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Unemployment Extension 2013

By November 30, 2013

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Update December 13, 2013: 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.

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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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August 12, 2012 at 3:38 am
(1) Christine says:

There are millions of unemployed in this country that have exhausted all UE benefits. True unemployment is 15% + in the US. I tired of all the flawed and inaccurate information being pumped out by the media. Older workers are at a great disadvantage and cannot find jobs or should I say — most companies don’t want to hire those of us over 55 much less over 60. We are living in a new economy similar to a third world with a widening class division.

Congress must extend the four tiers into 2013 or we will slide into another recession and or depression for sure.

September 7, 2012 at 6:43 am
(2) kristy says:

I agree I am recently unemployed after 7 yrs with my company. I am struggling to find work and am told I’m over qualified for most jobs. I have never been on unemployement and the one time I need it I’m only going to have 26 weeks as a safety net !!! I’m scared to death!!! I should have the same benefits others gave had in the past years . I’m not wanting to stay unemployed I went from 63,500 yr to 2400 a month this is barely enough for me to live on with 3 kids.

September 13, 2012 at 11:50 am
(3) dan says:

does anyone know if congress will extend benifits before the end of 2012?

September 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm
(4) Alison says:

I don’t think, unfortunately, that Congress will even consider legislation until after the election at the earliest. Hopefully, an extension will be passed later in the year, but I don’t think it’s guaranteed.

September 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm
(5) mike50 says:

I do and struggleing to find work, the best I done this year was maybe 3 weeks in June and 3 days in July, thats not enough to keep myself going. And yet our so called officals think that the avg person isnt trying hard enough. To congress news flash guys there are not enough jobs out there.

September 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm
(6) jdel says:

benefits will have to be extended in 2013 nothing has improved over the last year. congress has always etended benefits when the national unemployment rate isabove 7 percent

September 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm
(7) holyguy says:

at the very least i think congress provide extensions in hi unemployment states, nj ny etc 350000 people a week are still filing first timits and that trend hasnt changed

September 18, 2012 at 12:23 am
(8) Jill in texas says:

I have been unemployed for 7 months. I am going to get my last unemployment payment this week. It is a fraction of my salary I had before being laid off. It is true that our country’s leaders do not care. they are too busy trying to be re-elected. This cowardly move to cut our extended benefits in this terrible economy is going to artificially make the ue rate go down. It does not mean there will be less of us struggling, but less on the UE roles. I am getting sick every time I think about what I am going to do. I have been applying for jobs and being told that I am overqualified. I hope that congress will pass new legislation to help us. I encourage all of you to send letters to your senators and congressmen. I do not know what I will do and it is making me think we are all doomed to become a third world country ourselves.

September 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm
(9) Chris says:

I’m puzzled as to why there are not more comments to this vital and critical issue facing the longer term unemployed. There are millions of us. Not extending benefits is an outrage and every state representative needs to be on top of this especially in high unemployment states. Many of us are older workers and find it difficult to obtain suitable work despite our stable work histories and/or qualifications in this so called recovery. I live in CA a high unemployment state like NY.

Further, what’s most concerning is people who have jobs and have NOT been affected in this downturn have NO understanding and are oblivious to this serious tragedy in our counties and country. Neither Obama or Romney can fix this anytime soon, nor can Bernacke create jobs. Extensions must be passed.

kristy – I too, have gone from a $75K job to $23K UE benefits — just surviving on my savings and what’s left of my 401 investments. The general public is ignorant in thinking the unemployed can live on UE benefits. These benefits are simply a life line for food and a maybe a roof over our heads. We live in a biased and ignorant society!

September 19, 2012 at 1:27 am
(10) Candace says:

I’ve been on unemployment since last year, and I comply and apply to many, many jobs for which I am either qualified, overqualified, or underqualified for, and it is rare that anyone even calls. I moved to a bigger city. I live in Orlando now. It’s worse here than it was up in northeast Florida. They just don’t call. I’ll finish my BA next summer (I’m 39 and I’d just enrolled back in school before I lost my job in June 2011, so I’ve kept at that) and there is nothing on the horizon. ??? Nothing has changed, and I (and so many others) felt “lucky” the EUC08 benefits were extended this year … well – it needs to be extended at minimum into the first quarter of 2013. Minimum. Why can’t we at least get it until our balances run out??? I really don’t get that.

September 19, 2012 at 11:20 pm
(11) Barbara says:

Yes not enough people are leaving messages. I live in Texas where the jobs are plentiful NOT. I have been to the unemployment office every week registered for every program applied like no ones business you all are lucky our State Max is 400 a week. Living off that is a joke with a mortgage and a child. Nice to know that even though we have worked all our lives we are only eligible for 6 months of unemployment. Sad to think that we lose everything Come Jan cause we are not fortunate to get the extention. Both the presidents are not going to extend or allow it. They are Nazi’s. We will become a 3rd world country unless we get someone in office that actually cares about the American people and gets our jobs back from overseas.

September 20, 2012 at 1:12 am
(12) Chris says:

To Candace, at 39, having a degree will help. Focus on industries with job growth i e. education, medical, technology etc. Move or relocate if you have to! Many of us older workers (late 50′s – 60′s) may never work again this new economy.

September 23, 2012 at 9:10 am
(13) Felicia says:

This week is my last UC payment for 1 week. My home is about to be foreclosed and our leaders are spending Millions on advertising for re-election! This is NOT the same country my grandparents lived in. Its a shame when France and Switzerland take better care of their citizens than the US!

September 25, 2012 at 11:47 am
(14) yvette says:

These days aren’t very easy for many. I have been unemployed for a 1 year and 9 months. I had to r\etire early and move.I was never fortunate to recieve unmployment benefits.. So I can’t imagine how it felels to lose it. In this day people are stuggle\ing to survive. Even if you recieve benefits there ar some tought choice that ypu must make in oder to them.

September 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm
(15) Dave says:

I live in NJ where the unemployment rate is currently 9.8%. The real rate is much higher I believe since some people in this state are not eligible for extended benefits or just got off the grid. (not counted). So for every 10 people, one does not have a job.
For the last 14 months I’ve been looking, I was at job interviews 6 -7 times and still no job offer. There are just too many of us looking for work in this economy. 5 years ago or longer, a job would have been offered after the 2 to 3 interviews. It is just too competitive out there.
If Congress don’t pass this extension through 2013 my family and I are really going to struggle without my benefit contribution. I count my blessing that my spouse is working.

September 27, 2012 at 7:10 pm
(16) barby says:

I am on tier 4 of EUC in NJ- I run out totally week of 11/17/12. There used to be EB benefits that continued the UE. When I run out of all EUC tier 4, if there is a lapse where I have no checks after that – if EB is brought back and I am still unemployed, does anyone think I will be called back for EB benefits at that time, if i passes in congress?

