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DOL Announces Extension of Unemployment Benefits

Department of Labor Commissioner Albert Bryan Jr. informs public that the Worker Assistance Act, Public Law 111-92, enacted on Nov. 6, 2009, expands the EUC08 program for weeks of unemployment beginning after Nov. 6, in the following ways:

  • It increases the maximum EUC08 Second-Tier entitlement from 13 to 14 weeks of benefits in all states.
  • It creates an EUC08 Third-Tier providing up to 13 additional weeks of benefits in states with a three-month average total unemployment rate of at least 6 percent.
  • It creates an EUC08 Fourth-tier providing up to six additional weeks of benefits in states with a three-month average total unemployment rate of at least 8.5 percent for a total of up to 53 weeks of EUC08.
“The Department of Labor is working diligently to make the necessary adjustments to its automated system to implement the mandates of this Act. We are painfully aware that the season is upon us and that folks need every bit of assistance that is available to them in order to enjoy this holiday season,” said Commissioner Bryan. He further stated that, “We are doing our utmost to ensure that checks will be issued on or before the week of Dec. 21, 2009.”
If you have any questions regarding this information or if you want to determine if you are eligible for this extension, please visit the Unemployment Insurance office nearest you or contact DOL on St. Croix at 773-1440 or on St. Thomas at 776-3700.
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