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After October 16th: Extended Un-Employment Insurance Benefits Limited to 13 Weeks

Southeast Alaskas Island News of Thorne Bay, Alaska

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A High Unemployment Period for the federally funded extended unemployment benefits program will expire in Alaska on October 16th after this date, extended benefits will be available for only 13 weeks instead of the previous 20.

The High Unemployment Period is defined in Alaska Statute as a three-month seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate of 8% or more. Alaska's unemployment rate dipped to 7.9% in June, & 7.7% in July & August.

The High Unemployment Period began on May 3rd, 2009. Since that date, eligible individuals have been collecting up to 20 weeks of extended benefits.

Individuals who have exhaustehe standard extended benefit entitlement will not be able to collect any Remaining High Unemployment Period benefits after October 16th.

For individuals who have exhausted their extended benefits, the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program is available. Eligibility for E.U.C. may be established thru November 27th, 2010, with payments phased out through April 30th, 2011.

The individuals currently collecting High Unemployment Period benefits will be notified by mail & advised to file a claim for EUC. Applications for EUC fnay be submitted online at MyAlaska.Gov when an individual's extended benefits balance is exhausted.

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Original Publication Date: October 11, 2010

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