COVID-19 supplemental unemployment changes: What you need to know

May 18, 2021 Casey Nighbor

As vaccinations continue and states begin the process of fully reopening, there are bound to be another series of changes to policies and general order of operations.

One of those changes is the removal of supplemental unemployment by some states. These states will end the extra $300 added to weekly unemployment benefits, with some starting as early as June.

We’ve gathered a running list of states making changes and will update it as information becomes available.

What are supplemental employment benefits?

These began at the beginning of the pandemic when the federal government passed the first COVID-19 relief act in March 2020. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) act stipulated that an extra $600 would be added to weekly unemployment payments.

When this expired in July of 2020, the subsequent relief package stipulated that the weekly payments be reduced to $300.

Now, some states are announcing that they are ending federal benefits in the upcoming months.

The following list are states who have announced they are ending the supplemental benefit and the cutoff date for payments.

Which states are removing supplemental unemployment?

Map of states ending supplemental unemployment benefits

  • Alabama: June 19
  • Alaska: June 12
  • Arkansas: June 26
  • Arizona: July 10
  • Florida: June 26
  • Georgia: June 26
  • Idaho: June 19
  • Indiana: June 19
  • Iowa: June 12
  • Maryland: July 3
  • Mississippi: June 12
  • Missouri: June 12
  • Montana: June 27
  • Nebraska: June 19
  • New Hampshire: Date not yet announced
  • North Dakota: June 19
  • Ohio: June 26
  • Oklahoma: June 27
  • South Carolina: June 26
  • South Dakota: June 26
  • Tennessee: July 3
  • Texas: June 26
  • Utah: June 26
  • West Virginia: June 19
  • Wyoming: June 19

Of these states, Arizona, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma will also offer additional monetary incentives for individuals to return to work. 

Some states are only ending the additional $300 weekly payment and not the all of the unemployment benefits. Those states are Alaska, Arizona, Ohio and Florida. 

The states who are ending all benefits including the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (the $300 weekly supplement); Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (for the self-employed, gig workers, freelancers and others who don’t qualify for state level benefits); Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (for the long-term unemployed who’ve exhausted their maximum weeks of state benefits); and Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (a $100 weekly supplement for certain self-employed workers).

States ending the $300 weekly supplement are also ending the $100 weekly Mixed Earner payment.

Other states, like Colorado and Connecticut, are continuing the $300 payments and offering their own new-job bonuses.

As an employer, navigating the world of compliance has always been difficult, especially in the transportation industry. The pandemic has only made it more confusing, with changes being made at an ever-increasing pace.

We are here to help. Driver compliance is our whole world. Our experts can guide you through the many changes in state driver requirements as well as any federal or local ones. Get in touch here or download our free compliance guide here to learn more.

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Updated on June 17, 2021

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