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Unemployment Extension 2012

By November 4, 2012

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Federal extended unemployment benefits are in effect through 2012 with different levels of benefits available based on your unemployment status and the state from which you are collecting benefits.  There will be no extended benefits for 2013 unless new legislation is passed by Congress prior to the end of the year.

The number of weeks of extended unemployment benefits is gradually being reduced to 73 weeks in states with high unemployment and 63 weeks in the other states, then eliminated entirely for next year.

As the changes are implemented, weeks will be cut from some of the tiers and there are new requirements for tiers to be available based on state unemployment rates.

Unemployed workers who started collecting unemployment in July 2012 will not be entitled to receive the additional weeks of benefits that the federal government traditionally has provided because the legislation that provides them will expire at the end of December.

Here's more information on the changes:

Important: Check your State Unemployment Office website for details on who qualifies for extended benefits and when and how benefits will be paid.  Check the "Extended Benefits" section for information.

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December 19, 2011 at 6:13 pm
(1) Me again says:

Does this affect my Tier 4 currently receiving from Texas that Texas’ chart says are payable til June 2012? If it passes, will I then be eligible for the 20 weeks of EB? I only have $2000 left of Tiers 1-4

December 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm
(2) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

The best thing to do is check your state unemployment website if/when an extension is passed. They will have information specific to your state and should list all the tiers and who qualifies for what benefits.

December 19, 2011 at 7:06 pm
(3) jod34lo says:

I have a question i just cant seem to get answered and i call the unemployment office all the time and just cant get through to anybody. When does the 26 weeks unemployment end for a person, is it when the 26th week is here or when you run out of money? I asked this because I was sick for a period of 5 days and I got a pro-rated check for that week and my unemployment would end 12/24/2012 just in time for the extension but now I have extra money left for my original unemployment claim.

December 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm
(4) Me again says:

I got the information from my state and website. The extension that is being voted on by the House is what will determine the answer. Just want to know if it extends the December 31 deadline for qualifying on the next “tier” Federal Funded Emergency Extended Benefits

December 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm
(5) almost gone says:

Hi, I believe that this new 2 month extension is for people whose 26 weeks of regular unemployment is ending and they will go over to EUB tier 1. If you are collecting EUB any tier it will continue unchanged till June of 2012. There is talk of extending that cut off date but nothing yet.

December 20, 2011 at 8:03 am
(6) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

If the extension is not passed, there will be no more tiers of federal unemployment available after the 1st. So, those people who are already collecting extended benefits will no longer be able to move to the next tier of benefits, because it will not be available.

So, it’s not just those collecting state benefits who will be impacted. Millions of workers will start losing benefits as the tiers expire if an agreement to extend federal benefits isn’t reached prior to the December 31st deadline when all federal unemployment programs expire.

December 20, 2011 at 11:01 am
(7) babykamren says:

my question is, my regular 26 weeks is up at the end of january, with that 2 month extension, does that mean i get a chance to file the extension for 20 weeks of pay? or does that mean no more money will go out past the end of february period?

December 20, 2011 at 11:15 am
(8) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Unfortunately, it’s all up in the air right now with no extended benefits in place after 12/31/11.

That means that the tiers of extended benefits will start expiring on January 1 unless Congress can agree on legislation prior to the end of the year.

December 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm
(9) almost gone says:

Babykamren I am in the same boat as you. As of Jan. 16th my 26 weeks of unemployment is up. I miss the cut off for EUB by 2 weeks so I will be out in the cold. It is so stupid that they would not sign the two month extension because they want a one year extension. Just sign two month extension and then they can argue for the extra 10 months.
The job market is horrible out there. They are trying to say that unemployement is down but it is so not true. Just because someone has used up all of there funds available and they cant collect anymore doesn’t mean they are not unemployed. So when you hear unemployment in your state is only 8% don’t believe it.

December 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm
(10) Me again says:

If I am already receiving EUC Tier 4 does it get cut off December 31, 2011 or continue until the balance runs out or to June 2012 as the state of Texas chart shows it to pay until?

December 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm
(11) Mike in CO says:

If the extensions get cut off after Dec 31, which it almost certainly will now…then whatever tier you are on as of Dec 31st, you get to finish that tier…then you nothing after that, you do not get to move to the next tier.
If you are still on the initial 26 weeks state benefit on Dec 31st (or however many weeks your particular state period is) then you get to finish that 26 weeks, then nothing more (cannot get any Extended benefit tiers).

Those of you whose 26 weeks end in mid-january, that is it, you are done after that, you get no extended tier….hence the meaning of not renewing the extensions.

December 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm
(12) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Thanks, Mike. I appreciate you taking the time to clarify what will happen if extended benefits aren’t renewed.

I am starting to worry that the political gridlock is Washington is endangering any chance of a deal to continue extended jobless benefits.

December 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm
(13) MM17 says:

I am currently on the regular 26 week unemployment cycle, and my benefits will be ending week ending 12/31….will I be eligible to apply for extended benefits?

December 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm
(14) Kickedwhenweredown says:

MM17 I’m in the exact same situation…my first 26 weeks runs out on 12/31…I was laid off due to business cutbacks on June 17th and waited two weeks to apply for unemployment. Now after some people get 99 weeks I will only get 26…not enough time to find a decent job in this economy.

December 20, 2011 at 11:15 pm
(15) almost done says:

I was laid off on July second and run out in 4 weeks. Why is it fair that some getting 99 weeks will still be collecting until there tier runs out and we don’t get a pot to pee in after 26 weeks. GOT TO LOVE GOOD OLD WASHINGTON.

December 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm
(16) Monica says:

I called the Texas unemployment and told them I was in a panic about this whole mess going on in the house and senate, Ironically I have had a real quick brush up on house and senate law procedures because of unemployment benefits. Any way what i found out is: that I will exhaust my tier 2 benefits as of the very last week of Dec. so prior to Dec. 31st, so I go to the next tier which is an additional 13 weeks (3 months). So I am now checking into temp agancey here in Texas, But I will be looking for a temp to hire position. Some companies right now are using temp to hires even more now because of the economy. They want to try out a person before they actually hire that person on. That is more than fine with me because once placed in a job i can work very very very hard.. I wish the news would instruct us to check with our unemployment office for more info.. Cuz i thought 100% as of Dec. 31st I was in trouble big time.. Im still praying for a resolution for everyone else this is impacting..

December 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm
(17) richard says:

mine expires second week in January. Kind of ticks me off that people who are in farther Tiers get to keep going a little longer, but I have only been unemployed for 5 months and will not get any more help…

December 21, 2011 at 11:35 pm
(18) Bill says:

For, jod34lo, Most states have 2 numbers when you file initially for unemployment. 1 is the amount you will receive each week, this is your weekly benefit. 2 is the total amount you can receive which is usually 26 times your weekly benefit. Usually you have 52 weeks to run through the total amount you receive. So take an extreme case where your weekly benefit is $100 then the total amount in your account would be $2600. Lets say you collect 10 weeks at $100 a week ($1000). Now you have 42 weeks to use $1600. Lets say you are unable to work for 2 weeks. Now you have 40 weeks to use $1600. Lets say then you collect 6 weeks of $100. Now you have 36 weeks to use $1000 that is left. Now you get a part time job and from all the number crunching the Unemployment office says you will get $25 a week. Divide that into $1000 and that is 40 weeks. At the end of 36 weeks you will still have $100 in your account and you will loose that $100 because your 52 weeks are up. Hope this helps.

December 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm
(19) FED-ED claimant says:

I am already receiving benefits on the FED-ED in California, with a few more weeks/ $’s left that would be exhausted by end of January. If Congress allows the FED-ED to expire on Dec 31st, 2011, does that mean that I will lose the balance of $’s that I still have on my FED-ED benefits ? Or will I still be able to collect on my remaining balance? Thank you for any info you can tell me.

December 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm
(20) UI REP 2 says:

fed ed-it can change but as of right now you will be able to finish the tier if they dont pass the extensions. everything is still up in the air but that is the last that we heard of.

December 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm
(21) vl71 says:

Dear Alison:
Thank you for clarifying the “no extension” issue…its daunting!!
I am a single mother of 2 collecting NYS unemployment since 06/27/2011, I have 2 more weeks left out of my 26, after that I qualify for an extra week…I’m will be moving to California as of the 1st of January where I have family and a job that won’t start till mid March 2012. In the mean time, I am left with no income. My questions to you are:
1) Do I change my address in NYS unemployment to my new California address (One of my daughters I going to maintain my apt in NY for 6 more months, so I could leave my address as is)? What would the benefits or not be if any of changing/not changing my address?
2) If congress passes a new extended benefits bill, would I be able to qualify if I am in CA?
Any advice you can send my way would be greatly appreciated, thank you and have a great holiday!

December 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm
(22) UI REP 2 says:

i know it wasnt towards me but to your questions i do have answers: for the first one with your address it would be best to have your mail from the unemployment office be sent to the address that the post office knows of u receiving mail, due to the fact if for some reason they dont check it in time it will be returned and/or if you change ur address with the post office to the ca address when they get something for you for the ny address they will return it. and for the next question: you will still qualify for the extension if they pass it even though u will be living in ca, in the u.s. it doesnt matter where you live its where your wages are that you file for your unemployment.

December 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm
(23) bennie fedrick says:

let me help you confused folks in California you have 26 weeks than 20 weeks than 12 week regardless of what happens tonight…… this extension is for those whom have exhausted all 58 weeks of ui

December 22, 2011 at 10:44 pm
(24) Bonnie says:

Bennie, can you please clarify for us in CA? My 26 weeks and $$ are exhausted after first week in January and I am currently too late to file for Tier 1, which has a deadline of 12/25/2011. I wrote to EDD awhile ago and they said that if an extension isn’t passed, I’m done, out in the cold. So, my question is if the 2 month extension goes through will EDD be able to move me to Tier 1 during the 2nd week of January or does something else need to happen. Thanks in advance!

December 22, 2011 at 11:39 pm
(25) Jack says:

Hi guys,

I have my 26 weeks in NY finished in February. What does this 2 month extension have to do with my group of people. I got laid off in August 2011. Everytime I call the NY unemployment they don’t have any information. I have no clue what the tax cut or the 2 month extension is. Can someone please help those of us with the 26 weeks area explain what bill needs to be passed and by when in order to survive like the 99 week unemployed.


December 23, 2011 at 12:09 am
(26) Almost Gone says:

Jack, This extension is great news to you. When your 26 weeks end in Feb. You would get Tier 1 of EUC 20 Weeks. But after your 20 weeks are over you would not go over to Tier 2 unless there is another extension. But they are working on that extension and should have something worked out before the end of FEB. (THE HOUSE WANTS 1 YEAR)

December 23, 2011 at 12:19 am
(27) robert says:

i have 4 weeks left of euc benefits left. i live in michigan. after the 4 weeks, my last check will be on 1-13-2012. will i then go to the eb extended benefits tiers? i haven’t been on any eb tiers yet.

December 23, 2011 at 12:19 am
(28) Almost Gone says:

Bennie you are 100% WRONG. If extension does not pass and if your 26 weeks end after 1/1/12. You getting nothing. If you are collecting one of the tiers in EUC after 1/1/12 you would collect what ever weeks remain in that tier and then your unemployment would be over.

December 23, 2011 at 12:22 am
(29) Almost Gone says:

Robert, only if the two month extension passes.

December 23, 2011 at 12:25 am
(30) robert says:

and when will i know if the 2 month extension passes? thanks!

December 23, 2011 at 12:29 am
(31) robert says:

well i just read on google a post that was posted at 5:17pm today that the 2 month deal was passed with a vote of 89 to 10.

December 23, 2011 at 12:29 am
(32) Almost Gone says:

Robert, We should know on Friday 12/23/11 Good luck to us all.

December 23, 2011 at 12:31 am
(33) robert says:

and i just read this-

After multiple delays and finger pointing from politicians, the unemployment extension for 2012 has finally passed.

The deal means current recipients of unemployment benefits – including those nearing their maximum weeks (as much as 99 weeks) – will continue to receive them in January and February 2012.

December 23, 2011 at 12:32 am
(34) Almost Gone says:

Robert, that was the original Senate vote not the house vote.

December 23, 2011 at 12:34 am
(35) robert says:

ohhhhh, ok. so tomorrow the 23 we will find out for sure? and if it does pass, i will go to eb benefits for january and febuary? and then when they meet up in feb. i will have to wait to see if more weeks pass correct? thanks!

December 23, 2011 at 12:38 am
(36) robert says:

i just read this also-

If call goes well leadership hopes to pass the deal by unaninmous consent Friday at 10 a.m. (Follow @ToddZwillich on Twitter for updates on this developing situation.)

December 23, 2011 at 12:44 am
(37) Almost Gone says:

That is correct. But the house also wants to get the one year deal done way before the end of Feb. That is why the house is going to say yes to the 2 month extention to keep the talks going to get 1 year deal done sooner than later. The ball is now in Obama’s court to get it done.

December 23, 2011 at 12:59 am
(38) robert says:

ok, so we should no tomorrow about the 2 month and 1 year extension?

December 23, 2011 at 1:22 am
(39) Almost Gone says:

Robert, we will find out about 2 month extension on Friday and it would probably be a 10 month extension aftrer that, anytime between now and the end of Feb.

December 23, 2011 at 2:20 am
(40) jack says:

So tomorrow we will find out about the 2 month extension or the 1 year extension? Do people in NY that have been laid off after July 2011 qualify for benefits after the 26 weeks are up? Please if anyone can help me with this I’d appreciate it.

December 23, 2011 at 3:35 am
(41) A NEW LIFE says:

Jack, see response #26 it answer’s your question perfectly. And yes you would get Tier 1 (20 weeks if you are eligible) if they pass 2 month extension.

December 23, 2011 at 6:24 am
(42) Paul Jones says:

In New York State if you are unemployed in December, 2011 and your 26 weeks of regular unemployment insurance runs out in June, 2012 can you get additional tier of EUC or extended benefits based on the extension from yesterday, 12/22/11? When I looked on NYS Unemployment Insurance website it mentioned 26 weeks only if your Original Claim (OC) was filed after July 4, 2011. Thanks.

December 23, 2011 at 11:28 am
(43) harleygirl says:

I have seven weeks left. With the passage of the extension, does this mean I will qualify for the next tier? How long will that be?

December 23, 2011 at 11:31 am
(44) harleygirl says:

I forgot to add that I am in the first 26 weeks, thanks

December 23, 2011 at 11:49 am
(45) Tom Campbell says:

I think the best way to extend a person period of unemployment is extending that person’s benefits. I believe there should be some community service as part of the unemployment benefit status. Giving un-ending benefits lessens the incentive to get a job, as well as lessens the person’s self-esteem. Also the government goes more into debt to pay for this, putting us farther down the road toward the inevitable national bankruptcy.

December 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm
(46) robert says:

so the 2 month extension did pass? i should be able to go to eb after my last few weeks of euc expire correct?

December 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm
(47) robert says:

see when i go to my state uia site it says this-

The Extended Benefit (EB) program will end in Michigan as the federally-funded program is set to expire with the week ending January 7, 2012. Additionally, the federally-funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program is no longer accepting new claims as of that same date.

this was posted earlier this week i believe. unless this was before the extension passed?

December 23, 2011 at 7:43 pm
(48) Stephanie says:

Robert – I read the same thing on the Michigan page. I am in tier 4 but would still be able to collect from what I was told the last time I called the office. My tier 4 runs out as of Dec. 31 but if an extention was passed i’d be able to collect up to my 99 weeks (or whatever was approved) I’d like to know what hte heck is going on in Michigan. It seems like their website is NEVER updated quickly. I guess I’m going wiht the “it’s the holiday weekend” thing and hoping something is posted monday or tuesday.

December 23, 2011 at 11:33 pm
(49) Getting Gray hairs says:

Hi guys,

What is the deal? Who is getting the benefits? What does it all mean?

December 24, 2011 at 1:27 am
(50) Help Me Allison ! says:

Allison or whoever really knows the answer. ..The 2 month extension has passed. My 26 weeks are up Jan 16th. So if there is an extra 2 month of unemployment would mine end at the end of Feb. or middle of March? Most important do I go to a next tier or would I be done if there are no more extensions?? Thanks !

December 24, 2011 at 7:28 am
(51) Alison Doyle says:

If you are currently collecting state or federal unemployment benefits and run of your tier of benefits prior to the end of February you should be able to move to the next level of benefits. The deadline, as of now, to apply for benefits is the end of February.

In some states you may need to apply for extended benefits, in other locations you will automatically move to the next tier (if eligible).

I don’t think the state unemployment websites will be updated until next week because of the holiday, but they will have filing deadline information, info on who qualifies, and how to apply for extended benefits, if you need to.


December 24, 2011 at 7:41 am
(52) JC says:

The way the 2 month extension works is If you use up your 26 weeks of benefits during the 2 months – you are allowed to begin collecting benefits under the first tier. This extension also allows individuals to be able to advance from tier 1 to 2, 2 to 3 and 3 to 4 – as long as the your states unemployment rate is high enough to participate in those latter tiers. THE MAIN PROBLEM WITH THIS EXTENSION IS THAT IT WILL CUT OFF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE COLLECTING EB BENEFITS (the last 20 weeks after the original 53 week extension under the 2008 law) IN jANUARY BECAUSE THAT PROGRAM ENDS IN EARLY JANUARY IN A MAJORITY OF STATES .

This could all change if the congress extends the 2 month extension to 1 year and the democrats are negotiating with the GOP to only cut benefits to 79 weeks in 2012 instead of 59 ……

December 24, 2011 at 8:05 am
(53) JC says:

Here is a link to the highlights of the 2 month payrolltax/unemployment extension.

The main problem with the bil is that it does extend the EB program for 2 months BUT many states don’t qualify for the program anymore because of the way it was written and these folks are cut off immediately..

December 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm
(54) linda says:

i live in Texas and currently receiving EB 20 weeks .I received Tier 1,2 and 3.,at that time Texas was unemployment rate entitlement was 93 weeks.Will recieve the additional 6 weeks.

December 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm
(55) nicole says:

Hello, to people in michigan, have you emailed the unemployment office they usually contact you within 2-3 days, i asked them about my unemployment because i end in beginning of january, and they said that an extension will automatically kick in…. Email them and see what they say, they told me a my previous extended benefit will kick, i was told by my dad that means, they have that set aside… Check it out see if you get the same answer. I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday.

December 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm
(56) Stace says:

I am so confused over all the different information I have been seeing online about the EB for Texas Unemployment. On my claim page it says my EB can only pay through January 7th even though I still have a balance on my claim. Is this correct or was an extension passed? And does that mean when I request payment on the 8th I will still get a check for those weeks? Thanks for any help.

December 26, 2011 at 2:43 am
(57) ALISON..CAN U HELP ME ? says:

I will finish my first 26 weeks of unemployment Jan 16th. With getting the 2 months now..will I be getting 2 months and then the 20 week extension ( tier 2) or is the 2 months part of the 20 weeks? To make it more simple would I get 28 weeks or 20 weeks if my first 26 weeks on unemployment ends Jan 16th.

December 26, 2011 at 3:53 am
(58) Post 57 says:

Post #57 after your 26 weeks end on Jan 16. You would start EUC Tier 1 and receive 20 weeks. As of now you would not go to teir 2 (14 weeks) unless there is another extention signed after Feb. 29th 2012

December 26, 2011 at 8:27 am
(59) 99er says:

Within the last few weeks I have exhausted my 99 weeks of unemployment in NJ. I have read that the President wishes to extend benefits to all states eventually. I realize that we are currently talking tiers in California and Texas. Does anyone have information about the possibility of adding weeks to the 99. We people who have gone over that limit have not just disappeared, though we seem invisible to those who make unemployment statistics. Please advise about the possibility of extensions past 99 weeks in NJ.

December 26, 2011 at 8:47 am
(60) 99er says:

Within the last few weeks I have exhausted my 99 weeks of unemployment in NJ. I have read that the President wishes to extend benefits to all states eventually. I realize that we are currently talking tiers in California and Texas. Does anyone have information about the possibility of adding weeks to the 99. We people who have gone over that limit have not just disappeared, though we seem invisible to those who make unemployment statistics. Please advise about the possibility of extensions past 99 weeks in NJ.

I will say a prayer for all of us.

December 26, 2011 at 8:59 am
(61) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

I’m sorry, and this is just my opinion, but I’m doubtful that there will be any extensions beyond 99 weeks.

Given the fight to get the extensions already in place extended for a couple of months, I don’t think additional weeks will be on the agenda when unemployment is discussed again after the Congressional holiday recess.

I wish I was able to be more positive about it.


December 26, 2011 at 9:48 am
(62) JC says:

The 99er’s will never see any additional weeks of UI. As of right now many people in most states who do not exhaust their Tier 2 benefits by Feb 29th will be considered 59ers. That was one of the reasons the Democrats would not agree to the original GOP bill . I think the thing to do now is call the offices of the Congressmen ( so called Conferee’s) that are negotiating the one year extension and tell them what you think about their cutting us short 40 weeks before the unemployment rate goes down 40 % from its high.

December 26, 2011 at 11:18 am
(63) Unemployed says:

Hi, If some one coul please clarify this for me. I still have $6.00 left in my current tier 3. I do my payment request on Jan, 1st. Does this mean I will qualify to collect from tier 4 once I do my payment request this coming sunday? 2nd question, Is it true once you finish all your extensions you can apply again for unemployment and be qualify for what you worked the followed by the year you are currently collecting from? I am collecting from the year 2008..please any one who knows anything on this!!!!

December 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm
(64) Help!!!! says:

Im so confused! My last payment is on Feb 8th. Im currently in my first extention. Does that mean that I can’t get another extention? or Do I barely make the deadline at the end of Feb.?

December 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm
(65) Randy says:

I was just curious about the exact date. I’m currently on the state sponsered 26 weeks with my last week being.2/25/2012 with a final payout date of 2/28/2012. With the extension i should be able to move on to tier one right? Everything i’m reading is “the end of february” without any real dates, and it looks like i’m cutting it EXTREMELY close.


December 27, 2011 at 12:05 am
(66) robert says:

ok, i been on unemployment in michigan since may or june of 2009. all my claims were ui, then euc. euc is what im on now. i got until january 13 i believe thats my last check on the claim im on now. now do i go to eb extended benefits next? i haven’t been on eb yet. and if so, how long will i have on eb? thanks!

December 27, 2011 at 12:10 am
(67) robert says:

like i see you can get 99 weeks on extended benefits (eb) will i have that many? not that i plan on being on it that long hopefully!

December 27, 2011 at 12:58 am
(68) Almost Gone says:

Robert on EB you receive 20 weeks. So that comes out to 26 weeks state. Then EUC = 20 weeks tier 1, 14 weeks tier 2, 13 weeks tier 3 and 6 weeks tier 4. That comes out to a total of 99 weeks. That is the Max that can be collected.
For EB your state needs to have a very high unemployment percentage to receive EB benifits. I think Michigan unemployment is very high so you should have no problems receiving The EB 20 weeks.

December 27, 2011 at 10:24 am
(69) JC says:
December 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm
(70) robert says:

yes michigan is over 8% i believe. thats messed up if they cut the eb program! especially in a state that has one of the highest unemployment rates!!!!!!!!!!!

i think i will call my local michigan office and see what i will go to after these couple weeks im on end.

December 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm
(71) robert says:

now if i do go to the eb program, i would get 20 weeks and thats the last thing for sure? or would i get more after the 20?

December 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm
(72) Linda says:

OK I have a question. I just ran out of my 26 week benefits. I want to apply for an extension. My question is how long does it take for them to process my application?

December 27, 2011 at 7:35 pm
(73) momof3andoverqualified says:

I was at 99 weeks the beginning of Dec. Will I qualify for the 2 month extension? I don’t seem to get a straight answer as I read the blogs and state websites.

December 27, 2011 at 8:06 pm
(74) Almost Gone says:

Momof3 please read Post #61 it answers your question.

LINDA – Your main Unemployment office for your state files the EUC form for you. Check with your unemployment office to make sure it will be done. Your local office should also send you mail saying what happens after 26 weeks are used. There might be a slight delay because 2 month extension was signed so late. Don’t use any of the web sites saying they will file for you. They just want your personal information.

December 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm
(75) jw says:

My benefits were exhausted in november 2011. Am i entitled to the two month. Extension?

December 28, 2011 at 6:38 am
(76) JC says:

here is a good article explaining the 2 month extension as it applies to everyone currently collecting UI


December 28, 2011 at 9:45 am
(77) Linda says:

I called the unemployment office phone number this morning at 7. I was able to apply and was approved. There will be no waiting period for me rec’d my money.

December 28, 2011 at 10:53 am
(78) chipps says:

I will be claiming my 26th week on the day of 3/04/12 it says if they end by that day I am extended an extra 20 weeks but if i miss it i dont. I dont see how that is fair there have people that are collecting for 2 years and i cant even get an extra 20 weeks because i missed it by a week is there any chance they extend it further? Or am i eligable?

December 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm
(79) Dee Dee says:

I am about to the end of my benefits.. I will be a 99weeker in January.. do I still qualify for the extension through March???

December 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm
(80) pat says:

Ui question? I started Nov. 2009 ended Nov. 2010 had one extension all ended Nov.30 2011 WIsconsin doesn’t have tier4 or tier5 Do I qualify for the two month ext. that was passed or do I have to file a new? Please answer

December 28, 2011 at 1:52 pm
(81) Almost Gone says:

Sorry Dee Dee the most that you qualify for is 99 weeks. This new extension does not add any weeks for 99ers.

Pat sorry cant help with your question. Don’t know how Wisconsin works. But if you are not collecting any tiers as of now it sounds like your funds have been used up. Please call your local unemployment office for more info.

December 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm
(82) JC says:

once again – this link is an article that fully explains the 2 month extension


December 29, 2011 at 2:09 am
(83) Jtrain says:

Thank God ! My 26 wks. runs out on the 1st of Jan. ($290 left ).
My question is, THE APPLICATION to be eligible for Tier 1, what does it consist of ? I was just wandering if I had to prove it was’nt my fault I was fired all over again like I did at the initial state level…Texas.

December 29, 2011 at 2:21 am
(84) Vlance says:

from NY, my regular unemployment benefits end jan 4 will i move into tier 1 or or will i be able to qualify for the 2 month extension? Not sure how people are getting up to 99 weeks jeeezz.

December 29, 2011 at 3:59 am
(85) Julie says:

Why can’t they make this simple…if you are unemployed and filing your claims each week you should get the extension. I don’t understand why some states can claim more weeks while others get the short end of the stick. We all live in the US, have the same President but yet each state is like it’s own country. I think it should be a flat rate all states get the same amount of weeks. If this would have passed when it was first talked about alot more people would have benefited from it. But our elected officals with their millons drug their feet and left us all hanging in the balance. I just find this all so unfair to those of us who are in the limbo area and will get nothing and we haven’t reached the so called “99er” label.

December 29, 2011 at 11:31 am
(86) JC says:

For the 3rd time this article explains the 2 month extension

There is no extension for 99ers and eb benefits end immediately in many states – the only way you will not become a 59er right now ( this could change with the negotiated 1 year extension they are going to work on) is if you exhaust your tier 2 benefits by Feb 29 .

December 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm
(87) Lori says:

I’m in New Jersey, I call for my last check on Jan 2. Lost my job first week of July. Will I be eligible for an extension of any sort?

December 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm
(88) Whats Up says:

New Jersey unemployment web site has cut of date for filing for EUC benifits as 12/25/11 does this mean I don’t qualify for 2 month extenstion. BOO HOO.

December 29, 2011 at 8:01 pm
(89) Gene says:

Will I receive EB in MI??? I’m having trouble getting answers!
I’m on my last tier in EUC…my last paycheck is Feb 16th…will I still be able to file for EB?

December 29, 2011 at 8:31 pm
(90) Almost Gone says:

Gene, see post #69. Has link that answers your question.

December 30, 2011 at 1:25 am
(91) robert says:

well i just looked on the michigan uia site and it used to say-

The Extended Benefit (EB) program will end in Michigan as the federally-funded program is set to expire with the week ending January 7, 2012. Additionally, the federally-funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program is no longer accepting new claims as of that same date.

now that is gone and says this-

Information About Federal Extensions
Congress has passed and the President has signed an extension of the expiration dates for the Extended Benefits (EB) and Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Programs through February 2012. Please continue to report by using MARVIN Online, or by calling MARVIN at 1-866-638-3993. This site will be updated with further details as they become available.

December 30, 2011 at 1:30 am
(92) Adam says:

Thanks Robert!

December 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm
(93) Karen says:

Im so confused! My 26 weeks are up on the 3rd of March. Am I elegible for my 1st extended benefit. I am looking for a job but I dont want to stress THE WHAT IF.. Can someone help!

December 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm
(94) Almost Gone says:

Karen, your regular UI unemployment must be claimed by 2/26/12. So it looks like you would not get EUC Tier 1. But Congress is in talks to extend EUC benefits beyond March of 2012. This 2 month extention that was signed gives Congress some leeway in getting a one year deal done.

December 31, 2011 at 5:35 pm
(95) Karen says:

Hopefuly they do.. And hopefuly I can get a job by then. I dont want to be stressing unemployment no more. But thank you for the info I appreciate it :)

January 1, 2012 at 3:33 am
(96) armymom says:

i was laid off in june 2010, have been recieving checks since late june 2010. how does this affect my claims?

January 1, 2012 at 8:29 am
(97) JC says:

If you have been collecting since June 2010 – all depends what state you live in to determine if your eb benefits will end this month or next or continue for the entire 99 weeks. Check your states department of labor website.

January 1, 2012 at 9:08 am
(98) Bob says:

I went on line this morning to file my bi-weekly claim in PA and submitted for week ending 12/24. The system then submitted my claim for week ending 12/24 but never asked me to enter information for week ending 12/31. I am in the middle of the claim period so it is not like my benefits have ended. Has anyone else had this problem? Why

January 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm
(99) mj says:

to any one who can help

Iam currently collecting – My benefits run out end of February – am I eligible for the extension that was just passed?

January 2, 2012 at 8:05 am
(100) Susan says:

I’ve been collecting for less than 52 weeks in NJ. I have almost $2000 left on this teir… I tried to claim my benefits yesterday on the 1st., On Line, and it said my benefits have expired!!! Anyone else in Jersey having his problem? Is it possible they can cut you off in the middle of your claim?? Any answers before I go down there and wait on line for 5 hours???

January 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm
(101) tom peck says:

Allison,youre the only source Ive been able to get any real answers from & that inclucles the State UE Office, they say”Watch the news”SAD!o9 I am in NJ,I am on tier1 EUC benefits.They are suppose to run until the beginning of April2012.Will they ? Or with the most current changes will they stop in Feb 2012 & if so do they run through the whole month of Feb? Sources say different things

January 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm
(102) Almost Gone says:

Tom, I can answer question for you. If you are collecting EUC Tier 1 you must exhaust funds by 3/4/12. If you exhaust funds by that date you would move on to tier 2. If you don’t exhaust your funds by 3/4/12 you would keep collecting till your tier 1 funds are gone and you would not move unto tier 2 and your unemployment would end.

View the sites that JC has posted in this discussion. They explain everything. Or you can go to the New York unemployment website and chose the EUC Deadlines chart it explains everything also. I TRIED POSTING WEBSITE LINK BUT IT WOULD NOT COPY FOR SOME REASON.

January 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm
(103) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Hi Tom and Almost Gone,

Here’s the NYS link with the dates and deadlines:

In addition, what I hope will happen is that Congress will revisit the extensions prior to the end of February and extend federal benefits through the rest of the year.

There are no guarantees given the politics involved, but hopefully they’ll do the right thing.


January 2, 2012 at 6:49 pm
(104) JC says:

just for everyones info they will pass a 1 year extension – especially since its an election year and the minimum extension will be for tier 1 and 2 – 59 weeks thats what was in that original republican house bill that the senate dems refused to pass – more then likely though they will agree on 79 week minimim for this year – the conferee committee will start working on this within the next couple weeks – stay tuned !

January 2, 2012 at 7:02 pm
(105) Stressed out says:

Allison I’m on tier 2 and i have 6wks left which puts in feb 12 when they expire. Does the passing of extension mean i can move up to tier 3 add’l 13wks?

January 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm
(106) Almost Gone says:

Here is the link for the NY EUC-EB Deadlines.


January 2, 2012 at 7:33 pm
(107) Almost Gone says:
January 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm
(108) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Here’s more information, including the example from NY which lists the filing dates for EUC and EB:


In general, if you have a claim that expires prior to the end of February you should be able to move to the next tier and continue to collect. However, please keep in mind that unemployment benefits vary by state and by your individual claim.


January 2, 2012 at 10:54 pm
(109) finn is confused says:

I’m on euc benefits. Said I have 2 weeks left. But what does that mean for me if the 2month extension passes. Website keeps stating to keep checking to be up dated. Also, how is it right,people I know have been collecting over 2 years with previous extensions. I am on PA unemployment. Any feedback would help, I’m confused,now. Young father of 2 already basically homeless. Staying with family members,but next step is the Philadelphia shelter system if this extension doesn’t include me. I’m a ptruck driver,went to work back in may and doors were locked down. They claimed bankruptcy. No warning…..any help please

January 2, 2012 at 11:20 pm
(110) spann says:

Hi,i am really confused too!my last tier rann out last month,but here in Ms I think the unemployment rate is high,so will I qualify for eb extension,becuase the mdes is not much help,they never know anything!

January 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm
(111) Almost Gone says:

Finn the last week of EB that is available is 3/11/12 but it all depends on the percentage of unemployement in your state. I live in New Jersey and the last week of EB they will pay is 1/28/12. As of now PA has not posted if EB benefits will be paid until 3/11/12. Keep checking the PA unemployment website they should have some info this week. Good Luck.

January 2, 2012 at 11:30 pm
(112) Almost Gone says:

Spann, please read post 111 your state is the same as PA for now.

January 3, 2012 at 8:18 am
(113) Alison Doyle says:

The DOL of Labor has information on the states where EB won’t be extended unless their is additional legislation. There is also a list of states where EUC will be less weeks because the unemployment rate has dropped:

Absent additional state enactments, the following states will fail to meet the look-back criteria for the TUR trigger and cease to be triggered “on” to EB with the week ending January 7, 2012 and have their EB period conclude January 28, 2012: (DC, FL, GA, NC, NJ, NM, OH, and PA).



January 3, 2012 at 10:26 am
(114) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Here’s more information on Extended Benefits (EB) and the states that will not have coverage:



January 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm
(115) Paul Thompson says:

The status of (EB) extended benefits in Michigan is very confusing.NELP had reported in December that EB in Michigan would end in early January 2012,even with the temporary 2 month unemployment benefits extension,due to the “3 year look back” provision,and current unemployment rates dropping.Yet no information exists on the State of Michigan UIA website as to when EB benefits will end in Michigan and “trigger off”.Also,the current data on the federal Dept. of Labor site lists several states that will lose EB benefits in late January,although Michigan is not on the list.Nothing can be found online as to when EB will end in Michigan.Any info. on this would be greatly appreciated. -Thanks.

January 3, 2012 at 7:31 pm
(116) Jason says:

Paul. I called the UIA in Michigan today. They told me EB was good until March. I might call again tomorrow to see if someone else has the same answer, this guy came across like he might not know what he was talking about.

The state website and the guy who works there both seem to imply (though it doesn’t directly say) that EB is still functional at least through February (the 2 month extension). I saw the January 7th date too, as well as a few other sources that say January, so I was confused myself.

January 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm
(117) robert says:

yes, i saw that to

well i just looked on the michigan uia site and it used to say-

The Extended Benefit (EB) program will end in Michigan as the federally-funded program is set to expire with the week ending January 7, 2012. Additionally, the federally-funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program is no longer accepting new claims as of that same date.

now that is gone and says this-

Information About Federal Extensions
Congress has passed and the President has signed an extension of the expiration dates for the Extended Benefits (EB) and Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Programs through February 2012. Please continue to report by using MARVIN Online, or by calling MARVIN at 1-866-638-3993. This site will be updated with further details as they become available.

i been on unemployment since may of 2009. i have 2 weeks left, the 13 of this month is my last check of benefits. but i looked back through all my claims and it looks like i havent went on eb yet. so i hope after these last 2 weeks, i get the 20 weeks of eb. then i dont know whats after the 20 weeks of eb? i see 99 weeks at a bunch of places. is there 99 weeks ob eb you can collect? michigan should honor the eb because its still high percent of unemployment!!!

January 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm
(118) hhjh444 says:

So my last EB check is for Jan 2 after that will this extension help me in PA?

January 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm
(119) Paul Thompson says:

Thanks very much Jason and Robert for your information on the (EB) benefits for the State of Michigan.I too will call the UIA for Michigan on Wednesday,and ask for a specific date as to when (EB) benefits will officially end in Michigan.I really don’t know why the State of Michigan can’t list a specific date on their UIA website as to when will be the exact last week (EB) benefits will be paid in Michigan.They simply say on their website that (EB) and (EUC) extensions are now good until late February,and to continue contacting Marvin.I have searched online every recent news article on when the exact date (EB) will end in Michigan.Some of the dates were for the week ending 1/07/2012,while the federal Dept. of Labor website does NOT list Michigan as a state that will trigger off of (EB) benefits in January 2012…even on their data as current as Jan. 1,2012.If the last date ending that (EB) benifets will be paid in Michigan is January 7,2012,in only 4 days,I am curious why the UIA site does not state this.With thousands of people on (EB) in Michigan perhaps losing their (EB) benefits in a few days,I would think they would at least have an obligation to inform the people on (EB) that their benefits would be ending.I would like a specific date from state officials,and not have to read the information from a second news source for “sometime in January”.The real true data in Michigan for the unemployment rate suggests it is much higher than the rate of 9.8% from mid December.I think we all deserve a “specific” date as to when thousands in Michigan will lose their (EB) benefits.

January 4, 2012 at 11:15 am
(120) Murphoy O"Conner says:

Hmmmm….lets take a look at all the b.s that is happening in the last little while:

Unemployment/Tax Pay Roll Extension: Action: Ohhh I don’t know what to do Mr.President, lets keep everyone starving and give billions in aid to all our enemy countries. Thats the answer…

Hmmm: This B.S with Iran and our warships near their coastal waters to prevent their b.s nuclear development. Such a crock of crap.Wake up, look how they treaten everyone, we will cut your oil. Only to make oil prices go up and make you pay gas rates above & beyond. Such B.S. You really think a country would say, oh hey, you got warships near us, better not do that or we will cut oil supply. YA RIGHT! Such b.s…

Lets see what next: I don’t care who likes Mr. Idiot Ron Paul, go ahead vote for him. Its all B.S. You vote for him, 10000% this country will get even worse then it was before with Bush & Now with Obama put together. They are only boosting his ego to kill off the Republicans..WAKE UP AMERICA!

Lets see whats next on the Agenda: The T.V show All American Muslim. HOW IN THE F**** Did this even be let on the air. Oh thats right, first lets make the Muslim our number one terrorist threat to the world.. AND NOW LETS SAVE THEM ON NATIONAL T.V? And to top it off ON AMERICAN T.V! BWAHAHAHA, this place keeps going further and further into the TOILET!

Good news though: China Bombing Mosques And Molotivs Hitting Mosques In N.Y! This is the best way to start the NEW YEARS WITH A BANG! AHAHAHAHAH I hate to say it, WE BETTER WAKE UP A LOT FASTER PEOPLE! WAKE UP GOTDAMN IT!

January 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm
(121) Donna says:

Im in NJ.mY tier 2 ends jan 14th. will i be able to go on to tier 2? and also if they pass the new legislation does that mean nj will renewthe eb program as it end in january?

January 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm
(122) Felix says:

For those currently claiming EB in Florida: The Florida Unemployment Office is saying that Extended Benefits end THIS WEEK (on January 7), not on January 28 or on February. They say the two-month extension approved and signed by President Obama DID NOT include any kind of EB extension for the state of Florida.

January 4, 2012 at 6:48 pm
(123) Diane says:

I’m in NJ also and just filed my EB claim today. The lady at the unemployment office (after a 2 hr and 15 min wait on the phone), told me that she had no idea about EB cutting off Jan 28. My question is – if this IS the case, why in the hell don’t they tell you ahead of time. Are they seriously going to cut my money off Jan 28 and tell me on Jan 4? (which I found out by accident online) And if so, why don’t the people answering the phones know whats going on???? Are these people serious? I have a child to feed.

January 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm
(124) Almost Gone says:

Diane, the NJ Unemployment website has had the info saying that the EB benefits would be ending Jan. 28th since Dec 23rd after the two month extension was passed. It was a shame that the lady at the unemployment office does not know this info.

The unemployment website for NJ also still has the EUC benefits ending as of Jan 3, 2012 I don’t understand why they cant update there website with new and correct info.

January 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm
(125) Diane says:

With all due respect, why do I have to look for this information? Why isn’t there some type of communication from the state letting me know this is what’s going to take place? I find it very sad that people that are employed to answer your questions about something so important as your money have no idea what they’re talking about?

January 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm
(126) Paul Thompson says:

It is indeed a shame that so many UIA employees are clueless in regards to the specific information about the unemployment benefits status,and the ending dates of the programs that will ultimately affect so many lives and families.After all,our tax dollars pay for their positions.As for the many unemployment agency websites that I have seen that are simply out of date (or) inaccurate with this information….there is no excuse.I was accountable for the work I did for 30 years,until I lost my job when my plant closed.As of Jan. 4th,I still have no clear answer as to the exact date that EB will end in the state of Michigan.Several major news sources stated in December that EB would end in Michigan on January 7,2012,which is 3 days from now,the real date is anybody’s guess.

January 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm
(127) Diane says:

That’s another good point…..I haven’t heard anything on the news or newspaper here in NJ about anything regarding this. I was following the story about the federal government extending the benefits, but nowhere did I read or hear how it affected individual states. Its very disappointing. Thanks for the responses everyone. I guess I’ll just have to keep claiming my benefits until they tell me otherwise. :)

January 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm
(128) Almost Gone says:

Diane, the bad news is that we are not that important to the State so the State is not going to go out of there way to keep us informed. So we need to research this info on our own. It is sad.

January 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm
(129) Spann says:

This is so true,no one at the unemployment office has no clue what is going on,here in Ms I was told that Congess have not contacted them and when they do letters will go out,but still don’t know if I qualify,as of now I have been cut off.

January 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm
(130) Paul Thompson says:

It’s no wonder that so many people have lost faith in the state and federal government.They work for us,paid by our tax dollars.And they can’t even supply accurate information to the unemployed who have lost their jobs due to no fault of their own.It really is sad.I wish you well Diane.

January 5, 2012 at 6:42 am
(131) Diane says:

Thank you Paul. I’m going to see if I can make some calls to the Governor’s office and see what they can tell me. Hopefully they are working on getting fixed whatever is broken.

January 5, 2012 at 9:45 am
(132) CB says:

Per the NJ UI Website:

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) dates will be updated shortly.

The new Legislation will not provide any additional benefits to the current maximum of up to ninety-nine (99) weeks of unemployment benefits.

New Jersey will trigger off of the Extended Benefits (EB) program as of January 1, 2012. Individuals will be able to file a new EB claim through January 22, 2012. EB benefits are payable to eligible individuals through week ending January 28, 2012. No EB benefits are payable after this date.

January 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm
(133) shelly says:

On my unemployment..my maxim benefits were 8242.00..I live in Nj..my base week are 48..my benefit year is from 8/28/11 to 8/25/2012..what does this all mean..in Nj does the state automaticly file for you.for extended benefits?help me..figure this out..thanks for anyone’s help..


January 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm
(134) CB says:


Once you exhaust your regular unemployment benefits (26 weeks), there are 4 tiers of EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) that you will automatically receive, provided they are still available. The NJ UI website has not updated their information yet with the new dates to qualify for EUC, so keep any eye on this page.

Here is a link to an overview of the tiers (disregard dates for now):

As soon as I see any new information, I will post it here, if someone doesn’t beat me to it.

I hope I was of some help.

January 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm
(135) Almost Gone says:

NJ has updated their dates for EUC benefit information as of 1/6/12 2:00PM.

January 8, 2012 at 11:11 am
(136) kimmiebruce says:

I am in NJ and have written my State legislators and the Star Ledger about the cancellation of Extended Benefits. If we all do the same, we might see some action taken and/or coverage by the media!

January 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm
(137) Almost Gone says:

Shelly, now that NJ Unemployment has updated their web site you need to exhaust your regular 26 weeks UI Benefits by 2/26/12. 2/26/12 is the last day that you can file for EUC Tier 1 benefits. If your UI Benefits end after 2/26/12 you would not qualify for EUC Benefits unless their is another extension (Congress is working on a new extention)

If you use your 26 weeks of regular UI Benefits by 2/26/12 your NJ Unemployement office will file the paper work for you for the EUC Teir 1 benefits 20 weeks. You don’t have to do anything. Good Luck.

