Update February 24, 2013: Unemployed workers collecting federal extended benefits are facing a cut of 11% in Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits if sequestration happens. Check with your state unemployment office for information on how this could impact your unemployment compensation.
Update January 2013: Legislation was approved in early January extending federal unemployment benefits that would have expired without action from Congress.
The legislation will extend the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program through 2013. This means that unemployment compensation will continue for unemployed workers who are currently collecting federal jobless benefits. Unemployed workers who run out of state benefits during 2013 will now be eligible for benefit extensions, as well.
Important: Check your State Unemployment Office website for details on who qualifies for extended benefits and when and how benefits will be paid or check this list of state unemployment extension websites to go directly to the information for your location.
The only change is the date that federal extensions expire, which is now the end of 2013. The legislation did not add any additional tiers or weeks of unemployment benefits for those who have run out of both state and federal benefits. It simply continued the program through 2013.
Federal Extended Benefits (EB) remains in place, but is only available during times of high unemployment. The state unemployment rate needs to have increased above a specific percentage for the state to qualify for it. Here's information on the difference between EUC and EB.
Here's more information on unemployment benefits for 2013, including regular (state) unemployment insurance, emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) and extended benefits (EB) that will be continued through 2013.
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