CHEYENNE –Federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program benefits will be reduced under the federal government’s budget sequester. The EUC program extends benefits to unemployed individuals who have exhausted regular unemployment insurance benefits.
As part of the Budget Control Act of 2011, also known as sequestration, the U.S. Department of Labor directed states to begin reducing federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) claimant’s weekly and maximum benefit amounts on or after March 31, 2013. EUC is administered by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS), division of Unemployment Insurance.
Beginning May 26, 2013, DWS will implement a 23.08 percent reduction in order to achieve the required total savings of 10.7 percent for federal fiscal year 2013 (October 2012 - September 2013). This reduction applies to any individual who exhausts their regular state unemployment benefits and becomes eligible for EUC on or after May 26, 2013. The reduction will not impact regular state unemployment insurance benefit amounts or benefits to any individual who has established a claim for EUC prior to May 26, 2013.
“I strongly encourage those transitioning back into the workforce to contact their local DWS workforce center,” said Director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Joan Evans. “Workforce centers can be found in communities throughout the state and offer an abundance of resources for individuals seeking employment assistance.”
DWS operates 23 workforce centers throughout Wyoming. Services offered include job placement assistance, résumé development, skill assessments, interview instruction, job search and re-employment classes and more. In order to find a workforce center near you, visit www.wyomingworkforce.org or call 1-(877)-WORK-WYO.
The first payable benefits resulting from EUC began in 2008. Since that time Congress has extended the end date several times, and added additional weeks or tiers, which the unemployed may have qualified for. The EUC program is currently authorized to pay up to an additional 14 weeks of emergency federal benefits in addition to regular state unemployment benefits of up to 26 weeks. This federal program is scheduled to end on December 28, 2013.
UI claimants currently receiving regular unemployment insurance benefits will not experience changes and will continue to be eligible to receive up to 26 weeks of regular benefits through the state system in a one year period.
The DWS Claims Center can be reached at (307) 473-3789 Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., for questions. Additionally, information regarding reemployment services along with thousands of job listings can be found at DWS’s website: http://www.wyomingworkforce.org.