemployment so I did but went file my weekly claim last Sunday I only had two days for that week and they said that my wages was more then some. I don’t know it my first time ever fileing.

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  3. Becca

    My friend’s husband might get laid off due to this mess. She was telling me that he would NOT qualify for the additional 600 UI benefit because they filed their taxes “married / joint” showing a earned income of over 200k for 2019. Does it matter how much you made to get the extra 600? Or as long as he is laid off, he qualifies? Thank you!

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    1. Andys2i Post author

      He will still qualify. But the UI is capped and the max is generally much lower than standard income, especially given what you were earning .

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      1. Rachael Tarquinio

        Will I get the 600 ..I am laid off due to the covid 19.i am a bus aide and work for howard county school

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  4. Tom

    Hi, just got furloughed by a company due to CORVID-19 this week. If I get any temporary job during the time period before my company calling me back, do I lose the UI benefit including the $600 additional benefit? My friend works for a drugstore, and she was looking for additional help there.

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  5. jaamall

    to all those that are worried about unemployment being paid to people and making more than you, dont forget that money was issued to businessess to help with their employees and its a lot of money. how the employers distribute it is the problem. you will see also and hugh increase due to the covid 19.. Its designed to help everyone basically. you have to first pray we live through this just to have something to fall back on. if you are dead it dont matter how much is given, its our money anyway. we pay taxes we deserve even more for the bail outs we have already indured. but its time to help each other and thank god and pray.

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  6. Erica Declet

    I work as a matron on the school bus we had to open a book for those day that we get off to apply so we did and open unemployment and we can’t work because school is closed So went i go to do my claim it doesn’t say nothing about the covid 19 because I already have my claim open and I claim last week and i only got paid 125 so when we getting the 600 dollars

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    1. michael almeida

      if you have a claim already open and received money then when your state updates their system you will get the 600 extra automatically

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  7. david h farr

    i am on unemployment and pay child support here in pa and they take it out i am behind in fl on a seperate case will i still get 600 a week xtar

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  8. Amy

    This is crap for the people who still have to work and make less then 600 a week. What are they going to do for the people who still have to go to work everyday and risk our lives?

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    1. Beau

      You can decide not to work because of the pandemic and in most cases people qualify for unemployment. So it is totally up to you if you want to temporarily leave your job in the meantime. Someone I knew did the same thing because they wouldn’t let her work from home. This is also in Seattle where the whole thing started. She can still qualify for unemployment regardless of it being her choice. We are in a state of emergency.

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    2. Sergio

      In what state do you live and what do for a living? I’m a meat packing house employee, I’m among the crucial personal to feed the nation, and I don’t have the choice to stay home and collect UIB, if I don’t show up for work cause I’m afraid of catching covid19, then I get fired and I can’t collect unemployment, so I pit myself and my family at risk, but still have a job, people that can get the $600.00 of federal aid is for four months only, but what will happen to them after that time if pandemic is not finish by then yet? I prefer to risk myself and my family, I will take the necesary steps to lessen the risk of getting infected, there’s people that makes a living of tips like restaurant waitress and the unemployment benefits will be minimum and everything else is in jeopardy. so if you are not on my situation you my qualify for UIB in your state. Go head isolate yourself if is what you want, I have benefits I don’t want to loose like, health, dental and vision insurance, and 401k.

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  9. Cynthia Duran

    HI,

    I live in FL and my pay was reduced to minimum wage and I currently make more than $275 a week (by $60) and seems I currently do not qualify. However, in 4/5 it seems the new threshold is about $800 which i currently do not make a week. I am also behind now on all my bills/rent. Will i qualify for UI after 4/5?

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  10. Pray

    Chill ….. everyone that is on unemployment , just filed, recently ended , or whatever! From min to max unemployment benifits you will get the 600!! Enjoy your day!!!

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  11. Darlene

    I see this question has been asked, but I can’t find an answer. If I qualify for unemployment, but work some hours which reduces my amount paid by unemployment or some weeks I may not get a check at all. Will I still receive the extra 600.00?

