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Unemployment Extended Benefit Options

By December 11, 2012

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President Obama and Speaker Boehner are continuing to negotiate a fiscal cliff package†which may†include an extension of federal unemployment benefits which are scheduled to expire on December 29, 2012 if Congress doesn't renew them. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has outlined four options for continuing federal extended benefits.

Unemployment Extended Benefit Options

Option 1: Fully extend the current EUC program and temporary provisions of the EB program for one year.

Option 2: Partially extend the current EUC program by providing at most 14 extra weeks of benefits for one year.

Option 3: Allow UI recipients to finish receiving up to 14 weeks of EUC benefits, depending on the number of weeks of benefits for which they will qualify at the end of December 2012.

Option 4: Extend the current EB program for one year, maintaining full federal funding and allowing states to more easily qualify for the program.

If you are an unemployed worker your eligibility for extended benefits, if an extension is passed, will depend on where you are in your current claim and what type of extension is passed. You may, or may not, be eligible for continued unemployment benefits.

It's important to check your state unemployment website for details if an extension is passed. The office will have information for current claimants, so you can determine your eligibility for extended benefits.†

Extended Benefit Programs: EUC | EB

Read More: CBO: Unemployment in the Wake of the Recent Recession | Unemployment Extension | Unemployment 2013

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December 11, 2012 at 11:49 am
(1) don b says:

I’m on unemployment like so many others I was laid off from Verizon so they can save 13.5 million dollars that year so they tell the stockholders but they gave the CEO a 13.5 million dollar bonus I’ve been out of work 7 months and have been activity seeking work and nothing its unfair to cut off unemployment benifets companies like verizon which show billion dollar profits every year should be forced to pay for our full benefits thru the state for two year’s so they stop with the bonuses and unjustified lay offs if I don’t get a continuation with unemployment I’ll lose my home and be part of that statistic this country is going to hell letting these companies and the rich control everything middle class don’t have a chance anymore

December 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm
(2) ms t wonders says:

How long will it take for a decision to b made on an extension

December 11, 2012 at 3:10 pm
(3) mary says:

so scared dont know where to turn.

December 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm
(4) SHauna says:

I was just talking to someone at the unemployment office and she said that congress already made a decision and voted? But you say on here that it hasn’t been voted on. Is this true?

December 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm
(5) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

There is no legislation pending in Congress, to date, and an extension has not been passed. It’s part of the fiscal cliff negotiations that are being discussed now, but even if it is part of the deal, the legislation still needs to be approved by Congress and signed by the President.

December 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm
(6) darren brinkley says:

Option 4,praying for option 4!!!!!!

December 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm
(7) skip p says:

i was layed off and now going to school, the benifits what little i do get help out and if they dont extend then i will have to quit school.

December 11, 2012 at 8:54 pm
(8) Justin says:

I am in so much trouble come the 29th I will loses everything.

December 11, 2012 at 9:44 pm
(9) Sal says:

I will be unemployed for a year on January 6th. I am 23 years old and this is not the what I expected to be doing after I graduated college. I am now living at home with a mountain of student loan debt that is barely paid by my unemployment. Once all the student loans are paid i have a grand total of 150 dollars to spend the rest of the month. Part of that gets consumed by my cellphone bill. I am no living in the lap of luxury, I just need something to help pay the bills until I can find a job. Its not like im not looking I have easily filled out over 500 applications, and it seems that everyone around me and people i graduated with are in the same boat as me. This congress needs to get a grip.

December 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm
(10) Carolyn says:

The doctor I worked for retired and I lost my job June 26, 2012. I worked for his private practice for 21 years!! I have not been able to find a job. My unemployment ends in three weeks. I am really scared that my family will go over our own “fiscal cliff”. I worked so hard for year’s and now I can loose everything in a “blink of an eye”! My question is : If an agreement of some kind is made- how long would that take to go into effect? Would it be placed by 1/1/13? I am praying for a positive outcome. This is so precarious.

December 12, 2012 at 12:08 am
(11) Stephanie says:

We never thought that the America we live in would come to this…wrangling over budgets and etc. I would have never thought that I would see so many people in dire straits and despair about unemployment. Most of all I never thought that I would be one of these persons. My friend was saying today that if this extension doen’st pass she and her family will be homeless next month. I’m shaking my head because in America…this wan’t supposed to happen.

Let us pray and keep the faith that this too shall pass!

December 12, 2012 at 12:42 am
(12) Christine says:

Reading many of these comments is disheartening. We have entered an era of high unemployment that will continue for years. This is not the America I know. Sadly, my grandchildren will never know how great this country was at one time — when most folks could find work with a sustainable salary.

December 12, 2012 at 2:32 am
(13) carmen says:

I’ve been stress out due to losing my job, Now my unemployment may come to a end at the end of this month, If Congress and Obama don’t agree to extend unemployment. I’m a single parent with two kids and I will lose everything and become homeless…I never thought this would happen to me…I’ve applied for several jobs and no luck at this point…praying for change.

December 12, 2012 at 4:05 am
(14) BKcal says:

We need change. I am 27 with a degree in accounting and will finish masters Summer 2013, and no job in sight. I enrolled in grad school three months before my layoff in 2011. I should add i was laid off for 10 months prior to starting there in 2010. I took a job serving tables but only received 15 hours a week, so I still received a partial unemployment check. I AM responsible and not living above what I can afford. Finally moving in with my parents after 10 years of beinf on my own. HELP!!!

December 12, 2012 at 4:09 am
(15) Matt says:

I have been writing my state senate for 2 months, every day of every week. I’ve been writing the White House, too. And calling the White House comment line. WE ALL MUST GO BEYOND COMMENTING AMONGST OURSELVES IN SUCH PLACES AS THIS FORUM. PLEASE***GOOGLE YOUR STATE SENATORS, write THEM CALL THEM NON-STOP*** CONTACT CONGRESS AND THE WHITE HOUSE. GOD BE WITH ALL AMERICANS.

December 12, 2012 at 8:42 am
(16) barbara says:

i am a 54 y/o woman who was told not to come to work on may 14th 2012, the business is shut down. my benefits after 6 months of unemploeyment and grueling online searches for a decent paying job , will be gone in 3 weeks, HELLO? i am America, i buit this country, how dare they NEGOTIATE this deal. this should be a given, i am sorry, i am outraged and so very dissapointed in America the beautful. i am heding into depression, heading out the door of my living quarters, really? how much does that suit cost that Boehner is wearing? i am shocked that this has come to such a pathetic discussion. i guess i will be walking with a stop and shop cart collecting bottles and cans. wow, well wave to me if you see me.

December 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm
(17) VH says:

Anyone with student loan debt who is receiving unemployment compensation can defer the loan payments. Not a cure but it helps for a while. Those loans should be forgiven or young people will never be independent.
I agree with the comments about the country going to hell. I think the fiscal cliff thing is a game for politicians to play for corporations’ sake and their own. Those 2 groups will never be out of work. The jobs that were lost are not coming back. Without unemployment extensions and a huge increase to minimum wage many people will never be able to pay their bills. I can only hope this effects the bottom line of the fat corporations but then the government always bails them out anyway. Very disappointed in the U.S. We have regressed so far back. It’s like the industrial revolution in terms of treatment but not as good since there are no manufacturing jobs.

December 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm
(18) Dave says:

Dave Says:

I am a 54-year-old man who has been in and out of work for the last 10 to 15 years. I think back when things were good and it wasnít hard to find a job. Everybody was making a good living. The last letter from Social Security that shows how much money you made since you started working, was very hard to look at. It is disheartening to see the slow decline of wages over the years, do to our economy. And now to make things worse our Lovely Governor has decided that making Michigan a right to work state, if things arenít bade enough. Well I guess that my own opinion.
Itís a shame that the Congress and our President couldnít of came to a decision prier to the Christmas Holliday, where a lot of people have emotional problems anyway. Our younger people that are seeing this must be having a hard time going to school thinking that their will be no jobs for them when they are done. Well it is in Gods hands now all we can do is pray that our elected officials will do the right thing, which is to help the American People.


December 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm
(19) AD says:

I have never had to use the extended benefits until a week ago…now I am about to be shut off at the end of the month. I am a single parent with two teens. I will be unable to pay rent and nowhere to go..I do not live above my means at all. I have worked all my life minus a moment or two, and this is what I get in return?
And what do they think they will accomplish by making everyone homeless at the end of the month??
Why is it even a discussion?

December 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm
(20) Fran says:

While the congress and the white house celebrate the holidays knowing where there next meal is coming from. They have no worries. My household is living on pins and needles and not concern about the holidays. Our concerns is about how we are going to eat, sleep at night and where are we going to live. I’ve worked for 26 yrs and now this is my payoff. Wow!

God Bless America!

December 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm
(21) VNY says:

Hey Everyone! (especially New York)Ö

I am a New Yorker. I have been unemployed and have received benefits for about 50 weeks. During this time, I have looked for work and itís been very hard to find just an interview. I have decided to go back to school.
New York has a program called 599. This enables someone on unemployment to collect benefits without looking for work and attending a full time school.
Last week I went through the end part of applying for the programÖ refiled my unemployment and everything was set to go. I was told nothing about anything with stopping Extended Benefits, so you can probably understand how I felt when I got the letter that all of you have received.
I feel like I should not go to school (a one year program)Ö so that I could get a full time corporate job again. I would never have taken out all the financial aid and enrolled in classes if this were going to happen. Not to mention, itís medical school so I need a physical, bloodwork, and drug testing / background check. I had to have interviews and take exams to get in. I got the last openning for the day time class. I am not so confused on what to do. I will have to find something part time while attending school I think. I was thrilled to join this 599 program and knew I would get more benefit so I can study and do well with grades.. as well as finish my clinicals sooner. Because of all this I am becoming panikey (sp) and depressed. I canít even think about what to do. I keep hoping for the bestÖ
My one question is though.. if Congress decides after the first of the year to extend, do those of us that were cut off because of the law become able to refile and collect EB or EUC? Does anyone know?? PS: The people that work at the department of labor donít know anythingÖ then just know how to tell you what to doÖand us unemployed get treated like we have the plague half the time lol Any thoughts?

December 13, 2012 at 2:16 am
(22) mrarbos says:

As I sit here and read all the comments, I feel each and everyone one of your pain like it was my own. I pray for option 4 for you all and for myself.

December 13, 2012 at 3:47 am
(23) Chris says:

I am in the same boat as all who are commenting. In speaking with someone from my unemployment office about this issue, he commented wh at will they expect everyone to do, sleep nder a bridge? I can’t imagine that happening, where will all of these pople who won’t be able to pay for their housing go? There seem to be a lot of jobs posted where I am but I am not getting any response and have a great resume. Are these companies even filling their positions?

December 13, 2012 at 4:08 am
(24) CaseyPT says:

I feel that the government and so many millions of others doubt us…..doubt me. They think we are lazy, taking advantage of the government, and not looking hard enough. They doubt our integrity, our character, and our willingness to do all that we can. So many of you, like myself, have tried for so long to find something. If you are anything like me, you want to scream out to the entire country who you are, where you come from, and how desperately you need some more time. Everyone, without exaggeration, that I have spoken to about this has no idea this is happening. Why? Because the media isn’t discussing it. We are not being heard because we are scum suckers, poor, and jobless. I have three more weeks left. Three more weeks to find a job in my trade in a small tourist town in the dead of winter 7,500 ft up in NM. I’ve three weeks to buckle down and have faith in my government and the people I share this land with. I have three weeks left of rent money, medical bills, and food. I e three weeks left til I have nothing. I lost my job through no fault of my own…..and now I am being punished by my government, my protectors, my people. How do we face this? I can’t do it alone, but I know I have no other option now. I will lose everything I have worked so hard for, and most importantly……I fear I have lost my pride.

December 13, 2012 at 7:05 am
(25) KH says:

Everysince i heard that in 2013 their may not be an extension xmas is the last thing on my mind. I been very depressed and scared that i will loose everything in a matter of weeks if this extension dont go thru..I been on my job for a longtime and became laid off June 30, 2012. I been on so many interviews and put out so many resumes I never been a lazy person but no job i lost hope for our government to make us wait like this seems crazy i have a family to take care of WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSE TO DO? Homeless and crime will increase..i pray for a miracle to happen

December 13, 2012 at 10:50 am
(26) Ed says:

Everyone should be emailing their senator, congressperson, the White House, Speaker Boehner and the president of AARP. Re: AARP, they are sitting on their butts doing nothing.

