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Jobless benefits to cease for some

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The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is advising an estimated 39,000 unemployment claimants receiving federally extended unemployment insurance that their benefits will cease the first week of January.
Emergency Unemployment Compensation is a federally funded program that provides unemployment benefits to individuals who have exhausted the first 26 weeks of state benefits (maximum).
The federal program was to expire at the end of 2011, but the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 extended the ex-
piration date to Jan. 2, 2013.
“There is no indication that there will be another extension of these benefits,” said Tennessee Labor Commissioner Karla Davis.
“It’s important for claimants receiving federal benefits to understand this safety net will no longer be available.”
The last payable week for all claimants receiving extended federal benefits will be the week ending Dec. 29, meaning claimants will certify for that week and receive their last payment the first week of January.
All claimants in the program — no matter how many weeks they were initially notified they would receive, what tier they are in, or the amount of balance in that tier — will receive their last payment during the first week of January.
After Jan. 2, Tennessee will return to the system in which an approved new claim could have a maximum of up to 26 weeks of Tennessee Unemployment Compensation benefits.