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Tennessee to provide extra $300 in unemployment benefits

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Posted at 9:05 AM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 10:05:34-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)  — Tennessee will provide an additional $300 per week in federal assistance to people who are unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it's approved Tennessee’s request for a grant to give to people on top of their regular unemployment benefits.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order earlier this month making the money available. It was announced as a $400-per-week benefit, but put the burden on the states to pay $100 a week of that amount.

The U.S. Department of Labor issued recent guidance saying states would not have to contribute that money.