Labor Department pushing higher unemployment pay

The Department of Labor is considering raising some unemployment compensation payments in states with an "unusually high" number of people out of work.

The department's Employment and Training Administration proposed Friday new calculation methods for states with higher levels of unemployment.

People in these states may enroll in an extended unemployment benefits program that makes additional compensation payments even after the regular benefits run out.

These additional unemployment payments are typically half of the normal benefits, but the agency is considering raising the amount to 80 percent of regular unemployment payments.

The public has 60 days to comment.