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Indiana offering 13 more weeks of unemployment benefits to some workers

The "Extended Benefits" program will allow some Hoosier workers out of a job to receive 13 more weeks of unemployment insurance benefits.
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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana has begun its "Extended Benefits" program (EB), which provides federal reimbursement to the state to for 13 additional weeks of unemployment insurance benefits.

The program has been in effect since June 7.

EB is available to Hoosier workers who have used up their regular unemployment insurance benefits — usually available for 26 weeks — during periods of high unemployment. Indiana's five percent unemployment rate triggered the program to go into effect.

The CARES Act gives states an additional 13 weeks of benefits starting March 29. EB is not available to Hoosiers until the 13 weeks of CARES Act benefits is up, on June 28. The additional $600 from Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation laid out in the CARES Act will continue until July 25.

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If qualifying claimants remain unemployed, there is no additional action needed to enroll in EB. The Department of Workforce Development will automatically enroll claimants in the program. Claimants should continue to file weekly vouchers.

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