Update December 2, 2013: House and Senate Democrats have introduced legislation to renew the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program for 2014. Here's information on the legislation which would extended unemployment benefits for 2014. In order for extended benefits to be in place after the end of the year, an extension will need to be passed for Congress recesses for the holidays.
Update November 16, 2013: There are currently no extended unemployment benefits in place for 2014. Legislation providing for an unemployment extension will need to be passed by Congress in order to continue extended benefits for 2014. All current federally funded programs expire at the end of 2013.
However, the Obama administration is asking Congress to extend emergency jobless benefits for long-term unemployed workers into 2014. According to news reports, Gene Sperling, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council, speaking at the Washington Ideas Forum said "With an unemployment rate of 7.3% we need to raise the emergency unemployment insurance and push for extensions to 2014."
Here's information on legislation extending unemployment benefits for 2014:
Extended Unemployment for 2013
Legislation was approved in early January extending federal unemployment benefits that would have expired without action from Congress. The legislation extended 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.
In addition, unemployed workers collecting federal extended benefits are facing cuts in Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits because of sequestration. Here's an overview of changes in unemployment due to sequestration on state-by-state basis.
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.
Program Change for 2013
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. Here's information on the tiers of unemployment benefits that are available. For details on benefits in your location, check with your state unemployment office.
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