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Arizona approved for additional $300 per week in unemployment benefits

Gov. Ducey: Arizona has applied for additional unemployment benefits under Trump's executive orders
Posted at 3:03 PM, Aug 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-15 18:03:01-04

In a release from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's office, the state will be partnering with President Trump and his administration to extend unemployment benefits to "nearly 400,000 Arizonans."

President Trump signed four executive orders Saturday aimed to help both working and unemployed citizens during the pandemic.

Under Trump's orders, Americans are eligible for an additional $400 a week through the end of the year.

However, Ducey applied for Arizonans to receive only an additional $300 per week for unemployment benefits, and will not contribute the additional $100 from the state.

Arizonans can now receive $540 a week through funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The state was approved to receive the additional benefits Saturday according to a tweet from Governor Ducey.

Arizona Department of Economic Security says they are currently implementing the changes to their system, and expect funds to be issued to claimants beginning next week, according to DES director of communications Tasya Peterson.

This extension of benefits applies to both traditional unemployment and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance programs. Officials with the governor's office estimate approximately 186,500 individuals are receiving traditional unemployment and 184,600 are receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, as of August 8.

Since weekly unemployment benefits funded through the CARES Act ended on July 25, many Arizonans were left with $117 to $240 per week.

In Friday's statement, Ducey says, "payments will be made retroactively for each week after July 26 where additional federal payments lapsed."

“As a result of the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of Arizona families and individuals are facing lost employment through no fault of their own, and these dollars will provide some immediate help. Now, we need members of Congress to work together, do their job, and extend these benefits for families relying on them,” Governor Ducey said in the statement.