January 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm
(138) Dr Z says:

In reply to ALMOST GONE’s post – The 2 mo. extension pushes ALL tiers up 2 months. The June 2012 deadline for continuing to collect ANY EUC tier extension now goes to the week ending Aug 18 2012. The deadline for those exhausting their regular unemployment to start on Tier 1 is now also pushed up 2 months to March 6 for filing and the week ending Feb 25, 2012 as the last week to have exhausted all their regular unemployment benefits. This is for NJ at least, and probably all states.

January 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm
(139) chris says:

today is my last day of my first extension I had 20 weeks it says ur $$$ will be issued tomorow I am at $0.00 which I new was going to happen but I also got his message what does it mean

Your claim is being processed. If additional information is required to determine your eligibility for benefits, you will be contacted.

January 8, 2012 at 2:41 pm
(140) Almost Gone says:

Dr. Z This is copied from NJ Unemplyment website.
The EUC program expires on March 6, 2012. February 26, 2012 is the last date a EUC Tier 1 claim may be filed.
For tier 2,3 & 4 the last filing date is 3/6/12

January 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm
(141) Almost Gone says:

CHRIS, It means that your unemployment office is filing for EUC Tier 2 for you. Additional 14 weeks

January 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm
(142) Chris says:

christ I had a attack I have never been so stressed in my life, god even McDonadls in my area is not hiring

So Do I still have to call monday and file the extenstion??? am i still getting this weeks payment with out delay??

January 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm
(143) harvey says:

Is there any info on PA. My EB has ended Jan 2 will i get the extension?

January 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm
(144) Almost Gone says:

Harvey, it sounds like you collected your 99 weeks. No weeks will be added after 99 weeks. Sorry.

January 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm
(145) harvey says:

No i only received uc 26 tier1-20 tier 2-14 and tier3-13 and EB -13 that ads up to 86 this is in PA.

January 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm
(146) Almost Gone says:

Harvey, Still no word from PA on when EB is ending. Keep checking there website or try your local office. Good Luck.

January 8, 2012 at 10:27 pm
(147) Chris says:

So Do I still have to call monday and file the extenstion??? am i still getting this weeks payment with out delay??

January 8, 2012 at 10:47 pm
(148) Almost Gone says:

Chris, yes you should call to claim this weeks payment. Will there be a delay? It is hard to say. Once your tier 1 benefits are done you should automatically go to tier 2. Their is nothing you need to do. If your tier 2 funds are not available yet, I would call your local unemployment office to find out why.

January 8, 2012 at 11:14 pm
(149) Chris says:

Actually is said this weeks payment for $XX is being processed and will go in on Jan 9th, and then that other message came up….and my act is 00000

January 8, 2012 at 11:57 pm
(150) Debbie says:

Did Floridas extended benifits get extended past January 7th? I was told that they were extended until the end of February.

January 9, 2012 at 10:54 am
(151) harvey says:

No when i log on to my claim status it not EB it is EUC and says Your initial claim has been processed. Please file your biweekly claims as instructed. But when i try it says You currently have a claim established; however, it is inactive. If you wish to reactivate or reopen your claim in order to file for benefits, you may do so online or by calling your UC Service Center

January 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm
(152) Ashley says:

So I live in NJ and my benefits are supposed to stop as of the 28th, I called yesterday to find out why when I file that it said my claim was pending, so they told me my payment was processed Monday and I’ll receive my money Wednesday even though I file every Sunday because you get your money faster, even the website says, so normally I get my money on Tuesday. So I did a claim inquiry and it says I have a remaining extended benefits balance: of $3,315.00 and if (as in nj) no more benefits will be given out do I eat that money and just get my last 2 checks and the $3,000, just disappears or do I actually receive it until my balance is 0,

January 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm
(153) Jenn needs help from Alison says:

Hello, I’m sorry if this question has already been answered… I don’t think I saw it but there are so many people asking for help, I may have missed it.

My California claim balance was exhausted on 12/31/11. My last check was issued 1/6/12. My claim end date is in June 2012.

With the new legislation that was passed, will I still automatically have my first (Tier 1) extension filed for me? I have not received anything in the mail yet and have not received a response to my inquiry from CA EDD by email and have not been able to get through on the phone.

What are the eligibility requirements for Tier 1 extension? If I am able to get the extension, will I be able to fill out Continued Claim forms and be paid for the weeks that I am waiting for this extension?

Thank you so much in advance. You are a great resource for people trying to navigate the highly confusing UI system.


January 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm
(154) Ashley says:

I’m stressing out so badly because I am a super low fixed income from Social Security, and I don’t qualify for food stamps because I make too much, I have rent to pay, car insurance, heat and electric bills, along with my cell phone bill. I have minimized as much as possible but with out my unemployment I can’t afford much. I’ll have about $100 to live off of a month after bills are paid with my disabilities check, I’m a full time college student, I need money for gas to get to and from school, other than that I barely drive anywhere luckily I live a pretty decent busy town so I can walk to a lot of places, but I heavily rely on the added income from unemployment, So please if anyone can give me some insight to if I’ll be allowed to finish out these benefits or do I just lose that money. I am so unbelievably stressed out, I may have to drop this semester of school until I can find a part time job that pays somewhat decent that I can afford gas to just go to and from school and grocery shopping, I have no problem with just focusing on school and being a home body. I’m so scared that I’m going to have to leave school and possibly even lose my apartment like I said after my bills are paid I’m usually left with about 100/150 a month from SSDI. And can someone please explain to me if I’m receiving just EB or EUC, how would I be able to find that out. Sorry for the long comment just young and worried,

January 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm
(155) Almost Gone says:

Ashley, it sounds like you moved over to EUC benefits Tier 1 – 20 additional weeks. You will keep collecting to your balance is 0.00. As of now when your balance goes to 0.00 you would not move on to Tier 2 of EUC unless their is another extention.

January 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm
(156) Jenn needs help says:

Can anyone help me with my questions? (comment #153)

Thanks a lot!

January 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm
(157) sue says:

I live in pa & just started my tier 3. my tier 2 ended dec. 31st..i am assuming i collect 13 more weeks. Is there going to be EB benefits after my 13 weeks is up? pleae help…if they pass another extension will that help get me the eb benefits? nothing on their website is current & cant get thru to no one?? help

January 10, 2012 at 6:22 pm
(158) Chris says:

MA says there is a glitch in there system and its causeing somepeople not to collect but its easily fixable i am crossing my fingers as i begin teir 2 next week

January 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm
(159) Almost Gone says:

Jenn, after you collect your 26 UI Unemployment weeks. The EUC Tier 1 must be filed by 2/26/12. Your local Unemployment office will file for you, you don’t have to do anything. You will be receiving 20 weeks of EUC Tier 1. After your tier 1 funds are gone you will not move on to Tier 2 unless their is another extention.

January 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm
(160) keith c quarles says:

I was wrongfully terminated from my job in 2008. i am claiming age and sex discrimination in Apellate court. my unemployment was taken away and restored through appeal in 2009. I t expired in 2-10. I am 47 years of age and I feel that the same reason for me being fired is the same reason I have not been able to gain employment since. Companies are downsizing and getting rid of older workers and replacing them with new younger workers who don’t have privilege to benefits or full-time employment; thus cutting cost for the employer. As far as tier 5 is concerned. I LOOK AT IT THIS WAY…IF TWO MEN WERE STARVING AND ONE HADN’T EATEN IN 3 DAYS YET THE OTHER HADN’T EATEN IN A WEEK…WHO WOULD YOU FEED AND WHY? ..THE WAY THEY ARE DOING THE EXTENSION APPROVAL…THE MAN WHO HAS BEEN STARVING THE LONGEST IS NOT BEING FED…DOES THAT MAKE SENSE…OH. I FORGOT ITS POLITICS ..IT DOESN’T HAVE TO MAKE SENSE…IT JUST HAS TO MAKE THE HEADLINES!…WELL AT LEAST SOMEBODY’S VERSION OF THE STORY DOES!

January 11, 2012 at 12:29 pm
(161) Lee says:

I am trying to clarify the current two month extension. During the month of February, I will now be able to move into the next tier due to the extension. I thought I would be able to collect the entire number of weeks in that Tier, in this case 13 weeks. When I spoke to unemployment this morning regarding another question, they told me that as of right now, all checks will stop at the end of February even though there will be at least 10 weeks left on the tier I would be in. She said we will accumulate credits until congress tells them whether to release the checks or not.

This is different from any and all information I can find on the internet. I am in NJ. She also told me that NJ will not have EB anymore. This also confuses me since I understood that EB woud be in effect when unemployment averages over 6% for 3 months for regular EB and 8% over 3 months for high EB.

Could you please provide clarification, especially on the first issue?

January 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm
(162) Almost Gone says:

Lee, you should have asked for a supervisor. The info you received on the Tier is wrong. As long as you move onto Tier 2,3, or 4 by 3/4/12 you would collect on that tier till funds are gone or 8/18/12 whicher comes first.
If your tier runs out after 3/4/12 and before 8/18/12 you would not move till next tier.
It sounds like the worker was talking about EB only. That is set to run out in January in New Jersey but each state will vote on if it will be extended. Will you receive credit for weeks that EB is not active and then becomes active again is yet to be determined. I hope this helps.

January 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm
(163) Almost Gone says:

Same answer as above post #162 on tier 1. But tier 1 needs to be filed one week earlier than tier 2,3 & 4. On 2/26/12 and you can collect tier 1 till 8/18/12 or funds run out.

January 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm
(164) Lee says:

Thank you! I really thought that was the case and have been quite concerned as a full time opportunity that I was offered and even had an Employment Agreement on just had a budget cut to part time.So I unexpectedly have to continue on UI and start looking again. This means I will have into the spring not the end of Feb. One thing to note though, the person I spoke with clearly knew which tier I was on and that I was not on EB. She also said NJ will not have EB, but the U Rate continues to be very high so I don’t understand that.

January 12, 2012 at 12:51 am
(165) Karen says:

Does anyone know when will congress will start talking about the long term extension?

January 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm
(166) Candice says:

Hello, I live in MD. I was receiving EB from Oct thru Dec, they have approve the extension for my state until Feb 29th, but the last payment I received was for the week ending Dec 31st. It also says benefit exhausted. Do you know why? Please help:(

January 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm
(167) Almost Gone says:

Candice, sorry but the two month extention was for EUC benefits and not EB benefits. The EB benefits are ending in most States in Jan. & Feb.

Additional State Legislation needs to be approved to continue the EB benefits. Each State is different. In New Jersey the EB benefits is supposed to go to the legislature the week of 1/9/12 to see if EB benifits will continue in NJ.

January 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm
(168) robert says:

well i just did marvin wedsnday and my money went in my bank today. that was my last 2 weeks. now today i just got a letter in the mail from michigan uia saying i got 13 weeks. i been on unemployment since may of 2009.

January 14, 2012 at 8:44 am
(169) kimmiebruce says:

For those of you in NJ, they have updated the web site to say that renewing Extended Benefits was to be up for a vote week of 1/9, but I don’t see anything yet on the legislative bills site. Now is the time to email or call your state senator and assembly representatives and encourage them to support this extension. Even for those of you not yet on EB, you want this benefit to be there for you if you exhaust your tiers!

Find your senator and assembly reps here and contact them early this coming week, or email them today!


January 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm
(170) Chris says:

when u started teir 2 what happened in MA, anybody have a story, cuz i filed today and my acct is still 0.00 on tuesday will it go thru and have a balance?????

January 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm
(171) Almost Gone says:

Good news in New Jersey, EB Benefits have been approved till 3/10/12 but no new weeks have been added after 99 weeks.

January 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm
(172) jay says:

I believe im on the third tier and will possible go to the fourth which is six weeks in california and that would put me over the deadline by a week for the fed ed extension of 20 weeks, am i screwed?

January 22, 2012 at 11:55 am
(173) CD says:

My claim says it ends Feb 11 I just got into tier 2 with 12 weeks left and over 3000 in the acct
I worked two part time jobs and the most recent one ended due to holidays being over,

what will happen?????????????

January 22, 2012 at 4:32 pm
(174) Dr Z says:

Almost Gone – I’m in NJ, and actually, the extension of the state’s EB is NOT really good news. True, it was signed last week by Gov. Christie, but the BAD news is (from NJ unemployment website): “NO EB BENEFITS ARE **PAYABLE** AFTER MARCH 10 2012″ They didn’t even approve it to end at the same time as the FED EUC temporary extensions do on Aug 18,2012!

January 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm
(175) Tonya says:

If I am going to run out of my benefits in 10 weeks after January 22, 2012, What happens next in the state of Texas? If I do get a extension, for how long will it be?

January 23, 2012 at 7:55 pm
(176) seeminglysimple says:

How long does it take from the end of a persons initial ui claim(last payment) until the start of tier 1 ( 1st check ), approximate?

January 23, 2012 at 10:58 pm
(177) CD says:

In MA it was instant no delay

January 24, 2012 at 5:13 am
(178) GGFizz says:

I have a question. I have exhausted my tier 4 benefits and was given a 7 week extension for H.U.P. Benefits ( High Unemployment Benefits). That brought me to 99 weeks… However, I still have a balance on my unemployment claim with the unemployment office. something like 1,200.00. My question is am I eligable to receive these benefits still in my account with unemployment?

January 24, 2012 at 7:43 am
(179) Michael says:

My initial UI claim ended in December. I received one week of benefits because that was the very end of that claim and then my Tier 1 benefits kicked in immediately after that, no delay. Hope that helps. I was very worried about it also but it went smoothly.

January 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm
(180) Chris says:

My claim says it ends Feb 11 I just got into tier 2 with 12 weeks left and over 3000 in the acct
I worked two part time jobs and the most recent one ended due to holidays being over,

what will happen?????????????

January 24, 2012 at 10:57 pm
(181) Almost Gone says:

Dr Z – I am sorry but the thousands of people who were losing their EB benefits in January are beyond happy that they are still getting benefits till March 10th 2012 if they had less than 99 weeks. It’s not the greatest news but still good news and more needs to be done Beyond March 10th.

January 25, 2012 at 1:07 am
(182) robert says:

so im in michigan and just got another 13 weeks of euc benefits. i will be able to get the whole 13 weeks correct? it wont get cut off at the end of febuary will it? and im not sure what i would go to next after these 13 weeks?

January 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm
(183) Steve Blackburn says:

Almost Gone – I live in FL, and was terminated on Nov 8 of last year. My standard benefits run out something like 1 week after the Feb cutoff for the EUC as I understand it. Florida no longer has a state funded EB program after the first week of March if I’ve read the site correctly. I’m a 32 year old college graduate with 11 years of management experience, and I fall into one of(if THE) highest unemployment bracket due to age, location, experience, etc… Has there been any movement on the Federal Level to move the cut off from Feb to the full year program or such? I hate the people who suggest that I am trying to get “free” money, like I prefer the $240 a week to the comfortable salary I was making last year.

January 25, 2012 at 8:45 pm
(184) Almost Gone says:

Steve, if you have been laid off as of Nov of last year you should still be collecting your regular 26 weeks of State unemployment untill early May 2012.

January 26, 2012 at 11:10 am
(185) hebajeba says:

Everyone knows if all the members of Congress had to collect unemployment benefits they would never run out and the pymnt would be alot more than all of us receive. But they never think of the people, only of themselves!

January 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm
(186) sue zeck says:

My tier 3 in PA runs out march 31st? i have not worked part time so i am on my last tier. If congress extends thru 2012 will i be eligible for State extended benefits and if so for how long in PA? please help there is nothing on the pa website that is new info. Also what is the deadline that they have to pass a vote by? your help is greatly appreciated. if i am eligible for eb would that just continue after my march 31 tier 3 is up?? thank you

January 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm
(187) Almost Gone says:

Sue, as of now you would collect the remaining weeks on your tier 3 EUC. The EB Benefits end on 2/4/12 in PA unless your state extends EB Benefits. As of now most States are extending the EB Benefits until 3/10/12 so far no extention in PA.
If Congress extends benefits thru 2012 it will affect ECU tier benefits but no word on EB Benefits as of yet.

January 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm
(188) Kathy says:

My Tier 4 in Ohio runs out in February and I get different answers every time I call the ohio unemployment office about the 99 weeks I’ve read so much about. When Tier 4 is done, will I still be able to collect another 20 weeks to make it 99 in total if I qualify, or is Ohio not extending it that far because they say the unemployment rate is below the national average?

January 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm
(189) Almost Gone says:

Kathy, sorry as of today 1/26/12 EB Benefits end on 1/28/12 in Ohio. Now it is up to your state legislation to extend EB Benefits. I am in New Jersey and as EB Benefits were ending in Jan. The NJ legislation extended the EB Benefits to 3/10/12. So don’t give up hope that Ohio will sign a bill to Extend EB.

January 26, 2012 at 11:28 pm
(190) Kathy says:

When will the Ohio legislature make a decision about the EB and what do they base it on or is it just random? The woman at the unemployment office told me they can change their mind every week about it if they want to. Is there a person in the legislature I could call and get a straight/definitive answer. I’m going to lose my house soon if I can’t depend on UE for a little while longer while I’m taking training for a potentially good job.

January 26, 2012 at 11:54 pm
(191) Almost Gone says:

Kathy, you can call 1-888-245-3381 to get in touch with Congress. Good Luck.

January 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm
(192) Steve Blackburn says:

Thanks for the response, Almost Gone. There seems to be some variance in FL’s first UC term, as when I started receiving benefits the first week of Nov, my balance was $4100 or so, and now my remaining balance is $1750, which is 3 more payments by my estimate, leaving me out of luck in 6 weeks. Am I just misunderstanding something, or did FL go to a shorter period? And being an election year, I would think the Pols in DC would want to extend the EUC past the Feb deadline, wouldn’t you? Thanks again for your help in understanding this exasperating process.

January 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm
(193) Almost Gone says:

Steve, you said you were laid off last Nov. Did you mean Nov. Of 2010 and not 2011. Your weeks are not adding up. Do you know what EUC Tier you are on or are you into EB.

January 29, 2012 at 9:10 am
(194) Rich says:

OK I’ve got a good one..I’m in PA, My tier 1 is going to run out next week(Feb 8) Now my benefit year ended in Dec 11, They “recertified” me for “regular” state benefits, which I qualified for. So they opened a new claim ending Dec 2012. Got my “financial eligible” letter . But they kept me on the EUC tier 1. Now the question is…Will I go to EUC Tier 2, OR will they stop the EUC and put me back on “regular” state benefits? I checked my claim “status” online and it says that I am on “regular” state UC as of 1/7/12 but I am still getting the EUC benefit amount($30 more weekly$60 total more per claim) Will they run the EUC out first? Also if they do put me back on “regular” state UC will there still be a waiting week?

January 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm
(195) cadac says:

We all know by now that maybe more than half of congress is rich. they dont know what is like to be with no money,no job, and just trying to survive and if they were poor at one time they forgot.

I dont think that they realized that if the unemployment is not extended all of this people are going to wind up at the Welfare offices, where they will have get food stamps, medicaid and payment of rent. which is going to cost more than to give people their unemployment extension.
People are suffering, I my self have been unemployed for a 1 year and 2 months, which have been the most difficult for me. I have no more friends people dont care about you when you dont have a job.
I have not lost hope, I just went back to school after going through hell trying to get reienstated to obtain my BA, all of the run around that I had to do was unbelievable, I have sent out over 1500 resume and have been on 10 interviews. the ususal dont call us will call you.
My heart goes out to all of you, Im 55 and believe me I feel all of the pain, of what is going to happen to me if I dont get this extension, march 14 is my last day… CONGRESS NEEDS TO APPROVE EXTENSION TILL THE END OF THE 2012……

January 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm
(196) Steve Blackburn says:

Dear Almost Gone,
I was laid off Nov 8th of 2011, and I am still in my initial Unemployment Benefits period. But, the initial benefits were not 26 weeks for some reason(possibly due to a policy on duration of benefits based on the state’s unemployment rate). Benefits period began Nov. 6, and total credits were $4117, weekly rate of $263(I have an additional 10% of that taken out for taxes). By my math, it’s just over 15 weeks worth. No one on the phone has been able to explain to me why it’s not 26 as expected. That’s why I’m so concerned that there is an extension at the Federal level. Thanks for your continued efforts here on this site, the only place I’ve been able to find any answers at all.

January 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm
(197) Jeff says:

I got laid off in jan of 2011. I have collected benefits since. First it was 26 weeks. Then 20. Now Iam collecting another 14. for a total of 60 ending in march. Im wondering if what tier Iam in. Im guessing tier 3. and If my benefits will expire permenantly in march around the 16th. It would be nice if I could get a concrete awnser. But Im sure Im sure I will continue hanging from a limb and regret not saving the benefits Ive already recieved. Im just greatful that I have an opportunity to same the remainder of the benefits as Ive planned accordingly. DE out.

January 29, 2012 at 5:04 pm
(198) Almost Gone says:

Steve, below is example of How Long Can You Collect Unemployment:

Varied Coverage Duration Explained For example, let’s say the weekly benefit amount is $500. 26 weeks of this coverage is equal to $13,000. 3x$13,000 is $39,000, so if someone earned less than $39,000 during the base period, they would not be eligible for 26 full weeks of coverage. For example, let’s say someone earned only $30,000 during the base period. They would only be eligible for 1/3 of that, or $10,000 of coverage. Since the weekly benefit amount is $500, divide $10,000 by 500, to obtain 20, so that individual would only be eligible for 20 weeks of unemployment coverage. Remember, this is only true in about 40 percent of the states. Other states may have a fixed 26 weeks, while still others may calculate their varied coverage duration differently.

So you could be getting more money per week at 263 but less weeks. At 4117 / 26 = 158 a week. If you made more than 12,350 in your base year. If you are getting 263 a week that means you made over 20,500 in your base year if unemployment paid 26 weeks.

January 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm
(199) Almost Gone says:

Jeff, you are in teir 2 of EUC. Regular unemployment was 26 weeks – Teir 1 = 20 weeks Tier 2 = 14 weeks (that is where you are now). Tier 2 must be exhausted by week ending 3/3/12 and Teir 3 must be filled for by 3/6/12 13 more weeks. It means you would need another extention from Congress to qualify for EUC Tier 3. Congress is talking about extention and we should all know something by the end of February.

January 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm
(200) confused says:

so let me get this right, If they extend UE at the end of Feb. 2012,
does that put up the dates of the Tiers to file? Iam still on my 26 weeks

January 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm
(201) Frances says:

so let me get this right, if they extend benefits again in Feb, does that
push up the dates to file for the tiers?

January 30, 2012 at 5:05 pm
(202) Almost Gone says:

Confused, yes that is the case as of 1/30/12 the last days you can file for EUC is.

TIER 1 – 2/26/12
TIER 2 – 3/6/12
TIER 3 – 3/6/12
And TIER 4 where available – 3/6/12

If you are collecting any of the above Tiers before date listed you would collect that full Teir only, and not move on to the next tier.

If they extend the EUC at the end of February or begging of March it would move the last day you can file for TIERS till later in the year.

January 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm
(203) confused says:

Thanks, almost gone.

January 30, 2012 at 10:59 pm
(204) Sean says:

If anyone can help, we are about to run out of the state unemployment aid. Our last week we will be eligible for ends on Feb. 25, but we cannot lay the claim until Feb. 26 (for the week ending on Feb. 25).

In CT, it says that we qualify for the emergency benefits, according to current legislation, if we have exhausted our benefits by Feb. 25. What “exhausted” means is not entirely clear to me, since we are straddling the cutoff date. Two possibilities:

1) Does it mean that we must have already claimed all of our benefits before Sat. Feb. 25?


2) Does it mean that we must have no further eligible weeks after the 25th?

The trouble is that we can’t claim the last week’s benefit until the next day for the week ending on the 25th. I feel like we are about to miss 20 weeks of badly needed unemployment because of a single day.

Thanks for any answers you can give.

January 30, 2012 at 11:57 pm
(205) Almost Gone says:

Sean, you need to due your claim on the 26th of Feb and that will cover weeks ending 2/18 & 2/25/12. All your regular unemployment funds need to be exhausted (meaning your balance needs to be 0.00) on the 26th of February. Then unemployment will file the paper work for you for EUC Benefits Tier 1. The 26th of Feb is the last day to file for EUC Tier 1 benefits so you would be fine.

January 31, 2012 at 3:07 am
(206) :) says:

How does someone know if they qualify for there first extencion. My 26 weeks are almost up and I get 112 a week. Can someone help me please.

January 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm
(207) Almost Gone says:

:) , you would qualify for Tier 1 EUC 20 weeks if you claim all of your 26 weeks of regular state unemployment by 2/26/12. If not you would need more help from Congress in another extention.

January 31, 2012 at 5:41 pm
(208) :) says:

Well hopefuly they do. Thanks a lot for answering my question I appreciate it.

February 1, 2012 at 9:17 am
(209) Kris says:

I open my claim in April of 2011 and collected 13 of full benefits before I started a 6 month temporary position. When the position ended and I filed for benefits I continued to collect on the original claim with only 13 weeks remaining. On March 9 2012 I will have exhausted the state funded benefits on the claim filed in April 2011.

Since this claim is not finished does this mean that I will not be eligible for EB? If not will I be eligible to file a new claim in April 2012 against my 6 months of employment.

Can someone please assist me with my question. Thank you

February 1, 2012 at 10:04 am
(210) melba fosmore says:

I’m on my first exten. now & will Not find out if I get the next tier till after Mar 3rd. so I was told if so it would go till April, but if is checked on paper that I would have a balance of 14 wks, & says last wk payable till 6-9-2012 so, I’m confused on the April thing is this right. I hope this passes as alot of people with out money & jobs at least none are way some in summer more seasonal here than anything.

February 1, 2012 at 10:04 am
(211) melba fosmore says:

I’m on my first exten. now & will Not find out if I get the next tier till after Mar 3rd. so I was told if so it would go till April, but if is checked on paper that I would have a balance of 14 wks, & says last wk payable till 6-9-2012 so, I’m confused on the April thing is this right. I hope this passes as alot of people with out money & jobs at least none are way some in summer more seasonal here than anything.

February 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm
(212) Almost Gone says:

Melba Fosmore, I have no idea what this April thing is but let me help you out.
It sounds like you are on Tier 1 of EUC Benefits. Your Tier 1 benefits need to be exhausted by week ending 3/3/12 or before(meaning your balance needs to be 0.00 after you claim benefits on 3/4/12 or anytime in February) So as long as your balance is 0.00 before 3/6/12 the last day that Tier 2 benefits can be filed you would qualify for the 14 additional weeks. Those 14 weeks can be claimed up till 8/18/12 or untill your balance is 0.00

February 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm
(213) Almost Gone says:

Kris, the law is different in every state but this is what happens some times it is not fair.

It works by Benefit year. Your benefit year started in April of 2010 and will end in April of 2011. You can collect 26 weeks of unemployment in your benefit year. So if you collect 13 weeks and then go back to work and then are laid of again before your Benefit year ends By law you would collect your weeks remaining from your first claim untill 26 weeks are gone or your benefit year ends whichever comes first.
Then you would have to reclaim again for unemployment for another benefit year. This is where it gets hairy, you must have enough weeks worked or earned enough money to qualify again for 26 weeks. It sounds like you have enough weeks to qualify but most times it is less money than your first claim unless you had a great paying job for your weeks worked.

You really need Congress to do another extention after march so you can claim EUC tier 1 benefits and not have to refill.

February 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm
(214) Kris says:

Thank you almost.

If Congress does approve the extension and I receive it would I still file for a new benefit year in April?

February 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm
(215) Almost Gone says:

Kris, it all depends on will you make more from your first claim or for the six months you worked. Take your gross of what you made working the six month temp position and divide by 3 then divide by 26 this would give you what your weekly benefit would be and then multiply by 2. This would be what you receive every two weeks. If it is higher than what you are receiving now re-file if it is less money hope for Congress to file extention so you can receive EUC.

February 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm
(216) Andrew says:

Just want to say a big THANK YOU to Almost Gone! I didn’t post a question on here but have been reading your responses to others. It’s been VERY helpful to me as well.

February 1, 2012 at 9:05 pm
(217) Almost Gone says:


Thanks, but all the thanks need to go to Alison Doyle for hosting this site and keeping us up to date on what’s going on in Congress.

February 2, 2012 at 5:55 am
(218) Murphy O"Conner says:

I agree with Crusader. I find it very odd when I have traveled around the globe and come back to our great nation, that there so much they are hiding. I find it even more odd that in other countries, when going to fast food restaurants they cook with natural products and even offer vegetarian dishes, even in Asia you go to KFC they use grape seed oil to cook the chicken, barely any salt is used to make the batter. The deep fryer is not filled with lard, they do not use fillers!!! They even serve vegetable soup & rice with every order. And to mention they only give you one small soda and one small thing of fries, you have to pay for more soda. Its no wonder they do not die over there or let alone get fat/obese like we do here! I also find it really odd when I look at deserts or chocolate bars, candy, etc. that theres no bloody artificial chemicals or no high sodium, etc. etc. etc.

So it really makes you wonder whats truly going on over here. TRUST ME ITS TRUE WHAT CRUSADER SAID. THEY WANT TO KILL US!


February 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm
(219) Concerned Beneficiary says:

Unless Congress passes the extentions, anyone receiving benefits whether you’re in the first or fourth tier, could see it disappear completely. That means that you’re not guaranteed to continue with your current tier even if you were told that you’ll have 20 weeks; it would just end after March 6, 2012. In order for us to have any chances of receiving extended benefits, we’d have to push our congress to approve the extensions without any barriers. The barriers that congress is proposing will cause more heart ache then necessary. One of which I don’t even think is fair; DRUG TESTING? I mean, what the hec! Maybe if employers wouldn’t be so darn picky about who they hire, we’d all be working by now. These employers either don’t want someone over 40 or don’t want someone with experience! When you think about it, that’s a lot of the reasons why older job seekers can’t find work. And, when a person, such as myself, tries to apply for an opening, I’m told I’m overqualified! So get Congress to hear us by sending them your response to keep our benefits going through 2012!

February 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm
(220) Karen :) says:

Drug test! Why the heck would they want us to do that. Whats the point of that. Congress is getting ridiculous.

February 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm
(221) Turk6 says:

Does anyone know when Congress will be addressing this issue again, and possibly deciding whether or not to extend the feb 2012 filing deadline?

February 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm
(222) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

It’s being discussed in Congress now. Hopefully, an extension will be agreed upon prior to the end of the month when benefits expire and it won’t go down to the wire like it did in December.

February 4, 2012 at 4:16 am
(223) Steve Blackburn says:

Also want to add a big thanks to Alison and Almost Gone for consistently providing us with this page and updates.
I’m in a similar boat to Concerned Beneficiary: I’m constantly being told that I’m overqualified for the s#!t jobs I apply for just to get by, but then told I don’t have enough “background” for the better jobs. I’m 32 with a BA and 12 years of management experience(full spectrum: retail, restaurant, office, customer service).

February 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm
(224) leah says:

I got a letter in the mail today saying that my EB benefits are going to end on Feb. 18, 2012 is that set in stone or are they trying to pass any bills by than that may allow me to continue to collect my remaining payments.

February 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm
(225) leah says:

I just received a letter today saying that my EB benefits wiil end Feb 18th 2012 is that set in stone or can I get the remaining weeks owed if there is a extension by senate made.

February 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm
(226) leah says:

Leah again I asked was the EB cut off date set in stone on Feb 18th 2012
I forgot to mention I live in michigan

February 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm
(227) Suz says:

My 26 weeks is about up. (will get my last state check 2/17/2012. Is there any lag time in receiving EUCor should I get the first check of the 20 week euc on 2/24/2012. I am (jobless in Idaho). Thanks!

February 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm
(228) robert says:

yea i saw in the paper today that michigan state officials announced friday that roughly 29,500 unemployed workers are scheduled to lose their jobless benefits this month. i guess its for the extended benefits program only. it says it dont effect people getting regular state level unemployment benefits which now last up to 20 weeks for new filers in michigan. and it also dont effect federal emergency unemployment compensation program which provides up to 53 weeks of jobless benefits.

February 4, 2012 at 5:34 pm
(229) robert says:

now after that said above^^^^^^^^^^ i been on unemployment since may 15 2009. and when i look back at all my claims and tiers they all say euc in the program column. none of them ever said eb-extended benefits. so does that mean i been collecting on euc the whole time and just have not gone to the eb program yet? i have 11 weeks in this tier now. im not sure if after these 11 weeks, do i get more euc? or do i go to the eb program, if there is one?

February 4, 2012 at 5:36 pm
(230) robert says:

for michigan residents!

i just read this on the uia site-

Although Congress passed and the President signed an extension of the expiration dates for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and Extended Benefit (EB) Programs through March 10, 2012, Michigan no longer meets the criteria to remain in the EB program.

Based on data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Michigan no longer meets the criteria to remain in the EB program. By law, when a state no longer qualifies for EB, there is a three week phase-out period after which no further EB payments can be made. Michigan will conclude its EB payable period with payment for week ending February 18, 2012. The EUC program remains unaffected by the cessation of the EB program.

February 4, 2012 at 7:51 pm
(231) Char says:

In other words, Michigan is SOL.

February 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm
(232) robert says:

lol, yea really! and what gets me is the paper today says michigan’s jobless rate fell to 9.3 percent in december the lowest in more than 3 years. it now has the nation’s 10th highest jobless rate. well that still seems pretty high to me! i mean a lot of company’s and people higher for seasonal work, like around christmas so thats probably why it dropped. but overall michigan is still hard to get work!

February 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm
(233) BandSlam says:

With many States to Follow.

February 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm
(234) katie says:


February 5, 2012 at 12:51 am
(235) tadoow says:

I have a question…I live in Tx,. And my tier 4 benefits expired th=e last week in Jan. What happens to me now? When i go to the TWC website it says that I would still need to file a weekly claim for the 1st week in Feb. I have not recieved any info in the mail about what happens after tier 4. I thought UI was for 99 weeks….I have 20 more weeks to reach that. What should I do?

February 5, 2012 at 12:52 am
(236) Steve Blackburn says:

Florida is still hovering right around the 10% mark(the state legislators celebrated that it dropped to 9.9% in Dec, not taking seasonal jobs into account). It obviously jumped towards the end of Jan, but I haven’t found the number yet. Yet, the EB program here runs out the first week of March if I’ve read correctly. When will these folks(that we sadly elected) realize that improving from ‘disastrous’ to ‘really bad’ doesn’t mean everything is hunky-dory now?

February 5, 2012 at 8:14 am
(237) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

The Department of Labor updates the states which are going to no longer qualify for EB here:

February 5, 2012 at 3:49 am
(238) Frank says:

Hey can any one help with a question. Im on tier 2 and will be done with that teir on 4/1/12 will I beable to go on to tier 3?

February 5, 2012 at 8:11 am
(239) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

If Congress doesn’t pass an extension of unemployment benefits this month there won’t be additional tiers of unemployment available. Hopefully, an extension of federal benefits will be passed. Congress is working on legislation now.

February 5, 2012 at 9:30 am
(240) JC says:

Excellent chance there will be no bill passed by the end of february – there are 11 republicans and 9 democrats on the conferee comittee negotiating and what will probably happen they will vote along party lines so the republicans will send basically the same bill back to the house and senate . It will once again pass the House of Representatives ( republican controlled) at the last minute (Feb. 29 ) and be defeated again in the senate which is controlled by the dems when they see that only 59 weeks is in the bill along with the other 2 items they don’t want the GED and drug testing. So be prepared for your benefits to run out real soon.

Here is a link to the conferee meetings – all 3 of them.


February 5, 2012 at 11:12 am
(241) Rob Dekota says:

Hay folks, it’s an election year…….

All these Politicians want to get re-elected so to make themselves look good and to keep their very soft and well paid jobs , they will of course Extend Benefits….

Not that they really care about the little man … After the elections, it all stops.

February 5, 2012 at 11:54 am
(242) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

I agree with Rob. I think benefits will be extended, hopefully without the drama that happened in December.

I don’t think either the House or the Senate want that kind of notoriety in an Election year, especially when their ratings are so low.

What I am not sure about is how many weeks they will extend. As of now, Republicans want to cut the maximum number of weeks.

February 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm
(243) robbie says:

Its not that hard to understand the 4 Tiers as they stand by themselves. And if the programs–EUC/EB are ended, whatever tier you’re currently on come March 3rd, is the last tier you will get(yes, you get all the weeks available for that tier, assuming you’re eligible for all weeks of that tier). I agree tho, that faced with reelection, Congress will again bite the bullet, and get these programs extended.

February 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm
(244) eric says:

The unemployment system is messed up. Unemployed workers used to get 26 weeks but now Snyder swooped in and cut it to 20 weeks. Doesn’t matter to him as he is rich and it’s not impacting him. in case he doesn’t know, that’s another month and a half of benefits for someone. I blew through the 26 weeks, Tier 1,2, and I’m near the end of tier 3. Tier 4 would carry me to the end of April and that’s it. Would have nice to get benefits on the EB program. The rate dropped a whole .6% in MI but because it dropped below the min requirement to keep the EB benefits now 30,000 will be out of benefits unless the Government steps in and changes it. What I don’t understand is how come they have a 4 year cap in MI on food stamps but yet Unemployment benefits are only good for 2 years?

Then in order to not file for a week or even two to save benefit weeks, you have to earn a certain income during that week or two to save weeks. So I would have to earn 445 a week part time in order to save weeks. It’s not as easy as people claim it is to go out there and get a job. A lot of companies won’t even hire you if you’ve been out of work for so long. I think it’s absolutely sickening that they will just pass us unemployed workers up. Even though the rate dropped a little in MI that doesn’t mean companies are hiring. They hire a bunch of seasonal workers and then dump them after Christmas. I think it’s sad. Only way for the economy to turn around as a whole is for companies to start making their products here in the United States instead of countries like CHINA!!! . They said if every American spent 60 bucks on American Made this past christmas, it would have created 200,000 jobs.

February 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm
(245) confused says:

Yeah they will pass the Extension for the rest of the year, thats my bet.

February 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm
(246) JC says:

To Confused,

Yes there is still a chance they will extend the unemployment insurance for a year BUT the key issue is how many weeks total will everyone be entitled too ? For instance – if they cut the number of weeks to 59 that means if you collected 59 weeks already or if you are on the last tier that leads to 59 you will no longer be able to collect benefits when you complete your current tier and most everyone else will only get 59 weeks total .

Here is a good article explaining what is going on:


February 8, 2012 at 2:42 am
(247) robert says:

i dont understan how i been able to stay on unemployment since may 15 2009? i mean im greatful for being able to. all my claims and tiers say euc in the program column. like i just got another 13 weeks a few weeks ago. but it says on my michigan benefit history page benefit begin year date 12/20/2009 and benefit year end date 12/18/2010. and regular ui-weeks entitled -26 and emergency unemployment insurance (euc) weeks entitled- 47. and when i click view prior claim info it says benefit year begins 12/21/2008 and end date 12/19/2009 and from when i was getting benefits from 6/11/2009 to 11/11/2009 it says ui in the program column. then from there until now it all says euc. like none of my claim dates are present dates. i guess because i had weeks left from another claim back then i used them up, then got more for a new claim. on this claim im on now dates from 12/20/2009- 12/18/2010 it says regular ui weeks entitled -26 and regular ui weeks remaining-0. then it says euc weeks entitled- 47 and euc weeks remaining-11. now will i get more after these 11 are up? since all my claims and tiers either say ui and euc, that means i haven’t went to the eb program yet correct?

February 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm
(248) confused says:

Robert, I think after you hit 99 weeks thats it for you..no more.

February 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm
(249) Confused says:

JC, Iam sure they will try that, but I think they will just extend it for the rest of the year……

February 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm
(250) BandSlam says:

In New Jersey the word on the street is no more EB after 3/10/12 and triggering off Tier 4 on 3/6/12 but you claim all 6 weeks of tier 4 if filled on or before 3/6/12.
So they might extend to the end of the year – tiers 1 – 20 weeks, Tier 2 – 14 weeks and tier 3 – 13 weeks for a total of EUC weeks of 47 + your 26 weeks regular claim for a total of 73 weeks.
Above is the discussion I had at the local work force unemployment office with about 25 people and 1 unemployment worker in NJ.

February 9, 2012 at 1:33 am
(251) robert umland says:

Could very well be, bandslam–EB is done state by state- and if the unemployment rate drops to a certain level in a specific state, the program ends.

February 9, 2012 at 10:36 am
(252) confused says:

You will just have to wait to see if there is another extension at the end of the month….My bet there is.

February 9, 2012 at 10:40 am
(253) PK says:

@Confused and Robert – The 99 weeks doesn’t really determine everything. If you happened to have a working time that qualified you to reset your Regular UE benefits then that reset your tiers. I was LO in 8/2009 and filled for UE but never drew because I worked again until 11/2009 and then got the official notice of being LO and then started my UE and have been on it ever since with only a few weeks laps in the middle that I wasn’t able to draw. So I am now over the 99 weeks and still have 10 weeks on my current Tier, so it all just depends on what you did during your 1st year after being LO / what field you worked in / what state you live in. I also know another person that was on UE that worked in the Auto field and they were on UE until after their new son was over 2 years old, so they even drew for over the 99 weeks.

February 9, 2012 at 11:11 am
(254) Bill Johnson says:

Why should we encourage the federal government to spend money it doesn’t have on unemployment benefits? I’m still looking for a job, but out of control government policies are what got us into this mess. Spending more money won’t solve the problem.

February 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm
(255) Mary says:

My last check from my 3rd tier will be on March 3rd. I have been calling EDD for 2 hrs nonstop but no luck on my side. I wanted to know if I will still be eligible for 4th tier? Does anyone know? I hope and pray for all of us that they grant and keep the 99 week extension.

February 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm
(256) BandSlam says:

Mary, you would be eligible for Tier 4 if your State had a unemployment rate higher than 8.5 for 3 straight months. If your state had a unemployment rate lower than 8.5 for 3 straight months Tier 4 would trigger off and you would not qualify. Also if your state qualifies for Tier 4 you would receive all Six Weeks.

February 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm
(257) Caroline says:

I am so confused. I am on Tier Two here in Michigan. I am told that I will not longer have benefits after March 4th. Now if Congress passes something will I continue to get all my tiers? I am not getting any answers from the MIGOV operators. I know we are here in MI no longer in the high unemployment states. Does this mean there is no hope for me as I will exhaust Tier two in March.

February 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm
(258) JC says:
February 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm
(259) Randy says:

I HAVE A Question im on UC it will be up by end of march so will i get tier one or am i screwed let me know and will they extend it again soon or no im confused thanks again

February 10, 2012 at 12:47 am
(260) BandSlam says:

JC, thanks for the links.

Both sides are just playing hardball right now, they will get closer in their differences the closer it gets to 3/6/12 – I don’t think we will get 99 weeks closer to 73 weeks in my humble opinion.

Randy, as of now no Tier 1 available after 2/26/12 and no Tier 2,3 or 4 after 3/6/12 but we will see what Congress can work out.

February 10, 2012 at 11:34 am
(261) confused says:

Yeah its hard ball time, but at the end it will pass….they want to cut it down to 93 weeks….

February 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm
(262) BandSlam says:

Confused, 93 weeks sounds great but it would be a miracle if EB survives (20 weeks). Congress is picking a bad time to play hard ball. But in a election year the Republicans want Obama to loose so they are trying to blame this whole mess on him. They figure if the extention falls then everyone unemployed will blame Obama and vote for Mitt Romney.

I would rather tie my dog to the roof of my car and turn tail to Canada before I vote for Mitt.

February 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm
(263) Mosh in CT says:

I just got some clarification from the unemployment office in CT. My tier2 benes are running out on 3/3/12 and I was told that I had to exhaust my tier2 benes by 3/3/12 to be eligible for tier3. If my benes ran out after 3/3/12 then I would be hosed with no more unemployment. I was told that it looks like Congress should pass an extension but nothing is set in stone at this point. If everything passes then I can get an additional 13 weeks but that’s it. Good luck to all!

February 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm
(264) BandSlam says:

Mosh, as long as your tier 2 is exhausted by week ending 3/3/12 and your Tier 3 is filled by 3/6/12 you will receive 13 weeks no matter if Congress passes a extention or not.

February 11, 2012 at 1:19 am
(265) Confused in MI says:

I have a rather interesting situation. I was unemployed in 2008, ran through my regular benefits and was on Tier 3 when I found a job. I was again laid off in 2011, ran through my regular benefits and was placed back on Tier 3 from my 2008 claim. My question is regarding the dates for the EUC deadlines at the end of February. I was led to believe that after I finish out Tier 3 and Tier 4 on my old claim that I could start Tier 1 on my 2011 claim. I exhaust Tier 4 from my old claim with week ending March 3rd, 2012. I exhausted my regular benefits from my 2011 claim with week ending 12/17/11.

Now I’m confused since it says you have to exhaust your regular benefits by Feb 25th to get Tier 1 and you have to exhaust Tier benefits by Mar 3rd to move to the next Tier, but I will be exhausting my Tier 4 benefits on Mar 3rd and needing to move to Tier 1 and not 2,3, or 4. (Most people going to Tier 1 are doing so from their regular benefits and not a Tier from a previous claim like I will be.) Will I meet the deadline in this situation?

