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Indiana Unemployment Benefits Extended

Indiana had a three-month averaged unemployment rate of 8.5 percent, triggering an extension of federal unemployment benefits.

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Indiana's unemployment benefits were extended because the unemployment rates averaged above 8.5 percent for the past three months.

Indiana’s rise in unemployment the few months has triggered extended relief for out-of-work Hoosiers. Over the last three months, Indiana’s unemployment rate rose steadily, reaching 8.7 percent in August, the highest rate since early 2011.

That brought the state’s three month average to 8.5 percent. Once the three-month average unemployment rate reaches that percentage or higher, it triggers a six-week extension of federal unemployment benefits. Indiana had lost those six weeks back in July when its rate dipped below eight-point-five.

Department of Workforce Development spokeswoman Valerie Kroeger says those already receiving unemployment don’t need to do anything special to receive the new extension.

“The computer’s going to automatically move you back, so all you’ll have to do is continue to file that weekly voucher like you normally would,” she says.

Hoosiers will now be eligible for a total of 99 weeks of unemployment benefits. The extension takes effect October 16th.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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