A majority of states have been approved to take part in President Donald Trump’s unemployment aid program, which was implemented under an executive order he signed earlier this month.
States have until September 10 to apply for the Lost Wages Assistance program through the Federal Emergency Management Administration. It’s working alongside state workforce agencies to distribute the payments retroactive to August 1.
The weekly federal supplement is $300, but states are given the option to kick in another $100 under revised guidelines from the Trump administration. A provision also mandates people must receive at least $100 in weekly benefits to qualify for federal aid, which could exclude many part-time and gig workers.
However, experts say the program could provide only six weeks of unemployment aid once states get it up and running, which is expected to be in September for many at the earliest.
Here are the 34 states slated to begin paying out the money over the next several weeks as of Monday afternoon, per UnemploymentPUA, a website that’s tracking program developments. States in bold are providing an extra $100 in jobless aid:
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
South Dakota is the only state so far that’s announced it won’t apply for the program, with state officials citing a job recovery. Kentucky, Montana, and West Virginia say they will disperse the full $400 amount. Kansas also signaled it would do the same, the Wichita Eagle reported.