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New Yorkers' LWA payments will come one day at a time this week

LWA gives eligible New Yorkers receiving unemployment insurance

LWA gives eligible New Yorkers receiving unemployment insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance an additional $300 in weekly aid for up to six weeks.  Credit: SIPA USA via AP / Antony Behar

The New York Department of Labor is taking a different approach to disbursing $300 Lost Wages Assistance payments to the unemployed after last week's delays.

The department Tweeted that the upcoming payments, which cover the weeks ended Aug. 23, 30 and Sept. 6, will be released on three consecutive days, starting Tuesday, Sept. 22. Last week's payment covered people unemployed during the first three weeks of August. Individuals only receive the extra funds if they were unemployed during the six weeks covered by LWA.

As with the first round of LWA payments, people who are pre-qualified don’t have to take further action to receive the $300 booster payments.

The Labor Department said it was releasing the funds on a rolling basis this week for roughly 2.1 million unemployed New Yorkers who pre-qualified for the aid.

People who were not pre-qualified, but were instead required to certify that their employment was impacted by the coronavirus, could receive payments as early as Thursday. If certification occurs later, funds will be released later.

Payments appear in bank accounts or pre-paid debit cards one to two days after the funds are released by the Labor Department, the agency said.

LWA gives New Yorkers receiving unemployment insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance an additional $300 in weekly aid for up to six weeks. The FEMA-backed program has had every state but South Dakota apply for the jobless benefits boost.

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