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Coronavirus relief package extends unemployment benefits for 11 weeks

Here's what the new coronavirus relief package means for you.

Posted: Dec 28, 2020 5:38 PM
Updated: Dec 28, 2020 6:47 PM

The thousands of people without jobs in Alabama can rest easier now that unemployment benefits will be extended for 11 weeks.

Sunday night, President Trump signed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package to extend unemployment benefits. 

You don't need to re-apply for this COVID-19 relief package if you are already receiving unemployment benefits from the previous one that expired Saturday. A spokesperson from the Alabama Department of Labor, Kelly Betts, said it's going to take some time before you start seeing payments from this new package.

“There will be some delays based on the first round of payments, because we can’t push that money out until A, we get that money, and B, we’re instructed on how to push that money out, and that’s what we’re waiting on for from USDOL," said Betts.

Betts said they don't expect to receive guidance from the United States Department of Labor until Jan. 1 at the earliest.

Betts said it's important to continue filing weekly certifications so you don't miss any payments.

"We want to encourage all of our claimants to continue those weekly certifications so when this money does become available, there will be no missing weeks," she said. 

A requirement the Department of Labor brought back is you must show you're actively looking for a job to receive unemployment benefits with this package. 

“It encourages people to get out there and look for work. We know there are jobs out there, not everyone can return to work right now, we understand that, but we do have 51 plus career centers around the state that can help people find new career paths," said Betts.

Another change the Alabama Department of Labor is making is starting on Monday, it is only having appointments by phone for unemployment claims support. 

Betts told WAAY 31 having the appointments over the phone will increase the number of people they see each day from 400 to 600.

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Cases: 439442

Reported Deaths: 6657
CountyCasesDeaths
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Mobile31435569
Madison28158217
Tuscaloosa21492275
Montgomery19873332
Shelby19248132
Baldwin17128189
Lee13137107
Morgan12594142
Etowah12070181
Calhoun11496206
Marshall10420123
Houston8988164
Limestone832081
Cullman8257124
Elmore8183110
DeKalb7871107
Lauderdale7847107
St. Clair7808130
Talladega6445112
Walker6028183
Jackson599145
Colbert548694
Blount546286
Autauga535862
Coffee460764
Dale409685
Franklin374150
Russell354215
Chilton344373
Covington338580
Escambia334544
Tallapoosa3143109
Dallas312996
Chambers303470
Clarke298036
Pike262431
Lawrence253355
Marion253161
Winston233342
Bibb222348
Geneva210247
Marengo208231
Pickens199531
Hale184944
Barbour180538
Fayette177829
Butler173160
Cherokee165131
Henry159525
Monroe152021
Randolph145536
Washington141727
Clay129746
Crenshaw123745
Macon121937
Cleburne121525
Lamar119922
Lowndes114836
Wilcox107922
Bullock103328
Perry99918
Conecuh97822
Sumter90527
Greene77923
Coosa63418
Choctaw51924
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Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 705876

Reported Deaths: 8819
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Davidson72746692
Knox39988439
Hamilton35697337
Rutherford34042295
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Rhea390657
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Marshall356538
Cocke355760
Cheatham348531
Weakley345148
Henderson337059
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Giles332476
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White316946
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Hardin305450
Lauderdale298834
Macon293951
Wayne270124
Henry267858
Overton259546
McNairy247142
DeKalb247042
Haywood245047
Marion235332
Smith234830
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Scott229732
Hickman228935
Claiborne227432
Fentress216734
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Johnson205034
Morgan194616
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Lewis130921
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