Eligible Louisianans with active unemployment claims will begin to see the additional Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) for the week ending Jan. 2, this week.

The $300 per week payment will be processed in addition to the weekly benefit amounts for other UI programs.

Although the CARES Act expired on Dec. 26, 2020, there will not be a missed payment. The new bill was signed into law on Dec. 27. CARES Act recipients will have their prior claim restored and will be able to continue receiving benefits as before, according to a statement released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Louisiana is among the first states to begin issuing the extended funding as the nation continues to respond to COVID-19. Since the onset of the pandemic the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has distributed about $7 billion in funds to nearly 700,000 Louisianans.   

The $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payments will be an addition to a claimant’s Weekly Benefit Amount in any of the following programs: State Unemployment Insurance (UI), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Extended Benefits (EB), Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), and Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA)

The state Workforce Commission encourages claimants to monitor their account online, read all notices and follow instructions carefully: louisianaworks.net/hire

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