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Alabama Unemployment Extension

Alabama Unemployment

Individuals who have exhausted their regular Alabama unemployment benefits may be eligible for additional weeks of benefits through various extension programs. These extension programs provide financial assistance to those who are still unemployed and actively seeking work. The availability and duration of these unemployment extended benefits depend on various economic factors, such as the state’s unemployment rate and federal funding.

High Extended Benefit Program (HEB)

The High Extended Benefit Program (HEB) is a state and federally funded program that provides extended unemployment benefits to Alabama workers who have exhausted their regular unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment.

This benefit is only activated when the state’s unemployment rate reaches a high threshold. The program provides additional benefits to eligible individuals for up to 20 weeks.

To qualify for HEB benefits, an individual must have exhausted all rights to regular unemployment insurance benefits under state or federal law, and the individual must be able to work, available to work, and actively seeking work.

Currently, there are no high extended benefits available in Alabama. Contact the ADOL for more information about HEB.

Disaster Unemployment Insurance

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program is designed to help Alabama residents who have lost their jobs due to a major disaster, such as a hurricane, flood, or earthquake. To be eligible for DUA, you must meet specific requirements, such as filing an initial application within 30 days of the announcement of assistance availability and being unemployed due to the disaster.

Additionally, self-employed individuals must provide documentation, and certain conditions of unemployment must have occurred as a direct result of the disaster to qualify for DUA. Non-citizens of the United States are not eligible for DUA benefits unless they were legally authorized to work in the country at the time of their services.

Partial Benefits

Your employer may file partial claims for benefits if you worked but earned less than your weekly unemployment benefit amount. The partial claim must be filed by your employer after the end of the payable week, but within 14 days following the week claimed. If your employer fails to file the partial claims within the specified time period, you are responsible for filing your claim application by telephone.

The program allows you to receive a portion of your unemployment benefits while still working part-time. The amount of the partial benefit is based on the difference between the individual’s weekly benefit amount and their weekly wages earned from part-time work. You can estimate your weekly benefit amount using the Alabama unemployment calculator.

To be eligible for partial benefits, you must meet certain requirements, such as being able and available for full-time work and actively seeking work.

Trade Act Program

The Trade Act Program provides benefits for individuals who have lost their jobs due to competition from imports. These benefits are only available after your regular unemployment benefits are exhausted. If you are eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), you will receive notification by letter and can file a claim immediately.

Benefits may include relocation and job search allowances, training assistance, employment services, Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC), and Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA).

To qualify for TRA benefits, workers must enroll in an approved training program or be granted a training waiver within 26 weeks after the certification date of the trade petition.

CARES Act and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Extended Benefits

During the COVID pandemic, Congress passed several laws allowing unemployment extended benefits after regular benefits were exhausted.

All CARES Act benefits expired in Alabama on June 19, 2021.

Federal Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)

This emergency benefit, commonly known as the stimulus benefit, offered eligible individuals an increase of $600 per week in traditional unemployment insurance benefits for qualifying weeks. Payments were later reduced to $300 under the American Rescue Plan Act. This benefit was only available during the COVID pandemic.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program in Alabama offers up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are not eligible for Alabama unemployment insurance.

The program is specifically designed for self-employed individuals, gig economy workers, independent contractors, church employees, nonprofit and government employees, and those who have exhausted their regular and extended benefits.

PUA was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in many individuals losing their jobs due to government-imposed shutdowns and restrictions. The program provided financial assistance to those who are not traditionally covered by unemployment insurance programs, ensuring that they could still support themselves and their families during the historic time.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

Back during the COVID pandemic, individuals who had exhausted their regular unemployment insurance benefits received an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits.

The program provided financial assistance to those who are still unemployed after exhausting their normal benefits. PEUC benefits were provided automatically and claimants did not have to apply for them.

Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC)

MEUC benefits helped self-employed workers, and were available from January 02, 2021 – March 13, 2021. The program paid an additional $100 per week in supplemental benefits to individuals who were receiving certain unemployment benefits. Eligible recipients must have received at least $5,000 of self-employment income in the most recent taxable year before applying for unemployment compensation, while also earning regular wages from an employer.

  1. My Alabama unemployment Benefits exhausted on Dec. 8th. I have not received any mail or email about a UI extension. What do I need to do now to get it going.Thanks for the help.

    • Jeremy,

      Please login to your account online and lookout for possible extension options. You can also check for extension programs on the official Unemployment Office website.

