California's falling jobless rate will soon signal the end of the line for the round of extended federal unemployment benefits known as Tier 4, according to state employment officials.
Tier 4 is an extension of up to 10 weeks of federal unemployment benefits given to states whose average three-month jobless rate is 9 percent or higher.
The extension ended in California last month after the state's June jobless rate fell to 8.5 percent, bringing its three-month average below 9 percent, the state Employment Development Department said.
That means people who ran out of their state-provided benefits and finished their nine-week Tier 3 federal extension after Aug. 11 will not be able to collect the added 10-week Tier 4 benefit.
The change could initially affect some 100,000 Californians, EDD officials said, though exact figures aren't known because of the numbers of people still receiving Tier 3 benefits.
Help is available, however, said EDD spokesman Pat Joyce. Anyone with questions can visit the EDD's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ californiaedd, ask questions on Twitter and find videos on YouTube.
Alternatives are also available, including cash assistance through CalWORKs, which helps provide basic necessities.
Low-cost auto insurance options can be found through the state Department of Insurance, while the California Public Utilities Commission offers discounts and other assistance to utilities customers.
Those who finished their Tier 3 federal extension on or before Aug. 11 are still in luck, however, EDD officials say.
They will continue to receive the Tier 4 benefits until they run out or until Dec. 28, whichever comes first.
All tiers of federal unemployment insurance extension benefits are set to expire at the end of the year.
For more information, visit www.edd.ca.gov and find "News and Announcements."
Clark Pacific is hiring
Yolo County building materials firm Clark Pacific is hiring for a number of positions at its Woodland plant, company officials announced.
The company is taking applications for electricians, equipment operators, fabricators, cement production line workers and concrete quality inspectors and technicians.
Wages vary depending on experience, but range from $12 to $25 an hour.
Candidates are asked to email résumés to Clark Pacific's Jennifer Pike at email@example.com
For more information on Clark Pacific, visit www.clarkpacific.com
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