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MA Unemployment Benefits Extended

New Law Provides 39 Weeks of Benefits

News Staff

July 04, 2008  (17:13:43 EST)

BOSTON, MA - In a press release issued July 2, 2008, the state of Massachusetts announced that unemployment benefits have been increased from the current maximum of 30 weeks to a total of 39 weeks.

The Federal Government is providing the funds to extend the period of time unemployed (Massachusetts) job seekers may receive benefits while they search for a job.

Although the unemployment rate in Massachusetts is lower than the national average, and the state claims employers have been adding jobs, the entire country is experiencing what some call "uneasy economic times". The two months of additional benefits will help those who are unemployed while they struggle to find work.

The unemployment benefits extension takes effect July 7, 2008 and is slated to continue through March 31, 2009.

Workers who already received the maximum 30 weeks of benefits in the past year may also be eligible to apply for the extended nine weeks of benefits.

The Department of Unemployment Assistance will be notifying those who are currently receiving benefits and are eligible for the extension by mail explaining how and when to file for the extension.

Starting July 7, 2008, claimants can file for the extended benefits by phone, toll-free at: 1-888-998-8418.

For additional information use the link below to visit the Department of Unemployment Assistance website.


Related Link: <http://www.Mass.gov/dua>

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