Federal EUC Tier One Benefits Reduction from 20 Weeks to 14 Weeks Effective 9/2/12

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Federal EUC Tier One Benefits Reduction from 20 Weeks to 14 Weeks Effective 9/2/12

Charleston, W.Va. - The U.S. Department of Labor has notified West Virginia that federally funded Tier 1 Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits are being reduced from 20 weeks to 14 weeks.  This change is effective with claims establishing entitlement for EUC Tier 1 on September 2, 2012 or thereafter. 

Claimants who established eligibility for EUC Tier 1 before September 2, 2012 can continue to receive their balance of EUC Tier 1 (20 weeks). However, claimants establishing entitlement to EUC Tier 1 effective the week of September 2, 2012, may only receive 14 weeks of benefits.  The last payable week of any EUC tier is benefit week ending December 29, 2012.  

Even with the reduction of federally funded EUC Tier 1 benefits, unemployed West Virginians will be potentially eligible to receive up to 54 weeks of unemployment compensation benefits.  This change does not affect the 26 weeks of regular state funded benefits claimants are potentially eligible to receive or the 14 weeks of federally funded EUC Tier 2 benefits which are available to claimants who have exhausted their regular benefits.  The federally funded emergency benefits are available to claimants who have exhausted their regular benefits and are still seeking employment. Information on changes in available benefits is online at www.workforcewv.org.  

WorkForce West Virginia encourages affected claimants to utilize the agency’s job services to find employment.  Local offices provide reemployment services, work-readiness assessments, 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.