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Lost Wages Assistance Program (additional $300 per week benefit)

The Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program is a short-term, federal emergency program. It provides an additional $300 per week to UI applicants who are:

  • Unemployed due to COVID-19; 
  • Have a weekly benefit amount of at least $100; AND 
  • Meet UI eligibility requirements for each week that the additional $300 per week is available.

On September 14, 2020, the Federal government informed us that Lost Wages Assistance payments will only be available for a six-week period starting July 26, 2020 and ending on September 5, 2020.

You do not have to do anything extra in order to receive Lost Wages Assistance. We automatically pay applicants who were eligible.

To receive Lost Wages Assistance for a week you must have been unemployed for that week and meet all eligibility requirements. Review the Question and Answers below to learn more about eligibility for Lost Wages Assistance.

Minnesota has paid six weeks of Lost Wages Assistance payments


Week of... Was paid on...
July 26 – August 1 Friday, September 4th
August 2 – August 8 Sunday, September 6th
August 9 – August 15 Monday, September 7th
August 16 – August 22 Tuesday, September 8th
August 23 – August 29 Wednesday, September 9th
August 30 – September 5 Sunday, September 13th

Payments are not available for weeks before July 26, 2020 or after September 5, 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have a pending payment request for one or more of the weeks above, you may still be able to receive Lost Wages Assistance retroactively. 

To receive the additional $300, your payment request must be authorized and you must meet all Lost Wages Assistance eligibility criteria.

Questions and answers

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