Sorry if I confused everyone with my explanation. Thanks.

February 11, 2012 at 10:01 am
(266) BandSlam says:

Confused in MI, you can only get the weeks in each Tier claim once. For you to continue collecting EB needs to be extended.

Just imagine you get laid off and then collect 99 weeks then get a job for 20 weeks and then get laid of again. You can only claim 26 weeks when laid off the second time. If you could collect the Tiers again you could be on unemployment for almost 4 years and only worked 20 weeks in that time.

February 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm
(267) Confused in MI says:

BandSlam – That’s not true. I’ve read in different places on the internet of people who have been through the Tiers on one claim, established a new claim, and then were able to collect tiers on that claim as well.

Can anyone answer my original question 2 posts up?


February 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm
(268) BandSlam says:

Sorry Confused in MI, I hope you are right but the EUC program started on 7/6/2008 and has been extended a few times. The most you can collect on EUC is 53 Weeks since 7/6/2008 till 8/18/2012 when the program ends. If Congress extends the program you could still only claim 53 weeks or less till a later date.
I could be wrong but above info was received from NJ State Unemployment. I hope more people chime in with info.

February 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm
(269) BandSlam says:
February 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm
(270) Confused in MI says:
February 11, 2012 at 10:58 pm
(271) BandSlam says:

Good report about the EUC fix.

http://www.nelp.org/page/-/UI/2010/Final.EUC.Fix.QA.pdf? nocdn=1

February 12, 2012 at 8:44 am
(272) Mickey says:

I am new to unemployment and just filed for my last regular check. I am told about tiers and extensions but I am not on any. What do I do, I have been unable to get a job and people I know have been on unemployment longer than me are still getting unemployment. Am I supposed to contact someone for extension? Is there an extension for people who have never got an extension?

February 12, 2012 at 8:59 am
(273) JC says:

Unemploymnent extension talks are making progress – lets hope they can keep the extension closer to 99 then 79 and fix that outdated 3 year look back provision for the EB program.


February 13, 2012 at 11:29 am
(274) confused says:

Hmmm I keep reading they want 93 weeks

February 13, 2012 at 11:31 am
(275) pigboo says:

Hello all. Im from Michigan. I just claimed today. But have 3 weeks left on tier 3(will be one after payment clears) which means I will call Marvin for that last week before feb ends. My question …. will I get the last 6 weeks for tier 4???? This whole situation goes so far over my head. Im terrified im going to be out in the street in 3 weeks you know? Both me and my chances are outta work and I can’t imagine what I will do if its done. He gets no benefits and we have a baby. : ( please someone give me good news

February 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm
(276) BandSlam says:

Pigboo, good news if you use all your Tier 3 weeks before week ending 3/3/12 you would receive Tier 4 benefits. To receive Tier 4 benefits in Michigan the unemployment rate needs to be 8.5 or higher. The last report from Michigan is your unemployment rate is 9.2

Hopefully Michigan will continue the EB program but that is in Congress now and their should be a answer before the first week in March.

February 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm
(277) Troy.G says:

PSA about Michigan extended benefits.


I’m local artist who is in the process of making a documentary film about unemployed people, and the struggles they go though to find a job. I’m also unemployed my self.


Please take a look. Thank you.


February 13, 2012 at 4:57 pm
(278) pigboo says:

Thanx bandslam. Hope ur right. When I asked them, the answer is so gauge. Its irritating. Come on job call backs…

February 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm
(279) Sustanance says:

Ive worked all my life after graduation and what I’m looking at is a travesty. I hope they extend the entire euc/eb program so I can get all my money or I’ll starve and be on the street. Can somebody please refresh my memory on what fia does for most dislocated workers? Appeals and all?

Heres a secret. None of my tiers were put thru on one of my claims, and the wrong amount (almost nothing) was paid out on the regular state benefits claim of 26 weeks. See what happens when the kids are allowed to play around. Friends?

February 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm
(280) Andrea says:

Congress would be stupid not to extend benefits. The markets and the economy are finally starting to pick up. If they cut the benefits millions will be left with nothing this means we could end up back where we were a few years ago. Americans will not be able to pay bills including their mortgages so then their will be more forclosures all because of no income and the fact it is still incredibly hard to find a job. Yes, the unemployment numbers are getting better each week, but they are still nowhere where they need to be. I think congress needs to stop being so pig headed and focus on what’s important. And, not the fact that Warren Buffet pays less taxes than most Americans. Not for nothing with all his money even if he was only paying 2% it’s still a lot of money.

February 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm
(281) George says:

If congress does not re-up the EUC benefits, then several million people will suddenly drop off the unemployment books. This will have the effect of sending the unemployment rate down below 8%. Obama will claim credit for reducing the unemployment rate, strengthening his base. The couple of million people affected by the measure will blame the Republicans, also strenthening Obamas voting base. If the benefits are extended, then the millions of people will again look to him as the one who made the Republicans ‘cave’.

So, was this whole scenario a set up or what?

February 14, 2012 at 6:40 am
(282) JC says:

the last 2 posts by Andrea and George were great posts agree 100 %.

Also its obvious that most of these republicans have to be voted out of office in November – these peoples talents would be better served in another country NOT the USA

February 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm
(283) BandSlam says:

In NY/NJ 1010 WINS Radio is reporting that the Republicans wont stand in the way of the unemployment extention for the rest of the year but the Republicans wont fund it. What the hell does that mean?

February 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm
(284) BandSlam says:

Here is the post of what is going on with payroll tax cut & Unemployment.


February 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm
(285) fattcatt says:

I,m in tier 3 it runs out in mid march. I,ll I go in to tier 4 automatic or i,m I out on tier 3 . Is the goverment ready for all the homeless people this is about to happen to!!!! Like me very shortly if mine stop,s

February 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm
(286) JC says:

Bad Bad News for the extension of unemployment benefits – the Dems are ready to give in to the GOP and cut the max benefits to 63 weeks – this will stop benefits for millions of people very soon


February 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm
(287) fattcatt says:

So all unemployed are about to be homeless. If no unemployment extention is pass. what then are great goverment.We are fast becoming a third world county.

February 15, 2012 at 2:50 am
(288) N.W.O says:



Increase gas prices every 2-4 weeks
Increase your taxes
Create allllll jobs over seas
Have Everything Made In China ( Thats just for starts )
I want to create more factory work in India,Taiwan,Malaysia, and other places over seas to pay underage kids to make our products :

I will never make healthcare, all medicine will stay over priced and medicine prices will keep increasing every other month

Your minimum wage will always stay under $8.00 per hour, while everything else will increase. If you lose your home, its o.k to live in a tent with the occupy movement

I promise food prices will increase, let alone, soon I will limit what you can purchase. for example only 1 bag of rice, 1 bag of vegetables and one bag of fake beef, 1 load of bread per family per month.

Also in the upcoming event of all this, I will limit how many times you flush your toilet and limit how many toilet paper rolls you can buy.

I will keep granting foreign aid to our enemy countries, while all my people here will starve.
Soon by 2017, you will all be forced to be injected with a computer chip in your head or hand. If you refuse, you will not be able to shop or work.

Hows this sound so far? Will you vote for me? I hope so. Because hey, we N.W.O/Congress love you all. We care for you!

And remember folks, happy new years and happy Valentines! See you this November at the election. Never forget, Change is the ultimate slogan! And ya..Have a Nice DAY! :)

February 15, 2012 at 3:03 am
(289) VENTURA FAN # 1 says:

And Now I Bet Allllll The People That Crack Jokes About Jesse Ventura Are Reading His Books Now And Kissing His Behind Circle!

I Bet Allllll None Believers of Christ, Ventura & Other Open Minded Followers Alike Are Really Saying DANG, They Were Right All Along.

Yes Folks There Are No Conspiracies At All, Yes Folks There Is No God, Theres No Such Thing As A N.W.O, We Are The Best Nation In The World, Nothing Will Ever Happen To Us Here. Oh 911 Never Happened Either. I Get It Now… The Best Solution Is Just To Sit Here And Let The Whole System Rule Us All & Keep Worrying About Another Extension.



The Rest Of The World Are Laughing At Us Second By Second :)

February 15, 2012 at 9:48 am
(290) Trying to Understand says:

I’ve exhausted all four tiers and have been on EB since January 1 2012. How. How may weeks of EB can I receive? I’ve been looking EVERYWHERE for employment. I’m located in NC. How will reduction in weeks effect me? Thanks in advance.

February 15, 2012 at 10:23 am
(291) BandSlam says:

Trying to understand, sorry to bring bad news but as of now the last week you can claim EB is 3/10/12 – News of extention will be coming in the next couple of days or weeks. So we cant answer question of if EB will continue in your state. The most weeks you could have collected on EB was 20. Don’t know if that will change untill new deal is signed. Good Luck.

February 15, 2012 at 1:11 pm
(292) BandSlam says:

Time for my Slam.

If I am working and make 50,000 a year and they don’t pass the payroll tax cut I will lose 40 a week on my paycheck. Boo Hoo.

GET FREAKING REAL. For us Millions not working and having a hard time finding work do you thing we care about your 40 dollars a week.

You are working and can pay your bills while the unemployed are fighting everyday just to survive.

I think it is time for the working to help out your fellow man & women and help out. I thing it is time for the goverment to stop fretting about the payroll tax and put that money to unemployment.

I am over 50 and want to work but most jobs don’t want to hire someone over 50 when they can pay a young kid out of school for less.

February 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm
(293) cosm40 says:

I am currently in Tier 2 which is set to expire April 24th If I am not employed and still claiming EUC. I would have claimed a total of 59 weeks. ( 26 regular and 33 EUC ). If they reduce the week total to 63 would my Tier 3 be 4 additional weeks bringing me to the 63 week maximum, or would ibe terminated after my 59 weeks. Please can someone explain it to me i would greatly appreciate it.

Also I am hearring conflicting reports, some say they will reduce the maximum benifits to 63 , and others are saying 73. which one is correct??

February 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm
(294) BandSlam says:

Cosm40, You are in the same boat as all of us. Your question cant be answered until the extension is signed into law. So no one knows if it will be 99 Weeks, 79 weeks 63 weeks or less. We should know the information by the beginning of March.

February 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm
(295) confused says:

CNN just said 73 weeks if the dems go for that….who knows

February 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm
(296) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

I don’t think we’ll know how many weeks it will be until the deal is set (probably later this week), but I’m hearing that there will be a cut and the max will be 73 or 63 weeks depending on who is reporting on it.

February 16, 2012 at 12:45 am
(297) Hopeful Extension says:

Well some of the wording says it will be reduced to 73 weeks by the end of the year. So hopefully they will step it down slowly or allow those who can get 99 weeks collect it by the end of the year and then step it down. To be honest either way I’d rather have a job! So if they could send those back to America that would be nice *cough *Cough.

February 16, 2012 at 12:50 am
(298) Hopeful Extension says:


‘The maximum number in states with the highest jobless rates would be cut from 99 weeks to 73 weeks by the end of the year, according to aides in both parties. ‘

February 16, 2012 at 10:47 am
(299) dennis says:

My state benefit money is due to run out in the first week of march 2012 . Does this mean i am just gonna run out of money and get kicked to the curb and lose everything i have because im going to have to pawn everything for rent money!!!!! Are there any extra weeks for me in this bill.?????

February 16, 2012 at 10:49 am
(300) JC says:

the deal as reported is

everyone gets 89 -99 weeks through May
79 weeks through August
starting Sept 1 it goes to 73 weeks in states with unemployment rates 9% or greater and 63 in the remaining states. They were saying that 36 states qualify for the 73 weeks after Sept 1. The big question is did they determine these states already or is it the unemployment percentage as of Sept 1

This is a terrible plan for anyone who gets cut to 63 weeks sept 1 –
I doubt very much if there will be enough job creation by then to make sure most people don’t have to be unemployed more then 63 weeks…..

February 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm
(301) cosmo40 says:

So under the current deal, the reduction to 63 and 73 (high uneployment states) weeks would gradually be reduced and wouldn’t happen immediately starting march 1st, Is that correct?

February 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm
(302) Diane says:

Pls., can anyone answer this question for me?? I am from NJ and have only a couple weeks left on tier 4 on my first claim. I also have a second claim since I was on unemployment for 11 months back in ’09 and then worked 11 months but then AGAIN lost my second job back in 2/11. I collected for 26 weeks on the second claim.. and then started the tiers from my first claim. SO…will I be able to collect on my second claim (which I collected for 26 weeks) for another 50 weeks after my tier 4 ends on my first claim? I am so confused and can not get an answer.

February 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm
(303) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

As far as I understand it, the plan is to gradually reduce benefits so that unemployed workers won’t suddenly get cut off. My guess is that if you are on a current tier, you should be able to continue, at least, collecting that tier of benefits. However, if the tiers are cut back, then you may not have another tier to move on to.

Again, this is a guess, because the legislation isn’t finalized and until it’s passed and the President signs it, things could change.

February 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm
(304) Diane says:

Thanks for your feedback Alison, I guess I sounded confusing, but I’m not wondering about a Tier but instead info on a second claim. Do you know how that works…are we allowed to collect benefits from a second claim if we lost two seperate jobs with a year of working between the two claims?

February 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm
(305) fedup-confused-hopeful says:

Maybe im a bit slow at grasping the concept of the cut in EUB, so here’s my question : if someone is currently on tier 2, and set to run out April 24th, does that cut from 99 to 63 by September 1st affect them? I mean,people currently on their second tier, what does it mean that in may their benefit weeks go down from 99 to 89? Im having a hard time wording my question! It states that thru may, people will get 89-99 weeks,in August it falls,and September,as well. So if in may,im starting my 3rd tier,do I get the full 89-99 or will I end up with 73 or whatever they cut it to in August, for the rest of. The year? Or is this for people who start a claim by may,or August? Im confused as to who is affected! If in may im eligible for 89-99, come August, am I then only eligible for 73? And cut down to 63 or whatever they decide ,come September? I’ve used up 36 weeks thus far. Mid April, id start 3rd tier. So can someone who can even comprehend my question, explain how this works? If its how I think it works, ill be ok thru Sept, and by then,if they cut the weeks down to 69 or 59, id lose my benefits? Im hoping ill have a job long before then,but since may of 2011, I’ve applied for over 200 jobs.

February 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm
(306) BandSlam says:

The Radio in New Jersey is reporting that the Payroll Tax Unemployment Extention will be voted on on Friday and if passed Obama will sign off on it the same day.

February 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm
(307) Larry says:

Under the new unempolyment extension, will I still be able to finish
out my FED-ED extension in california. I am on my 5th week of
20 weeks.

February 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm
(308) Karen says:

Ive been reading n no website is the same.. What where the things that they put in the deal? I know it was a reduction of weeks, also a drug test, and what else? Does anyone know?

February 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm
(309) JC says:

the only way this deal will not hurt the unemployed is if there are many more jobs created in the next few months which is very unlikely. Going from 99 to 63 weeks in a short period of time will just put more strain on other parts of the system because many people will use up the 63 and have to apply for other government programs – welfare , food stamps etc for help….

February 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm
(310) GOOD*NEWS**** says:

Here you go guys,the latest update…. really had to dig,but its accurate. Ilk post another with detals about the tax cut and unemployment changes…


February 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm
(311) GOOD*NEWS**** says:

Congress clears payroll tax cut deal By Josiah Ryan -02/17/12 12:16 PM ET The Senate on Friday approved a conference report that includes an extension of the payroll tax break, sending the bill to the White House where it is expected to receive a signature from President Obama. Passage of the report marks the end of a bruising fight that began late last year over how to extend the popular tax cut that has become a hallmark of Obama’s jobs agenda. H.R. 3630, easily cleared its 50-vote threshold in the Senate 60-36 and would extend a two-percentage-point payroll tax

February 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm
(312) GOOD*NEWS**** says:
February 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm
(313) PorscheFanatic says:

More updates:

Hope this helps. =)

February 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm
(314) PorscheFanatic says:
February 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm
(315) kljack says:

With the good news of Congress passing the extension, does anyone know how it will effect the state of Michigan? I have 3 weeks left of my original claim and am hoping to file for the Tier 1 benefits.

February 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm
(316) missy says:
February 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm
(317) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Here’s a summary of the changes, including the changes to each tier of benefits:

February 17, 2012 at 4:04 pm
(318) Kevin says:

If I’m reading this correctly, since my tier 2 benefits run out at the end of February, (I live in tennessee), this would mean that I would move to tier 3 (13 weeks) since the current law is still in place, and after that I could move to tier 4 (another 6 weeks). So I have a total of 19 weeks remaining.

However, my state also retains the option of another 20 weeks based on an unforeseen hike in the unemployment rate?

Do I have this right?

February 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm
(319) joblessincalif says:

so does this mean it pushes the dates up, to file for the tiers?

February 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm
(320) BandSlam says:

Kevin, you are right but it looks like the EB might be gone by September. I have seen that to qualify for EB after Sept your state needs to be over 10% so Tier 4 will go from 6 to 10 weeks in Sept. If your state is 9% or higher.

February 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm
(321) mistyclark42 says:

I am in Dallas, Tx. and I ran out of EUC tier 4 on Feb. 4,2012 will the 10 month extention benefit me or not?

February 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm
(322) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Here’s more information on how the tiers of extended unemployment benefits will change starting in June:


February 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm
(323) 4ml says:

BandSlam… where are you getting your info on the tiers going from 6 to 10 weeks after sept,

I don’t see that info anywhere.

February 17, 2012 at 7:35 pm
(324) BandSlam says:

4ml, Click on the link that Alison posted on post 317. Chart has Tier 1 going to 14 weeks in Sept. And Tier 4 going to 10 weeks in Sept only if unemployment rate is over 9% in your state for tier 4.

February 17, 2012 at 7:56 pm
(325) 4ml says:

Thanks BandSlam…. What happens if your tier 3 ends in Sept. at 73 weeks. Will you still get a tier 4 ?

February 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm
(326) BandSlam says:

4ml, If you are collecting EUC Tier 1 benifits now you could collect up to 79 weeks.

February 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm
(327) 4ml says:

Thanks BandSlam…. and good luck to you on getting a job and out of this mess.

February 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm
(328) Hopeful Extension says:

So heres a question. I’m in California. I will hit the EB tier in April for 20 weeks. Once I start the tier will I be able to complete all 20 weeks if the Unemployment rate changes. In other words once I start EB am I locked in for the 20 weeks or can they reduce it?

February 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm
(329) BandSlam says:

Hopeful Extention, California has the one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. You will receive all 20 weeks of you EB

February 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm
(330) 4ml says:

BandSlam….I’m also in California… would my tier 4 be 6 or 10 weeks ?

Thanks in advance.

February 17, 2012 at 9:05 pm
(331) Hopeful Extension says:

Ty for your response. I am a bit worried I would even qualify for EB because of the 3 year look back rule. Which states that not only does the last 3 months have to be above 8%, but also the current rate has to 10% higher than it was 3 years ago. Apr 2009 unemployment rate in CA was 10.9% which means it would have to be 11.99% to get it in April.

February 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm
(332) Hopeful Extension says:

Using the Factsheet link that Alison Doyle provided above I think I found my answer.
Throughout this period, the Extended Benefits (EB) program, which provides a
maximum of 20 weeks of benefits after an individual exhausts EUC would
continue under current law, phasing out as a state’s unemployment rates improves
in comparison to three years ago.
From March through May – The level of unemployment insurance benefits
continue equal to an extension of current law, and high unemployment states
losing benefits under the EB program would get an extra 10 weeks. Between 89
and 99 weeks of total unemployment benefits available in high unemployment
states between the EUC program and the EB program.

According to that I would get an additional 10 weeks after Tier 4 if I don’t qualify for EB.

February 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm
(333) BandSlam says:

Hopeful Extention, if your Tier 4 ends before May 31, 2012 and EB is triggered off – your Tier 4 would extend from 4 weeks to 16 weeks. But it would be a surprise if EB is trigger off in Calf.

February 17, 2012 at 9:24 pm
(334) stormchaser977 says:

I am in Missouri and am currently on Tier 4 until late March, which says that in order to get on the next Tier (State EB 20 weeks), my tier 4 would have to be exhausted by Feb 18th…..Does this new law mean that I now can get onto State EB after tier 4 runs out in March? If so, would I be locked into the 20 weeks or would it be less? I saw something about 10 weeks….This stuff is all just really confusing….I appreciate the help! Thanks!

February 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm
(335) Hopeful Extension says:

Bandslam Ty again for your reply. My tier 4 would end April 14th. I too hope EB isn’t turned off in Ca.

Stormchaser977, It could be that Your state will be switched off after Feb18th. The 10 weeks you speak of is for people who would not qualify for the EB. Its an additional 10 weeks thats added to your tier 4 benefits in that event. From my understanding it only applies if your tier 4 runs out after the first week of March. As these new rules seem to apply after the last rules expire. But I could be wrong. See Alisons factsheet link above for more info.

February 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm
(336) BandSlam says:

Hopeful Extention, your reply to Stormchaser977 is correct.

February 17, 2012 at 10:04 pm
(337) stormchaser977 says:

Hmmm…Ok…I just looked again under the current law, before the updates today and it says that State EB last payable day is March 10th…..I wonder what that means exactly for Missouri….I wonder if they are going to bring State EB back now because of this or just give everyone 10 more weeks….so confusing…..Here is the chart from the Missouri website: They haven’t updated it yet….


February 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm
(338) BandSlam says:

Stormchaser977, EB in Missouri will probably end but you would qualify for 10 extra weeks on Tier 4

February 17, 2012 at 10:21 pm
(339) BandSlam says:

Stormchaser977, unemployment also needs to be 8.5 or higher in Missouri to qualify for the extra 10 weeks of tier 4

February 17, 2012 at 10:29 pm
(340) stormchaser977 says:

Oh, that is a major bummer if that is true! Missouri says it is at 8.2……Are the extra 10 weeks considered part of tier 4?

February 18, 2012 at 2:10 am
(341) randy says:

got a question my uc is up at end of march so since this passed will i get tier 1 i just didn’t no thanks for helping

February 18, 2012 at 3:02 am
(342) Hopeful Extension says:

Randy , If you go all the way to the top of the page and click on Alison’s link (unemployment extension fact sheet). It will help answer lots of questions. From what I see you will qualify for tier 1. Now Weather you will qualify for tier 2 will depend on the unemployment rate of your state at that time, The qualifications for tier 2 change in June according to this fact sheet.

February 18, 2012 at 9:54 am
(343) sara says:

hello, i live in pa & am on my tier 3 benefits (only 3 tiers in pa) tier 3 will end march 24th or 31st …is Pennsylvania eligible for extended benefits…what is all of this trigger on/trigger off? confused & i really need to know if after march i can receive ext. ben. looks like congress just passed some extensions & says it will stay in place thru end of may..do you know if PA is eligible for state ext benefits? cannot seem to find anything current on their site? thank you……SARA:)

February 18, 2012 at 12:03 pm
(344) jayee says:


February 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm
(345) BandSlam says:

Sorry Sara, the last tier in PA is the Third. To qualify for Tier 4 the unemployment rate needs to be 8.5% or highr in your state and as of Dec of 2011 the rate in PA is 7.6%

February 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm
(346) BandSlam says:

Sorry jayee, this new extention will not extend EB benefits in Michigan. It goes by the Unemployement rate in your state from now compared to 3 years ago. If your unemployement rate is worse now than 3 years ago EB would continue. It looks like for all States EB will be gone by end of summer.

February 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm
(347) kahn Wynn Tn says:

I was laid off on Feb 3. 2012 and I’m getting ub in 26 weeks. so will I get the extention benefit after that ? Please give the answer. I’m 63 years old now

February 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm
(348) kahn Wynn Tn says:

I was laid off on Feb 3. 2012 and I’m getting Unemployment Benefit in 26 weeks. So will I get the extension benefit after that ? Please help me to get the answer! I’m 63 years old now.

February 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm
(349) BandSlam says:

Kahn Wynn, it looks like your 26 weeks of regular unemployment will end in August. Then you would Qualify for EUC Tier 1 20 additional weeks. You would collect till Jan 2013 Good luck in finding work.

February 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm
(350) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Here’s more information on the changes that will be implemented in unemployment:


What’s important is that in addition to cutting some weeks from some of the tiers, is that tier 2 is now tied to a state’s unemployment rate and the state unemployment rate qualification for tier 3 and 4 has been increased.

However, there will be no changes until May, so unemployed workers collecting state benefits that will expire between now and the end of the year will be eligible for extended benefits. Unemployed workers collecting extended benefits will be able to move to the next tier based on the new guidelines.


February 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm
(351) Andy says:

Benefits are lower, but at least something is better than nothing. Fortunately I live in a state with lower unemployment than the national average, but feel that is unfair that those unemployed here get less weeks of UI just because our state performed better.

February 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm
(352) Nadia says:

What does the unemployment extension mean in Florida.. I am about to finish tierIV and I was told that I was eligible for 1 week of EB benefits this was last week so this mean I am entitled to my full benefits now

February 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm
(353) BandSlam says:

Nadia, after you receive your 1 week of EB the EB program will trigger off in Florida. That means no more EB payments but starting in March your Tier 4 benefits will expand from 6 weeks to 16 weeks so you would receive 10 more weeks of benefits.

As of March the unemployment rate needs to be above 8.5 to qualify for the 10 extra weeks of Tier 4 Benefits. Florida’s unemployment rate is 9.9 so you qualify.

February 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm
(354) Nadia says:

Thank you so that means they will add 10 more weeks and add more money to the account. I am sorry I am just confused

February 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm
(355) BandSlam says:

That is correct Nadia. Good Luck.

February 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm
(356) Nadia says:

Thank you very much…Its been very hard because even with a teaching degree I still can not find a job here..and when you call Unemployment they do not have answers for you at all

February 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm
(357) Kahn Wynn says:

Thank you so much BandSlam. I hope TN will do exactly as you give me the answer. Appreciate your help. I’m looking a part-time job to pay my bills first.

February 18, 2012 at 5:39 pm
(358) Todd says:

I’m in pa on my second tier. It says I need to run out by march 3rd to go to the next tier. My tier doesn’t run out till the week after. Will I be able to go to tier 3??

February 18, 2012 at 5:55 pm
(359) BandSlam says:

Todd, PA has not updated there site yet you are looking at the old information. You will qualify for tier 3 due to unemployment rate needs to be above 6% in PA and the rate is 7.6 So you will receive 14 weeks. Click on Unemployment fact sheet at the begging of web site to see chart.

February 19, 2012 at 2:12 am
(360) ScrewPA says:

Mike^^^^^^^+1………Hopefully I could get a straight answer here. I live in PA and am on tier 3. The last day I could claim is March 11th. PA does not have tier 4 so I would be moving on to EB benefits. The problem is that the last payable week for EB is showing March 3rd. Under the new extension, it shows under tier 4 that if your state is losing EB, it would add 10 extra weeks onto tier 4. Here are my two question: Since we dont have tier 4, do we lose the extra 10 weeks? I only ask as PA Labor shows we are done with EB as of March 3rd. Also, the fact sheet for the new extension says that all states qualify for EB. Does that mean that the EB deadline for PA will be extended past March 3rd? I really hope I could get a straight answer about this cause the jobs are scarce here and its eating me inside not knowing what the future brings. If its over, the only thing left is unlocking the gun cabinet cause I’ll be dead anyways……

February 19, 2012 at 6:49 am
(361) JC says:

everyone here should use the official chart to determine how many potential weeks of unemployment insurance they have left. Just scroll down in this link. You also have to keep track of your states official unemployment website to see what your current unemployment rates are in the future and what tiers have been triggered. You also should get a calendar and keep track of what week number you are on in your tier and calculate where you will be when you finish and start a particular tier to get a good idea of future benefits available to you.


February 19, 2012 at 8:54 am
(362) BandSlam says:

Sorry ScrewPA, you would not qualify – to receive Tier 4 your State needs a unemployment rate of 8.5 or higher. As of Dec 2011 PA unemployment rate is 7.6

February 19, 2012 at 9:37 am
(363) EGenyus says:

In NY, benefits started 2/7/11, currently shows 60 weeks with Tier 2 ending in April. How many total weeks would I get now?

February 19, 2012 at 9:49 am
(364) BandSlam says:

EGenyus, Tier 3 is 13 weeks you would get 73 weeks total. To receive tier 4 unemployment in NY needs to be 9% or higher. As of now unemployment rate in NY is 8%

February 19, 2012 at 9:51 am
(365) EGenyus says:

Thank you. So no EB would be available, even if Tier IV is not?

February 19, 2012 at 10:18 am
(366) Dan says:

I was laid off from a job in one state and then moved back home to another state. I am drawing Unemployment from the state where I was employed, but when I become eligible for the Extended benefit, will the calculation of benefits be determined on the state in which I was employed (and paid benefits), or on the state in which I now live?

February 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm
(367) leslie mcguigan says:

I am trying to find out about the unemployment extention I am supposed to loose unemployment (EB) on the week ending of February 18th but do I get an extension and if so dose anyone know how long?

February 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm
(368) JC says:

I think instead of folks askng how many weeks they are getting and then getting a potential wrong answer – read this and figure it out yourself

everyone here should use the official chart to determine how many potential weeks of unemployment insurance they have left. Just scroll down in this link. You also have to keep track of your states official unemployment website to see what your current unemployment rates are in the future and what tiers have been triggered. You also should get a calendar and keep track of what week number you are on in your tier and calculate where you will be when you finish and start a particular tier to get a good idea of future benefits available to you.


February 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm
(369) BandSlam says:

Well said JC,

The only think on the chart that I am confused over is if I am collecting EB now and it ends in Feb do I go back to Tier 4 and collect the additional 10 weeks in March if my state unemployment rate is 8.5 or above. I would imagine so.

February 19, 2012 at 7:32 pm
(370) bjhilde says:

I have been reading all of the posts, and just want to make sure I have this correct. My state benefits (ohio) will end the week of March 19th. Will I qualify for the federal extension benefits? According to the previous legislation I would not, but it seems that with the new legislation I should qualify for them????

February 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm
(371) BandSlam says:

Bjhilde, did you look at the chart that JC has linked in his post #368 ? Take a look at it and then come back and let us know what you don’t understand.

February 20, 2012 at 2:51 am
(372) Revolutionist2012 says:

Laid off for the first time back in Sept. 2008
Re-hired- 2010
Laid off – End of 2010
Re-Hired- Close To Mid 2011
Laid Off- Near End of 2011 ( LOL )
Current & Presently: LAID OFF! UNEMPLOYED!

Since 2008 all that happens to me is hired, lose, hired, lose, now again cannot get hired worth a S**t. I was very lucky to even land any type of work these last 4 years. They say its getting better, I kid you not its worse now. Their unemployment rate number completely a lie to make the government,president,congress look better. All this is a lie and a joke.

Speaking of jokes: what makes me laugh more is their excuses. How in the bloody hell would our country get worse or bankrupt so they say if they keep giving unemployment benefits. Its not free money at all. All it happens is, for example: My state pays me, then it just goes right back to them! LOLLOLOLOL IDIOTS really.

Some people say, what do you mean? Simple, they pay me benefits. Which is 9000000 times cheaper then to give me what I was making at my past jobs. I used to get paid $14 to $ 28 per hour, doing factory work and other jobs. Law enforcement/Security work etc.

I now only make $160.00 a week, which is a big kick in the nads compared to before. So allllll my benefits is going right back to the economy and to the unemployment state workers office. Because every penny I use now is for bills, insurance, food, gas, etc. Hell all I have now is a motorcycle.

February 20, 2012 at 2:52 am
(373) Revolutionist2012 says:


Joke really, its all a joke, all a lie. Yet we sit here letting them rule us and scare us all.


February 20, 2012 at 4:21 am
(374) SAT says:

I’ve been collecting UIB since August of 2010. It seems like the only thing I use my computer for these days is look for employment. I’ve sent out so many resumes. 85% of the time I never receive a reply. How will the lastest congress extension affect me. I feel that because of my age [61] who’s going to hire me.

February 20, 2012 at 6:31 am
(375) Frank says:

Hey can someone answer my question please. Still not sure but I run out of my tier 2 on march 21st is my last check will I beable to go on to tier 3 after that date?

February 20, 2012 at 8:16 am
(376) Nadia says:

Just got off with Florida unemployment they said even if your on Tier IV you dont get an extention and there will be no EB benefits

February 20, 2012 at 9:23 am
(377) BandSlam says:

Nadia, I thing today is a State holiday and unemployment officers are closed. But if they are open then they wont have updated there info yet on the new extention that has just been signed on Friday. So any unemployment office that people call this week probably wont have any information on the new extention till next week. So just look at the chart JC has linked in post #368 that has the new extention and what it means. You are intitled to 10 weeks in Florida with new extention due to your state unemployment rate is 9.9 and needs to be over 8.5 to qualify.

February 20, 2012 at 10:09 am
(378) BandSlam says:

Everyone should read this it will answer all your questions of what new extention means.


February 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm
(379) Christine says:

First, Alison thank you for keep the unemployed up to date on extension and unemployment and thanks to JC for the tier extensions update.

Cutting the number of weeks in this economic climate is a travesty. The number of jobs created is not even close to pre-recession numbers and I’m amazed at the propaganda that older workers are now being hired. (I’m computer literate with strong project management and customer service background and I’ve had no inquiries (much less job offers) although my background is posted on LinkedIN.

By the end of the 2012, there will continued stagnation and decline in some areas. My weekly benefit amount is spent on food, utilities, and rent. This political ploy creates a hardship for many (despite all the hype going around that the economy is improving and that we are being hired — pure progaganda). It’s my opinion we are entering a new economy of which many of us, based on skills, age etc. have been purged from the job market. EXPERIENCE MEANS NOTHING IN THIS ECONOMIC CLIMATE!!!!

February 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm
(380) Nadia says:

I just got this from The director of unemployment in Florida which is good hope
Governor Scott has asked the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to respond to your recent email regarding Extended Benefits. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is responsible for the administration of the Florida Unemployment Compensation Program.
On Friday, February 17, 2012, the United States Department of Labor Secretary Hilda L Solis released a statement in regards to unemployment benefits. “I am pleased that congressional leaders have extended both unemployment insurance benefits for the long-term unemployed, and the payroll tax cut that is critical to so many working families
The extension also introduces innovative measures that were included in the American Jobs Act, which provide flexibility in use of unemployment benefits to help the unemployed get back to work. Today’s bill includes additional funds for re-employment services and funds to avert future layoffs. Moreover, the extension provides flexibility for the unemployed to get training, short-term employment or set up their own business
President Obama has already announced that once he receives the bill to extend the unemployment benefits that he would sign it.
Our records show you have $289 in available credits on Tier IV Emergency benefits. Once the bill is signed into law you and you have exhausted your Tier IV Emergency benefits you will be able to apply for Extended Benefits and the system will add $3,565 to your claim.
The department will post the information on our web site once the bill is signed into law and we receive the information from the United States Department of Labor.

I hope this information is helpful.

Barbara Dickey

Benefits Services Specialist III

Federal Reporting & Support Services


February 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm
(381) Randy Ruiz says:

I just really want to know MY Tier 1 benefits don’t exhuast until the second week of april.. with the new law do i get until May to be elgible for Tier 2 because right now it says to be eligible all my funds should be exhausted by March. Can anyone please help me before I freak out

February 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm
(382) BandSlam says:

Nadia, see I told you that you qualify for the extra weeks. Unemployment officers across the USA will be hard pressed to give out information on this extention untill this bill is signed into law and they receive the correct information of what the extention means. Plus the new info needs to be put into there systems so everyone needs to be patiant.

February 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm
(383) BandSlam says:

Randy start freaking out. When I tell you yes that your Tier 2 benefits will start in April once your Tier 1 benefits are used up. You don’t beleive the chart supplied at beggining of web site but you would beleive me a nobody. Everyone just needs to be patient for State unemployment offices to receive the info on the new extention and undated there web sites.

February 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm
(384) Nadia says:

Thank you BandSlam I actually had written the governor because I was one of the lucky teachers that were laid off in Dec 2010 and I wrote him on Saturday I was really surprised with the quick response…I will keep everyone updated with Florida laws also..

February 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm
(385) Christine says:

To SAT – Using the Internet for job search is helpful — but networking and reconnecting with former colleagues (if possible) landed me an 11 month temporary assignment. Rarely was I contacted by a company I submitted my resume to online.

February 21, 2012 at 7:06 am
(386) Frank says:

Hey can someone answer my question please. Still not sure but I run out of my tier 2 on march 21st is my last check will I beable to go on to tier 3 after that date? thanks in advanced

February 21, 2012 at 8:20 am
(387) BandSlam says:

Frank, to qualify for Tier 3 your State’s unemployment rate needs to be 6% or higher to receive 13 weeks and your Tier 2 benefits must be $0.00 before May 31, 2012.

February 21, 2012 at 10:49 am
(388) Silky says:

To bjhilde in response #370…I am also collecting UE in Ohio and exhausted my Tier 4 on Feb 4th. When I go into the ODJSF website and look at my personnel acct., it went from zero weeks to 20 weeks when my Tier 4 was done. I will collect my first 2 weeks of EB today. I’m still unsure though if Ohio is in a high enough unemployment bracket to still be able to qualify for the total 20 weeks. Our UE rate has been falling and there are other states with much higher percentages. Once Obama signs the bill, I think it’s in the Governor’s hands to determine how many weeks of EB Ohio can get. Everyone in the UE office will give you a different answer. I think from all I read EB will at least be till the end of May. I hope this helps some and doesn’t actually add to the confusion.

February 21, 2012 at 11:20 am
(389) Tony says:

I have looked at the charts and I am still confused. I have called my local ESC office and they say they do not know anything about an extension. I live in NC and my Tier 2 will run out the first week in April. Can you help me with what I will have left after this? Also, my weeks are cut each tier, on tier 2 they said I would only draw 11.5 weeks instead of 14. I don’t understand. Please HELP!

February 21, 2012 at 11:50 am
(390) BandSlam says:

Tony, to move to Tier 3 in April your State needs to have a unemployment rate of 6% or higher. As of December 2011 NC unemployment rate was 9.9% so you would qualify for Tier 3 benefits.

As for your weeks getting cut back the only way to get a answer on that is from your unemployment office. Could be many reason’s from amount of weeks worked before laid off or how much money you made before your lay off.

February 21, 2012 at 11:52 am
(391) JC says:


according to the chart you will be able to collect Tier 3 in April since NC’s unemployment rate is well above the 6 % level

here is the chart again – scroll down in this link to see the chart


February 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm
(392) Tony says:

Then will Tier 3 be the end or will I qualify for Tier 4 and how many weeks will tier 4 be ? Also, will they cut be off after 73 weeks? I can not find a job anywhere and things are not looking any better in NC

February 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm
(393) BandSlam says:

Tony, Below information copied from tiers of unemployment benefits 2012 link supplied and authored by Alison Doyle at begining of tread. I ALSO POSTED LINK IN POST #378. Please read it explains everything.

EUC – June, July & August

Tier 1: 20 weeks

Tier 2: 14 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 6% or higher

Tier 3: 13 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 7% or higher

Tier 4: 6 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 9% or higher

February 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm
(394) Anthony says:

Howdy, Im in New York and on Jan 8th 2012 have finished all 26 weeks of NYState Unemployment.
Im currently in Tier 1 which lasts 20 weeks and end in mid May 2012.
Will I be able to go into Tier 2? Can some some answer this as I am not having any luck with The New York State Labor Help Hotline.
Thank you

February 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm
(395) joblessinca says:

According to the Calif EDD website, updated Feb. 21st, the exrension has NOT passed as of yet.

February 21, 2012 at 7:39 pm
(396) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

It has been passed by both the House and Senate and President Obama is expected to sign it this week. It will become law, once the President signs it. Here’s more information:

February 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm
(397) BandSlam says:

Anthony, please use chart JC has linked in his post #391 and it will answer your question.

Joblessinca, that is true it has been agreed upon but still needs to be signed into law by Obama.

February 21, 2012 at 11:57 pm
(398) MR.T says:


Whats this b.s they keep talking about fool? Keep changing our lives for the worst, keep changing the rules and cutting off our great peoples benefits just to eat. I outta slap you in face and bring ya back to you mamas house and show you some PAAIIIINNNNNNNNNNN!

I contact the unemployment office all the time, they haave no clue what I”m talking about. They have no clue what they are going on about, saying there is no new laws. I been cut off my tiers and my damn balance reduced. I’m lucky to even buy me a steak to eat. Goin back now to Ramen Noodles and $1.00 XL-Burritos from the damn Wal-Mart.

I never heard or seen 26 weeks of benefits, when I got laid off from a job working over 8 years. They only gave me my first balance of $2900.00. Gettin paid barely $170.00 a week. Do the math SUCKA that does not come close to 26 weeks. Got no tiers left, been cut off. I don’t know why. May be its because they call me the T-Man. No and I aint no transexual sucka. Time to act now, time to make a stand, whos with me? LETS BRING EM SOME PAIIINNNNNNNNNN!


February 22, 2012 at 3:15 am
(399) Randy says:

got a question my reg uc is up middle of march will i get tier 1 i keep reading so many diff answers thanks again

February 22, 2012 at 3:55 am
(400) MUGEN50 says:


I get the same thing, theres lots of different answers because of different state rules/laws. And the dang congress/government/states keeps changing the rules and do not want to help their own people.

So to answer your question: Depending on your state, usually if your state is above 7%-8.5% unemployment rate, you should be able to continue with your tiers etc.

All I do man, is just keep claiming and applying for work. Its all we the people can do. Don’t over stress yourself and as mentioned just keep up with your claims, check your balance etc.

If all else fails, some times the system makes a mistake and you have to make a new claim. I had the happen to me twice now. Where the damn computer system messes up my balance, due to the dang state laws keep changing and not upgrading their computer system. You would think you have no money left, so all I did was make a new claim and try to contact your workforce office by phone or email.

Good Luck out there! All this is B.S!

February 22, 2012 at 9:57 am
(401) GoogleRulesMan says:

OK I’am from NYC, and my 26 weeks of Regular UI Benefits ended in the last week of January 2012. I got a letter from The Dapartment In the middle of January stating that I am 100% eligible for extended benefits, I just have to keep claiming every week.
Well this is week 4, and I have bills over due plus I still need books for college.
Any body knows how long I still have to wait

February 22, 2012 at 10:11 am
(402) JC says:

The reason when you call the states unemployment offices and they say no law has passsed yet is because it is not law yet. The Prez has to have his big pre -election signing ceremony at the end of this week to sign it in to law – don’t expect any web sites to be updated til next week some time at the earliest..

February 22, 2012 at 11:16 am
(403) RockSolid says:

I receive my benefits from Texas but live in Kentucky. Texas is below 8.5% but Kentucky is higher, what state’s rules do I follow since I am trying to find a job in Kentucky, not Texas.

February 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm
(404) Leila says:

I live in New York City. As of right now, I am receiving my 26 weeks of benefits. Since Congress recently passed the bill to extend the unemployment, for 2012, will I be eligible to receive this extension?

February 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm
(405) BandSlam says:

GoogleRulesMan, when your 26 weeks of regular UI unemployment ended in Jan you should have gone onto EUC Tier 1 20 weeks under the 2 month extention that was signed at the end of December 2011. If your are not receiving tier 1 yet you need to go down to your local unemployment office. Don’t call on the phone you would just get bounced around you need to go down and demand to speak to a supervisor.

February 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm
(406) Brad Sizemore says:

I am in NC. My fourth tier benefits ended as of last week. I did not receive any letter regarding whether I would qualify for EB or not. I called the unemployment office today to inquire regarding this, A very helpful lady told me that she would process the application for EB, and for me to call back tomorrow to check the status of that. No where on the NC website does it clearly explain that you must call in and request this. I had assumed that the Tier four benefits would automatically roll over to the EB benefits if I qualified. This is the process for all of the other tiers. Had I not called I would have never known that I had to! I just wanted to let others know that this is the process. Has anyone else found this out?

February 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm
(407) TEE-TEE says:

i was on extended benefit in michigan.They trigger it off.do i qualify for the 10extra weeks they just passed.so confused.can someone please give me a answer.i would be very grateful

February 22, 2012 at 9:31 pm
(408) Kahn Wynn says:

Hi BandSlam !
I did filed the UB two weeks ago. So how long does it take to approve my claim and I can get $ to pay my bills ? As the lady at the office in TN tell me that I have to wait from 4 to 6 week. Is that a correct answer ?
Appreciate your answer.

February 23, 2012 at 11:30 am
(409) Pat says:

The extension is passed and while it is available it is great. But what happens when it is all gone? Do the jobs magically appear at the end of the extension. Uh…no! Actually I think it’s called an abyss. A place where once you enter there is no end in sight. Just as scary as the words ‘You’re job has been eliminated’.
Being just 17 months from Social Security is like being stuck between a rock and a hard place.
I can go to school for anywhere from 9 to 18 months and learn a trade, or continue to apply for either full or part-time work that won’t turn me down because of my age. They don’t say that, but what else are you supposed to assume?
And when did it become harder to apply for a job in person than to apply over the internet? And whatever became of the ‘thank you for your interest in working for us, but..’ letter? Even a form letter lets one know that someone out there at least opened your application and glanced at your name and address.
Unemployment is not like living on easy street? It barely keeps your head above water. By the time you finish paying your bills and buying food there’s nothing left to speak of.
When we run out of benefits and are still unemployed they are no longer counted so it makes the numbers artificially deflate.
Being unemployed is a lousy feeling. Those few who were lucky enough to make it out probably spend a lot of time looking over their shoulders for that pink slip.
This is not living. It’s just plain ugly. Look out abyss, here I come!

