Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier Three Benefits Trigger On 9/23/12 in West Virginia

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Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier Three Benefits Trigger On 9/23/12 in West Virginia

Charleston, W.Va. -- The United States Department of Labor has notified West Virginia that our state has triggered on Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier 3 benefits due to our Total Unemployment Rate (TUR). 

Individuals can establish entitlement for EUC Tier 3 effective September 23, 2012 or thereafter.  Recent federal legislation has allowed our State to pay nine (9) weeks of benefits to claimants who are eligible for EUC Tier 3.  EUC Tier 3 benefits are available to claimants who have exhausted their entitlement to EUC Tier 2 benefits.  Individuals potentially eligible for EUC Tier 3 will receive notices of additional entitlement and/or further instructions on how to file for these benefits.  The last payable week of any EUC Tier is benefit week ending December 29, 2012. 

Unemployed West Virginians will be potentially eligible to receive up to 63 weeks of unemployment compensation benefits.  In addition to EUC Tier 3, unemployed individuals can receive 26 weeks of regular state funded benefits, 14 weeks of EUC Tier 1 federally funded benefits and 14 weeks of EUC Tier 2 federally funded benefits.  Federally funded emergency benefits are available to claimants who have exhausted their regular benefits and are still seeking employment.

In order to inform recipients of changes in available benefits, we will post this information on our website, www.workforcewv.org.  

WorkForce West Virginia encourages affected claimants to utilize the agency’s job services to find employment.  The One Stop centers offer reemployment services, including work-readiness assessments, WorkKeys certification, and job placement.  More information is available online at www.workforcewv.org, which offers the largest available website of West Virginia’s job openings and labor market information.

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