It's a tough time to be unemployed. Unemployment is still high, competition is fierce for every available job, and job searching is difficult, regardless of how qualified you are. To add insult to injury, federal extended unemployment benefits will expire at the end of the year unless legislation is passed that provides an unemployment extension.
The maximum number of weeks has gradually been reduced to eliminate all federal extended benefit programs as of December, 2012. Here's a summary of the changes and information on the unemployment compensation programs that will be in place for 2013:
If you're unemployed, it's important to check your state unemployment website so you know what to expect regarding your unemployment compensation. You don't want an unpleasant surprise and find out at the last minute that you have no more weeks left on your claim.
Unemployed? Check the Status of Your Benefits
If you're not sure what about where you stand with unemployment, check your state unemployment office website for details of how these changes may impact your unemployment compensation.
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