Unemployment Benefits Extended

Friday, June 5th, 2009 at 10:27 am

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced today that the Federal-State Extended Benefits (EB) program has been expanded from a maximum of 13 weeks up to a maximum of 20 weeks in Minnesota .

Extended benefits combined with the earlier federal emergency extensions means that some unemployed workers may be eligible for up to 79 weeks of payments.

“These additional weeks of extended benefits will provide people with extra financial help while they look for work,” said DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy. “This is an important safety net for Minnesota workers and their families.”

Under the expanded Federal-State Extended Benefits program, the first week payable is June 7, 2009; benefits for that week may be requested during the week of June 14, 2009.

Unemployed workers who exhausted the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program after March 29, 2009, may be eligible for these additional weeks of benefits. The weekly benefit amount stays the same.

Within the next week, unemployed workers currently receiving EB will be sent information that their accounts will be automatically extended, and individuals who have already exhausted EB will be sent information on how to apply for these benefits.

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