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Hoosiers Eligible for an Additional Six Weeks of Unemployment Insurance

Last updated on Friday, October 7, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS - Beginning Sunday, October 16, unemployed Hoosiers can file for an additional six weeks of unemployment insurance benefits, also known as tier four.

The state is eligible for the fourth tier of federally funded extended benefits because Indiana's three-month average unemployment rate is 8.5 percent. The additional six weeks of benefits allows unemployment insurance recipients in Indiana to receive up to 99 weeks of benefits. Tier four makes up weeks 74-79.

Only states with a three-month average unemployment rate at or above 8.5 percent are eligible.

In May, Indiana's three-month average fell below 8.5 percent, triggering off tier four benefits on July 9. Individuals who exhausted tier three after July 9 moved to extended benefits, the last 20 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits. Just over 6,000 Hoosiers were receiving tier four benefits when it triggered off.

Indiana's online filing system will automatically move eligible recipients to tier four. More information is available at www.in.gov/dwd/.

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