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    1. Leslie White

      Yes you will still get the extra 600.00, as long as you file each week and repost your earnings if any.

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  12. VERONICA

    my daughter was supposed to start her new job but then the Covid-19 prevented her from starting her job she is also homeless. can she apply for UI?

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    1. sergio cervantes

      Does she worked at all during the past two years? she needs to have work history and earnings in order to qualify for unemployment benefits.

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  13. Joshua Doepke

    Screw you Don. I make more than this I I’ll have to make due. Also the way unemployment works is you have a set amount to use in a year. Also this 600 is very temporary then you can feel safe knowing that poor people will go back to being poor. Quit watching Fox News

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  14. JJ

    Has anyone determined if workers that are on partial furlough and are making too much on their reduced pay to qualify for unemployment will get the 600.00 anyway?

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  15. Kris H.

    My work shut down because of the virus, but when I was filing my UI claim, I dont think there was a “coronavirus” option for why I was put of work. Will I still get the 600 even if I didnt choose that option as to why I’m out of work?

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    1. michael almeida

      yes just file a regular claim for now and then when the option becomes available look into that or call someone at the unemployment office and they,ll tell you what to do

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  16. Shelley Gear

    This is Shelley again…beings though my benefits exhausted March 22,2020 will I have to reapply for unemployment benefits and the stimulus

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    1. Andys2i Post author

      You should check your state UI website, but if your claim is still active you may automatically get extended and additional benefits

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  17. Shelley Gear

    I live in Nj and my benefits exhausted on March 22, 2020 am I entitled to anything? As of now I have a balance of zero to claim.

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  18. Don B

    So let me get this straight. All the unemployed people are going to be bringing in way more a week then the (essential ) working class will be for the next four months. Am I the only one outraged by this ???

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    1. Andys2i Post author

      Potentially. This is what happens when a $2 trillion stimulus is approved in a week

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    2. Brian

      So you prefer to be laid off? Guess what, if millions of people applying for unemployment are making the bare minimum they will not have money to out back into the economy and keep it going. You prefer them to live scraping pennies to buy food and groceries? Be thankful you have a job right now. Eventually unemployment will run out and who knows if their job will come back so yes giving them a extra is a good idea for the long term., Stop thinking about what is in your own pocket and look at the bigger picture.,

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  19. Angela R Doren

    I started recieving UI a few weeks ago. My benefits would be available for 12 months but the maximum benefit will actually be paid out in 9. Does this extend the UI even though I no longer have funds available?

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  20. Steaven Franke

    My ui benefits end on April 12th will I automatically receive the extension by then or will I have to reaaply

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  21. Montrel L Speed

    I’ve lost my job due to the virus and now i can’t pay my child support. Im hearing that people who child support won’t be getting stimulus help. I don’t think that’s it fair that my child support is still going up!

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  22. Linda M Boyer

    I have been receiving unemployment benefits since November. I understand that an automatic extension will be given, however will the a $600 per week continue past the extension period? The $600.00 per week is for a 4 month period?
    Thank you!

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  23. Sal

    What about if the weekly UIB balances to $0? The state approves the claim, but the UIB weekly is set at $180 and the 19 hours of work (reduced from 40) amounts to $345. This zeros outs the state UIB showing a total $0.00. Would this situation still receive the $600?

    Thanks

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  24. James

    Hi I just started getting bennifits because I cant work due to school closures technically I am still employed I just cant work because of the situation….will I also get the 600?

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  25. Justin T Meyer

    My employer still wants us to work whenever work comes in. It has been between 10 to 20 hours a week so far. He wants us to file for unemployment (which i did two weeks ago). Will we get the full 600 dollars even if we work 10 to 20 hours a week. On a side not if they take 50 percent out of state and federal there is not point of working.

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  26. Les

    I started a job on 9/18/2019 and our office is now shut down due to the corona virus. I tried to file for unemployment and the said I wasn’t eligible because the said the go from 10/2018 to 10/2019. I don’t understand. Someone please help me understand

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    1. Pete

      Les after 4/5 the Unemployment Benefits will be going to the next calendar year so your quarterly information will be down loaded automatically into the system and then you will be eligible

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  27. Rita

    I live in Arkansas and when will we start seeing the additional $600 added to our weekly benefits?