February 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm
(410) Jenny says:

Hi Alison,
I live in MN and my Tier 1 EUC benefits will be exhausted on May 28th, 2012. Will my eligibility to move to Tier 2 EUC benefits be dependent on MN unemployment rate?

February 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm
(411) stuckinNJ says:

This report helps out. It spells out what the extention means to those who don’t understand the chart.


February 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm
(412) Jenny says:

Thanks. I had called my local MN office and they had told me that the ability to move to Tier 2 would depend on the state’s UE rate. According to the chart, (as I can read the chart, but just wanted a second opinion), I qualify for Tier 2.

February 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm
(413) stuckinNJ says:

Twice give it a rest.

I have a question, when does the unemployment rate for each state come out. Is it every month or every quarter. The last one I can find is Dec 2011. Will new numbers come out in March 2012 and then again in June 2012?

February 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm
(414) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

The information is updated by the federal government weekly:
If you scroll down the page, you’ll see a section called “Choose a Weekly Report” and there are reports on both the EUC and EB Trigger Notices.

February 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm
(415) bob88 says:

I got a question i live in pa my uc claim is up end of march will i get tier 1

February 24, 2012 at 2:09 am
(416) Shay says:


February 24, 2012 at 7:05 am
(417) JC says:

I don’t understand why people still are asking individual questions for their situations in their home states after we have posted the charts several times that outline the changes. You are asking to get wrong information if you don’t look at the chart yourself and fiqure out where you stand.

February 24, 2012 at 11:47 am
(418) Califperson says:

You are all wrong, calif edd website just updated..said it was cut to 93 weeks instead of the 99 weeks. when did this 63 weeks come from?

February 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm
(419) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

The 93 weeks are what benefits are now in CA. Additional reductions starting in June and continue in December, both changes in tiers and increases in the state unemployment rates. As others have noted (thank you!) your benefits will be determined by the state you collect benefits from.

Here’s more info:

Also, there’s a note on the last 20 weeks on the EDD chart which clarifies:
* In order to be able to continue to file and pay FED-ED extension benefits, California’s unemployment rate must meet a certain threshold. As long as California continues to meet the unemployment rate threshold, California will continue to be able to file FED-ED extensions through the effective date of December 30, 2012.


February 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm
(420) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

As an example of how complicated this is, here’s a chart from NYS will updated information for NY:

And for all states, this is what is going to make a difference, as well: Also, benefits under EUC Tiers 2, 3 & 4, and under EB take effect only when the 3-month average Total Unemployment Rate meets required levels. (See chart below). ** .

The best thing to do is to keep checking your state unemployment website for updates, because there are so many qualifying factors.

February 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm
(421) JC says:

Califperson – thats why everyone should go over the chart and look at where your states unemployment rate is because every state is different this time around – and you have to keep track on what tier you are in and exactly whenyour benefits end for that tier – need a calendar to calculate

February 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm
(422) stuckinNJ says:

Califperson, The reduction to 79 or 63 weeks depending on state starts in June 2012.

February 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm
(423) angelo says:

I have only been on unemployment since september in new jersey. my initial claim only has 500 dollars left. I called today to ask what happens next and the woman said that the last day for an extended or (tier 1) benefits claim to be filed is feb 26th 2012. Since I can’t claim the remaining 500 dollars til after the 26th it looks like I’m screwed unless congress passes something. It doesn’t make sense. That means there is a person out there who was laid off a week and a half before me and they will be able to put in their final claim before the 26th and they will be fine, but I won’t? I don’t get it. Does anyone have any input?

February 24, 2012 at 10:16 pm
(424) stuckinNJ says:

angelo, Congress has already passed something. Go to the top of this website and read what Alison Doyle has written on the subject of the 2012 extention.

February 25, 2012 at 6:07 am
(425) JC says:

The Payroll Tax bill was signed into law on Wednesday February 22. The states should have received all the details from the federal government by now and I would assume they will have all of this information on their website.by next week at some point

. Also I find it amazing that so many people collecting benefits have no idea what has been going on and don’t try and keep up to date with how the legislation effects their benefits. Well they better start now because the new legislation is much more complex and if you don’t keep on top of where you are in your tier , what quarter your tier ends and your states unemployment rate you may find your benefits end in the future without warning and you will be unprepared.

February 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm
(426) Searching says:

2/25/2012-I have really found no information on how this thing regarding unemployment extensions are going to work. There are sites for California, New York, etc. however Georgia’s own Dept. of Labor is totally confused about what is going on. Isn’t that kind of crazy. Sure, it has info for the 2 month extension, but none for the latest approve bill. I know because I called and all I got was smoke blown up my A$$ and sent around in circles because nobody knows what is going on with this thing. Come on guys, lay in out there. Let Us know. Hopefully I wont have to use the extension much longer due to the fact that , like the majority of people unemployed, i’m looking HARD for a job. But let us know something!! Atleast update the gdol site!! Thanks

February 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm
(427) JC says:

you can fiqure it all out yourself if you look at the chart provided here and know yourstates unemployment rate and have a calendar to figure out where you are in whatever tier you are in – not too difficult

February 26, 2012 at 5:41 am
(428) Still Seeking says:

Here’s a thought..Is employment really on the rise? Or has the umemployment stats been reduced because of those stll seeking
employment ran out of benefits.

February 26, 2012 at 8:28 am
(429) deselected says:

All of us unemployed people can thank the republicans for cutting unemployment benefits. Maybe we should stick together and not vote for any republicans and show them that we matter and can still vote.

February 26, 2012 at 9:33 am
(430) KinNJ says:

Still worried and confused. I’m in NJ, on tier 4. Which will end, I believe, March 10th, same day of EB cut off. Am I elligible for EB? UI hasn’t changed anything on there web site. I just can’t seem to get an answer anywhere and if you call the ue office they can’t answer you and are nasty. If they hate their jobs so much, i’ll take one. Also i’m presently in school thru DVR, so that I can better myself and get a job. I was not eligible for ABT, because I was fired, so I didn’t get that extention. There are people who have been on unemployment for 4years there, how are they getting extensions and we are not. Allison can you please find an answer for me.

February 26, 2012 at 9:59 am
(431) stuckinNJ says:

KinNJ, it looks like EB is ending in NJ on 3/10/12 so tier 4 will go from 6 to 16 weeks. When you call your local office they cant give you a answer for something they don’t have. It will take all UI Offices some time to receive paperwork of new extention and understand what it all means. It should be early March before UI offices and web sites will give correct info.

February 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm
(432) KinNj says:

Stuckinnj…Where is this information and what do I do March 10th.

February 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm
(433) stuckinNJ says:

KinNJ, At the beginning of web site look for Here’s more information on the changes and read the two links. It has all the information about the new extension.

February 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm
(434) Carlos says:

Hi there,
I have been claiming the regular 26 week unemployment and my last unemployment check will be in March 5th. I don’t understand the tiers or the Extended benefits but I keep calling the Florida unemployment office and they keep telling me that my last check is going to be on March 5th, which i don’t understand since It is my understanding that Congress and Obama approved de Extension of Benefits throughout 2012 . Anyone please care to explain me this situation and how what could i do to keep getting the unemployment benefits since I cannot find any jobs yet.
Any help or tips would be appreciate it


February 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm
(435) daveNJ says:

The notice regarding 3/10 EB ending is old. The info on the NJ site hasn’t been updated since the last extension back in Dec. The bill signed by Christie has an automatic trigger that gets pulled if the Feds extend again (as they just did). I expect new info to appear soon.

February 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm
(436) NS says:

My understanding is that the tiers will remain the same until the end of May 2012 and in June will start being reduced. If you are already on a tier before the end of May and the unemployment rate falls below one of the new levels established for that tier will you be allowed to finish that tier? Also read on one of my local sites that you might not be able to receive the maximum amount of benefits even if you qualify…depending on the unemployment figure and your state regulations. Does anyone know about this?
Also my understanding most states will drop off of extended benefits at the state level, SEB, by spring or summer of this year. Are the new rules that a state must have a three month average of unemployment in 2012 which is 10 percent higher than the unemployment rate for the same three month period in 2009 to qualify for this?

February 27, 2012 at 3:09 am
(437) ScrewPA says:

KinNJ and DaveNJ…..I have the same scenario in PA with the Extended Benefits(EB) ending March 10th. I know its old info on our state websites but all the talk on here is details mainly about EUC. People need info on EB just as much as EUC. The following is what I found…Can someone explain this………..

Based on legislation passed by congress and sent to the President for signature, states that have linked the expiration of their EB TUR trigger and their three year look-back legislation to the termination of 100% Federal sharing for EB will continue to be in an EB period.

And this……

The governor of Pennsylvania signed into law the three year look back provision. Please note that with the data released on January 24, 2012 their three month average, seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate (TUR) of 7.9% has fallen below the level necessary to remain “on” in a high unemployment period (HUP) in the EB program. Therefore starting February 19, 2012, the maximum potential entitlement for claimants in Pennsylvania in the EB program decreased from 20 weeks to 13 weeks.

February 27, 2012 at 9:50 am
(438) daveNJ says:

ScrewPA, I’m not sure about PA. The NJ rate has been 9% and higher for a long time. We’re still one of the remaining “hard hit” states for EB. I think you’re in the same boat as Michigan though.

February 27, 2012 at 9:53 am
(439) daveNJ says:

After a quick glance, I’d assume the your EB would continue beyond 3/10 but be cut down to 13 weeks based on the look back period.

February 27, 2012 at 10:16 am
(440) stuckinNJ says:

If worst comes to worst and EB ends in PA & NJ we would still get the 10 extra weeks in tier 4 from 6 to 16.

February 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm
(441) JC says:

stuckinnj – in order to receive tier 4 in NJ from march – may the unemployment rate has to be 8.5% or higher – right now its 9 % as of Decmeber and expected to fall

February 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm
(442) stuckinNJ says:

Thanks JC, NJ is in the higher unemployement rate of 9% but PA is much lower at 7.6 so PA would not qualify for 16 weeks if EB is triggered off.

I am trying to find a report that has the weekly report of NJ unemployment rate but only find the 3 month average report for Dec 2011. So will the next 3 month average come out in March 2012. Where is Jan & Feb rate?

February 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm
(443) daveNJ says:

Still 9% as of the end of Jan.

February 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm
(444) Karen says:

I wanted to know how long does it take to start your 1st extension?.. Im in Ca and I know I qualify because they already told me. Can anyone help me with this question? My 26 weeks are up on the 11th of March.

February 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm
(445) stuckinNJ says:

Karen, This is how it worked in New Jersey. When I claimed my last 2 weeks of regular 26 weeks of unemployment by computer it came up with a message BENEFITS EXHAUSTED our records indicate that you may be eligible for an extended benefit claim. A claim will be filed for you. You will be notified by mail of your eligibility and the date you should next claim.

I took less than one week to receive my notice of my tier 1 benefits and I did not miss any weeks of benefits.

In CA I don’t know if your local office files for you or if you need to go down and file yourself. Do not use any of the websites on the Internet saying they will file for you. It is a scam.

February 27, 2012 at 6:50 pm
(446) Karen says:

Oh well thank you Stuckin Nj.. EDD told me after im done with my 26 weeks that there going to file it for me and that ill get a letter in the mail. I just wanted to know how long does that usually take

February 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm
(447) Hopeful Extension says:

Karen I am also in California. It took about a week to get a new claim form for each new tier. I have found the fastest way to get paid from a claim form is using EDD web cert usually the next business day after you file you get the funds. Heres the link for that . http://edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/EDD_Web-Cert.htm
With it being only a week to really get a claim form I haven’t really seen any lapse in getting paid as forms come bi-weekly anyway. Also if you do the web cert you can see a claim form online often before you even get it in the mail. Best of luck to you.

February 27, 2012 at 10:31 pm
(448) UnemployedEngineer says:

At the beginning of this article you state, “Update February 23, 2012: Congress has passed legislation continuing federal extended unemployment benefits through 2012. President Obama has signed the legislation into law which means that state unemployment websites should be updated with details in the near future.
Current unemployment benefits will remain in place until May. Then the number of weeks of extended unemployment benefits will gradually be reduced to 73 weeks in states with high unemployment and 63 weeks in the other states.”. I am on the EB “Extended benefits” in Illinois (high unemloyment) until July of this year. Are you saying that my EB support will not stop or change until May of 2012? Honestly this whole picture needs quite a bit of clarification. I hope to receive yours. Thank you.

February 28, 2012 at 9:18 am
(449) bald dog nj says:

I come to this site often.Allison why do you post messages oldest to newest.For me I would rather see the new posts at the top of the site not at the bottom.Each time you must arrow down to the bottom to read new posts.Seems backwards to me ?

February 28, 2012 at 9:57 am
(450) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

That would make sense, but I’m sorry have no control as to how the messages post.

February 28, 2012 at 11:32 am
(451) Nadia says:

Does anyone know when the Unemployment offices will get their information posted I have called the Florida offices and they are clueless of what is going on…They tell me that I have no idea what I am talking about

February 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm
(452) HarryOH says:

I am 5 weeks into EB in Ohio. I am expecting Ohio to be “triggered” OFF after this Friday’s Jobs report. My question is, Once if on the EB is turned off – will I be able to get my remaining 15 EB weeks?

February 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm
(453) lolangels7 says:

PA is clueless about what the federal government has done to extend unemployment. The only state that I can see that seems to have their act together about the current changes is new york state-yeah to new york. If you are looking for information about euc my suggestion is to go to FAQ’s on their unemployment benefits website and they very CLEARLY spell out the changes in EUC and EB. Please catch up PA, maybe you can call the state of New York to get on the ball!!!!!

February 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm
(454) lindakay says:

I live in Ohio and have just been told that my job will be eliminated sometime between April 1st and no later than Oct 1st, 2012. So I will be applying for benefits between those dates. I know it’s never better to be laid off, but based on the new law, wouldn’t it be better to be sooner rather than later? If I am laid off on Oct 1st, wouldnt I lose out on extended benefits (State and Federal)? I am just trying to figure things out, because I am close to Social Security age. Any comments would be appreciated.

February 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm
(455) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Hi lindakay, You may, or may not, lose out on extended benefits. It depends if Congress extends them again for 2013.

The other fact to consider is that some of the tiers of extended benefits are determined by the unemployment rate in your state, so there isn’t a guarantee that you would collect all 4 tiers of unemployment, regardless of when you lose your job.

Here’s more info:http://jobsearch.about.com/od/extended/a/unemployment-tiers.htm

It also depends on whether you need to find another job before retiring. There is discrimination against older workers, so if you are going to be job searching, it will be a challenge.

And still another factor is what about health insurance coverage if you’re laid off?

Sorry not to be able to give you a definitive answer, but it’s complicated.


March 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm
(456) Brandee says:

So I’ve read all posts, checked Oregon site, called the office, and yet still have questions. My tier 4 ends last week of march, unemployment office said at this point their eb cut off is April 7 ( but is always changing) asked her if I would qualify for eb, she said she didn’t know and that I have to call back end of March.  All the charts and links I read point to either yes on EB for an extra 13 weeks, or if eb is cut then an extra 10 weeks ext on tier 4. But I cannot get anyone at the employment office to confirm.  Sorry but can anyone please clarify for me?

March 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm
(457) Joe Smith says:

Does any body know the consequences of not claiming a week
due to not being available for work due to sickness or vacation?
For example, if I am currently collecting benefits but will not claim the past week will I be able to claim benefits for subsequent weeks, or will the benefits be totally discontinued?

March 1, 2012 at 6:07 pm
(458) southpawww says:

My sisters uneployement ended on 2/26/12 she was receiving unemployment from a job that she worked for 6 months. So she was receiving a very little amount. But now she received the determination of entitlement to emergency unemployment compensation letter. But now she is going to receive about double the amount than before. However she said that initially she didn’t qualify for unemployment from that employer for some reason. What should she do?

March 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm
(459) brown says:


March 2, 2012 at 6:37 am
(460) kimmiebruce says:

I’ve been checking the NJ unemployment web site daily since the President signed the extension until law, but it has not changed. Does that mean that NJ will still trigger off EB on March 10? No answer at the unemployment office, unfortunately!

March 2, 2012 at 8:52 am
(461) JC says:

Unbelievable and unacceptable that states have not updated their web sites

March 2, 2012 at 10:22 am
(462) stuckinNJ says:

JC, it gets worse when you call your local unemployment office they talk to you like your crazy and there is no extention. IT IS UNBELIEVABLE.

March 2, 2012 at 11:39 am
(463) daveNJ says:

I just contacted my local NJ office regarding the 3/10 cutoff.

Here’s the deal:

The local offices don’t get the info ahead of time. In fact I was told that you might see the update on the site before the local office is even aware of it. They’ll get an e-mail with new info — then the site is updated — or in reverse order.

The advice I was given is to continuing claiming beyond 3/10 as normal (if their automated system allows you — which it should). The rep I spoke with said that his supervisor told him to say that to those who called asking about the extension.

The take home point is to claim through their system (online or phone) as normal beyond 3/10 — if it allows you. If you’re blocked for some reason, you’ll receive something in the mail within in a few days explaining your particular situation.

March 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm
(464) Karen in Maine says:

Could someone help me please. I have 2 weeks left on my regular unemployment. I’ve called the Maine unemployment office and they tell me I don’t qualify for renewal under Tier 1 or any other tier because the president has not sign the bill for extention. I beg to differ. that bill was passed on the 24 and according to this site and what I’ve heard on TV the President has signed the bill. Could anyone give me some help and advise on how to go about getting an extention for Tier 1 Please. I don’t have a job like so many others. I’m not asking for much just a little help and guidance on how to get an extention. Pleas help someone out there!

March 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm
(465) daveNJ says:


Extended Unemployment Insurance Benefits to Continue
On February 22, 2012, President Obama signed The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (H.R. 3630). This federal legislation extends Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits and allows for Emergency Benefits (EB) funding through December 2012. Additionally, it incorporates other significant changes and additional requirements to the program.

The legislation does not include any additional weeks of benefits. But, it does extend the current filing deadlines. The new law extends federal benefits through January 2, 2013. All federal extension benefits will cease, no matter where individuals are in the process, with the week ending January 5, 2013.

More program details will become available once the U.S. Department of Labor issues their program guidance. We will update our website when this direction is received.

March 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm
(466) Kinnj says:

Well I went to the UE office today, my tier 4 will be ending March 10, I’M NOT eligible for EB benefits because I was disqualified from ue (meaning I was fired and punished for 6 weeks before I could collect). As far as I know there are no more extentions for me, not an extra 10 weeks on tier 4 either . Don’t know what i’ll do. Anyone have any insight on this or should I just take their word for it. Going no were fast in NJ!

March 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm
(467) JC says:


don’t you know it takes a couple of weeks for the horse and buggy mail delivery to make it up to Maine from Washington DC with the letter describing the new unemployment law oh wait its not 1860 anymore – but it sure seems that way…

March 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm
(468) unemployed RX Tech says:

I am currently on EUC tier 1 in Colorado, I should be automatically moved on to tier 2 before the end of March according to info. found on this site. However, the CO unemployment EUC info. site says that I must run out of tier 1 benefits by March 3, 2012 to qualify for tier 2…??
This makes me extremely upset. Right now I am totally reliant on my continued unemployment benefits.
I was relieved to see the guidelines for the tiers under the most current law, but totally confused after checking and seeing that the state of CO doesn’t seem to have a grasp on the new guidelines for EUC tiers, or update their website info. correctly!
How is it that the unemployment extension just recently passed in Feb. for EUC tiers in 2012 by Congress and the President is such a ‘HUGE news-breaking event’ that the state of CO’s unemployment office is so incompetent in getting info. in a timely manner, or updating the web info. correctly!!?
I am in total disgust that these people; (Ellen Golombek – Executive Director of CO unemployment, and Cher Haavind – in charge of Gov. Policy, Legislation and Public Relations at CO unemployment) are actually employed, undoubtedly making fat salarys with gov. benefits attached, but yet continually prove to be incompetent slackers that obviously care very little about actually doing a good job for the citizens of CO.
Is there an entity that exists that can force the CO unemployment office to get it right?? Help!!!

March 3, 2012 at 11:50 am
(469) Jody says:

I can’t seem to find this answer anywhere online or on my state’s department of labor site. Could someone please tell me what the TUR (True Unemployment Rate) has to be in order for a state to keep receiving SEB Unemployment? I have searched and searched but can’t get a real answer to this question. Thank You so much, by the way if it helps I’m a Resident of Georgia.

March 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm
(470) ChrissyOH says:

I am currently collecting OHIO EB which in December was sent a notification that I was eliglble for 24 more weeks. Then they said we were cut off March 10 2012 no matter what unless we were extended again. I am sooo confused. Now on the Unemployment website it states Unemployment Benefits Extension Act of 2012
On February 22, 2012, federal legislation was enacted that extends the deadlines for the federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program and the federally funded State Extended Benefits (EB) through December 2012. However, no additional weeks were added to the programs. Does this mean I get to finish my 24 weeks out??? Any help out there please let me know I am just confused. I will try calling Monday but anyone knowing more then me please respond. Thank you

March 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm
(471) Eric says:

I live in Michigan and I emailed the unemployment office and the response I got back was there were no more extensions available because federal extensions expire march 10th. I thought that Obama signed the extension? I then saw on the sheet about the weeks that tier 4 is 6 weeks if the ui rate meets it. Otherwise it said that it is 6 weeks and if extended benefits are not available then it would be 16 weeks? It seems as if the ui offices are not kept up to date. I am on tier 3 with 5 weeks left so shouldn’t I be able to collect from tier 4?

March 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm
(472) daveNJ says:


I’m not up on the OH situation thought. But the “no additional weeks” line in the update refers to the total amount of weeks available in these programs from the start — i.e., it doesn’t mean you’ll get more than you were anticipating pre-this-bill.

In simplest terms — you’ll get to keep collecting beyond 3/10 as normal. Whether you’ll max out the full 24 depends on the OH unemp rate. See the link to the chart below.


March 3, 2012 at 7:57 pm
(473) Hali says:

So if my exteded benefit year ends oct, 27, 2012 will i recieve my benefits until then, or will my benefits stop in may?

March 3, 2012 at 11:37 pm
(474) Randy says:

I need to know my uc is up at end of this month i live in pa will i get eb tier one or not someone explain this please thank you

March 3, 2012 at 11:49 pm
(475) HarryOH says:

Randy: YES, the way I read the new rules, you should get tiers 1, 2 and 3 (47 weeks) for sure – plus – 6 more weeks of tier4 only if Pa’s unemployment rate is higher than 8.5%.

March 4, 2012 at 12:21 am
(476) Randy says:

HarryOH does it have to be 8.5 to get tiers 123 or just for the extra 6 weeks and thank you so much

March 4, 2012 at 1:11 am
(477) HarryOH says:

Randy: I think you will get tier1 (20 weeks) and tier 2 (14 weeks) if it is above 6% at the time when you begin tier2.

As for tier 3, which you will begin sometime after September, you will get 9 weeks if the rate stays above 7% when you start tier 3. (Sorry,I forgot that tier 3 drops to 9 weeks after September).

I don’t know if they will cut you off after December 2012. Do the math to see how many weeks of tier 3 you will lose if they do cut you off at that time.

Check this link to verify what I have stated.

March 4, 2012 at 3:12 am
(478) Randy says:

HarryOH thanks alot

March 4, 2012 at 10:14 am
(479) AdrienneNJ says:

I am currently collecting Tier 2 EUC in NJ after filing 3/6/2011. I went to file for my benefits this morning & received the following message:
“The benefit year on your unemployment claim dated 03-06-2011 has expired. No unemployment benefits are available to you at this time.”
I had qualified for an additional 13 weeks last month, & as of my last filing for benefits, there absolutely was still funds in my account. This has definitely caught me off guard & I don’t know what to do. Has anyone else experienced this? Can I fix it with a phone call? I would really appreciate any advice, as I suddenly appear to be without income.

March 4, 2012 at 10:23 am
(480) daveNJ says:


Sounds like you first filed for unemployment about a year ago, right?

If that’s the case, you just need to call. When your anniversary comes up, they make you call in so they can re-verify all your info. Then you can pick right back up.

March 4, 2012 at 10:30 am
(481) AdrienneNJ says:

Yes DaveNJ, 3/6/11 is the date of my original claim. I will call tomorrow & see if that straightens everything out. Thank you SO much for your quick response. It really helped me to feel better…I was in a panic. Have a great day!

March 4, 2012 at 10:42 am
(482) daveNJ says:


You’ll be fine. After you answer a few basic questions, they’ll unlock your claim. But expect to wait forever on hold on a Monday.

March 4, 2012 at 11:59 am
(483) Diane in NJ says:

PLEASE…Does anyone know if NJ is extending their tier 4( 6 weeks )to 16 weeks since we are off EB??I can not get an aswer and my 6th week in tier 4 is up this Friday the 9th.??

March 4, 2012 at 12:41 pm
(484) daveNJ says:
March 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm
(485) Diane inNJ says:

That post says that EB ends Feb 11 for NJ.

March 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm
(486) daveNJ says:

Where? You mean this?

“Extended Benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending February 11.”

This just means “as of Feb 11, these states still get EB” — it’s based on the unemployment rate in the state. The last time it was officially evaluated was Feb 11.

March 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm
(487) Diane in NJ says:

O,thank you, thats great…sorry I have been so confused with this.

March 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm
(488) Dee in Michigan says:

So I am just finishing up my first state benefits of 26 weeks. I need to know if I am eligible for Tier 1 because if I call the UI agency they tell me there is no other benefits. I am trying to figure out why they are not telling people correct info when its all over the news that Obama has extend the benefits. So I guess If someone can give me clarification in the state of MI will be helpful. Does Mi not qualify because the benefits have expired, but I think the unemployment rate is 9.9.

March 4, 2012 at 5:26 pm
(489) JC says:

I suggest that everyone with a computer open this link and print it out. It has the complete details of the new unemployment law and it applies to every state.


March 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm
(490) confusued in michigan says:

Thank you for that previous link. I am still confused. My tier two ends on March 10th. Will I still get the additional 13 weeks? I have tried to follow this link but it is confusing. Thank you in advance and when I call MI unemployment they cannot tell me anything.

March 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm
(491) stuckinNJ says:

Confused in Michigan, what is so confusing about chart? Tier 3 says if your state unemployment rate is 6% or higher in March, April or May you qualify for 13 weeks.

March 5, 2012 at 8:54 am
(492) JC says:

Forgot to mention – in that chart you will also need a calendar so you can accurately calculate where you are in what tier and its critical that you know what your states latest reported unemployment rate is..Also you have to keep on top of all this info or you could be in for a surprise at the last minute that your benefits in the future will be ending sooner then later – it has become obvious that the states can not keep their sites updated with the latest info until after the fact


March 5, 2012 at 10:16 am
(493) Warhola says:

Hey JC……i appreciate your info but quick question for you..my calculator on hte new york state website says i have only 75 weeks ..im at 65 right now..when i hit 73 i am eligile for eb but the website says i only get 2 weeks ofeb…The site also says eb will only be payable at least unitl may 13 2012…thats 75 weeks for me…will it extend eb after that and i will be able to claim the rest of eb(usually 20 ) weeks…or not?/

March 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm
(494) Mike says:

Can anyone please help me, i been collecting unemployment insurance in New York City since 04/10/11. About a month ago or so i ran out of regular unemployment and emergence unemployment kicked in which i recently exhausted last week bringing my balance to 0.00.

I went to claim my weekly benefits again today and everything went through but it still shows 0.00, meaning my account did not replenish with additional funds. I really do not know what tier i am in and with the recent 2012 extension where i stand, any insight would be much appreciated?

Also, i have tried every number available and cant reach anyone, if someone could provide a contact number to actually reach someone in NY that would be great.


March 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm
(495) Tompk says:

Alison:Thank you so much for being their to give straight,knowledgable
answers,because as Im sure my NJ brothers & sisters know at least in my county how pathetic the UI office is.You cant get them on the phone
and if you go in person,most employees look at you like your from Mars
if you ask a question,or give contradicting answers.Enough venting!
Of course there are no specifics on the NJ web site about the Feb 22 Obama Bill. My question is : I am on EUC TIER 1 which will end wk ending March 31.Since before, the bill EUC program ended March 6 ,I was told I couldnt continue to Tier 2.Now that according to the bill EUC will be now be continued through 2012.Will I automatically be put on TIER 2 on 3/31 when TIER 1 runs out?NJ UE % is 9.1

March 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm
(496) D-day says:

Michigan unemployment benefits for EUC are (as of certification today) still on the last leg: This is the last check for Tier 1, and 1 more week of benefits for next reporting period for Tiers 2-4. EB is still dead in the water as of Feb 18th, so some very hard days ahead for those of us with EB left that is suddenly no more. Hope this changes and quick!

March 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm
(497) confusued in michigan says:

I called Michigan unemployment yesterday and the lady stated all that they are waiting on is for confirmation so that they can put it on the state website of continuation of extended tiers 2,3,4. And on the website right now and as of yesterday it confirmed that the law was signed into effect the extension of unemployment and to continue calling Marvin as usual and look for further updates.

March 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm
(498) D-day says:

Confused in MI, does that include continuing EB too? Or does the trigger off stay in effect?

March 6, 2012 at 10:03 pm
(499) confusued in michigan says:

I am not sure on extended benefits. I am sorry I do not know. I would suggest calling tomorrow and asking, it takes a little bit to get through. I wish you you luck.

March 7, 2012 at 10:53 am
(500) Hil Minstein says:

Kentucky State Unemployment site does not have current info. It still say the benefit run ou in Janury 2012

March 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm
(501) confused in michigan says:

I was ending tier 3 by March 6 and I can find no info requarding how much more federal euc benefits I am qualified for in Michigan, and on the michigan site there is no new info regarding what is going on..I find this totally frightening and I’m sure alot of us in Michigan are sweating over not having any info available so we can figure out what our next steps are or should be

March 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm
(502) Tompk says:

These state websites are really pathetic,the only one I can find thats on the ball is NY .Im in NJ and they have only partially updated.They mention the new legislation and state that EUC benefits are extended through Dec 2012,but when you go to specifics about EUC filing deadlines for the Tiers they still say that to go to the next Tier you must have exhausted your current Tier by March 3,2012.
Now correct me if Im wrong but since EUC is federal,and the effect that UE state rates only comes into play in May,shouldnt the EUC TIER filing deadlines be the same in all the states at this point?NY says your current TIER must exhaust by12/23/12 for ALL THE TIERS to go to the next TIER .Therefore when my TIER 1 runs out 3/31/12
I should be able to move to TIER 2 EUC.Someone PLEASE clarify this for me!

March 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm
(503) stuckinNJ says:

This report explains what is going on for everybody in the USA with the extention.


March 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm
(504) Tompk says:

That is a great link,but it only deals with how much time is in each Tier.
I just need to know( and the NJUE office is worthless here) one thing
The NJ UE Rate is 9%
I run out of TIER 1 on 3/31/12 -you need 6% for TIER2
** Will I be able to move onto TIER 2 ( NY says that your
TIER 1 needs to be exhausted by 12/23/12 to move
to any TIER since the new law and they are 8%)

March 7, 2012 at 6:27 pm
(505) daveNJ says:

I’m wondering if the delay in posting something definitive on these state sites is due to the big report that comes out this Fri. Maybe it will change the status of some states that are on the bubble now with their unemp rate. Maybe will see these sites update some time late this Fri after those numbers are in.

March 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm
(506) daveNJ says:


“Will I be able to move onto TIER 2″


March 7, 2012 at 6:50 pm
(507) stuckinNJ says:

Tompk, for tier 2 it needs to be 6% or higher in June, July & Aug. For March, April & May tier 2 does not have a rate that unemployment needs to be above. So you are good. You qualify.

March 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm
(508) Lynn in Ct. says:

I am confused on extension for extended benefits. I started collecting in February 2011 and am currently on tier 2. If I do not find anything i would move to tier three most likely as the stipulations for unemployment levels for tier three it looks like do not kick in until June 2012. Noone on this site has discussed the eligibility for extended benefits–these are state extended benefits….the state must be at a certain unemployment rate right now to qualify for either 13 or 20 weeks. Receiving this benefit eventually will depend on the unemployment rate which has to be either 100 to 110 percent over the same three month period of time i think at least once for the three previous years.
Does anyone know if extended benefits will depend on when you filed your initial claim in the first place? If this is the case you would have had to file your initial claim way back in 2010 in order to be even eligible. New York State seems to be the only state that has the current revison information up. I have called the state i reside in several times and they have no updated information yet. Please advise if anyone can explain extended benefits–SEB..thanks

March 7, 2012 at 11:35 pm
(509) Lynn in Ct says:

For all of the EUC and Extended benefits, does your receiving benefits also hinge on when you initially filed your claim along with unemployment state rates as the new law slowly phases in?
If this is the case, if you did not file your initial claim way back in 2010 you would not qualiify for extended benefits.
Also, i was told that the sites for the states are not updated because once the extension was signed by the president, it went to the federal department of labor to review, and from there it trickles down to each state.

March 8, 2012 at 12:02 am
(510) MikeG says:

Can anyone assist with this, please see below response i received from the NY office.
1) How do i file a new claim on 04/08/12 ?
2) Once i file a new claim how many weeks will that give me to collect?

Good afternoon, based on your effective date of 04/04/11, these are the weeks available to you. You will be required to file a new claim once your benefit year expires on 04/08/12. As of today you have collected 47 weeks. Thanks

OC effective date Dec 13, 2010 – July 4th, 2011 26 weeks of regular UI
20 weeks of EUC – Tier 1
13 weeks of EUC – Tier 2
14 weeks of EUC
(13 weeks Tier 3 and 1 week Tier 2)
73 weeks total

Thank you so much anyone that can help.

March 8, 2012 at 12:07 am
(511) stuckinNJ says:

Lynn, take a look at below link it has when EB is going to be turned off by state. Most States EB will be turned off by June 2012.


March 8, 2012 at 12:19 am
(512) stuckinNJ says:

MikeG, 73 weeks total – 47 weeks collected = 26 weeks left. To re file in April you just need to call on phone and answer a couple of questions and the unemployment office will make your claim active again.

March 8, 2012 at 2:36 am
(513) Susan says:

When do we expect Congress to vote on emergency state benefits? The link above says estimated May for
Colorado…Colorado still says march 7 last day.. Sick of Congress last minute everything..

March 8, 2012 at 6:59 am
(514) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

There aren’t any more votes scheduled. The EB benefits are dependent on the state unemployment rate, so the best thing to do is to check with your state unemployment office for updates:


March 8, 2012 at 7:50 am
(515) Tompk says:

Thank you NJ brothers & sisters for the answer to if now I will be able to move on to Tier 2. I know Im a little OCD about this but as you know NJ stinks in trying to get current info. Im in central NJ and my UI is my only support. I feel like Im on a tightrope with no net. Its great to have a site like this to get info and sad that you cant get it from the people who are paid to help use.Ive paid into this system for 40 yrs & now when I need it, like most of us,I feel like Im begging.Forget calling someone from home & if you go to the office they act like you are bothering them. I think the system should be privatized.Some of you are old enough to remember to DMV before it went that way.A nightmare! Now youre treated like a consumer.Do the same thing to UE!

March 8, 2012 at 10:11 am
(516) andy b says:

Hello my regular claim runs out the second week of april 2012 will I be able to collect extended benefits in nj

March 8, 2012 at 11:10 am
(517) JC says:

To DaveNJ

The only report Friday is the National; Unemployment rate for February. .

The states unemployment rate for January comes out next tuesday – if you go to the dept of labor website they have a link for schedules that show the release of these reports. So probably we won’t see the states sites updated till next week. Its good for us that there is a delay in these reports because they are using this rate to determine if you are eligible for a certain tier and most states rates are falling now – so a delay is good.

March 8, 2012 at 11:30 am
(518) daveNJ says:

andy b,



Fair enough. (and yes, I’m a regular visitor of the dept of labor site) I guess I was just looking for some logic as to the delay in posting new info on these state sites. But that was my mistake, “looking for some logic” from these agencies.

March 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm
(519) MikeG says:

Thanks so much for the info.

With 26 weeks left, Once i re file in April and become active again, i would assume this would then phase out my remaining 26 weeks putting me into September? Once these 26 weeks are finished i can no longer collect?

Thanks again much appreciated.

March 9, 2012 at 4:58 am
(520) Still Seeking says:

To my fellow NJ job seekers. I just finished tier 4 and claimed my benefits MAR 4. Within 2 days I received my notice of instructions for EB. Today all is the same but prepar for roll backs in the comming months.

March 9, 2012 at 8:12 am
(521) honesty says:

Just finished my tier 4 in Michigan I thought the new bill added 10 more weeks to tier 4 from march to may. I called the UI and all they say is no, There is not 10 more weeks added to tier 4 or 16 weeks. Where did you get that info from. Our state ended the EB program but we are still tiggered on to tier 4 not understanding when its all over the web

March 9, 2012 at 10:07 am
(522) stuckinNJ says:

honesty, Go to beginning of this tread and click on Unemployment Extention Fact Sheet. It has the chart of what the new extention means. I cant believe Michigan does not have this information yet. When you speak to the Michigan unemployment office do they even know that the new extention was signed? It is unbelievable on how slow that unemployment offices are receiving this new information.

March 9, 2012 at 11:34 am
(523) Caroline (2nd Confused in Michigan) says:

I called again on my unemployment here in Michigan, the person who I talked to said i will be eligible for Tier 3 and possible tier 4 once I exhaust my tier two this week. The key to getting any info since the sites still do not update are as follows which helped me with a live person. Make sure you note the persons name whom you talk to on the line and I first said “Thanks for taking the time in advance to answer my questions I know you are probably overwhelmed with calls” I have found this technique makes the person at unemployment be acknowledged and will be more helpful and I used their name several times during the conversation. The person I talked to in Michigan was very friendly once I said this “He said Caroline don’t worry you get tier three we just cant officially say it on the site till we get documentation. My fiancee and I live on the border of Indiana and Michigan. My fiancee got laid off as a teacher (times tough all over) Use this technique when you go into the office as we did for him in Indiana as he is having one issue that is holding some things back and we hopefully got it resolved yesterday. I wish everyone the best of luck, i finally had an interview a week ago and waiting for my background check to come back.

March 9, 2012 at 11:35 am
(524) Holli says:

Dear Allison, I finished my tier 4 in Michigan on Feb 28th 2012, They said I am not eligible for eb, should I get the 10 extra weeks added to my tier 4 or do you have to exhaust tier 4 in March? I have read the fact sheets and believe I understand them, but I to called the unemployment office and they said there have been no extra weeks added. Am I wrong? I am so confused! Thank you.

March 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm
(525) Janice says:

My initial 26-wk.unemployment claim is up at end of May, 2012. On my statel’s PA Gov. site, it says that extended benefits will not be paid, due to the PA lower unemployment rate. I am aware that President Obama just signed a 2012 “job law” to extend unemployment compensation benefits. It gets confusing….am I able, at end of May, to file for extended benefits?

March 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm
(526) stuckinNJ says:

Janice, let me help with your confusion.

First – EB Extended Benefits are the last benefits you can claim.

SO you must use your 26 weeks of Regular State Unemployment and then you would move onto EUC which is Emergency Unemployment Compensation. There are 4 Tiers of EUC. Then after you use all 4 tiers of EUC you would move onto EB – Extended Benefits. By the time you move onto EB it would not be available anymore.

See attached chart at begging of Web Site titled Unemployment Extention Fact Sheet it explains the Tiers of your EUC Benefits.

March 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm
(527) Brenda FL says:

Ok… So my last day on Tier IV was 1/21/12. I filed for Extented Benefits and was able to get it. However the website here in FL still shows EB will end tomorrow on 3/10/12. So this tells me I will only be able to claim for a total if 3 weeks. Now I’ve tried looking at the links on this page that was posted by Allison and by other commenters… None of them work. People at the unemployment office are still clueless (what a shame). Can anyone tell me if I’m going to get all my EB because floridas website and people working at the unemployment office are useless…..

March 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm
(528) honesty says:

Stuckin NJ thanku for the advise. Michigan unemployment office reps are still clueless, there not telling anyone anything. There still saying tier 4 is only 6 weeks and after that nothing. I hve been searching and searching for work constantly everyday. And employers are saying there hiring and there really not. I just don’t understand.

March 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm
(529) stuckinNJ says:
March 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm
(530) lorilei says:

Michigan resident at the end of Tier 3. Michigan Unemployment office says he qualifies for Tier 4 which according to them last 6 weeks. Various web sites tell him that in Michigan Tier 4 is 16 weeks because the current unemployment rate is 9% and EB ended in February for Michigan. The Michigan Unemployment website says 6 weeks but that site is seldom updated. Is Tier 4 suppose to be 6 or 16 weeks? Thank you.

March 9, 2012 at 11:05 pm
(531) Holli says:

Michigan residents or anyone that can help. Although the unemployment workers are friendly when I call, I am having the same problem, They seem to be completely clueless, I exhausted tier 4 feb 28th, and they said that there is nothing left. They said they have no idea about any additinal weeks, I thought they would tack on 10 weeks to tier 4 since eb in michigan is triggerd off. I think the only thing we can do is continue calling marvin so when they do add the weeks maybe they will retro pay. Who knows? If anyone could shed some light on this please let me know. Am I wrong? Its so frustrating. I’ve read all the links, I thought I was a reasonably smart individual but still remain confused.

March 9, 2012 at 11:42 pm
(532) D-dayd says:

You see, Holli; that’s my problem entirely. I got more education being on unemployment than in many years of working. But, I don’t understand Michigan’s methodology behind this cloak and dagger situation. I hope us mid-EB and EUC people being affected mid-benefits get some answers soon. I read here people reasoning that (I have the same conclusion too) because EB is being interrupted, EUC Tier 4 is being extended from 6 to 16 weeks and people on EB get an additional 10 weeks via tier 4; reason being that Michigan is still at 9% unemployment. This entire situation is critical. Not to mention that March is the worst winter month in Michigan to be without money! Thank God for the warm spell!

March 10, 2012 at 3:11 am
(533) Still seeking says:

To StuckinNJ,
I applaud your dedication and passion to this forum. If you are not already on Allisons payroll, you should be. My opinion if you are job seeking, research and counseling is your strong point.Keep up the good work..

Also Kudos to DaveNJ…maybe the 2 of you should start a column.

March 10, 2012 at 10:26 am
(534) stuckinNJ says:

Thank you Still Seeking you made my day. I am just south of fifty and having the hardest time finding a position in a company due to my age. It looks like most company’s are looking for someone younger that wants to advance in the company and not someone who is getting closer to retirement.

March 10, 2012 at 11:40 am
(535) Holli says:

D-dayd, Exactly I dont understand how all other unemployment offices in other states are updated and Michigan seems to have no idea. Its all over the news, newspapers, and internet, The law was passed late Feb. I am a reasonablly patient person, but my god my patience are wearing thin. I would think by now Michigan would have some updates. As of my last phone call they have no idea about any additional weeks. You are absolutely right, Thank god for the warm weather! Maybe I dont qualify because I exhausted in Feb, but from my understanding if you exhust tier 4 you qualify for 10 extra weeks. But who knows? Good luck to everyone! I hope everyone does well and all this stuff works out, God Bless!

March 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm
(536) lorilou says:

Please enlighten me if I could be wrong. Concerning why Michigan and other states appear to be hiding out on 10 extra weeks of Tier 4 unemployment…

The current system of obtaining Tiers III, IV and V are based on the unemployment rate. If states do not pay their unemployed the aloted tiers then it looks like there are less people receiving unemployment correct? If they can make it look like there are less unemployed, it makes the states economy look better than it is. It also means that the states overall unemployment rate will appear to be lower than it actually is which could mean that any additional Tiers granted to states with high unemployment will be eliminated. Many of our government officials, including Michigan’s Governor, have proven themselves to be very much against Unemployment Benefits-calling it another type of entitlement program. Please, anyone with more knowledge than I have, could this explain why some states are holding out on Tier 4 or am I way off base on this? I am also going to begin contacting our state’s legislature about our Unemployment office not paying the additional 10 weeks of Tier 4.

March 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm
(537) D-day says:

I think you hit it on the head, Lorilou. Michigan is playing a shell game- but for what?! It can’t be because they are fighting FOR us. The more weeks/benefits they can shave off, the more money to waste on some other go-nowhere program.

March 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm
(538) stuckinNJ says:

From the State of New Jersey Website.

