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.