BATON ROUGE - On Thursday, Nov. 5, Congress passed legislation that funds an extension of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for qualified individuals. The new law:
- Creates an Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier 3 totaling 14 weeks of UI benefits for qualified individuals who have exhausted their regular UI benefits and Tiers 1 and 2 EUCs.
- In states with a three-month average unemployment rate of 8.5 percent or higher, an EUC Tier 4 of six weeks would be added. Louisiana’s current employment rate of 7.4 percent makes it ineligible for the Tier 4 extension.
- Federal funds will be used to pay the extended benefits.
"This is federal funding through a federal program, and we will administer it as always. Our focus is to continue to create more jobs and outperform the national economy so our people can go back to work," said Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eysink.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission will notify all qualified claimants by mail with directions on the planned process. As of Nov. 2, 2009, some 6,829 Louisianians would qualify for the Tier 3 EUC.
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