Gov. Mike Dunlevy speaks at a news conference on Aug. 18, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Gov. Mike Dunlevy speaks at a news conference on Aug. 18, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

State says additional unemployment payments are coming soon

People will receive the extra $300 payment for each week filed if eligible to receive $100 or more.

Federal funding that will provide $300 more in unemployment payments to Alaskans will be distributed soon, the state announced.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Tamika L. Ledbetter said Friday in a news release that $62 million in funding, provided by an executive order from President Donald Trump will be allocated to Alaska from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Lost Wages Assistance program.

“I want to thank President Trump for his executive order directing FEMA to assist displaced workers, including self-employed workers, through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program,” Dunleavy said in a news release. “Financial assistance to Alaskans now, who are ready and waiting to go back to work when their jobs return, will help protect Alaskan families and the overall economy.”

[What’s good cause when it comes to the pandemic?]

People will receive the additional $300 payment for each week filed if they were eligible to receive at least $100 or more of weekly state unemployment insurance benefits and are unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19, according to the state.

The Lost Wages Assistance payment funded by FEMA in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be distributed to eligible individuals once programming is completed, according to the state. Payments will be made to regularly covered unemployment insurance recipients and the self-employed.

“The unemployment insurance program has provided critical replacement wages for Alaskans impacted by COVID-19. We are grateful to our federal partners for the additional resources provided to Alaskans during these challenging times,” Ledbetter said in the news release.

• Contact the Juneau Empire newsroom at (907)308-4895.

More in News

The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB-10) is in the fast Ice Jan. 2, 2020, approximately 20 miles north of McMurdo Station, Antarctica. (Senior Chief Petty Officer NyxoLyno Cangemi / USCG)
Coast Guard heavy icebreaker retasked for Arctic deployment

The ship typically spends these months breaking trail to McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. On Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, the top U.S. public health agency said that coronavirus can spread greater distances through the air than 6 feet, particularly in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces. But agency officials continued to say such spread is uncommon, and current social distancing guidelines still make sense. (NIAID-RML via AP)
COVID at a glance

The most recent state and local numbers.

This July 17, 2017 photo shows the Governor’s Mansion. The Calhoun Avenue residence will be open for trick-or-treaters the evening of Saturday, Oct. 31. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Governor’s Mansion to open for trick-or-treaters

“Not even a global pandemic could stop this spooky-fun event!”

This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows a Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 particle isolated from a patient, in a laboratory in Fort Detrick, Md. Coronaviruses, including the newest one, are named for the spikes that cover their outer surface like a crown, or corona in Latin. Using those club-shaped spikes, the virus latches on to the outer wall of a human cell, invades it and replicates, creating viruses to hijack more cells. (NIAID / NIH)
CBJ reports 26 new COVID-19 cases

None are in the homeless population.

Blank Unemployment Benefits formq
State cites tech woes for delay in increased jobless aid

Payments had been expected this week.

The Juneau Police Department, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
This is a police car.  It has always been a police car.
Police calls for Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Most Read