Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI)
announced that Montana has begun paying an additional $200 weekly benefit to
unemployed Montanans impacted by COVID-19.
Last month, Governor Steve Bullock
directed DLI to launch the Interim Pandemic Assistance (IPA) program, to
provide an extra $200 weekly payment for four weeks to Montanans who are
receiving unemployment benefits. The Governor allocated up to $25 million in
Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) for these payments. The additional funds are
available to eligible claimants beginning the UI week ending November 28,
through benefit week ending December 19, 2020.
is one of only a few states using a portion of its remaining CARES Act funds to
supplement unemployment benefits,”
Commissioner Brenda Nordlund said.
“For folks who are still unemployed or
underemployed nine months into the pandemic, an extra $200 even for a few weeks
will make a significant impact for them and their families.”
began paying the IPA benefit to claimants on the evening of December 1.
Approximately $2.9 million in payments have gone out so far this week. The
extra $200 weekly payment will be issued to any eligible Montanan who is
unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19 disruptions and who is
receiving unemployment benefits under the regular UI, Pandemic Unemployment
Assistance, and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation programs. The IPA
benefit is paid separately from regular UI payments made to claimants.
accordance with the federal CARES Act, all possible disbursements of CRF must
be completed by December 30, 2020. That means that December 28 is the last day
claimants can submit their weekly payment request for the IPA-designated
benefit weeks. No IPA payments will be issued after December 30, 2020. DLI sent
emails to all claimants explaining these effective dates and payment changes on
Using current claim figures, the
economic activity generated from these additional UI benefits is estimated to
be at $30.4 million, due to claimants spending funds at local businesses,
helping to further Montana’s economic recovery.
Additional information on the new
state IPA stimulus program for UI claimants is available here:
http://dli.mt.gov/Portals/57/Documents/covid-19/InterimPandemicAssistance.pdf. Montanans impacted by COVID-19
can file a UI claim online at MontanaWorks.gov or mtpua.mt.gov for those who
fall under the PUA eligibility guidelines. A resource page for those with
technical, eligibility, or benefits questions is available at