CHEYENNE -- As a result of a new federal law, the amount of extended benefits potentially available to unemployed Wyoming workers will be reduced by as much as fourteen weeks, effective May 26, 2012.
Signed into law on February 22, 2012, H.R. 3630 The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 requires an unemployment rate of 6% to continue to offer the second tier of federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits.
Wyoming’s unemployment rate, which was last reported at 5.3% in March, falls below the required 6% needed to continue to offer the extended benefits. Second tier claims established before the May 26, 2012, deadline will not be affected.
EUC is a federal extension provided by Congress. The first payable benefits resulting from EUC began in 2008.
Claims for the first tier of EUC, which is not based on a state’s unemployment rate, can be established up until December 29, 2012
The Wyoming DWS Claims Center can be reached at (307) 473-3789 M-F, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., for questions regarding the change. Additionally, information on reemployment services along with thousands of job listings can be found at the Department of Workforce Service’s website: http://www.wyomingworkforce.org.