Ala. unemployment benefits increase

Montgomery, Ala. (WSFA) -- Folks losing their jobs in Alabama can at least look forward to a boost in unemployment benefits.

The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations is increasing the maximum weekly unemployment compensation benefit for newly unemployed workers.

The maximum benefit will increase from $255 a week to $265 weekly beginning July 5th.

The increase is the second of two that were passed by the legislature in 2008.   The weekly increase only applies to those who are not currently receiving unemployment benefits.