September 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm
(17) JC says:


I was also wondering that too and think its not even worth speculatiing what is going to happen right now – alot depends on who wins the election and who wins congress. BUT if they do extend everything including EB – there is still the possibility that EB could be triggered either after the December unemployment numbers or more likely the January numbers for Oct thru December because last year the rate was dropping at the end of the year and the 3 month TUR was 9.2 % has to get to 10.1 % or 110% above last year to trigger EB . Right now the 3 month TUR is 9.8% .

September 30, 2012 at 11:27 pm
(18) KD says:

That’s right RB

October 1, 2012 at 7:23 am
(19) Denise says:

The political propaganda that surrounds the unemployment #’s at the National level and the State levels is absurd!! The true numbers are most closer to 20 people out of 100 are out of work. NYS for example, pays the lowest unemployment rates in the entire Northeast. People can’t even put a roof over their head, feed their children, put gas in their cars, pay for health insurance, and unemployment pays just enough so you dont’ qualify for the State programs, meanwhile in 2014 we’re going to start being penalized for NOT having health insurance??? What is wrong with this picture folks?? Meanwhile all of our govt has FREE benefits, savvy retirement pensions, and most of them don’t even have to pay State or Federal taxes….. We are turning into a 3rd world environment and our govt is wiping out the middle class population!!

October 2, 2012 at 7:01 am
(20) Kimberlee Marcucci says:

First time I have been unemployed ,the first ime in my life. Have worked since I was fourteen always putting into the system,while many in my town do the reverse and live on the system, sad that benefits will just stop period no income. I spend my days filling out online applications only to never hear back. Gone are the days you could walk into a business and apply.when you do walk in they tell you to go home and do an online app.very sad and quit frightening when you simply cannot find work even with twenty plus years experience .something needs to be done o help the hard working class of Americans who have worked hard all their life.

October 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm
(21) D.E.G. says:

I’ve been out of work since march of ’12 in NJ after 16 yrs. on the job. Just recently I found out that my teir 1 pymts I was moving into in Sept. will be from an older balnce left over from a claim in 2009. My pymts. went from 760/ 2 weeks on my recent claim to 556/ 2weeks and any other teirs’ pymts. I can collect will be based on the old claim. I was barely paying my mortgage, other bills and keeping food on the table with my recent claim. Nj’s unemployment rate is as high now (9.9%) as it ever was since this recession started back in 2008 and I can’t find ANY work let alone something that pays more than my unemployment pymts. do now. I’m scared that come Dec. even if the economy still requires stimulus it won’t be taken from the billions we send to other countries and countless programs we waste money on here. I hope things get better for everyone like myself, there are many of us on the brink with no hope in sight.

October 3, 2012 at 11:08 am
(22) Grammy G says:

As an unemployed senior I live in one of only 2 states in the union (Illinois and Louisiana) where seniors who lose their jobs are not even eligible for unemployment because they receive SS – I am a widow and receiving reduced benefits however I worked because I needed to, like everyone else. Not extending the benefits for long term unemployed who need them is ridiculous. And the UE rates quoted are low because so many people are discouraged and have fallen off the roles. Mitt Romney would do nothing for us – it’s evident we are useless in his eyes. Congress needs to get off their a..es and extend the benefits and not punish people who want to work but can’t find jobs.

October 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm
(23) KH says:

I have been laid off from HD for a year and 4 months.I worked there for almost 12 years.I applied at McDonald’s out of desperation,and was told I am OVER QUALIFIED!! Seriously?? At this rate..what is left????

October 4, 2012 at 10:06 am
(24) Lauren Winchell says:
October 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm
(25) riseup says:

I too am running out of benefits and I am a highly qualified IT manager/individual contributor. The presidency, congress, and local governments do not represent the people of America. The level of misrepresentation is at a point where we are being gamed and controlled just like the movie “The Matrix”. Just watched a Bob Marley documentary and his music was revolutionary in every sense of the word. It represented the “people’s choice”, true freedom, and hence real happiness. We have become a society that doesn’t have pride that is why we let these rich and powerful people walk all over us. They have no morals and ethics and would sit and watch this great country crumble under their supervision. Talk about treasonous behavior. We need someone like Bob Marley that can draw millions of people through charisma and absolute truth to unite and finally push back on authority that doesn’t seem to care about resurrecting this great country. I repeat, just do it for a greater America. You rich and powerful people can keep your wealth and power, just make our country great again starting…. NOW, with every decision you make.


A very concerned American….

October 5, 2012 at 1:22 am
(26) MH says:
October 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm
(27) matt says:

I had a few questions I recently got laid off from my job after being there for 8 years is it legal for them to use my wages from 9 years ago when I was still in high school to base my present day claim off of I feel it should be illegal for them to do knowing I made over 40 thousand a year for 8 years should be offensive knowing they expect me to be able to be a single father if 2 to raise them on 152 a month any info would helpful my email is copper235@gmail.com and the state this is in regards to in pa

October 10, 2012 at 5:20 am
(28) mom3 says:

PLEASE sign the petition one of our users so kindly set up. The link is in several links above. I shared the link with my Facebook as well.


October 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm
(29) Anne says:

I agree. I’m 53 and have been laid off for 1 1/2 years. No one will hire me. I think they want the younger people. They say I haven’t worked in a while and they want people who have. Well how can I work if no one will hire me. Its just not fair.

October 12, 2012 at 6:11 pm
(30) Ed says:


I’m 60 and in the same boat that you are. first of all don’t say that you have been unemployed for 1 1/2 years, you are better off saying that I was just laid off. The chances of them finding out that you were not working for that long is NULL is doesn’t matter!!!! so don’t say it. always talk about what you can do and never ever touch on your age!! I really think that most employers want someone that they think can do the job and if you go into the interview with anything other than I’m here to do the job! You may be asking for problems. trust in yourself and let them know how much experience you have!!!

Good Luck

October 13, 2012 at 10:57 am
(31) Jean Walker says:

In Florida, the maximum unemployment benefit is $275 a week. My total benefit is 23 weeks…about $6K. My employers for the past 40 years have been paying into the system….and I only get this much. Plus, if I had lost my job last year, I would have had 73 weeks to find a job. Now I am supposed to find a job in 23 weeks. I am 63 years old, and my job was eliminated in April, 2012. I am doing everything that I can to find a job….have had 15 interviews but not a single offer. I have spent hours and hours filling out applications and taking tests..only to be turned down. I am tired of our politicians treating unemployment like welfare. I don’t want to be unemployed…but there are 10 people for every job opening in the county that I live in and unemployment is 9.4%.

October 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm
(32) Alison Diersing says:

I , like the previous comment, am 61, worked 40 yrs, lost job. My benefits will expire soon , after 23 weeks and unless I get an extension, will be without a penny. I lost my job, then lost my rental home, and lost my medical grant for my cancer follow-up’s because I had to move out of the county. I have had to put my home in storage and move in with my daughter and her 9 children!!! I cannot find a job and all I need is $17.00 an hour!!! Because of my age and having cancer 2 x’s, no one wants to hire me. I cannot believe that Congress is even thinking about “NOT” extending us…I know people who have gotten over 2 yrs benefits and after 40 yrs in workforce, I will be penalized by Congress. JUST NOT FAIR.

