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November 12, 2009

Unemployment benefits extended

Some eligible for 86 weeks

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced that unemployment insurance benefits have been extended by up to 14 weeks under federal legislation signed into law on Nov. 6.

The additional benefits mean that some unemployed workers will be eligible for up to 86 weeks of benefits in Minnesota when combined with earlier compensation extensions. These weeks of benefits are payable beginning this week.

"These benefits are a welcome relief for workers who need additional time to find jobs," said DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy. "Many Minnesota families will be helped by this extension."

Unemployment benefits typically are available for up to 26 weeks. In addition to regular benefits, the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program provides up to 47 additional weeks of unemployment benefits, including the 14-week extension that was just added. Finally, another 13 weeks of federal-state benefits are available to Minnesotans who have exhausted regular and emergency unemployment compensation. The maximum weekly benefit in Minnesota is $585.

About 175,000 unemployed workers are currently requesting benefits in Minnesota weekly. About 10,000 will be immediately affected by the federal extension. These applicants will be notified by mail within the next week.

For more information, check the "What's New" section of or call 651-296-3644; toll free: 1-877-898-9090; TTY for the hearing impaired: 1-866-814-1252.


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