The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which oversees program funding, approved 13 states to offer the additional unemployment benefits around noon on Friday to ET.
These states are: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah.
Seven others – Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Indiana, Texas and West Virginia – have applied – a FEMA spokeswoman said Thursday.
Officials in around 10 other states have announced their intention to apply for the aid in the past few days. South Dakota has announced that it will not apply for the grant.
Grant-approved states are guaranteed funding for just three weeks, with payments backdated to the week ending August 1st. Depending on how many states apply and how quickly the money is withdrawn, they may get more help.
Not all unemployed are entitled to payments. Those who are currently receiving less than $ 100 a week in unemployment benefits will not receive any benefit – the equivalent of thousands of people and maybe more than 1 million.