Minnesota has received approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. LWA provides a temporary additional $300 per week benefit to Minnesotans receiving unemployment benefits.

“This extra $300 will matter for Minnesotans and their families, and I’m glad that we took the steps to make this happen for Minnesotans.”

Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. Those currently receiving unemployment benefits do not need to reapply or do anything other than complete their weekly benefits request to receive the additional $300 a week.

To be eligible, an applicant must have a weekly unemployment benefit amount of at least $100 and must be unemployed due to COVID-19. The state has issued $7 billion in unemployment insurance payments to Minnesotans during the pandemic so far.