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Final round of $300 unemployment assistance begins this week in California, says EDD

California's Employment Development Department says it will start paying out the sixth and final week of the Lost Wages Assistance program this week.

SACRAMENTO, Calif — Millions of unemployed people in California will receive the final round of a $300 per week unemployment boost beginning the week of October 12, according to the state's Employment Development Department

The payments are part of the federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program, which pays eligible people $300 per week, in addition to their regular unemployment benefits. 

In a news release, EDD said it is wrapping up weeks four and five of the $300 payments. The sixth week of payments that begin going out on October 12 will be the final week of payments.

The LWA payments are available to eligible people for benefits weeks between July 26 and September 5.

EDD lists the eligibility requirements:

  • "Have a minimum weekly benefit award of $100 or more on their initial claim, even if they received a lower payment during this time period because they reported wages.
  • Attested that their unemployment is caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The self-attestation is collected as a quick and easy yes or no question. As stated on the self-attestation form, if a claimant answers no, the EDD is required to disqualify the claimant from receiving LWA payments."

If you still need to provide a certification, EDD says it is posting messages in qualified people's UI Online accounts, as well as sending them emails, texts, and/or mailed notices about what information EDD needs from them to process their LWA payments. Claimants need to simply follow the instructions they are provided to complete their self-attestation.

The self-attestation is a quick yes or no question. If a person answers no, EDD is required to disqualify the claimant from receiving LWA payments. EDD said about 36,000 people have responded no.

If you have more questions about unemployment in California, text 'EDD' to 916-321-3310 to reach our Dollars and Sense team. 

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