December 13, 2012 at 11:25 am
(27) BEYOND frustrated in PA says:

I think the behavior of our government is completely unacceptable. Prior to being elected or re-elected in November, all involved promised that things would be different, they were willing to compromise, and that they felt an agreement could be reached. But after the election, it has been business as usual. These major, life-changing decisions at hand should be treated as such – not as bargaining chips of an elaborate game! These decisions are about real people’s real lives, real families, and ultimately, their ONLY real means of survival!!

And about the “fiscal cliff” that has been spoken about so frequently on the news lately – most Americans have been riding along the edge of that cliff for over two years or more. Due to the poor economy and continual rising costs at every turn, most Americans are barely getting by BEFORE they are faced with something like a job loss. And while I can only certainly speak for myself, those of us receiving unemployment compensation have been teetering on the very edge of that cliff since opening our claims – if we haven’t already fallen over.

I am a single parent, a homeowner, an American citizen that DOES NOT qualify for ANY assistance for any government programs who is reaching the end of my initial claim and six months of unemployment. I have an inoperable brain tumor, no health insurance, no support of any kind other than myself, and am now facing the prospect of having no income at all . . . at CHRISTMAS, of all times!

**While I sympathize, it is of no condolence to me that millions of other Americans are in similar situations with varying circumstances – this only makes it even more frightening and devastating to me . . . I am just ONE person, but our government has no concern or conscience about the past, current, future, or even unthinkably increasing the struggling of MILLIONS!!**

December 13, 2012 at 11:41 am
(28) Harlow says:

I’m confused by this whole thing. I lost my unemployment benefits after only 21 weeks, or till tier 3. I get a letter in the mail stating that because I never received tier 4 benefits for the 36 week term I am able to get benefits from Dec 15th-the 31st, unless a federal law is passed to where it dead ends. My question to everyone or anyone who can answer this is, why did they cut my benefits at tier 3 and tell me that there was a change in the legal system? I lost 6 months of benefits, and now they are telling me I’m entitled to 2 weeks of them now in December? Did this happen to anyone else? Are we allowed to back collect what we are owed for the tier 4 benefit period?

December 13, 2012 at 11:51 am
(29) VNY says:

The first day I received the letter from unemployment regarding this situation and my EB ending, I panicked. I thought of not going to school and just going back to working in corporate which I hate. It is tough to find a job in todays economy. So many people say there are sooo many jobs out there, but you also have to remember how many college kids are graduating and looking for work as well. Why hire someone like ourselves with experience and who would probably request more money, when a company can hire someone right out of school for less…. This is probably why we aren’t getting the interviews.

Anyhow, as scared as I am, I just can’t imagine Congress not doing something by years end. The crime rate will definitely go up… Welfare will definitely go up which also can’t be good since that comes from state and government funding as well.
My question is::::: Let’s say that Government decides to pass something and this happens like the first week of the new year and we all are taken off unemployment by then… will we be able to refile and go back to collecting our benefits????????

December 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm
(30) VNY says:

Harlow: What state are you in? Each state does things a little differently with the tiers I believe. For NY I believe the MAXIMUM you can get if you filed in early 2012 is 99 weeks. I may be wrong about that, but if your year ends, you can refile. You can refile a couple of times in order to collect EB. Also, I think you are able to refile up until 18 months. I don’t understand unemployment at all. It’s so confusing.
I don’t know if you will be able to recollect everything that should have been given to you. There is no harm in trying so I would contact your unemployment office and ask. However, if everything ends at this month, then you may not even be able to… Just hope and pray…. A lot can happen in a couple weeks…

December 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm
(31) AJ says:

I am terrified. I have 4 children, one who is special needs. I have been on unemployment since May 2012. I have no clue what I’m going to do. I just filed for an extension, and will only get one more check if the benefits aren’t extended. My check is no where near what I used to make when I worked at the local hospital as a phlebotomist. It’s actually a slap in the face, but it at least helps pay for mine and my daughters medications. I’ve already lost my car once, had my water turned off, etc. The government really needs to see how this will affect everyone in my position. I’ve worked since I was 15 years old, now 36. I went to college, got a degree, and have always worked 1-3 jobs at a time, and this is the thanks I get. I’m not one to live off the government and misusing the help needed. I’m constantly looking for jobs. I have even been told I’m over qualified for some jobs I’ve applied for. I have applied to even fast food, but it would at least be a job. The government really needs to take a long hard work on what is happening to the American people. It seems they only care about money, not us.

December 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm
(32) lady n cali says:

ok here goes, what the hay, I won’t cuss because don’t but I’m so mad, stressed, angry, and feeling like crap cause I’ve worked all my life , no jail, no drugs no drinking, the only mistake was to marry guy with green card who started doin drugs and wanted to abuse me and my kids.so he went to jail after one year and was to be deported because he was going ro kill us… Anyway immigration judge let him go and yes he was convicted so now he stalks me and nobody cares, I got the house along with mortgae, no child or spousal support and I’m public asst for fiedt time in my life, all I want is a job just a job, lifes hard enough, americas not like it was, if you’re a real american, hardworking and law abiding there’s no help and I see no future and politicians can’t get their sh… Together, I used to very proud to ba ana american ,, for what the govt helps anybody but it’s own people, that’s what hurts me the most… Nobody cares about us , plain and simple I’m tired of fighting against my own people, my own country,, for what , all I want or need is a job and nobody it seems can help me with some help til I get one,, what do peoplw do..im out of ideas

December 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm
(33) Billybob says:

I never thought I would say something like this but right now I am ashamed to be an American. Our forefathers are turning over in their graves. We supposed to be the UNITED STATES…..I am not feeling united,I feel alone. Like someone else said this should not even be up for debate,take care of your people,do the decent,right thing. God help us all…..

December 13, 2012 at 11:14 pm
(34) TKhan says:

Instead of grumbling here, we do not every sign the petition on We the People? and request extension in benefits. If the Party forces you to starve, throw them out of Senate and House when time comes.

December 13, 2012 at 11:42 pm
(35) TKhan says:

I have opened a new petition on http://www..whiehouse.gov “WE THE PEOPLE”. The title of petition is EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. Everyone, please sign it. We need 25,000 votes. Thank you.

December 14, 2012 at 1:09 am
(36) CaseyPT says:

Why do you think that the national media isn’t talking about this??? Because they ARE going to screw us and they don’t want people knowing what’s going to happen to us. They are sneaking this in. They WILL screw us.

NO one knows that this is happening unless you are on unemployment or know someone who’s on unemployment.

Our government is broke. Our country is broke. Face the facts people…..
We are screwed.

December 14, 2012 at 3:08 am
(37) TKhan says:

Please sign the petition to Extend Un-employmen Benefits thru WE THE PEOPLE using the following link


Please let the White House hear your voice.

Thank you.

December 14, 2012 at 5:46 am
(38) Matt says:

***I JUST SIGNED THIS, please PLEASE DO THE SAME*** Take 10 minutes, click the link make an account like u did to comment this forum then check ur email, click that link then click “sign” and you’re done!! God Bless…

Please sign the petition to Extend Un-employmen Benefits thru WE THE PEOPLE using the following link


Please let the White House hear your voice.

Thank you.

December 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm
(39) anonymous says:

How does Option 4 impact EUC? I’m in the midst of EUC Tier 2, and not sure where that leaves me unless any other option but the 1st is passed.

December 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm
(40) forgotteninMichigan says:

I was started receiving unemployment benefits the last week of March 2012. I have worked daily on my computer, networking with my friends and family, and going to businesses and dropping off my resume. I have had a in-person interviews and many phone interviews, but still remain unemployed. I do not want to sit home. I want to work. I have to work. My husband who is 10 years older than me just went through 6 chemo treatments. He has health insurance, but we are so swamped with medical bills along with our mortgage, etc., it feels as if we will never see and end in sight. Then the letter notifies me of a cut-off date on the unemployment (EUC). I am 57 years old, very healthy, and just want to work. At least the unemployment helped to prop us up enough to tread water. By this time next month we will be under water. Out of the all the years I have worked this is only the second time I have had to collect unemployment. I never thought I would live to see in America such cold feelings for people who have lost jobs, not because they did anything wrong, and then receive letters to say guess what the unemployment you were promised is gone……………………..

December 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm
(41) Maggie Silver says:

There is only one solution to this problem, and Congress won’t do it unless we the People kick them in the butt-hard-the solution is to pass HR 1489, which would restore the Glass Steagall law (Google it) and therefore end the bailouts of Wall Street and London. Bernanke is “printing” $80 billion per month to bail out the derivatives debt of billionaire speculators, and try to prop up a bankrupt financial system. Hyperinflation, anyone?

End the swindle of bailouts and we can make credit available to build big infrastructure projects and create millions of productive jobs!

The only obstacle to this is POLITICAL, not economic!

December 15, 2012 at 1:58 am
(42) TKhan says:

Please sign the petition to Extend Un-employmen Benefits thru WE THE PEOPLE using the following link


Please let the White House hear your voice.

Thank you.

Note: Please let the others know and request them to sign the petition.

December 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm
(43) Rm says:

I think if they can’t help us, we all need to remember this when it comes time to vote. I think this message should get passed around for everybody to see.Especially those in congress

December 15, 2012 at 11:26 pm
(44) Billy bob says:

Things are bad right now but it will get better. I think of the worst case scenario,lose my house. It can be replaced,it’s not the end of the world. People have to remember what’s important,family,health,your faith. Everything else can be replaced. The economy will get better and this all will be a distant memory.

December 16, 2012 at 3:23 am
(45) Mrs Ruth says:

Hello every one,
My name is Mrs Ruth I live here in USA and i am talking as the happiest person in the whole wild world today and i told my self that any lender that rescue my family from our poor situation, i will tell the name to the whole wild world and i am so happy to say that my family is back for good because i was in need a loan of $65,000 USD to start my life all over as i am a single mum with 2 kids and the whole world seemed like it was hanging on me until i met the GOD sent loan lender that changed my life and that of my family, a GOD fearing lender,Mr Bob Diamond Of CASH CORNER LOAN SERVICE, he was the savior GOD sent to rescue my family and at first i thought it was not going to be possible until i received my loan of $58,000 US dollars and i will advise any one who is in genuine need of a loan to contact Mr Bob Diamond via cashcorner.usa@hotmail.com

December 16, 2012 at 8:04 pm
(46) K P says:

I just signed the petition that TKhan posted on http://wh.gov/RI1C. Noticed that I was the 34th person to sign. I see so many people on these sites commenting and I’ve never commented before this. I will lose my benefits like every other unemployed person if Federal UC benefits do not get extended and I guess I really thought the government would do the right thing and extend them, just like they have done in the past. As the deadline looms closer, I guess I’m finally seeing the reality. As I saw others allotted up to 99 weeks to get back on their feet, I thought I would also have that fair chance. I was blind and stupid.

December 17, 2012 at 2:12 am
(47) Mike says:

Please don’t let this happen. I am so frustrated finding work. They’re still not hiring despite what the decline in the national rate. I don’t know what my wife and I will do. Pray they can make deal this week. People’s livelihoods are at stake. Pray the companies get incentives for hiring too. I voted for our president cause I believed he would protect the working class.

December 17, 2012 at 7:58 am
(48) exvzw says:

Also an ex Verizon employee from about 7 months ago. What a horrible company. I worked for them for four years. Its insane how greedy they are.

December 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm
(49) G. says:

Newbie Advice when Filing for benefits or continuing to file>

1. Never tell them you are going back to school. Because, you will not be ready and available for work or limited. (causes investigation-Red Flag)
3. most reps. don’t know what they are doing. Read all the laws and keep up to date with current legislation. Don’t hesitate to ask for a supervisor. Most of the time they won’t call you back so keep calling to get one on the line. Don’t assume they know what they are doing either.
4. Don’t wait for them to fix your claim. Call every day and make sure someone is assigned to your claim if you have a red flag. Ask if your claim has been flagged. My claim was in the adjudication process for three week before anyone was even assigned. I called everyday after two weeks to get someone assigned to my claim. If I had not called and bugged them, no one would have been assigned to my claim up to this point. I had red flags all over the place from their mistakes. No check yet sixth week. hopefully this week.
4. The Key Phrase to live by “always be ready and Available for work” Craigslist is the easiest way to get your searches only fill in the (*)
5.Just because you don’t qualify today does not mean you won’t be qualified to receive benefits in another set of quarters in the future. Sister worked six months(fired) October benefits denied no money in the right quarters. 3 months later still unemployed approved because they looked in another quarter at that time. They won”t tell you this. She would have never checked back if I had not have told about the time periods
Always check back… the laws change almost every three months lately. One day denied no hope in sight, next day approved… so keep checking.
Good Luck!!! You will need it… Dealing with this system!

