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Over the holidays, the federal government signed a law that would increase unemployment benefits to out-of-work Hoosiers. But Indiana has not yet announced when it will begin sending out an additional $300 in unemployment benefits.

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Indiana Republicans are asking Gov. Eric Holcomb to use federal CARES Act funds to begin paying back money it borrowed for the unemployment trust fund. They worry businesses across the state could get stuck with higher federal taxes.


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s acting unemployment director has told lawmakers that her office is trying to strike a balance between quickly paying benefits to jobless workers and preventing fraud. Liza Estlund Olson said Wednesday that  impostor claims are rampant in a backlog of approximately 90,000 cases. Olson took over the Unemployment Insurance Agency less than a month ago after the previous chief, Steve Gray, fell out of favor with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

More Unemployed Hoosiers Report Problems Being Fixed

Sep 22, 2020
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Indiana is making progress getting state unemployment benefits to those who qualify for it.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 74 additional confirmed deaths over the last week, bringing the state’s total to 3,214. The state announced more than 105,000 total confirmed cases – including three days with more than 1,000 reported cases – and more than 1.7 million Hoosiers tested.

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The Department of Workforce Development says it's on track to begin issuing extra $300 payments to unemployed Hoosiers on Sept. 21. However, there are still many unemployed people who won’t get the federal Lost Wages Assistance funds.

Indiana Requests $300 Unemployment Boost From FEMA

Aug 19, 2020
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The Department of Workforce Development is requesting access to funds from the federal government to give unemployed Hoosiers an additional $300 a week, but it will only go to those receiving $100 or more in benefits.

Indiana On Pace To Deplete Jobless Benefits In September

Aug 7, 2020
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The federal government recently issued a memo to states, including Indiana, on how to extend unemployment benefits beyond the state’s current time limit. However, it will still be several weeks before those changes are implemented.

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Across the country, roughly almost 17 million workers filed for unemployment benefits in the last three weeks due to COVID-19. That includes more than 300,000 people from Indiana. If you lost your job, had hours cut back, or have to stay home due to illness or childcare, there’s a good chance you are eligible for unemployment insurance – money meant to help ends meet while you’re out of work. 

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Indiana Workforce Development Commissioner Fred Payne says help is coming for the self-employed and independent contractors.

Payne says the federal aid package coming through Congress allows those workers to apply for unemployment benefits. It also extends the maximum amount of time someone can access unemployment from 26 weeks to 39.