October 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm
(33) Ed says:

Hi Alison;

If you have no reason (even cancer) to work than there is no reason why you should not be able to get a job. Employers do NOT want to hear your problems. Please remember that all they want to do is hire someone that they feel can do the job! If you go into an interview and tell them about all your problems it will be a wasted time on your part! As I said in other comments, you need to boast about all the things that you can do for that company. Look at what they are expecting from the new employee and add to that on how you can fill that position and why YOU feel that it would be to there advantage to hire you. …..be strong on interviews.


October 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm
(34) Mike 1963 says:

i am 49, lost my job 1/31 after 30 plus years – have done at least 5 apps a week since – not one call.When i applied for extension #1 – IDES decided i wasn’t looking hard enough and made me give them $1,000 BACK! I have regained benefits but they run out 12/31/12..where are all teh jobs that the president and governor keep bragging on? I keep getting the overqualified and or underqualified BS,when i know it is age and health they are really not hiring me for! this country is doomed i am afraid.My Dad raised all his kids to be proud Americans,he fought in WW2. What exactly did he fight for? The country to be sold to China ?

October 15, 2012 at 10:24 pm
(35) Tom Mittler says:

Congress better extend unemployment teir 1 to 5 in 2013 or they will all get voted out of office for sure!!!!!!!!!

October 16, 2012 at 4:09 am
(36) katie says:

I am 29, I recently finished law school and was working my first attorney job when i got let go. I cannot find a job for the life of me. I am considered overly qualified for anything not related to being an attorney. For most attorney jobs I am no qualified enough. I have so much debt it isn’t even funny. I worked really hard in school– graduated cum launde, finished in the top 15% in law school… and I can’t seem to catch a break. It use to be that you worked hard and you had something to show for it. I just have a lot of debt. I’ve considered changing career paths completely… but i can’t even get a foot in a door. It’s beyond frusterating because I am young and I am very smart. Not working is the hardest thing for me to do because I enjoy it. I worry that if i don’t find soemthing soon… i will turn into a forgot number. I’ve been unemployed now since June… and I am nervous that the benefits will end and i won’t even get a chance to use an extension. It took me over a year to get a law job as it was… part of me wishes i never made the mistake to go to law school. I am considering taking another bar exam and moving to a different state… but i don’t know if that will really help me.

October 16, 2012 at 4:22 am
(37) katie says:

I am 29 and was let go from my first attorney job in june. I have worked really hard in school to get where I was and I am very nervous that I am just goin to become a lost number. I cannot get a job interview that actually leads to a job for the life of me. I am a hard worker. I finished law school in the top 15%, i graduated from both undergrad and grad cum launde. I worked my ass off because i was raised that if i did it… i’d have something for it. Instead i just have loads of debt and my constant questioning if i ruined my life. I am very nervous on what will happen if I do not get a chance to get extended benefits. I do not understand how this is not something that any of the candidates are talking about as there is a good percent of our population that is effected by this. If you knew me… you would know that I am one of the hardest working people out there. I am very smart and it really bugs me that i can’t find a job. I’ve applied for things that i’m overly qualified for and I think they do not believe that girl who just spend 3 years in law school and passing the NY bar exam would really be looking to change career paths. I just want a constant income, to be able to buy a house, and not have to wonder if it’s okay for me to sign a year lease because I might lose my job. I am worried that this messed up economy is going to ruin my life. Law school was bad enough because my second year there were very little jobs. I have always managed to get lucky, but i shouldn’t have to feel lucky. Every job I have gotten in school, i earned… but that fact that you feel lucky if you get one says a lot about where this economy is. I’ve been unemployed for 4 months… and it feels like a life time. I have considered taking another bar exam, but the issue is the lack of jobs– and I do not know if putting myself through that hell again is worth it if there are no jobs. I feel like my talent is being wasted…

October 16, 2012 at 8:53 am
(38) Grammy Char says:

I agree with Grammy G – live in Illinois and the only reason I got any benefit when laid off was because I was getting SSI because I’m a widow. She is right, Louisiana and Illinois are the only states that think that seniors who work are doing it for – what – walking around money? No, I worked because I needed to work. Illinois seniors have been fighting this issue for many years and it always gets tabled and sent back to committee, just like last year. The politicians say they sympathize but then do NOTHING

October 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm
(39) Karen says:

I am in fear of Congress not passing unemployment benefits by 12/31/12. I believe that this issue is a non-issue because of the election. I am having a hard time finding work because @ 62 I am competing against college grads who can’t find jobs. Most companies would not even consider me because of my age. If Congress does not pass the Extensions a huge portion of this country will be in complete poverty.

October 17, 2012 at 3:04 am
(40) Barry O. says:

Lots of age discrimination out there. My UI runs out , I am going to turn to pro wrestling and team up with the “nature boy” Ric Flair. Wuuuuuuuuuuuuu

October 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm
(41) Tamara says:

I’ve worked the same job for over 12 years and will be laid off as of the first week of November. Now that I actually need my UI benefits I’m only eligible for 26 weeks. I’m praying I find a job within that time but I live in Chicago and the job market here isn’t the best. I’m becoming worried about me and my children future.

October 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm
(42) Memphis Rain says:

I spoke with the Washington Unemployment office today and she reiterated the same thing–that Congress was very staunch (her words), especially this year, about not extending benefits. What is everyone going to do? Me included, if I cannot find a job?

26 weeks? When employers are asking for years of experience beyond what is reasonable–and I also was not able to apply for a position last week (that was good pay for once) because my credit score was not high enough. Working people are losing everything–and many jobs are unable to be applied for now without very specific training walking in the door–even for an entry level position. I am educated, well-spoken and driven–and also a graduate student at a local, private but high rated University, on-line. I couldn’t have a better scenario–except I’m almost 50. I wish everyone luck. :-/

October 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm
(43) Joe says:

Yes, the unemployed need continued assistance into 2013. But remember, this job market and economy has been held hostage to the Republicans in Congress. Mitch O’Connel of Kentucky stated publically that the first job of the Republicans was to ensure that Obama isn’t re-elected and to accomplish that they had to keep people stuck in the quagmire of unemployment. There is a jobs bill sitting in Congress, but remember the people elected Republican Tea Party people to stop and block any such hand-outs. Romney and Republicans believe that if you are unemployed you enjoy not working and don’t want to work!! We are all part of the 47% he has nothing but contempt for and yes, Mitch, Romney will be elected just like you wanted….while we sufferred so Republicans could campaign on how terrible the job market is….good luck getting extensions in 2013….oh yes, be sure to vote for all the Republicans out there who really “care” about the 47%…..

