I am so appreciative of the support we received for HB 308, which expands access to unemployment benefits for Alaskans affected by COVID-19. HB 308 waived the waiting period and requirement that you be looking for a job right now, and increased benefits for those with dependents.
These are benefits Alaskans have been paying into through their unemployment insurance deductions on their paychecks. This is not a handout--it's insurance designed for just this kind of situation.
But to no ones surprise, the Department of Labor is receiving a record number of unemployment claims right now--about 15,000 in each of the last two weeks.
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