Looking for that extra boost in unemployment signed by President Donald Trump’s executive order earlier this summer?
The $300 boost through FEMA in unemployment insurance for those out of work during the pandemic is expected to begin next week.
It’s called the Lost Wages Assistance program, and will provide an extra $300 per week in benefits to those who are unemployed. Around 2 million New Yorkers are pre-qualified for the program and will start to receive the money next week, according to the state Department of Labor.
However, around 435,000 residents will have to fill out another form, and re-certify to receive the extra $300.
“Throughout this crisis, states’ unemployment systems have been pushed to the limit and constantly-changing federal guidance — including this haphazard Presidential executive order — have only delayed our efforts to get benefits to New Yorkers in need. But we have worked day and night to stand up this program, and millions of New Yorkers will see payments next week,” Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said. “We are emailing all New Yorkers who are receiving benefits to inform them of their status and, if needed, provide information about certifying for the Lost Wages Assistance program. All New Yorkers should keep an eye out for these messages and, if an additional certification is required, respond immediately.”
To this point, the state has paid out upwards of $43.7 billion in unemployment benefits to 3.5 million residents. Unemployment stood at 15% in July, but has since come down some and likely rests in the high-single digits.
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