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Labor Department Encourages New Yorkers to Use Online Calculator to Determine Duration of Unemployment Benefits
Benefit Calculator a Direct Result of Requests from New Yorkers Across the State

Albany, NY (January 10, 2010) - State Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith today encouraged unemployed New Yorkers to use the feature on the Labor Department's website designed to make it easier for Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants to determine the length of time they can receive benefits. Given the complex nature of the federal extension programs (multiple Tiers with differing timelines), the Department has implemented an online tool to assist the unemployed in gathering information on the total possible number of weeks they may collect UI benefits, based on their initial claim filing date.

"With different federal extension programs and different criteria in place for each, there are literally thousands of New Yorkers who are wondering how many weeks of UI benefits they are entitled to," said Commissioner Smith. "This new on-line tool was developed in-house to alleviate some of the confusion; it is easy to use and enables claimants to find out their length of benefits immediately."

The UI benefits calculator can be found at the following link: