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Jobless benefits expanded

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TENNESSEE–The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development today announced the state will continue to provide additional unemployment benefits to eligible claimants with dependent children through Dec. 31. The department recently reported its intention to end the benefits based on state legislation that was passed earlier this year as a result of one-time federal funding that was no longer available.  The U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) State Conformity and Compliance team previously gave the state guidance that ending the additional dependent benefits would not affect other funds but now says that ending the additional benefits would risk the loss of funds paying for extended federal benefits called Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC). Continuing the additional benefit for approximately 12,000 claimants keeps another 22,000 Tennesseans from immediately losing their federal unemployment benefits.
At the end of December 2013, the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program is set to expire.