Traditional unemployment recipients to start seeing $300 weekly payments ‘within a week’

Traditional unemployment recipients to start seeing $300 weekly payments ‘within a week’
State of Hawaii, Honolulu unemployment office (Source: None)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Those receiving traditional unemployment benefits will start seeing $300 additional weekly payments “within a week,” the state Labor Department said Monday.

The payments were included in the $900 billion federal stimulus package approved by Congress.

Recipients of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, including independent contractors, have already been getting the $300 weekly payments, officials at the Labor Department said.

But distributing the payments to those getting traditional benefits is a “greater technological challenge on the legacy system,” a Labor Department spokesman said, in an email.

Recipients can get the $300 per week in enhanced benefits for up to 11 weeks.

This story will be updated.

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