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Emergency Unemployment Deadlines Arrive

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WATERLOO (KWWL)--Thousands of Iowans getting federal unemployment will soon start losing those benefits.  Congress decided back in July not to extend the program. 

The "Emergency Unemployment Compensation" program has been providing federally funded benefits to people who have exhausted their regular state benefits.  And after that program has been modified and extended several times, it officially expired Tuesday.  And about 2,000 Iowans will start losing out on their benefits each week.  But some additional help might still be available.

Emergency unemployment compensation, or EUC, has allowed many people across the country to qualify for more than a full year of additional benefits.

"During a recession that's gone on as long as this one has, it's been a very needed economic support system for people across the state," said Kerry Koonce with Iowa Workforce Development.

Iowans that exhausted their state benefits by the end of last week were eligible for another tier of emergency unemployment compensation.  But no additional benefits will be available after that.  And all of the EUC funds must be used by the end of April.  It will be especially tough on those who have just become unemployed.

"In those individuals' cases, what they'll see is 26 weeks of state benefits, and they won't have the benefit of experiencing any of the 3 tiers of extended benefits that came from the federal government," Koonce said.

However, if you still find yourself unemployed once those funds dry up, you're not completely out of luck.  Training extension benefits are available for up to 26 more weeks if you pursue career training through an approved course.

Iowa Workforce Development can provide more information about approved training programs, along with job search assistance and a variety of other services.

Contact information for local IowaWORKS offices is available here.  

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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