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Unemployment Benefits Extended

June 2nd, 2009 by flanews

The state is extending unemployment benefits for an estimated 250-thousand Floridians. The extension is part of the economic stimulus package and is expected to pump an estimated 418-million dollars into the states economy. The state Agency for Workforce Innovation expects to begin sending out the extended benefit checks in July. Spokesman Robby Cunningham said some people will be able to collect money from as far back as February.

Its actually retroactive to February 22nd of this year so some qualifying recipients could receive initial payments up to 5,100 dollars, said Cunningham.

People who qualify to receive up to 20 weeks in extended benefits still have to apply. The state is mailing out applications to people who may be eligible, but theyre asking anyone who thinks they might qualify to go to their website www.floridajobs.org and click on the Extended Benefits button on the right side of the screen.

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