Lost Wages Assistance (LWA)



  • Payments for weeks 1 through 4 have been issued.
  • DETR has started payments for week 5 of LWA to eligible claimants. As in round one, the process is expected to last up to 10 days. 
  • After week 5 is completed, DETR will make sure there is enough money left in the grant to pay the final week (week 6 ) of LWA. 

Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) provides an additional $300 per week to any “eligible claimant” affected by COVID-19 that is collecting benefits under the following programs:

  • Unemployment Insurance (UI)
  • State Extended Benefits (SEB)
  • Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA)
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), and
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

To receive LWA, claimants must be unemployed due to COVID and be eligible to collect at least $100 benefits for UI, PEUC, PUA, SEB, or TRA for weeks ending 08/01/2020 to 09/05/2020.

LWA is payable beginning the week ending August 1, 2020 and will end the week ending September 05, 2020. The grant is for these weeks only and cannot be issued outside of this period. LWA payments will be sent one week at a time until the funds run out.

NOTE: LWA may terminate sooner if funds are exhausted prior to week ending September 5, 2020.