Message to New York State (NYS) Unemployment Insurance Claimants From www.labor.ny.gov

Message to New York State (NYS) Unemployment Insurance Claimants From www.labor.ny.gov:

UI Bill Update

Friday July 23, 2010 9:00am

President Obama signed the UI extension last night.  We’re working to update our UI Calculator sometime today to make sure that everyone knows how many weeks of benefits they will receive.  Benefits will be retroactive to June 2.  If you had your benefits stopped the week of June 6 or after, you will receive a lump sum payment for those back weeks in your accounts.

UI Bill Update

Thursday July 22, 2010 4:00pm

Good Afternoon All – The House has just approved extending the jobless benefits bill! Now, it’s off to the President to sign it. We’ll update you as soon as we learn when that might be. However, he has stated publicly that he will do it right away. We’ll keep you posted.

UI Bill Update

Thursday July 22, 2010 9:30am

Today is a big day! The House is now debating the Unemployment Insurance Extension bill and a vote is likely very soon. We will continue to update you as the day goes on.

Drop in NYS Unemployment Rate Shortens Weeks of Unemployment Benefits

Albany, NY (Wednesday July 21, 2010 2:00pm) –

New York’s monthly statewide unemployment rate has been on the decline since February 2010. New York State’s 3 month average unemployment rate for April, May and June is 8.3%.

This is now below the 8.5% three month average unemployment rate that is required by the federal government to trigger six weeks of additional benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier 4. The U.S. Department of Labor has informed us that, starting August 16, no new claims can be filed for Tier 4 benefits.

This will reduce the maximum number of available weeks of UI benefits from 99 weeks to 93 weeks.  However, the UI bill states that all Extended Benefits (EB) will end the week of December 5, which means that most unemployed New Yorkers will not be able to reach a maximum of even 93 weeks. December 5 is also the date when New Yorkers will no longer be able to move on to the next Tier of benefits.

To be eligible for EUC Tier 1, New Yorkers must exhaust regular benefits (26 weeks) by the week of November 21, 2010 and claim their first week of EUC by the following week.  To move into a new tier, you must exhaust your current tier by week ending November 28, 2010.

For updates on benefit extensions, continue to visit http://www.labor.ny.gov/ for updates. We encourage all claimants to check our Unemployment Calculator once the bill is signed to find out the exact number of weeks you are eligible for.