Alabama Department of Labor announces extended benefits program

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Special to the Selma Sun 

The state will begin offering Extended Benefits for unemployed individuals who qualify and have exhausted previous benefits, according to the Alabama Department of Labor.  

This is a separate program from the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program that was enacted under the CARES Act.  

Extended Benefits are usually available during times of adverse economic conditions. The last time Alabama offered the EB program was during the Great Recession of 2008. The EB program is a federal program that is triggered when a state’s insured unemployment rate exceeds 5.9%. Alabama’s weekly insured unemployment rate is 6.11%, which triggered the state onto a 13-week EB period beginning the week of May 31.

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