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Fri Sep 18, 2020, 11:04 AM

$300 weekly unemployment boost dries up (Minnesota, probably most of U.S. too)

$300 weekly unemployment boost dries up, MPR News, 9/17/20

A $300 weekly boost in unemployment aid has now expired in Minnesota.

Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove said Thursday that the state has exhausted the six weeks in federal help that was approved earlier. He said an attempt to get an extension is unlikely to be successful.

Grove said the last payout was made recently. Minnesota didnít get approval for the program until late August, but it delivered the assistance retroactively to those who qualified. Minnesotans eligible for the benefit should see the last payments come in this week.

When the Lost Wages Assistance program was announced, officials expected the help to be temporary because it draws from the same federal emergency account used to respond to natural disasters, which are being relied on now to respond to hurricanes and wildfires.

The assistance replaced a more-generous benefit of $600 dollars a week that went away in July
A little more: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/09/17/300-weekly-unemployment-boost-dries-up


Long story short: The extra federal $600/week unemployment payments ended at the end of July. It was replaced by $300/week. Now that's gone. Meaning the only unemployment people get is from the traditional state programs (which typically pay about half of what people earned at their prior job for the U.S. on average, I don't know that the Minnesota level is) and the federal PUA for gig and contract workers.

I don't know what the situation is in other states, but I can't think of why they wouldn't be running out too.

No $1200 stimulus checks on the horizon either.

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Reply $300 weekly unemployment boost dries up (Minnesota, probably most of U.S. too) (Original post)
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The Velveteen Ocelot Sep 18 #1
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Response to progree (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2020, 11:10 AM

1. Minnesota has one of the highest UI maximum rates, $740/week,

but that's still not enough for a family to live on in the long term, and most of the people who were getting regular and extra compensation probably didn't qualify for the maximum. The end of the program is gonna hurt, here and maybe even worse elsewhere.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 18, 2020, 11:42 AM

3. Out State Minny

is feeling the loss of the PPE money as well as the Second so called EO money. Just had a Conversation with two Rellies yesterday in the Out State area. One works Groceries,and he said the Sales Ticket numbers turned ugly a couple weeks ago and he as well as others might be out the door. The other Rellie said her area retail Business's are bitch city because know one is spending any money. Both live in Key Out State County Seat Towns.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 18, 2020, 09:42 PM

4. And that's the gross amount

I chose to have taxes withheld from mine and the net payment was $629.

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Response to progree (Original post)

Fri Sep 18, 2020, 11:31 AM

2. I received an application for this program

YESTERDAY, from Alabama. Dated 9-9-20, it took a week to be delivered.
As I understand it, the program was terminated on September 5th. I'm going to send in the application and just hope that it gets paid retroactively here too. Then if by some chance the federals commit new funds to another extension, I'd qualify for that too.

My housemates are both working, and they're behind on all their bills, so they could sure use another $1200 one time help like early on.

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