Extra $300 in federal unemployment benefits could start going out next week, governor says
BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana's unemployed may start seeing extra federal benefits as early as next week.
Edwards announced during a news briefing Tuesday that the state was approved to receive about $375 million in federal coronavirus relief funds, potentially by the end of this week. The state hopes to start issuing those additional payments out sometime next week.
.@LouisianaGov on recent federal unemoloyment executive order: state has been approved to participate. Grant should be around $375m but don’t have the funds yet. Hope to have it by end of week, and issuance starting next week (retroactive to 8/1)— Johnston von Springer (@johnstonvon) August 18, 2020
Payments will also be issued retroactively from Aug. 1 for those who qualify for the funds. The money will be enough to pay about 417,000 unemployed workers. Another 87,000 are expected to miss out.
The governor announced last week that the state would pursue the federal funds after President Trump signed an executive order making the money available to states.
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