December 17, 2012 at 4:09 pm
(50) Alex says:

Please Tell Congressional Leaders to Renew Unemployment Insurance

Hello -

Two million unemployed Americans will be abruptly cut off of federal unemployment insurance the last week of December unless Congress acts to renew the federal benefits program. Another one million would lose access to those benefits after their regular state benefits run out during the first three months of 2013. That would be cruel indeed, and damaging to the economy.

I just sent a message to Congressional leaders, telling them to put partisanship aside and renew the existing federal unemployment insurance program for 2013 before it expires at the end of this year.

Please join me in sending that message to Congress here:


Many thanks!

December 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm
(51) Ann says:

To Lady in Cali – Keep your head up – look for folks in your situation – maybe rent out rooms may help. Good luck to all.

December 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm
(52) Glenn says:

Well Not sure, but wouldn’t option 1 be the same as option 4? If it continued wouldntthose mean the same thing?

December 17, 2012 at 5:56 pm
(53) Glenn says:

Isn’t option 1 the same as option 4?

December 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm
(54) Pongool says:

Ex AT&T employee…IT job outsourced. Verizon isn’t the only telecommunications company that makes money hand over fist and still lays off 16 year employees. It’s amazing to me how much the companies do not care about the employees. Looking for a decent paying IT job NOT in corporate America. Yeah, I’ve been out of work since April and could really use a little more time too. Please do the right thing politicians.

December 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm
(55) Felicia says:

It is so sad i am a single mom trying to make it and if they cut me off i don,t know what i am going to do i have been looking for work every day and can,t get any body to give me a job and you can,t get no help in mississippi to pay your bills it is just crazzy.

December 18, 2012 at 4:18 am
(56) lj says:

I’m stressed Over all this all well! Keep positive everyone. I hope they do come to some type Of agreement asap!!! I was so excited about my interview tomorrow, just to be called and told the position is now On hold!! I just broke down crying. It hurts when your really trying. Take care all!!! :)

December 18, 2012 at 6:28 am
(57) Festivus says:

As an unemployed worker since April of 2012, losing my benefits come December 29th is going to literally make me homeless. I recently lost my car due to not being able to keep up with payments. It was either have a roof over my head or a car. I only get $16/mo for food stamps or foodshare is what its called now. What happens when millions lose their benefits at the end of the month? Think about all the mass shootings. People who have mental issues. Millions out of work and losing their benefits will only make things worse. Congress needs to at least extend EUC this week or by the 29th. I am a nervous wreck here not knowing what I can do if I lose my apartment. I have no friends or family here who will support me. I am doing all I can to look for work, even without a car. If I lose my place, I lose everything.

December 18, 2012 at 8:21 am
(58) scared says:

I lost my job last year of 24 years. With the job market being so bad i decided to go back to school for the medical field. This field is so in demand. My unemployment will expired dec 29, 2012. If the extension is not done by the government then I will have to quit college and cant finish my education. I will graduate in July. I am soo depressed to come this far to have to drop out of school if my unemployment is cancelled.

depressed and concerned.

December 18, 2012 at 9:18 am
(59) ThisisAmerica? says:

The republicans want Obama to cut entitlement programs. UI IS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT. It is paid into. If they cut extensions for those just entering into tier one or for anyone on tier 2 or 3, guess what’s going to happen. ALL of these folks will be at their local office of Social Services, and they’ll now qualify for the entire benefits package…monthly grant, food stamps and medicaid. THOSE ARE ENTITLEMENTS! Stop going after people that lost their jobs due to no fault of their own and who can’t find jobs. Get the lazy pieces of crap who have made welfare their life’s ambition and let them drop off of the face of the Earth already, so those of us who have paid our way and who are collecting from an insurance that was paid into don’t have to suffer for the rest. This crap is sickening!

December 18, 2012 at 11:38 am
(60) lost says:

I had a great job working at a community action agency thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. ARRA funded my job for 3 years! The money ran out and i was laid off… My husband works but because of the economy his job as a sign maker has limited hours. I am not sure what to do if unemployment stops. I have looked for a job for the past 9 months and can not find one. I am getting really scared. I know that eventually unemployment benefits will go away for me but i wish it wasnt so soon

December 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm
(61) Denise G. says:

Isn’t it a shame this country spends millions of dollars fighting a war we had no business engaging in? Yet, we have a high percentage of unemployed Americans who desperately need their unemployment to live and no decision has been made? I feel for all of the people that are on pins and needles waiting for a decision to be made. Congress will be going home and spending the holidays with their families and not having to worry how they are going to pay their bills. These people should not be allowed to go on holiday until they come to an agreement.

December 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm
(62) Dee says:

I don’t want to lose my home but after working two jobs for over 35 years this is a real possibility. Like many others I am frantically sending out resumes and no nibbles.

I am extremely frightened. People with money have no clue how this will affect the unemployed.

I also have a sister who has been unemployed for 2 years. She is a statistic!

December 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm
(63) anthony says:

I have been looking for work for over a year now I spend about 3 to 4 hours a day looking for work everywhere and still no luck. I am over 61 and when you do get an interview they seem to not want hire someone at that age group like I could really afford to retire at 62 with what I would be getting I would still need a full time job. I gave up my apt 6 months ago because I was worried that by the end of my unemployment I would still not have a job and no money left in my account . so I did take a room in exchange for cleaning and cooking but still have car payment and living expenses so if I do happen to find job and have lost my car because I couldn’t make payment I am kinda stuck as there are no bus services around here..I am trying real hard to be positive and look at all the good things I do have and will keep going..

December 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm
(64) jail says:

can’t we take money away from the prison system to help all the people who have done nothing wrong . We want to work we want to have health insurance we want to put food on the table we want a place to be safe and warm and enjoy life. I feel the system needs to change we did nothing wrong here but try to do the right thing..times are hard I have worked since I was 12 years old and this is the first time I have ever collected unemployment I am 61 years old where do I go I can’t collect SS for another 8 months by then I will be on the streets..so not fair..

December 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm
(65) Erica says:

I too am just like the many people listed above that my benefits will expire in a couple weeks. We have an obligation to voice our opinion and let President Obama and his administration know how we feel. Not only on forums like this but on the petition page. THANK YOU to whomever started it but we NEED 25,000 signatures to get the issue addressed. I JUST SIGNED IT. GO TO WHITEHOUSE.GOV “WE THE PEOPLE” AND SIGN!!!!! I am sending positive thoughts to ALL of us in the time….not only because of the holiday season but because of our fear of the unknown. There is most certainly POWER in numbers. Keep pushing for change and BELIEVE that it will get better. WITH LOVE AND GRATITUDE ALWAYS…..

December 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm
(66) Erica says:


THERE IS POWER IN NUMBERS!!! BELIEVE THIS WILL HAPPEN. TRUST THAT HOPE IS HERE FOR US TO BE RESTORED. WE ALL HAVE FINANCIAL ISSUES, HEALTH ISSUES, MENTAL ISSUES, RELATIONSHIP ISSUES…ETC. BELIEVE. HAVE FAITH. TRUST. DO! WE WILL OVERCOME THIS….think of all the generations before us that had the same anxiety and stress that we are now facing. Let us create the change that we are looking for. Help out your fellow neighbor. Be a support to those around you. STOP being so judgemental. WE MAY NOT HAVE ALL WE WANT BUT WE WILL HAVE ALL WE NEED!!! I know may of you reading this may not understand. I am just asking those who do to be the light for those who do not. WE HAVE AN DUTY TO KEEP FIGHTING AND PUSHING. For all those single mothers who have children with no help. Fathers working minimum wage just to barely feed their families. Young students (like myself) who are going to school off of crumbs hoping for a “way” when they get out of school….I encourage you to make your way….PLEASE BE ENCOURAGED. PLEASE KNOW THAT I AM IN OUR CORNER. Writing senators, congressmen and women, creating and developing plans for US. Meeting with local organizations…NAACP..ETC. I WILL MAKE A WAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE WILLING!!! NOT Those who wanna “knock down” those who are ADAMANT ABOUT CHANGE! I AM MAKING A WAY…WILL YOU SUPPORT ME, SUPPORTING YOU???

December 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm
(67) JB says:

I just started a petition on the White House petitions site, We the People. Will you sign it? http://wh.gov/IQMR

December 18, 2012 at 7:43 pm
(68) brooklyn2core says:

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOO many people out of work and NO jobs, what do they want people to do???????????????? Is this what happens when I’ve been working since age 14 and now 38 was laid off …….

December 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm
(69) V in NY says:

Brooklyn…. I feel for and with you. I am also from the boroughs… There aren’t many jobs around there… Just pray that Obama and Congress come to a good agreement for extending EUC!!!!

December 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm
(70) sonia says:

I’m wondering the same thing: How long will it take for Congress to decide if UI is extended or not??? I’ve been unemployed for almost 2 years and I’ve been looking at the the 4 options regarding UI which doesn’t make any sense!! We’ve had a bad economy for over 5 years now and things aren’t getting better!! Why doesn’t Congress just extend all UI for another 18 months or so and forget about it!! I’m a single parent and have been struggling for a long time now.

December 18, 2012 at 10:20 pm
(71) Carolyn says:

I am so scared that the unemployment issue will not be resolved by the end of this year. How do you tell small children that Christmas had to be canceled? I understand that you can get a toy from a toy drive; however, we still need food! I have alway’s donated….now…the shoe is on the other foot. God Bless Us EVERYONE!

December 18, 2012 at 11:15 pm
(72) Pissedoff says:

Damn i got 200 to my name and rents due on the 3rd
OMG im so scared… If this doesn’t pass Imma have to sell My ASS or Rob someone to make ends meat … worst case i get caught i wont have to work about going homeless 3 meals and a bed…

December 18, 2012 at 11:47 pm
(73) Ann W. says:

Five months of applying to literally 100′s of jobs and have had 2-3 interviews. First time I have ever been unemployed in my life. I’m really scared and pray they pass something soon. I don’t know what I am going to do like so many others. This is not some mini vacation, it has been the loss of my identity, feeling like a parasite and so many other negative things. It’s a depression that is never going to end. This is horrible.

December 19, 2012 at 12:01 am
(74) James says:

As so many others have stated I too am unemployed. I was terminated just weeks after finding out we are expecting a baby back in August. Didn’t start getting my check until October but unfortunately I’m almost at the end of my rope. To add fuel to the fire my wife last week was put on strict bed rest at only 25weeks. Again that’s a loss of income being that shirt term will only pay 60% of her salary. Yeah, I know MFL. Bills due. Already have 2 kids Xmas standing on the corner. Kids looking crazy, short on food. Dr appointments wife needs clothes because she’s growing in a good way. But yet instead, congress wants to play with the lives of so many Americans and those who live here. They are basically pushing us to crime, suicide, or homeless shelters which is where I worked and laid off and they are all overfilled. What’s a MAN to do??? Looking for a change

December 19, 2012 at 3:55 am
(75) Kimberly says:

Laid off after 14 yrs from BCBS..its called the new age discrimination for people over 50..we can let u go & hire someone new for less so we can continue to pay CEOs millions…I am like others here who have worked hard all my life…after paying mortgage for 16 yrs I may lose my home and no one cares..theres no humanity anymore, just greedy bankers, lawyers, politicians & CEOs running this country into the ground…WAKE UP CONGRESS MEN, SENATORS & PRESIDENT OBAMA..AMERICANS ARE STRUGGLING OUT HERE..DO THE RIGHT THING IMMEDIATELY, EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT FOR HARD WORKING PEOPLE WHO ARE LAID OFF

December 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm
(76) USA US says:

After you comment ****SIGN THIS PETITION**** I’ve been all over craigslist promoting the link, facebook even sports sites….all the places I know people go that are on UI. Please do the same. ****WE need THOUSANDS more signatures****

December 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm
(77) Us USA says:

Forgot the link******* http://wh.gov/RI1C

December 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm
(78) Michelle says:

If you go to the petition site, there is no petition to sign for unemployment extensions. Only way is if you have the direct link, may want to look into that.

December 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm
(79) bee m. says:

I feel like don b. these companies should be forced to pay. I worked for wendys for 14 years and had a good relationship with them and even moved thru the ranks to become a General manager… only to shape my life around the income I was recieving, and then they lay me off because of budget cuts, but over the past years they’ve remodeled every store, bout countless new equipment for every store, Advertising every week, (literally every week) and some of the thing that are in the package arent even used, it goes right to the garbage can, and trust me, I’ve seen it too many times before, they waste money like crazy, but they blame if on the employees if customers arent pouring theirselves thru the door to by their high priced food. they even bought tons of new technical equipment to keep up with the change of technology, this is multi-millons of dollars in spending but they say they see no revenue. REALLY?????????

