Some 25,000 claimants have already received more than $33 million, said Regina Ashley, chief unemployment insurance officer at the state Department of Workforce Development.
The payments will be retroactive to the week ending June 26, she said. The state had stopped the pandemic unemployment programs as of June 19. Some 120,000 people were affected.
“There will be no gap in payments for eligible claimants,” she said, adding that the jobless can now file for the missed weeks.
The state had been in discussions with the US Department of Labor to restart the benefits, said Fred Payne, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The agency also had to update its computer systems to reflect the change.
In announcing the resumption of the benefits, Payne stressed that the state also provides education and job training resources to help the unemployed return to the labor market.
In addition to the $300 weekly supplement, the federal programs provide benefits to freelancers, the self-employed, independent contractors and certain people affected by the coronavirus and to those who have exhausted their regular state benefits.
Indiana has paid out $8.6 billion in unemployment compensation to 875,000 people since the pandemic began, more than the previous five years combined, Payne said.
The three pandemic unemployment programs are scheduled to expire in early September in the states that are continuing them.
Cases in Texas, Ohio and Oklahoma are also working their way through the state court systems.