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Unemployment Benefits Still Available After State Help Expires

April 1, 2013

Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel

Q: Are there federal unemployment benefits available after my state benefits expire?

A: Yes, there are still federal emergency unemployment benefits that kick in after Florida's state benefits expire if you haven't found a job.

Currently, there are three tiers of EUC benefits available, for a maximum of 29 additional weeks, according to Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity.

Florida provides up to 19 weeks of state benefits under the 2011 law that tied unemployment to the rate rising or declining.

In total, 48 weeks of state and federal benefits are available to eligible workers who have been laid off through no fault of their own.

Source: (c)2013 the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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