FEMA Approves Additional $300 In Unemployment Benefits
Majority of the states in the U.S. have been approved to begin paying unemployed workers $300 weekly in unemployment benefits from the federal government. If not approved yet, other states are either in the process of applying to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) or have denied the extra funds in unemployment benefits.
Before payments are sent out, states must modify their unemployment systems. As of now, states Texas and Arizona have started sending out payments. South Dakota is the only state so far that has denied the extra benefits. The following states have applied, been approved and will begin sending payments in the upcoming weeks: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Washington.
Kentucky and Montana are so far the only states providing workers with an additional $100 on top of the $300 provided by the federal government and the standard state unemployment payment amount. States that are approved for additional benefits are guaranteed three weeks of funding from the federal government $44 billion in funding.
Here is a list of each state and specific dates they were approved by FEMA.
FEMA Approval Date
|District of Columbia||Has not applied|
|Florida||Has not applied|
|Hawaii||Has not applied|
|Illinois||Has not applied|
|Kansas||Has not applied|
|Minnesota||Has not applied|
|Nebraska||Has not applied|
|Nevada||Has not applied|
|New Jersey||Has not applied|
|North Dakota||Has not applied|
|South Carolina||Has not applied|
|South Dakota||Will not apply|
|West Virginia||Will apply|
|Wisconsin||Has not applied|
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