Alabama on Sept. 3 will begin paying an additional $300 per week in unemployment benefits to those who qualify, Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced Thursday.
Alabama has been approved to pay for four weeks of benefits retroactively, beginning on Aug. 1 and running through August 22. Future weeks of the additional aid will be applied for on a weekly basis and are subject to approval, according to a press release from the Alabama Department of Labor.
To be eligible for the benefit, recipients must receive at least $100 in an approved Unemployment Compensation (UC) program weekly benefits and must certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19.
The Department of Labor noted that It can take up to 48 hours for payments to post to accounts, and payments could be delayed because Monday is Labor Day, a banking holiday.
Funding for the additional aid comes from FEMA disaster relief funds, and the money could run out at any time, the Alabama Department of Labor noted in the release.
Those who are eligible for the extra aid will be notified by the Alabama Department of Labor through their Tracker and through the U.S. Mail.