Hawaii launches Extended Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Launched on Oct. 27, the Federal-State Extended Benefits (EB) aims to provide additional 13 weeks of compensation to unemployed workers who have exhausted their 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits and 13 weeks of federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation.

The EB program’s weekly benefit amount is the same as the individual’s regular state unemployment insurance. With the additional 13 weeks, an eligible claimant may receive up to 52 weeks of benefits.

“The Extended Benefits program provides a much-needed safety net for Hawaii claimants who have exhausted their current benefits and are still dealing with the long-term effects of unemployment due to COVID-19,” said DLIR Director Anne Eustaquio. “Potentially eligible individuals will be identified and notified by mail and advised to apply for benefits online.”

The claimants must be unemployment or unemployed and be able to work and available for work. To apply for the EB program, claimant must visit labor.hawaii.gov.

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