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Federal labor rules end extended unemployment aid for Kentuckians

The state will not be able to pay any extended benefits after Nov. 28.
The state will not be able to pay any extended benefits after Nov. 28.(AP)
Published: Nov. 24, 2020 at 4:04 PM CST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) - The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has decided to end extended unemployment insurance payments for Kentuckians.

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet received notification Monday from the USDOL that the state’s insured unemployment rate – the number of people currently receiving unemployment insurance as a percentage of the labor force – had fallen below the threshold for the state to continue administering extended UI benefits.

Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky families are struggling and hurting financially, but he has no recourse to reverse the federal agency’s decision.

“As we have noted before, the USDOL sets the rules for unemployment eligibility, and we are required to follow those rules,” Gov. Beshear said.

The state will not be able to pay any extended benefits after Nov. 28. No new applications will be accepted after that date, and claimants who have yet to exhaust all benefits will not receive the balance of their funds.

Claimants who continue to be off work due to COVID-19, however, may be eligible for PUA benefits through the end of the year.

The loss of the extended benefit program will not affect the ability of Kentuckians losing their jobs to qualify for traditional unemployment insurance or the state’s ability to administer that program.

Kentuckians who are impacted can go to Focus Career to create or upload a resume and to view available jobs in their area. For other information on the Kentucky Career Centers, please go to kcc.ky.gov.

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