The state of Montana has applied for federal grant money to add $400 per week to individual unemployment benefits.
President Donald Trump ordered the boost in payments a week ago. People had been receiving an added $600 per week in unemployment payments under the CARES Act, but that expired at the end of July.
Trump directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make $44 billion available to states from its Disaster Relief Fund to help pay for the $400 boost, and asked states to kick in a quarter of the cost. Montana will use federal coronavirus relief funds to pay its share.