December 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm
(80) ryan says:

Im genuinly worried . I served 4 1/2 years active duty in the marine corps infantry got out in 2010 been in college …I’ve looked n looked for Jobs in new York city and haven’t gotten a call not once . I got a clean record I was honorably discharged now inactive reserves with two tours in Iraq but I can’t get w job? People like me fought for our country overseas but we can’t get a job when we come home? I’m 50% service connected disabled for fighting for my country but no job offers? Now on top of that they want to play with unemployment that I and so many other people rely on? Including disabled vets like myself …… I don’t know how to feel. I feel like my country is givin me the middle finger along with a lot of other combat veterans

December 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm
(81) Lisa says:

I am 55 and worked my butt off to graduate from nursing school at age 49. I have been unemployed off and on for the last 2 yrs. It is a huge misnomer that there is a nursing shortage!! It depends on where you live. My extended benefits will also end in 2 weeks. We lost our home in Feb…are in bankruptcy…because I was the primary breadwinner. The medical field is VERY precarious at this time. Reimbursements are decreasing at an alarming rate to Physicians, hospitals, etc. I am a Home Health/Hospice nurse and Medicare is changing our rules on an ongoing basis. In my job, LPN’s are getting bigger paychecks than RN’s as the agency can pay them less. I would never trade my job for any other…however, had I foreseen this coming, I would have planned much better.

December 19, 2012 at 7:53 pm
(82) don't give up! says:

Please sign the petition below and contact your state senate as well as the White House! It’s extremely disheartening to see all these comments. Most of us never thought we’d be going through these circumstances, its a nightmare.


Things might get even more stressful, very fast at the end of the month. Please, everyone, try to enjoy what you can with your friends and family this Holiday, no matter what you celebrate. It may be your last chance or happiness for a while. Appreciate what you have, and never take anything or anyone for granted. God bless.

December 19, 2012 at 11:16 pm
(83) in the same boat says:

I lost my job in March o this year. I have been employed since I was sixteen, I am now 33. I have gotten to draw unemployment for 9 months. And it will end in December. I lost 700.00 a month income, and unfortunately we have already lost out home it sales next month. We are not eligible for any kind of help. I have three kids. If my unemployment runs out, I do not know what we will do! It’s crazy that some people I know have drawn for 2 years, and I’ve worked more in the last 10 years than they have their whole lives!! It DOSENT seem fair, but then again, life’s not fair!! Please please extend the benefits!! I live in a very small town in ky and there are no jobs anywhere!! I’ve searched and searched to no avail :-(

December 20, 2012 at 3:26 am
(84) Ler says:

Why dont the people stand up for us and how do such heartless people run a free great nation how?

December 20, 2012 at 3:29 am
(85) James says:

I am so scared I have been on unemployment sense last November I don’t no what to do please help mr obama

December 20, 2012 at 10:20 am
(86) jason says:

Please mr Obama pass this extension because without this I will be on the street! No food! So many people will be affected by this please don’t do this to us°!!!!!

December 20, 2012 at 10:31 am
(87) D says:

I just rec’d an email yesterday from an Unemployment rep. with this info. 10 days before this is supposed to happen!? Now I’m panicing. Trying to find a job IS NOT EASY. One that pays at LEAST what I’m making on unemployment. Truly ruined my Christmas spirit. Im in major panic mode.

December 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm
(88) Melanie says:

I am a single mother that was laid off as a case manager due to state budget cuts in June. I haven’t received child support for my three kids from my ex-husband since 10/12/12, and he is still unemployed. This is the worst Christmas in my house ever! My credit is terrible and I will have to file for bankruptcy in January regardless if the benefits are cut dec 29 from losing my job. I also have 50,000 in student loans from PSU that will continue to defer until I have a career to begin paying them back. I’m praying for a miracle because the jobs I’ve applied for have hundreds/thousands applying for the same ones! Please Speaker Boehner, if you have a heart and you are reading this extend the benefits!

December 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm
(89) PoBlackMayne says:

I just signed the petition and IT TAKES 2 MINUTES! So please go and sign as I have been unemployed since Jan 2012 and like most have sent out over 999 applicatios and spent hours upon hours sitting at computers, job fairs and workshops. I have a college degree and I am just an 13 week internship away from completing a Masters degree! And of course I AM OVER QUALIFIED for every position I apply for. I have resigned myself to swallowing my pride and I am now applying to 12-13.00 hour jobs to keep the heat on and I have been on MAYBE 5 interviews! Bottom line I will TRY to keep my faith that something will get done. I have aplied to become a referee and just doing something to keep feeding my 3 kids and oh yeah, KEEP PAYING MY EX WIFE CHILD SUPPORT! She too wants her cut every month despite my unemployment because she feels I need to pay her during all this as well. And Child support garnishes my UI benes bc it’s THE RIGHT THING TO DO? GOD BLESS THIS PLACE WE CALL HOME!

December 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm
(90) Dude says:

It’s ridiculous that others got 99 weeks of unemployment and now millions will be cut off (possibly) after just 26 weeks? I’m 55 years old and my health isn’t that of some young buck who can do heavy physical work. The plant where I was working as a Quality Auditor closed this year so the lay-of has nothing to do with me or my work. Unemployment in my region is still in double-digits (our county was 12% last time I checked). The so-called decline in the unemployment rate is smoke & mirrors! So many people have given up looking that it keeps going down. And when many of us run out of benefits we’ll no longer be counted. Works out just fine for the President who gets to say things are getting better!

December 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm
(91) Io says:

My wife got lay off 2 years ago and I just got lay off last week, my wife need health insurance and we have 2 three years old kids,

December 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm
(92) We the people says:

Father God, as I read all the post from this website, I get very emotional how we live in America, the best country in the world, and yet we have so many people in need of a job, food and shelter. Father I know that you will never leave us, nor for sake. I open up my arms and heart to you, knowing that you will never let us down. I pray for Congress and the White house to come up with some type of agreement before December 29, I pray that each and everyone who posted something on this website have the best christmas ever!:-)

December 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm
(93) Unsure says:

And…. Obama is in Hawaii enjoying his family and not worried!

December 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm
(94) Help says:

Please sign this petition if you have been relying on unemployment, I was only the 4th person to sign, and we need 25,000 to get this unemployment benefits passed.


December 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm
(95) TVA says:

I see many comments from people like me – over 50. It feels like we’ve been hit hardest. We don’t have a safety net. In fact, we’re often the ones taking care of parents and/or kids who’ve had to move back home with us. Being over 50, it’s harder to find work. I can’t tell you how many companies I’ve seen who are quietly pushing out older employees. We have no protection from having our jobs “eliminated” while the companies hire younger workers for lower pay.

The decades of experience we bring is not valued. The wisdom we’ve learned, our strong work ethic, loyalty, dedication – all worthless. I was taught that if you worked hard, your hard work would be rewarded. Ha!

There have been so many downsizings, each time the remainng people are stretched thinner & thinner – to the breaking point. Is it any wonder that Mental health issues are developing exponentially!

Since 2008 I’ve bounced from one temp job to another – no benefits, no rights, no protection, and as disposable as a used tissue, and I’m being programmed to feel that’s exactly what I’m worth.

Michigan – one of the harder hit states – has only 20 weeks of state unemployment, not 26. For the first time in my life I find myself fearing the future. With zero income, how can I afford “luxuries” like heat, electricity, health insurance, medications, food, and fuel. I don’t know what I’ll do. I’ve lived frugally, I don’t want to be a burden on society. I’m the one who’s always helped others, but now that I need help, who is there to help me?

And yes, I’ve been contacting my senators and congressmen too. We do need to exert pressure wherever possible.

I wish I had the support of a union to stand up for me and my rights. I’d LIKE to have the right to work, and the right to be valued. I don’t know what needs to happen but something in this country has to change! I’m no longer proud to be an American!

December 21, 2012 at 1:17 am
(96) maria says:

I got turned down from McDonalds because I.was overqualified with my education, I get turned down from a resort because I’m nit fluent in Spanish for those employees who only.speaking Spanish the resorts are being flooded with visa workers from poland and russia because they can switch them out withought paying benefits I’m very upset I say give the jobs to the American people who want to.work first. And cut Congress and the presidents salary they make what 250,000 -450,000

December 21, 2012 at 2:20 am
(97) Jay says:

Lost my job in April was told I could collect for a year according to the 1st letter I got. I have been looking for work since April got a 2nd letter in November telling me that my benefits will end the 29th.

What is sad is I’ve applied for entry level jobs I get told I’m over qualified. So I tried to dumb down my resume but then I got turned down for not putting some past employers on my resume. When asked why I told them I need a job bills need to be paid even if I am over qualified. I’ve worked my entire life this is the 1st time I’ve collected unemployment and I can tell you the $260/week doesn’t cover half the bills. Now my wife got laid off 2 weeks ago I guess the next step is welfare and even that is unsure.

If it was just me I wouldn’t be worried but my 3 girls count on me and my wife Having to tell your kids we might be homeless in 6 months is hard. It’s hard to believe that our politicians are so disconnected with the reality of how hard things are.

December 21, 2012 at 9:22 am
(98) Amy says:

I have been unemployed since February 2012 and am now on tier 2 of EUC and about to loose everything if something does not pass by Dec 29. I am in the middle of getting another degree since everyone was urged to “go back to school” to change careers since the economy was bad. I can’t even find a minimum wage job since I am “overqualified”. I am 35 years a single mom of 3. I do not have family that can help me financially until I get on my feet. I have been applying for 20 jobs everyday. I have been a law abiding citizen and have been working since I was 16 years old. All I have to say is this country is going to hell really fast. I did not vote for this guy in the White house.Crime is going to be off the hook because so many are about to loose everything, yet we can give money to other countries?

December 21, 2012 at 10:01 am
(99) ryan says:

So ive been unemployed for almost two years now since returning from Active duty in the military ive been claiming benefits for almost that time trying to Find a job and in college with no luck finding a job what option wpuld they have to approve for me to.continķe receiving unemployment insurance benefits?

December 21, 2012 at 12:40 pm
(100) Rob says:

I have had no job since March 2012. My wife is working two jobs and I have no idea how I will survive without benefits. I have tried getting a job and have no how I am going to make a financial contribution in the meantime. She has to pay for my health insurance at the cost of $650/month. I have several medical conditions and have been approved for disability benefits. The only option I see at this time is getting a divorce. Is this what the country wants? I have paid into the system for many years and now I am in time of need and seem to be hitting road blocks.

December 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm
(101) Chsmith says:

I was receiving EB benefits and they were first said to go until the end of December just like the EUC benefits. Then all of a sudden they said no they will end on Dec 9th, I called and talked to someone at unemployment who assured me that my EB would turn to EUC and I would be ok till the end of the year. Well she had no clue because I lost my benefits on the 9th. Now I have no income and no clue what I am going to do. I am wondering if they pass extended EB does anyone know if I can start my benefits again. It would only seem fair that they would especially when they first said we would at least have till Dec 31. Itís like they donít care at all this is peoples lives and to just up and take stuff away without much notice it not fair. I donít think they changed the EB date till like 2 weeks before they took it away.
I hope someone helps us

December 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm
(102) steve says:

Wow. Only 128 signatures on the petition to extend unemployment benefits at the White House. Guess it is not THAT important. Added mine…only 24,871 to go. Really?


December 21, 2012 at 1:22 pm
(103) steve says:

Only 129 signatures on the petition to the White House to extend federal unemployment? Really? http://wh.gov/RI1C

December 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm
(104) LCS2942 says:

I lost my job in July of 2012, I am a single mom of 2. I hardly have any work history besides my last job due to being a stay at home mom. (thanks to my ex husband, love my kids but it hindered me in finding a job nowadays) if i lose my uneployment benefits I will be like a lot of others with my kids. Lose my apartment my vehicle. I feel for all the others who are in a situation like mine or worse.

December 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm
(105) Steven Defelmayer says:

I was laid off in November. I can not get employers to even let me fill out an application for employment since they don’t have any positions open that I am qualified .

How in the heck do you get the employer pay attention to you?

