Extended unemployment benefits for those out of work more than six months will resume again after President Barack Obama signed into law a new tax package over the weekend.
After Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) payments expired on November 30, the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce urged those receiving the benefits to continue applying for them anyway in case Congress renewed the program. The gamble paid off, as an $855 billion tax package passed over the weekend includes additional funding for EUC payments.
EUC payments are for those who have exhausted their normal 26 weeks of jobless benefits. When combined with extended benefits programs, it creates four additional tiers, for up to 73 extra weeks of benefits. However, those who have been out of work for more than 99 weeks will not be able to continue in the program. (for explanation of tiers, read prior SCRN article)
The agency says more than 20,000 claimants whose benefits stopped after November can expect to have their claims released for payment in two to three days. Those who are still unemployed and have not been filing their weekly claims will be asked to report to their nearest workforce center to reopen their claims or to sign up for a new tier.