FEMA approved Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah for an extra $300 a week in federal unemployment benefits. This funding is available within 24 hours of approval and states could begin providing it as early as this week. These payments will be retroactive to the week of August 1, 2020.

  • Arizona is the first to start distributing funds effective Monday, August 17th, paying 250,000 claimants the additional funds.
  • New Mexico expects to start paying the additional benefit within the next 2 weeks.
  • Alaska anticipates filing as soon as next week
  • Many states are holding out due to legal and administrative concerns.
  •  South Dakota as the lone hold out who has declined the assistance.

FEMA estimates state unemployment agency should be able to begin paying additional assistance by Aug. 29, but agencies indicate this may not take place until  September due to several issues:

  • The additional aid isn’t technically unemployment insurance, so states must build out an entirely new system that works with the antiquated unemployment systems.
  • Complex restrictions may delay the process as well. For example, claimants receiving less than $100 a week in unemployment benefits aren’t eligible for the additional $300. That could disqualify an estimated 1 million people.

CCC will continue to monitor the legislation and its implementation. Please check back for updates.

 

 


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