Wait for federal unemployment payments

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ALBANY, NY – An additional $300 in unemployment benefits from the federal Lost Wages Assistance Program will eventually be rolling out to New Yorkers. 

But, the wait for claimants to receive them continues in this state.  

NewsChannel 34’s Correspondent Corina Cappabianca has more on when the program payments may get started in New York. 

The states of Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas have started Lost Wages Assistance Program payments. 

In total they have 2.6 million claimants.

New York State, which has not started the program payments yet has had about 2.8 million alone. 

According to a spokesperson with the state department of labor New York has paid about “19 years’ worth of benefits in just 5 months” due to the pandemic. 

In a statement she says in part: “Administering the Lost Wages Assistance program is made even more complex by the federal administration’s inability to work with congress and the President’s attempt to cover for this failure with a haphazard executive order.”

New York State did not immediately apply for the LWA program until after states were not required to provide funding for it.

There’s still no set date for when the LWA payments will start heading out to unemployed New Yorkers. 

But, the Department of Labor says they will “continue to work as quickly as possible to get New Yorkers their benefits.” 

19 of the 41 states that have been approved for the program do not have set dates for the program payments to start heading out either. 

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