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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Changes State Unemployment Benefits in December 2013

Changes in state unemployment rates announced in November have resulted in changes in availability of unemployment insurance benefits in Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Washington starting in December. 
Important Note:  ALL extended unemployment benefits are scheduled to expire the week ending December 28, 2013.  Unless Congress acts to extend this program, which is unlikely due to Republican control of the House of Representatives, there will be NO federal extended unemployment benefits available after December 28, 2013. There are still about 1.3 million people depending on extended unemployment benefits. 
Changes in Extended Unemployment Benefits (The "Tiers"):

From the Department of Labor:
  • People in Colorado & Florida CANNOT Move to Tier 3:

    Colorado and Florida trigger "off" Tier 3 of EUC08 effective 12/14/2013.
Based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on November 22, 2013, the three month average, seasonally adjusted total unemployment rates in Colorado and Florida fell below the 7.0% trigger rate threshold to remain "on" Tier 3 of EUC08. The week ending December 14, 2013 will be the last week in which EUC08 claimants in Colorado and Florida who have exhausted Tier 2, and are otherwise eligible, can establish Tier 3 eligibility.
  • People in the Michigan and Rhode Island CAN Move to Tier 4 and qualify for 10 extra weeks under Tier 4: 
Michigan and Rhode Island trigger "on" Tier 4 of EUC08 effective 12/8/2013. 
Based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on November 22, 2013, the three month average, seasonally adjusted total unemployment rates in Michigan and Rhode Island meets or exceeds the 9.0% trigger rate threshold to trigger "on" Tier 4 of EUC08. The week beginning December 8, 2013 will be the first week in which EUC08 claimants in Michigan and Rhode Island who have exhausted Tier 3, and are otherwise eligible, can establish Tier 4 eligibility.
  • People in Wisconsin CAN move to Tier 3 and qualify for nine extra weeks under Tier 3:
Washington triggers "on" to Tier 3 of EUC08 effective 12/8/2013. 
Based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on November 22, 2013, the three month average, seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate in Washington was 7.0%, meeting the 7.0% trigger rate threshold to trigger "on" Tier 3 of EUC08. The week beginning December 8, 2013 will be the first week in which EUC08 claimants in Washington who have exhausted Tier 2, and are otherwise eligible, can establish Tier 3 eligibility.

  • People in Alaska CAN move to Tier 3 an qualify for nine extra weeks under Tier 3:   

    Alaska triggers "on" to Tier 3 of EUC08 effective 12/8/2013.

    Alaska's 13-week insured unemployment rate for the week ending November 23, 2013, exceeds the 4.0% trigger rate threshold to trigger "on" to Tier 3 of EUC08. The week beginning December 8, 2013 is the first week in which EUC08 claimants in Alaska who have exhausted Tier 2, and are otherwise eligible, can establish Tier 3 eligibility.

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