Alabama unemployment benefits

Unemployment Benefits
7:58 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Alabama Losing 9 Weeks of Unemployment Benefits

State officials say Alabama is no longer eligible for the extra nine weeks of unemployment benefits.
dir.alabama.gov/Alabama Department of Labor

Unemployment benefits for some Alabamians who have been out of work a long time are changing.


Alabamians have been able to qualify for 63 weeks of benefits, but that is being reduced by nine weeks to 54 weeks. Alabama Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees said the state is no longer eligible for the extra nine weeks of federally funded benefits because the state's unemployment rate fell below 7 percent in November, December and January.

Unemployment Benefits Cut
5:09 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Benefits Cut For Long-Term Unemployed Alabamians

Many long-termed unemployed Alabamians will see their benefits cut later this month.
Credit Alabama Department of Labor

Many long-term unemployed Alabamians will see their benefits drop 12.8 percent on April 28.


State Labor Department spokeswoman Tara Hutchison said the reductions are the result of mandatory federal spending cuts that all states must make. The cuts will affect people who have been receiving unemployment benefits for more than six months. Currently, about 16,500 Alabamians receive the extended benefits.

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Federal Budget Cuts
6:42 am
Wed February 27, 2013

16,000 Alabamians to See Cut in Jobless Benefits

The long-term unemployed in Alabama will be among the first to feel automatic federal budget cuts scheduled to take effect Friday.

A spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Labor says federal officials have advised the department to prepare for a cut of 9 percent to 10 percent in unemployment benefits for Alabamians who have exhausted their 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits and are now getting the extended 37 weeks of federal benefits.

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