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  28. Stephanie

    I just received my first payment of unemployment, for week ending 3/28. When will I start receiving the additional $600?

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  29. Joye Jackson

    I have been receiving unemployment benefits since November. Will I receive the extra $600 per week and can I apply for an extension one I have exhausted my 26 weeks?

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  30. Biunca scott

    my unemployment ends in May I receive benefits from the district of Columbia $262 every week do I need to reapply or it will the $600 automatic roll over to my regular UI?

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    1. Andys2i Post author

      Should automatically rollover, including the additional 13 week extension

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  31. Serena

    I understand that individuals that were laid off due the Covid19 are eligible for unemployment, but my question is why $600 a week extra? Why not just meet 100% of earned weekly wages? What about the essential workers who risk their Health and loved ones well being? Where is their “$600” in addition to their “Earned” wages?

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    1. Charles

      I couldn’t agree more. I don’t understand why essential workers are expected to work and take a risk. I worry everyday I’m going to get the virus and take it home because I have to work. Paying people an extra $600 a week makes no sense. I agree with the comment that they should receive what they would normally receive if they were working. Looking at the numbers some people are probably going to be making just as much, if not more than us as essential workers. I really don’t understand the logic in what they’re doing.

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  32. Oliver Andrew

    I worked all of 2017 but then took off to study full time. I was supposed to start a new job this summer, but it did not go through due to the virus. Unfortunately I don’t have any paper work for work history in 2018? Will I be able to collect the 600 per week. I am in Florida. I already filled for unemployment as suggested. However my claim came back as denied due to lack of work history. Would I be still able to collect the 600?

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  33. Albert peers

    Hello my question is when will the 600 add funds start to get added to our bennifits? For instance I file on 4/5/2020 will it be added this time or the next time?

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      1. Albert

        I mean I’ve been collecting already for two months. We in California do our s bi monthly. It shows that it will be applying thru the 5th of April then in two weeks the same. Should I not receive it since it’s week ending 4/5?

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  34. Charles

    Found this, Its North Carolina but Im guess it will probably be around the same time …

    “We expect to receive guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor later this week about how to implement the changes, including the change that allows for an additional $600 in weekly unemployment benefits…..the additional $600 will be for weeks ending April 4 to July 31.

    Officials also revealed that those extra payments will begin going out about two weeks after guidance is provided.

    And, an important item, any benefits that are owed will be paid retroactively, officials said.

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  35. Adda

    I have only been at my job for 6 wks and we shut down due to coronavirus. That is the only work history I have and the unemployment office in MS tells me that i do not qualify for any benefits but i know that i should at least qualify for the extra $600. Can someone tell me if this is correct?

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    1. Andys2i Post author

      That’s is correct, but your MS UI office needs their systems updated for you to reapply

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  36. LaToya B

    I receive unemployment benefits already I got hired to two jobs and then I could not start work due to the corona do I qualify for the extra $600

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  37. Eugene Nunamaker

    I live in Michigan. I’ve had my hours reduced 50%. Do I qualify for unemployment and will I receive the $600 benefit?

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  38. Dace

    Will the new $600 add on occur retroactive to the date of a claim . I just triggered last week’s UI .

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  39. Harry

    Is the $600 retro active. My last day will be March 31st. I live in Virginia I have been furloughed

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      1. Courtney

        The $600 doesn’t start until the week of 4/5/2020 so no you won’t get back pay for March. If it takes your state a few weeks to get it up and running for you to start receiving the $600 they will back pay starting the week of the 5th.

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  40. Tricia

    Will people who are filing for partial unemployment receive the full $600 a week on top of state UI insurance? I cannot find an answer to this

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    1. Claudia Oliver

      If your employer applies for a Short-Time Compensation plan, then you would be eligible to receive additional partial unemployment benefits*. This additional benefit would be 20% of what you would get on full unemployment. Ex: if your weekly full unemployment benefit is $300, then you would get an additional $60/week, or $240/month.

