News for Immediate Release

March 1, 2012

EUC and EB Update

March 1, 2012

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, the president signed into law the "Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012," which extends EUC benefits and allows for 100 percent EB funding through December 2012. Although the funding for EB has been extended, Pennsylvania's EB program is expected to trigger off in late April 2012 and end three weeks later in May. Current unemployment benefits will remain in place until May. Thereafter, the number of benefits will be reduced in accordance with the new legislation. Please see information below.
 
State Extended Benefits (EB): (up to 13 weeks)
 
EB is expected to trigger off during late April 2012, and end 3 weeks later during May. The last payable week of regular EB is expected to be week ending May 12, 2012.
 
State High Unemployment Period EB (HUP EB):  (up to 7 weeks)
 
Pennsylvania's unemployment rate has decreased to a level insufficient to authorize PA to pay HUP EB benefits. The last payable week of HUP EB was the week ending Feb. 18, 2012. After Feb. 18, 2012, HUP EB benefits are not payable to claimants who were receiving HUP EB, even though there may have been a remaining balance on their claim. Individuals who exhausted their entitlement to regular EB on or after week ending Feb. 18, 2012, will not receive the additional HUP EB benefits.
 
Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)
 
The last payable week of EUC benefits is the week ending Dec. 29, 2012.
 
The number of tiers of EUC authorized and total amount of EUC payable is dependent on Pennsylvania's Total Unemployment Rate (TUR) effective at the time. Pennsylvania's future TURs are currently unknown and will be determined later. The number of weeks available during the designated time periods is based on the claimant having already started the particular tier during that time period.
 
Through May 2012:
EUC Tier 1: Up to 20 weeks (no change)
EUC Tier 2: Up to 14 weeks (no change)
EUC Tier 3: Up to 13 weeks (no change), because Pennsylvania's TUR is currently 6 percent or higher.
EUC Tier 4: No benefits payable in Pennsylvania for Tier 4. (In April 2011, Pennsylvania's unemployment rate fell below the 8.5 percent threshold needed for Tier 4 benefits. During 2012, Pennsylvania's unemployment rate will not be high enough to qualify to pay Tier 4.)
TOTAL MAXIMUM EUC WEEKS = 47
TOTAL MAXIMUM EB WEEKS = 13
TOTAL MAXIMUM WEEKS = 86 (26 WEEKS UC + 47 WEEKS EUC + 13 WEEKS)
June through August 2012
EUC Tier 1: Up to 20 weeks (no change)
EUC Tier 2: Up to 14 weeks (no change) only if Pennsylvania's TUR remains at 6 percent or higher 
EUC Tier 3: Up to 13 weeks (no change) only if Pennsylvania's TUR remains at 7 percent or higher 
EUC Tier 4: No benefits payable in Pennsylvania for Tier 4. (In April 2011, Pennsylvania's unemployment rate fell below the 8.5 percent threshold needed for Tier 4 benefits. During 2012, Pennsylvania's unemployment rate will not be high enough to qualify to pay Tier 4.) 
TOTAL POSSIBLE MAXIMUM EUC WEEKS (depending on Pennsylvania's TUR) = 47 
No EB is expected to be payable during this period. 
TOTAL MAXIMUM WEEKS = 73 (26 WEEKS UC + 47 WEEKS EUC [depending on Pennsylvania's TUR])
September through December 2012
EUC Tier 1: Up to 14 weeks (change from 20 weeks)
EUC Tier 2: Up to 14 weeks (no change) only if Pennsylvania's TUR remains at 6 percent or higher 
EUC Tier 3: Up to 9 weeks (change from 13 weeks) only if Pennsylvania's TUR remains at 7 percent or higher 
EUC Tier 4: No benefits payable in Pennsylvania for Tier 4. (In April 2011, PA's unemployment rate fell below the 8.5 percent threshold needed for Tier 4 benefits. During 2012, Pennsylvania unemployment rate will not be high enough to qualify to pay Tier 4.) 
TOTAL POSSIBLE MAXIMUM EUC WEEKS (depending on PA's TUR) = 37
No EB is expected to be payable during this period
TOTAL MAXIMUM WEEKS = 63 (26 WEEKS UC + 37 WEEKS EUC [depending on Pennsylvania's TUR])