December 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm
(106) Shannon says:

When election year comes around, Senate and HOR beg and plead for our votes, always standing on the platform of protection and help. All this masses to no avail. When people really need the government, it seems like they can never come to a consise agreement. I admit that in the midst of a war with Afghanistan, the school shooting, and other fiscal problems; unemployment may take a back seat, but there has to be time made to take care of the very people who elected you to your current position. Unemployed Americans have been left jaded, abandoned, and confused. They are left wondering if they will be able to provide their family with the basic necessities in life. Congress needs to place themselves in the situation of struggling Americans. Do I pay all the bills so my credit doesn’t get ruined, or do I provide my children more to eat then Ramen noodles and water. President Bush gets majority of the blame for our current situation, but he did not act alone. Congress is just as guilty for our economic demise as the prior POTUS. It is time that they realize this and fix the problems the helped create. I have heard that people should relocate to find jobs, if this is the best solution that can be made, I suggest they relocate themselves from Congress and allow someone else to help the American people.

December 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm
(107) Ashley says:

Here’s the funny thing we’re all gonna be homeless jobless no money and yet everybody voted for President Obama to be re elected the sad part is Obama’s not done 1 thing for this country in the 4 years and he has been in office the sad thing is now that he still in office something is definitely not being done and now we are all paying the price for the decisions of making someone in office it’s been no affect on America

December 21, 2012 at 11:59 pm
(108) fred says:

like so many others i have seen friends take the unemployment benefits for the long turm not wanting to take another job because they wanted to waite for the better job offer to come along. ITS WRONG. What gives you the right for others to pay your way. Im not being cold just REAL. Thats whats wrong with people today. Get over it Move on and find another job instead of taking from your family, friends, and nieghbors. Stop looking for the freebies and do the right thing. You know the job that you feel is underneith you. But you probably wont and just want the free money so you can sit back and make others pay for what you dont want to do. By the way I already know about the spelling and incomplete sentences like i said GET OVER IT AND MOVE ON. Stop having a pitty party for yourself and find a job.

December 22, 2012 at 1:30 am
(109) Gandy says:

Another Great Depression is coming folks, it will make the last one look like a party…sorry to be a downer but we need to face the facts. And just think if Congress doesn’t extend UI extensions millions will lose their benefits and therefore be off the UI statistics so Obama will claim unemployment is down and things are getting better and spin it with lies…. people no longer on UI but still out of work are not counted in the UI stats.

December 22, 2012 at 7:17 am
(110) susan says:

Sal you can defer your loan payments because you are not working. You should call the loan company and fill out papers to defer the payments until you are back to work.

December 22, 2012 at 8:17 am
(111) Mike M says:

Hello everyone, I just want to start out by saying happy and healthy holidays for all. I was unemployed for for 19 months and I know what it feels like to be out of EB. I went through 2 extensions for a total of 99 weeks. Just have faith things will get better I am sure. I went through a bout of depression lost my apartment and sold my car to survive. Finally found a job a good one at that. I have no doubt that you all will too. They will pass another extension it just may take a little longer than it should but it will happen. Good luck to you all and I wish you well.

December 22, 2012 at 9:05 am
(112) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Thanks so much for sharing, Mike. It’s good to hear a positive outcome in the midst of all this bad unemployment news and inaction by Congress.

December 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm
(113) dan says:

just started to recieve eb payments then dec9th they stopped payments i have been told by dol that i had 99weeks to claim will i be able to claim if congress ext benefits

December 22, 2012 at 3:06 pm
(114) Collection for the dept of education says:

If u have school loans google income based repayment program (iBR). Which you may be able to get your school loan paid for without making a dime. School loans are no joke. You can’t run away from school loans like you would with credit card debit. Scary but true. http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/understand/plans/income-based
Hope this help everyone when it comes to school loans.

December 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm
(115) oj says:

there are a lot of jobs people you just pick and choose which ones you don’t want to apply for. there are lots of jobs out there. and if you’re on the second or third extension can you become lazy in codependent unemployment. I’m on my third extension and I hardly looked for a job . why becausei was comfortable getting 420 a week. if you really needed a job you would work for any position that that paid any amount so stop complaining

December 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm
(116) Nicole says:

I am in the same boat. some times i just want to crawl in a hole and die. i have never felt so alone and scared in my life, applying for job after job with no result. I then remember what our ancestors had to go through many many years ago. when minimum wage was only what a nickle. times are rough hard and scary, but we are all here today because our ancestors pulling through it. If they can pull through it given what little money they had or with the hard work they barley found with what little food they had i think we will all can pull through it as well. If not for us atleast for our ancestors who did for us.
i know easier said than done. trust me i know. but if we all stick together help one another out and keep positive and keep pushing and never give up things will come together all on its own. keep the faith and throw negative nancy to the sharks.
here is a little help..
smud.org hiring customer service reps.
wullo.com put in ur zip and type of job ur looking for you get emails every day on who is hiring.
snagajob.com same thing.
verizon wireless lay offs?? they too are hiring call center reps
your local collection agencies. ok pay plus commision they train.
state jobs. check everyday for testing dates..
in and out burger starting pay is like 13 to 15 an hour
house cleaning.. friends family.. baby sitting.
dog walking. heard if u apply for cash aid ajd volunteer you dont have to pay it back. my friend got on with the state doing that. your local water company phone companny cable company. any call center job you can think of.. applu for grants to start your own biz..
day care. any more i find out i will continue to share. hope u do the same. anything helps.. stay strong think positive dont give up. teach our kids what our ancestors have taught us..hope this makes sense.. not very good at choosing words lol.. good luck happy holidays..

December 22, 2012 at 10:56 pm
(117) lisa says:

After reading the comments I see that a lot of us are in the same situation. Lots of sad stories. I was diagnosed with cancer in July 2011. I’m a single mom in my 40′s. I have two of my daughters living at home with my grandson. I’ve worked since I was 14 years old. I worked thru my cancer treatments until my doctor insisted that I go on disability. I had side effects from the chemo and my disability was extended 6 months. I was at my job for 12 years. During my leave, the position I had was changed and I didn’t have a job to return to. I immediately applied for unemployment. My pay is less than 50% of my salary. A salary I worked hard for and money I paid into for many years. I’m concerned about this extension. I talked to people who have been getting benefits for weeks. People who ‘work’ the system. It’s It all very frustrating. I hope it works out for everyone.b

December 23, 2012 at 1:19 am
(118) Sott says:

I too, am facing the loss of my home. According to the DOL, I was supposed to receive 4 more weeks of EUC. That night have been just enough to get me through until the job I had a nibble at last week comes through. If they don’t pass the extension, first we’ll lose our electric service, then water, then even garbage pickup! After that, we face foreclosure on the house because I can’t pay the back taxes. Things have already tightened up so much that we’re running out of food again. I’m not sitting around waiting for a high-paying job to just land at my feet, either. I apply for anything I can do, and many things I probably can’t, as well. It’s very difficult at my age to get a job in any field. “Too old and/or overqualified, we’ll have to pay you too much”. Just pay me something, damn it! Not enough formal experience in fields other than my own, despite having the skills to do the job easily, is also a problem. It also doesn’t help that I’ve already lost my car. Employers really don’t like to hear that you have to take a bus to come to work, especially when you live in a rural suburb where there are limited runs to and form the metro area.

December 23, 2012 at 5:57 am
(119) Redeye says:

My company did the same thing. Was making a profit but did not want to pay our “higher” union wages and moved the jobs to a non-union plant that would do the work for less. The CEO made $15 MILLION and the $4 Billion dollar company filed a FAIR TRADE Suit with the Federal Government claimming that “WE” lost our jobs due to foreign competition. BULL! It was just money and greed!

December 23, 2012 at 9:51 am
(120) Jennjenn says:

Sign the We the People petition!!


Share with everyone you know!

December 23, 2012 at 10:55 am
(121) nick says:

out of all 47 year i worked i never heard of this bull no one cares if this happens this country will fall apart we all need jobs, food. all of us will be homeless.this is 100.000 times bad since1980 for me i be living in my car soon .for the last 5years nothing going right i give some of my
money to people that dont have food . god help us .too all family out there help each other

December 23, 2012 at 11:27 am
(122) Chris says:

Please pass the bill for extended benefits !! I lost my job in January 2012 and need the extension for eb ! We can barely
Survive off the little unemployment pays as it is and now you want to take this away ? I am sick as to realize their are no jobs available and I will become

December 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm
(123) Suzi says:

I’m 51 and have worked the majority of my life. I am the only bread winner in the household because my 23 yr old daughter goes to school full time. I am scared to death that this won’t pass and we will be living in our car with our 3 cats and 3 dogs……..either that or a tent in my other daughters backyard both of which I would rather not do. It does make me feel better that I am not alone.

December 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm
(124) Mikey says:

I’ve worked hard and done well all my life. I’ve been unemployed for about 8 months and I’ve been diligently looking for work. It’s never been this hard for me to find work. I’m scared because right now, unemployment is all I have. I don’t spend my money on anything except bare essentials and I’m still not really making it. If extensions aren’t granted, I’m going to be homeless, I’ll loose my car (which I need). I’m so worried, I can’t really think about anything else. I’m really scared.

December 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm
(125) khou says:

#359 that signed. This is ridiculous, this should not even be up for discussion. We not only paid into this but we are activiley looking for work as the benefits help but i think everyone can agree they would rather have a full time job. But until that is obtained this should not be up for discussion, debate, extension. Congress you should be ashamed of yourself period!!!

December 23, 2012 at 8:34 pm
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December 23, 2012 at 8:39 pm
(127) grata says:

i recieved only 19 weeks of regular unemployment. It is just my luck that i am actually in need of emergency benefits the week before it is set to expire. It is sad but I still want to stay positive and hope to find something soon.

December 24, 2012 at 4:05 am
(128) bud says:

I am 53 with a handicapped youg adult living at home..i have worked since I was 16 and have always had a job.when the plant I worked at closed its doors in 2009 it took me 8 months to find a job..just to work there for 8 months and be laid off took me another 2 months to find another job,worked there for another 4 months and was laidoff again since then I have worked thru temp agencies…I think my age is a factor and my education…I didn’t finish school to start working to help my mom….my dad passed away when I was 9 and she always struggled that’s why I started working…the pont is they says its getting better but I still see a lot of empty factories in my area…I have a stack of job searches from the last 3 years..i would rather be working full time.i live by the bare essencials only what I need is all I want no more no less.i to was shocked that the federal extentions were ending..i just started the federal extentions about 5 weeks ago and now there going to be cut off..ive always took care of myself and been the type to take care of others..i hate asking for any assistance…but right now ive got medicade for my handicapped son…but that don’t pay the rent or put food on the table.when congress is spending time with there family and friends over the holidays…..there not thinking about how they are payingthere bills next week or the week after that..im not asking for a hand out just a helping hand.

December 24, 2012 at 7:37 am
(129) sandy says:

I lost my job of seven years last December after fighting to recover from a stroke in may2011.
Now no one will hire me…I’m broke ,57 handicapped
And very scared! Seems like more help is provided for other countries by the US then our own!
This is very disturbing to me!!!

December 24, 2012 at 8:33 am
(130) Amanda says:

I the sad part is the people making this decision don’t have the burden of lack of funds to worry about. This is heartbreaking and in the end result if not passed the state will be paying anyway the welfare ratio will just rise

December 24, 2012 at 11:53 am
(131) Constance says:

Ok everyone we have come together even it is late in the Game. I live in Washington, I have a Master’s Degree and been around politics for a long time. I have been out of work for a year and a half.
I just put that petition link out on twitter. Everyone do the same. if you need to contact me this a serious situation and we should take a look at the Congressional Budget Office and see if we can find their options and work within the rules of what we know.


December 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm
(132) Rob says:

Join the club hell I have already lost my car from being on unemployment because I wasn’t getting enough from the benefits so when my car needed some work I could not afford to get it fixed and had to let it go back. I have gotten to the point where I don’t even know where to go to look for a job. Many companies claim to be hiring and then they drag they ass when you try to apply for the so called open jobs or they just screw you over completely like Sears did me by telling you that you are hired and then hire someone else before you get your start date. I did not even know that the benefits were going to expire until I happen to hear the recording over the phone one week when I called to request my check. If someone would give me a decent paying full time job with some type of benefits then I would much rather work then have to depend on this bi weekly check. I am a person that likes to work and not sit home collecting a check.

December 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm
(133) Ed says:

I would like to know why congress keeps sending BILLIONS of U.S. dollars overseas in aid and keep sticking to the american people??? Mostly at the expense of the middle class citizens. Your TAXES have continued to rise. There continues to be an unemployment problem. Tell me why the rich people don’t care about the citizens of their own country. this continued anti-american actions are a slap in the face to all of the people around you, which are the same people that made you rich to begin with. I’ve been unemployed for over 6 mos. and stand loosing my house. I’ve already lost my entire 401k and by the time I retire ,I probably wont have social security either. When most of us are living in the street, there is probably going to be some kind of uprising against the rich !!!

