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.