Long-Term Unemployment Benefits Expire Saturday

Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits for the nation’s long-term unemployed workers will end this weekend.

EUC is a federally funded benefit for long-term unemployed workers who have exhausted regular state unemployment insurance benefits.

These benefits will end on Saturday and state Labor Department officials said it will impact nearly 40,000 workers in Georgia.

The Labor Department reported that the maximum weekly benefit is $330, while the most recent average weekly benefit is $253.

State officials said that extension programs are enacted by the U.S. Congress.

If legislation is passed to extend the EUC program, the Georgia Department of Labor said it will inform affected workers by an announcement on the department’s website at www.employgeorgia.com and the department’s Interactive Voice Response system.

Labor Department officials also reminded people that resources are available to help them with their job search.

They said job seekers may visit any of the department’s career centers throughout the state or visit the “Spotlight” section at www.employgeorgia.com.