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DC mayor announces additional unemployment compensation for residents

The District’s application to participate in the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program was approved by federal officials and could help thousands in DC.
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District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington, during a news conference to announce a new 7 p.m. curfew for the city for the next two nights. Across the United States people gathered to protest the death of George Floyd, who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — DC unemployment compensation will get much-needed relief and money from the federal government.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) said federal officials approved the District’s application to participate in the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program, which could help thousands in DC.

The funds will reportedly allow the District to offer an additional unemployment compensation benefit of $300 per week to eligible unemployment insurance recipients.

“We know workers continue to struggle during this pandemic, and we are committed to providing them with the maximum benefit they deserve so they can care for themselves and their families,” Bowser said. “We appreciate the swift approval of the District’s application for additional federal funding, but also urge our federal partners to restore the $600 per week unemployment benefit as we continue to combat the economic hardships caused by this pandemic.”

The LWA program has helped provide money for unemployment after the expiration of the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) $600 weekly benefit in July.

To be eligible for this benefit, individuals must have a weekly benefit amount of at least $100 per week from an approved unemployment compensation program and must certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, Bowser's office said in an email.

Payments would be retroactive to Aug. 1, 2020, and the District expects recipients will start receiving payments by the first week of October.

To learn more about the extra money coming to some D.C. unemployed residents, click here.

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