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State seeks to provide additional unemployment benefit

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is seeking to provide out-of-work people with an additional $300 per week in unemployment assistance through a plan announced by President Donald Trump. 

The Alabama Department of Labor made the announcement Tuesday in a news release.

The department said that to be eligible for this benefit, recipients must receive at least $100 in unemployment and must certify that they remain unemployed or partially unemployed due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19. It is unclear how long the extra payments would last, and it may be only for a short time.

Out-of-work Americans had been receiving an additional $600 a week in supplemental unemployment funds, but that expired July 31.

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