On February 22, 2012, President Obama signed The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (H.R. 3630). This federal legislation extends Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits through December 2012. Additionally, it incorporates other significant changes and additional requirements to the program.

The legislation does not include any additional weeks of benefits. But, it does extend the current filing deadlines. The new law extends federal benefits through January 2, 2013. All federal extension benefits will cease, no matter where individuals are in the process, with the week ending December 29, 2012.

More program details will become available once the U.S. Department of Labor issues their program guidance. We will update our website when this direction is received.



March 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm
(539) Holli says:

Yes it is definately a joke in Michigan I worked my butt off like all of you we didnt all ask to be laid off we are all looking for employment, not sitting around. I made good money, and paid into the economy every year, we all just need straight answers so we can figure out what the heak to do for the future. Michigan has not had any updates since Feb 18th. All the office tells us in Michigan is that they have no idea where we are getting our info from? It’s the craziest thing. On my job I always had to know what was going on. I’m truely happy the economy is getting better, and truely happy for those that found jobs, but so many of us are still actively trying to find work with no luck. Any extra weeks are critical, so they should be on the ball. If there were never any changes, and the law was not passed we all would have just found a way out of no way and left the unemployment agency alone, but the law did pass, I call Marvin on Monday, which will be the first call since I exhausted tier 4 in late Feb, and I will surely update all of you, but I’m sure it will be as dissappointing as all the others. Shame on them for leaving us all on the edge of our seats.

March 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm
(540) Brenda FL says:

stuckinNJ – thank so much.

God bless all of you and I wish you all luck on finding something on there!

March 11, 2012 at 4:28 am
(541) Still Seeking says:

stuckinNJ- I’m on the 50+ side and on my last interview was told that
they did not want to invest the time in me in the event that I would eventually find a higher paying position for my experience. Maybe thats
the new excuse for age discrimination or since the job market is so flooded they can fill their positions and payout next to nothing.
On the other hand for those in NJ EB benefits are stll active for the full 20 weeks. Will this notification be honored come the day benefits are
cut back ? Hey GOV Christey deal and inform us on todays issues.
Another note for those going on EB benefits you will be required to list 3 job searches per week, not a big deal however it’s requsested to apply for positions out side of your trained profession and accept them . Great incentive to spend $ for higher education and end up in a minum wage job.

March 11, 2012 at 10:09 am
(542) daveNJ says:

Seems like the NJ online file site is down. I don’t mean bogged down with traffic — just down, down. They’re probably updating something.

March 11, 2012 at 10:25 am
(543) stuckinNJ says:

Yep NJ site is down, you think that they would do update after hours when people are not claiming benefits. Or it could be daylight saving time screwing up their system.

March 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm
(544) AutoZone1 says:

Well I’m with you all in the same boat too. Had a half decent job in my area as a Manager for AutoZone. I read on all this crazy stuff everyday and whats happening to the U.S is shameful. Makes me more sick that everything keeps rising, taxes,property tax, gas, food, etc. etc. Yet theres no work, or your granted less work hours and less pay etc. etc.

But what makes me laugh more is reading this report the other day. I’ll post the link here, since its about unemployment ratings. It just makes me sick how the system&media completely contradict themselves, making the government/congress look so damn good. Meanwhile keep on reading into the report how hypocritical they are. Such a joke: Look folks unemployment applicants are on the rise again, mean while through the report they speak about job creation and the economy is doing fine and smoothly, then to end it off, they say its only because the government counts for the people that are seeking work actively. HMMMMM HMMMM I Wonder why. SIMPLE YOU IDIOTS THERES NO WORK OR THEY GAVE UP HOPE THANKS TO THIS MESS AND ARE PROBABLY ENDED UP AS A 99er, LIKE ME! GOTDAMN IT! GIVE US OUR JOBS BACK!


March 12, 2012 at 12:27 am
(545) stuckinNJ says:

In Feb. There was 355,000 claims for unemployment and the so called experts say that 200,000 jobs were created.
Let me do the math 355,000 laid off 200,000 got jobs. That leaves 155,000 with out jobs just in Feb. Where is the improvement.

March 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm
(546) Holli says:

Hello everyone! So I called Marvin this morning, first call since Ive exhausted my tier 4 in late Feb., of coarse nothing. Then I called the unemployment office. They said they have heard of absolutely no added weeks no extensions, other than the ones they passed to feb. She said exact words “It takes quite a while for thngs to trickle down to us , so I suggest you keep calling Marvin until otherwise notified”. As sad is it sounds she really did not hear anything about 10 extra weeks being added to the end of tier 4 and really was inquiring where I had gotten my info from. She said Michigan right now has no added extensions. I mean how long does it take? Its been almost 3 weeks, so confused someone enlighten me if possible. Am I wrong? Is there no additional weeks?

March 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm
(547) Holli says:

There is next to no improvement, the more people kicked off unemployment the lower they can claim there are less people recieving benefits. I mean we are just left to wait in limbo but I strongly suggest that everone continue to call Marvin on there scheduled days so if they happen to add weeks they will retro pay you even though my hope is about lost. If anyone recieves any new info please let me know and I will do the same, I guess we all have to rely on eachother for news since nobody at the unemployment office seems to know anything this is such a shame that we are all left in the dark, I would rather have a simple yes or no answer so my hopes arent up.

March 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm
(548) linda says:

can any one help me, i live in indiana, my unemplomen 26 weeks runs out march 25,2012, does anyone know if there is anymore exstented benefits thanks for the help

March 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm
(549) lorilei says:

Called Unemployment today and asked why Tier 4 is only 6 weeks in Michigan when according to Congress, it should be 16. The answer, “There is not an additional 10 weeks of benefits-you just have a total of 16 weeks to claim your 6 weeks.” Make sense to anyone?

March 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm
(550) stuckinNJ says:

Michigan sounds like that Discover card commercial on TV of the customer service guy with the beard sitting in some backwards cabin in Alaska. PEGGY Speaking.

Linda, yes you qualify for EUC Tier 1 – 20 weeks. See link at begging of web site Unemployment Extention Fact Sheet. It tells you what is going on.

March 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm
(551) linda says:

thank you for the answer,

March 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm
(552) Holli says:

what are they talking about, nowhere on any website does it say that we have 16 weeks to apply for tier 4 everywhere I have seen and read it it states if you have exhausted tier 4 and eb is triggered off they will tack on 10 additional weeks to the end of tier 4 if you exhaust in March tou will recieve 16 weeks instead of 6. Now, if I am wrong someone let me know, but that is my understanding. Mi website was last updated feb 13th to let us know they would be open on a Sat. Big deal! Michigan is crazy, I wonder how long it takes for the offices to get their info? I dont know if anyone knows anything, please inform us, and I am so sorry we all have to go through this!

March 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm
(553) Samuel says:

I have a retarded question but I am in TEXAS and im on tier 1 right now and in april i exhaust them but it will also be a year since i applied for benefits.. Do i have to rapply for benefits or does it go straight to Tier 2?

March 13, 2012 at 10:39 am
(554) Tompk says:

NJ is unbelievable.Is anyone else not able to get to the part of the site that deals with the specifics about EUC Tiers.Im just afraid that even though
everyone else is saying I can move on to Tier 2 at the end of March,will NJ know?They are so inefficient that I cant trust them! Hopefully they are updating it and thats why I cant access it.

March 13, 2012 at 10:55 am
(555) Tompk says:

Well I got to the EUC Tier specifics the round about way and they still havent been updated.Lets do the math;the law was passed close to a month ago and all the info for this very important legislation still isnt on the NJ site. Amazing.

March 13, 2012 at 11:31 am
(556) daveNJ says:


I’m not in your situation exactly, but according to the info on the site, I should not have been able to claim past 3/10. But I did — and I was accepted. They may not have updated but they’re not locking down either –i.e., rather than stopping you from proceeding, the automation is still open and functioning past the pre-law deadlines.So, I still think you’ll be fine.

March 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm
(557) stuckinNJ says:

daveNJ, the old extention filed in January said if you are on a Tier as of 3/10 you would continue to collect that Tier to funds are exhausted. As of 3/10 and beyond you could not move on to a new Tier.

So NJ and all States have to this Sunday 3/18 to update there systems to accept a claim to move to a new Tier or there will be a lot of angry folks.

March 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm
(558) kristina says:

i on my tier 1 only gor 396.00 left do i qualify for tier 2 now my office know nothing on computer see new tier so ..do i

March 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm
(559) stuckinNJ says:

kristina, yes you qualify for tier 2 but getting your local unemployment office to admit to it seams to be the big issue. You would think they would have had the new information by now? I thought with all the new technology out today things would get done much faster.

March 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm
(560) daveNJ says:


I’m on EB which was not supposed to be payable after 3/10. But I got it despite the site info from Jan that still indicates otherwise.

“EB benefits are only payable to eligible individuals through week ending March 10, 2012.”

That’s why I mentioned that my situation isn’t like his.

March 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm
(561) stuckinNJ says:

Sorry daveNJ, I thought Tompyk was asking about EUC Tier Specifics and your reply was about EB. The good news is it seams NJ claiming system is up to date by extending your EB benefits beyond 3/10. The last I heard in NJ EB will continue till 6/9/12

March 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm
(562) daveNJ says:


No apology needed. He is on EUC. I was just letting him know that the automation might respond despite what’s indicated on the site. The EB thing was just my example. When I contacted my local office, the guy I spoke with suggested that you should continue on even if there’s no official word on the site that things have been changed. IOW, use the automation to keep claiming even if the site still says otherwise for whatever reason. I mentioned this above somewhere a few days — or weeks — ago.

March 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm
(563) linda says:

my regular unemploment runs march 25,2012 i live in indiana, if i read it right i will be not getting anymore unemploment, am i right

March 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm
(564) stuckinNJ says:

Linda, why are people having such a hard time understanding chart. The chart says March through May you will receive if starting -

Tier 1: 20 weeks

Tier 2: 14 weeks

Tier 3: 13 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 6% or higher

Tier 4: 6 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 8.5% or higher unless state doesn’t have EB, then 16 weeks

So on March 25, 2012 when your 26 weeks of Regular unemployment runs out you would be going to Tier 1 and above says Tier 1 = 20 weeks so you qualify.

The short answer would have been yes.

March 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm
(565) linda says:

thank u very much, to me they make it so hard to understand, and im just stressed out, i cant seem to find a job, im sure thankfull for the help

March 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm
(566) daveNJ says:


I think people check out the charts and such – but they’re on edge, so they like the reassurance that says “Yes, this is how it is.”

March 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm
(567) stuckinNJ says:

daveNJ, it is sad that we know more info than the unemployment office’s. But the unemployment office’s can’t give out the wrong information so they are erring on the side of caution. It should all straighten out in the next week or two. Finger’s Crossed.

March 13, 2012 at 8:30 pm
(568) Holli says:

Deas StucknNJ- What do you think in your oppinion is going on? This is ridiculous that we have to rely on info from eachother, I understand they dont want to give out wrong info at the office but in Michigan they act as if they have bheard nothing, why are they procrastinating, this is our lives. Well I am right about the 10 extra weeks for tier 4 right? I exhausted in Feb and eb is triggered off in Michigan so I do qualify for the 10 weeks right Thanks guys, hopefully this stuff is all cleared up soon.

March 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm
(569) stuckinNJ says:



In states that are triggered “on” to Tier 4 of the EUC08 program, but not triggered “on” to EB for the week ending 2/25/2012, claimants in those states will be eligible for augmentation of their Tier 4 entitlement from a maximum potential duration of 6 weeks to a maximum potential duration of 16 weeks. States affected by this provision are AZ, MI, MS, PR, VI


March 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm
(570) stuckinNJ says:


See if you can get in touch with the United States Department of Labor and not your local office or try phone number in the above link.

March 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm
(571) Holli says:

Thank you thats what I thought. I recieved my tag amount the last payment on the 28th my last week of tier 4 ended on the 25th so i was hoping I would get that last 10 weeks. Thanks again, I appreciate you

March 14, 2012 at 9:53 am
(572) Tompk says:

Stuck in NJ & DaveNJ
Thanks for taking my obsesiveness about this seriously.I understand
what youre saying that even though nothing has changed “wordwise”
on the NJ sight about when you can move to a new tier,the automation is updated and should handle it the “new,updated way” I just feel that even though you guys obviously are very up on things,as someone mentioned
people are on edge and it would make them feel more secure to see it in official words.I know I would.Because as said as it is(and I dont see black helos) I trust the gov to do their job less & less,and I worked for the military.

March 14, 2012 at 8:18 pm
(573) flout says:

I’m am currently Michigan EUC Tier 1. My last benefit week is approaching in May. Does this mean I am NOT eligible for Tier 2 or EB? This is all so confusing for me.

March 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm
(574) stuckinNJ says:

flout, if you exhaust your Tier 1 by May 31, 2012 you will qualify for Tier 2 – 14 weeks. If you exhaust your funds after May 31, 2012 the unemployment rate for your state needs to be 6% or higher and Michigan’s rate is well over 6% so you would be fine and qualify . Good Luck

March 15, 2012 at 2:08 am
(575) va in nj says:

nj? if when you started your claim 99 weeks was still available do these changes in cut off dates change anything? my tier 3 ends first week of april. if tier 4 kicks in and runs out after june 2012 does that make Eb unavailable? thanks. . kinda confused. im hoping not to need the EB but tier4 could help.

March 15, 2012 at 7:38 am
(576) JC says:

Its becoming really annoying and kind of sad that so many folks here find this site and do not read the new guidelines listed at the beginning of this website – and the numerous links that fully explain and outline the new law – once again I have posted this link several times that fully explains everything and if you read and PRINT this out and then get a calendar and figure out EXACTLY where where you are in the tiers you will not have to rely on the second hand information here that might be wrong because no one knows exactly where you are in the tiers but yourself



March 15, 2012 at 10:48 am
(577) Flout says:

JC, please be patient. If these folks are like me they’re frustrated because they can’t find a job, can’t get an answer when they call the unemployment office and are in a little panic. When I found this site I was was overwhelmed with what feels like millions of responses. It’s a daunting task to sit here and read each and every word, so why not just ask your question and hope someone will answer.

I’m most grateful for NJ who answered me quickly. It brought me peace. I clicked your link, and while a sharp mind can easily read it and digest it and understand it, I’m not one of those people.

My advice to you is to have patience with people who digest information differently and try and understand someone else’s position. If a simple cut and paste action you have to repeat has you taking things personally, falling into sadness and getting really annoyed, then perhaps you should just not bother. I think that might bring you peace.

Thank you StuckinNJ for your help!

March 15, 2012 at 11:09 am
(578) D-day says:

JC, your diligence is admirable and appreciated. The link you provided is quite clear, but for Michigan residents it will create more questions than answers.
From my reading and re-reading of it: it agrees the EB program is toast, and EUC Tier 4 will extend (from march to may) an additional 10 weeks. Hopefully the employees handling this will get the updated info to work from soon!
I still don’t know- being on EB and from Michigan- if that means I revert back to the 10 additional weeks from Tier 4 or if I’m S.O.L. but it’s safe to say people here have lots of weeks of joblessness and benefits loss to look forward to.

March 15, 2012 at 11:30 am
(579) D-day says:
March 15, 2012 at 11:45 am
(580) stuckinNJ says:

If you are collecting unemployment, every two weeks you file a claim. The first question is – have you gone back to work if you are working and answer no they should throw your butt in jail.

March 15, 2012 at 10:59 pm
(581) Holli says:

Its pretty sad that all those people can collect unemployment checks and work at the same time, but we are stuck in limbo for just 10 additional weeks and cant make it while we wait. The system is screwed up!

March 16, 2012 at 3:52 am
(582) Karen says:

Please help… Ok well today I got a letter saying I have received all of my benefits and that my claim balance is 0.00.. And that if I qualify I will be automatically be filed.. My question is how long befor I start my 1st extension? Do I even qualify? And im from CA if I help..

March 16, 2012 at 10:53 am
(583) stuckinNJ says:

Karen, on the limited info you gave I am guessing that you have just finished your regular 26 weeks of unemployment and you want to know how long it takes to go onto EUC Emergency Unemployment Compensation Tier 1 – 20 additional weeks. It takes about 1 week to find if you qualify. In most case’s you don’t miss any weeks in claiming benefits. Hope this helps to answer your question.

March 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm
(584) KLHart62 says:
March 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm
(585) KLHart62 says:
March 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm
(586) KLHart62 says:

This and the link I left in above post should help tremendously:


March 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm
(587) stuckinNJ says:

KLHart62, thanks for the links. The Q&A link in post 584 is great and its good to have all the info in one place.

March 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm
(588) honesty says:

Yes, that is great information to know, but Michigan UI office is still saying there is no additional 10 weeks added to tier 4 from March to May. There still standing by there 6 weeks for tier 4. And march is almost over and the 10 additional weeks ends in May, so I quess Michigan won’t get it.

March 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm
(589) KLHart62 says:

Warning: If you are collecting EB at the time your state triggers off – even if it is only one week – your EB benefits end per BLS end payable period. You are not entitled to EB fix of 10 extra weeks.

March 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm
(590) stuckinNJ says:

KLHart62, below copied from Q&A link.

Take the first state OH, they are set to lose EB on April 9, 2012. Once EB ends that’s it but you would still go back to tier 4 and get the 10 additional weeks before May 31, 2012 and you could get less than 10 weeks if it put you over 99 weeks. The most you can collect up till may 31, 2012 is 99 weeks. I AM NOT SURE IF YOU START 10 EXTRA WEEKS ON TIER 4 DO YOU KEEP COLLECTING ALL 10 AFTER 6/1/12.

Q: Which states are most likely to have EB end but gain the additional 10 weeks in EUC Tier IV in this first stage time period?

A: Based on current estimates, the states most likely to lose EB and gain the added 10 weeks in EUC Tier IV include: OH, OR, SC, TN, IN, KY, AL, NC, RI and WA [see Table B with estimated EB end dates]

March 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm
(591) D-day says:

stuckinNJ, why do you insist that you will fall back to Tier 4 from EB? is that only everywhere BUT Michigan? Cause from what I read, Michigan EBers don’t get anything else.

March 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm
(592) sueinca says:

I just ran out of my regular unemployment, and now the ca. edd is
telling me I do not get tier one extension. does not make sence my highest qtr was 9,914.43

March 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm
(593) stuckinNJ says:


Below is copied from link posted by KLHart62 today. D-day have you read the report in link. It is not my fault Michigan is trying to play a game.

Q: What DOES change immediately (during the first stage from March 1 to May 31)?

A: From March 1 to May 31, some states will see changes in either EUC Tier IV or Extended Benefits (EB) – or in some case in both programs. [see Table A below] Here’s where we start to get into the weeds, so stay with us. States with unemployment rates of 8.5% or higher that are eligible for EUC Tier IV but do not have EB or recently had their EB end will have up to 10 weeks of additional EUC Tier IV benefits (for a total of up to 16 weeks) during this time period only. Currently, those states are Arizona, Michigan and Mississippi, as well as Puerto Rico. Other states with Tier IV benefits where their EB programs end during this time period would be eligible for the additional 10 weeks in Tier IV. [see Table B below with estimated EB end dates] States that are not eligible for EUC Tier IV and whose EB programs end during this time period would not qualify for the additional 10 weeks of benefits –they would lose their weeks of EB.

March 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm
(594) D-day says:

stuckinNJ, thanks for posting this. I didn’t mean to imply you have anything to do with Michigan’s tactics, lol. It just seems (especially when you talk to the UIA operators) that we who were mid-stream on EB in Michigan are abruptly finished with our benefits; and I hadn’t read anything concretely affirming that we fall back to the 10 week extention.

I sure don’t WANT to be unemployed, (that’s a whole nother story behind that) but I would like to get through with something closer to the 11 weeks I was abruptly cut off of. I, along with others who read the posts here, are very grateful to you and the others who keep us informed much more thoroughly and timely than those paid to do so. God bless you!

March 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm
(595) stuckinNJ says:

Below satement Copied from Arizona unemployment web site.

EUC Tiers: The EUC program has four tiers. Federal law requires you to exhaust benefits in one tier before payments can be made on the next one.

Tier 1 – Up to 20 weeks of EUC. Tier 2 – Up to 14 weeks of EUC. Tier 3 – Up to an additional 13 weeks of EUC. Tier 4 – Up to 6 weeks of EUC. Effective 2/22/2012, up to an additional 10 weeks of benefits if you had an EUC balance after 2/19/2012.

So D-day it looks like you are right you would not fall back to tier 4 if collecting EB in Feb. But if collecting EB on 2/22/12 Through End of May and EB ends you would fall back to tier 4 extra weeks.

March 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm
(596) D-day says:

Just my fortune, I guess. Last check received: 2/22/2012 for the week ending 2/18. Helps to get bad news right away, and not hold on to hope in a game where the house always wins.

March 18, 2012 at 10:23 am
(597) Tompk says:

Is anyone else having trouble in nj getting to the site to claim weekly benefits?I can get to the regular UI site but not the site to make claims.Also if this continues(I usually claim on internet) can I claim on the phone instead?

March 18, 2012 at 11:18 am
(598) daveNJ says:


I think it’s the Sunday morning overload. Just wait until tomorrow if you can. I’m sure you’ll go right through then. But yes, you can claim on the phone — but which earliest day depends on your SSN.

March 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm
(599) stuckinNJ says:

The NJ Website had the same problem last week and later In the day the site had a message to try after 3 PM. Then after 3 PM it had a message saying down for weekly maintenance. Got to love the Unemployment web site.

On Sunday you can’t claim on the phone only through web site.

March 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm
(600) Tompk says:

I finally found a message concerning claiming continuing benefits in NJ today,It said the site is down from 12am to 6:30pm today for maintainance.They want people to claim on Suns ,they they do maintainanceon Sun.;makes no sense!
Now I cant suubmit until Tues since Sunday hrs end at 3pm

March 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm
(601) Karen says:

Thank StuckinNJ but its already sunday so im guessing I didnt qualify for my 1st extension. The only thing I got was a letter seeing if I qualify but thats it. I tryed to do the web-cert to see if I got more weeks but there wasnt. Ill see what happens. Thanks again StuckinNJ

March 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm
(602) another confused Michigan umeployed worker says:

I have just AGAIN checked the Michigan unemployment site, I find it totally idiotic that they have ex
tended keeping the offices open on Saturday when they have NO NEW information….and the latest extension update on the site is from December 2011?

I hope that what i’ve read is correct, I’m on federal euc tier 4 so I should qualiy for the extra 10 weeks since Michigan is off eb it would be nice to know for sure as I have a significant other who is disabled with no income as of yet…………..never thought of the possibility of being homeless……………and I’m not lazy….i’ve sent out tons of resumes and would take ANYTHING at this point

March 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm
(603) mass trouble says:

can anyone comment on qualifications for EUC tier 1 for people who are interstate claimants? I claim against massachusetts and now i live outside of massachusetts and my regular UI runs out in may 2012. will i be denied EUC tier 1 for living outside of mass? thanks

March 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm
(604) stuckinNJ says:

Karen, did you wait 2 weeks to certify for tier 1 after your 26 weeks ended. Tier 1 works the same as regular unemployment. You file every 2 weeks not 1.

March 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm
(605) stuckinNJ says:

another confused Michigan, read post # 595.

It was copied from the Arizona unemployment web site and Arizone is in the same situation as Michigan with EB ENDED 2/19/12.

March 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm
(606) Karen says:

Oh no im sorry StuckinNJ.. My claim ended on the 11th.. I had thought it only takes a week..

March 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm
(607) stuckinNJ says:

Karen, also on the web site you file your claim there should be a link to do a claim inquiry. You can do inquiry Monday through Saturday. It will tell you your balance.

March 18, 2012 at 6:33 pm
(608) Karen says:

Ill look tomorrow.. Thanks a lot StuckinNJ I appreciate you helping me :)

March 19, 2012 at 3:07 am
(609) Still Seeking says:

OK I need to vent..
Anyone else getting solicitations from the University of Phoneix when you post your resumes on job sites. OK thanks for the offer the 1st time but enough I did not request any info initially and have requested they cease with the calls.. Hey if they want to pay OK if not sorry no extr a $ in my budget these days.


March 19, 2012 at 8:42 am
(610) Tompk says:

Well its Monday AM and I still cant file for weekly benefits in NJ on the internet.I get as far as the tab “File a continued claim” and then nothing.All the other tabs work? Anyone know whats going on? Also if Im forced to file by phone,does anyone know how long it usually takes from when you phone file to direct bank deposit.This is really frustrating since Im walking a financial tightrope like many of us./Thanks

March 19, 2012 at 9:51 am
(611) Tony says:

I was able to claim this morning,took a long time to go through process,
but worked,Mozilla Firefox browser seems to be a problem,Needed to use Internet Explorer.

March 19, 2012 at 10:45 am
(612) Tompk says:

Thanks Tony, My Internet explorer and Google Chrome have problems so Ill try a neighbor whos Explorer is up to snuff.

March 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm
(613) shrews1 says:

I was let go on 1/31 in Illinois….I applied for unemploymnet teh next day…how mnay weeks am I eligible for – I cannot understand all this leagl mumbo jumbo and the unemploymentt offices are not very helpful, actually are the opposite of helpful,,,downright rude and arrogant.

March 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm
(614) stuckinNJ says:

shrews1, you are eligible for 26 weeks of regular state unemployment in Illinois. That would take you into July 2012 if you don’t find any work. In July you would file for EUC Benefits or your unemployment office will file for you it differs for each state on how to file. If approved you would receive Tier 1 of EUC 20 additional weeks, then you would move unto Tier 2 if Illinois state unemployment rate is 6% or higher. Tier 2 would be 14 weeks by the time you file. You can only collect to the end of December 2012 when the extention ends.

You also need to be looking for work in 2012 if you get called down to unemployment office you need to show who you submitted resumes to. So keep a log of resumes sent. The unemployment office says you need to send out 3 resumes a week but in your look for work some weeks are better than others. You might go 1 to 2 weeks with nothing and then send out 4 or 5 in another week. Just keep track.

March 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm
(615) shrews1 says:

that is the pt i dont get – when and how do i know if i qualify and how do i know that wks decrease? I been off 1.5 months and NOTHIN- IL rate is 9.4

thanks NJ 4 your input

March 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm
(616) shrews1 says:

why would it end at end of 2012, not sure I get it….looks as if a person gets a total of 73 wks from 1st filing is that not correct?believe me…I want a job, but there are NONE!

March 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm
(617) stuckinNJ says:


The extention is signed for the rest of the year only. So if you are laid off today the most you will receive is about 40 weeks. Unless a new extention is signed next year (but that is to far down the road to discuss)

The new extention would help the people who got laid of in the third and fourth quarter of 2011 (July through Dec.) Also the deeper you get into tiers the higher your unemployment rate in your state needs to be.

So shrews1 with this extention you would receive a additional 22 to 24 weeks. With out extention your unemployment would have ended in July. As for qualifying for EUC almost everyone qualifies if you received your regular 26 weeks.

March 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm
(618) Aaron says:

So if my original 26 weeks of UI is running out, as in I just sent in my last check, with the current bill for the extensions is it guarenteed that I will get the 1st extension of 20 weeks or what is the deciding factor on that. SOMEONE HELP PLEASE!

March 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm
(619) KLHart62 says:

Aaron, you will be fine with Tier One until January 2013 (in which case you would be done anyway). The new law doesn’t change that Tier.

March 20, 2012 at 8:06 pm
(620) stuckinNJ says:

Aaron, if you just submitted your last claim your Tier 1 will start in April – 20 additional weeks. That will take you to August. In August to start Tier 2 – 14 additional weeks your State unemployment rate needs to be 6% or higher to qualify. Then in November you would start Tier 3 but your state unemployment rate needs to be 7% or higher.

March 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm
(621) karen coates says:

I have been on unemployment and it is about to run out and now they are not extending it. Do you think there is a chance they could still extend it past april 2012 and i LIVE in Ohio.

March 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm
(622) stuckinNJ says:

karen coates, below copied from Q&A session posted by KLHart62 in post #585 The one thing that is not clear is, if you are already collecting EB and it ends March through May do you go back to tier 4 and collect the extra 10 weeks.

Q: Which states are most likely to have EB end but gain the additional 10 weeks in EUC Tier IV in this first stage time period?

A: Based on current estimates, the states most likely to lose EB and gain the added 10 weeks in EUC Tier IV include: OH, OR, SC, TN, IN, KY, AL, NC, RI and WA

March 21, 2012 at 11:20 am
(623) shrews1 says:

thanks for the info – but what happens if I dont get hired by Jan 1? I worked for 35 yrs 1st time unemployed at almost 50 and scared 2 death!

March 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm
(624) lorilou says:

Michigan: What is going on? Still being told 6 weeks of Tier 4 when everything that I read says that Michigan unemployed should get a total of 16 weeks because EUC ended and unemployment rate still high enough for Tier 4.

March 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm
(625) NJguy123 says:

Im from NJ and collecting EB but it says on the website that its not payable after march 10th… are they extending it?

March 22, 2012 at 12:01 am
(626) daveNJ says:

I claimed –and was paid– EB after 3/10.

March 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm
(627) NJguy123 says:

did you actually get a payment for 3/11-3/17?

March 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm
(628) Sam says:

I’m in NJ….
My first 26 weeks ran out on 3-12-12. I was in a panic not knowing if I was done collecting or, would extend.
I got a letter today saying I am eligible for benefits. It was the same letter as when a claim is first opened.
However, the claim date was for a claim I had in 2008. ( I sometimes get laid-off every 2 years if work is slow ).
Since I was into Tier 1 on my 2008 claim, it seems that is where I am starting from. The letter said my new phone in day starts 4-2-12 – although I was able to call after 3-19-2012 for 1 week worth of benefits ( I on-line submitted today, and it was accepted ).
From what I understand, I can go through all tiers – if neccessary – knowing that as of Jan 3, 2013 I – and EVERYONE else – is done no matter where we are in the Extended benefits tier system…..
We will see, since in my current claim I have 4 weeks left. Then I pray I go into tier 2 and am not cut off – as I have not found work yet.
I hope that explanation helps some NJ people out

March 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm
(629) stuckinNJ says:

Sam, you are correct you will continue on Tiers from your 2008 claim but just remember when you get to Tier 3 NJ’s unemployment rate needs to be 7% or higher to collect and Tier 4 the unemployment rate needs to be 9% or higher. For Tier 2 is does not matter where the unemployment rate is until June, then it needs to be 6% or higher.

March 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm
(630) honesty says:

Update…. Good news michigans web site has been updated. So we will be getting the extra 10 weeks added on tier 4. From March 23rd until the end of May….May 26 is the last day to qualify.

March 22, 2012 at 7:36 pm
(631) stuckinNJ says:

honesty, the chart has tier 4 going to 16 weeks as of Feb. 22, 2012. Where do you see March 23rd?

March 22, 2012 at 8:32 pm
(632) honesty says:

Yes it does start for week Feb 22nd. march 23rd is the day it takes effect in Michigan. As I read

March 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm
(633) stuckinNJ says:

It should have taken effect on Feb, 22. I hope Michigan does not lose out the month because Michigan took so long to update there site. The law was signed in on Feb 22.

March 22, 2012 at 9:06 pm
(634) joeblo says:

I am in New Mexico my Tier 3 ran out and i have turned in 387 applications all over only had 3 interviews. It sucks right now as you know
Will New Mexico get any Benefit Exetensions i am in desperate need of them if so when?

March 23, 2012 at 3:51 am
(635) Still seeking says:

NJguy…EB is alive and remains unchanged for the time being just keep submitting your work searches and claim your benefits online. Stay away from phone claims you’ll only waist a day trying to get through

March 25, 2012 at 11:25 am
(636) stuckinNJ says:

NJ Website down again for third week in a row to file on Sunday. Received email early in the week from NJ saying they resolved the issue. Guess Not.

March 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm
(637) stuckinNJ says:

People in Michigan that had so many questions, now that your site is updated come back and let us know what you are getting on the 10 extra weeks on Tier 4 since EB ended in February. Are they paying the extra 10 weeks of benefits if your tier 4 ended before Feb 18 when EB ended and also are they paying for weeks missed due to not having the new extention.

March 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm
(638) shrews1 says:

I don’t get it….if it is 99 or 73 or 63 and benefits end at end of calendar year- how the heck does anyone ver get the full 99/73/63?????

March 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm
(639) stuckinNJ says:

shrews1, you have to understand that these extentions have been going on since 2008. It looks like unemployment is improving for the first time in over 3 years. So they are starting to cut back the amount of weeks you can claim this year.

So it all works with what state you live in and the unemployment rate in your state. The higher the unemployment rate the more weeks your state receives.

If anyone is laid off in July of 2012 you would receive 26 weeks only. There would be no EUC benefits after 12/23/12.

It also has to do with when you were laid off. If laid off the first half of 2011 the more weeks you receive. If laid of in the second half of 2011 the less weeks you receive. If laid off in Jan of 2012 the most weeks you could receive is 52 weeks

March 27, 2012 at 8:50 pm
(640) Ashley says:

I live in CA and my claim is either ending this week or the week after; am I too late to qualify for the automatic Extension? This is my current claim, with no extension ever having been taken.

March 28, 2012 at 10:49 pm
(641) Holli says:

Hello everyone, I had gotten ahold of unemployment today in Michigan, she told me that my tier 4 expired on Feb. 18th and I did qualify for the 10 extra weeks, she said I just made it, and would recieve a packet in the mail very soon, I need to provide work searches for the last 5 weeks, and will be retro paid for March, once I faxed my work searches, she said they are very backed up, so it may take another week or so to be paid. She said that your tier 4 had to expire on the 18th of Feb. or after to qualify for the 10 additional weeks, and to make sure to call Marvin, you will only be retro paid for the weeks you continued to call Marvin, so everyone keep calling even if you arent sure you qualify. I hoped this helps, she said they would retro pay me, and deduct it from the 10 weeks once they recieve my paperwork. She said paperwork had just started going out on Monday, and they have a special team working on it so people recieve there money faster, after this 10 additional weeks, no extensions are available in Michigan, so this is it, I hope this helped out.

March 30, 2012 at 11:23 am
(642) JC says:

The lasted unemployment rates for the states was released this morning. Its important to keep an eye on these numbers each month because they use the latest 3 month average in each state to determine which tiers will be active in each state. Quite a few states will be lossing Tier 3 and even some wiill be losing tier 2 come June . Unfortunately many individuals are going to find out at the last minute their benefits have run out at the last minute,


April 2, 2012 at 12:39 am
(643) Martina says:

I just started receiving Extended benefits last week and now I see there was a news posted on official state’s website that reads:
“As a result of a drop in the three-month average unemployment rate, Colorado no longer qualifies to continue paying state extended benefits 2. The last week claimants may receive payment for state extended benefits 2 is the week ending April 7, 2012. ”
What does this mean for me (in layman’s terms). Am I not going to receive anything after April 7th? does this apply to both state AND federal UI? What should I do?
THANK you to anyone who can explain this to me!

April 2, 2012 at 11:04 am
(644) jc says:


Unfortunately according to this chart your state only qualifies through Tier 3 meaning this will be your last week of benefits paid – this new law is going to be an economic disaster for a lot of people


April 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm
(645) Rob says:

I’m in California. I received my continured claim form award letter in the mail that was on 3/4/2012 and have not received any payment at all. I have sent an email to edd because there is not one other way to contact edd. I have read everything on the internet, read the handbook and have not found any reason why I have not received a payment. Does anybody have a clue why I would not be getting a payment. I’m going on a month now with no income.

April 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm
(646) stuckinNJ says:

Rob you have not received payment from unemployment in close to a month. I thing that would warrent a trip to your local unemployment office to find out why and not just a email. If you cant get anyone on the phone go down to office it could be anything from your unemployment year has ended and you need to recertify or you need to show your work search history.

April 3, 2012 at 10:49 am
(647) shrews1 says:

I was let go on 1/31/12 – so if I don’t get a suitable job by 12/31,I am just screwed?obama and media numbers on unemp are bs! there may b SOME jobs but not ones u can LIVE on!the numbers r fals cuz people have run out of benefits i think…

April 3, 2012 at 11:25 am
(648) Paul says:

Okay, so here’s a question. PA Resident. Worked in NJ. My initial 26 weeks is going to be up after 4 more checks. where do i stand as far as getting a first extension?

April 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm
(649) JC says:

paul -you will be able to collect through the end of the year under the new law the unemployment rate in NJ is 9 % now has to fall below 7 % to not be eligible for tier 3

April 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm
(650) Anonymous says:

I want to know what is done to the lazy people who take advantage of unemployment. Someone who wishes to stay home with their baby and collect unemployment and not even look for a job? Get out and work like everyone else and stop having us pay for your lazy fat asses!

April 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm
(651) stuckinNJ says:


My lazy ass is flat from sitting on the couch all day.

April 6, 2012 at 12:57 am
(652) ak47 says:

Seriously people, go get a job. Geez!

April 6, 2012 at 8:54 pm
(653) chip says:

haters..why would they even be on this site?

April 6, 2012 at 9:26 pm
(654) aj says:

these wise guys coming on here telling people to get a job already don’t realize they can walk into work one day and get the boot – be careful it can happen to you too…..

April 6, 2012 at 10:44 pm
(655) val says:

i wanted to make sure im following this correctly.
just got euc4 notice today for 6 weeks. which would end before may 31.
after the 6 weeks if EB is still available that would kick in. right?
but at anytime the rate changes EB can be shut off.
but if tier 4 is still available in NJ there would still be the possibility for the 10 extra weeks even after you started the EB?

the info people provide on this site has been very helpful and appreciated.
thank you

April 7, 2012 at 8:45 am
(656) JC says:

EB is going to end in May or June if it ends in May you get 16 weeks of tier 4 if it ends in June you get 6 weeks in tier 4 check out the state website it explains it

April 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm
(657) val says:

thanks for the info JC. i will check it out.

April 8, 2012 at 10:53 am
(658) andy b says:

Hey guys I just claimed my last check online today, And it did not say anything about EUC or EB it said special message BENEFITS EXHAUSTED. OMG Do extended bennies kick in automatically or do i have to call trenton. I’m in a panic now

April 8, 2012 at 11:40 am
(659) JC says:

If you have exhauted your 26week state claim after the last check is issued you will receive a letter in the mail in the next week telling you when to start claiming the 1st tier online – they file the EUC claim for you in NJ

April 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm
(660) andy b says:

Thanks JC Happy Easter

April 9, 2012 at 8:11 am
(661) RF says:

I’m in NJ. I received notice that my EUC Tier II start on 4/1/12, and new legislation requires that all recipients of EUC benefits must document their active search for work. Do I need to mail my records?

April 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm
(662) Tompk says:

On 4/1/12 I was made eligible for 13 wks of Tier 2 benefits.The form also
said my benefit yr ends 5/12/2012. I thought I should check into this because I remember Adrienne NJ(479) had a problem like this and was told a phone call would unlock her claim.Well here in Burlington Co NJ
youre put on hold for eternity,so I went to the office and the woman who was more interested in her Doritoes than my question said I had to put in a new claim to unlock it. I trust the people on this site more than that office,so anyone know what I do? And if I do have to put in a new claim
when do I do that and do I go to the same site that I used to open my original claim?

April 10, 2012 at 10:56 am
(663) JC says:

Tompk – the state will contact you and give you instructons when to call – they just ask you a bunch of questions mainly to just verify you are still alive and living in NJ and its actually you still claiming the benefits – then when the phone interview is done you just continue collecting the remainder of Tier 2……

April 10, 2012 at 11:29 am
(664) honesty says:

Have anyone from Michigan received the 16 weeks or 10 extra weeks added to tier 4 since the website has been updated. I haven’t received my extra 10 weeks yet. They keep saying call at my schedule time for Marvin. They have to wait until the computers are updated.

April 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm
(665) Katie says:

My year of unemployment ends this sunday.. Do I even qualify for another year or an extension? Ive only had my 26 weeks and 1st extension.. Can I get a 2nd extension?

April 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm
(666) Katie says:

My year of unemployment ends this sunday.. Do I even qualify for another year or an extension? Ive only had my 26 weeks and 1st extension.. Can I get a 2nd extension? I live in Ca by the way.

April 11, 2012 at 7:04 am
(667) JC says:


you should already be in Tier 2 if your 52 weeks is completed Sunday.

26 weeks state
20 weeks Tier 1
6 weeks Tier 2 = 52 weeks total so far

April 11, 2012 at 7:30 am
(668) Tompk says:

JC/thanks fo the quick answer about unlocking my account on my anniversary. Sorry to be paranoid,but as many this is my only support…
A few extra questions-Have you gone thru this unlocking process,does the state contact me automatically,is that contact by letter or phone,when do they contact you,do they contact you soon enough before your anniversary date so there is no lag time in between payments? Thanks

April 12, 2012 at 3:13 am
(669) Bernie says:

I live in Indiana and I was receiving benefits from Illinois. I received an award letter stating, I have been approved for 14 more weeks back in march, I am on tier 2. Friday , I look to see how much my check is and its for 1 week! Did they cut me off without any notice? How does this new law affect me?

April 12, 2012 at 3:24 am
(670) Katie says:

No JC ive only had 26 weeks & the 20 weeks.. It says it ends this sunday.. I just wanted to know if I would qualify?

April 12, 2012 at 9:13 am
(671) JC says:

Katie – you will just continue on where you are – I don’t know how you recertify after 1 year in California but your unemployment rate is so high you will be eligible for all 4 tiers through the end of the year……

April 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm
(672) Teresaterri says:

I am from Ohio and my claim ended on feb 5 2012 and Iwas in the middle of first tier . They told me I had to file for new claim and if I didnt qualify I would continue on tier 1. On feb 23 I received confirmation that I was monetarily denied a new claim. I continued on tier one. When I filed my last weekly claim on tier one in March I suddenly got a notice that my claim from Feb was approved. Wow a miracle lol. Not. What they proceded to do really pissed me off. They took 225 dollars back from me. 120 for wating week and 30 dollars a week extra I was getting on my previous claim. So I am now on a new claim as of Feb 5 I guess. So my question is if I dont find a job ( Ive been out of work since May of 2011) Will I go back to remaining part of tier one lol.

April 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm
(673) Teresaterri says:

Katie I think it probrably works the same as Ohio. When your year is up they will have you file a new claim. If you dont qualify they will continue you on with whatever tier you are on. I am on a new claim so Im on regular unemployment again. They may do that if you qualify. Be prepared though you may receive less than you are now. That is what happened to me. I was making 150 a week on previous claim and now only getting 120. It sucks. Im 54 and am having trouble finding another job. Everyone wants teenagers .

April 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm
(674) Katie says:

Well thanks JC and Teresaterri..

April 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm
(675) Debby says:

I’ve been unemployed and receiving state benefits (Ohio) for the first time in my life (I’m 59 1/2). since Nov 2011 when I was laid off..

Recently I received a Notice of Change in Work Search Requirements
The new requirement will include inputing the information about my job searches (at least 2 per week) into my online account. Currently we’re asked to keep track of employers we submit applications to in the event that we might be audited
Secondly, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Svcs.(ODJFS) requires that we register with job placement in the state we customariy seek work. And then verify my registration with Ohio SCOTI (not sure what that acronymn stands for.

My question… am I being targeted? or is this just part of the process. Thank you in advance of your response

April 12, 2012 at 8:42 pm
(676) Teresaterri says:

Debby if you look on the ohio unemployment site they have changed the work search requirements if you are on extended benefits. I think it says they are now making you provide them with proof that you are searching for a job basically. Bunch of bull pucky but that is what I think happened to you. That hasnt happened to me yet but prorably will when I run out of my second claim of regular benefits around July. Hopefully ill find ajob before than.

April 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm
(677) Teresaterri says:

Debby here is the link. copy and paste it. Its the first thing on their list . About changes in work search reuirements for people on extended benefits.


April 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm
(678) Teresaterri says:

You dont have to copyand paste just click on it lol.

April 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm
(679) Teresaterri says:

Well Deb looks like they got me too. I got the same notice.

April 13, 2012 at 11:00 am
(680) Teresaterri says:

Debby when they sign up for unemployment they register you with SCOTTI. So you are already registered.

April 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm
(681) honesty says:

Just talked to one of the UI reps in Michigan. They just telling me. That I do not qualify for the extra 10 weeks on tier 4. Since my last week payable week on tier 4 was Feb 18th. I nevered been on EB. I do not understand. Different reps have been telling me different things. They were saying I did qualify and to keep calling marvin and I would get retro paid. Now there saying I don’t qualify. I do not understand

April 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm
(682) stuckinNJ says:

It is a messed up law. If you still had a balance on your tier 4 after 2/24/12 you would have qualified. The new extention was signed on the 24th of Feb. So that is when the law went into effect. Since your balance ended a week earlier you did not qualify it is messed up.

April 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm
(683) honesty says:

stuckinNj thank u for the input

April 13, 2012 at 4:50 pm
(684) honesty says:

StuckinNj I have one more question. You know what I still had a one week balance on tier4 after Feb 24th I didn’t called Marvin until feb 28 th and I got paid for that one week on Feb 30th in it was for the week ending 2/18 and 2/25 but I didn’t get paid for week ending 2/25 cause I only had one week left. But Iam for sure I still had a one week balance after 2/24. So what does that mean. Or do I still not qualify.