October 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm
(44) Denise says:

I am 55 years old and have worked all my life until October 2011. This is the very first time that I have applied for unemployment and it’s not for lack of looking for a job. I cannot get a minimum wage job that wouldn’t even pay all my bills. My unemployment is due to expire 12/29/2012 and I have no idea what I am going to do. The news is reporting that PA’s unemployment rate has fallen but that is only because many PA residents unemployment has already run out. These people just fall off the grid. They are still unemployed but do not show up as any statistic because they no longer receive unemployment compensation. I think we need to find out what the real numbers are

October 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm
(45) Orlando1947 says:

In Florida here. In 4 years, I have been laid of 3 times and between the positions, it was 15 months each time. This past time I was laid off was July 24, 2012.
On July 25, 2012, I applied for unemployment. I received my first check on October 18, 2012. That’s right, almost three months waiting. They are so tied up (and yes, I mean that as a pun) in Tallahassee, their head is spinning, if they even knnow where their head is. They HAVE to extend unemployment into 2013.
My potential annual earnings over the past 4 year, which because of lay-offs I never experienced that total “annual amount” only partial annual income, was averaged at $85,000.00. In Florida, the maximum weekly benefit is $275.00 or $14,300.00 annual. A major reduction. Yes, I could collect social security, but because of the Social Security limitations, if I receive that SS benefit and if I am fortunate to become employed during the calendar year and make >$14,000, I am subject to reimbursing SS Admin 1/2 of that SS benefit paid during the year until I reach the age of full retirment. So, it’s a risk for me to take that SS benefit and the be liable to repay half of it. Our govt doesn’t understand the position we in during such a case. HELLO, WAKE UP !!
I guess all of us will just have to wait until after election, and chances are until the 11th hour, to know if there will be an extension of unemployment. I agree, the political scene right now is the priority and not the American people ( INCLUDING THE UNEMPLOYED).
Best of luck to all !!!

October 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm
(46) Mr. Alice says:

Mr. Ed, comment # 35.

In theory, your comment about the interview and being strong works great. But it just ain’t working these days.

October 21, 2012 at 11:05 am
(47) Dr Z says:

In response to Post # 42 (Barry O):
If you ever do the Ric “Nature Boy” Flair tag team,
let us know. I’d support you as a paying customer ;-)

October 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm
(48) Barabus Black says:

I don’t think we can afford four years of the present administration. For what I have seen, it doesn’t appear that the president has a clue on how the economy works. I am not a big fan of Mitt Romney, but I think he is the lesser of two evils. I am 64 and pretty sure that I can’t find a job making anywhere close to what I was making before.

October 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm
(49) Momof2 says:

I became unemployed in July 2012. The doctor I worked for for the past 21 years retired. I have sent out over 70 resumes and gotten 2 interviews and no call backs from either one. This is my first time to ever use unemployment and it looks like after December 29, 2012 I am screwed. We already are barely getting by, If I lose my small unemployment money we will have to start living off our already nearly exhausted credit cards. I am praying they extend the benefits so I can pay bills and just exist till I can find another job. I am terrified.

October 22, 2012 at 2:07 am
(50) Troy says:

Only problem is that it doesn’t matter who is president(they can only veto bill or introduce one), the house and senate decide if we get an extension. if enough Dem’s get the house and senate then we might see one. if the repub’s get it then no extension probably. yes the president can veto it, but i can see that one of these guys might come out this week and say, I will extend the EU. Which would nab them millions of unemployed voters no matter their previous ideas. Money talks and gets votes.

October 30, 2012 at 9:30 am
(51) Victoria says:

I am 37 years old. I have worked since I was 14 years old. I was a single parent for many of those years. I have NEVER relied on one dime of assistance, even when I qualified as a young mother making minimum wage.
I worked my a$$ off and became a successful mortgage broker. I bought my own home by 26. Then the market crashed. I lived off my savings for a few years and went to work immediately in a lesser paying sales job to pay my bills.
I sold my house, at a loss.
Still, never asked for help. I was finally laid off about a year ago from a sales job. I have been looking and looking. I live in RI. We have the 4th highest unemployment rate in the country and one of the highest costs of living. You cannot find a habitable and clean place to live or rent for less than $1,000 a month.
My benefits will run out in Dec as well.
I enrolled in school shortly after I lost my job, I take 6 classes a semester (and went full time all summer as well) while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. I am working toward my RN degree. I know it will be an employable field.
I have a child in college as well.
I am doing the best I can. Why would the government NOT extend this helping hand when we all need it so desperately?

October 30, 2012 at 9:30 am
(52) Victoria says:

I WANT to work. I am not a deadbeat, I am not a loser, I do not suck off the system. There is a reason why I am trying to better myself now. The one time I need a helping hand and it will all disappear in 2 more months.

I will have to take a minimum wage job (IF I can even find one) which will not even allow me enough to live on. There is NO WHERE in this entire state that someone with a minimum wage job can afford to rent.

I rent now, I traded in my car so there is no car loan anymore… No cable, no home phone. Minimal cell plan. I don’t go out to eat, I do my own nails and hair… I try to save as much as I can for the eventual loss of unemployment… I will be forced to couch surf, probably have to give away my little dog that I have had for 8 yrs, and have my 19 yr daughter move in with friends.

I don’t eat, I dont sleep, I have a constant headache and don’t even get me started on my stomach issues. In all honesty, my daughter would be better if I met an accidental death. I kept up my life insurance for her.

October 30, 2012 at 3:32 pm
(53) richa says:

Unemployed since economy crashed (1/2009) . Unemployment and Cobra only lasted 18 or so months. Had to move in with family and have survived by dipping into savings but now am dried out. I am a single professional women (architect) above 50. Few firms that are hiring are hiring the 20 and 30 somethings. I still continue to volunteer and try to find the motivation to continue looking for jobs BUT like so many have lost hope. What is to become of us the really really LONG term unemployed/ underemployed.

October 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm
(54) Sharon says:


I too am 37 years old and have worked since I was 14 years old. I am currently a single mother and was laid off at the end of December of 2011. This too is my first time on unemployment and never received any additional assistance even when at time I had qualified. I have whittled my overhead to the bare necessities and am going back to school to further my education. I have no savings left to fall back on and no one to turn to for help (not that I could or even know how to ask). I am increasingly trying harder to stave off any anxiety with the near end of EUI benefits in hopes that I will land that job before Dec.29th. California is looking bleak. I have been a very successful finance manager and now am with overqualified for places like Target and it near impossible to get anyone on the phone to follow up a sent resume. I hope they won’t abruptly end EUI benefits for 900,000 people in our state alone come December and the additional 850,000 plus that will soon exhaust their 26 week California State UI. It’s a scary thought how our environment will change.

October 31, 2012 at 12:44 am
(55) Michael says:

I was laid off June 2012 whe the medical practice I worked for lost a contract with an insurance company. I have sent out over 300 resumes and filled out countless numbers of online applications and have received 3 interviews only to be told that I am overqualified, would leave if a better paying job came along. I am sick of hearing people say go flip burgers,with my experience and education I can not get a job doing this, besides, I have back and leg problems and can not stand that long to this kind of job.

