The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced that its Division of Employment Security began issuing the $600 Federal Payment Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments Monday with a total of $66 million in benefits paid out to over 115,000 claimants.

Eligible claimants should begin seeing their payments within the next few days, depending on how long their banks hold funds, according to the department in a release today. 

The department said the FPUC program provides that those eligible for at least one dollar of unemployment compensation benefits during the week will receive an additional $600 per week as a federal supplement. All who are eligible for unemployment compensation will be eligible for the $600 supplement effective with the week beginning March 29.

Payments will be made retroactively for claims filed on or after March 29. The last payable week for the $600 supplement will be the week ending July 25, 2020.

The Division of Employment Security notes that child support payments, existing non-fraud over payments, and taxes, for those that have elected to have taxes withheld, will reduce both the $600 payment as well as any weekly unemployment payments. 

Those with an existing fraud penalty are not eligible for additional unemployment benefits. 

The division plans to provide an update later this week about the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. The program provides benefits to individuals who are not eligible for regular unemployment, including those who have exhausted their unemployment benefits, the self-employed as well as individuals lacking sufficient work history.