2012-02-16 / Local & State

Corbett Signs Bill To Extend Jobless Benefits

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Thousands of jobless Pennsylvanians will be able to collect federally funded unemployment benefits through early March.

Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill last Thursday that updates Pennsylvania law to ensure residents continue to qualify for up to 13 weeks of benefits.

The state Labor and Industry Department estimates that qualifying will allow 17,000 people to collect $30 million in benefits through March 10.

A December 23 federal law provided a 60-day benefits extension, but the benefit would have ended last week unless the state acted to extend it into March.

The federal benefits cover private sector employees, but not public-sector employees.

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