Unemployment alert: $600 additional federal payment ends in July

DEED announces press release as they alert Minnesotans receiving unemployment to plan ahead; seek additional resources and support 

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is reminding Minnesotans receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits that the $600 additional payment authorized by the CARES Act, known as the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) is scheduled to end later this month.

Unless the program is extended by the federal government, the last week that FPUC may be paid in Minnesota is the week ending July 25, 2020. Applicants can begin to request this week of benefits between Sunday, July 26 and Friday, July 31.

The end of the additional $600 FPUC payment does not impact applicant eligibility. Minnesotans who remain eligible for regular UI benefits or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) will continue to receive their regular payments each week after that – but benefit payments will no longer include the additional $600 FPUC payment.

“This additional weekly payment has provided critical support to hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans whose employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “We know that this continues to be an exceptionally difficult time, and the loss of the additional $600 will only make life more challenging for families across our state. DEED and our state agency partners are focused on connecting Minnesotans to available state and community services and resources in the weeks and months to come.”

Minnesota’s UI program has also compiled a list of many other resources that may be helpful depending on a family’s needs, including information about community services and financial assistance, food, health care, housing, transportation, tax services and veterans’ services.

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