Alabama Unemployment Extension
Unemployment Insurance is a state-federal program that provides cash benefits to eligible workers who are currently unemployed through no fault of their own. Each state administers a separate unemployment insurance program, but all states need to follow the guidelines established by federal law.
Unemployment compensation can be extended once the recipient exhausts all regular benefits. The Alabama Unemployment Compensation Law provides for extended benefits for claimants who have exhausted their benefits during periods of high unemployment. The Department will make public announcements to all news media of the beginning and ending dates of any extended benefits period.
Currently, Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) is available in the state of Alabama. This is 100% federally funded and the eligibility to receive these benefits will be determined by the federal government.
Recently, legislation extended the ending date of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) program from 28, December 2012 to December 28, 2013. But, there were no additional tiers of EUC added in the latest legislation. Individuals who have already been paid all EUC funds were given no additional benefits.
The EUC Tiers are dependent on the unemployment rate of the state. As of March, 2013, Alabama’s unemployment rate is 6.9%. This calls for two tiers of emergency unemployment compensation as follows –
EUC Tier 1: 14 weeks
EUC Tier 2: 14 weeks
The number of tiers you are entitled to will change based on your date of dismissal.
If you have exhausted all your state benefits, you can apply for EUC08 here.