November 1, 2012 at 11:59 am
(56) Roger says:

I have a few ideas for all of us on here. I am in the exact same situation as almost everyone else posting. Thats wh Im here. I worked for almost 15 years worked my way up, and now I can’t find a job again in my field. Its a 1 in 100 chance it seems and I don’t have that kind of luck.

My mom has it worse at age 61 she needs to work and has tried for every job from the customer service that she worked her whole life, to the lowly Micky D. Shes in in fine shape mentally and physically and its no use. After over 1,000 applications its obvious that NOBODY will ever hire her in this new American economy. Everyone over 50 or so is in the same boat. Its not going to happen without geting some new training. Period.

I have a few rays of hope. One is that you can retrain for a job that is in demand. You don’t have to get a RN degree to get into health care. There are short training programs that pay well in the medical field. There are other in demand job types that will hire you ASAP. Look them up and get the education you need. There will not be another way. Also look up the cities that ARE hiring and relocate. I know how hard that can be but there are places that will hire you on the spot. I can assure you of that. You will have to move if you can’t find work whatsoever. Remember that even with extensions, unemployment will still run out. Then what are you going to do?

November 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm
(57) Roger says:

Anyone who brings American politics into blame is right. But only if you place the blame firmly in the place it belongs. Obama cares very much about the unemployed. He was raised by a single mother. He worked with the poor before taking office. He and the Democratic party constantly try to extend benifits. This is 100% a FACT. The republicans block every attempt. Every single last attempt. Mostly by tying tax cuts for the rich to the bills. Tax cuts that inflate the national debt so they can then use that against Obama to vote him out. I honestly feel like anyone who votes or voted republican deserves to loose their unemployment rights because they voted against it. I couldn’t be more serious or honest. You can thank the people who voted in the tea party republican majority in 2010 for your expiring benefits. Them, and them alone.

November 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm
(58) Jeanie says:

I have been out of work for 13 months. I too have been sending resumes out weekly by the hundreds. I am a 54 yr old female , divorced, and have an electrical engineering degree. Getting a bite is rare and not promising. Over qualified, etc. Its bull, age is a factor. I am so discouraged and depressed. I do hope congress passes the EU into 2013. Reading all your comments makes me realize how big this problem is…especially for older workers. We have no chance! Good Luck to all of you and God bless!

November 2, 2012 at 11:05 am
(59) Angelina says:

Okay ,iam a mother of Two and I take care of my nephew I look for work, any where and it is very hard. my unemployment is running out .my children depend on me iam all they have ,if i cant get an extension I Dont know what will happen to us ? I always have been a good provider for my children, its very stressful for me.

November 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm
(60) Jenny says:

Barabus Black, you are sadly confused about everything. It’s the republicans that block extensions in Congress and Romney doesn’t care about us.

November 2, 2012 at 7:05 pm
(61) Dustin says:

I doubt Anything will happen.. I’m a full time college student, and Veteran.. My benefits end on Dec. 29th.. I don’t know what to do!! College costs a fortune, And trying to find a job is hopeless! What is a guy to do this day in age.. I would vote for any president that gives me a promise of extending UI benefits.. That’s the only way I will have food on the table and the heat on this winter!!! The End. That’s a fact and I hope someone important reads this and does something to help.. We are not alone.. but when we are broke, we are alone! America a country I was willing to lay my life down for is cutting my UI benefits off.. Now who out there would do such a thing to veterans.. Don’t tell me the rich senators, congressman, and president care about me!! Everyone but them pay their salary with tax dollars! Now it’s us that need help and they really should consider helping us!

November 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm
(62) Honky Gringo says:

Social unrest is the answer.

November 3, 2012 at 12:32 am
(63) Rose says:

We talk about what we need and that if it doesn’t work they will get voted out, it never works. They do what they want. We need the extensions, badly. I will be homeless with my 3 yr old if I don’t get an extension. I go to at least two interviews a week and nothing. I just got passed up again from an employer. I can’t get hired! What am I to do!? It’s ridiculous, I am so scared. I have no family to stay with or get help from. I never thought I would be in this situation. God help us all.

November 3, 2012 at 2:33 am
(64) coakl says:

And when would it stop? 150 weeks, 200 weeks? 5 years?

The fact is that there are jobs available but they pay less than the unemployment check or involve work that they don’t want to do, so many people refuse to take them

(and they lie on the response questionnaire for the state unemployment dept). They would prefer to sit around, mooch off relatives rent-free, and dream that their old job will come back and refuse to re-train for another career.

Or people refuse to move to a different town or state where job prospects are better. That’s what people did during the Great Depression. Unemployment rates are
below 7% in 22 other states. Go to http://www.bls.gov/lau and look at the list on the right-hand side. It’s not 12.4% EVERYWHERE.

We need to cut off these benefits before they become just another welfare check. Personal responsibility !!
After 99 weeks of free checks, the problem is you, not the economy.

November 3, 2012 at 4:41 am
(65) Dustin says:

“COAKL” Listen I don’t know who you are or whatever, but seriously people are looking for jobs, and a person SHOULD NOT have to take a job that pays less that Unemployment!! Unemployment is hard enough to live on, If someone turns down a job, they are dis-qualified for unemployment, period. But if someone is over qualified that’s another thing ok, look at a broader perspective a lot of jobs that these people who are just getting out of school are trying to find have been shipped over seas.. Who in their right mind “someone who has a 4 year degree” would or should have to work at MacDonalds or a fast food restaurant as a cashier!! seriously!! That’s crap of course those jobs are available, duh.. they always will be and they also pay 7.25 hr starting at 40 hrs a week that’s 240.00 a week take that by 4 that’s $960 a month!! come on seriously Get yourself together!! A normal family can not live on that!! It just doesn’t work even if you live below your means!! So before you say they need to get rid of UI you need to think in a different perspective, if someone is educated, smart, and a hard worker.. then they deserve a decent wage and a decent living and until they receive that I think Unemployment is just fine, I pay taxes and I’d rather my money go to the unemployed that to “Some stupid bail out, Stimulus plan.”