April 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm
(685) stuckinNJ says:

Still no go if you did not get paid for week ending 2/25 it means your funds were exhausted before that week. If you feel you should have been paid for week ending 2/25/12 that is something you need to bring up with your local unemployment office. And it might qualify you for the extra weeks.

April 13, 2012 at 8:49 pm
(686) honesty says:

stuckinNJ thank u so much for the information. do not know what I would of done without this website. Information has been very helpful to me

April 14, 2012 at 3:22 am
(687) Alec says:

I am from Pa, and I have exhausted all my EUC and just received my forms to file for EB. It says I am eligible for 13 weeks, but the website says the last payable week of EB is expected to be May 12th, 2012. Does this mean I will only be able to collect for 4-5 weeks and not the 13 weeks, or am I missing something?

April 14, 2012 at 4:24 am
(688) Rene says:

I live in Pa and my EUC has come to an end and I just received a letter stating I am eligible for 13 weeks of EB. The Dept of Labor and Industry’s website says the last payable week of EB is expected to be May 12th. Will I only receive 5 weeks instead of 13, or I’m I missing something?

April 14, 2012 at 6:38 am
(689) anonplanz says:

Tell you what, let’s unemployed the International Money Fund (Fraud) and the Federal Reserve banking cartel (also fraud) and replace taxation with something that makes sense to business, and you wont have high issues with unemployment. Firstly, unemployed stats are based on how many people are collecting unemployment benefits. This conveniently leaves out the other percentages of the unemployed for political reasons. (fraud and gross negligence from yours truly, the United States Federal Bankin.. errr.. I mean government) Secondly, for the amount of money they spent decimating nations, replacing leadership, coming up with wild ways to use the word terrorism to restrict your freedoms, using monopolistic cartel to dominate land, food, water, resources.. what did you expect? Are you people idiots or just stupid?

April 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm
(690) stuckinNJ says:

Alec & Rene

That is correct you would only collect the EB till May and not all 13 weeks.

April 15, 2012 at 12:38 pm
(691) Melissa says:

My original claim in NYS was July 4, 2011. I’ve read the NYS UE website of informtion about fifty times, and still cannot figure out if I will continue to receive extended benefits or the Emergency UB. So far I have received a total of 39 UE checks. I went to file this morning (Sunday), and the system did NOT replenish. It is still saying a “zero” balance. Yet, on the website where it explains all about who is eligible for EUB, it states I would receive 73 weeks total. I cannot figure out if I am Tier 1 or Tier 2, or if I am done receiving UB? Or, will the system update tomorrow morning, on a Monday, and then I will know? Should the system have automatically replenished today when I filed my claim? This whole thing is really confusing. Basically my question is, will I receive anymore UE funds? My original claim was July 4, 2011. I’ve had no breaks in between claims. I have received a straight 39 weeks of checks. Today is April 15, 2012.

April 16, 2012 at 8:13 am
(692) JC says:

Melissa – I have to say you and everyone else here has to do more investigating into this new law and how it effects your benefits in your state. There are links all over this forum that explain the law and also most of the states now have their web sites updated -after doing that and you feel they owe you more benefits you should call or go down to your local office and ask questions – its impossible for anyone here to answer your question because on paper you should still be eligible…..

April 16, 2012 at 10:52 am
(693) np says:

hi, I live in nj and have a question. The server is always down on sundays to claim, so i tried today and connection failed which means I have to try again tomorrow. Well, this will be my last check of tier 4. Website says there are no extensions after March, but here people say that tier 4 wil be extended 10 more weeks. Can anyone answer? thnks

April 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm
(694) JC says:

np – after tier 4 you go to EB – 20 weeks which is still active in NJ through at least May or June – but you probably won’t collect the full 20 weeks – thats where it gets confusing but they will let you know how many weeks you can collect — you shouldn’t give up trying to apply if it says the connection failed – eventually you should connect that day………..

April 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm
(695) np says:

thats what i thought, but then why does the website say EB is only paid through March?

April 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm
(696) JC says:

the NJ website says EB will probably end in May or June here is the link


April 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm
(697) npni says:

Yes it does, but somewhere else on the site it says through March. Well, if thats the case it might even go pass June.

April 17, 2012 at 11:05 am
(698) va nj says:

it all depends on the unempyoment rate %. if the numbers continue to drop the programs get adjusted.

April 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm
(699) Kim says:

I am unemployed..opened my “claim” last April for one week, did not rec’v pmnt for that week, went to work until laid off in Dec. went to file for unemployment, they said my claim has been open. I have been able to collect for Dec, Jan., Feb. March, April, now claim is closed. Have to refile, wait 3-4 weeks, and have no money what so ever. What am I supposed to do??? I do not find your web-sites very informative. Oh yes, one more thing, I am not married,worked all my life, have had 3 interviews, and keep applying with no luck. Now my funds are GONE..and I have nothing. What am I supposed to do now?????? I did not use the funds from April thru December of last year, why do I have to refile..where did THAT $$ go?

April 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm
(700) valerie blanck says:

everyone on this forum is so concerned about when their benefits expire and ( boohoo ) poor me . get off your duffs and start looking for work , any work . 99 ,or 72 weeks is long enough to sit on your rump . you have to do more than throw an application in the drive -thru , while picking up your WHOPPER. you lazy people make me sick .

April 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm
(701) Pissed Off says:

Valerie is as thick headed as those republican tea party morons – there is proof that there is only 1 job available now in this country for every 4 unemployed people YET they continue to blame the unemployed for the lack of jobs – hopefully these people will fall upon hard times sometime in the future they deserve it…………….

April 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm
(702) np says:

Yes, i must be getting an extension because it said i am eligible for another extension. Valerie is so cool. She is definitely my idol

April 18, 2012 at 1:17 am
(703) Stll Seeking says:

I agree with you,,ti’s sad that these few ignorant individuals have nothing better to do than post their bullying comments on this forum and probably doing so on their employers time.

April 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm
(704) Lee says:

I am in NJ and slated to move to Tier 4 either w/e 6/30 or 7/7 depending on my part time job weeks submitted. I am concerned that NJ UE Rate needs to hold at 9% in order to move to Tier 4 starting in June. If it weren’t for my part time position which pushes out my claim dates, I would have put in a claim in May.

When will we know if Tier 4 will continue past May? I am getting nervous that June is right around the corner and I will need the UI benefits.

April 18, 2012 at 7:39 pm
(705) April says:

I’m in NJ. My 1st 6 months worth of UI will end about the 1st week of June. I understand that the state will file my claim for my 1st extension for me. Will there be a delay in getting paid my extension UI? First extension is called Tier 1, correct?
Also, I’m moving to Georgia at end of July. If I inform them that I’ve moved will that have a negative effect on me collecting UI?

April 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm
(706) Teresaterri says:

Valerie you know what they say about Karma dont you? One day you are going to be in the same posistion. Just because Im unemployed and lost my job thru no fault of my own doesent mean Im some lazzya##! And someone said it right you are probrably sitting on your a## right now in some cushy office while you harrass people. Or maybe your some housewife who doesnt have anything better to do! My bet is your some rich a## who has never been close to losing everything or been a paycheck away from being out on the street.

April 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm
(707) maddox says:

hi,i have a question,my first unemployment claim was in may 2010,after 26 weeks i was put on tier 1 extension.Since i work about half the weeks of the year i was able to collect about 1 month of extensions before i was able to file a new claim in june 2011.My 2011 claim of 26 weeks expired on april 10th of 2012.I called the office in nj wondering if i will get the extension again,i will be able to file new claim in june.She said yes because i have a balance on my extensions from my 2010 claim.My question is why do they go back to the 2010 for a balance on extensions?i thought it was an extension for benefits after you run out of 26 weeks.In other words lets say i had my original claim of 26 weeks expire,then went through all extensions possible with no break and ran out of extensions.Then i get a job,work a year,get laid off,file a new claim,and then after 26 weeks im not eligable for any extensions?You only get to use extensions once from your original claim and any claims after that you will never qualify?What if i used all me extensions,got a job and worked for 5 years,got laid off,i only qualify for the 26 weeks and never again extensions?this is assuming extensions are still available of course.

April 20, 2012 at 11:51 am
(708) Teresaterri says:

Kim- Your claim is good for 1 year after you open it. If you opened it last April then it eneded this April no matter how much of it you used. When that year is up they will make you file a new claim regardless. You will also have to put in a waiting week again. I know it sucks been there myself. They just did it to me. And Im getting thirty dollars less than I was on previous claim. I was due to go to tier 2 and they put me on new claim and took back waitng week and thirty dollars a week from feb on when my old claim ran out. They didnt make me wait but kept me on extended but like I said they then took money back and I had to go 2 weeks with nothing to pay them back. Just hang in there . I know its tough. I feel for you. Ive had some interviews but Im 54 and having trouble getting a job this time around. Good luck!

April 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm
(709) Adrienne says:

I have a quick question in NJ…I am coming up on the end of Tier 2. I file tomorrow for the past 2 weeks, but then my statement says I have just one week left. Do I have to wait 2 weeks to collect that one week? Has anyone else run into this? because then I will be without income for one or two weeks most likely, if I am eligible for Tier 3, if I still don’t find a job….not too nerve racking…

April 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm
(710) JC says:


They will contact you and tell you how to claim and according to the new law when you start a new Tier you will be scheduled for an appointment at one of the unemployment offices to be interviewed to determine if you are still eligible.

April 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm
(711) Adrienne says:

Thank you, JC. So my understanding is that I will only be able to file for the one last week of benefits in 2 weeks & wait to be contacted by unemployment? If I qualify for tier 3, they will cover the week 2nd week that I had no benefits left for in my next filing for benefits?
They changed my date to file mid-tier when I called in when the online filing system was down. The agent I spoke to told me I had been filing on the wrong week & changed my date to file. I had just followed the instructions I received in the mail when I received notification that I was eligible for tier 2. I thought it was odd. Why would my filing for benefits have gone through if I was filing on the wrong week? Wouldn’t the automated online system be able to detect that?
Anyway…thank you so much for your help. You, DaveNJ, Stuck in NJ & others have help so many unfortunate people on this thread.

April 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm
(712) brenda says:

I am collecting my 1st tier of EUC and last week I was diagnosed with bells palsy. I received a letter from DOL to bring my job search records for the past 6months to them in May for a hearing to determine my eligibility for past payments & hopefully future . Do I get excused from searching for the time period of my illness with a doctors note? OR, do I not mention that I have been sick and unable to work and still send out resumes etc to show them on my hearing. I guess I am asking if people can collect when there unable to work because of an illness or do I get dropped?

April 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm
(713) JC says:


You are welcome All you can do is file when DOL tells you too .

Brenda – sorry to hear about your illness – the question I have is what state are you located in ? I don’t understand why you have to bring your job search in for the last 6 months when under the old law it was not a requirement to keep a record of your searches. First of all even when you show them the searches they are not going to call or contact all of the employers -they don’t have enough personnel employed to be able to do that for thousands of people unemployed – you won’t get excused from searching since when of the questions they ask you every time you file is were you actively searching for work and where you able and available…………….

April 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm
(714) np says:

I live in nj and got a letter last friday that I will receive EB for 20 weeks, but saw on the internet that they may stop it during may or june. I also got another letter which I have to mail in every two weeks to receive my benefits. How come everyone else had been called to meet with a rep, and I once never had been called to go? All i have to do is go on thew internet every 2 weeks, and hand in the work search form

April 24, 2012 at 12:53 am
(715) Still Searching says:

NP I am also on the 20 week EB..the May /June cut off depends on the unemployment stats for NJ come that time. I was called for the in-person interview in the beginning of my UE in addition to my phone interview .This was basically an orientation class to introduce you to their employment resource center.It may have been a random pick to who had to report but the centers are open to all

April 24, 2012 at 10:00 am
(716) Tommy says:

Can you please tell me I tried to call in for my weekly benefit in Nashville Tn and the recording told me I had exhausted my benefits. Is there anything I can do since I am still unemployed? Or does this mean they have done all they can?

April 24, 2012 at 10:03 am
(717) Tommy says:

I tried to call in this week for my weekly certification and it informed me that I had exhausted my benfits. Can you tell me does this mean there is nothing else I can recieve or sign up for?

April 24, 2012 at 11:54 am
(718) Jillian says:

I live in Colorado, and they have recentlybdone away with the SEB-2 payments as of April 7, 2012. I am not on SEB payments, I am on EUC, yet this week I received no money, even though my claim still says active, and I still have 4 weeks of payments left….I am so confused!!

April 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm
(719) np says:

Still searching, yeah i had the orientation when i first received my benefits. Never had a phone interview. Did u mean phone interview during the first eb, or when u first applied for benefits.

April 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm
(720) valerie blanck says:

blah ,blah blah …. more mindless banter from the sit-on your duff entitlement society . i’m moving to texas .can i still collect ? how much longer can i milk the benefits ? can i get extended benefits? in france people received unemployment for five years , whereupon they miraculously found a job . france lowered it to four years . again , lo and behold , people snagged a job after four years ! guess what happened after benefits ended after three and then two years ? do more than the minimum , you can’t just fill out a job application while scarfing down a whopper . get off your rump and this site and get to work ! and no i don’t believe in karma , i suspect that is food stamp mentality .

April 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm
(721) valerie blanck says:

tommy , if i knew your age , i’d advise you to join the military , rather than sitting around waiting for a check . but , on second thought they probably would reject an unambitious loser like you . what do you want us to do, take up a collection for you ?

April 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm
(722) Still Searching says:

OK Valerie..you’ve made it very clear you have a passion for Burger King.

April 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm
(723) Still Searching says:

NP..my phone interview was the beginning of UE any correspondence
since has been by mail.

April 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm
(724) Jillian says:

Does anyone know anything about my EUC question?

April 25, 2012 at 6:24 am
(725) JC says:


You said you received SEB payments ? What is that ? Where are you in your EUC Tiers – exactly .in Colorado.

Also everyone here who is still collecting has to start keeping updated on their states TUR UE % especially after May 31 – thats when the reduced weeks really kick in and some states will stop Tier 2 or 3 or 4 or EB

April 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm
(726) Adrienne says:

Here is a link to a page on NJ’s LWD website that was posted about 5 days ago regarding an update on the unemployment rate…


April 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm
(727) ritakm says:

Has anyone taken the actual EUC reemployment assessment TEST? I’ve searched all over the internet & Michigan Works (this is where Michigan claimants go for testing) web sites for actual test samples – can’t find ANYTHING. The Mi. Works employees are cautioned to NOT call it a ‘test’, rather they’re calling it an ‘assessment lab’. I go in for testing tomorrow and am anxious, even though I’m a college grad w/ 30+ working years experience.
Thx! :}

April 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm
(728) Jillian says:

No, never received SEB (Staet Extended Benefits) I don’t know how to tell where I am on my teirs, as I have been automatically placed from one to the next. When I look up my benefits, it only says Emergency Unemployment Compensation, not which tier….My ckaim still says approved, and went through this past Sunday, but paid out 0.00 for both weeks. It continues to say approved, and is telling me to claim again on May 6, but I am confused as to why I got no money, and why I should continue to claim if it will just pay out 0.00 again….Is it just something waiting to pass and I will receive that money? Or am I losing the last 4 weeks of my benefits early? My understanding is that EUC is %100 federally funded, so even since they (Colorado) are no linger eligible for State Benefits, that should not affect me, as I am not collecting state benefits. Does this make sense?

April 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm
(729) ANDY says:

I just received a mail from NJ Dept. of Labor indicating that I am eligible for Tier Two benefits. The Letter states that i must document my job search at least 3 contacts a week. Can somebody tell me if Jobs contacts through CareerBuilder and Craigslist websites are valid for these jobs search and if so how do I find the name of the employer, address, telephone number and the contact person for the jobs i apply for on these sites?

April 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm
(730) JC says:


I am going to be entering Tier 2 in another couple of weeks also if I don’t get a job by then – I had the same question you have – anyone else here have an answer ? I would think if you actually submitted your resume and have proof of it with a telephone number, of the contact and address , copy of what you sent them that would be ok alot of these companies yopu can submot right through their web site too

April 25, 2012 at 10:11 pm
(731) JC says:


also did they say whether you have to go for an interview at the office or were you instructed to file online or the telephone on a certain day like they did with Tier 1 ? I am in NJ too

April 26, 2012 at 1:59 am
(732) Still searching says:

Andy.. they are valid searches but are considered 1 search..if it was craiglist ..list that as the employer..HOW ..internet..Who.. internet address ..the last 3 boxes are self explainatory don’t limit yourself to your present profession..I know it’s not fair but it’s a requirement
If in person..list where/ Method ( in person ) then who you spoke with and so on
Good Luck in Your Search

April 26, 2012 at 2:11 am
(733) Still Searching says:

Also Andy…When you recieve a response to your posted resume on places such as craiglist and of course you respond back …that would be another work search

April 27, 2012 at 9:02 am
(734) ritakm says:

In regards to my posting on 4/25 regarding my concerns about Michigan’s new required assessment testing for EUC tier 1&2 recipients.
I took the assesment 4/26. No biggy – just an online (at MiWorks’ office) self-assessment of your own job skills for your profession. After you rate yourself, you’re shown how your skills compare to the average within that profession. It also lists your strong points.
Then the counselor has everyone log into thier own MiJobBank resume and copy/paste as many (or none if that’s your choice) of their strengths into their resume; print out the new resume; and hand it in to the MiWorks counsellor. After that you’re free to leave. the whole process took about 90 minutes, although 2 hr time slots are scheduled.
For those who may want extrahelp, the counsellor works individually assisting them to rework their resumes.
You can also assess yourself for other possible occupations if your interested in changing or looking at a new career.
All the staff at MiWorks were helpful and kind.

April 28, 2012 at 7:03 am
(735) Veronica says:

My daughter, age 26,(Texas resident) is currently receiving Tier 1 Federal benefits. She began her unemployment at the end of June 2011. She will soon be in Tier 2. She has been accepted in a college vocational training course for Surgical tech assistant at a local junior college.
Is she entitled to have Texas workforce monetary assistance to pay for this training; and is she entitled to continue receiving her full unemployment benefits of $90 per week (taxes are being deducted) while attending this course of retraining? The course will only be two days during the week for June, July, and August; upon which the attendance will increase to four days per week for the next eleven months. Thus, during the summer, she will be available for work five days per week.

April 28, 2012 at 8:42 am
(736) JC says:


you have to call the Texas DOL ASAP – also why does she have taxes taken out ? They will just be refunded to her when she files her income tax in April since her amount is not high. Also how can she be available for work 5 days a week in the summer if she is in training 2 days a week June hrough August – unless those 2 days are saturday and sunday ?

April 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm
(737) Stll Searching says:

JC .. NJ also has a program to further education at little or no cost depending availabilty of class size and is accepted as a work search.
Check your local work force services

April 29, 2012 at 10:23 am
(738) Jen says:

My regular unemployment 26 weeks NYS is showing a balance of $67. When do I move to the next tier and when will I recieve my full benefit amount

April 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm
(739) Anj says:

I just finished my 26 weeks of UI claim as of this week. And have exhausted all the funds. Now I am just waiting to hear what is going to happen. I recieved a letter saying I would get a letter in approx 10 days. Before that latter I had recieved one telling me I did not have to do anything to get the extension – that it would be filed for me. Now reading they are cutting benefits, I worry that I will get nothing, funny thing is the job market still bad for people my age. I am over 55.
Can anyone explain how the change in California status can effect my getting Tier 1 benefits.


April 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm
(740) JC says:

Still Searching – Thanks for the info – did you apply for the training ?

April 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm
(741) Sonu says:

Does anyone know how arizona works ? I am on my third week of getting benefits ..but it exhausts in 11 weeks . We get the highest amount of 240 here . I wanted to know how teir 1 and two would work for me … PLEASE HELP!!!

April 30, 2012 at 10:03 am
(742) Blossom says:

Could anyone please help with a question? I just exhausted my federal EUC tier 1 benefits today (Ohio). Will I be eligible for tier 2 benefits? The Ohio unemployment website is not helpful at all. I tried calling the unemployment office, but there is a 3 hour wait time to speak to someone. I’m waiting for them to call me back. Please help!

May 1, 2012 at 1:04 am
(743) mat says:

Is it legal for them to go back to 4 years previous on your wages for a extension because on my claim I was making 700 a week working and when I got laid off got 365 every two weeks and now my first extension the lowered me to 38 dollars a week which now has caused me to be homeless is there any way to file a speak on the extension amount

May 1, 2012 at 3:55 am
(744) Still Searching says:

JC..I regret I didn’t take advantage

May 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm
(745) Christina says:

I got 2 letters one saying : No further payment on benefits can be made on your emergency unemployment as you have exhausted the amount of your entitlement. There are no other extensions available at this time. If you have been notified that you have a balance left on your claim for trade readjustment allowance, you should continue to file.

The second letter says: your weekly rate of euc08 is 123.00. Recent legislation added 123.00 to your EUC08 benefit account.

I got those the same day does that mean I still get a one time payment of 123 or is that 123 for a few more weeks?

May 2, 2012 at 11:16 am
(746) Holly says:

I have exhausted all of my NJ UI benifets, including the EB.. is there anything i can do to get anything else? Ive been looking for a job and cant find one and i have bills t0 pay. i dont know what to do! please help

May 2, 2012 at 7:31 pm
(747) masshassle says:

I was just approved for TIER 1 extended benefits on thursday of last week. My employer had appealed the decision to the review board in mass for my ORIGINAL 26 week claim. After getting my first check on TIER 1 yesterday, I get a letter today from the review board saying that the decision has been reversed and that I am no longer eligible for my original claim! Will I be losing my current, Federal extended benefits now??

May 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm
(748) mimi ca says:

Hi I have a question I worked for 5 years 2 jobs when I got pregnant I was hospitalized so I lost both of my jobs I was on disability for 9 months n when I run out of that I applied for unemployment they only gave me for3 months (16 weeks) n I run out of that to they told me I don’t qualify for an extention is there anything I can do?

May 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm
(749) Terri says:

I live I’n Maryland I been geting unment 4 a year but I am get emergencer now when it runs out can I still get unment or dose that mean after my emerg is over I will not get no more or can I still get it

May 8, 2012 at 2:28 am
(750) CaliChris says:

Hey guys I really appreciate all the information that is being shared here. The frustration of dealing with local government is terrible. I have a quick question about California EDD. How long does it take to get your checks once Tier 1 ends? Really penny pinching in anticipation of worst case scenario. Thanks for all your help and the time you spend posting.

May 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm
(751) BTMan says:

I am in CA and I received uneployment in the past and it was exhausted. I was thankfully finally able to get employment a few months later. I have been working for the past 9 month but was let go recently. Can I apply for unemployment again or is it just a one time thing. I was under the impression it was but someone told me that I may qualify. I searched through the edd website but could not find an answer. Any advice is greatly appreciated

May 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm
(752) KimNJ says:

I am collecting EB in NJ, and have a question that I cannot find on the web site. I have a small part time job, which enables me to continue to collecting EB but at a rate reduced by what the part time job is paying (hoping it turns into full time, but nothing yet!). Based on the total number of weeks, my EB would end later this month, but my online filing says that I have $X amount of benefits left in dollars to collect. Will the EB automatically stop at the maximum weeks date, or will they go beyond that since I have $ beyond that in my claim balance?

May 9, 2012 at 11:06 pm
(753) Karen says:

Can someone help? Whats going on with CA? I read that by May 12 2012 they were’nt gonna give none no more money. Why? Or is this even true?

May 10, 2012 at 12:55 am
(754) Karen says:

This is what it said on th Edd face book The U.S. Department of Labor has notified the EDD that the FED-ED program must end May 12, 2012. Payments can only be made for weeks of unemployment up through the week ending May 12, 2012, even if there is a balance remaining on the FED-ED extension. The end of the FED-ED program does not affect the first 4 extensions (Tiers 1-4) that are payable through the end of this year… Does anyone get this?

May 11, 2012 at 3:21 am
(755) Still Searching says:

Kim NJ ..All teirs are posted on the NJ site with a deadline at the end of year no matter where you are in your claim. However EB which I’m also on is posted to possibly end in the May /June time period based on the unemployment rate posted by USDOL.Currently NJ is still at 9% and I believe the GOV assistance cutoff is 8.5%. Can’t say May/June cut offis are calculated on people finding employment or people that exhausted their benefits which would drop the stats.
The unknown is scary but at least there a grace period posted if it should end.
Good Luck in your Job search it’s not easy out there.

May 11, 2012 at 9:24 am
(756) JC says:

Still Searching – EB ends in the states where the unemployment rate is no longer 10 % higher then it was 3 years ago – which of course makes no sense at all for high unemployment states- unfortunately NJ is one of only about 7 or 8 states where the current unemployment rate is still 9 % or higher and is forecasted to stay at 9 % when the individual states rates are announced May 18th.for April. The gap is widening between the national 8.1 % rate and NJ’s 9 %.


May 12, 2012 at 1:43 am
(757) Still Searching says:

Hey JC..question for you..from current stats EB in NJ is not on cut list yet..however June marks the start of cut backs in eligible weeks. From what I read the 20 week max remains the same (again based on stats) but with proposed reduction of the MAX does this affect us already on this merry-go-round .
If anything I’ve gained a great education on a topic I don’t wish for anyone except in for those in the GOV positions who can care less.

May 13, 2012 at 9:58 am
(758) Tompk says:

Hi,Im in NJ and as we all know its a confusing place. I just started Tier2
and with my notification I was reminded that my benefit yr ends 5/12/12.
Knowing people have had problems at this point I called an agent in advance who told me at this point when I went to claim for wks 4/29/12
& 5/6/12 I wouldnt be able to claim and I would just have to call an agent
who would ask me a few questions ,recertify (unlock ) my claim and I could continue on with no loss.I went to claim today(Sun) for those 2 wks
and got a message that no benefits where available.I have seen on this site that some people get contacted when & where to recertify,but have personally talked to many more who were not contacted in advance & when they where locked they just called an agent (tomorrow for me) and got unlocked and were able to continue.Has anyone had experience with this? Thanks

May 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm
(759) JC says:

Still Searching – EB is going to end by June because the 3 year 3 month average between 2009 Feb – April is going to be less then 10 lower higher then the Feb – April 2012 so they give you a 2 week notice when they announce it then you are completely cut off.My guess is they announce it around June 1. So that means everyone will be cut of receiving EB since its a new quarte beginning.

May 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm
(760) JC says:

Hey TOMPK- I have also heard you just call in – and they ask you a few questions and thats it you continue on when your year anniversary is up.Problem is it might take all day to get through becuase of busy telephone lines . Let us know how you do .

I have a question for you – I am beginning Tier 2 in NJ – just filed the last claim for Tier 1 a few minutes ago. My question is – did they require you to go down to the unemployment office ?- and if or if not did they send you instructions on the new job search documentation requirements and what are they ?- since I will begin documenting them this week.

May 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm
(761) Tompk says:

JC-Thanks for the input.You should be getting a notice anytime,Likeyou did for Tier 1,and it should tell you the claiming starts right after Tier 1 ended so there is no lag time.You dont have to go anywhere,its done automatically & it gives you instructions about the work search record.

May 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm
(762) StuckinNJ says:

Do I need to get a fax machine to send over my work searches every two weeks or do I need to go down to office only when they call me for work search log.

May 14, 2012 at 1:25 am
(763) Still Searching says:

StuckinNJ…NJ sends you the work search form to fill in.They require you to mail it back not FAX on the Friday before you claim your next benefit..Be sure to make a photo copy for your records.They will send a new one once they receive the one prior. Don’t sweat a Friday postmark but get in the post box as close to the required due date.
Address for mailing is printed on your form

May 14, 2012 at 8:14 am
(764) Tompk says:

More confusion! Reguarding the new Work Search Requirement.Im in NJ
Onmy Tier 2 Notice it state you must keep the record but only produce it when requested.I was sent no form but told to print it off the nj web site
under ” Forms & Publications for Claimants and Employers”. That form also says to produce the record only if requested. I have claimed 3 Xs since
the new requirment without sending anything in with no problem.

May 14, 2012 at 11:59 am
(765) JC says:

So what is NJ playing games in regards to the work search requirements ?Some folks send it in and others don’t ? Realistically I don’t see how they have enough people working there to review tens of thousands of these forms every week.

Also I suggest using Monster.com to search for jobs – you can create your resume and cover letter there and just send it electronically to the company through their site and they send you an email receipt.

May 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm
(766) Still Searching says:

My Job search submissions are based on EB requirements.Can they verify each individual listing is questionable however do believe they are reviewed in general to seek out those that are being less than honest.
Keep your searches real and good luck

May 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm
(767) richierich22 says:

You people should stop worring about when your unemployment will run out and be more concerned about finding a job, us hard working americans are tired of people sitting around collecting free money, get a job you bums!

May 14, 2012 at 2:52 pm
(768) JC says:

Still Searching,

thats whats so good about Monster.com – there are real jobs there and the sight keeps a record for you and documents everything you send out through their sight electronically – and sends you an email copy which you can print with the date sent and then keep in a folder. Monster.com is a site the unemployment office is familiar with……………

May 15, 2012 at 11:11 am
(769) Tompk says:

I have sort of an off beat question . I reached my yr anniversary as I said before (758) and got the dreaded message that I had “no benefits available”.Mon. I called an agent who reopened my claim and put my biwkly claim in for me. Being naturally paranoid I checked my claim on the internet and that pesky message is still there. I have talked to 3 agents who all checked and all told me that my claim indeed had been reopened
and the biwkly claim submitted.I just dont understand why the site still shows that message. Maybe its what happens if you try to go on the claiming site after that weeks claim has already been submitted. Anyone had this experience?Thanks

May 15, 2012 at 1:47 pm
(770) JC says:


Might take a few more days for the system to catch up to the change – I wouldn’t worry about it until you have to submit your next bi weekly claim.
by the way what questions they ask you when you called ?

May 15, 2012 at 2:46 pm
(771) Tompk says:

JC- They just asked me if I have worked since opening my original claim a year ago,and the questions asked when you normally claim biwkly-are you fit for work,etc.
The agent who reopened my claim and put my biwkly claim in,and the other 2 agents I talked to all said my money would be deposited in 2 days as usual.In your opinion the fact that that message is still there shouldnt effect that.

May 15, 2012 at 7:26 pm
(772) JC says:

Tompk – what counts is if the money is in your bank account when they said it would be and if not give them a call………..

May 16, 2012 at 1:54 am
(773) Still Searching says:

Being a bully is usually a cry for help

May 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm
(774) Mrs Oz says:

richierich22 Some of us currently unemployed who have worked hard and steadily for over 30+ years have probably financed you in some way or another over the years in some means. (I am talking the over 50+ crowd here).. so get off of your high horse and hope to heck that you are never in this same position. In the meantime, have a great week :o )

May 17, 2012 at 12:32 am
(775) Still Searching says:

Mrs OZ

Notice the few haters always seem to post during the hours they should be working.Wish I could be employed to surf the net instead of doing my job

May 17, 2012 at 8:25 am
(776) JC says:

OK – as mentioned previously I just started Tier 2 in NJ and got my letter with the details yesterday and you just keep claiming as usual and they only require you too keep a record of at least 3 work searches each week and you do not have to send these to them unless they request it. So the best way to do this is print out their official blank form from forms and publications on the state UE website and keep your record there so if they request it you just have to make a copy and send it in. I have been using Monster.com to apply for jobs – anybody have any additional sites where you just send your resume through the site ? As previously mentioned monster has 1000′s of jobs listed and you can create and store your resume and cover letters on their site for free.

May 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm
(777) freddy says:

There aren’t any real job out there. I already collected my 99 weeks back in 2011, when I was laid off back in late 08. Most of the Corporations out there out-source those “old American job” oversea so they can fatten their pockets. This is the new America, and it’s here to stay. For those of you out there, better learn to cope and live with it, because it’s here to stay for a long time before it gets any better.

May 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm
(778) Still Searching says:

JC…Many out there to post on and I find new ones each day..here’s a few Ebay classifieds,, Hotjobs.com,,Cyber Coders,,Career employment Jobs,, Jobs.com,,Simply hired,,Americas Job exchange. Type in your job title and you find how many are out there.
I’ve had reponses from Corp HR departments as well as independent
recruiters so they are looking.
Down side is the same position is posted on multiple sites and not always updated when filled.
Individual corpororations also post on their own sites. They may not have an available job in your expertise but submit your resume anyway so your on file in their HR depts
I had interviewed 3 times with certain corp and haven’t heard back so far.It was not the position I originally applied for but for a newly created position that they thought I would fit into . Maybe there was a stronger canidate or a decision has yet to be made.Not all have the courtesy to you inform of their decisions. My advise..keep on searching until yout 1st paycheck turns into a 2nd..Good Luck

May 18, 2012 at 11:09 am
(779) JC says:

Still Searching – thanks for the info on the different web sites.

Also the new individual state unemployment rates were just released for April and NJ UE rate went up to 9.1 % – not looking good


May 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm
(780) Still Searching says:

Hey JC..it’s sad to see the stats are up..positive side are those who were/ are fortunate to have been eligible to collect won’t be cut off tomorrow but so discouraging at the lack of jobs available.I know someone who exhausted the max long ago and was promised work to have started MON. He was left a voice mail that the company decided to rehire an employee who previously worked for their company who is not a US citizen and back only to make a living to send his wages back to his family living in another country. I have no problem with the out of towners bit I think the GOV should a take a closer look at the private sector. Don’t get me wrong I’m proud of the opportunites the US allows to all but in todays economic crisis maybe it’s to put a cap on our out of towners for the time being

May 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm
(781) dave says:

I have 6 weeks remaining on teir 3 in fl, but with the unemployment level dropping below 9% last month will that cause the teir 3 payments to cease. I read somewhere that it stopped on may12 right after I claimed my last weeks. supposed to do my next claim on tue and worried. from my understanding it is supposed to be based on the 3 mo avg, am i wrong. my rent is due thur and am a little nervous.
Thanks for any info on this?

May 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm
(782) Still Searching says:

Dave if your in NJ the stats went up

May 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm
(783) Debby says:

I live in Ohio and started my “initial” phase of unemployment compensation 12/3/2011.(1st payment.) My online account indicates I have two more payments remaining (387×2) for a total of 26 weeks.
With all this discussion of tiers I’m not sure what comes next.

Does anyone on this site have information about:
what can I expect beyond the 26 week period?
what do I need to do (besides continue to look for employment)?

someone mentioned a required training session? what is that all about?
and finally, has anyone successfully applied for food or cash assistance?
SNAP is the new acronymn for the food assistance program (I think!) but
I continue to get “server errors” and URL messages when trying to connect…N E and all advice would be helpful…thank you in advance, Debby

May 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm
(784) Patti says:

Has anyone had a reemployment and eligibility assessment in PA? What are they like?

May 20, 2012 at 8:51 am
(785) JC says:

For the last couple of posters with questions about tiers in their states – no one here can answer your question except yourself. The reason being the law is different in many states now because of quarterly tier percentage requirements and EXACTLY where you are in your tier. You have to know EXACTLY where you are – off by one week could mean the difference between eligibility of 13 or 14 weeks of benefits or nothing.

Here is the link with the chart – you need to get a calendar and keep record of what week you are in and what tier and your 3 month average unemployment rate in your state – anyone answering your question here could be wrong because you have to know EXACTLY where you are week to week

Here is the chart – scroll down in it- also print this out


May 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm
(786) concernedmom says:

I am on EB currently, I have five weeks left on my claim…will my benefits be cut off even if I haven’t exhausted all of my claim..NJ is schedule to begin changing it’s EB program at the end of May whatever that means..My claim doesn’t run out until July 1st, 2012..And for those who think it’s a joke looking for a job, it isn’t! employers don’t even call you back after you’ve submitted a resume..no email nor response in the mail. concernedmom

May 20, 2012 at 10:05 pm
(787) No jobs out there says:

I am also looking and have been looking for a job for months!!!!!! The Fed Ext. is up in CA and I just started it! So stressed! I have been in my profession for 8 years! I got laid off and have been applying for everything! No one calls you back!!!!

May 20, 2012 at 10:56 pm
(788) concernedmom says:

Sorry to hear about the Ca benefits being cut off. I’ve begin looking at employment in other states outside of jersey, and I’m finding that some states are just as bad off. Can we get some relief! Even unemployment educational grants have been exhausted. Some of the programs that are designed to help you re-enter the workforce have run out of funds! Go figure!

May 21, 2012 at 2:09 am
(789) Still Searching says:

Hey concernedmom…I’m not fare behind you on EB. It’s frustrating enough not get responses on application and resume postings but the unknown of possible termination for benefits is an added burden of stress.The economy isn’t that much better in fact here in NJ where the stats went up I know many that have exhausted their benefits and are now living off whatever savings they have left.
I understand adjustments are nessessary but put the deatils on the table so all understand what they facing to plan.

May 21, 2012 at 10:42 am
(790) Zeal says:

I am currently in Florida and my EB has ceased, what are my other options since there are no jobs out here that pay a decent wage for the services I’d do. (Telemarketing jobs pay based on commission its not a way to survive around here)

I’ll be losing pretty much everything as I’ve been living from paycheck to paycheck and have already had to make concessions as I’m sure everyone else has.

There are no jobs down here and I just cant get a hold of the unemployment office to find out anything and Florida’s unemployment website isn’t too clear, all it says is it ends but not what I can do afterwards. Does that mean that unemployment will be ending in my state because unemployment was down?

It’s not down, it’s more rampant then ever. Just because people aren’t filing their unemployment claims does not mean it’s down.

Anyhow, anyone able to help me that understands a bit more on the Florida side?

May 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm
(791) sharon collins says:


May 22, 2012 at 1:12 am
(792) Chris says:

I, too, have worked for over 40 years and luckily I went back to work for most of 2011 as a temp for a former company I worked at years ago. Here is a few suggestions for those looking. (1) if you have applicable skills try joining LinkedIn (2) get in touch with old co-workers or bosses if you are on good terms (3) network and (4) if you are not working, swallow pride and try and get all the government help you can.

To freddy who mentions “This is the new America, and it’s here to stay. For those of you out there, better learn to cope” . . . you are right on cause those of us over age 55 or 60 are done. The US wants to use “austerity” measures to kill us off. This is how it ends for many of us who had great careers.

May 22, 2012 at 1:17 am
(793) Chris says:

To no jobs – I’m in CA too, and this is definitely not the state to reside in right now. Aside from the high unemployment, many business have left the state because it’s cheaper to do business elsewhere and those businesses that are still here aren’t hring.

May 22, 2012 at 4:57 am
(794) Still Searching says:

Hey Chris ..I will to be in the over 55 group soon I think ..I can’t remember LOL :) . All kidding aside us old timers know no matter what new technology is presented it will never take the palce of the basic knowledge and experience. This will always be needed to guide our present and future Tech teams. they will only be as successful based on the correct information provided to them

May 22, 2012 at 9:06 am
(795) JC says:

More bad news folks – the unemployment rate is forecasted to increase through the year. This also means some states whose rate has been decreasing might start to rise and then additional tiers will be turned on again and other states with current rates above 9 % such as NJ now have an increased chance of being eligible for all 4 tiers through the end of the year.

here is the link to the forecast:


May 22, 2012 at 11:07 am
(796) amy says:

So I just started the final phase of Extended Benefits of UI in CA.
Now, they’re ending. There’s nothing to do, is there?
What if the rate climbs again? Can we re-open a claim?
Are there any states that are still above the required 10% unemployment?

good luck to all of you struggling out there.

May 23, 2012 at 9:01 am
(797) JC says:

here is a link that has most of the info you need about the current status of tiers and the states that are eligible and changing with the new quarter less then 10 days away


May 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm
(798) Damian says:

Hello! I am about to end my regular 26 weeks Unemployment NJ. What happens next when the balance goes to 0? Will I still get my EUC? How many weeks? and what is the diffrence between EUC AND EB? Thanks!

May 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm
(799) JC says:

Damian – read the top of this website – it explains all the tiers – also the state UE website does too -

May 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm
(800) Damian says:

Oh thank you so much JC!! I am safe for now! But still searching this is very difficult =(

May 29, 2012 at 10:08 am
(801) Michael says:

I have already been through my original benefits and just finished one extension in NJ, do I get a second extension?

May 29, 2012 at 11:50 pm
(802) Still Searching says:

Michael…What extention did you complete

May 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm
(803) Katie says:

I live in FL, and have satisfied my original 26 week claim and am currently receiving my EUC tier 1 benefits. Since, the EB benefits are no longer availble, does that mean when my EUC tier 1 is up, I am done with benefits? Can someone please answer for me…. Thanks :)

May 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm
(804) Michael says:

Still…I had my original 26 weeks and just now am finishing my 20 week extension.

May 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm
(805) Sharon Boudreaux says:

I received a notice of determination sec 1277 does this mean my benefits will stop

May 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm
(806) nick54 says:

So I have 10 weeks left in my nj eb. If the unemployment rate went up, doesn’t that mean I will still receive my funds.

May 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm
(807) redswthart says:

My husband just exhausted his unemployment benefits this past week.. He only filed for 1 week and was not able to file for his second week. Today he got a letter in the mail stating that he got his extension for another 20 weeks. Can he go in and claim the second week since he was able to do so?

May 31, 2012 at 2:27 pm
(808) JC says:

To Answer a few questions here – but before I do EVERYONE better start reading the links at the top of this page and going to your state UE page because the new law is so complex that if you don’t stay on top of things you could end up losing your benefits without warning. And the chances of getting a wrong answer here are high because every state is different now with the quarterly UE rate in different tiers requirement.

Michael – you are eligible for Tier 2 – 14 weeks after that all depends on the unemployment rate 3 month TUR

Sharon – sec 1277 – what is that ?

Nick – you have to check back week to week now EB will be ending because they look back 3 years and the rate has to be 10% higher then it was 3 years ago – the week that ends in 2 weeks they stop paying.

Redswthart – all states are different – you have to contact by phone your UE office

May 31, 2012 at 2:53 pm
(809) nick54 says:

Confused a little. The week that ends i two weeks they stop paying??? You mean two weeks from today they stop paying?

May 31, 2012 at 3:02 pm
(810) cheryl smith says:

I live in texas and my eb ended may 12th. I think this is horrible. There was still $1200 in my account. I would like to know why the government would not allow me to have those funds.what is the US coming to. I have no money for rent or food. God help us all

May 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm
(811) Virginia says:

My question is this. How high does the unemployment rate need to be in my state for me to continue receiving the extended benefits? Is the federal unemployment rate tied into the different states’ unemployment rates? NYS says on its site that the rate has to be above a certain rate for a three month period for me to continue receiving extended benefits, but it doesn’t say what that rate has to be or whether I should look into the unemployment rate at the federal or state level. Is there someplace online to look to find what the unemployment rate is for my state and the rate it needs to be at for me to continue receiving extended benefits?

June 1, 2012 at 11:46 am
(812) JC says:

Everyone with a question should click on all the links on this site the opnes right at the beginning and the links scattered throughout all the posts – you will be able to gather all the info you need from them after clicking n them save them or print them out – so many people have no idea whats going on and how it effects them its unbelievable – many people are waking up one day and find pout their benefits stopped without any warning because they didn’t bother to investigate the new law – with the internet all the info is available if you dig a little………

June 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm
(813) nick54 says:

Well looks like they stopped my nj eb. I didnt receive the work search form this week. I am still gonna try and claim this Sunday anyway. Man i had like 10 weeks left too.

June 2, 2012 at 12:16 am
(814) Still Searching says:

nick54..I just claimed yesterday on my EB..all went through OK with no
indication that it has ended…maybe your form is late because of the Holiday

June 2, 2012 at 7:42 am
(815) nick54 says:

Still searching, how did u clam on a friday. I thought u can claim sunday the earliest. Or do u mean u handed in your form. Last time I claimed was Sunday the day before memorial day.did u claim for the weeks before memorial day or this week that just passed.

June 2, 2012 at 8:30 am
(816) JC says:

EB in NJ is still ON. The next state UE data is scheduled for release Friday June 15. If on that date NJ is less then 110% of the 3 month TUR 3 years ago the last date to collect EB will be 3 weeks later on week ending July 7, 2012. I figured this out by looking at the labor site link below and if you scroll down it explains what happened to the states that triggered off EB after the last state data release on May 18


June 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm
(817) nick54 says:

So basically i am suppose to claim my next eb next sunday. Maybe it is my fault because I handed in the work search on saturday instead of friday. Plus memorial day delayed it. You think they stopped my eb because i mailed the form a day late? Hopefully it comes in the mail today, or of to the unemployment office on Monday.

June 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm
(818) nick54 says:

Jc, so basically from your research nj eb is still good for at least up to july 7.

