CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY)- On Friday, Gov. Justice announced that FEMA has approved the State’s application for more than $68.2 million in grant funding, which will allow WorkForce West Virginia to continue providing extra unemployment benefits to residents across the state.
“I want to thank FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor and I look forward to working with him to implement this program,” Gov. Justice said. “I also want to thank President Trump for signing the Executive Order that authorized this funding.”
In total, West Virginians who are unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic will receive an extra $400 per week in unemployment benefits. Of that amount, $300 is being provided by the federal government, while the State is providing the final $100.
“I can proudly say that West Virginia is one of the only states in the country that is stepping up and saying, ‘No, we’re not going to only send the $300. We’re going to send the full $400,’” Gov. Justice said.