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State will issue weekly $300 unemployment aid check next week

Only those eligible will receive payment
Louisiana State Capitol Building
Posted at 7:25 AM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 09:19:26-04

The state says it will begin issuing checks for $300 in weekly federal coronavirus unemployment aid next week.

But as many as 87,000 people on state unemployment may not be eligible for the federal assistance.

Governor John Bel Edwards says the state expects to receive federal funds by the end of this week to start paying the enhanced federal unemployment benefits.

About 417,000 people in Louisiana are expected to be eligible for the federal aid.

The eligibility changes, according to the governor, are due to the way that the U.S. Department of Labor is interpreting the President's order; it's mostly people who are getting less than $100 per week in benefits from the state, he said.

Edwards said he knows it will be a burden for the people who don't qualify, and even for those who do, having half of what they were getting is hard.

He said he's still asking Congress to pass a package to put benefits in place long-term.

Read more on the federal aid: Eligible citizens should see extra federal unemployment next week