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VIDOL: Federal Extended Benefits Program for Unemployed Ended June 23

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Labor said Monday that the extended benefits (EB) program payments ended on June 23.

EB are a temporary federal program that provides additional unemployment benefits to claimants who qualify.

The benefits were provided to claimants who remained unemployed when they exhausted regular unemployment compensation (UC) and may have been eligible for extended benefits, according to the release.

Based on data the local Department of Labor received from the U.S. Department of Labor for the week ending June 2, the 13-week insured unemployment rate fell below the five percent trigger threshold needed to remain “on” for the EB program, according to the release. Therefore, the payable period for EB for the Virgin Islands ended with the week ending June 23.

VIDOL said the Virgin Islands has triggered “off” extended benefits, and no payments can be made after the week ending June 23. Even if a claimant only got extended benefits effective June 10, they cannot receive any additional benefits after the week ending date June 23, the department said.

Claimants are encouraged to visit VIDOL’s website at for continuous updates and information.

Job seekers can use the new VIeWS job search platform to search for available jobs, create resumes, access educational services and view labor market information, the department said.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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