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STATE ACTS TO SPEED EMERGENCY AID TO JOBLESS

 STATE ACTS TO SPEED EMERGENCY AID TO JOBLESS
 PITTSBURGH, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- State Labor and Industry


Secretary Tom Foley said today the commonwealth has begun working to assure the speedy payment of emergency benefits to jobless Pennsylvanians who qualify for up to 13 additional weeks of assistance under a new federal law.
 The law was enacted Friday night.
 Foley said employees with the Department of Labor and Industry worked over the weekend to prepare the materials that jobless Pennsylvanians will need to qualify for the additional unemployment benefits.
 "The national recession has caused far too many Pennsylvania workers and their families to suffer because of circumstances beyond their control," Foley said. "This emergency program will help many people as they continue their struggle to find new work."
 Claims for the extended benefits program will be handled by mail and processed electronically to ensure that eligible claimants receive payment as quickly as possible. The first benefit payments are expected to be made in about three weeks.
 All Pennsylvanians potentially eligible for the emergency assistance will be notified in about a week. Subject to operating instructions that have yet to be issued to the states by the U.S. Department of Labor, as many as 160,000 Pennsylvanians could be eligible.
 Because the special payments are being handled by mail, potential applicants are not required to visit their local Job Center to enroll.
 "It is vital that those receiving this packet carefully read the instructions and complete the application form in order to qualify for the benefits they are entitled to," Foley said.
 Pennsylvania's regular jobless benefits program provides a maximum of $298 per week for a duration of up to 26 weeks. The new program provides up to 13 weeks of additional benefits for Pennsylvanians who have exhausted their regular claims and are still jobless.
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 /CONTACT: Jack McGettigan, 717-787-7530, or Michael A. Acquaviva, 412-565-5339, both of the Department of Labor and Industry/ CO: Department of Labor and Industry ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU: JS -- PH029 -- 1454 11/18/91 12:43 EST
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