The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved the funding to provide a federal extension to the state’s weekly unemployment benefits amount. 

The extension program itself was included in a recent executive order from President Donald Trump, who presented states with a number of options to choose from when it came to the program: opt out entirely, select a $400 federal extension of which the state would need to provide $100, or select a flat $300 federal extension to the state’s weekly benefits. Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy chose the latter. 

The FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program will pay out $19,902,565 to the state of Alaska.

Funds are expected to take approximately eight weeks to be dispersed and will be retroactive to the date when the $600 of federal unemployment payments ended.  

Since March 1, approximately 88,000 Alaskans have received unemployment insurance benefits.

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