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Extended unemployment benefits program ending in Virginia

Virginia Unemployment Commission
Posted at 11:08 AM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 12:25:32-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- A program that provided extended unemployment benefits to out-of-work Virginians will end Saturday.

The Virginia Employment Commission on Wednesday announced the end of the state’s Extended Benefits program.

The federally-funded program provided up to an addition 13 weeks of benefits to people who had already exhausted their regular benefits and any Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits.

It is ending because employment in Virginia has improved and no longer meets a federal threshold for the program to be funded. It could restart in the future.

The VEC will be sending out messages to anyone who uses the program through their Gov2Go account.