Again, persons receiving unemployment benefits will start losing benefits because the U.S. Senate recessed for Memorial Day Weekend without reauthorizing the federal extensions of unemployment benefits. The recent press release Indiana's state government explains what will happen to your unemployment benefits.
On May 28, 2010, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development explained the consequences of the Senate’s actions. The DWD noted that according to federal law, persons currently receiving federal extended unemployment compensation will be able to finish their current tier of benefits.
Starting on June 6, 2010, the same people will not be able to move to the next tier of federal benefits. DWD estimates approximately 13,000 Hoosiers each week will not have a voucher to file for benefits beginning June 6.
The DWD explained that the Senate's inaction also impacts the federal Extended Benefits (EB) program. Extended Benefits permits a state to borrow federal monies sufficient to add an additional 26 weeks of unemployment compensation. The state is required to re-pay these borrowed monies. Those persons receiving EB will not have a voucher to file beginning Sunday, June 13. Approximately 18,000 Hoosiers are currently receiving extended benefits.
The DWD further reported that “should” Congress reauthorize these programs, it will require approximately two days to reprogram the DWD computer system and resume providing benefits to eligible Hoosiers. Updates will be posted on DWD's website.
Unemployment recipients will continue to receive the additional $25 weekly stimulus payment while they complete their current tier of benefits. The DWD provided a table outlining the benefits available to persons qualified to receive unemployment.
Unemployment Program Max Weeks Cumulative Weeks
State Unemployment (UI) 26 XX
Federal Extension 1 (EUC1) 20 46
Federal Extension 2 (EUC2) 14 60
Federal Extension 3 (EUC3) 13 73
Federal Extension 4 (EUC4) 6 79
State Extended Benefits (EB) 20 99
Please note that states with unemployment less than 6% are not eligible for the entire 99 weeks of unemployment.
Stay tuned: National Unemployment Statistics for May 2010 to be released on June 4, 2010. http://www.bls.gov.
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