June 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm
(819) JC says:

Yes Nick – the status of which states trigger on and off tiers and EB only happens once a month after the release of the state data which is June 15th this month. Should be interesting since the national rate went up one tenth from 8.1 to 8.2 and NJ was a 1 percent higher then the national rate in May 9.1 %. It will be high enough for the next few months to keep tier 2 to 4 ON BUT I doubt EB will last past July 7 since it has to be 10 % higher then 3 years ago which doesn’t look likely even if the rate goes up again. Things do not look good at all here in NJ – very few jobs available – thousands of people exhausting benefits every week and a slowing economy possibly going in to another recession – but did some of these states even exit the last recession ?

June 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm
(820) nick54 says:

Hey jc, do they send the work search form every time you mail it in or everytime you claim your benefits. I mailed my work search a day late, and still havent received another form. You think they disqualified me.

June 3, 2012 at 11:52 am
(821) JC says:

Nick – only way to find out for sure is call them- who knows it could have gotten lost in the mail….

June 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm
(822) Joe Brown says:

Why are people retired alowed to collect unemploment in Wisconsin? Many are not even trying to find a job, just sitting back and enjoying an extra 14000.00 dollars a year for their retirement. This is very wrong and should be stopped.

June 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm
(823) survivort says:

I have been working part time and collecting partial UI benefits. Will I still be able to move to the next tier?

June 4, 2012 at 8:17 am
(824) patti says:

Joe – I took early retirement (all i get is SS) because when my UC runs out in three months I am probably never going to work again in an above minimum wage job or any job. I am 62 competing against hundreds of younger people for each job I apply to. My SS is very low and my UC is not 14,000 a year. So that UC is very helpful, I am not getting rich off it.

June 5, 2012 at 4:55 am
(825) Rudy Morales says:

I was one of the 99ers in Texas. In late February, I found out no more Tiers. I was on Tier 4. After the Tiers ended, I get this pamphlet from the Texas Work Force called 211 Texas. The Pamphlet said 211 Texas helps with Food, Rent, and Utilities. This is just an info line. A operator gives you a number for Church Charities, and organizations. When you call these places, they all say the same thing. You have to be in a zip code range to get an appointment. Otheres say they cannot help with food unless you are in the zip code range. I am still looking for work. I lost my truck, had to move out my apt because I couldnt make rent. When I do interview, the companies treat me like I chose to be out of work this long. This is wrong. I didnt cause the Recession. The ones that caused it got Bail Outs, and I get grief. People need to here the nonsense we are all going through here in Texas. Im sure others can relate somehow to my situation.

June 5, 2012 at 9:44 am
(826) Alex says:

Could somebody help me? I’m on the Tier 4 I believe of EB, mailed out my Work Search form on Friday last week and then tried to file my claim on Sunday online in NJ but I received the message “Your certification cannot be completed as Extended Benefits has ended in your resident state. ” I still had $870.00 left on my claim. Does this mean EB claim has ended for the state and won’t be renewed?

June 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm
(827) debbie says:


I have been collecting my “first” installment of NY extended benefits, I’m assuming that’s my first tier? I have less than a thousand left, if I need additional employment benefits, would I qualify for Tier 2?

Not sure how it all works, thanks if anyone can answer..again this NY state benefits, I began getting benefits in Aug 2011. It is incredibley frustrating to try to find work that at least pays 13 or more per hour.

I have a MA, still looking for work more so in my field of study, I”m close to 40 and need to make at least 600 to 700 per week to pay for basic needs and live meagerly comfortable if that makes sense…I’ve given up trying to get an apartment on my own. This is really depressing me so much. So my second question, anyone have any job tips for aging science/liberal art college grads? SMART system from NY Dept of Labor seems to be a waste of time…

June 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm
(828) val says:

aren’t you glad you voted for mr. hope and change ? all whining cuz you are out of work and sweating cuz your benefits are almost up .99 weeks is long enough to sit on your ass !

June 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm
(829) JC says:

Val – goofing off at work again – surfing the internet looking at unemployment sites and harrassing people – or did you call in sick to get a day with pay ? whats your excuse ? your boss is watching you…..

June 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm
(830) JC says:

EB did not end in NJ – here is the latest trigger report from Sunday 3rd


Also in NJ things are looking worse read this:


June 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm
(831) Mia says:

I just exhausted Tier 2 of EUC in DC. I went to my claimant website and logged in. It now states that I have “exhausted Tier 2 and waiting for Congress to decide further on EUC benefits and to continue filing”, but there is no where on the website I can file. I thought they already extended the benefits to end year 2012, or has the website just not been updated? Do I automatically receive Tier 3 just like how I went from Tier 1 to Tier 2 (meaning I didn’t have to apply to get Tier 2 from Tier 1). Does DC receive Tier 3? Can somebody help please?? I can’t seem to get a clear answer!

June 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm
(832) JC says:


Your UE rate is high enough for tier 3 benefits – after you exhausted tier 2 you should have received in the mail a letter from them – the same type letter you received after you exhausted tier 1. You should just continue claiming on the web site 2 weeks after you exhausted tier 2……

June 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm
(833) Jon says:

I got a letter from NY stating that I had 14 more weeks of EUC, I have claimed 4 weeks, with 10 weeks left. I logged on Sunday morning, went through the claim process and then today I checked my bank and there was no deposit. I checked the website and it doesn’t show that the payment was released. My BYE was on 5/29/2012, but I had 10 weeks left… did they cut my EUC in the middle of it?!?

According to the calculator:
26 weeks of regular UI
20 weeks of EUC – Tier 1
13 weeks of EUC – Tier 2
14 weeks of EUC
(13 weeks Tier 3 and 1 week Tier 2)
73 weeks total

I don’t understand why I didn’t get this weeks payment, nor why I can’t even try to certify a claim?!? Also, I don’t understand what: (13 weeks Tier 3 and 1 week Tier 2) means in brackets…?

June 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm
(834) Mia says:

Why 2 weeks after I have exhausted Tier 2? Is there a reason I have to wait 2 weeks? Also, I got the regular weekly claim form and it doesn’t state anything about Tier 3. It states I have no balance left (void) and week ending for claim (void). I dont understand this. Why can’t they just be clear about it?

June 6, 2012 at 10:06 pm
(835) JC says:


Your benefit year ended 5/29 ? you have to call them to recertify after 1 year and then they release the payments and you continue on

June 6, 2012 at 10:39 pm
(836) Jay says:

I have exhaulsted my t1 t2 and t3 eb benefits in 2008, I started back working for 2 years and got laid off so I started a new claim and recieved my reg benefits in texas. I then qualified for eb directed back to my old claim in 2008 to finish that off. Do I recieve more eb for the new claim or do u only get an extension once forever?

June 7, 2012 at 11:11 am
(837) Bdub says:

Had a quick question I’m hoping someone could help me with, I was on tier 4 EUC here in NC. When i went to file my stuff Sunday it said my benefits had been exhausted, I’ve read around the dept. of labor sites and such and dont quite understand my findings. Here in NC EB benefits were ended in may, but our state level is still over 9%, and I had read on the dept of labor site about an EUC extension for tier 4 that was for an additional 10weeks since the unemp. rate was over 9 and the EB ending, but you had to been on/in tier 4 before may 31?? So im thinking I should qualify for this but I’m not certain and I can’t get no one from the unemployment office to answer my question or even call me back.

June 8, 2012 at 8:00 am
(838) nick54 says:

I went to the unemployment office and notified them that I didnt get my worksearch form for EB. I asked them if some people lost their EB, and they said no. I told them that I got worried, so she told me to claim every week. She basically said to just do the worksearch every week, and claim benefits every week. I tried it and got my benefits.

June 8, 2012 at 10:34 am
(839) JC says:

Nick – thats really interesting it means that NJ is not stopping you from collecting even if you don’t send the form in . Whats probably happening is they only randomly select people to audit and most of those work search forms sit in a big bin someplace never opened because they don’t have enough employees to review them every week because they receive tens of thousands or more of them each week…..

June 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm
(840) nick54 says:

Well actually i am sending it every week. She said just make photo copies of the form so I can claim every week. I had a friend who never submitted the form and claimed his benefits.

June 10, 2012 at 10:24 am
(841) Karen says:

I have a question. I read on the ca edd website that there starting this job search and everyone has to go in but I live in a different state. What will happen? Will ill stop getting unemployment?

June 10, 2012 at 11:22 am
(842) kbob says:

I just ran out of my 26 weeks today I was told on the site $0.00 money left. Should my extension have been put in place today? Will I get the 20 weeks? HELP

June 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm
(843) Daemon5258 says:

Continue to Claim Payment when you sign on to Unemployment Benefit Services .

You should get a letter / form that you need to fill out and send in.

Within the next week you should see if you got approved to move on to EUC Tier 1. (I saw it on Unemployment Benefit Services, before I got the official approval letter.)

Hope this helps

(This is for TX, as your state may differ.)

June 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm
(844) Bobbi says:

Thanks to many individuals on this site who have educated as well as kept many of us up to date . Your links to certain information in terms of current information has been very helpful . I reside in Texas …lost my 30 year position April 11 at the young age of 65 …very unexpected . It is very sad to see others so critical ..call us lazy, dead-beats ..etc. Everyday I spend hours seeking employment not just in my field ( Architect) ..but doing anything ! But not much demand for individuals my age regardless of good health, work record or education . Question I have not been able to find an answer to : I have just put in my last request ( 6/10) for payment on Tier II and to date Texas remains qualified for Tier III EUC ….it was usually only a few days after I had exhausted previous Tiers that I automatically received notice I had moved up/qualified for next Tier . I am concerned since the next 3 month TUR’s are coming out on the 15th of June …Texas is balancing right at their Trigger off rate of 7% and I am not sure how the look-back factors into all this ! If I get qualified for Tier III and Texas triggers off …am I immediately cut-off or because the claim was already established , am I able to continue it under the phase out guidelines ! Any help in answering my concern is greatly appreciated – Good luck to all !

June 11, 2012 at 8:18 am
(845) kbob says:

Any one who lives in NJ! I just ran out of my 26 weeks today I was told on the site $0.00 money left. Should my extension have been put in place today? Will I get the 20 weeks? HELP!! If you read the site it tells you your clame has to run out by feb 2012 to get euc? But the chart that is posted tells you if filled by sep 1 2012 you are intiled to all extension? at the full rate? Should I call unemployment or wate for next filling date?

June 11, 2012 at 9:35 am
(846) kbob says:

I just got off the phone with unemployment. What a joke I am not get a extension this clame but thay went back to 2009 and Ii am going to get the extension from that year1 I have to wate too weeks for it to take hold. What is going on???

June 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm
(847) Emily says:

Will they extend unemployment benefits in 2013?

June 12, 2012 at 7:54 am
(848) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Unemployment extensions for 2012 depend on several factors – what the unemployment rate is, who wins the election, and what funds are available to pay for extended benefits. Considering how it’s gone down to the wire every time an extension is up for a vote in Congress, I think it’s way too early to even guess.

June 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm
(849) jayjay says:

i got on unemployment here in Texas in sept 2011 im about to exahust my tier 1 amount they told me to call back once my acct is at 0.00 to see if i qualify for a tier2 for 14 weeks how likely am i to recieve that? extension im super worried i have so many bills and i still cant find a job. i havent even been on unemployment for a year. someone please help me out!!!!!

June 12, 2012 at 12:52 am
(850) Bobbi says:

JayJay in Texas …..from another unemployed Texan : You do not state exactly when you exhaust Tier I ….but to date Tier II EUC is still ON in Texas , as well as Tier III . Tier III may be subject after the release of the next 3 month TUR’s which are due to be released 6/15/12. If the TUR ( three month unemployment average) drops below 7% at that time, we will lose Tier III . You do not have to call back or do anything when you exhaust Tier I , you do not have to apply but one time for EUC . You automatically move to the next Tier if it is still available and you receive notification via the mail within a few days of submitting your final payment request of any given Tier . I exhausted Tier II this past Sunday (6/9) and today when I logged on to check my payment request , it showed my Tier III claim balance already set-up . It is very important that you keep up to date with the status of the unemployment rate as all funds and Tier’s are closely tied to the 3 month average . There are numerous links posted throughout here that direct you to the Dept of Labor’s Data bases ….it has helped me a lot in knowing where I stand in regards to Texas’s weekly claims …check the DOL’s Trigger reports for added help . Good luck with your job search !

Tier 2: 14 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 6% or higher
Tier 3: 13 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 7% or higher

June 12, 2012 at 1:17 am
(851) Bobbi says:

JayJay in Texas :

This is the DOL’s link that I referenced in my earlier reply :

Also check the Texas Workforce’s website for data/info on EUC …you referenced your initial claim began in Sept. and there are some special notes under the Tier guidelines in regards to those whose claims began in or after Sept.

Hope this helps !

June 17, 2012 at 4:30 am
(852) David says:

My girlfriend has drawn unemployment from the state of New York continuously for over three years now, and every six weeks they extend it for at least an additional six weeks.
Its frustrating to me because I only drew it for about one year from another state, and that was with the maximum amount if extensions.
Anyone know why the state of New York pays so long and with no end in sight?

June 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm
(853) Karen says:

I live in Ohio and about to exhaust my Tier 3 benefits come July 2. Am I eligible for Tier 4 or does Congress have to extend benefits again before I can get Tier 4?

June 18, 2012 at 1:19 am
(854) Bobbi says:

Karen , according to the last trigger notice Ohio is no longer eligible for Tier IIII . They have an OFF indicator .

June 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm
(855) nick54 says:

Anybody get the info yet for nj triggering off eb yet???

June 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm
(856) nervecurve says:

Over a month ago I filed for Unemployment here in TN. I have heard nothing, other than they sent me a VISA card with nothing on it. There is no office here in Chattanooga, the phone number is next to useless (I did get thru once after calling 10 times a day for a week, then the wait was 72 minutes) my question is how long does it take before you know something? Do they always take this long? Sounds like they need to hire some of us.

June 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm
(857) JC says:

Nick- NJ should trigger off EB effective 6/15 they haven’t released the trigger notice yet for June should be at any moment but the NJ TUR is not above 110% anymore so week ending July 7th should be the last week payable for EB……

June 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm
(858) SloopNJ says:

Considering the unemployment rate in NJ is sitting at 9.2% I think you should be good for a while…

June 19, 2012 at 8:46 am
(859) walt curll says:

no was just announced as of july 7th nj is cutting off eb benefits

June 19, 2012 at 8:47 am
(860) walt says:

The Extended Benefits (EB) program in New Jersey ended on June 16, 2012.

New Jersey no longer qualifies for the EB program that provides up to 20 weeks of jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed in high-unemployment states. In order to qualify for EB, a state’s average unemployment rate for the past three months must be at least ten (10) percent higher than the average rate in the same period in at least one of the three previous years. Each month, shortly after state unemployment rates are announced, the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) issues a trigger notice that shows which states remain eligible. According to the USDOL, even though New Jersey’s unemployment rate remains high, it no longer meets the required qualifications necessary to remain eligible to stay on the EB program.

There is a three week phase-out period after New Jersey is notified by the USDOL that it is triggering off of EB. As a result, an EB claim can be filed up until the Sunday before the established final payment date.

The last week-ending date that EB payments may be made is week-ending July 7, 2012. Claimants filing for EB may file their claims through July 1, 2012, if they remain unemployed. Under federal law, New Jersey cannot pay any EB after week-ending July 7, 2012, even if there is a remaining balance of EB benefits.

June 19, 2012 at 9:06 am
(861) JC says:

Here is the official chart of the updated Tiers notice for NJ and the last box shows EB ending


The good news is -(if you call it that ) that all 4 of the other tiers remain ON and with the current UE rate TUR at 9.1 % and the MAY 2012 monthly rate rising to 9.2 % tier 4 will not be ending anytime soon – because the 3 month TUR is used to determine if a state stays on each tier – actually EB should have been changed using the same3 month TUR formula for states above 9 % but the republican led tea party just wants to forget about the unemployed – REMEMBER in NOVEMBER when its time to cast your vote…….

June 19, 2012 at 5:15 pm
(862) Mia says:

I am on Tier 3 EUC in DC. On Sunday i went through the process of making my weekly claim, and today I checked the website, it states that the payment has not been processed (it should have been processed by now) and that is not even under “waiting to be processed”. However, in my profile, it states that the weekly amount had been paid, but I don’t see it under the payments processed page. I am so confused, will I be getting the money in my account or not?

June 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm
(863) Mia says:

Somebody please help with my post above!!

June 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm
(864) JC says:

Mia – sounds like your claim did not go through – did you print out the receipt ? You should call your office thats the only way you will know for sure nobody here can answer your question ……..

June 20, 2012 at 3:34 am
(865) Still Searching says:

Hey JC..Gotta love how NJ posts even though unemployment is still high we don’t meet the requirement for EB..if fact UE is going up not down.People are still losing their homes..my friends in the private sector are struggling..so many homes up for sale…summer rentals are down including people that have cancelled..and most important those stll trying to find work and have already used up their benefits.
And it’s just not NJ. I’m beginning to think the American dream is not for Americans anymore. I’ve worked a lot of years and paid what was required of me and in of my time of need I’m thrown away.I agree big time for change in NOV.

June 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm
(866) carrie says:

I have been collecting unemployment for a year. here in NJ. I got a letter in February saying I exhausted my my regular employment benefits and I was eligible for unemployment compensation eligibility (EUC). I received benefits every single week since February. Now when I log on to check my claim it says I have about 490 dollars left on my claim. What happens when that runs out? I reached my one year mark the other day and I had to call to speak to someone after which they put my payment through and said to keep claiming every 2 weeks. But there is only the 490 left. I only got one extension and now see they got rid of it. That site also says you can still get EUC benefits until next January.. I am so confused. Can anyone explain this?

June 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm
(867) Melissa says:

Anyone havea chart of the updated Tiers notice for GA? I’m about to start filing after July 1st from company layoff – what should I expect as far as extensions? I’m making arrangements to go back to finish my degree…will I be able to file unemp?

June 21, 2012 at 9:41 am
(868) JC says:

Carrie – how come you only started collecting EUC in february ? if you have been collecting for a year already your original 26 week state benefits should have run out back december – and you should have started collecting EUC in december……..

June 21, 2012 at 8:23 pm
(869) Carrie says:

Probably because I was denied 8 weeks and didn’t start collecting until August officially towards the end.

Does anyone know what happens when my last EUC benefit goes through. I have one more time and then there will be 50 dollars left. Does anyone know about the extensions?

June 22, 2012 at 9:08 am
(870) JC says:


go to the top of this forum there is a link that explains all of the extensions and requirements – you have to also get a calendar and calculate where you are exactly with your weeks and tier – off by 1 week and you get more or less weeks – very complicated ….

June 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm
(871) walt says:

guess when mine runs out ill guy get a box and live under a bridge at least my kids can go live with there mom and be healthy ill just fade away like the help from our government

June 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm
(872) angie says:

Ok since i was fired when I went from state benefits to fed I had to file a new claim and my unemployment was put on hold till they investigated it again. Does this happen when going from tier one to tier two or does it just continue without a pause?

June 25, 2012 at 12:53 am
(873) Mandy says:


June 25, 2012 at 1:31 am
(874) caitlyn G says:

I just got my last regular UI claim form (california) however they did not send me anything in regards to federal extensions. should I call or reapply online? I am so confused help!!!

June 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm
(875) JC says:

not to sound rude or anything but some of you people have to start reading the links at the top of this website and start googling your questions and go to your state websites – if you ask for second hand info here or anywhere else you are most likely not going to get the correct answer since this new law effects every state differently because your states unemployment rate determines how many weeks you can collect and some states have different amounts of weeks they provide state benefits………..

June 26, 2012 at 1:15 am
(876) Bobbi says:

Ditto JC’s comment ! I also do not mean to be rude but there is absolutely no reason anyone should be caught off guard ….the following Dept of Labor link is always up to date …..the trigger reports for all states , your states monthly unemployment rate …even weekly claim data ! Each and every state is different as JC stated ! The DOL link is as follows :

June 26, 2012 at 8:06 am
(877) Redswthart says:


I read your comment on NJ EB, my husband got a letter in the mail saying that he was eligible for the extended benefits to the next tier, however when he went to do his benefits via the website this past sunday , it said that his claim has ended and he was not able to claim the past 2 weeks. Should he call them in?

June 26, 2012 at 10:42 am
(878) JC says:

Redswhart – no if the site says his benefits ended they are ended

June 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm
(879) Micky says:


I need some help.My NJ benefits will hit the 72 week mark at the end of june.I just called in to get my latest unemployment benefit payment and got the recording that as of july 7 benefits will end.Does this mean that I can not collect benefits till 99th weeks are up? Very concern because the job situation has not improved seem like its getting worst in new jersey.If my next call-in date is suppose to be before july 7, can I call in early to get the last few days if my benefits have ended? Thanks for help

June 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm
(880) JC says:

Mickey – just keep filing when they stop letting you file your benefits have been exhausted

June 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm
(881) Ivan says:

Hi, quick question. I did my regular call today . I’m at the end of my tier 1. My balance as of today is $0.00 . I have exausted my tier 1 .Do I call for an extension? To enter tier2 here in new jersey? Or is tier2 filled sutomatickly?

June 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm
(882) sucka4luv says:

I just have a question.. I was receiving 774 every 2weeks in texas from my claim i just recently filed in December 2011.. This ran out in May 2012. I qualified for the the extended benefits, but i had an remaining balance from a 2009 claim where i was getting 398.00 every two weeks. I only had a balance of 1500 left from that claim.. They are paying me 398 as of now every two weeks and it is half of what i was getting before.. i only have 320 left from that claim, so after this balance is up, will i go back to getting 774 every two weeks.. PLEASE HELP because i cant make it off 199 every week and i am very nervous about becoming homeless.. I have been searching ever since ive lost my job and no blessings as of yet.. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE, PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS BECAUSE THIS IS REALLY STRESSING ME OUT..

June 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm
(883) Micky says:

Thank JC for responding.
I meant to say that my next call in date is after july 7. My next call in date is july 10. Do I need to call in before the 7th to beat the deadline or must I call in at my two week mark which is july 10, as usual? Does unemployment end once 73 weeks are used up, or do that new benchmark begin at the end of 2012 ?
This feels so strange that the congress would vote to cute people off of benefits when the economy is slowing ,and unemployment rate in NJ has actually gone up in the last month. I will remember this come Nov. Lastly, is 99 weeks no longer the law?

June 27, 2012 at 2:37 am
(884) paul says:

I recieved a letter saying than NJ is not allowed to recieve EB ,the 1 july is my last EUC 4 that mean i dont have right to got EB

June 27, 2012 at 11:19 am
(885) Revolutionist2012 says:

I’m here in florida: Exactly why I warned the morons here whom voted for the P.O.S- Dik Snott Scott: you wonder where your benefits & jobs are going to. Keep voting in morons for your state and country and this is what happens to your NATION! WAKEUP!

We are alllll suppose to either keep getting extensions till the economy balances out or of course get hired. Our president and other politicians already signed into action numerous times to keep handing out benefits till things settle. You forget its not just the Presidents fault for not sending out our payments. Its the lil wankers that get in the way of all this: Claiming their state is broke. B.S. Meanwhile they are pocketing the money for themselves and keep on their B.S spending, YET WE KEEP STARVING OR HELPING OTHER COUNTRIES: B.SSSSSSSSS. READ THE NEWS BELOW:

Thursday’s reports that unemployment claims are edging downward take on a slightly different cast after reading a complaint filed with the Labor Department detailing how a new Florida law is hindering unemployed people from claiming the benefits that are rightfully theirs.

The changes in the unemployment law are just one of the ways Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his tea-party-dominated legislature is remaking the state into a extremist conservative dystopia. They are detailed in a 10-page complaint sent to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis by Florida Legal Services Inc. and the National Employment Law Project.

June 27, 2012 at 11:31 am
(886) Revolutionist2012 says:

This is only the beginning of all the information/news I’ve been digging up on these SNAKES! Alllllll this is a perfect set-up for a N.W.O and cashless society. Be prepared people, watch whats going to happen next.

So many countries saying they owe money, their country is broke and deficit. Blah blah, its all corruption b.s. There is no debt. there is no deficit. Just to make you people scared. Who in their right mind believes a country can owe a debt. when you can just print more money. Yes I said inflation. Lots countries done it in the past and doing it till present. Its only superpower countries that b.s us all and have the power to do it.

Shortly, you will see another excuse on top of another excuse that prices will sky rocket, no jobs, no benefits. Next thing you know, there will be no cash, just a card and I.D to eat. You don’t take upon their mark, your doomed! WATCH WHAT I SAY TODAY!

All this like I said is the perfect number one excuse to say: Oh wow, us leaders are so blah blah ignorant, lets just make this a one world government and run the whole show! Its just going to get worse, this is the first round of b.s symptoms… whats the cure you ask? WAKE UP… WE THE PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSE TO RUN THE SHOW! WAKE UP

June 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm
(887) Austin3:16 says:

Whats a job? We are in America right? Whats a Change? What does it mean to say “Yes we can”?

Whats a job? Did I mention that already? Whats a job? Rick Scott got all the answers and cures: Come on Florida, lets get back to work. According to my mom: I’m a good boy!!

Whats a job?

June 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm
(888) ItdoesntMatterWhatYourNameIs says:



Vote Obama= Nothing will get done, will be 4 more years what you see now. And only claim, hey I just created 2 million jobs, we ARE BOOMING! BullS***T. You will hear the same thing over n over n over.

Vote Romney: Same S**T NOTHING WILL GET DONE, hes a N.W.O Elitist, his attack commercials are LEGIT! Read on this guy, sending jobs over seas, corruption and to top it off as mentioned, hes AN ELITE SUPPORTER-N.W.O Supporter. SO NOTHING WILL BE DONE!

Don’t matter whom you vote. Obama is an Elite supporter now too! DO YOUR HOMEWORK! CHANGE??!!! WHOM EVER SAID HE WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING FOR THE GOOD OF THIS NATION???

THIS PLACE IS FINIIISHEEDDDD! We’re forgetting our image, our freedom, our rights. And not to mention, kicking GOD-JESUS OUT OF OUR COUNTRY, Everything now is Muzzy rights, gay rights, reality t.v and b.s on top of b.s. WE ARE LOSING OUR NATION! WE ARE LOSING WHOM WE ARE FOLKS! WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm
(889) LaughinYerFace says:

To the immoral pieces of trash haters out there, that have no clue in life of what they are going on about:

O.k you jerks: According to a lot of you out there that are sick of YOUR OWN people not finding work and supposedly we are getting massive amounts of money as free handouts: Hey us unemployed are all on vacations. YOU TRASH! I OUTTA… oh wait, don’t threaten online, might get sued for my unemployment benefit checks.







June 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm
(890) DontWorry says:

Whom is saying that we are getting free money and this is piece of cake??!!! WHAT?

Oh thats right, o.k o.k. Get a job. O.k o.k. We never look for work, o.k, o.k, yap….

I understand your hater frustration in this keester queer eye for the straight guy reality t.v generation penetration nation.

You do realize we are getting jobs right? Us unemployed do look for work and are getting hired, you boneheads that flap their gums away…

Heres the thing, it looks like we are getting free handouts you idiots. BECAUSE When-



June 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm
(891) DontWorry says:

3. WHOM WOULD YOU PICK TO HIRE WHEN HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF APPLICATIONS ARE SLAMMED IN YOUR FACE WHEN YOU MOSTLY ONLY NEED 20 WORKERS to possibly if a factory job is out there and luckily here IN AMERICA, NOT IN CHINA, so you as a manager might need 1000 to 10,000 workers. DO THE MATH. DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY ( RECENT ) Unemployed there are? Also Homeless? WAR VETS? Now we got to mention the ILLEGALS HERE WORKIN, Messing the country, gettin paid only $4.00 an hour. THATS ANOTHER REASON WHY THIS NATION IS MESSED!





June 28, 2012 at 1:05 am
(892) Bobbi says:

Just an FYI “fellow unemployed Texan’s” :

Texas no longer qualifies for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier 3 benefits after the benefit week ending July 7, 2012.

Individuals who exhaust their Tier 2 benefits by the benefit week ending July 7, 2012, should automatically transition to Tier 3 as long they remain unemployed and continue requesting payment. Individuals who exhaust their Tier 2 benefits after the benefit week ending July 7, 2012, will not receive Tier 3 benefits.

TWC will continue to take new EUC Tier 1 claims and add Tier 2 funds to existing EUC claims. However they no longer qualify for Tier 3,4 or EB !

June 30, 2012 at 2:10 am
(893) Ivan says:

Hi, can someone please help me? I recently finished my tier 1 here in new jersey, I called for my extension and got it. Now I’m on tier 2. I checked my account on line and yes they gaved me an extension. But now I got a letter in the mail stating that yes I did get the extension and also that my claim exhausts in end of July. , dies this mean my unemployment is cut off? Even though they just extended my claim? And all ready put the funds in the account?Or is it because in the end of July that marks a year from when I first started my first claim? Please help

June 30, 2012 at 3:15 am
(894) Ivan says:

Please help . I just finished my first tier in new jersey. I called and got my second extension which is 14 more weeks , so I went online to double check if I did get my extension, it does show that I did. Also I got a letter stating hat I am getting those additional 14 weeks , now my question is on that letter it states that my benefits are exhausting the end of July 2012. What does this mean? Is it really going to end? But they just extended it for me a day ago, am I going to continue to collect? Then I realized that in the end of july marks one year from when I first filed. What does this all mean? Should I disregard that and keep on calling every 2 weeks? Because on the letter that I got it says I did get into tier #2 and in the website in my account I can see the funds Were added. Please Help!!!

June 30, 2012 at 10:56 am
(895) JC says:

Ivan if you just got 14 weeks – that lasts through september you should read the link at the top of this page that explains the new law and tiers you are entitled too

June 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm
(896) Ivan says:

Thanks JC I really appreciated.

July 5, 2012 at 12:08 am
(897) Still Seeking says:

Fellow NJ EB’ers…Anyone know if we will run into a problem to claim our last benefits payable to 7/7 after this date.
I just have a bad feeling that when I claim on-line it will be denied because of the cut off date.

July 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm
(898) Lorraine says:

I’ve been reading the past posts; but I’m still trying to figure out what’s going on.

I received a letter last week, from NJ Unemployment, talking about how the EB payments are going to end. Today, I got a letter in the mail saying that i’m eligible for more EB benefits (an additional 20 weeks and they want me to call on July 17th to claim) I’m very confused why the would send out this to me if they just sent me something telling me that all EB benefits are going to end?

Also, what exactly is their “phase out period” begging July 7 in NJ?

I’m very mislead and need to figure out what’s going on their offices are closed. Like everyone else, resumes are being sent, even sitting down for interviews, NOTHING no one.. is hiring it seems :(

If anyone can provide me with information, please and thank you.

July 5, 2012 at 10:22 pm
(899) Still Searching says:

Lorraine..question for you,,have you ended your tier IV benefits yet ? If not good guess you were sent the standard letter of the final claim which would have been EB ( computer generated from your original claim and their data base not yet updated)
EB phase out began back in June with last payable week ending Jul 7.
I wish us all employment but keep an eye out if our UE stats go up..maybe it will be reinstated

July 6, 2012 at 1:27 am
(900) Lorraine says:

Still Searching;

Thank you for your response and I’ve had four tiers completed.

It had stated that my balance was 0.
Than they just sent me a letter telling me to claim my benefits on the 17th and my new balance was good for 20 more weeks. So, for the next two weeks I guess i’m not able to receive anymore payments. But if they told me to claim EB on the 17th of July.. will I be able to receive a payment?

July 6, 2012 at 11:27 am
(901) Norman says:

I live in the state of New Jersey , I was granted an extension for 20 weeks on my unemployment benefits . I filed on sunday june 24th and was able to go through the whole process, then got a recording that as of July 7th there will be no more benefits, does this mean I can not claim my prior 2 weeks ( weeks 6/30 and 7/6).

July 8, 2012 at 9:35 am
(902) Michele says:

Alison, I have read and re-read the NJ umeployment site over and over and I am still totally confused ! I will be concluding my original 26 weeks of unemployment, but still have not found a job…am I eligible for Tier 1 extension ? or has that been eliminated. There is such confusing and contrary info on the website. In one area it says it can go until end of 2012, then if you go to another area it says tier one extensions expired in March 2012.
Please help make me make sense of this crazy info !
thank you,

July 8, 2012 at 9:46 am
(903) DIANE says:


July 9, 2012 at 11:42 am
(904) Marie says:

Does the government know what or if they will do anything for people that still can’t find employment? Seems like many will have to apply for public assistance.

July 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm
(905) Ivan says:

Please help, I live in New jersey . And just entered my tier 2 which is an extention of 14 weeks, a recently got a letter which states that I did qualify for for the 14 weeks and my benefit balance. It also says that my benefit year ending date Is on the 28 th of this month July. What does this mean? I did started collecting a year ago on that Same date. What are they telling me? Please someone help!!! Are they just saying that this is a year that I’m collecting? Will I still be able to continue and finish on my tier 2? I’ve checked the account and it does say thatbinhave received my benefits

July 10, 2012 at 11:02 am
(906) shaun says:

I’m in NJ hit my year mark in May, got my extensio. From Oct to April UI paid for my retraining in PC repair and networking, I took and passed all certs. My last UI payment is this week. I’m at about at 63 weeks I think. Am I gonna be cut off? I haven’t even had much time to get my new and improved resume out all that much.

July 10, 2012 at 11:08 am
(907) teresaterri says:

Ivan your benefit year is a year from when you first open your claim. I was in the middle of first tier when my benefit year ended. I had to file a new claim. Be prepared it takes them a few weeks sometimes to get it started again. I continued to collect first tier while they were taking care of it. But when the new claim came thru it was 30 dollars less than old one so from date that my old claim eneded intil they okayed new one they took back 30 dollars from every week. it was abt 200 dollars. So I didnt get unemployment for abt 2 weeks to make that up. If you dont qualify for new claim you will continue getting extended on old one. If you get new claim you will get 26 weeks regular agin and then they will put you back on extended when you run that out. I think lol. My second regualar runs out in middle of August and I think I then go back to extended.

July 10, 2012 at 11:21 am
(908) Efrem says:

I filed my NJ Unemployment Benefits last September 29, 2010.
I have already collected 14 wks. out of the 20 weeks extended benefits
that I am supposed to get. Am I affected by the cut of Nj Extended
Benefits until July 7, 2012.

July 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm
(909) Ivan says:

Teresaterri, thank you very much for your advice, I highly appreciated

July 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm
(910) JC says:

Once again not to sound rude – but its kind of perplexing that so many folks have no idea what they are entitled to collecting UE – did no research on the internet by clicking on the links at the top of this forum and throughout this forum.. I was able to figure everything out by googling and clicking on the links about the new law and figuring out where I am in each tier and what my states unemployment rate is – one sugggesion if you don’t use a calendar and calculate your weeks collected so far you will never know exactly where you are because the law has changes for every quarter of this year………. Start digging people click the links and google ……

July 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm
(911) artis says:

JC- “not to be rude” but I have a terminal graduate degree, have taught for years, and I can’t interpret this for my partner-who is a marketing expert. Her dad who is a lawyer has trouble turning all of the convoluted language gymnastics into practical implications. Not to mention that when you are cut off, even if you “know” that you are entitled to more, it is terrifying. We all know the government doesn’t use rationality in their decision making- -and appealing their decisions is a whole other nightmare.

My partner was just told that she hit her year and had no benefits left- but she is in the middle of Tier two in NJ?! We cannot get through to New Jersey- they are overwhelmed. I can’t help but think that if one person would write this clearly under a FAQ page, they would not be so overwhelmed. I have to visit up to 10 web pages just to be able to interpret the practical implications of any given change or new decision.

Teresaterri- I hope that your solution for Ivan is the one we need as well. Thank you for explaining and please let me know if any of you have more insight.

July 11, 2012 at 1:37 pm
(912) Alison Doyle says:

The reason that there isn’t a website with information on the details as they apply to everyone is because when the unemployment extension was passed the rules changed.

Everything in now geared to an individual’s filing date and the benefits to which someone is entitled vary significantly based on that date.

Secondly, to compound it even further, on the state level the state’s unemployment rate also factors in. Again, compounding the issue to what a claimant can collect and how long.

Plus benefits changed in June, changed in July (anyone filing now won’t be eligible for any extended benefits unless new legislation is passed), and will change again in September.

There simply (unfortunately) wouldn’t be enough FAQ pages to cover everyone’s personal circumstances because there are so many variations both on the individual and the state level.

The best thing to do is to try and take the chart and cross reference it with the unemployment benefits in your state. Also, if you try calling the best time to get through is early in the morning or later in the afternoon, but that’s a challenge, also unfortunately, as well.


July 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm
(913) Joe i says:

I live in nj and was only given 25 weeks of unemployment not 26 becasue of how they calculated my base year. I worked 48 weeks, for 2011-2012 ladi off 2/19/12. My uneployment hits 25 weeks next month,will i be eligible for an extension or would i have to open a new claim to use my alternate base year?

July 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm
(914) worriedsome says:

What about people who receive unemployment and refuse to find a job. How long does the government gives them, especially since they have been getting it for over two years.

July 12, 2012 at 10:43 am
(915) Tiff says:

I live in Massachusetts and have been collecting on Tier II while searching endlessly for a job. Recently Ma triggered off Tier III benefits and it was stated that you had to exhaust your Tier II benefits and be eligible for Tier III by week ending June 23rd. This was a tricky situation for me as week ending June 23rd was my last week on Tier II and brought me to a zero balance. I called four times to confirm with the unemployment office that I would be ok and was assured that I had just made the deadline. However what would have been my first week on Tier III came and I received an error when I went to claim. I called and was told they had to make an adjustment and then I received my check. The following week another error, so I called again and was told I didn’t meet the deadline because I only exhausted tier II week ending June 23rd bringing me to a zero balance and didn’t go negative and that I would have to pay back my first week payment on Tier 3. I am beyond frustrated, is there no accountability for these people? I can ask and ask to be sure and even receive a payment now being told I can’t go on to tier III and I owe them money!! What do I do? Do I still keep claiming in case legislature changes again? Is there someone I can call and contact? According to Hawaii who also fell off the Tier 3 availabilty their website states that going to a zero balance by week ending June 23rd qualifies for tier 3. Massachusetts is playing games it seems!! I have two kids to support , no job and now unexpectantly no check.

July 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm
(916) AnyHopeLeft? says:

I will try to cut this short, for the haters, or people think we unemployed are on vacation, with our hugeeeee 200 to 500$ benefit checks every 2 weeks. Here goes:

Believe it or not, the first time I got laid off. I saw so many haters & complainers and felt almost ashamed to even sign up for any type of State or Government benefits. That honestly, I didn’t even sign up for the first time to claim.

Let me tell you haters: When I didn’t receive any type of help and no job for more then 14 weeks, I almost ended up on the streets & starving. Until I manged to scrape up a crap minimum wage job at target doing stock. Ya for me right? WRONG!

I ended up laid off 3 more times after the target job, I finally started doing all this unemployment benefit b.s. All I got was either no check, late checks, or not even my full balance. etc.

Now I’m currently, laid off again, still looking for work and get this you jerk face haters. I also have no benefits left at all. Still looking for work too and having to sacrifice so many things in order to get by.

I bet your saying, well hey at least your getting by. Point is you haters make me sick. This is the America we know now? WTF. GET A LIFE and WAKE UP. I’m not on vacation here, I’m striving, no joke, no benefits and forget about welfare or food stamps. So tell me what to do, since I keep getting your over qualified excuses, or no job call backs, no interviews, no benefits, nothing. What do I do, what do we all do? Especially if your over 35 or over 50? Think we will get hired? THINK AGAIN! GET OVER YOURSELVES, THIS IS NOT FREE MONEY, THIS IS NOT A VACATION!

July 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm
(917) Still Searching says:

Hey JC…I can understand why some are confused especially here in NJ…On one hand they send in the mail the updated notification of what’s current and a week later you recieve another of the old.

July 14, 2012 at 9:26 am
(918) JC says:

Still Searching – You are correct – NJ is having a difficult time keeping up with the law also. For everyones information – all 4 tiers are still in effect in NJ because the unemployment 3 month average is still 9.1 % . EB -( the last 20 weeks) ended July 7th.

July 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm
(919) CiCi says:

I have an OC effective date of 1/23/12 in NYS. I am also EUC-Tier 2. On my UI Benefits Calculator page, it says “1-14 weeks of EUC-Tier (depending on OC date).” How is the number of weeks determined? Am I getting 1 week or 14 weeks or somewhere in the middle? Please help!

July 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm
(920) Rose says:

What about NJ, according to the state, I’m no longer entitled to any extensions, why not?

July 14, 2012 at 8:59 pm
(921) JC says:

Rose – you gave very few details how can anyone even guess what happened “? NJ is still eligible for all 4 tiers…….

July 15, 2012 at 12:33 am
(922) Don says:

I am a 50+ yr old male unemployed for over a year. I look for work 24/7 every minute of the day and can’t believe there are people out there thinking we actually DON’T look for employment. It’s awful being behind on bills etc. and trying to survive on 250 wk. I’m about to go into tier 4 and if I don’t find employment in 6 weeks…I will probably lose my home.

July 15, 2012 at 11:29 am
(923) isiah says:

im on eb im in new jersey io know they were saying after july 16 payments wont be made so does that mean even if u have money left on your claim that you wont receive that money

July 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm
(924) angie says:

I have a question…I just ended my tier one fed. unemployment in indiana Do I have to reapply for tier two or do they just do everything for you?

July 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm
(925) teresaterri says:

Artis I think your partners situation is like mine. She needs to call them and tell them her benefit year is up and they will probrably tell her they need to file a new claim and see if she qualifys. If she dosent she will continue on her extended benefits. if she qualifys for a new claim she will get 26 weeks regualr again or however many she may qualify for. I called my ohio unemployment office and they have told me I would go back to where I left off on previous claim on extended when my regular. runs out again in August. Hopes this helps out! Good luck!

July 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm
(926) teresaterri says:

To the idiots saying people are lazy because they cant find a job. Bull! I have tried believe me! Ive had 3 interviews in the past 2 months. Unfortunately when I walk in their are two or three people that are teenagers or in their early twentys waiting with me. Im 54 and they dont hire me. They hire the twenty year old. But with the haters logic that means Im a lazy bum who doesnt want to work. Guess again! I would love to have a job and not have to worry about this unemployment crap.
The people that say this crap are ones that think they are special and will never be in this situation. One day they will in for a rude awakening!

July 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm
(927) Joe i says:

I live in nj and was only given 25 weeks of unemployment not 26 becasue of how they calculated my base year. I worked 48 weeks, for 2011-2012 ladi off 2/19/12. My uneployment hits 25 weeks next month,will i be eligible for an extension or would i have to open a new claim to use my alternate base year? Please help..ty

July 16, 2012 at 10:29 am
(928) Mike says:

Hi! I have been receiving UC from PA for 26 weeks. I found out today, that, effective last week, by benefits from PA are up. I never received anything from them regarding the federal extension and its IMPOSSIBLE to get anyone on the phone. They were supposed to send me paperwork, and never did. Any advice on how to get this done??

July 16, 2012 at 10:43 am
(929) RJ says:

Has anyone else continued to get the work search form for extended benefits after 7/7?? Its telling me to fill it out and and continue to claim benefits which is contridicting the notice we all got about the program ceasing… not sure what to do now, does anyone else????!!!

July 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm
(930) Pat says:

MIke from PA

Continue to call. You should be eligible for tier 1 and they should have sent you a letter that you were. If you get through they can sign you up over the phone, At least they did with me. Also, Continue to check online each Sunday to see if you can file for benefits.

July 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm
(931) isiah says:

i claimed on sunday and said my payment is being process which is weird after the notice alot of ppl got saying eb will be ending 7/7. im ffrom nj and on eb or was.im so confused can anyone help me out

July 18, 2012 at 10:32 am
(932) Nikki says:

Please help…I can’t get the correct answers!! I moved from NY to Florida and worked 2 years before I was laid off. I am receiving Florida Unemployment benefits. My original weeks ended and I was given an emergency ( i think thats what they called it ) extention. Now I have just finished claiming my last week on that. Will I receive another extention??? I cant get in touch with anyone to help with this! I am living in NY now ( moved back home to find work here) If florida cant help me now can I get assistance in NY??

July 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm
(933) Still Searching says:

RJ..Yes I also got the notice for the work search form. I guessing it.s still being generated from an automated data base.Seems that they can create a few more jobs to get (whatever) current.

July 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm
(934) Jada says:

My state is Michigan. I’m EUC Tier 2 and have 1 week left. I filed my claim today as required. Usually I’m given an amount at the end of my call. When I was at the end of Tier 1, I was given a total amount that matched my typical total. Automatically I began getting Tier 2.

But my call today, I was not given an amount. The recording said, “if you are eligible, you will receive a check within 10 days.” I didn’t answer any question any differently than I normally do and I have one week of Tier 1 left. I’ve followed all rules and requirements. Why was I not given an amount? What’s the “if you are eligible” thing all about? According to the EUC fact sheet, I get additional weeks if my state’s unemployment is higher than 7%, which it is. So confused.

Can someone shed light for me? Thank you in advance.

