Who will get the additional $300 in unemployment?

Last updated: May 21, 2024
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The CARES Act in March 2020 was passed with record speed, but #Coronavirus has outlasted many of those benefits. Specifically the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) which was a $600 per week benefit paid to the millions on unemployment that expired on July 31, 2020.

Congress has failed to replicate that haste this summer - with negotiations that have gone nowhere. With no relief for Americans, the President stepped in with an Executive Order to states to repurpose FEMA funds ($300 per week) and add $100 per week in state funds to supplement unemployment. While this made national headlines, it’s questionable how quickly Americans will be receiving this assistance - if at all.

When the President signed the order mandating additional unemployment assistance, it sounded like relief was on its way. Unfortunately, depending on who you are, and what you do for a living, you might not qualify to receive it. The forlorn reality of the plan is that thousands of deserving Americans, and arguably the most in-need, may be left out of the equation including low-wage earners, part-time workers, and some self-employed and gig workers.

Who is left out?

Residents of any state that does not accept the offer terms

There is a fair amount of ambiguity and discontent regarding the order’s implementation and criteria, as states are left up to their own discretion whether or not to apply for the federal funds.

Related topic: States divided in accepting aid 

Any individual who doesn’t meet the eligibility requirements

The Executive Order defines “eligible claimants” to be any worker who receives a minimum of $100 per week in unemployment compensation. And while the calculation of your unemployment varies state-by-state, the benefit is a fraction of what the person was earning. This blocks thousands of low wage Americans who do not meet this threshold. It also may deny part-time workers, self-employed, and gig workers.

Another criteria requires the claimant to verify that their lost wages are directly caused by COVID-19. Under the CARES Act, the FPUC benefit was available to everyone receiving unemployment, not only those who received benefits because of a COVID-19-related disruption.

The benefit appears to be available “while supplies last." The federal funds are only to be provided as long as the Disaster Relief Fund contains at least $25 billion funding OR until December 6, 2020. Whichever occurs first. Experts expect the benefit to last approximately 5 weeks, but according to the latest guidance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), unemployed individuals are only guaranteed the extra $300 for 3 weeks. After that, any extra funds will be decided on a weekly basis.


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Alfred Catano
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I was laid off on Sept 3rd knave gotten my regular unemployment of 279 a week when they laid me off they said it was because position change I work the nite shift for a high school . My job was lost because of the prendemic. Do k have to fill anything out

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Marjorie West
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Good energy n faith works to gather n we all or going to pull thrue these tuff times we must persevere n be of good courage. God has the first n last say. Man can do has much a

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Brian claypool
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I'm haveing problems filling out my claim and I need help with my claim

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Nicholas Zaharias
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I receive only $97 week of unemployment relief and because it's less than $100 week, I do not qualify for any additional payments now being considered by our government. I live in FLORIDA.

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Kwei Quartey
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How can a country neglect its citizens in such a callous way?

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Maggie Miller
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Yes it does matter who is President! We all need a change and with this change will come our financial relief!!!! I TOTALLY believe this!!!! Amen!!!!

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Kelly Mceneny
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It is so sad that we worked so hard and so long to make and secure our retirement and just like that we loose everything and now the government is trying to deny us what is rightfully ours and deciding who needs it and who don’t this is all do to the election it’s pure bull !!

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Faithe Hoffner
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HI everyone. My name is Faithe. I am a Teacher here in Arizona. I was getting $717/week unemployment until August 1. I continued to file weekly and guess what?? I FINALLY GOT PAID and it was retro pay. I got $2,085 and I will get another $417 this week too. Keep filing is what I can tell you. Don't give up!!!! I know it's very frustrating, but that's what I did. i also put out good energy and imagined it going through. IT WORKED! GOTTA GAVE FAITH!!! Take care everyone.

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Marjorie West
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Any little can help, I am not of age for anyone to put up w my work attendance having a husband w a stage four cancer, I care for him n lost my wages due to the covic. I hope you will understand. Open for suggestions. Marge

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How New Jersey is doing on this issue?

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