HELENA – The federal extension of emergency unemployment benefits has been passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. The program will contain some new requirements including in-person work search assessments for claimants entering into emergency benefits and a gradual change in weeks available.

The emergency benefits are for people who have exhausted regular state jobless benefits and don’t include any additional weeks for those that have already exhausted regular and emergency benefits.

The final week of emergency benefits is the week of Dec. 29, 2012 as the program ends at that time.

Further information is available at uid.dli.mt.gov.