All eligible claimants receive written notification from the state labor department that specifies individuals can apply over the phone by calling the Unemployment TeleBenefits Hotline at(800) 794-3032,(302) 761-6576,or online by visiting https://ui.delawareworks.com.
The Delaware Department of Labor announced that Delaware is offering the federal-state extended benefits program for those who have exhausted their previous unemployment benefits.
This comes as the $600 a week federal benefit ends at the end of this week barring Congressional action.
Congress has been discussing whether to extend the benefit or extend it with a lesser dollar amount.
The payment has been controversial, with some employers claiming that workers stayed home, rather than deciding to return to work.
Economists have warned that ending the program could prove to be a big drag on the economy. Unemployment benefits typically lead to immediate spending that aids the economy. Tax cuts and stimulus checks can end up in savings or investment accounts among the more affluent.
About the state’s extended benefits
According to the state Labor Department, Delaware’s most recent insured unemployment rate exceeded the five percent threshold and exceeds the 120 percent of the corresponding average jobless rate in the prior two years that triggered the state onto a 13-week extended benefit period.
Under federal and state law, the extended unemployment benefits program offers up to an additional 13 weeks of benefits to individuals who have exhausted both their regular unemployment benefits and 13 weeks of the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) assistance.
Upon the exhaustion of regular benefits, the Delaware Department of Labor will issue written notification to all individuals who are eligible to apply for the new extended benefits program.
The weekly benefit amount (WBA) under the program is the same as the individual received for regular unemployment compensation. In addition, those eligible for extended benefits will receive an additional $600 a week Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, but only through July 25, 2020.
An extension or modification of the benefit has not made its way through Congress.
Although the work search requirements under state law have been temporarily suspended due to the pandemic, once those work search requirements are reinstituted, state law has enhanced work search requirements for extended benefits.
The first group of claimants exhausting their pandemic benefits with eligibility to receive extended benefits starting June 28 after they filed an initial application and completed the weekly certification.