Alaska will quit federal program that pays extra jobless benefits
May 20, 2021
JUNEAU (AP) - Alaska will stop participating next month in a federal program that provides an additional $300 a week in unemployment aid to thousands of people, the state labor commissioner announced last Friday, saying it’s “time to help people get back to work.”
Department of Labor Commissioner Tamika Ledbetter said state participation will end June 12. Alaska joins at least 16 other states that have said they will stop providing the extra benefits paid by the federal government, which was set to expire in September.
Ledbetter said many Alaskans abruptly lost work due to the pandemi...