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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Changes in State Eligibility for Unemployment Insurance (September 2013)

Changes in state unemployment rates announced last week have resulted in changes in availability of unemployment insurance benefits in Mississippi and Wisconsin.  Changes will take effect September 14th.

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There have been changes to available weeks of benefits in California, Rhode Island, Washington, Alaska, North Carolina, Delaware, Illinois, Alabama, Mississippi, and Michigan in recent months.  Please check THIS LINK (How Many Weeks of Unemployment Will I Get?) for details.

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As unemployment insurance benefits are tied into the unemployment rate for your particular state, changes to your state's unemployment rate may increase or decrease the number of weeks of benefits to which you are entitled.

Weeks of unemployment insurance availability are changing for Mississippi and Wisconsin. 

The Department of Labor announced changes HERE for the above listed states on August 19th, as listed below:


  • People in Mississippi Cannot Move To Tier 4:
Mississippi's TUR has fallen below 9.0% and triggers "off" Tier 4 of EUC08 effective 9/14/2013. 
Based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on August 19, 2013, the three month average, seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate in Mississippi fell below the 9.0% trigger rate threshold to remain "on" in Tier 4 of EUC08. The week ending September 14, 2013, will be the last week in which EUC08 claimants in Mississippi could exhaust Tier 3 and establish Tier 4 eligibility. Under the phase-out provisions, claimants could receive any remaining entitlement they had in Tier 4 after September 14, 2013.
The maximum number of weeks of unemployment insurance available in Mississippi will decline from 73 weeks to 63 weeks after September 14, 2013, though people on Tier 4 before September 14th can complete those 10 weeks. 

  • People in Wisconsin Cannot Move to Tier 3: 
Wisconsin's TUR has fallen below 7.0% and triggers "off" Tier 3 of EUC08 effective 9/14/2013. 
Based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on August 19, 2013, the three month average, seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate in Wisconsin fell below the 7.0% trigger rate threshold to remain "on" in Tier 3 of EUC08. The week ending September 14, 2013, will be the last week in which EUC08 claimants in Wisconsin could exhaust Tier 2 and establish Tier 3 eligibility. Under the phase-out provisions, claimants could receive any remaining entitlement they had in Tier 3 after September 14, 2013.
The maximum number of weeks of unemployment insurance available in Wisconsin will decline from 63 weeks to 54 weeks after September 14, 2013, though people on Tier 3 before September 14th can complete those 10 weeks. 

Other changes in the last three months:


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