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California Unemployment will process $300 extra starting early September

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Unemployed California workers should begin receiving an extra $300 in weekly unemployment payments starting in early September.

The additional unemployment payments are being provided to states nationwide through the U.S. government’s Lost Wages Assistance Program that is tapping funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The supplement will be available for weeks of unemployment dating back to August 1.

The $300 federal payment would be on top of the regular state unemployment benefits distributed by the Employment Development Department.

The Employment Development Department announced the state’s participation in the Lost Wages Assistance program, which was authorized by an August 8, 2020, Presidential Memorandum.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the state’s application and will provide an initial amount of $4.5 billion, with the possibility of additional funding going forward.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect employment statewide, impacted workers and employers are receiving vital benefit support from the California Employment Development Department, which disbursed over $71.4 billion in benefit payments since March. EDD has processed over a total of 11.0 million claims for Unemployment Insurance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, and benefit claims extensions over that timeframe. The average amount of benefits paid daily by EDD over last week ($724 million) was 967 percent higher than the daily average paid over the same week at the height of the Great Recession ($68 million) in 2010.

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