December 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm
(134) Bill says:

This situation was created years ago by this same government we are asking to help us. Years ago there should have been restraints put on the number of people allowed to enter this country. Years ago there should have been limits set on how much work could be exported to foreign countries to undercut the cost of what Americans were getting paid to do the same job thus enhancing profits of these companies. Years ago limits should have been placed limiting bonuses and stock options that these CEO’s are now recieving to make money for stock holders while putting americans out of work or job elimination. The problem is that this is not America any more. The people with the money choose who we get to vote for and they are all people with money who don’t want to give it up. As long as this is happening we will always face this problem. Proof positive is “how much money has been spent on the Gulf of Mexico region after Hurricane Katrina and how much money had been spent on the Gulf of Iran and Afganistan? I predict that if this trend continues then maybe not in our lifetime but soon there will be another Revolution because as we all know “History repeats Itself”. These rich people who have and control 99% of the money in this country need to start paying their fair share and our leaders need to see that this happens. Why should 1% of the people get to live in mansions while the rest of us struggle just to stay alive?
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays everyone!

December 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm
(135) lsg says:

How can we search for employment if we can’t maintain the basic necessities. I have worked a contract job until november then my job was eliminated.Christmas

December 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm
(136) n White says:

I agree with Don B, I too have been off work for 7 months through no fault of my own. I have spoken with a bankruptcy attorney because if I loose my unemployment I benefits, I would definitely loose my home. It is already a struggle with unemployment alone to pay bills but to take that away would be unbearable. I do not know what I am going to do.

December 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm
(137) chris says:

Im in the same boat that everybody else is in if congress doesn’t pass this i don’t know what im going to im selling everything i got just to pay bills and eat

December 26, 2012 at 1:52 am
(138) Chris says:

I’m in a better situation then most here probably. I’m on tier 2 and will have about 2 more weekly checks if unemployment is extended. I may also be able to go into the final tier in my state, tier 3 for an additional 8-9 weeks I believe which would bring me to the very week I will be starting a new full-time job. If benefits end December 29th the last check I would receive would be on the 1st or 2nd depending on if bank transfers can happen on the 1st being it’s a holiday. That will leave me no money to pay rent or bills for a full two months, basically it will lead to me to eviction in near sub-zero temps and I will possibly lose my coming job. It doesn’t surprise me that our politicians who make six figure salaries and have numerous free benefits that probably alone add up to more then what most make in a year in this country, cannot find the time or sense to pass this needed legislation for millions of Americans who are on or near the brink of homelessness, starvation and/or hopelessness. We need people in government who are more like us, working class folks who understand the needs of others. Not millionaires and billionaires who have no idea what it’s like to be hungry or go without a roof over their head. I won’t hold my breath, I will plan on unemployment not being hear for me in 2013 and prepare for a tough 2-3 months. What’s 2-3 months of hardship when you’ve experienced it much our life? That’s something most of these politicians would say behind closed doors. We are basically meaningless to our leaders.

December 26, 2012 at 7:48 am
(139) Tanya says:

I don’t think the president will leave us out in the cold. I’d be thankful for any option at this point; otherwise I’ll have to pick up and move back home.

December 26, 2012 at 8:08 am
(140) Jennifer Marie says:

I sure hope he doesn’t however I will not hold my breath… Wish I had the option of moving home… Praying at this point, what else can we do…

December 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm
(141) Paulette says:

For the first ime in my long work life, I am on unemployment. I worked 23 years for an aerospace company who decided I was one head too many. I got one extension for ONE week… from the 22nd to the 29th of December. I have collected unemployment for about 6 months. I could sure use an extension and when that is done, I’m sure I’ll still be freaked out because what I have left isn’t enough to survive on in Southern California. Just ONE note: California’s unemployment is almost 12%. We never got out of the recession and it just gets worse. We’re all afraid and not just for ourselves. We’re afraid my beloved California is sinking in a quagmire we can’t climb out of. The illegal imigration issues should have been dealt with decades ago. I love my Hispanic friends. They are kind and good people but they have caused a debt we cannot pay. In Mexico, only grade school is free. Can you blame them for wanting a better education, better job, higher wages? I don’t but the line has to be drawn. We just cannot support the world and I miss the California I lived in for 40 years…

December 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm
(142) Gigi75 says:

I received a notice last week that my benefits will end at the end of the month. But, today I received a notice that states I am eligible for tier III EUC benefits as of 12/23/12. I am confused.

December 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm
(143) Nina says:

I feel for everyone…. I lost my job after 10 yrs at a orthodontic lab in CT. I had comeback from maternity and 3 wks later they told us it was over. I have been unemployed for a yr and am starting classes in Feb cause I have applied to hundreds if jobs and no returned They say I am either over qualified or not enough knowledge it is belittling and so stressful. I did the same thing for 10 yrs. I need the extensions so I can go to school the dont take into consideration mortgages car payments this is The United States of America how can this even be an issue. I pray for everyone in the same situation!

December 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm
(144) mich says:

I have been laidoff since 07/2012..I have no medical insurance, I can’t apply for medi-cal because I receive unemployment, so they tell me that I receive to much from unemployment (that’s a joke) so in the process, I can not get my high blood pressure medicine and I know that my pressure is extremely high, somedays I’m dizzy all day long, I have bad headaches, I can’t take the money to go to the doctor and to get medication, it takes money that i don’t have available, I have to choose, to pay my rent and try and keep food on the table or go to the doctor and get medicine to help my health, well I can honestly say that some days I’m amazed that I have survived thru the night, The stress is killing me slowly, no one knows the stress until you have lived thru it, it’s hard to find a job, I’m qualified for every job that I apply for, I apply every single day, I’m 54 and some are intimidated by the experience and the age factor, so where does that leave me, still unemployed looking for work, stressed out about my health and trying to continue to be strong for my family. I wonder if I would be better off dead, this nightmare would end..I have worked all of my life since I was 17 years old, and now at 54 years old, my life seems like it is over. I don’t live above my meens, I have the basics a roof over my head and food to go in my mouth, trying to survive, to go from 1600 every two weeks to 900 and still try and maintain my bills, it is so hard. I’m a proud person, but I’m an american going thru this mess with this recession that we are in, it is so hard…I’ve never been afraid of working hard, now no one will give me a job, I don’t blame anyone..so what do you do, I lay down at night and ask GOD to relieve me of my pain..

December 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm
(145) ozzy says:

I am a Nurse who has been out of work for 7 months. I have applied for everything and my resume is out everywhere. The response is that I am overqualified because I am an RN and they hire LPNs to save money. The others dont even respond. I have even applied to Taco Bell Home Depot, Petco etc… and nothing. If they cut off my extention I also will lose my house. I have worked as a Nurse and as a hostess and even at a produce market .Never thought after 28 years of experience and hard work I may be homeless. I am praying for myself and everyone else in the same position that the extension goes through

December 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm
(146) Michael says:

I’m in tier 1 of the extended unemployment benefits in Florida. Hopefully the President or the Congressional Budget Office will find a way to extend the benefits. The Republicans are heartless souls. Here in Flordia where we are ranked 48th ats $275 per week. We have a Republican Governor and dominated republican run state congress. They a made it a point to disenfranchise unemployment recipents from getting there money. First off. You can only file on line. Not everyone has a computer. Then you have to take a 45 question assessment test before claiming your first week. Secondly just like Florida and most other states. The only jobs that are relatively available are service industry jobs; Delivering pizza, waiting tables, labor pool jobs and other menial jobs that don’t offer any more than what your getting from your bi weekly unemployment benefit amount. You’ve been making say $40,000 or more year and now your trying to compete with immigrants and young people for a job that most employers dont want to give you; due to your age, education, and your experience. Now your labeled a moocher for getting a check to pay your basic bills when your employers have paid into this found. A tip employee in Florida is paid $4.00 per hour and they most report there tips at the end of there shift. Thats $160.00 per week base salary for 40hrs. Are you kiding me. I don’t think so. Especially for most of you whom are 40 and up.

December 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm
(147) karl says:

i have out of work for alittle more then a year now and i just lost my mom and due to this new stress over this unemployment stuff i really don,t know where to turn i hope they pass opition 4 cause it is hard to get a job these days i have put my app in all over and all i get is your not good enough and they always seem to give the job to collage kids or people who don,t know alot about what they are doing i,m 47 yrs old and it is rough

December 27, 2012 at 12:41 am
(148) Deb says:

I am in the same boat as everyone else. Thank God for my fiance, or I would be homeless too. I am 43 and have no family. I lost my health insurance along with my job. It’s a very scary thing not to be able to go to the doctor. I went back to college, which means even more debt because on unemployment I make too much for grants….are you kidding me????? If it gets cut off, I don’t know what I will do either.

December 27, 2012 at 1:37 am
(149) Tom D says:

I have taken the time to read each comment on this thread and it is just absolutely heartbreaking, disgusting and shameful that we hard working, tax paying American citizens are forced to deal with this, especially during the holidays. It’s completely unforgivable for “our” government to do this ever, but especially at this time of year. While the officials we elected are home celebrating the holidays with their families in their mansions, we are left to wonder if we’re even going to have homes, vehicles and food in just a few short weeks, if not days.

The sad fact of the matter is that for every single comment on this thread, there are literally hundreds of thousands of American lives which will be directly affected by the greed and complacency that is sadly now the hallmark of “our” government and corporate America if these extensions are not restored.

This is unemployment insurance that our employers – ultimately we – paid into for years. Now that it’s time to make a claim, the insurers are reneging on the terms and that is completely unacceptable and unconscionable. The level of fear and frustration that we’re facing is ridiculous. I have to imagine that the sense of hopelessness that some of us are going through is causing some of us to become suicidal. I mean – what are we going to do??? I’m not aware of any formal organization to protest this. It’s doubtful that there would be a march on Washington, as most of us don’t have the resources to even GET to Washington.

I don’t like to use this phrase, but shame on you for allowing this to happen, government officials. I’m surely thankful that I don’t have your sins to answer for on judgment day.

December 27, 2012 at 4:09 am
(150) Shea G. In Atlanta Georgia says:

I have worked since the age of 13. Always paid my taxes and voted each year since the age of 18 to have my voice heard. I have never gone without a job until now. I have been unemployed for 1 year, 2 months and may find myself one of the homeless on the streets of Atlanta next year. I remember just over 10 years ago, people were collecting unemployment benefits for up to 5 years with no threat of discontinuance. Now that I am in the unemployed, every month is an unknown if benefits will be extended. I am now 48 years old and divorced. Finding work and competing with younger candidates is very difficult. If I can’t depend on the government to extend UI benefits, I will potentially have to move back to my hometown of Detroit . . this will really be an example of jumping out of a frying pan and into the fire! There is so little hope for us unemployed and I find it a shame that the government is even debating over whether or not to continue helping us unfortunates. The humanity is gone and so many generations will suffer from this travesty.

December 27, 2012 at 6:50 am
(151) momof3 says:

Im a mother of 3…sure wish i had a big house and unlimited money!! Im 28 worked since 13…..im just trying to raise my kids and LIVE my life without stealing, killing, or robbing anyone else….im so willing to work! I say throw congress OUT the house literally….change wont happen inless we force it!!praying for us all…

December 27, 2012 at 8:22 am
(152) Linell Redden says:

Laid off due to downsizing and am 58 1/2 yrs. old. When any potential employer finds out my age, I don’t hear back from them. What the heck am I suppose to do until I can collect some SS??? I was laid off due to my age and can’t get hired due to my age. Am a widow and have no one to rely on but myself.

December 27, 2012 at 8:58 am
(153) Vonnyj says:

This does not make any sense. I was laid off my job 30 December 2011 & I’ve been registering with temp agencies & looking for full-time work in addition to receiving my unemployment benefits. I have a bachelor’s degree & was on my job for 7 years. I’m scared & don’t know what to do because I just started receiving extended benefits. They said I’m eligible for up to 75 weeks but if they don’t agree on an extension, everything will stop & I will have nothing to live off.

