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Emergency unemployment compensation extended

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Seven weeks of additional federal unemployment benefits are currently available for unemployed workers.

The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations says the benefits are for those who have exhausted their 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits and 13 weeks of Emergency Unemployment Compensation.  

The additional extension under the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 was signed by President George Bush on November 21 and is effective from November 23.  

This new federal law amends the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008 and expands the EUC program to provide up to 20 weeks of federally-funded unemployment compensation to eligible individuals.  

"These additional seven weeks come at a very opportune time as we approach the holiday season," said Darwin L.D. Ching, Director of Labor and Industrial Relations.  "Utilizing these federal funds to support our local residents is consistent with the Governor's plan to strengthen Hawai‘i's economy." 
The department is in the process of contacting those who have already exhausted their first 13 weeks of benefits as well as those who are currently filing for EUC.

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