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Hello. I am in Massachusetts and have the added pleasure of my husband also collecting unemployment benefits.
Do you know how many weeks exactly it is that you have collected?
Hello. Right now there are a total of 93 weeks available to MA residents (there were 99 weeks, but MA residents are no longer entitled to the LAST 6 week tier of benefits because our unemployment rate has dropped below 8.4%). Here is a link for the explanation of all of the tiers: http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=e lwdterminal&L=4&L0=Home&L1=Claimants&L2=Unemployment+Insurance+(UI)&L3=Information+on+Unemployment+Insurance+Extensions&sid=Elwd&b=terminalcontent&f=dua_extensions_overview_7_10&csid=Elwd
Now, when you reach EACH tier the unemployment office must add that amount of money into your claim amount and then you collect until you have exhausted that tier of benefits (some tiers are 20 weeks, some are 8 weeks -- see the chart I have linked you to above). When you exhaust that tier, the unemployment office typically will make you call them and reapply so that they can "re-set" the tier -- so you may very well have a few weeks left -- but your FINAL expiration date for benefits based on 93 weeks is probably sometime in June (2 years would be Aug 2011 -- that is 104 weeks -- so you are eligible up to 11 weeks less than a full 2 years, so you probably do not have that much time left -- if any -- because the last 6 weeks of benefits to the 99 weeks were cut off from MA residents a while ago).
In my husband's experience, they tell him that his claim is "expiring" when he is exhausting a tier -- they make no specific reference to the tiers of benefits or extended benefits when they give you the recorded message when you call in to claim benefits. He then calls and reopens to the next tier. Based upon my calculations, you may only have a few weeks of benefits left -- if any. 93 weeks is 11 weeks short of 2 years. So, if you can remember the week in Aug 2009 when you got your first check, you should count 11 weeks back from Aug 2011 (same week) and I believe that it ends sometime in June 2011.
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