The Alabama Department of Labor recently announced the Extended Benefits (EB) program expired Aug. 29. The ADOL will continue to pay these benefits through Sept. 19.
This is a separate program from the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program that was enacted under the CARES Act. PEUC provides for an additional 13 weeks of regular unemployment following exhaustion.
The EB program is a federal program that is triggered when a state’s insured unemployment rate exceeds 5.9%. Alabama’s weekly insured unemployment rate of 6.11% triggered the state into a 13-week EB period beginning the week of May 31.
The insured unemployment rate is computed by dividing insured unemployed for the current quarter by covered employment for the first four of the last six completed quarters. This is not the same as the monthly unemployment rate.
The extended benefits program is usually available during times of adverse economic conditions. The last time Alabama offered the EB program was during the Great Recession of 2008.
Alabama triggered off the program on Aug. 29, when the weekly insured unemployment rate dropped to 4.86%.
While the EB program was available for up to 13 weeks, not all claimants were eligible to receive all weeks.