New York State will begin paying $300 per week in lost wages assistance.

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Next week New York State will start paying $300 per week to help people who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to WKBW. The Lost Wages Assistance program will automatically provide the benefits to residents who who noted that they lost their jobs due to COVID-19 on their unemployment benefit application.

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Recipients will receive an additional $300 per week for the weeks ending August 2nd, 9th and 16th. According to the Department of Labor, there are more than 2 million residents in the state who are pre-qualified to receive the benefits. If you are one of the people who indicated on your unemployment benefit application that you lost your job due to the coronavirus pandemic, you do not need to do anything additional to receive the payments. Check your email, you should be getting a message or a text from the Department of Labor letting you know that you are good to go.  Payments will be on a rolling basis.

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If you didn't indicate that you lost your job due to COVID-19, you'll need to submit documents confirming that your unemployment is coronavirus-related online or you can call 833-491-0632.

“Throughout this crisis, states’ unemployment systems have been pushed to the limit and constantly-changing federal guidance — including this haphazard Presidential executive order — have only delayed our efforts to get benefits to New Yorkers in need. But we have worked day and night to stand up this program, and millions of New Yorkers will see payments next week. We are emailing all New Yorkers who are receiving benefits to inform them of their status and, if needed, provide information about certifying for the Lost Wages Assistance program. All New Yorkers should keep an eye out for these messages and, if an additional certification is required, respond immediately.” ~ NYS Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon