Montana Agencies Work to Assist Displaced Workers

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Extended unemployment insurance benefits ended last week, and now Montana state agencies are trying to make sure there aren’t any displaced workers caught without a safety net.

The extended benefit program was a federal and state partnership to provide benefits to people unemployed for long periods of time. It ended July 18.

Casey Kyler-West, communications director for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, says those who lost benefits are being sent information about programs they might qualify for under the Department of Public Health and Human Services.

The end of the extended benefits program doesn’t affect those receiving regular or emergency unemployment compensation.