Governor Walz Announces Extra Unemployment Benefits


[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz announced over the weekend that Minnesota has received approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program.

The approval provides a temporary additional $300 per week benefit to Minnesotans receiving unemployment benefits.

To be eligible, an applicant must have a weekly unemployment benefit amount of at least $100 and must be unemployed due to COVID-19.

Officials say those currently receiving unemployment benefits do not need to reapply or do anything other than complete their weekly benefits request to receive the additional $300 a week.

DEED Unemployment Insurance will review all payment requests made for the week of July 26 going forward and automatically pay applicants who are eligible for LWA.

DEED anticipates the program will last between five to eight weeks.

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