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Federal $300 weekly unemployment benefit will end in Tennessee

Vivian Jones
The Center Square

A federal $300 weekly unemployment benefit will cease after the week ending Sept. 5, the Federal Emergency Management Agency informed Tennessee’s Department of Labor & Workforce Development on Friday.
Beginning this week, unemployment benefits will include only the benefit amount available through regular state or federal unemployment programs.
The federal Lost Wages Assistance Program was funded by a finite sum of $44 billion allocated for the new unemployment benefit by President Trump last month. Because the funding is depleted, the program will end.
To be eligible for the benefit, a claimant had to be out of work because of COVID-19, be eligible for at least $100 per week in unemployment benefits and certify with the department.
Eligible claimants in Tennessee will receive the additional $300 payments for the weeks of Aug. 1 through Sept. 5. FEMA approves funding on a week-by-week basis, after the state applies for funding for eligible claimants. Tennessee has applied for funding for payments through the week of Aug. 29, and payments for the remaining weeks will continue to have a lag time.
Claimants who were eligible for the benefit during the first three weeks of August already received a retroactive payment for the weeks they were eligible.
Last week, 12,035 Tennesseans filed new unemployment claims. The department continued to process nearly 185,000 ongoing claims.


  1. Deontea MITCHELL on September 22, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Need to know how come I’m not receiving weekly 300 unemployment?

  2. Taryn Downing on October 2, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    I have not received my retroactive 300 unemployment when will I receive payment

  3. Michael Harris on October 5, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    I did not receive my 300 unemployment money extra I know I was eligible for it due to the coronavirus and I am out of work

  4. Pete Kouris on October 16, 2020 at 6:12 am

    I have not received any payment as well, I have repeatedly tried to get an answer from TN’s unemployment website and the Department of Labor and Workforce site as well, they have marked my post as resolved but have not given me any reason on why my payment wasn’t issued, can someone please give me a answer??

  5. Malieda woodard on December 30, 2020 at 8:11 am

    I didnt receive my 300 and im out of work trying to do my best with 120

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