      Sources: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/stc_fact_sheet.pdf
      *This may only be for some states, which are listed at the link above.

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  41. Noangelny

    I work for a non-profit and they are currently still paying us until they can’t. They said that we will all be laid off by June. My question is if I am laid off in May or June will I still get the extra $600 per week? Is there a specified period we are entitled to the extra $600? Thanks.

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  42. Daniel Piispanen

    I’m from Minnesota and have been laid off all winter cuz I’m a seasonal worker. (can’t work excavation in the winter months) Anyways my unemployment ran out 3 weeks ago so my question is, since they implemented an extension on unemployment benefits will I get back paid for them 3 weeks? There was no money left in my account but I still filled out my weekly benefit cuz I figured they’d be giving out extensions. Also would we get back paid the $600 also? Thanks any information would be great.

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  43. James fabian

    Im on unemployment in pa do u know when I should see the $600 increase because it is not showing up for this week check

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      1. Andys2i Post author

        By mid-April is what I am hearing. But depends state to state. Due to the surge in new applicants and new rules to update systems with, things are taking longer

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        1. Courtney

          The $600 doesn’t start until the week of 4/5/2020 so you won’t see it this week. You may see it next week but not guaranteed because states may be behind but you will receive back pay for it if it’s a few weeks before it starts sending out

  44. Bob

    Good afternoon. I reside in Florida and my unemployment recently exhausted. My claim began last year November. Will I be eligible for the continuance and will I have to re-apply to receive said benefits? Thank you.

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  45. BabS

    Question….. I have my hours cut by 45%.. I’m supposed to be on the Workshare program – so I can continue to work 55% of the time.. That puts me on unemployment (receiving about $162/week to help subsidize my income. Please tell me I will receive the Federal $600 as well as the small unemployment..
    This is within the State of Michigan.

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  46. April

    My question is sort of the same as above. I worked 1 full week and two days, I was hired on Fulltime 40 hours a week. I am from MN, I applied for unemployment and received this notice this AM:
    Pending issues have been identified with your account. You are not currently authorized to receive payment

    You can Request Payment or View and Maintain your account online Monday through Friday from 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. (Central Time)

    So my question is will I still get the additional money from the Gov even if I am not getting unemployment but am in the system?

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  47. Mark Peress

    my last day of work was 3/20. on UI website, it says effective date 3/9/20.
    furthermore, in payment history it says week ending 3/15/20 and release date shows 3/27/20

    1. is this how you are showing the waived date? I want to make sure it is known my last day of work was 3/20.

    ALSO my benefit only indicates my weekly benefit amount as 504.00
    this does NOT INCLUDE the 600. when will the 600 start to see in the check? will it be retroactive ?

    thank you

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  48. Mark Peress

    my last day of work was 3/20. on UI website, it says effective date 3/9/20.
    furthermore, in payment history it says week ending 3/15/20 and release date shows 3/27/20

    1. is this how you are showing the waived date? I want to make sure it is known my last day of work was 3/20.

    ALSO my benefit only indicates my weekly benefit amount as 504.00
    this does NOT INCLUDE the 600. when will the 600 start to see in the check? will it be retroactive ?

    thank you

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  49. Diane

    I feel like there is a skirting around the question whether or not the 600.00 will be back dated when it finally starts. What is the effective start date for the 600.00 stimulus payment? and I’m confused about the ui regular payment has that increased as well or does that stay the same at like 55 percent of earned income.

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    1. Jill

      The article says that the $600 is retroactive. Payments are effective starting with the week ending 4/5/20. So, if it takes them 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 unemployment benefits. If your state said that you don’t qualify for UI, then you do not get the $600 either. The bill also waived the 7 day waiting period for new claims.

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  50. janet knox

    if you are not even getting the max now for state bc you did not make that much being employed do you not get the additional 600 or are they just raising the max you can get a additional 600 for those who are not getting as much as they should bc of the cut off already in place? i am not understanding sorry

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    1. Jill

      Even if you are only getting $50 a week in unemployment you will still get the $600. The $600 is added to whatever amount you are currently getting, whether it’s the minimum or the maximum.