November 4, 2012 at 2:19 am
(66) Ant says:

We need ext for2013 they cant leave us for dead I worked in a company faithfuly for16yrs always on,time never late even sometimes little sick still came in so,now all I get I,one yr collection no way I,need my ext in 2013 then they want me to vote for change,man,i dont even,have,change to spear some times all goes on bills the,little I get from unemployment in the past they gave mad ext was eny diff now remember08 and on,i know ppl how collected two or more yr was the diff they can spend millions,on wars put cant feed the poor what happen pres obama,i,was thinking u was in,our side what happen to change??? Can get,millions for campaine but nothing for unemp ppl tell me were are the jobs I,cant find them I vote I pay tax im,a good citizen were are my right more ppl,need to coment if u dont speek u cant be herd all those in,congress dont,need that cuse they have a jod I wish some of those old farts were in,our shoes see how it feels to,lose what u,need,to live,one and they want my vote better be some change and soon I dont exp eny hand outs just a job or the ext I,desreve I did not quit my jod I got laid offff so dont give,me that crap I need a jod and there are none so give dam ext ppl,need,to live we earn tnat help the ppl,i.n us first before u,got and help a nother dam forgin contry that hates us ex my,spelling im,ticked off ext for2013 NOW

November 4, 2012 at 2:28 am
(67) Arj says:

Need to extntions for 2013 now help us in theUSA not other cuntries that hate us

November 4, 2012 at 2:37 am
(68) Ant says:

Laeve more comments,pleas power to the unemployed help us now we need ext in 2013u hear,me there are millions,of us,lets be heard we have power in,numbers there are,millions,of us,lets,be,heard,this,is,our lively hood

November 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm
(69) Norma says:

I am going to turn 66 at the end of the year. I collect social security which is less than $1000 a month after my Medicare is taken out. I was laid off in June and quickly approaching the end of unemployment. I am working part time in a department store. I cannot survive on the income from this part time job. I too have a mortgage, car payments etc.

I am frantically trying to find a full time job. Have submitted more resumes than one would ever think possible. It’s not even about age of over qualified or under qualified. They receive so many resumes you’re lucky if they get to read yours.

Congress must extend unemployment! It’s not even a topic in the campaign.

November 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm
(70) Ms.S says:

I really don’t know what I am going to do after 12/29………God help us

November 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm
(71) jane says:

The decisions you have been making at the voting booths (since I am too young) and allowing to be made into law for the past few decades are what is causing this. Isn’t it our fault for not being wiser, more informed, and more active? This is America-we can take action. Voting for the least evil of 2 is not enough. Demand change. But we keep looking the other way cause things were good, we fell for lies, we didn’t seek other candidates when the ones offered weren’t honest, we let little bills and laws pass that are adding up to create great harm, we followed the herd cause it is safer and easier. We/you are allowing this situation.

November 5, 2012 at 3:56 am
(72) dave says:

I was earning 50,000 and after six months at a job…I was let go….collected UI and then pressed on to find another job. Maybe there seems to be this notion that we are sucking the system or spounges but we have had hard times. I found another job 10 months later….after endless resume sendings and interviews …but eventually I found another job…paying 52,000. I only worked there three months but was let go again…I wasn’t ” the right fit” they said. I recently got divorced and got really screwed and have to pay child support and alimony of 1,400 per month. I have my UI garnished. When I currently live on 825.00 a month which covers my rent. Not food electric etc. Do you think I want to move into my parents house as a single 43 old dad? My benefits end in a few weeks. If I don’t pay child support and alimony…my next place to stay is rent free at the local jail…because that’s where they put you if you don’t pay. I gave had to visit a food pantry one time. I’m white college educated and well spoken.

November 5, 2012 at 9:47 am
(73) Chica says:

This is so scary.. If they don’t extend benefits to people like us, there will be an evening bigger recession.. More foreclosures, homeless etc. I live in NY and there are no jobs.

November 5, 2012 at 10:14 am
(74) Jane says:

I am also basically unemployed. I do childcare very very part time. Took me 3 years to find that job. Without my spouce I would be homeless. He is a college level educator/state employee so we are basically waiting for him to either loose his job because the public does not care about education or have a serious pay reduction. After a masters degree, 12 years of experience, and being dept. chair he earns 50,000 before taxes and deductions (including parking fees etc) and no vacation pay (summer is not paid time either).
I have a master’s too so lots of school debt and 2 children.
What are you doing to ensure they extend those benefits you feel you need and deserve? You sound urgent and desparate but what about the larger situation? Get informed and get active.

November 5, 2012 at 10:35 am
(75) Kim says:

Anyone who has been laid-off starting in July 2012 will not be entitled to receive the additional weeks of benefits that the federal government traditionally has provided because the legislation that provides them will expire at the end of 2012.
My question is: What about the people that started on unemployment in May 2012? Do they get to continue on with Tier 1 – 4 ? Or does theirs stop in December too?

November 5, 2012 at 10:49 am
(76) Alison says:

Unfortunately, unless Congress passes an extension, all extended benefits will end.

November 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm
(77) Dave says:

After 31 years with ritz cameras which dont not shop there. Our company closed. I’ve never claim unemployment and just found out I only have 26 week to find a job. I have two month left to find work. Im not sure what I will do if a extension isnt given.

November 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm
(78) Anna says:

I have been unemployed here in Nevada for 6 months and have been applying for every job that I can qualify for. I’ve been on many interviews and I used to get almost every job I applied for. Six years ago when I moved here people were calling me for interviews! Something has definitely changed in our country. So many people applying for one job that it is almost impossible to get it. The woman at the Unemployment Office told me that there is no 99 weeks of unemployment here in Nevada, the highest rate in the country. If my husband was not employed I would be living on the streets. I hope that Romney will be elected tommorow so that he will create the environment for businesses to hire again.

November 5, 2012 at 7:11 pm
(79) Keila says:

what concerns will congress be looking at to extend unemployement benefits in 2013.

November 6, 2012 at 9:29 am
(80) Don says:

i lost my job of 11 years also. been on ue since 11-1-11 i will be done also 12-29-12 i think there looking at all the money they will be saving. theres 2 million people that will be out of the system after 12-29-12 its sad were all fighting to firgure what we do next! i to will lose mt condo .where to next.

November 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm
(81) Geri says:


November 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm
(82) John says:

Vote for obama? rotflmfao you are a loser just like all the other democrat puppets. ROMNEY RYAN 2012

November 6, 2012 at 11:51 pm
(83) TheJekyl says:

God help us all that will be losing that last hope …

November 7, 2012 at 12:32 am
(84) sweetcakesss says:


November 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm
(85) Scruffy says:

When the Federal extensions expire, and all of us people are left with nothing, we have nothing to lose. I say we all head to DC and clog the streets. No way to ignore us then. Just in case you all are not aware, people that run through their benefits and can no longer receive unemployment compensation are not counted as unemployed. That is the ONLY reason unemployment numbers have dropped, not because people actually found work.
There’s a lot of talk about people on long terms of unemployment not wanting to work, sucking off the system, and being just plain lazy.
January 1st, lets show them how lazy we are by showing up by the millions in DC, clogging the streets, and demanding the safety net we all paid into in the first place!!

November 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm
(86) hopefulforchange says:

I was laid off after 4 years with one of biggest financial companies in the world. My job was shipped overseas and I had to train the people taking my job. I have been applying for jobs for the last 8 months and no one has called me for an interview. I have a Bachelors Degree and over 8 years of professional experience. My EUC ends 12/29 too.. My plan is to sign up for a temporary warehouse position thru a staffing agency – getting paid $9.00 hr until I find a new salary job to provide a good life for my family. I have applied in several states. I’m willing to move to obtain a better life.. its a shame I went to college and have to work a temp warehouse job.. just to pay bills.. Something needs to happen.. I just pray that the most high leads President Obamas heart and mind. We need attention.. we need extension benefits until we all find jobs that pay good salaries.

