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American Recovery And Reinvestment Act Provisions

Unemployment Insurance Division

Emergency Unemployment Compensation '08 (EUC '08)
  • Extends EUC to claims filed on or before December 26, 2009.
  • Final payment May 31, 2010.
  • Provides a maximum of 33 weeks of benefits to individuals who have exhausted their regular UI claim and are not eligible to file a new claim.
  • Estimated benefit payments of $123,845,904 to 42,336 individuals through SFY 11.
  • 100% federal reimbursement for benefits paid (no impact to UI Trust Fund).
Economic Stimulus Federal Additional Compensation (FAC)
  • Allows additional $25 per week payment to all claimants.
  • Effective with week ending February 28, 2009.
  • Ends with claims filed on or before December 26, 2009.
  • Final payment June 30, 2010.
  • Estimated to impact 88,553 weeks claimed and $22,138,400 in increased benefits.
  • 100% federal reimbursement for benefits paid (no impact to UI Trust Fund).
Extended Benefits
  • Additional benefits available when state Insured Unemployment Rate (IUR) reaches 6% and 120% of the previous 2-year rate.
  • Projections indicate Montana may trigger with week ending March 7, 2009 for an effective date of March 22, 2009.
  • Allows an additional 13 weeks of benefits if EUC '08 and Tier 2 benefits exhausted and not eligible for a state claim.
  • Paid at the same weekly benefit amount as exhausted state claim.
  • Stricter work search requirements for claimants.
  • Estimated to pay $24,953,478 in benefits to 5,606 individuals.
  • 100% federal reimbursement for additional payments (no impact to UI Trust Fund).
UI Modernization
  • Montana's federal allocation estimated at $19.5 million.
  • One-third of available federal dollars for enacting an alternate base period for benefit eligibility.
  • Two-thirds of federal funding for enacting any two of these four provisions:
    • eligibility for part-time workers to seek part time-work;
    • separations for compelling family reasons;
    • additional compensation for dislocated individuals undergoing approved training; or
    • dependents’ allowances.
  • Montana projected to implement alternate base period, eligibility for part-time workers to seek part-time work, and additional compensation for dislocated workers undergoing approved training.
  • Estimated to pay $20,295,005 in benefits to 4,636 individuals.
  • Federal funding is projected to pay for 2 years of these additional benefits.
  • Following exhaustion of federal funding, the additional benefits are estimated to cost the UI Trust Fund approximately $9.5 million annually.
  • Not projected to result in a tax increase.
Temporary Extension of Trade Adjustment Assistance
  • Expands TAA training and TRA benefits to service sector and public agency workers negatively impacted by foreign trade.
  • Trade Readjustment Allowance provides benefits to individuals who have exhausted all other UI benefits (regular, EUC, extended).
  • Paid at the same rate as regular benefits.
  • Estimated to pay out $15,896,362 in additional benefits to 5,515 individuals.
  • 100% federally funded (no impact to UI Trust Fund).

UI Total Stimulus Payments - Feb 27, 2009