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Unemployment Benefits Update: 41 States Approved for FEMA’s Lost Wages Assistance Program

September 01, 2020

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In August, President Trump signed an executive order to provide temporary supplemental unemployment insurance benefits in the absence of Congressional action to extend or modify the $600/week Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.

The Lost Wages Assistance program makes available $44 billion in funding for grant awards to states. States have the option of providing an additional $300/week or $400/week in unemployment benefits to claimants. The program is retroactive to August 1st and expected to cover weeks of unemployment lasting through mid-September. Grant awards are being made by FEMA on an incremental basis to ensure funding limits are not exceeded.

Update as of August 31st: The most up-to-date information on state approvals can be found here:

*Amounts are rounded, subject to change.

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