Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy today announced another $62 million in funding for the FEMA Lost Wages Assistance program.
Alaskans who have lost work and wages due to COVID-19 disruption in their jobs will be entitled to another $300 a week if they qualify for at least $100 a week in unemployment insurance, and are unemployed or partially employed.
“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,” the governor said in a statement. “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.”
The funds are being made available after Trump acted through executive order, after Congress failed to provide another round of supplemental benefits to keep families afloat during the pandemic crisis.
The $600 extra weekly unemployment benefit expired July 31. The average unemployment benefit fell from $812 per week to $257 per week for Americans. Democrats have blasted the executive order as unconstitutional.