Seven states applied to provide unemployment benefits under President Donald Trump’s executive order, the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia announced Tuesday, with more states in the pipeline.
Scalia said the first round of beneifits go to Iowa, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, Utah, Colorado and Missouri.
Following Trump’s presidential memorandum, Labor released guidance on Aug. 13 to help states implement the LWA program, issued by Trump on Aug. 8.
The LWA provides claimants in most unemployment insurance programs with up to $400 per week of additional benefits, starting with weeks of unemployment ending on or after Aug. 1 and concluding on Dec. 27 at the latest.
The LWA is being administered by states and territories through a grant agreement with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and with support from Labor.
“I’m encouraged that these States moved quickly to implement benefits, and we are working with more states to help them provide continued benefits to Americans in need,” Scalia said in a statement.