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MAXIMUM EMERGENCY JOBLESS BENEFITS INCREASE TO 33 WEEKS

 MAXIMUM EMERGENCY JOBLESS BENEFITS INCREASE TO 33 WEEKS
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Long-term jobless


Pennsylvanians who exhaust their regular unemployment benefits may qualify for up to 33 weeks of federal emergency unemployment compensation benefits, State Labor and Industry Secretary Tom Foley announced today.
 A new federal law provides for up to an additional 13 weeks of benefits. Recently, because of an increase in long-term unemployment, the maximum period for emergency unemployment benefits in Pennsylvania rose from 13 to 20 weeks.
 To qualify for the federal benefits, claimants must exhaust their entitlement of regular unemployment benefits.
 Coupled with the 26 weeks of regular unemployment compensation, the increased federal benefits may entitle jobless workers to a maximum of 59 weeks of state and federal benefits.
 Claimants who qualify for only 16 weeks of regular unemployment benefits will now qualify for 20.8 weeks of emergency unemployment compensation.
 A total of 174,000 people are projected to receive an estimated $600 million in federal benefits in Pennsylvania under this program.
 The federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Act, which took effect in November, originally entitled those who exhausted their regular benefits to 13 weeks of additional benefits.
 Pennsylvanians qualified for up to seven more weeks, for a maximum of 20 weeks in January when the 13-week average insured unemployment rate reached the 5 percent level.
 EUC benefits are entirely federally funded and are not derived from the state's Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund.
 The UC Trust Fund is used to pay regular jobless benefits to unemployed Pennsylvania workers.
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 /CONTACT: James M. Hillegass of the Department of Labor & Industry, 717-787-7530/ CO: Department of Labor & Industry ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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