Kentucky approved for expanded unemployment aid

Gov. Andy Beshear
Gov. Andy Beshear

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentuckians who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic can expect to begin receiving some additional money soon.

The state’s application for additional federal unemployment assistance was approved on Friday.

That will mean an additional $400 a week those on unemployment due to the pandemic. Of that money, $300 comes from the federal government, while the state picks up the remaining $100.

Gov. Andy Beshear said most states offering the expanded benefit are only offering the $300 the federal government provides. However, he says the additional $100 could be crucial for families.

“COVID-19 has caused the loss of millions of jobs across the nation, and unfortunately Kentucky is no exception,” Beshear said. “I am committed to fighting for every dollar to help our people survive this global pandemic and our workforce return to full strength.”

While the state has been approved for the program, officials say it will take a couple of weeks to reconfigure state computers for the additional money. Unemployment recipients can expect to start receiving the additional money in early September.