UPDATE: NEW EXPIRATION DATE Announces Extended Benefits Program to Expire; Benefits to Continue Through OCTOBER 3

By  | September 15, 2020 | Filed under: News

Alabama Department of Labor | News MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Department of Labor announced today that the Extended Benefits (EB) program will expire on September 12, 2020. ADOL will continue to pay these benefits through OCTOBER 3, 2020.

This is a separate program from the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program that was enacted under the CARES Act. PEUC provides for an additional 13 weeks of regular unemployment following exhaustion.

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* of 6.11% triggered the state onto a 13-week EB period beginning the week of May 31. It is usually available during times of adverse economic conditions.  The last time Alabama offered the EB program was during the Great Recession of 2008. Alabama will trigger off of the program on September 12, 2020, when the weekly insured unemployment rate will drop to below 5.0%.

While the EB program was available for UP TO 13 weeks, not all claimants were eligible to receive all weeks.

* INSURED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (IUR)

The rate is computed by dividing Insured Unemployed for the current quarter by Covered Employment for the first four of the last six completed quarters. This is not the same as the monthly unemployment rate.

 

Media Release/Director Tara Hutchison/Alabama Department of Labor

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