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As Hoosier Unemployment Numbers Rise, Benefits Extended

Jobless Hoosiers who have exhausted unemployment benefits may reapply this Monday due to another extension from the federal government.

Marc Lotter, spokesperson for the Communications Director of Indiana Department of Workforce Development says the process should be a quick one for those previously deemed eligible.

“They can begin applying online on Monday. They’ll return to the system Tuesday to file their first weekly voucher if they’re eligible and then their money could be on their debit cards as early as Wednesday if they’re eligible to receive it,” he said.

Those who haven’t exhausted their unemployment will continue claiming benefits as usual.

Lotter says the unemployment trust fund will not be impacted.

“These extensions will not have an impact on the unemployment insurance trust fund because they are being paid one hundred percent by the federal government,” Lotter said.

Indiana currently has an unemployment rate of nine point eight percent.  Lotter says two hundred thousand Hoosiers are currently being supported by unemployment benefits, but new applications have been on the decline for the past seven months.

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