The V.I. Department of Labor (DOL) informs unemployment insurance claimants that all Extended Benefits (EB) Program payments ended on June 23.
Extended Benefits (EB) is a temporary federal program that provides additional unemployment benefits to claimants who qualify. These benefits were provided to claimants who remained unemployed when they exhausted regular unemployment compensation (UC) and may have been eligible for extended benefits.
Based on data VIDOL received from the United States Department of Labor for the week ending June 2, the 13-week insured unemployment rate fell below the 5.0 percent trigger threshold needed to remain on for the EB program. Therefore, the payable period for extended benefits for the Virgin Islands ended with the week ending June 23.
The Virgin Islands has triggered off extended benefits, and no payments can be made after the week ending June 23, 2018. Even if a claimant only triggered on for extended benefits effective June 10, they cannot receive any additional benefits after the week ending date June 23.
Claimants are encouraged to visit VIDOL at www.vidol.gov for continuous updates and information. Job seekers can utilize the new VIeWS job search platform to search for available jobs, create resumes, access educational services and view labor market information.