Lost Wages Assistance (LWA)


  • Payments for weeks 1 through 4 have been issued.
  • Week 5 of LWA is still being processed and could take up to ten more days to receive.
  • As to the potential of the last week of assistance (week 6), unless FEMA approves additional funding to pay for a week 6, there will not be a payment for a week 6.  DETR is currently waiting to hear back from FEMA.

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.