  2. I have the same issue I still had six grand left and I couldn’t get reopen then l received a letter saying I am certified again for one month I wish I knew how to get my benefits

      • Hattie,

        The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

    • The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  3. My unemployment benefits have been exhausted. I am attempting to apply for emergency benefits. I have diligently searched for employment with no luck as of yet. I have called the only number I have found available for two weeks and get the same recording ” we are experiencing large call volume please try again later” then the line is disconnected!!! Whom else is there to contact within my state??

  4. My unemployment are going to end in December. I lost my job of 20 yrs. of no fault of mine. I have work over 40 yrs. never been unemployed until now. When I need help you all no longer offer an EUC payment in the state of Alabama. When you become a certain age it is hard to get on the job work force. I guess Congress don’t care whether we senior citizen eat or not. I dedicated most of my life to helping children to become good citizen and teaching them good morals in the up coming future,now I really need help to survive and the government has turned their backs on a needed family I not old enough to get Social security. Please lift the order and extend the unemployment for the needed in Alabama and other states for needed families.please send this to the President and to Congress.

    • I can understand your situation. I suggest that you can write to the governor’s office and post on like-minded forums. Since this is a private forum, we’re not in a position to pass your message to the authorities.

  5. Is there an extension on Alabama unemployment compensation at this time since the unemployment rate is still high and I am still searching for employment to no avail at this time????? My balance will be $0 very soon. I have only been unemployed for 6 months now and there was a break in payments due to my surgery. I just started filing again the last 3 weeks. Is there any hope for an extension at this time due to the low employment rate in the state of Alabama???

    • As far as I am aware, there is no extension available.

      Please call the Claims Center to inquire about state sponsored extension program.

  6. I have been unemployed since July 2016 due to a lay off. I am a full time student ,hoping to graduate with My Bachelor’s Degree in Jan. 2018. My benefits will expire mid- Feb 2017. Has an extension been opened for this year,2017.

    • Please note there is no federal extension available. You may call the Unemployment Office to inquire about state provided extension.

  7. My benefits was exhausted but I got a letter in the mail two months later stating employer wage report for qualifying period payments pending final approval claim what does this mean

    • Please call the Claims Center on the phone numbers provided for further information. It is a personalized letter to do with a decision made on the basis of the information provided/confirmed by your employer.

    • Apologies for the information provided on this page. It has been updated with a disclaimer.

      EUC is not available.

  8. Although EUC is not available anymore each state has extensions for unemployment. If your state is experiencing high unemployment there are extensions available. Availability changes as unemployment does please contact your local agency. They are there to help!

  9. After you are paid 26 weeks of unemployment. And you still don’t have a job . Can’t find a job . When can you sign up for unemployment benefits again . I work 33 yrs same company for gaps in employment. The company closed down.

  10. Is there any extension on the unemployment benefits are any service have not found a job have went to job fairs put in a lot applications but no ones calling what I do if I don’t have job before my benefits end . I worked for a company 34yrs and they closed because people are getting printing done overseas I see that the rate is high in Alabama please reply and tell what I need to do .

    • The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  11. . no work.no extension on my unemployment in ALA. i called the week i got my letter to get that 13 week extension, that i should have got ,but they said ,they did not have it. i told them it was going to lose my home.what is wrong with our GOV. in AL.I take care of my mother,and we have no where to go,she is 81 of age.tell me what i can do. please help me here.

    • We can understand your situation. Unfortunately, there is no extension available. Why don’t you rev up your job search and look for jobs instead.

      Try looking up for jobs online.

    • EUC is not available anywhere in the country since its expiration in December 2013.

      Please contact the labor authorities in your state for further information.

  12. Hello, I reopened an unemployment claim in June of 2015! Due to me filling last year in July my benefit year ended today, it won’t let me refile or anything, and I have only recieved a months worth if payments! I still have almost 4 grand left of funds for enemployment! I also filled today for the work week ending yesterday, my benefit year end date was today, so will I receive the payment for the last week I filled for? Also no one has sent me any paperwork saying my benefit year was going to end! When I filled in July if last year I was denied but went back to work for the same company in November! I would like to know what I have to do to continue receiving benefits! Will I have to wait until tomorrow to refile for another benefit year, everyone is suppose to be given 26 weeks of unemployment compensation, and I have only received 5 counting this weeks!! Please help! What should I do???

    • Why don’t you call the claims center and get accurate details? Only they will be able to provide you accurate and up to date information.

      Please call the phone numbers provided.

  13. I have been unemployed since 1/1/14 and now my unemployment balance is $0
    What are my options now and can I file for an extension of benefits? I have had a few interviews and thought I would have a job by now but have had no offers. Please help me file for an extension as this unemployment barely covers my health insurance premiums.
    Thank you for your assistance. Mae L. Smith

  14. I am seeking information on an unemployment extension as I have not found work yet and my benefit term will be ending in two more weeks

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