Federal emergency unemployment ends in December
those collecting more than 25 weeks; regular unemployment continues
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[December 10, 2012]
CHICAGO -- A federal
unemployment insurance program beyond the initial 25-week regular
state program will expire at the end of 2012, according to a
reminder from officials with the Illinois Department of Employment
The federal program is referred to as emergency unemployment
compensation, or EUC. When federal lawmakers passed the last
extension of the program, they included a Dec. 29 ending date. Under
current law, no EUC can be paid for weeks ending after that. Regular
state benefits will remain in effect.
Illinois businesses pay into
the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to provide for the regular
unemployment program, which lasts for 25 weeks for individuals who
first claimed the benefit in 2012.
Earlier this year the extended benefit program, or EB, expired
after specific thresholds were met, including a falling unemployment
rate. The thresholds were written into federal law. EB provided
benefits for up to 20 weeks of unemployment insurance.
EUC was divided into Tiers I, II, III and IV. Collectively, they
provided up to 53 weeks of unemployment insurance. This program was
federally funded, and Congress enacted the EUC tiers at various
times under Presidents Bush and Obama. This is the program that ends
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Unemployment insurance claimants will be individually notified that,
by federal law, their benefits will end.
Illinois Department of
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