Arkansas approved for $300 per week in extra unemployment benefits


UPDATE: WASHINGTON (KNWA/KFTA) — FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Arkansas for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program.

FEMA’s grant funding will allow Arkansas to provide $300 per week — on top of their regular unemployment benefit — to those unemployed due to COVID-19.

FEMA will work with Governor Hutchinson to implement a system to make this funding available to Arkansas residents, according to FEMA.

On August 8, President Trump made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, the state of Arkansas agreed to administer a lost wages program for its citizens who are unemployed due to COVID-19.

FEMA will work with the governors of additional states who agree to administer a lost wages program to bring financial relief to unemployed Americans.

To learn more about FEMA’s lost wages supplemental payment assistance, click here.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that Arkansas will submit an application to FEMA to receive $300 per week for enhanced unemployment compensation.

Governor Hutchinson says this is based on Arkansas’ need and preliminary legislative action at the federal level.

“This will put us ahead of the curve and if all the systems say go, we will be earlier in line to get those benefits to the Arkansans in need,” Gov. Hutchinson says.

FEMA will still need to process the application and approve it.

“This isn’t the $600 that they did have and it’s not the $400 it could be, this is $300 but that’s a level that’s very important to those in need,” Gov. Hutchinson says.

The governor warns that the benefits are still weeks away and federal guidance could still change.

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