Vermont jobless claims extended by Congress

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) is providing information today on the recent passage of the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation 2008 (EUC 08) program. Congress passed legislation last week to retroactively extend the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) program.  Based on the passage of this legislation Vermont is now authorized to establish entitlement under the EUC08 program for eligible claimants.  Vermont currently qualifies for the first two Tiers of the EUC08 program.  Tier 1 provides up to 20 weeks and Tier 2 provides up to 14 weeks of additional benefits.  Claimants can file up to 26 weeks of state benefits before shifting to the extended federal program which in Vermont consists of up to 34 weeks of emergency compensation.  The maximum number of weeks currently available in Vermont is 60 weeks.Payments for claimants who elected to continue to file claims and report work search on-line have already been released and mailed.  Claimants who exhaust regular unemployment insurance that are found eligible for the EUC08 program are required to report to their local career resource center to register for the EUC08 benefits.The Vermont Department of Labor has 12 career resource centers and satellite offices that will continue to provide Vermonters assistance with job seeking skills and strategies including a compilation of occupational data for those interested in career changes or new entrants to the workforce.  In addition, the Department continues their collaboration with Community College of Vermont to offer the Career Readiness Certificate training, free of charge, to Vermonters interested in bolstering their work readiness skills.  The Department has a variety of federal and state training programs to assist unemployed individuals seeking work and/or employers needing to train new hires.  Regional career resource center staff can assist folks interested in learning more about these opportunities.  For a list of the Department’s resource centers and other information, please visit our website at www.labor.vermont.gov(link is external). Source: VTDOL. 12.22.2010last_img

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