Delaware’s unemployment insurance extended

    Out of work Delawareans could get an extra 14 weeks of unemployment insurance.

    Thousands of out of work Delawareans could be eligible for an extra 14 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits under a law signed by President Obama earlier this month.  The extra eligibility comes under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

    “These benefits will help Delawareans who have been hit hard by the national economic recession get back on their feet,” said Governor Jack Markell (D).  He says turning around the state’s economy takes time.

    The Department of Unemployment Insurance will be sending out notices to unemployed residents who may be eligible for the benefit extension along with instruction on how to receive those benefits.  The maximum unemployment insurance for Delaware works is now 93 weeks, compared to 79 weeks before this emergency extension.  Workers who recently started receiving benefits or who start collecting between now and the end of the year may not be eligible for the extension.

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