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Pennsylvania extends emergency jobless benefits |

Pennsylvania extends emergency jobless benefits

The Associated Press
| Tuesday, January 27, 2009 12:00 a.m

Pennsylvania labor officials say jobless residents can now receive as much as 33 weeks of federal emergency unemployment compensation after their state benefits run out.

The maximum for the federal benefits was previously 20 weeks.

Labor and Industry Department spokesman David Smith said today that benefits are being expanded because the state’s rate of jobless residents covered by unemployment insurance is high enough for the state to qualify.

Pennsylvania’s jobless rate rose to 6.7 percent in December — the highest level since March 1994.

Smith says the state has distributed $639 million in federally funded unemployment compensation since the end of June.

At least 22 other states previously qualified for similar benefits.

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