The $600 federal increase in Unemployment Benefits ends July 25. What to Know

Posted on: July 15, 2020

Current as of July 15, 2020.


The federal $600 increase in Unemployment benefits will end July 25. This document outlines some important things to keep in mind.

If you believe your Unemployment claim has been denied in error, or if you have filed a claim and are experiencing delays in receiving your benefits, please feel free to call Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Covid-19 Legal Hotline at 1-844-244-7871. We may be able to provide free legal assistance.

When will I get my final $600 federal unemployment increase?

July 25 will be the last day the $600 will be added to your unemployment benefits.

I'm still waiting on my benefits. Can I get back-pay for any $600 I missed after it ends?

Yes, the $600 is retroactive to the week ending April 4, 2020.

Eligible individuals may be able to receive back-payments for the $600 weekly federal unemployment benefits, in addition to their state benefits, based on their date of eligibility.

What other types of assistance are available?

With the federal $600 increase in Unemployment ending, many families will find themselves needing to look for more income. You may be eligible for some of these and other programs.

SNAP (Food Stamps): For information on SNAP, you can visit To get some details about who is eligible check here.

Other Food Assistance: You can find information on programs that can help you get or pay for food here.

Utilities Assistance: You may be eligible for certain programs that will provide assistance for your utility bills. Information on some of these programs can be found here.


Information on other assistance programs for New Orleans residents can be found at

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