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DWD starts making additional unemployment payments

Fred Payne (podium) is the commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says Hoosiers who are receiving regular unemployment benefits have begun seeding the additional $600 weekly payment from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. The payments, which first arrived last week, were approved as part of the CARES Act.

The DWD says the vast majority of claimants will see payments being paid this week and vouchers must be filed each week in order to continue receiving the benefits. 

“We are pleased that we were able to start getting these payments to out-of-work Hoosiers ahead of our goal of April 20,” DWD Commissioner Fred Payne said in a news release. “This federal assistance will further help those individuals who are not working due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The DWD says since mid-March, more than 450,000 Hoosiers have successfully filed for unemployment, with about 432,000 unemployment insurance claims being paid for the first half of April. Approximately 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the four weeks through April 11.