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Personal FinanceOhio starts $300 supplemental unemployment payments; applications may start Friday for others closed out in December
Updated Jan 13, 2021; Posted Jan 13, 2021
Unemployment officials say they have begun to issue $300 supplemental payments under the most recent stimulu
By Rich Exner, cleveland.com
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The director of Ohio’s unemployment office said Wednesday that supplemental unemployment payments of $300 a week have begun for some people, and others left out because they exhausted their benefits before the new stimulus package became law Dec. 27 could be able to begin filing claims as soon as Friday.
In addition to $600 payments for most American adults, working or not working, the stimulus package extended pandemic-related unemployment programs and tacked on an additional $300 a week for up to 11 weeks.
Kimberly Henderson, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, said new rules caused delays implementing the program, but that she expected the process to be reopened on Friday, with payments being retroactive to all eligible weeks.
Meanwhile, those who had not exhausted their PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) benefits before the Dec. 27 expiration of the program can go ahead and file claims, Henderson said, noting that some payments have already been made.
PUA was set up for people who otherwise would not qualify for unemployment, because they were either self-employed or their wage income was too low. Under the CARES Act, it ran for 39 weeks. Those who exhausted all 39 weeks must wait to reapply, but their payments will be retroactive, Henderson said.
Both the PUA program and a CARES Act extension for regular unemployment expired on Dec. 27. Both have been extended for up to 50 weeks in total. Applications will have to be resubmitted as well for those in regular unemployment whose benefits were exhausted.
In both cases, Henderson has said no new applications will be accepted after March 13, and both extensions will expire April 10.
However, an additional stimulus package is possible after President-elect Joe Biden takes office next Wednesday. Talks have started in Congress.
Rich Exner, data analysis editor, writes cleveland.com’s and The Plain Dealer’s personal finance column - That’s Rich! Follow on Twitter @RichExner.