November 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm
(87) Momof2 says:

I have a sick feeling they are going to cut us all off.
I worked for 21 yrs, my boss (a doctor) retired and we closed our office. This was June 29, 2012. I have mailed out over 100 resumes in 4 months time and heard back nothing. There is no one hiring in Southern IL. I am willing to take a pay cut, I am willing to do a different line of work. There just are no jobs. And dont tell me “janitor or McDonalds”. I dont think I could physically do janitorial work so I doubt anyone would hire me for that, and I would be willing to bet McDonalds would say I was over qualified. I have a friend who tried to get on at Wal Mart and they told him he was overqualified.
I dont see how they can just give one group of people 99 weeks of benefits, which should be ample time to find another job, but then the rest of us just get 26 weeks, which is NOT ample time to find a job. I am terrified what is going to happen to our finances in 2013. My excellent credit rating is going to suffer.

November 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm
(88) joe lafave says:

What’s the point of complaining. Jobs aren’t comming around fast enough. Its been 5yr since the depression ended.nothing left for this economy to do but crash and burn.I’m preparing to be homeless this Christmas by selling and saving what I can to survive in the woods. Tent sleeping bag etc.can’t wait.

November 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm
(89) Carolyn says:

In response to Momof2: I worked for a doctor for 22 years and he retired. I lost my job June 26, 2012 and my benefit’s end in December! I can’t find a job. I am scared! I feel sick and tired! I pray that something will change and soon. How can the people that just lost job’s in June 2012 not be treated the same. I feel as if this goup of “new-bee’s” on unemployment are taking the brunt of the “storm” so to speak! I know that there are other people out there that must feel the same! This topic was never discussed during any of the presidential debate’s! Did this topic get kicked to a curb? My only hope is that someone “important” can read this! If you took the time to read this….Thank You and good luck to you on your job search!

November 7, 2012 at 11:53 pm
(90) tommie says:


November 8, 2012 at 12:07 am
(91) Kris says:

Such a tragic reality in our previously great country – millions of hard working Americans are left to flounder at the whims of greedy politicos busy with their power agendas while middle classAmericans spiral down the rabbit hole! Nightmarish misrepresentation of the true level of unemployment which certainly must be 25% or more now….and what more is there to say about the tsunami of boomers swept out of lifetime careers by employers taking advantage of the economy to unload older workers and reduce the overhead of accrued benefits and health insurance premiums to fatten their reports to shareholders….can we please create some resources for boomers wanting to move out of the USA to other countries that have it more together than America with healthcare, and where our individual resources can be better optimized? Seriously, this is something I never would have imagined for myself but now is a serious consideration. I am willing to denouce my citizenship in the USA in order to better my current and future livlihood.

November 8, 2012 at 8:24 am
(92) Lynn says:

I believe our benifits will continue in 2013. Obama is our president… He won’t let congress do that

November 8, 2012 at 8:56 am
(93) lauri smith says:

Lynn, I agree. Obama will extend the benefits. I didn’t vote for him so I’m not saying it for that reason but I do believe his first action as a re-elected president isn’t going to be cutting of millions of people from getting the benefits they need to survive.

November 8, 2012 at 9:18 am
(94) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

My concern is that it’s not up to President Obama to extend benefits. Congress has to enact legislation which will put federal extended benefits back in place, in addition to dealing with all the tax cuts that are expiring and the other fiscal issues prior to the end of the year.

I hope that there will be an extension, but if there is, it may go down to to the wire like it did last year. It was the last legislation passed prior to the Congressional recess last December.

So, unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that benefits will be extended.


November 8, 2012 at 10:03 am
(95) tjd pueblo co says:


November 8, 2012 at 10:19 am
(96) sue says:

my job was eliminated after 19 years of service. My husband lost his job the same time. everyone on unemployment is not lazy. we look for work daily. cannot find anything full time. no health insurance. Our unemployment is close to running out also. We made 20.00 an hour and now we are looking at maybe 8 or 9 an hour if we can find anything full time/part time. We are 62 and if we take early SS which we do not want to we will also be limitied on what we can make for the year. Are we better off than we were 4 years ago. No we are not. Congress needs to get off their butts and start working together or they should not have their jobs. They get paid alot of money to not get anything done. Many Americans do not want to be on welfare., they
just want to beable to pay their bills. What has happened to this country. Shame on many of the politicians,

November 8, 2012 at 10:25 am
(97) tjd pueblo co says:


November 8, 2012 at 10:39 am
(98) lynn says:

I believe we will have extended unemployment benifits in 2013. Now that Obama is still in office he wont allow congress to cut off. I do believe they will slowly cut the tiers. I hope we will know soon…The end of December is rt around the corner. They have to make a decision very soon. We have to pray

November 8, 2012 at 10:46 am
(99) lynn says:

If congress decides not 2…Obama can veto bill. I don’t believe Obama will leave us hanging

November 8, 2012 at 11:01 am
(100) lynn says:

If they don’t extend they will have more people on welfare

November 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm
(101) Very Scared in CT says:

I’ve been on my own since i was 16, put myself thru school and have worked my A$$ off working 1 – 3 jobs to make ends meet. Job relocated in 2006 and been contracting since so every 6 months I’m looking for work now have been out for 1 yr and like everyone else told benefits end 12/29/12 – I am VERY PRO ACTIVE in looking for work I send anywhere from 10 – 30 applications and follow up daily – I’m told I’m over qualified or just about when I’m thinking I’m going to get the job they hire within, what the “F”… Now I’m freaken out – I’ve played by the rules all my life and for what this!!!!! Now I am even looking to relocate just for work as in Jan there will be no money coming in and will loose my apt, car… They really need to make this a priority and deal with this now rather than later as not to let all of us hang in the wind!!!! Thanks for listening..Very Scared in CT..

November 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm
(102) Momof2 says:

I did read your response, we are in the same boat with a very similar circumstance. I am praying for you and wishing you good luck in your job search too.
God help all of us.

November 8, 2012 at 3:56 pm
(103) CT has no jobs says:

Been unemployed for 6 months now, seriously 6 months!!! I totally thought I would have found something by now?? I apply to up to 10 jobs a week lately.. I’ll admit I just did the minimum 3 a week for the first 2 months and picked very carefully to apply for only choice jobs with nice salary, but now I’m going balls out, trying for anything that will at least pay my bills!!! The thick and thin of it is, I’ve had only 4 interviews in all this time and no offers for jobs at all!!! what the hell is this world comming to? I’m a veteran, I have experience doing construction and office work, as well as an associates degree and I’m working on another one now. I can’t even get some job working in an office or swinging a hammer for 12 bucks an hour??? there’s just too much competition, too many unemployed out there. Congress needs to step up and create some jobs already, create some federal program or some shit that gives people at least enough to live like humans in exchange for some manual labor? I don’t claim to have the answers myself, but I do know come January if I still haven’t found a job, and there is no extention, I and many other people will be taking their poor asses to some govt buildings and taking back some of our tax money in the form of whatever we can get our hands on!

