Unemployment extensions end Nov. 30
The Unemployment Compensation Act of 2010, passed by Congress and signed into law on July 22, expires on Nov. 30. This law extended Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC, or extension) benefits for the nation’s unemployed. It is unknown when – or if – Congress will take action to extend the EUC program.
What this means for Arkansans is that if your regular benefits exhaust during the week of Nov. 27, you will not be eligible for an unemployment extension at this time. If you are receiving a Tier I or Tier II extension (three “tiers” were available based on the state’s unemployment rate) that exhaust during the week of Dec. 4, you will not be eligible to roll into the next tier.
In Arkansas, there were 102,800 members of the state’s labor force drawing unemployment benefits in September. The state’s unemployment rate in that month was 7.7 percent.
To preserve your potential rights to benefits, you should continue to file weekly claims until the EUC program is passed by Congress, or until it is clear that the program will not be extended.
The last week that the $25 FAC (Federal Additional Compensation, or stimulus) will be paid in addition to the regular weekly benefit amount is Dec. 11.
Contact your local Department of Workforce Services office for more information.
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