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New unemployment payments to begin in Alaska within 2 months

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Officials say additional unemployment benefits approved by the federal government are expected to reach Alaska residents in six to eight weeks. The temporary payments that will increase unemployment assistance by $300 weekly will not be available to all of the state’s unemployed residents. Without the new increase, the state’s maximum unemployment payment is $370 per week plus a stipend for parents. Alaska independent business owners who are part of the so-called gig economy of short-term jobs will not receive the benefits because states were required to contribute for those workers to receive the additional federal funding.

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