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MN among first to provide $600 federal unemployment payment boost

Applicants will begin seeing the $600 in their bank accounts.

All Minnesotans who have applied for unemployment benefits will receive a $600 compensation payment on top of whatever weekly benefits payment they're already receiving. 

The supplemental money were initially authorized by the Congress in the $2 trillion CARES Act, the stimulus bill signed into law March 27. Minnesota is one of the first states to begin issuing $600 payments. 

Per the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), "all individuals who are currently receiving Minnesota unemployment benefits will qualify for the $600 additional compensation and will continue to receive their regular unemployment benefit."

To receive the $600 bonus, which is weekly for a temporary period, you don't have to do anything other than request your regular weekly unemployment payment. If you have already requested payment for the Week of March 29 or the Week of April 5, you will get the $600 automatically – you don't have to do anything extra to get it. 

In short, Minnesota unemployment applicants, who are approved, will see the $600 payment processed the next time they request payment. 

It's important to note, however, that applicants won't see the $600 show up on their online unemployment account. You will see it show up in your bank account, so look for it there or on your unemployment debit card statement.

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Payments might take a few days to reach your bank account/debit card.  

"As soon as the CARES Act became law, our team at DEED got to work putting the technology in place to support these payments and ensure that we were ready to get the money to Minnesotans in need," said Commissioner Steve Grove. 

"With a record number of unemployment applications, we know this is an uncertain and challenging time for many. It was critical that we act swiftly and provide this additional compensation without delay."

As of April 7, more than 367,000 Minnesotans have filed for unemployment since March 16. 

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