Nearly 300,000 jobless workers in Louisiana received an extra $300 payment in their weekly unemployment payment on Wednesday, the Louisiana Workforce Commission said Thursday.
Another 50,000 workers are scheduled to collect the $300 payment on Thursday, the agency added.
In all, the Workforce Commission paid out $240 million on Wednesday and was expecting to pay another $44 million on Thursday to assist workers who have lost jobs because of the coronavirus.
The commission advised unemployed workers that it may take 24 to 48 hours for the money to show up in their bank accounts.
The payments will be retroactive to Aug. 1 for unemployed workers who were eligible for the payments at that date.
The checks are the result of President Trump’s decision to take up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide enhanced federal unemployment benefits for five or six weeks, with Democrats and Republicans stymied in Washington over how to replace the $600 weekly federal payments that expired on July 31.
The $300 payments come in addition to the maximum $247 per week Louisiana's jobless workers have been receiving under state law. So workers can collect as much as $547 a week with the new benefit.
Gov. John Bel Edwards signed up Louisiana to be eligible for the extra federal payments. Governors who have not done so have cited confusing directives from the Trump administration.