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  51. Cindy g

    If my unemployment expires in April. Will I get to extend my unemployment. And do I get the 600.00 back paid. Thru March ? I live in Texas

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      1. Jill

        No Andy. The $600 starts effective the week ending 4/5/20, so it would not be backdated to March. The claim would be extended though.

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        1. Andys2i Post author

          Thanks Jill. Read about April retroactive update and updated article.

  52. Isabel Berg

    So I live in the state of Georgia my hours where cut in half my unemployment is 189 a week. I am getting less money then people not working. I put my self at risk 5 days a week. I put my diabetic high risk daughter at risk by not knowing what I bring home from work. Where is the fairness is that. Stay home get rewarded got to work get screwed over. People not working at all will make at least 3x the money I make working reduced Hours. We are getting less benefits that’s fair we still have some form of income but to take the 600$ away from us is like punishing us for putting yourself in a danger zone

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    1. The Dude

      You’ve already got the unemployment filed and you’re getting $189 per week now? I’m trying to clarify that you have been approved for it already and that you are indeed getting the money?
      If that’s the case, just sit tight and keep doing what you’re doing. Once this stimulus bill goes into full effect and states start paying out the federal money you will get the money from your part time work as well as that $189 unemployment, with another $600 per week from the federal payout. That $600 is only for four months though, so try to save a bit of it. Your regular unemployment should also be boosted an additional 13 weeks. Also, because you are still working part time, you’re probably not taking the usual full benefit amount per week, so you would have a lot more weeks of unemployment than somebody who was laid-off outright.

      I fully support anybody such as yourself who is really keeping this country going right now. I don’t think the bill was thought through by anybody who signed it and once payments start it’s stories like yours that are going to really bring that to light. Please try to remain calm and know that many of us are grateful for your service in these times. More help is on the way. :)

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    2. Ginny

      I’m reading your comment and am confused as I too am working part time getting partial unemployment. I understood we would also be getting the additional $600 per week. It hasn’t started in Maine yet but from the information I have been reading you should be getting it as well. Hope you and your family make out ok.

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  53. Sandy Blackmon

    I live in the state of S.C. my last unemployment check will be April 6 ( the place I worked for 19 years closed ) S.C. does not have a extension & only allowed 20 weeks. Because of bill that has passed will my unemployment be extended because of virus in my state?

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    1. Andys2i Post author

      Yes. Up to 13 more weeks and you may also be eligible for the additional $600 p/week payment

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  54. Dp

    If you were laid off from a second job that was parttime , but you still work your other job, can you apply for unemployment till your back at your 2nd job

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  55. Jennifer

    How long did it take anyone who filed due to the pandemic, to finally start receiving benefits ? I filed mine 03/09 and it’s still pending :(

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    1. Andys2i Post author

      The additional benefits just got approved so may take some time to get paid out

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  56. Sarah m

    If my hours were cut at work because of the coronavirus and I collected partial unemployment will I also get the extra $600?

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    1. Isabel Berg

      It depends on the state you in. I am in Georgia and they do not pay me extra my unemployment is 189 a week people not working at all, getting about 3x more then me working. This is how we get rewarded by putting our health and lives at risk

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    2. Danielle

      Wondering the same as above! I just finally received my instructions on how to certify my weekly hours for PARTIAL unemployment insurance (UI) 2 weeks after applying in NJ (for anyone wondering where). Will people who are filing or already on PARTIAL unemployment receive the full $600 a week on top of state unemployment insurance? Or will the $600 only be applied if you’re collecting/filed for FULL unemployment insurance benefits? Been looking everywhere to try and find the answer!!

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      1. Andys2i Post author

        Honestly the answer is still up in the air as the DOL has not released detailed guidelines to the states yet. That’s probably why you cannot find an answer. My guess based on what I am seeing is that the extra stimulus will be proportionate to your partial employment payment (likely) or if it is applied as liberally as stated in the CARES act then everyone on UI will get the full $600 payment. I’ll update this post as I soon as I get confirmation.

