The time anyone out of work in the state of Alabama could collect unemployment benefits – may very well be about to shrink from 26 weeks to just 14 weeks.
The Alabama Senate voted 21 to 8 in favor of the move on Thursday (January 25th), and the bill will now go to the Alabama House of Representatives. The change, from 26 to 14 weeks would only be in effect when the unemployment rate in that person’s county is at, or below, 6.5%. When that rate is higher people could receive a maximum of 20 weeks, depending on the unemployment rate, and individuals could receive an additional five weeks by enrolling in job training. That bill would also raise the maximum benefit by about $10 a week.