Maryland to cut off 10 weeks of unemployment payments MARKETS

July 09, 1993|By Kim Clark | Kim Clark,Staff Writer

The length of time out-of-work Marylanders can collect unemployment insurance payments will be cut by 10 weeks, the state announced yesterday.

Beginning Monday, anyone who exhausts the regular 26 weeks of unemployment insurance payments and applies for a second round of checks will receive payments for only 10 weeks, for a total of 36, the state's Department of Economic and Employment Development announced.

People who exhausted their regular benefits by July 3 and apply for extensions today will be eligible to receive checks for the next 20 weeks, for a total of 46 weeks, said Charles O. Middlebrooks, associate secretary for employment and training at DEED.

The average unemployment payment in Maryland is $180 a week.

Mr. Middlebrooks said DEED, which runs the state's unemployment insurance program, cut the length of payments because the federal unemployment law requires states to reduce payments when the national unemployment rate falls.

Because the country's seasonally adjusted jobless rate for the last two months fell below 7 percent, all states offering 20 weeks of additional payments were cut back to 10 weeks.

But Mr. Middlebrooks said a bill being debated in Congress would allow states like Maryland to restore the extra 10 weeks.

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