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Funding for Bigger Unemployment Payments Coming Next Week
Workers will have to wait a little longer for increased jobless benefits, a major provision in the coronavirus stimulus plan
Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said Monday that funds from the coronavirus stimulus package would be distributed to states this week.
Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said Monday that funds from the coronavirus stimulus package would be distributed to states this week.
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By Sarah Chaney and Eric Morath
Updated April 4, 2020 10:27 am ET
WASHINGTON-Workers will have to wait a little bit longer for larger unemployment-insurance payments aimed at helping millions of people who have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

A senior U.S. Labor Department official said Friday that federal funds promised to states, which administer jobless benefits, should be distributed next week.

Workers over the past two weeks have filed for unemployment-insurance benefits in record numbers, and states have been anticipating funding and more specific instructions on how to implement provisions to expand unemployment benefits included in a $2 trillion federal stimulus package signed into law last week.

On Monday, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said these funds would be distributed to states this week, but the federal government won't meet that goal.

The senior Labor Department official expects states to have individual accounts at the Treasury Department that they can draw upon next week, the caveat being that states would need to be ready with the proper technology to access and disburse these funds.

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Some states would be ready to release the extra $600 weekly payment to individuals within a week or two after tapping federal money. For others, it could take two to four weeks or even longer, the Labor Department official said.

The $600 additional payments are retroactive to last Saturday, when the Labor Department entered into an agreement with states, according to the official. That means, for instance, Americans who don't receive the extra $600 a week until the end of April would receive the payments all at once.

Pressure has been building for the government to act quickly.

Many states are refraining from increasing unemployment payments to laid-off Americans by $600 a week-one of the major provisions included in the stimulus plan-until the federal government provides the necessary cash.

Under the new coronavirus stimulus package signed by President Trump, some workers may earn more money from unemployment benefits than what they earned before being laid off. WSJ's Gerald F. Seib explains why that is the case. Photo: Anna Watts for The Wall Street Journal

Without specific guidance from the U.S. Labor Department, states say they also are unable to accept or fully process claims from individuals, like independent contractors and self-employed people, who are newly eligible for unemployment benefits under the stimulus package.

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Ava Dejoie, secretary of Louisiana's workforce commission, said those who work in the gig economy and at restaurants, among other sectors, are dependent on getting unemployment checks fast.

"The American people need their money right now," Ms. Dejoie said. "It's a lifeline. It means food on their table. It means that their children can eat."

Ohio is among the states that say they haven't received the federal funding yet. Here, a view of Cincinnati in late March.
Ohio is among the states that say they haven't received the federal funding yet. Here, a view of Cincinnati in late March.
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States including Louisiana, Nevada, Alabama, Rhode Island and Oregon, said on Friday they hadn't received the federal funds to increase jobless payments, which amounts to more than double the existing maximum in some states. Ohio said on Thursday the state hadn't gotten the federal funding.

State officials say they hope it comes quickly, especially given the huge number of unemployment-benefit applications they are processing.

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"The sooner the better obviously because of the volume of claims," said Rosa Mendez, public information officer at Nevada's employment department.

Unemployment claims reached a record 6.6 million last week after logging in at 3.3 million a week earlier. Until recently, applications for unemployment benefits had been hovering near 200,000 a week.

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States are in need of federal funding to pay the extra benefits because they would have to otherwise draw on their own trust fund money, which derives from employer taxes.

"There is no way that a state could say they could pay $600 in benefits without an infusion in cash," Ms. Dejoie said. "That money has been promised to the people of Louisiana by our federal government."

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The Labor Department sent preliminary guidance on implementation of the federal stimulus Thursday evening. The agency plans to send out several more pieces of operational guidance over the next week, the Labor Department official said. This would include guidance specifying to states that workers who quit their jobs voluntarily because they could earn more money on unemployment benefits would be ineligible for jobless benefits, the official added.

Awesome sauce
My next cerification is Easter Sunday
So if they put this in place next week

I'll be making the greatest comeback since Lazarus
 

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Thanks for Doing the Homework for us. 😆 JK.
You still have to do your own claim
I'm simply passing on the info.

It will be awesome if there if a retro- active pay.
I have faith in the Gavenator and the peeps at EDD
Sharon Gillard-Director
Tad Allred -Deputy Director

I have e-mailed everyone on EDD's Executive Staff
Gregg Williams who is Deputy Director of Unimployment Branch his peeps got back to me this weekend and told me it's coming soon under 2 weeks is what they are attempting
 
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