Ohio Unemployment Extension
Since 2008, federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits have been available to eligible Ohioans. These extensions were made possible by multiple acts of Congress, including the recent passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, signed by the president on January 2, 2013. The current legislation extends deadlines for the program through December 2013, as shown in the chart below.
Who is eligible to receive this extension? Unemployed individuals who satisfy all of the following criteria could qualify if they:
- had an unemployment application in effect as of May 5, 2007, or later;
- have exhausted all regular state UC benefits;
- have no rights to regular UC or extended benefits under any other state unemployment compensation law or federal law or in Canada.
What are individuals eligible for?
Individuals may be eligible to receive EUC benefits, which are offered in stages known as “tiers.” Each tier must be exhausted before the next tier may begin. The following chart shows the maximum possible course of benefits, in order of payment:
- Regular UC (state-funded by employer contributions) – up to 26 weeks
- Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) – up to 37 weeks (depending on the timing of available tiers)
|Weeks of benefits available between September 2012 – January 12, 2013||Weeks of benefits available between January 13 – May 4, 2013||Weeks of benefits available between May 5, 2013 – December 2013|
*Claimants who start EUC Tier 3 benefits before January 12, 2013, may continue to receive up to 9 weeks of EUC Tier 3 benefits.
**Claimants who exhausted their EUC Tier 2 benefits after January 12, 2013, may establish EUC Tier 3 benefits effective May 5, 2013, or after.