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Alabama Unemployment Extension

***The E.U.C remains expired across all states and is currently unavailable. Contact the Unemployment Office for information on availability of Extended Benefits (E.B)***

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.

EUC Tiers

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.

Extended Benefits (EB) – Program Ended

Under federal law, as of 2019, EUC benefits are no longer available.

Extensions for collecting UI payments are in effect only during periods of high unemployment and only if the state or federal government take specific action to provide extended benefits.

  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.

    • Well, there is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state.

  11. . 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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