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Emergency Unemployment Compensation Benefits Discontinued

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A new fiscal budget has been passed for next year, and one thing not included in that budget is Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits, ABC Montana's Joe Moeller brings us the details on what exactly this means for people using that assistance.

Emergency Unemployment Compensation, also known as E.U.C., are benefits for individuals who exhausted regular unemployment insurance benefits passed 28 weeks. Starting tomorrow people on E.U.C. are no longer going to be getting assistance.

"In Montana that is going to impact about 539 Montanans, so over all since we have a low unemployment rate it is not going to have a huge impact, but for those folks who are on the extended benefits it is going to have an impact." said Casey Kyler-West from the Department of Labor and Industry. 

E.U.C. benefits was passed by Congress after the recession to help those out of work for long periods of time.

"These benefits are only a portion of what someone's salary was so you have a maximum amount of I think it is $424 a week." added Kyler-West.

This federally funded program was not written in the new fiscal budget, leading to the termination of E.U.C. to five million people across the country over the next 12 months.

"Nationally the longest people were unemployed was 99 weeks, in Montana we did not hit that high we hit up to 92, but we still have some like I said 539 folks who are going to be impacted by the end of benefits E.U.C." continued Kyler-West.

Individuals whose benefits are being terminated tomorrow have been notified, but there are still other options for relief.

"The safety net programs like SNAP Benefits, and some of them may be on SNAP already which is the supplemental nutrition program. TANF, Temporary Assistance for a Needy Family, they can go and apply for some of those programs to help them until they can find a job and get back on their feet." said Kyler-West.

For more information on the E.U.C. termination you can visit WWW.UID.DLI.MT.GOV

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