July 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm
(935) Ross says:

I got the work search for the weeks ending july 7 and july 14. I sent it and claimed the benefits on july 18. I got one week only paid, the one endind on july 7. And a message saying no more EB is available in New Jersey, something like that. So that means the last week to claim benefits is the one ending on july 7 and you can claim this week. I hope that helps.

July 18, 2012 at 11:01 pm
(936) WiseBreed says:

I think it is just “perfect” that they suddenly raised the bar from 8.5 to 9 % for emergency benefits. Especially since NJ alone is at a stagering 9.1 and riding the tightrope to 9% all the time. Definitely no one is interested in a balance of hope.
And we wonder why gun shops are opening up 2 per town in Jersey lately? I guess we are to expect a revolution pretty soon. vote? I don’t know, Obama never said he could do it in 4 years. They always start their campaign with the 8 number. Just listen to Romney, he is grooming himself for 8 too. Well there is always Social Security now for the baby boomers. While it lasts. JMO

July 19, 2012 at 9:02 am
(937) JC says:

hey WISEBREED tonight the NJ state unemployment number for June will be released – was 9.2 % last month – the 3 month avg is now 9.1 % – yes we are walking that tighrope for everyone on Tier 4.

July 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm
(938) Desperate!!! says:

I live in NJ and I am on EB but supposedly it ended the week of July 7th, 2012 – even though I still have money left in the claim. But then they still sent me a sheet to provide the names of employers I applied to. Do I send it to them and continue claiming? Does anyone know? Thank you for all your help :-)

July 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm
(939) JC says:

Bad News Folks – NJ Unemployment Rate went up to 9.6% in June up from 9.2 % ………


July 20, 2012 at 10:15 am
(940) Michelle says:

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I’ve done research but a lot of u guys seem incredibly knowledgeable. Here are the deets: got unemployment in nj. Base year included TWO jobs in nj. Couldn’t find work so moved to Florida. Found PT work..continued to claim. Now I’m up for EUC Tier 1. They are telling me about a CWC Combined Wage Claim… This is for ppl whose base year include work in more than one state – mine does not. They are attempting to just automatically file a NEW claim for me with this past year as my base year which includes FL. This is $150 less money a week. I feel I’m obligated to my original claim with th extensions. Am I wrong? Can they just start a new claim??? I can’t find any documents from them that touch on this. I have a phone interview today and I know they’re going to try and jip me.

July 20, 2012 at 10:42 am
(941) JC says:

Michelle – thats too complicated to try and fiqure out what they will decide – any time you move to another state when still claiming from another its going to be a big problem IMO.

Also here is the link to the latest unemployment rates for the states just released to determine your new 3 month rate which is used to determine if you are still eligible for each tier just use this latest rate and Aprils and Mays and divide by 3


July 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm
(942) Teresaterri says:

Michelle it dosent matter. If you can Qualify for new claim they will put you on new claim no matter what. Even if you will get less money. They did the same to me. I was making 150 a week on previous claim and my benefit year ended in middle of tier 1. They will automatically file new claim for you if you qualify they will put you on new claim. They will not pay you extended benefits if you qualify for new claim. Thats why they do it. I make 120 30 less on my new claim.My 26 weeks will run out soon and I called Ohio unemployment office and they said I would go back on extended when I run 26 weeks out in Aug.

July 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm
(943) Teresaterri says:

Michelle is your benefit year about up? That is the only way they can do that. My benefit year was up and thats why they redid mine. I dont think they should be able to do what you say in middle of benefit year.

July 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm
(944) Joe i says:

I live in nj and was only given 25 weeks of unemployment not 26 becasue of how they calculated my base year. I worked 48 weeks, for 2011-2012 ladi off 2/19/12. My uneployment hits 25 weeks next month,will i be eligible for an extension or would i have to open a new claim to use my alternate base year? Please help..ty
Update unemeployment ends in 3 weeks can someone please give me an answer or at least a helpful suggestion!!

July 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm
(945) paul viana says:

i am currently getting extended unemployment. i believe that i have 15 weeks left. will i be able to reapply when this runs out. im in nys. what do u do . i have a bad back.

July 26, 2012 at 8:58 am
(946) Confused in NY says:

I can’t figure out how to extend my unemployment in NY. Do I file a new claim? It ended after a year from the first date I filed. I tried to file a new claim online but it said to call a number to complete it. I called that number and there’s no option to submit the claim for an extension, only the option to submit a new claim. I don’t know what to do and all of their help lines on the site are so busy that they don’t even put you on hold, they just tell you to call back and hang up.

July 26, 2012 at 11:42 am
(947) JC says:

Hey Confused – why don’t you just take a trip down to your local UE office – they can’t hang up on you there……..

July 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm
(948) Confused in NY says:

Going down to the local office would probably work, but I had to move to CA. If there is a site that explains how to get an unemployment extension, that would be great.

July 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm
(949) Ron says:

I am in California and my Tier 4 just ended. I never really payed much attention to the tiers except that I would be receiving 99 weeks of benefits. I have received 74 weeks and got a claim form saying I am out of benefits but may file a new claim. Anyway will I be able to get the extra 20 weeks from the Fed Ed? I read that its over in California but as I kept reading it seems like for some people they will still receive the Fed Ed benefits(20 weeks) and from here on out no one will. Its hard here in Palm Springs cause its a vacation town and we depend on tourist.

July 29, 2012 at 9:23 pm
(950) Amirah Abdullah says:

I became unemployed in December 2011 and started receiving my unemployment in January 2012. My benefits just ran out as of today. I see that the federal benefits have stopped for NJ because of the unemployment rate not reaching above 9% I think. Does that mean that since I collected all of my unemployment for those first 26 weeks I can’t collect anymore?

July 30, 2012 at 10:45 am
(951) Kahn Wynn says:

Dear Ms Alison Doyle
I’m in Tennessee, 63 years old. I’m almost running out UB in two more weeks. I couldn’t find out the policy for the people run out UB like me in TN. It’s not easy for me even to find a part -time job at my age. Can someone show me what I have to do before the UB run out ? or I have to switch to SS ? Thanks in advance.

July 30, 2012 at 12:43 pm
(952) Mrs C In Jersey says:

I was just terminated unlawfully in NJ in May 2012. I tried valiantly to get the awful woman from the NJDOL on the phone who discussed benefits with me to listen to that fact. Apparently it does no matter.
~Knew I’d seek an atty so I didn’t file a complaint with them for W&H compliance issues and laws being broken.
The good news is that because the employer knew they treated me unlawfully, (to a point) they said they termed me “due to irreconcilable differences”. I waitied, as per the suggestion of an atty (since I have proof via a correspondence Thurs afternoon at 4:50 PM: Fired Fri morning right away.) as confirmation of my refusal to break the law any further,( though written politely by me) that I no longer would support “the arrangement” and waited out the time frame for the employer to appeal my benefits as they certainly would have had they known I retained someone. ;)

July 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm
(953) Mrs C in Jersey says:

am online day and night and as mentioned above in a very well written post, depending upon the state you’re in and other variables that seem to be changing constantly, this is terrifying. I worked on an Army base, prior to the last job I was illegally termed at (violation of the NJ Conscientious Employee Protection Act) that closed down. I went from making $23.50/hour to $15 with no benefits, pto, etc. As was the case before, I am online DAY AND NIGHT. TO YOU HATERS:I owe $19,500 for student loans I once again have to defer because on $300/week unemployment, my husband and I are scraping by! *He’s been at the Olive Garden for 19 YEARS AND GETS 36 HOURS A WEEK AT $16.15/hour. We are not eligible for foodstamps and recently had an emergency with our 17 year old Jack Russell who became ill (cancer :( ) and we had to rush him to the vet 2 times over the last 2 weeks. He’s stable now but who knows how much time he has… Anyway, we HAVE NO MORE SAVINGS, ETC.!

July 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm
(954) Mrs C in Jersey says:

We never had credit cards and just before being fired our 8 cylinder 1989 car died, so now we have a $267/month car payment for our car (2008 used) we need to get him (eventually us) to work. I have been on interviews and am told I am over qualified and one cannot even dummy down one’s resume because these employers want you to do everything short of selling your kidney to them, and then some, so how do you get around that!? I have a great resume, many years in my field but I am not entry level and I do not have a Bachelors+. I am online day and night, networking with everyone who knows me and I have a great professional rapport with many people in a variety of fields, and reputation, but like hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans, I most likely will be underemployed (and looking once hired again) or stuck in this cycle. HOW ABOUT GETTING THE REAL NUMBERS OF THE UNEMPLOYED; NOT JUST THE NUMBERS THROUGH THE NJDOL ACCOUNTING FOR THOSE ON UI!? WHERE’RE THE REAL NUMBERS, THAT’S WHAT I’D LOVE TO KNOW!?

August 3, 2012 at 12:04 am
(955) lace says:

I have just exhausted my benefits. I filed in May 2011. A friend filed in October 2010 and is still receiving benefits. How is this so? We are 10 months apart in filing and mine exhausted first? We both worked at the same place for 11 years and made virtually the same amount of money. None of us has worked since the school closed. I asked an Unemployment personnel and they weren’t sure either. Plus, they could not discuss her case with me. This makes no sense to me and is utterly cruel. Who thinks up these laws anyway? How do they ensure some continue to get it despite the longevity on it? Worse system in the govenment.

August 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm
(956) Heather says:

My unemployment benefits are going to run out on Aug. 10, 2012. I plan on moving to a different state, but before I move, is it possible to re-apply in a different state, for an extension and/or re-apply all together? Any feedback is very appreciated.


August 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm
(957) money says:

hi i just started my unemployment 6/25/12 and they are telling me i only have 26 week of unemployment with no entension cause congress did not give & any entension for 2013 yet is anyone eles having the same problem .help did this happen be4

August 5, 2012 at 8:48 am
(958) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

The extension that was passed was for 2012. Unless Congress passes another extension for 2013, the only benefits in place are state unemployment benefits (up to 26 weeks). Hopefully, another extension will be passed, but, if it happens, it won’t be until later on this year.

August 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm
(959) money says:

hi i just started my unemployment 6/25/12 and they are telling me i only have 26 weeks of unemployment cause congress did not give any entension for 2013 yet is anyone eles having the same problem and did this happen be4 .please help

August 5, 2012 at 12:37 am
(960) Don says:

I posted a comment on July 12 and I still cannot find employment of any kind. I’m 54 yrs old and it seems what few jobs are out there are going to the younger people. I’m about to enter tier 4 with 6 weeks remaining. I can’t believe congress has lowered the maximum weeks allowed in all states. If I don’t find a job in 6 weeks I will lose my home. The 99 ‘ers had more time and we are running out. It looks like our government doesn’t care if the unemployed become homeless.

August 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm
(961) artemis says:

I live in NJ. I ran out of unemployment 2 weeks ago, and have been looking for work for a year and a half. I was counting on Extended Benefits to see me through, but NJ cut off everything. I am 60 years old. Very well educated and experienced (social services/mental health). I have been applying for housekeeping jobs, but no luck with that. I know the unemployment statistics are bogus, I am literally frantic because there is no safety net to see me or anyone through these times.

August 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm
(962) money says:

Thanks Alison say a pray for me

August 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm
(963) Alex says:

Hi I am on my last tier of EUC extension benefits which end in September are there anymore programs that will allow me me to collect benefits after September to atleast December?

August 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm
(964) Linda says:

I am 63 years old and after working for many years I am now at a lose to find a job here in Beaumont , Texas.
I have had unemployment all 4 tiers and extended funds but they stopped it because they said the unemployment was too high.
Do you know if this will have any chance of changing this year?
I do not know what my options are at this point.
And really don’t understand what it all means.
Thank you.

August 12, 2012 at 8:20 am
(965) Christine says:


I’m a band director that hasn’t been able to find a job since the cuts in the schools began. I’m ending my 4th Tier of EUC through an Interstate Claim from SC. Do I have any options for assistance after my fourth tier is out? I can prove that I’ve been looking for fulltime work.

Thanks for your help! It’s been a little hard and confusing to find answers.

Sincerely, Christine

August 14, 2012 at 11:54 am
(966) JC says:

hey newsupdate – if it weren’t for obama and the dems there would have been no or a very limited UE extension this year and if republican tea party gets total control there will be no extension in 2013 …..

August 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm
(967) Mia says:

DC just announced an 8.9 unemployment rate for July, does that mean I won’t be able to receive Tier 4 of unemployment this September? I still haven’t found a job!! How do the average out unemployment rate to decide if the states can move on to the nex tier? Someone please help.

August 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm
(968) Chris says:

I commented on Sunday and it was not posted – not sure why….. Does anyone know if there is discussions or legislation in the works for extending the fed unemployment tiers 1-4 through 2013. These tiers are scheduled to end abruptly on December 23, 2012. I understand weeks were cut, but California remains a high unemployment state. EDD states 10.7% unemployment for July — but it’s really about 18-20% given the folks that have exhausted all benefits or who did not ever qualify for unemployment like the self-employed. There is very little information about this important issue. I guess that high unemployment will be the new norm in this country with older workers are most affected.

August 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm
(969) JC says:

Chris – there has been no talk of extending the unemployment benefits past December 29 , 2012. KInd of scary situation coming up you will have a lame duck Congress and possibly President after November 6th. The payrol tax cuts are also expiring – my thinking is they will come to no agreement on anything BUT at the last minute just like last year they will extend everything including the UE benefits another 2 months and have one of those conference committees work it out with the new congress and either Obama or Romney………….

August 23, 2012 at 5:58 pm
(970) gooddealia says:

I am in CA. I just finished my 26 weeks. Week paid 8/11/12 but did get my check until 8/22/12. The 1st extension has to be filed by 8/26/12 to get an additional 20 weeks, after 8/26 it is 14 weeks. The extension is supposed to be filed automatically. Does anyone know what date they use for the file date? Would it be my claim ending date or the date paid. Will it get filed by 8/26? It is impossible to get through on the telephone.

August 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm
(971) Jelli says:

I just used up the last week of my tier 3 in Michigan. We are at 9% unemployment rate again. I did not get a tier 4 payment however and the unemployment reps are acting ignorant on the issue. I have sent a separate inquiry hoping someone knows about this. My understanding was the state’s unemployment rate has to be 9% to get tier 4 , yet when I need tier 4 for last week and forward, they are not paying. Anyone know if this is because of congress being on vacation or that we have to be at 9% for more than one month? Any info would be appreciated, thank you!

August 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm
(972) JC says:

Jelli – Michigans 3 month average is only 8.7 % you need a 9 % 3 month average for the state to be eligible for Tier 4 so you are no longer able to collect benefits


August 30, 2012 at 12:39 pm
(973) Don says:

Still no job and down to 2 weeks remaining unemployment. What does Washington want us to do when we lose our homes????????

September 4, 2012 at 1:36 am
(974) Chris says:

To Don – I don’t know where you reside, but it’s dire straits for many of us with homes (especially seniors). You should be able to move on to the next phase if you have exhausted your initial state claim depending on the UE rate in your state.

It appears Washington does not care about the unemployed with no extension plans in place after 2012 and a pending fiscal cliff. There’s no real leadership in either party. Obama, whom I supported in 2008, cannot deal effectively with the Republican congress, but hopefully he will extend UE benefits if he is re-elected.

September 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm
(975) crystalc says:

What do i do when my euc benefits run out in October? I have been unemployed since August last year i am so scared for my family,i have applied and applied for jobs with lots of interview s but no luck

September 6, 2012 at 8:07 am
(976) pat says:

I hope you all will vote for Obama. I know things remain bad for many but I can’t see Romney and the republicans in the house caring about any extensions of UC. But they sure want to cut tax for the 1 %. I can’t believe Ann Romney (who I’m sure is a very nice person) talked about how she and Mitt ate tuna fish off an ironing board when they were first married.

September 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm
(977) Gardenman13 says:

Here in Michigan, I cannot locate a method to either view my EUC benefit payment amount/statement, or to print that statement out for other purposes. Is there a way to do this?

I applied for the EUC recently. I had no idea it was available to me, and I have been underemployed for two years and fully unemployed for approx. 4 months. I received no letter from the MiUIC stating my benefit amount or that funds had even been issued, but suddenly there was an EUC benefit deposited in my checking account. No statement at all; no way to break down the figure.

At the MichiganWorks! office, quite a number of people in our orientation (and the MiWorks! orientation job-training associate) related tales of being unable to call in to the UIA, view their benefits, or receive assistance. She said this was due to a huge backlog and also that they had dismissed a number of UIA casework employees.

September 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm
(978) Joey98Electrician says:

In PA collecting UC benefits: I’m coming up on my 26th week of unemployment in a few weeks. This is the first claim that I’ve had to use all 26 weeks. Obviously still out of work…I’ve picked up a couple weeks of work that drew out the 26 but now I’m trying to get informaton about an extension of UC benefits.
-Do I have to “sign up” for extended benefits?
-Is there an extension available to me?
-If so, how long?


September 8, 2012 at 10:13 am
(979) pat says:

my understandingn of the tiers is that if your 26 weeks ends in October you should qualify for tier 1 for 14 weeks. When this happened to me in PA I was automatically mailed a form within a week to sign up for this. If you don’t get a form I would try calling and also I would claim benefits on the internet site both one week and two weeks after your very last claim on the 26 weeks just to see if it was done automatically.

September 8, 2012 at 10:25 am
(980) pat says:

unfortunately I think that all EUC tiers end on December 31, 2012 so if your 14 weeks extend beyond that you would not get anything after the 31st. I believe this is true for all tiers. Does anyone else read the rules that way? That’s why I again say, vote Democratic.

September 9, 2012 at 11:15 am
(981) Mike in CA says:

I have collected about 21 weeks of regular benefits at 328 a week. Last check was for 52, as the 2nd week was xxx out. I got a letter saying I do not qualify for euc because I don’t have enough earning (40 times weekly benefit amount or 1.5 times the highest quarter in base period). My weekly amount of 328 was based on earning of about 9000 in highest quarter. My question is: Is there no extension money for me? Any help is appreciated!!

September 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm
(982) shrews1 says:

be alert – if u don’t pass the new “interview” JUST the exact way they want you to…the will go back and take money away from you…evidently on-line is not acceptable if you use it too much fore job search….but major employers all use on-line apps!they HAVE a job, what do they care? on-line “does not take enough time and effort” they just want the people knocked off any way possible to get Obama relected!appeals sysytem is luicrous too……all decided ahead of time! why would I screw around with all this red tape when I’d rather b working ???? Let’s see Obama get by on 8 bucks and hour!

September 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm
(983) shrews1 says:

just be careful when they interview u for rxtension, cuz if they flunk u – even tho u have a job search to back it up…they will take $ back…it’s crazy…there are no good paying jobs-all min wage * let’s see Obama get by on 320 bucks a week minus taxes and ins

September 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm
(984) Mike in CA says:

Does anyone know if when regular benefits are exhausted, does ca. automatically mail a letter saying I don’t qualify for extensions? And eventually automatically move me into 1st extension and mail me claim forms?

September 10, 2012 at 9:15 am
(985) Susan says:

I lost my job on July 3rd. . I have filed online with NJ unemployment every Sunday for 8 weeks and received benefits. Yesterday when I filed online, it said the claim could not be processed and to call NJ today. I called and got a tape saying unemployment benefits ended July7, 2012 and my day to call NJ is tomorrow, Tuesday. Have my benefits stopped for good? I’ve only received them for 8 weeks, fired on July 3rd. Please help me understand this. I am blindsided and was counting on that aid. I’ve worked for 37 years and have only received 8 weeks of benefits. What do I do?

September 12, 2012 at 2:46 am
(986) Chris says:

To Joe – yes, all tiers will cease at the end of December 2012 unless Washington miraculously extends the deadlines. My guess is they may extend at the last minute. Abruptly stopping the tiers in high unemployment states won’t help the economy, but may push us into a recession.

September 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm
(987) Steve says:

I live in Georgia & on the DOL website it states that as of July 2012 tier 4 extended benefits will cease to exists. Does anyone have any additional info ? I have 2 weeks left on tier 3.

September 16, 2012 at 10:20 am
(988) George says:

NJ here, halfway through tier 3. Tried to online claim today, and got a message ” unable to process ” and a link to phone numbers.

Anyone have experience with this ? This was not the ‘down for maintenance’ message, and I am wondering if I my claim was ended.

I still have a balance in my account when I check online. Looks like I will be going to the office – its easier than trying to reach a human on the phone.

September 22, 2012 at 12:25 am
(989) Jelli says:

Hello again and thank you for the previous response JC. I have been keeping an eye on the trigger reports for tier 4 unfortunately still. I am wondering if anyone knows, now that Michigan has a 9% 3 month average for unemployment again https://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/trigger/2012/trig_092312.html , if they will allow those that were cut off after tier 3 recently to pick up tier 4 benefits. I waited over 6 hours calling Unemployment line only to be mysteriously hung up on and am sorry to ask here. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you =)

September 23, 2012 at 6:32 pm
(990) Michele says:

I also live in Georgia. I will be getting my last 3rd tier check this week. Now that GA’s 3 month average is back over 9% will we be eligible for 4th tier again?

September 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm
(991) Jelli says:

Ok, to update my previous comment/question I have finally heard back from Michigan Unemployment. Best way I was able to was through my unemployment web account inquiry system. The people at MI Works offices don’t know much of anything and tell you to call. After failed call attempts I had heard back finally through the web portal. I was simply told to keep certifying on my date and time. No other response. I also have been researching online and found this statement from http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/claims_arch.asp “Michigan triggers back “on” to Tier 4 of EUC
With the release of national unemployment data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on September 21, 2012 the estimated three month average, seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate for Michigan rose to meet the 9.0% threshold necessary to trigger “on” in Tier 4 of the EUC 2008 program. As a result of this, the current maximum potential entitlement for Michigan in the EUC 2008 program will increase from 37 weeks to 47 weeks. The week beginning October 7, 2012, will be the first week in which EUC claimants in Michigan who have exhausted Tier 3, and are otherwise eligible, can establish Tier 4 eligibility.” Hope this helps anyone else in my boat, I hope to have a job by then from interviews I have had but nice to know they are working on it. I have found nothing on if they will back pay to the date that one has exhausted Tier 3 however.

October 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm
(992) Bald Dog NJ says:

Dear Allison
Disability During Unemployment.Date of unemployment claim 05/29/2011,base year period 01/01/2010–12/31/2010,benefit year period 05/29/2011–05/26/2012.Base year wages 58,000.00,base year weeks 50.Have been unemployed aprox 75 weeks.I may need surgery due to an injury and could be disabled around 10/11/2012. NJDOL website says the disability benefit can be collected as long as the disability occured within the benefit year.Called Trenton they said to apply for the benefit and they make a determination.Then I asked them if I apply for disability and do not qualify what happens.Their response was, my unemployment benefits would stop due to the inability to work due to the disability. And if I did not qualify for disability I would recieve nothing.So the question is “Do I qualify ??” Thank you

October 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm
(993) Mariana says:
October 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm
(994) Marc says:

I saw my claim as inactive when trying to enter a claim. I was told benefits are valid til 12-29-12.

What happened? I must wait til Tuesday due to the holiday. What is the problem? Any advise?

October 9, 2012 at 8:31 am
(995) ERM says:

Same problem as Marc. Does anyone have any answers? Can’t get through to the UC office to resolve the problem and I have dialed over 50 times.

October 9, 2012 at 9:40 am
(996) laura says:

I know my unemployment is running out soon, when I called the Indiana office they stated have to wait a full 24 hours for your initial claim to be closed, then should be able to file for EUC. I was under the impression I was going to have to go into the office to file for EUC but they claim I don’t. Make sure it has been a full 24 hours since the prior claim has been paid and closed out. Yes October 8th was a Holiday and everything is pushed back a day this week.

October 10, 2012 at 11:33 am
(997) guten says:

Hello. Thank you in advance for helping me with my question. Yesterday I received a letter from the State of IL dated 10/5/2012. It advised I was approved for Tier 3 EUC. The letter also said up to 13 weeks paid in this Tier 3.

I thought from Sept.-Dec. Tier 3 was up to 9 weeks. How can this be 13 weeks in my letter? The claim date is 7/22/2012, which would make sense according tho the chart for 13 weeks in Tier 3. I started collecting Unemployment 7/22/2011. Regards.

October 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm
(998) andrea says:

Hi Alison,
I live in CA and applief for unemployment benefits in March 2012. Is it correct that I will no longer qualify for ANY extension in tiers 1-4 or fed-ed extensions after 12/29/12? Do you think the legistature in CA will extend these benefits for the unemployed?

October 10, 2012 at 6:45 pm
(999) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Unfortunately, unless Congress passes an extension, there will be no extended benefits after the end of December. There is a chance that Congress will pass an extension, but, if it happens, I doubt it will be prior to December.

October 14, 2012 at 9:34 am
(1000) shelly says:

I just finished tier IV is there any extened benifits in New Jersey after this…

October 15, 2012 at 11:58 pm
(1001) Skylar says:

I have been on unemployment since Dec 22, 2011. I believe they end Dec 22, 2012. They told me that I was still on tier 1 and would automatically move on to Tier 2 once Dec 22 hit. Would my benefits continue beyond 2012 if I go ahead and file the next day after my unemployment benefits run out? That is the part I don’t understand fully. Thanks in advance.

October 16, 2012 at 1:44 am
(1002) Chris says:

sadly, I read many of the same comments/questions over and over.
The FedEd Tiers 1-4 will cease on December 29, 2012. People, your government does not give a rats a** about you. To the unemployed in CA — EDD has been providing inaccurate numbers of UE claims. UE in California is much higher than the 10.7 they are stating.

October 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm
(1003) lfountain says:

I was notified on 10-5-12, that I am potentially eligible for 4th tier benefits in Georgia. I applied EUC 4th tier claim on 10-9-12, my regular benefit year ended 10-11-12. I claimed week ending 10-13-12. Since I did file my 4th tier claim application prior to my benefit year end date, and the week ending date 10-13-12 included the majority of the week prior to my benefit year end date, I should still qualify to recieve 4th tier E
UC benefits, correct?

October 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm
(1004) lfountain says:

I was notified on 10-5-12, that I am potentially eligible for 4th tier benefits in Georgia. I applied EUC 4th tier claim on 10-9-12, my regular benefit year ended 10-11-12. I claimed week ending 10-13-12. Since I did file my 4th tier claim application prior to my benefit year end date, and the week ending date 10-13-12 included the majority of the week prior to my benefit year end date, I should still qualify to recieve 4th tier E
UC benefits, correct? My benefit year end date is caught in the middle?

October 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm
(1005) lfountain says:

my benefit year end date is caught in the middle of the 4th tier claim application and the week ending date weekly claim.

October 18, 2012 at 1:30 am
(1006) Chris says:

To Skylar – after December 29, all federal extensions (Tiers 1-4) will stop unless congress authorizes further extensions which I doubt. I don’t think there is even legislation in the works at this time but that could change.

Anyone who watched the second presidential candidate debate should know this country is going to hell in a hand basket regardless of who wins the election. I was an Obama supporter in 2008 — neither he or Romney can pull us out of the hole or create sustainable jobs. The only thing I believe out of Romney’s mouth is there are 23M people out of work .

October 19, 2012 at 9:35 am
(1007) Cindy from California says:

I have been unemployed almost a year, and just now ending my 1st tier of unemoloyment, I see on my bi weekly claim form I have two weeks left. Will I get a extention or 2 tier? How long will that last in weeks? I have not been able to find work. Thank you for your help

October 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm
(1008) Delco87 says:


This has also happened to me. I cannot file biweekly claim though my status says claim processed and to file as normal. I filed biweekly last week and still have 12 weeks left so this is clearly WRONG. I read that your state senator or representative for your district will help you and contact L&I/UC to get you through directly. They were very nice and will try on Monday to get through for me to fix it so I can file again since Im stuck in some kind of system “glitch” and meanwhile have NO MONEY and JOBLESS! Give it a try, its the only option that seems to work and make sense. GOOD LUCK!

October 21, 2012 at 2:04 am
(1009) Taxpayer says:

The federal extension of unemployment benefits should be eliminated. People are collecting money and do not look for a job! I know so many people who simply choose not to work. Why would they work hard when they don’t have to? In the mean time, those who work hard and pay taxes suffer. 26 weeks are enough! Eliminated the federal unemployment benefits!

October 21, 2012 at 10:01 am
(1010) Pa resident says:

Taxpayer comment 1009: Unemployment insurance is not welfare. Follow the money. It is paid into by workers & employers who pay that insurance. It is paid out upon a claim. It is not a TAX. If you do not specifically pay in and you do not meet the other stack of requirements (like looking for a job, mandatory in PA), you do not qualify to collect of the insurance you paid in. So, if you think just anyone can collect and collect without actively job hunting every week, you do not live in PA and you did not do your homework. It’s not medicare/medicaid or welfare or wic etc…etc..

October 21, 2012 at 11:56 pm
(1011) Taxpayer says:

I live in CA. I know they are supposed to actively look for a job. BUT, in reality, they don’t. It’s so easy to lie. They fill out some form every 2 weeks and report they sent resumes, etc. I know at least 5 people who go on trips and enjoy their lives. They said they just have to send the form. It’s easy. The long unemployment benefits reduce incentives for people to look for job. Seriously, if you really want a job. There is always difficult dirty jobs American dont’ want. cleaning bathrooms and such. 26 weeks of benefits are more than enough.

October 26, 2012 at 11:42 pm
(1012) Jeff says:

I’m a scholar and have paid into the unemployment fund over twenty years making a high six figure salary. When you specialize you reduce your opportunities to find a job in your respective field. Going backward on your career path is no good in terms of ROI of your invested education and experience. You have to hold out to obtain an equitable job to continue with your initial investment toward your career and ultimately unemployment funding. I never had a problem paying high taxes to fund others to survive as nobody wins if everybody doesn’t win IMO. You are generalizing the human experience as it relates to people who want to care for themselves and the unemployment scenario as we know it today. I promise you that my friend…

October 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm
(1013) e says:

I only got 13 weeks of unemployment benefits, I assume because I only worked 4 months last year before I got laid off. Do I still quality for an extension? I have a medical tech license, a bachelors degree and 25 years of misc work experience. I *have* applied for minimum wage jobs along with 50k jobs. No one has called. We’re talking hundreds of applications/resumes/letters/calls. Wtf.

October 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm
(1014) e again says:

Correction: that was earlier this year that I got laid off, not last year. I just got my last EDD check (for $3, yes, $3) this week. When I physically go into retail establishments (grocery stores/pharmacies) to apply for a job/speak with the manager, they tell me to apply online. I feel like online apps are all going into an abyss. Am I over-qualified? Again, wtf.

October 28, 2012 at 3:25 am
(1015) E.R. says:

To Taxpayer (comment 1009/1011): I speak on behalf of many unemployed people when I say it doesn’t feel good to sit there and collect a check and feeling worthless, not being able to take advantage of our educational and professional background and the skills that we acquired. The unemployed have lost homes, marriages, self-esteem, and hope. None of us would ever trade what we have lost for a $900 biweekly check that hardly covers the cost of most expenses. The lucky ones who are are able to survive with this meager amount are only able to do so because of support from family and friends.

As a single person who made excellent money prior to my job loss, and as someone who had no kids/dependents to claim on my taxes, I paid a lot into our system. You can bet your a$$ that I’m going to use my unemployment benefits until I find a position that pays a living wage!

Wait until unemployment happens to you. Based on your insensitive comments, I have no doubt that karma will work its magic on you.

October 28, 2012 at 10:16 am
(1016) MeP. says:

Does anyone know if you can collect unemployment or still have your case open if you are temping? How does that work?

October 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm
(1017) cris says:

i just exhausted my 26 weeks of unemployment and qualified for tier 1 in Wisconsin. But it will be cut short on Dec 29……It’s sad when i go to take a test for a state or city job the entire place where the testing is being held is full. We are all fighting for a job but the reality is there is probably only 3 spots open and over 100 people are testing.

November 6, 2012 at 11:06 pm
(1018) DeAnn says:

To Taxpayer (1009 & 1011): What do you do for a living? I’m an architect. I’ve worked steadily since I graduated in 1987. I was laid off in February because developer cannot secure financing to build. I have been actively seeking work in my field and in related fields. However, since the reason for my initial layoff has not changed, there are simply very few jobs out there specific to building. Your comment that I should “seek difficult dirty jobs American don’t want cleaning bathrooms and such” speaks volumes to the ignorance of a person who has yet to experience the year that most unemployed people have endured. So please let us know……what is it that you do that is obviously ironclad in its’ security and you are quite fortunate that you shall never lose your job? I would be most interested to seek employment with your company so that I may enjoy the same comfort.

November 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm
(1019) ctw says:

I’ve been with home Depot for 6 years and they have been a great company to work for. Great benefits and discounts. You get a raise each year of your employment anniversary. They have a fund to help you when something un expected happens. Around January, February is the best time to apply.

November 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm
(1020) Thai Dude says:

I am in NYS. I am receiving Extended Unemployment Benfits. I forgot to claim for last week, Does anyone know if you get that week back at the end just like the 26 weeks. Is it tacked onto the end even thought it will pass the december 30th deadline???? Is that week of payment lost for good?

November 18, 2012 at 5:28 am
(1021) Sklmo says:

(1020) Thai Dude, you can just file for last week when you file for this week. Most states give you up to 3 weeks to file for a particular week. And NO emergency unemployment (EUC) will be paid after the week ending 12/29/12, even if you have EUC money remaining. If you are still on your regular state benefits (up to 26 weeks), then you of course will continue to get paid until that money runs out. And for anyone worrying about the EUC stopping after Dec 29, don’t worry, Congress will pass an extension. It may not be until around that time, or even some time in January, but they WILL pass an extension. And if it is passed later (after Dec 29), you will still get paid for any weeks between after Dec 29 and before the extension is passed.

November 24, 2012 at 9:49 pm
(1022) Dany84 says:

Hello I am a single mother of four children I gave never before received unemployment I have been a working American since the age of 16. I lost my job may of 2012 at 5 months pregnant. It is difficult to find a job when you are pregnant my son is now 6 weeks and I receive a letter in the mail asking me to fill out a reemployment eligibility assessment and bring in my work search. Little did I know I would soon be told that my unemployment would end in 30 days. I am absolutely devastated as to how I am going to provide for my family., and with such short notice. In the state of Illinois children are not able to attend daycare until 6 weeks and how and I able to pay out of pocket for childcare when I don’t have a job. We need to take a stand sign petitions whatever is needed to get our voices heard. I was also wondering why the cut made to EUC benefits are not on the news they tell us everything else you would think something this effective would be all over the news.

November 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm
(1023) Gina says:

Skimo, how can you be so sure they will extend the benefits? I am so nervous about it.

November 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm
(1024) Sactown says:

I have the same question Skimo. Would love to think that there will be a last minute extension, but given the upcoming “fiscal cliff,” and the fact that the government keeps putting out such a rosy picture of how the unemployment rate keeps dropping (which, by the way, I don’t believe for a moment!), I am not that sure they will give another extension. Hoping it happens…but figuring I am “on the street” in January unless a last second job offer comes in!

November 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm
(1025) Sactown says:

And…Taxpayer (1009/1011)…obviously, either you have little true understanding of the program, have never been unemployed, or have never held a job over about $20/hr…or combination thereof. First off, the bulk of unemployment is paid for by company taxes that are paid across all employees. In CA for example, Unemployment insurance is 100% funded by the employers through payroll taxes. This is essentially true at the Federal level also – taxes paid by employers fund the program(s). Why do I point that out? Because it is a benefit that has been calculated over many years of my employment as a part of my benefits paid by the company – so I should have every right to claim them! Now, as far as the “26 weeks is plenty of time to find a job…” I agree with you that SOME people abuse the system and don’t really look. But I can also assure you that many, if not most, DO look for work – aggressively! The UI benefit is a fraction of what a person actually makes when working full time – and that doesn’t even take into account the loss of benefits (med/dent/vision, etc…). I have applied to hundreds of jobs in the past year – literally. I have applied at a number of those “dirty jobs” you mentioned…just to get some work. But since I have had a long career in management, most employers will not even look at me for “lesser” jobs – afraid I will leave as soon as I get something better. They may be right…but either way, I can’t get an interview even if I really WANT the job!! Anyway….be careful of your condemnation unless you have been in everyone else’s shoes. Just because you know SOME people frauding the system doesn’t mean everyone is!

December 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm
(1026) aj says:


And, finally, Obama wants to extend unemployment benefits, which would cost about $30 billion.

Under current law, if Congress does nothing, the maximum number of weeks in which an individual could receive jobless will drop to 26 from the current 73 weeks for states with unemployment over 9 percent and 63 weeks for states with unemployment over 7 percent.

If Congress does nothing about the program during the lame-duck session, some 2.1 million jobless will lose their benefits in the first week of January, says Judy Conti, a federal advocacy coordinator at the National Employment Law Project (NELP) in Washington. By the end of the March, she says, another 900,000 people will lose their benefits.

“Forty percent of the unemployed are long term unemployed,” she says. “They have been out of the workforce for over six months.”

December 4, 2012 at 5:38 am
(1027) Still searching says:

Taxpayer..doesn’t have a clue…those collecting have paid into their insurance for their benefits…we still have to pay taxes from what little we get…UI is not Tax free…Good guess Taxpayer is just bored with facebook and decided to come on board in this forum during the hours he/she should be working…Hey Taxpayer count your blessings.
Hang in there ALL 2013 will be better…Happy Holidays

December 4, 2012 at 7:51 pm
(1028) Mike says:

A little over 300 a week after taxes will not cover mortgage, car payments, gas, food, and other bills. How the hell could we afford to take a vacation!..Anybody taking a vacation with that little money must be camping out in their backyard lol because thats bs. The employed people complaining about UE being too long will be next to get laid off and then wonder why they only have 26 weeks to find a job. That will stop their bitching real quick. They need to remember that we were once like them (employed) and thought it would never happen to us. Never say never!..

December 9, 2012 at 9:58 am
(1029) harleycharley says:

I just exhausted my initial 26 weeks of unemployment in N.J. This EB info is confusing. Does the new law mean that I have no more benefits after the 26 weeks? I really don’t think it’s fair that others have been collecting for almost 2 years and now that i’m 61 and get laid off and nobody wants to hire an older person that I can only get benefits for 26 weeks. So, is that the case? Is my benefits ended?


December 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm
(1030) Dawn says:

I was unemployed since late March, eligible for extended benefits after 9/1… brings me to Tier 1, my Tier 1 is ending in December, they told me I was done receiving benefits. I understand that the new law is no longer 99 weeks, but 73 weeks. So, if that’s the case, why would my unemployment end 12/29? I haven’t been on recieving benefits for 73 weeks.

Not to mention, that taxpayers and employers pay a percentage toward unemployment insurance, it’s always been that way.

I wonder if the government does this just to scare the pants off of people, having them stress and run out to find just any job… and then at the end of December say… ohh, we’ve extended the benefits. During holiday season, no less… gotta love the government, lol..

I don’t think it’s fair for people who have been searching for a job for months, still no luck, and to have benefits cut off after 6 – 8 months of recieving benefits? Doesn’t make sense. Especially when they are saying that 99 weeks has been reduced to 73 weeks. 6 – 8 months of unemployment is not 73 weeks, can someone explain this to me?

December 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm
(1031) Alison Doyle says:

Unfortunately, unless Congress passes an extension all federal extended benefits programs expire on December 29.

December 12, 2012 at 7:53 am
(1032) Confused says:

I called the unemployment agency yesterday and they explained the following:

My initial documentation stated that my benefit will go through to July 2013. My state funded 26 week benefits end on Dec 22nd. I will be able to receive continued benefits (EUC=past 26 weeks) for one week in order to take me through to December 29. After that, as of right now, there will be no more federal funds available in regards to unemployment. So basically, even if I go up a tier before the end of the year, i will only receive EUC up until the 31st of December. Any Federally funded, (EuC, past 26 week), unemployment will not be continued into the new year.

They did remind me to check the Florida website for updates in case anything changes.

Is this correct? I am hearing from others that if my tier goes up before the end of the year my benefits should continue through to the beginning of next year. I am not sure what to believe. I wish they would have sent out individualized documentation instead of the same generic letter for everyone.

December 12, 2012 at 9:40 am
(1033) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

That’s correct. All benefits end on December 29 unless Congress passes legislation renewing federal extended benefits. Without an extension, the only benefits that will be in place are a maximum of 26 weeks of state benefits.

December 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm
(1034) It's Time says:

Welcome to the new America. They fight about lower taxes for people who make 400,000 to 1 million dollars. But The Unemployed worker who is fighting just to stay alive gets a slap in the face and gets almost everything taken away from them. It’ s not bad enough we loose our jobs Then our benefits.

December 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm
(1035) john says:

If benefits end on the 31st and my day to claim is the 30th will i still be getting paid that last claim?

December 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm
(1036) Randi says:

Last week I received a partial payment as a remainder of my first tier balance. Rather than automatically entering into the next extension, I was told I had exhausted all available benefits at this time. If the cancellation of all EUC benefits does not go into effect until 29 Dec. 2012, shouldn’t I have started on the second tier? At least in the couple weeks prior to the cancellation of all EUC? Or are they simply not allowing you to enter into the next tier, in light of the upcoming cancellation? If it doesn’t go into effect until the 29th, then I should still get the first couple weeks of the next tier before they cancel all the tiers!?! Instead of having to plan ahead for the 29th, I have to plan for an immediate cancellation of benefits! Not having those extra weeks has really screwed me over! I am about to be homeless now since I can’t pay the remainder of what I had promised my landlord! I imagine there will most likely be MANY more individuals facing the same problem! I was under the impression UI was established to help people, not blind side them and subsequently screw them over!!!

December 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm
(1037) AJC says:

I’ve just exhausted my EUC-Tier 3 compensation which was calculated as 9 weeks of my weekly benefit rate. However, I received the notification of benefits for Tier 4 and it is 6 weeks worth of compensation. I am in NJ which has a 9.6% unemployment rate as of November. If Tier 4 is suppose to be 10 weeks (for states above 9%) as has been published, why am I seeing only 6 weeks of compensation from NJ for Tier 4 instead of 10 weeks? I haven’t read on any which is why I am asking the expert.

December 28, 2012 at 11:11 am
(1038) Candace says:

I’m currently only partly through Tier 2 extension in Florida (over $3,000 balance). When I looked at my acount today it said “you have no weeks available to claim”, but I am supposed to claim again on 1/1. I called unemployment office, she said she didn’t know why, I should still get these last two weeks, and to call back if it won’t let me certify on 1/1. I’m nervous though :( It says I have no weeks available to claim, usually if I pull it up it tells me the next date to come back.

December 28, 2012 at 11:19 pm
(1039) taxed2death says:

If you spent half the effort to work that you do worrying about your handout you would have jobs. Get off your butt and work.

December 29, 2012 at 9:15 am
(1040) Candace says:

Where would you propose that I work if I can’t find a job? I’ve sent out hundreds of resumes, applied on websites, and MOVED to a bigger city. I had an interview I was really excited about a couple weeks ago. I didn’t get the job. I have an interview this Monday. I hope I get it. If I don’t, then do you have a job offer for me?

December 30, 2012 at 12:21 am
(1041) Sactown says:

Candace (and others)…don’t worry about what taxed2death and those like him/her say. They have no clue as to the realities many of us our facing! I have also submitted hundreds, if not well over 1000, resumes – online, in person, by mail – and have had several opportunities where I got down to the final 2 or 3 candidates. I am still looking. I will agree that SOME people are lazy and just wanting the handout. But I would argue MOST people are diligently looking!! And when jobs these days often get 100…200…500 applicants and more – well, only 1 person gets the job! So get a clue taxed2death!

December 31, 2012 at 1:21 am
(1042) Still Searching says:

Hey JC…still see your checking in as so do I…I have a question for the 99 er who mentioned he/she just exhausted bennies for 99 weeks.
I was 2 weeks shy of 99 weeks back in July and cut off
Did I miss something ?

December 31, 2012 at 9:09 pm
(1043) martha says:

little does “taxedtodeath” know that most people collecting unemployment are working harder and more diligently at looking for work then employed people are doing at their actual jobs. being unemployed and actively job searching is no joke and not for the weak of mind or character. and by the way, it’s NOT a handout, i’ve worked my entire life for this benefit. and why judge? you never know when it’s going to be you in this position. best wishes to all in this new year! :)

December 31, 2012 at 9:42 pm
(1044) paul v says:

what happens to people on eb in ny

June 28, 2013 at 11:46 am
(1045) Darryl says:

Please help Alison …..i am on my 2nd tier and i have one more tier to go but when they did a reduction of our funds there was $2 left over on the 2nd tier …now i file the week after next and i was just wondering what happens when i file my bi-weekly…does the 3rd tier kick in or do i have to wait for the 2nd tier to be gone which i only have $2 left in that tier …will i only get $2 for the 1 week and then the other week get my regular amount. how does it work since there are funds left over from the 2nd tier?

August 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm
(1046) Max says:

I ran out of UE money in my 12th week .
They said that I might be allowed for a extension but I still have not reached the 26th week.

I’m not sure what to do?
Will I still be given UE or is it finished now?

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