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Congress Votes to Extend Katrina/Rita Unemployment Benefits

Friday, March 03, 2006

  • Louisiana Department of Labor

Date: March 2, 2006
Contact: Ed Pratt or Lisa Honore
(225) 342-3035

Congress votes to extend Katrina/Rita unemployment benefits

BATON ROUGE - About 90,000 Louisiana people will be affected by Congress' decision today to extend disaster unemployment assistance for another 13 weeks, according to the Louisiana Department of Labor. The bill still must get President Bush's signature.

If signed into law, the legislation would provide up to 13 weeks of benefits for persons who had exhausted or will exhaust their hurricanes Katrina- and Rita-related unemployment insurance and/or disaster unemployment assistant benefits. Most of the Katrina-related claimants are scheduled to complete their benefits on Saturday. Most Rita-related benefits will end March 25.

This extension of DUA - from $98 to $258 per week - will be paid by the federal government.

The labor department will be sending information to the claimants with the announcement of the extension and instructions on what they should do to receive the benefits. The labor department will make more information available on its web site and through the media.

*It is imperative that claimants continue to provide the labor department with any change of address in order to receive benefits in a timely manner.

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