Governor says extra $600 per week unemployment checks to begin next week

If you have been wondering when the extra unemployment money promised by President Trump will be coming your way, well, the state says it begin next week.

The Stimulus checks were approved in the Cares Act signed by President Trump last month. On the street phones distributed by the Obama Administration were called “Obama Phones.” The Stimulus checks, although approved by Congress and the President are being called “Trump Checks.”

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday, April 8 the additional $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits will start being paid out to Louisiana applicants Monday, April 13.

The federal money will be in addition to the maximum weekly state benefit of $247. Edwards said this includes those workers who are under “1099” tax situations. Edwards said the state received the federal funding Tuesday night.

Gov. Edwards suggests applying online between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., if possible. You can go here to apply. You can also call 1-866-783-5567.

The head of the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), the agency that handles unemployment claims, said Tuesday she and her staff are committed to “helping each and every Louisiana citizen” in need of unemployment benefits. LWC Secretary Ava Dejoie added that the number of citizens seeking unemployment is “unprecedented” and that has led to delays in getting certain claims processed.

The U.S. Department of Labor says those eligible for the extra dollars will receive retroactive payments back to either their date of eligibility or the date they signed their state agreement, whichever came later. The additional $600 per week is set to expire with the last week of unemployment benefits before July 31, 2020.