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Arkansas approved for extra $300 per week in unemployment benefits

FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Arkansas for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — 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 Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to implement a system to make this funding available to Arkansas residents.

RELATED: Gov. Hutchinson asking FEMA for $300 enhanced unemployment benefits

On Aug. 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.