The maximum duration of unemployment benefits will be reduced from 99 weeks to 93 weeks after April 2, 2011, according to the Department of Labor & Industry. The Department said that the reduction was because the three-month average unemployment rate in January dropped to 8.4 percent. Pennsylvania will no longer qualify for the six weeks of benefits available through Tier 4 of the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation, or EUC, program.

 In a statement the Department said that those who exhaust their EUC Tier 3 benefits on or before April 2, 2011, will be eligible to file for the six weeks of EUC Tier 4 benefits. Claimants who exhaust their EUC Tier 3 benefits after April 2, 2011, will be contacted by the department with instructions on how to file for other additional benefits.