Emergency benefits see extension
LANSING – Legislation was recently signed to extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation until Jan. 1, 2014.
Prior to passage of the legislation, affected claimants had been notified by the Unemployment Insurance Agency that the week ending Dec. 29, 2012 was the last week for which they could be paid EUC benefits. Since the program has been extended, those who had an EUC claim with a remaining balance beyond December 29, should continue to certify for benefit payments by phone or online through the Michigan Automated Voice Interactive Network on their regular appointment dates and times. No other action needs to be taken by claimants. Claimants who exhaust their regular state benefits with payment ending Dec. 29 or after will receive a notice by mail with instructions to file an EUC claim.
EUC provides up to 34 weeks of federally-funded extended unemployment benefits (based on a four tier system) to workers who have exhausted their regular state unemployment benefits.
There are established unemployment rate thresholds that states must meet in order to remain eligible for the EUC program. The thresholds are based upon a three-month average of the total unemployment rate. Michigan’s three month average TUR must remain at 9 percent or above to be eligible to provide all four tiers of the EUC program.
For additional information regarding the EUC program, claimants may contact the UIA.