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The Virginia Employment Commission was informed by the U. S. Department of Labor that the payment of extended benefits will no longer be authorized for claims starting tomorrow.

Virginians were promised a 13-week extension for unemployment benefits, but a VEC spokeswoman yesterday said about 20,000 Virginians will see their collection of extended benefits cut short.

Those Virginians with eligible weeks remaining in their extended benefits plan will not see a payment after tomorrow.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation will also expire Dec. 26.

Virginia will now join 15 other states that have seen extended unemployment benefits cut off, the reason being that the insured unemployment rate dropped below five percent this for the first time since the program launched May 31.

Virginia did not offer extended unemployment benefits at any time since 2011, predating the COVID-19 pandemic.

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