Unemployment Insurance Benefit Extension Information


Notice for Extension of Unemployment Insurance Benefits

BALTIMORE (December 12, 2008) – The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation today began to mail notices to Unemployment Insurance recipients who are eligible for the extension of benefits enacted by Congress.

In response to rising unemployment nationwide, Congress enacted a seven week extension of Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits, increasing to 20 weeks the amount of time individuals are eligible for emergency benefits.

“Maryland’s Congressional delegation fought for this extension on behalf of those families struggling to get by in an economy in recession,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “In these uncertain times, the emergency unemployment extension provides the needed safety net for the unemployed as we work to provide the foundation to rebuild our economy and create jobs.”

Individuals who have exhausted their initial 13 weeks of emergency unemployment benefits will be notified by mail that they may call to reopen their claims if they are still unemployed. Individuals who are currently receiving emergency unemployment benefits will be notified by mail that they are now eligible for up to 20 weeks of benefits and should continue filing their continued claims. All new recipients of emergency unemployment benefits are eligible for 20 weeks of benefits.

“Unemployment Insurance continues to serve as the critical social safety net that it was when it was first created during the Great Depression. Providing extended benefits ensures Marylanders will continue to be able to pay their bills and put money back into the local economy,” said Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Thomas E. Perez.

The first week for which the extended emergency benefits are available is the week ending November 29, 2008.

Individuals should NOT contact the claims centers prior to receiving notice by mail of their eligibility. Any individual who quits a job to file for these benefits will be denied.


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