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Unemployment benefits in NY: Here's when to expect the extra $300, extended PUA

Jon Campbell
New York State Team

ALBANY – More than 1.7 million New York residents should not see any lapse in their federal unemployment benefits and can expect to see an extra $300 payment beginning next week, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration.

Cuomo announced Tuesday that the state Department of Labor is in position to distribute newly extended federal unemployment payments next week, covering the weekly pay period ending Jan. 3.

The state will also be able to distribute an extra $300 weekly payment next week to each person receiving state or federal unemployment benefits, the first week allowed by the new $900 billion COVID-19 relief package approved by Congress and President Donald Trump.

It all means New York residents relying on two key federal unemployment programs —Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) — will not go a week without pay, as originally feared when Trump waited to sign an extension until after the programs expired Dec. 27.

"I have repeatedly called on the federal government to do the right thing by renewing critical benefits to support millions of unemployed families through to the end of this pandemic — and now that Washington has finally acted, New York is immediately delivering those funds," Cuomo said in a statement Tuesday.

PUA, PEUC payments will go out next week, NY says

New York will distribute extended and added federal unemployment benefits without delay, according to the state.

Under the latest stimulus program, federal unemployment benefits have been extended for 11 weeks, through March 14, 2021.

For the week ending Dec. 5, federal data show about 1 million New York residents claimed weekly benefits under the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, which provides benefits to those who are unemployed but do not qualify for traditional state payments.

Another 761,000 state residents claimed benefits that week under the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which provides payments to those who have exhausted their 26 weeks of state benefits.

The stimulus package also resurrected the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, which provided additional weekly payments of $600 to those on unemployment in the spring and summer.

This time, the weekly payments will be lower: $300. But unemployed New Yorkers should anticipate seeing them beginning next week, covering the weekly period ending Jan. 3. That's the first week the state can pay out the benefits under the federal law.

The additional $300 payments will last for 11 weeks, expiring March 14, 2021.

Continue claiming unemployment to receive benefit, NY says

New York residents currently claiming unemployment do not have to call the Department of Labor to receive their extended or additional benefits, according to the state.

Instead, they should continue certifying their benefits each week with the state as they have been doing.

For those receiving aid under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, the federal government will be requiring additional documentation from enrollees beginning Jan. 31, 2021, according to the state.

The state Labor Department will reach out to those needing to provide additional documentation, according to the agency.

More:More than 1.7M unemployed New Yorkers to benefit from stimulus deal

Jon Campbell is a New York state government reporter for the USA TODAY Network. He can be reached at JCAMPBELL1@Gannett.com or on Twitter at @JonCampbellGAN.

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