STATEHOUSE (March 18, 2009) - As your state representative, I want to pass along this important announcement from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Hoosiers who have exhausted their state and federal unemployment benefits may be eligible for an additional 13 weeks of unemployment assistance.
In addition to exhausting all state and federal unemployment benefits, Hoosiers must have an unemployment insurance benefit end date on March 21 or later.
Those eligible will be notified by mail beginning this week and will be able to check their benefit end date on their homepage on the state's online filing system, Uplink.
People enrolled in the program will receive extended benefits and will be subject to much stricter regulations:
· They must apply for three jobs per week and maintain a work-search log.
· Work-search waivers are no longer available.
· They must accept any work offer they can physically perform.
According to the current state law, extended benefits will automatically go into effect when the 13-week average of Indiana's insured unemployment rate, which is the percent of Hoosiers receiving state unemployment from the entire pool of covered workers, exceeds 5 percent.
These benefits will automatically deactivate and terminate all payments when the 13-week average rate falls below 5 percent. Remember, the insured unemployment rate is not the same figure as the unemployment rate.
Please do not hesitate to contact either my office or the Department of Workforce Development with any questions you might have. I will continue to look for ways to create jobs in our state and help those Hoosiers who have experienced unfortunate job loss. We all must work together during these difficult economic times.
For more information on the extended unemployment benefits, visit http://www.in.gov/dwd/files/Extended-Benefits_FAQ-2.pdf.