• Thu. Nov 26th, 2020

More than half of states are now approved for the extra $300 per week in unemployment insurance – CNBC

This post is being updated as more states are approved.

The majority of U.S. states are now approved to send workers the extra $300 weekly unemployment benefit from the federal government. 

States have been applying for the funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) over the past few weeks. So far, Arizona and Texas have started paying out the claims. 

The following states will also start paying out the enhanced benefit in the coming 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.

More states are likely to be approved soon. South Dakota is the only state so far that has declined the subsidy.

How much workers will actually receive depends on where they live. So far, only Kentucky and Montana are opting to give an additional $100 on top of the $300 from the federal government and the standard state unemployment payment.