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The newest round of unemployment cash will soon be paid out to unemployed workers who are eligible in Michigan who will receive an extra $300 federal benefit.

According to Fox 2 Detroit, The Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) announced Thursday it has started processing payments for Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) for eligible Michiganders. The UIA says that there is a large volume of payments to process and expects workers to receive benefits over the next week to 10 days.

The payments will be paid out for the weeks ending Aug. 1, Aug. 8 and Aug. 15 initially. To be eligible for LWA, a claimant’s weekly benefit amount must be at least $100 before deductions.

According to the UIA director, an estimated 910,000 claimants will receive these benefits. Workers do not have to file a separate claim or application for LWA but have to clarify whether they are unemployed due to COVID-19. For claimants who have already provided a self-certification on their claim filing application, no further action is needed to qualify. Also, all unemployed workers receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) have already completed this step.

Both President Trump and Governor Whitmer signed off on this.

Unfortunately, it means that those recently out of work and filing for benefits in the coming weeks likely won’t receive the payment, unless Congress allows for more money.

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