Lost Wages Assistance Program

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The Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program, authorized by the Presidential Memorandum, provides eligible claimants a supplemental payment of $300 per week, for a minimum of three weeks, in addition to their weekly unemployment benefit amount.

The payments are for weeks of unemployment between July 26 and September 5, 2020.


To be eligible for LWA payments, you must:

  • Provide, or have provided, a one-time self-certification indicating that you are unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19.
  • Have a weekly benefit amount of $100 or more, even if you received less because you reported wages.

If we find that you are not eligible, you will receive a Notice of Determination for Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program (DE 6330LWA).

Note: You are not eligible for LWA payments if you are receiving Disaster Unemployment Assistance, State Special School Benefits, or a Training Extension.

LWA Payments

If you indicated that you were unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19 when filing for unemployment, whether it was regular Unemployment Insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, you will automatically receive LWA payments. No further action is needed.

If you did not indicate that you were unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19 when you filed for unemployment, you must provide a one-time self-certification.

We will contact you using UI OnlineSM as well as by email, text, or mailed notice asking you to provide the information needed to process your payments. Do this as soon as possible. You might not receive LWA payments if you respond late or if the funding for this program becomes unavailable. For faster service and prompt notifications, register in UI Online.

How You Will Receive Payment

We will add LWA payments to your regular unemployment amount for any eligible weeks. Payments will be issued retroactively for weeks that you have already received unemployment benefits, beginning July 26.

  • You will receive payments based on when you certified for unemployment benefits. Payments may be lumped together or come as separate $300 payments.
  • If you were not paid for any weeks due to excessive earnings, being fully employed, or disqualification, you will not receive payment for those weeks.

Note: You will be paid by EDD Debit CardSM or checks in the mail based on how you’ve received past benefit payments.