For those of you saying stop being picky & take a lower paying job, I am not being picky at all. I’ve been searching since day one of receiving unemployment & also been on nearly 25 job interviews, applying to lower paying jobs & willing to take a pay cut but all they keep saying is “You’re overqualified”. This is disappointing! In one of my interview follow-up emails, the employer said with my skills she thought I may get bored & quit so she decided to hire someone else with less skills!
So I also made the decision to remove some of my skills from my resume when applying for certain jobs but when I do that, I don’t get as many replies. I feel like I’m stuck. I’ve also started searching nationally & am willing to relocate. This is causing me to have seizures in my sleep due to stress! My sister had to call the ambulance because she caught me having a convulsion in my sleep. I had that seizure after I read the email from the Federal UI on 22 Dec 12 stating my last claim I can file is 29 December 12 if no extension is passed. What a gift to receive as a taxpayer from the government! They almost hospitalized me for Christmas!

December 27, 2012 at 9:04 am
(154) Vonnyj95 says:

This does not make any sense. I was laid off my job 30 December 2011 & I’ve been registering with temp agencies & looking for full-time work in addition to receiving my unemployment benefits. I have a bachelor’s degree & was on my job for 7 years. I’m scared & don’t know what to do because I just started receiving extended benefits. They said I’m eligible for up to 75 weeks but if they don’t agree on an extension, everything will stop & I will have nothing to live off.
For those of you saying stop being picky & take a lower paying job, I am not being picky at all. I’ve been searching since day one of receiving unemployment & also been on nearly 25 job interviews, applying to lower paying jobs & willing to take a pay cut but all they keep saying is “You’re overqualified”. This is disappointing! In one of my interview follow-up emails, the employer said with my skills she thought I may get bored & quit so she decided to hire someone else with less skills!
So I also made the decision to remove some of my skills from my resume when applying for certain jobs but when I do that, I don’t get as many replies. I feel like I’m stuck. I’ve also started searching nationally & am willing to relocate. This is causing me to have seizures in my sleep due to stress! My sister had to call the ambulance because she caught me having a convulsion in my sleep. I had that seizure after I read the email from the Federal UI on 22 December 2012 stating my last claim I can file is 29 December 2012 if no extension is passed. What a gift to receive as a taxpayer from the government! They almost hospitalized me for Christmas!

December 27, 2012 at 10:25 am
(155) Jessica says:

Opinion 4 I really hope they pass that one =\ I honesty feel unemploment should be given till they physically do see proof that u hve found work.. There should b no discussion bout it cuz it’s not fair that broke ass ppl that sit on there azs n ghetto ppl can collect welfare for yrs but ppl who worked for yrs can’t get a penny more or a yr or 2 to do wut they gotta do .. Come on already .. If Obama agreed already there should b no discussion y dose it hav to go to congress.. I’m 22 n working on n off since 14 I never been out of work n never had ever gotten unemployment till my last job n I had to grow up fast taking care of my mom n siblings… Now I’m 8 months pregnant bout to have my first n the lil from unemployment I relied on.. N I enrolled in the 599 program to go back to school for a lil more since unemployment gave that opinion n I really liked it now I’m worried I’m not ganna have money for my baby or to continue w school … So please lord help us all in this time of survival n need

December 27, 2012 at 10:59 am
(156) Kaycey says:

I have read every single comment & my heart & prayers go out to all of you. I too will lose my benefits in 2 days & not sure what I’m going to do. We need to get those links that are posted for signatures out for others to see. I copied & pasted the links on my facebook & twitter pages, please do the same or send out emails with the link asking friends & family to sign & support your cause! God Bless!

December 27, 2012 at 11:47 am
(157) Terrell says:

If I lose my unemployment I lose everything. My home for my family. Its sad I don’t get much with unemployment but it pays most of my bills. I don’t get food stamps they say I get to much from unemployment. My rent just went up. Its so hard I will be homeless with kids if this law is not passed. Lord help us all.

December 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm
(158) Very Dissappointed says:

The deadline is December 29th….here it is, the 27th. I was just “laid off” because my company could not afford my ill husbands medical bills caused by their stupid insurance plan. You can only work there if you are healthy, I guess…. Not only did I lose my income, I also lost my insurance. Well, guess what goes into effect on Jan 1, 2013? Everyone has to have insurance….so now the only thing available is part time work….with no insurance. Something has to give. Things cannot possibly get worse. I have lost everything, including ALL my assets and my credit. So much for the hard working American dream….

December 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm
(159) DogLover says:

I was in the healthcare field and my company decided to consolidate departments and centralize their operations, leaving many of us out with a small severance package. Well it has been 27 weeks now, severance is gone, savings is gone, retirement is gone and kids accounts are all used up. I had to go on Snap Benefits and was allowed $125 for an entire month of food for myself and my two teenage boys. (Divorced Single Mom). All the bills are now late and have fallen into a bad credit hole. The 3 of us will never get ahead. If benefits are not extended, there will be no where to live, no way to eat or pay for gas to get kids to school. Please, help us! Please give us all some more time, just so we can barely get by! I am so depressed and feel like a total loser.

December 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm
(160) Francesca says:

I just cannot believe these politicians are so disconnected from its’ constituents. Putting politics before people, especially before people who will end up flat broke because EUC is the only income, makes me physically sick and sad for what was once a great country.

December 28, 2012 at 1:07 am
(161) Zach says:

Where’s my 99 weeks???!!!!! I just lost my job November 27th 2012 because my company went out of business. I have always had a job for 16 years since I was 15. I always worked hard and many times worked 2 jobs. I have student loans including 1 private loan that won’t let me off the hook for awhile at all. I just got here in the unemployed world and was told right away that I have 5 and 1/2 months to find a job then it will be cut off!!!! WTF!!!??? I just got here, why don’t I get my 99 weeks like many others did before me!!?? Now I will have to take a dead end job by April and will have no time to find a real job. All I need is at least 1 year, but now I may not have that. I think the recently unemployed like me should be given more than the 26 weeks, I just got here!!

December 28, 2012 at 10:22 am
(162) worried says:

Im gonna be praying for us all. Lord knows we need it!! Have faith everyone

December 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm
(163) John says:

Okay, well I work a seasonal job and my last day of work was December 6th 2012, I don’t go back to my job till April 2013. I had a previous claim opened from last winter so I was intstructed by my unemployment office that I will be put back on that pre exsisting claim and opening a new claim wasn’t necessary. Well on December 8th I find out that there won’t be EUC after December 29th?? Are you kidding me? I have 4 more weeks left of my state funded benefits then I would be switched over to tier 1 EUC…. Well it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen anymore… I’m seriously f’ed here. What’s wrong with this country? I am just living my life minding my own business and I get this slapped in my face like everyone else here. What am I suppose to do? I have to find a job till April? Because that’s when I start my job again. April 1st. Who’s going to hire me for 3 months of work? No one. That’s who. I am frantic right now trying to cone up with an idea on how I am going to make money for these next few months!

December 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm
(164) kiera says:

I already lost by EB 2 weeks ago, on Dec 9th. Does this mean could possibly get them back and start collecting again if they pass it by the first? Or am I just completely done now?

December 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm
(165) Fran says:

If you lost EB December 9th you probably live in NY. In that case, simply extending benefits could not be enough. NY will have to be eligible for EB benefits again. I believe the unemployment rate for the last 3 months would have to average 8.5 percent. So any new law would have to fund EB AND NY would have to be eligible again as well. Keep in mind that if you were collecting EB in NYS it means you were probably collecting between 70-90+ weeks of unemployment. So even if NY were to be eligible again it would only be for a short period of time before you were absolutely done with benefits again.

December 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm
(166) Fran says:

Depending on what state you live in they might just want you to use the benefits that you are eligible for at the moment. If benefits are not extended by the first fill week of January you could open a new claim using the wages you had earn from the most recent time with your employer.
Keep in mind if you open a brand new claim you would have to serve a new waiting week. So simply returning to your old claim was probably the most beneficial for you at the time.

December 28, 2012 at 11:44 pm
(167) billybob says:

Does anyone know if NJ would be eligible for extentions if the federal extentions are reinstated? Does it have to do with the percentage of unemployment in each individual state?

December 29, 2012 at 12:40 am
(168) Fran says:

Assuming the feds keep the same criteria if an new extension is passed, NJ would qualify for a least tier 1,2, and 3. It is dependent on you states unemployment rate. Since NJ unemployment rate is well over 9% it should qualify for several tiers, IF new legislation is passed.

December 29, 2012 at 12:51 am
(169) Mathew says:

I live in Massachusetts, and my claim started the second week of September, 2012… I’m disheartened, after paying my bills for December, I postponed Christmas shopping for my family until after the holidays…. That’s gone completely out the window, along with paying my bills for January…. I haven’t received any extension benefits, just the first round of unemployment checks and that was it…. And the worst part??? Unemployment has my claim closed down, so I can’t even call every Sunday and claim the last 2 weeks and upcoming weeks, for retroactive payment,once the extensions are passes… I’ve collected 14 weeks of unemployment on this claim, and I’m already cut off until further notice…. I work construction and can’t find a job in this field if my life depended on it…. I fortunately am lucky enough to have safeguards preventing homelessness, and I have no children…. My heart goes out to all those facing eviction and foreclosure…. Keep ur heads up and keep fighting no matter what this pathetic excuse of a congress decides…. It’s times like these when we truly find out what we are all capable of….

December 29, 2012 at 1:30 am
(170) Li-wei Ho says:

I do feel sorry for unemployment cut offs. I myself have to beg like no tomorrow to get going. But for me, not able to utilize my college degree and money saved up to get a girlfriend, then move into a house, is the REAL problem.
If some of us has to struggle with this big realm of problem that starts with not able to find a job and dragging on the government’s money, how is it people can live a decent live or move into a more serious stage in life?

December 29, 2012 at 8:33 am
(171) Tox says:

Okay, say something gets passed over the next couple of days (not counting on it!) what happens then.. Do we just continue to call in every 2 weeks like nothing has happened or will we all have to apply and start over? I apologize for my simplistic questions but the answers to these questions are going to determine how fast I can start to see some relief again and like many many many others I def need this support to keep my home etc etc…

December 29, 2012 at 9:37 am
(172) Alison Doyle says:

In the past when benefits were extended you could just continue to claim.you did not need to start over reapply for benefits.

December 29, 2012 at 10:17 am
(173) Fran says:

You might want to check the actual reason for the stopping of your unemployment. If you collecting only 14 weeks of unemployment you should have another 12 weeks left regardless of what happens in Washington. The way you describe your unemployment situation with payments you might have a separate issues going on.

December 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm
(174) Christine says:

Options — maybe someone could clarify — I was transitioning to Tier 2 when I found temp work in October (which has now ended as of last week). I’m confused about the options — it looks like unless option 4 is approved I may not be able to continue onto the my remaining Tiers 2-4. I believe congress will approve an extension but if it’s only 14 more weeks — this is the same as kicking the can down the road.

Unemployment will remain high in this country for years to come the way businesses are operating.

December 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm
(175) Diana says:

Is this for everyone that has unemployment benefits? I started my claim like in July 2012 ?? Does anyon know if it is for everyone with benefits?

December 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm
(176) Fran says:

You seem to be confusing EB and EUC benefits. Due to your particular circumstance all of those options would provided Unemployment benefits for a short term to you, about 10-23 weeks. With option 1 providing the most number of weeks.

December 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm
(177) In the same (sinking) boat says:

In response to Sal’s comment below. If you are unemployed, you can defer your student loan payments for up to 3 years. Call your bank you got your student loan from, and ask for a deferment application.

December 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm
(178) Fran says:

Its for people who are over 26 weeks of benefits, which is typical state benefits. You are very close to hit that mark as well. So it will impact you in sometime in January and not December 29.

December 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm
(179) V in NY says:

I hear for NY that you can file on your existing claim for up to 18 months? Is this correct? Has anyone heard this? Fran… you mentioned something to someone about reopening a new claim from your previous employer… is this good for up to the 18 months? Is it even possible to open a new claim under the previous employer?? Confused about this… anyone that can answer?? lol

December 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm
(180) Fran says:

@V in NY
18 months is about 72 weeks of unemployment. which was possible under EUC programs that are currently expiring. The only thing that is “guaranteed” is the 26 weeks of state benefits everything else is only possible by federal legislation which could stretch it to 18 months. But this would be the case for other states with high unemployment rate. Its not unique to NY if that is what you think.

The person I was helping earlier had a RECENT employer long enough that he COULD qualify for new benefits. However, let say he opens a claim today he would only receive 26 weeks of benefits.

December 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm
(181) V in NY says:

@ Fran… I was laid off in November 2011…. one month prior to the other person….

December 29, 2012 at 11:22 pm
(182) Diana says:

When will we hear news about our benefits?

December 30, 2012 at 12:17 am
(183) Fran says:

@V in NY
The person I helped before stopped working in 2012. So he has new wages to report for a new claim. You wouldn’t be able to open a new claim.

