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Unemployment benefits increase

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State agreement passes along federal stimulus dollars

By The Staff

Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor that will give Kentuckians drawing unemployment insurance benefits an additional $25 per week. 

The agreement provides dollars through the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act, which passed as part of the federal economic stimulus package signed by President Obama.

Under the act, Kentucky will receive federal funds to increase both regular and extended unemployment benefits by $25 per week through June 30, 2010. Claimants who receive unemployment benefits will not need to take any special steps to receive the additional assistance. The federal funds will automatically be applied.