The new $300 federally-enhanced weekly unemployment benefits are expected to begin shipping in the next few weeks and will be retroactive to August 1st

Governor Edwards says the final ruling allows for all Louisiana unemployment beneficiaries to collect the payment.

“We fully anticipate that all of the individuals that are getting the unemployment benefits are going to be able to get the 300 dollar enhancement,” says Edwards.

The new benefits are a drop from the previous 600 dollar weekly payments, and they do stack with state payments.

The 300 dollar weekly boost is being funded by FEMA emergency relief funds. Edwards says that concerns him, but the good news is it is not costing the state any extra money.

The disaster response fund has enough money in it to fund the program for roughly five to six weeks.

Edwards says the Louisiana Workforce Commission is hard at work making sure their distribution system is ready for the change from the former 600 dollar payments funded directly by Congress.

“It is our hope and my expectation that we will be able to make the computer fixes before the funding is available so that individuals are not having to wait longer than absolutely necessary,” says Edwards.

(Story written by Matt Doyle/Louisiana Radio Network)