For immediate release: Jul 28, 2010
Posted by: [DWD]
Contact: Marc Lotter
Phone: 317-232-3396

Some Hoosiers Can Begin Applying for Federal Unemployment Vouchers Immediately

INDIANAPOLIS - Due to computer programming requiring less time than anticipated, some Hoosiers eligible to resume collecting the federally funded unemployment extensions can begin applying immediately. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has begun posting vouchers for eligible Hoosiers.  DWD estimates that one-third of the vouchers will be available tomorrow.  Additional vouchers will be posted daily. All vouchers will be posted by Tuesday, August 3.  The unemployment computer system updates overnight, so Hoosiers need only check their homepage once daily to see if their vouchers are available.

"Our team worked extra hours to make sure this complex new law is properly handled in our system.  We are now confident that has been accomplished, so Hoosiers can begin filing ahead of schedule," says Mark W. Everson, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. 

To assist Hoosiers in filing for these retroactive benefits, DWD will open its 27 full-service WorkOne Centers on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday next week.

DWD anticipates restoring eligibility to approximately 80,000 Hoosiers covering nearly 250,000 weeks of payments.

In order to qualify for these retroactive benefits, Hoosiers will need to complete their weekly vouchers through Indiana's online filing system. Each Hoosier will need to verify they were unemployed through no fault of their own, report where they looked for work each week and list any outside income earned each week in question.  Hoosiers will need to complete a voucher for each week of benefits they want to collect.

Hoosiers moving into the Extended Benefits (EB) program, the final tier of benefits, will not have vouchers available by August 3. It is a requirement of the Extended Benefits program that each person applies in person at their local WorkOne Center and brings their eligibility letter from DWD.  The department will resume sending those letters this week.

Hoosiers can find their nearest WorkOne Center at http://www.workoneworks.com/

 

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