Date:July 23, 2010
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Filing Extension of Federal Unemployment Benefits Goes into Effect

BATON ROUGE – Letters will be going out beginning Monday to more than 15,000 Louisianians who may be eligible for extended unemployment benefits and are not now getting them, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) said today.

The letters will give eligible claimants instructions on when and how to file. Payments will be released within two weeks and will cover all eligible weeks going back to June 5, 2010.

Claimants need not call the unemployment insurance call center.

In addition to 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits paid through the state’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund, most unemployed individuals in Louisiana have been eligible for up to 47 additional weeks of benefits funded by the federal government. Federal legislation approved Thursday extended the filing deadline for these federal benefits. Claimants who have exhausted the 47 weeks of extended federal benefits do not qualify.

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