2010-07-29 / Local & State

Extension Of Jobless Aid To Benefit 200,000 In Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – State officials say the new federal extension of unemployment checks will help nearly 200,000 Pennsylvanians who lost the benefit in the past seven weeks, or were about to lose it next week.

Labor & Industry Secretary Sandi Vito said Friday that everyone who is eligible for the extension will be notified by mail shortly.

The federal law is retroactive, meaning that everyone who is eligible can be paid for each week they were unemployed after the previous law expired June 5.

Vito says people who continued to file their biweekly claims will get the payment next week. Those who didn’t can file now, preferably online to ensure quick processing.

The law authorizes the continuation of the 99-week benefit through Nov. 27. Normally, benefits are limited to 26 weeks.

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