Extended unemployment benefits program almost over

Iowans currently benefiting from program to be notified

April 1, 2014 | 2:58 am

The federal program that provided extended unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployment benefit during the recession is about to run out.

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program provided up to 47 weeks of additional benefits to the long-term unemployed in Iowa. The week ending Dec. 29 will be the last for which benefits are paid.

The program is expiring because Congress has not acted to renew it.

“Iowans have benefited from federal unemployment program since the summer of 2008,” Iowa Workforce Development director Teresa Wahlert said in prepared remarks. “The number of individuals unemployed in Iowa continues to decrease and the state consistently maintains the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the country.”

The state will notify Iowans currently benefiting from the program over the next week regarding their individual benefit situation. Individual claimants in Iowa will still be eligible to receive up to 26 weeks of regular benefits through the state unemployment compensation system in a 52-week period.

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