Through the program, the Federal Emergency Management Agency provides $300 a week to those who are unemployed due to Covid-19, but the CNMI must provide an additional $100 in local funds to each eligible recipient.

According to FEMA, the CNMI agreed to administer the lost wages program for its unemployed citizens in September.

FEMA said it “looks forward to working with the governors of additional states and territories who agree to administer a lost wages program to bring financial relief to unemployed Americans.”

CNMI Department of Labor Secretary Vicky Benavente on Friday said the Commonwealth request to waive the matching fund requirement had yet to be approved.

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