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  • Chapter 6 AN ACT TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is forthwith to extend eligibility to receive extended unemployment benefits from the federal government, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:

Section 45 of chapter 30 of the acts of 2009 is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:-
(f) Notwithstanding paragraphs (d) and (e) of subsection (1) of section 30A of chapter 151A of the General Laws and paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (b):
(1) with respect to weeks of unemployment beginning on or after the effective date of Public Law 111-312 and ending on or before December 31, 2011, or the date established in federal law permitting this provision: (A) there is a state “on” indicator under said paragraph (d) of said subsection (1) of said section 30A of said chapter 151A for a week: (i) if the average rate of insured unemployment for the period consisting of such week and the immediately preceding 12 weeks equals or exceeds 5 per cent; and (ii) the average rate of insured unemployment for the period consisting of such week and the immediately preceding 12 weeks equals or exceeds 120 per cent of the average of such rates for the corresponding 13-week period ending in each of the preceding 3 calendar years; (B) there is a state “off” indicator for a week based on the rate of insured unemployment only if for the period consisting of such week and the immediately preceding 12 weeks, subclause (A) of clause (1) does not result in an “on” indicator.

(2) with respect to the weeks of unemployment referred to in clause (1): (A)(i) there is a state “on” indicator for a week if the average rate of total unemployment, seasonally adjusted, as determined by the United States Secretary of Labor, for the period consisting of the most recent 3 months for which data for all states are published before the close of such week equals or exceeds 6.5 per cent, but 8.0 per cent in a “high unemployment period” as defined in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (3) of subsection (b); and (ii) the average rate of total unemployment in the state, seasonally adjusted, as determined by the United States Secretary of Labor, for the 3-month period referred to in subclause (i), equals or exceeds 110 per cent of such average for any or all of the corresponding 3-month periods in the 3 preceding calendar years; (B) there is a state “off” indicator for a week based on the rate of total unemployment only if for the period consisting of the most recent 3 months for which the data for all states are published before the close of such week, clause (A) does not result in an “on” indicator.

Approved, March 25, 2011.