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  57. tami

    I filed my first weekly claim today will the increase due to virus outbreak be on my first unemoloyment check,oregon

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    1. Andys2i Post author

      People should start seeing extra UI payments in their bank accounts by mid-April

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  58. david d stucke

    when does the extrra 600 unemployment start if i have been collecting b4 the bill was signed

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  59. Shawn

    I got unemployment approved 1 day before the stimulus bill got signed. Will the $600 be added as back pay to my benifits i recieve after the bill got signed or will they just start when DOL gets it processed? And no back pay will be added additionally to my benifits i recieved after the bill was signed?

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    1. Asho

      I am wondering the same thing, if we will get backpay for it for weeks between when they signed the bill and when they start paying it

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  60. Steve

    If someone’s work hours were cut but didnt originally qualify for benefits because they still earn more than the maximum weekly benefits would they now qualify for benefits if what they earn is still less than the New Maximum Weekly Benefit with Stimulus? Would it be prorated up to the difference after factoring the additional weekly $600? Thank you.

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  61. Dale Schroeder

    Question, not a comment :
    I currently receive an unemployment check for having a “Job Attached” claim due to weather. Does this affect my stimulus check by perhaps lowering it to $600 (the amount for non-working citizens) from the original $1200 (the amount for citizens with jobs) working citizens are projected to receive, or will I still be eligible for the full amount of stimulus money that all the other citizens with jobs are going to receive?
    I ask because being “Job Attached” means I am employed, though not working due to no fault of my own, like weather, which is the case with many of my Carpenter’s Union brothers and sisters in this area of the country (Montana).

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  62. Liane

    I dont see an increase in South Carolinas amounts. Does this mean they’re not adding the $600 into the unemployment checks? Mine actual claim has been calculated but I’m still waiting on employer verification. When they do verify (since I’m laid off due to the coronavirus) will the $600 already be loaded onto my benefits card?

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    1. Andys2i Post author

      It may take a few weeks for the additional payments to come through, since just got approved today

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  63. Louis Roseboom

    I would also like to know about the rules of how this supplemental UI income will work. Being in the maximum bracket allowed by my state witch is not even close to enough to support my family. A determination or decision would be be greatly appreciated. if anyone has a website or some info from a Proven source. Please let us know. Thank you.
    God bless and be safe out there.

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    1. Andys2i Post author

      Yes. Unemployment compensation is taxable income. You’ll get a Form 1099-G that will tell you how much unemployment you must report on that year’s tax return. If you opted not to have taxes withheld from unemployment payments or didn’t make estimated tax payments on the amount, you’ll likely owe the IRS

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  64. Karen

    Who will send us this extra $600? Employer or added to unemployment check? If it comes from employer and they don’t want to pay it can they just get rid of you? My office just closed for a few weeks.

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  65. Linda Butler

    will a person get 600.00 a week on unemployment, or does it depend on the state to determine how much they get

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    1. J. Scott

      Linda, the extra $600 is going to anyone who is currently on unemployment or joining now. If you already get UI, the $600 is added to that. Also, the provisions to expand UI to “gig workers” (Lyft, Uber, etc) guarantees them the $600/week, even if they aren’t on traditional UI. Hope this helps.

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      1. G

        I’m in the food service industry in WI.
        This afternoon, I read from CNBC that people who make their living primarily off of tips, will not be the people receiving the 600.00 .

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        1. Andys2i Post author

          Not true. You will have to prove your income to get stimulus payment – so file a return and show this income. You should then get some of the stimulus.

  66. Allison

    How will income be proven for 1099 and gig workers that are doing significantly better this year than they did in 2019? And, I claim my college age son as a dependent. Is he eligible for unemployment due to coronavirus?

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  67. Martin Bee

    If someone only worked a short time, a couple of months before being laid off, do they still get unemployment & +600 extra?

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    1. J. Scott

      Martin, that would be determined by your state’s unemployment office. You have to have accrued a certain number of hours to be eligible for traditional unemployment. If you aren’t – you’ll still likely get the $600 which is being paid by the federal government. (to the states who will issue the payments to us). Hope this helps.

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