$25 a week added to jobless benefits

Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor that will give Kentuckians an additional $25 a week in unemployment benefits.

"This agreement not only provides them an extra boost, but it is a positive step toward infusing money back into our communities and putting Kentuckians back to work," Beshear said Friday in announcing the increase.

The agreement comes under the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act, which was signed last week by President Obama.

Those receiving unemployment payments will automatically receive the additional $25, beginning the week of Feb. 22 and continuing through June 30, 2010.