Drop in State Unemployment Rate Triggers Change in Federal Extended Benefits

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Drop in State Unemployment Rate Triggers Change in Federal Extended Benefits

Charleston, W.Va. – Due to a decrease in West Virginia’s total unemployment rate, claimants in West Virginia will no longer be eligible for federally funded unemployment Extended Benefits (EB) after June 9, 2012.  This change applies only to those receiving federally funded Extended Benefits.  This change does not affect the 26 weeks of regular state funded benefits claimants are potentially eligible to receive or the 47 weeks of federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits which are available to claimants who have exhausted their regular benefits.  Even without federally funded extended benefits, unemployed West Virginians would still be potentially eligible to receive up to 73 weeks of unemployment compensation benefits.  Currently, there are 1,156 claimants receiving Extended Benefits.

WorkForce West Virginia is required by law to notify recipients of changes in their benefits.  A notice has been mailed to affected claimants and additional information is online at www.workforcewv.org.