Watch the news. It going to be all over the news for the next 72 hours. If nothing is passed by January 2 that would be a problem because any new laws would have to wait for the new congress to be in session in mid-January.

December 30, 2012 at 12:34 am
(184) V in NY says:

As far as from what I heard, extending the EUC is only for the long term unemployed. When I claim my last check this week, I am currently in Tier 1. I refiled already based on my old claim and Unemployment told me to keep refiling for each tier I guess?? Then I had also joined their 599 program which they told me I should be eligible since I was refiling and need to wait up to 6 weeks for anything. Each state is different for unemployment. NY pays $405 while NJ is up to $600.. It’s crazy! I have been with my job for 12 years before I was laid off due to the music industry failing and massive budget cuts. I hope that Congress figures out something soon for all of us! I can’t see them not passing something to help us. Otherwise, things are certainly going to fall apart with this country.

December 30, 2012 at 12:51 am
(185) V in NY says:

@ Fran… Sorry about that.. I was reading what someone else wrote before that and became confused.

PS: NY and NJ & Conn probably have higher unemployment rates now due to Hurricane Sandy which affected our area pretty bad. A lot of people I know lost homes and jobs that were located on the Jersey Shore or in places like Staten Island. I’m not sure if these individuals are on a different kind of unemployment due to a “Natural Disaster”, but I would assume that this definitely raised the Tri-State unemployment rate.

December 30, 2012 at 8:22 am
(186) Steve says:

One simple question… Each working American pays directly into the EUC fund with each hour of work performed. Yet they threaten to end it at the end of this year.

Welfare benefits continue unabated, even though recipients are not required to look for work, attend school, or most importantly pass a drug test? They simply sit at home and survive on the working class without a care in the world?

December 30, 2012 at 10:30 am
(187) Monique says:

I had an open claim, I went back to work for a few months then got laid off again, instead of letting me collect on my old claim which is $544 per week, they are making me open a new claim which is only $165 per week. Is there any way I can stay on my old claim since the new claim isn’t even a living wage? Please help in RI

December 30, 2012 at 10:34 am
(188) V in NY says:

@ Steve… I looked into welfare in my state. They are actually pretty strict with it. You now have to attend meetings and counseling sessions to look for work like once a week and you also have to prove that you are searching for work just like with unemployment. The only thing is that there is still no drug testing which I definitely do not agree with. Half of these people are on drugs I think and are too messed up to work. I strongly feel that Congress should change welfare. Make it harder to get for people that are on drugs..etc… This whole situation is just very sad and I hope that we all find some peace soon.

December 30, 2012 at 11:01 am
(189) Kathryn says:

Can anyone tell me how one even qualifies for an extension of unemployment benefits in Tennessee? I was told that all only get 26 weeks, but as I read the comments here, I realize some have been received more than that many weeks. I have worked for over 40 years and will only receive two more weeks of benefits. Applying for over 140 jobs, I have received only two boiler plate responses.

December 30, 2012 at 11:13 am
(190) Fran says:

@V in NY
Technically any anyone on unemployment for over 26 weeks are considered “long-term unemployed”, which EB and EUC cover. If you have been on the same claim since November 2011, without any stops you have to be passed tier 1 of EUC.
The way you describe refiling just sounds like you are doing your weekly certifications which everyone does. NY has automatic enrollment in EUC/EB, as long as its available, although after today it will not be. So you would not have to “refile”
The 599 program is for people doing some kind of training/schooling. It could be helpful however I am not sure of the details

December 30, 2012 at 11:21 am
(191) V in NY says:

@ Fran… thank you! How do you know all about this stuff….? I believe I might have just gotten passed Tier 1. I did have to refile since my benefit year ended… However, they told me I would be ok with more unemployment and could qualify with the 599 program. I sent in all my paperwork for that already about 4 weeks ago now. I am just waiting. If Congress passes something for EUC, and the 599 program is accepted, I will be ok. My school is 16 months. It’s over two years, but I already have a Bachelors of Science degree so they knocked out a lot for me. I hope that all goes through for everyone!!!!!!

December 30, 2012 at 8:39 pm
(192) Renee says:

I have been laid off since July 22,2011. I worked for County Government for 17 yrs. I had 7 yrs. until retirement !!! I was in the Union for 17 yrs. and the Union SLID on over to Management side and told us there was nothing they could do ??!! I’am 51 yrs. old and have to START OVER ??!! I tried to get into the WIA program for displaced workers, but was turned down because I could not pass the math test !!! I also am 2 car payments behind and $1200 behind in rent, thank god I have a understanding landlord !!! If I lose my Unemployment, I don’t know what will HAPPEN to me ??!! I Pray to God All Day Long, We All Have To Have Hope It’s All We Have Left !!!! God Bless Everyone <3 Now I don't feel so ALL ALONE, PRAYERS TO EVERYONE <3

December 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm
(193) Kim says:

I am in the same boat as everyone else it seems. I am a single parent of 4, 3 still living at home. I was let in Dec. 2011 and have been applying for work everyday since and nothing. Thankfully with some careful planning I won’t be without a roof come January 1st, however, I don’t know how I’m going to keep the electricity on and the gas. I have to keep a phone just in case I do get a call back on a job, but without electricity it’ll be impossible to charge it, and come February 1st, we will be without a place to live if I don’t either find a job or have some sort of income. Thanks Bank of America for showing your gratitude of my 10 years of hard work that I put in, now my kids will be without. Christmas..nothing happened around here. I guess once we all get on welfare, the government will see that’s it’s not in the economies best interest to end the extensions. Heck, welfare won’t even pay my rent & won’t afford me even a 1 bedroom or a single in California. Talk about deep depression.

December 31, 2012 at 12:12 am
(194) jeff says:

Rather sad im a 41 year old male..been working since i was 15 years old..I have kids,i cant even support them good any more,cant afford to go the doctor because i have no job insurance anymore..Work all these years,but now the Govt. does this to long term workers like this….

December 31, 2012 at 2:18 am
(195) Stephan says:

I’ve been taking care of handicap and brain injury clients, I’ve put 100% into all the work I’ve done but that did not stop the trendy lay off movement from happening to me. To turn my life around i decided to spend a $1000+ (3PAYMENT PROGRAM)on a CNA course because there’s more stability and benefits despite taking care of people most privatized companies don’t offer any coverage it’s been almost 5yrs now and i recently got checked out to finish this nursing program because it’s a requirement. Now the program ends in February and i have one more payment to go!!!! What am i to do!! Dec.14th the IRS says you owe $330 that same week i find out that Emissions testing is to take place in February Dec.20th i get a letter telling me that UEC is supposedly over the week ending Dec.29th!!!! So close to being free from this financial stress but this fiscal cliff has me at the edge i’m scared because i feel like i’m going to loose everything i fought so hard to accomplish. This is going to hurt a lot of Americans just trying to make ends meet. All i can do is pray and cross my fingers… Congress Think before you act, unemployment is there for those in need. It may not be much but it can mean life or death for some….

December 31, 2012 at 8:00 am
(196) barbara says:


December 31, 2012 at 9:47 am
(197) Ann says:

I live in new jersey. My state lost its federal extended benefit in August. So when my tier 4 was done, in September, my benefits ended at 79 weeks since my state no longer qualified for the add’l 20 weeks for a total of 99.
My question is………if this extension is passed, can I reapply now in 2013 and get that final 20 weeks??? My fingers are crossed!! Ive been living off my savings but it is nearly gone and still no job!!!

December 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm
(198) Melissa says:

Hello my name is Melissa and my husband is one of you and we are so worried.he has been trying to find work but not very successful if we lose this e’er could lose everything.I have been crying myself to sleep over this I try not to show him but it’s hard he has worked all of his life and now he has been on this and it has been a while he’s been looking for work.I can’t even think of what is gonna happen so scared please gooGod look out for all of us.

December 31, 2012 at 7:10 pm
(199) steve/MI says:

i am on unemployment due to the company i was working for (british company/franchise), changed the name of the company and moved it to Mexico. A job i have had for over 6 yrs, now im out of a job, had to down size my living situation, and only live day to day on the unemployment checks that are not much, but help out….esp tryig to raise 2 kids and make ends meet.
if they dont pass the extentions, we will be homeless like millions of other families.
i have been looking for a job, but the work force around where i live, and the whole state for that matter is not inproving….i do not know where they get there numbers of increased jobs from, but it is false and very wrong.
the only reason they think unemployment is doing better is because they are not counting the people that have already been taken off of it, due to the unemployed workers being the 99er’s, and extinguishing thier extentions.

i am a 40 yr old male with 2 kids…i have a college degree,and other skills and training, that seem to be useless in todays collapsing economy.

lets hope that our rich leaders make the right decision.

December 31, 2012 at 8:07 pm
(200) Tim Jelinek says:

To all of you older folks who can’t get jobs because they hire younger people, foreigners, etc.: can you say, “WOTC”? WOTC or The Work Opportunity Tax Credit program is probably one reason. Google search WOTC. There are currently nine targeted groups of individuals who qualify prospective employers to receive this government tax credit money. If you aren’t in one of them you may as well keep walking and looking. Most of the larger corporate conglomerates like Sears, Food City, Home Depot, etc participate in the WOTC program. These companies all require you to apply online and when you do you get the WOTC survey section in the application. If you get to the WOTC survey section of the application and you know you won’t qualify (because you searched Google for the nine targeted groups) you may as well abort the process and save yourself the time! Oh, ex-felons do qualify. Thanks for taking the time to read this.


December 31, 2012 at 9:44 pm
(201) Rachel says:

I have been off and on unemployed after working 12 years for a tech company. I have worked several long term contract positions and have managed to keep my house so far, but as all of us I need a regular full time job.

I just want to mention that ‘We’ EMPLOYEES DO NOT PAY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT. Employers pay. Taxes are collected from the employer. One tax that they pay is a state unemployment tax that funds the first – up to 26 weeks or so – of benefits. The second tax they pay is a federal tax which funds extended benefits. States are running out of the original taxes and must borrow from the federal government to pay out the basic unemployment. Soon they will have to begin paying interest on those loans to the government. That will make employers paying higher taxes in the future

I know this does not make being unemployed any better but thought it would be good for people to know where the money comes from.

I am praying hard for all of us to find substantial work and that 2013 is one of the best years in a long time.

People are like tea bags. You never know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.

December 31, 2012 at 10:11 pm
(202) Lynda says:

I lost my job of 21 years in July 2011 after caring for terminally ill Mother for a year and a half. I was placed on probabation 2 months after Mom died and dismissed 3 months later after working for the company the previous weekend bringing new money into the company. I was never informed I had FMLA rights because I can guarantee you I certainly would have taken it. I live and work in Texas, which is a right to work state, which also means a right to fire state, at any time for any reason. My 21 years of working 8 to faint and being paid 8 to 5 was worth 2 weeks pay. What an emotional situation that still hurts. In Texas you have to apply for 5 jobs a week plus I have also been working part time. Love the comment about tea bags.

December 31, 2012 at 11:35 pm
(203) skye53 says:

I filed my last weekly certification this morning (31st). I was laid off last April and have applied for hundreds of jobs and have only had two interviews. Both of the interviews were for jobs for which I have many years of successful experience. Since I live in a rural county, few people have the appropriate education and experience for this type of job. Yet, I didn’t get either one. I am 59 years old and was told my some folks at the unemployment office that I need to change my resume and leave off dates. I also learned that online applications have built-in devices to eliminate applicants based on multiple criteria – such as age. Did I hear someone say “age discrimination”?

Having said all of this – I have a full pantry and no mortgage worries – so I feel blessed. God has provided for me my first 59 years and I don’t think He has plans to stop now. I trust Him. He is my savior, my provider, my comforter, and my guide.

My heart is burdened by the sadness and anxiety and pain that I read in the above comments. I will pray for you as I continue to pray for myself. Seek the Lord – He may have something wonderful in store for you that is far better than what you had before. I know that He does for me.

December 27, 2013 at 3:39 am
(204) Sarah says:

I am a single mother of three and will lose everything I have worked for, for so many years – along with the house my kids and i have. We’ll lose it all. The extension would have given me a little more time to get a job! I spend countless hours online every day, going to any job fair around, looking nonstop to find anything to support my family. I’m 43 and have worked since I was 16 years old. This is the first time I have had to go on ui and that is because the business I worked for for 25 years shut down. So I am REALLY scared!!! Where is “Obama” helping his people? He’s not effected by this tragedy, so , as congress recessed before the break, it looks like we are on our own people. I have NO idea what I will tell my children.

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