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Unemployment benefits extension set to expire

POSTED: April 17, 2012 11:51 a.m.

ATLANTA—The State Extended Benefit (SEB) program for long-term unemployed Georgians will end April 21. The SEB is a federally-funded extended unemployment insurance program.

Federal and state laws mandate that states with SEB have three-month average unemployment rates that remain 110 percent higher than the corresponding months three years prior. Georgia’s three-month average unemployment rate is 9.24 percent, compared to 8.5 percent for the corresponding period three years ago. In order to meet the threshold for SEB, Georgia’s three-month average rate must be 9.35 percent. The state Department of Labor is notifying the 15,000 people receiving SEB that the program is ending.

SEB is not part of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program. The EUC program remains in effect. SEB has prowvided up to a maximum of 20 additional weeks of extended benefits to jobless Georgians who exhausted the four tiers of EUC, providing a maximum of 99 weeks of benefits to those eligible. EUC will still be available for those exhausting regular state unemployment insurance benefits.

Those recipients currently exhausting the fourth tier of EUC may be eligible for SEB through the week ending April 21.

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