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MDES begins paying $300 weekly supplement to unemployed

People collecting unemployment payments will receive an extra $300-dollars weekly through...
People collecting unemployment payments will receive an extra $300-dollars weekly through mid-March due to the recently signed COVID-19 relief bill.(WBRC)
Updated: Jan. 8, 2021 at 7:36 PM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (WDAM) - The Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced Friday that it began paying supplemental unemployment benefits that were resumed by the federal government amid the ongoing pandemic.

President Donald Trump signed the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 into law on Dec. 27. The law extends unemployment provisions that were set to expire on Dec. 31.

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, which expired on July 31, was also resumed as a $300 weekly supplement.

MDES said in a news release that it has begun making the $300 payments for the week ending on Jan. 2 to those who qualified. More than 62,000 claimants have been paid as of Friday, totaling more than $18 million, according to MDES.

MDES provided the following information on available supplements that were extended or resumed:

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)

  • Will provide up to 11 weeks of an additional $300 weekly supplemental benefit to eligible claimants.
  • Claimants receiving at least $1 of benefits are eligible for the $300 weekly supplemental benefit.
  • FPUC will be available to cover weeks of unemployment between the week ending January 2, 2021, and week ending March 13, 2021.
  • Weekly certification will be required.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

  • Will provide up to 11 weeks of additional benefits to eligible claimants.
  • Claimants will be required to provide documentation of eligibility to qualify for PUA.
  • PUA will be available until March 13, 2021, with phase-out provisions.
  • Weekly certification will be required.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

  • Will provide up to 11 weeks of additional benefits to eligible claimants.
  • PEUC will be available until March 13, 2021, with phase-out provisions.
  • Weekly certification will be required.

Not all eligible claimants will immediately see these benefits because states must work with the U.S. Department of Labor to ensure program compliance and integrity.

MDES said it is updating the ReEmployMS system to accommodate provisions of the passed legislation for timely payments.

You can find more information on how to apply at mdes.ms.gov.

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