November 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm
(104) Bobby says:

I hate to sound negative on this but I doubt seriously that the republicans are going to allow the democrats to raise taxes on the rich without agreeing to end unemployment benefit extensions. That’s just the way it’s going to be…in my opinion anyhow. Good luck everyone

November 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm
(105) NicFamOf6 says:

I truly hope congress can do something before they start their holiday break in a couple of weeks… we won’t hear or see anything from them til the New Year.. ughhhh

November 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm
(106) coakl says:

Obama’s amnesty will give work permits to 1.7 million younger, working-age illegals.
If you’re unemployed, your competition for jobs just got a whole lot worse.

If you’re unemployed and voted for Obama, you just cut your own throat. Enjoy !!

November 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm
(107) ibmps2it says:

The jobs and growth from the housing bubble aren’t coming back for one simple reason: it was a bubble, just like the one in housing and Wall Street.
When the bubble pops, that’s it. There is no recovery from that.

Meanwhile, the unemployed are sitting at home, turning up their noses at lower-paying jobs, and living off their 99 weeks of unemployment checks.
They’re hoping that the jobs/growth/housing bubble will magically come back.
Well, it won’t.

And it’s time to stop the 99 weeks of welfare. Cut them off, now.
It’s time for them to accept their fate and take the low-wage, low-end jobs out there. You can pick vegetables in the fields alongside the illegals for $10/hour.

November 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm
(108) joe52 says:

things are getting worse here in new jersey…i have been out of work 11 months.. many interviews..tons of resumes.. nothing happening here.. congress in its history has always kept unemployment benefits in place when the rate is above 7%… im thinking euc will remain in place in the very high unemployment rate states,, such as new jersey 9.8%!!

November 9, 2012 at 8:28 am
(109) Holygral says:

Ibmps2it, before you criticize unemployment as welfare, first get your facts straight, theres hasn’t been 99 weeks since the first of the year. If you were in the same boat of maybe losing your home, Im sure you would have a different tone to your comments. $10/hour jobs are fine for younger people starting out, but it will not pay a mortgage, medical and gas and put food on the table. $4 a gallon for fuel to drive and to a $10/hour job, lets take out taxes so now were are burning $4/gal fuel to net $7. Yea thats was a real smart comment.

November 9, 2012 at 10:49 am
(110) Panamon says:

…..hey…..does anyone really think the Gov. gives a rat’s ass…..I think they need more skin in the game, same insurance as the population, no voting themselves raises and perks, all these vacations on our nickel? Pay for it yourself…..

November 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm
(111) Tam says:

I lost my job of 26 years back in February. I am on my one and only extension for unemployment in Ohio. I am praying they vote in for another extension. I have had no luck with jobs in what I have done the last 26 years. Everyone wants that Bachelor’s Degree, in which i have no college education. I guess 26 years experience in accounting means nothing without that piece of paper. I agree with the lack of knowledge everyone has on the unemployment rate. I have talked with my local job & family services, and they even said our unmeployment rate is much higher, its just that others have exhausted their benefits before finding work. What can we do?? It is scary out there, when i haven’t had to deal with this for so long in my life. Good luck to all of you!

November 9, 2012 at 5:38 pm
(112) JC says:

Doesn’t look like unemployment wil be extended – 2013 looks like many folks will be falling off the fiscal cliff in January – this is going to be a disaster


November 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm
(113) Hondo says:

With the passing of obama care companies who waited to see what was going to happen now understand what they must do to stay in business. Any capital projects will be put on hold, staff will be cut and employees with loose their company medical coverage and forced to be on obama care. 2013 will be a very bad year for anyone already unemployed

November 10, 2012 at 2:11 am
(114) Mark says:

Too many abused the extensions as a safety net to rely on and put off going to work and taking what they could find for the time being while looking for something better. It has been a great temptation. They can give you a sappy story how scared they are that soon they will be losing their safety net but the truth is they were so selfish they didn’t think about the next group of newly unemployed who could have used a portion of extensions as they try to find work.

I have no idea if they will add anymore extensions but highly doubt it with what we are about to face. Most likely in order to barter with the republicans to get higher taxes the agreement will be to keep ui benefits as they are currently with no extensions. 26 weeks to find a job or pack your bags and find a warm corner at the park and call it home.

November 10, 2012 at 2:43 am
(115) Renea says:

I’m so frightened about what may happen to me come February once my regular benefits are all used up if I haven’t found work. It’s been two months. The amount I’m living on is so below the poverty level I have to decide do I eat or put gas in the car to go look for work? I never dreamed it would be this hard to find another job. It has become degrading to go in and try not to come off begging because I’m desperate for the job knowing I have no one to turn to once there is no income. My entire family was killed in a car wreck two years ago. This life has been nothing but pure hell for me. Without extensions in the event that I can’t find work I actually am forced to consider taking my own life to finally put myself out of this misery. I will not lose my home. the day I see that happening is the day I have no choices left to live. I cry myself to sleep at night with fear and worry about the future realizing most likely I will have to take my own life but I will make it clear it wasn’t a cop out. I tried EVERYTHING to live but when it was all gone I wasn’t willingly to slumber around on the streets sick, lonely, empty, homeless, and hopeless. This life is agonizing. Please God let this president save us.

November 12, 2012 at 3:39 pm
(116) JoAnn Kocyk says:

I was let go from my job in August 2011 along with 12 other of my co-workers all over the age of 50. I just had my 70th birthday and I will say that after being with one company for 29 years that I have had no luck whatsoever in even having interviews. The only interview I had was an insurance company that only paid commission and required a 9-9 work day. I will lose my benefits in December and have nothing to fall back on. I know that once people see my age that they back off. They don’t ask how old you are because that is illegal but ask what year you graduated high school. What can we do for the older people that cannot find any work at all? None of my co-workers have found a job either. This is really sad…where do I go. Who do I talk to???

November 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm
(117) conquistador says:

I belive our goverment wants a civil war Americans against the corporations Its time to take our country back if we asked the people in control to step down since their no good and let real Americans to take over do you think they would?

November 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm
(118) workerbee says:

I am from Texas and just applied for EUI benefits. Does anyone know if a claimant is required to accept a job that pays less than their benefit amount? I can’t seem to find that info on TWC website.

November 13, 2012 at 2:01 am
(119) Addison34 says:

CA Resident here – I am getting extremely nervous about what my family is going to do come Dec 29th. Like millions of others I am college educated and I was in the same field for 12 years before being laid off last year due to my company downsizing and merging with another. Unfortunately, none of us were rehired with new management in place (not surprised!). I have been diligently looking for employment, applying for jobs that are less than half of my normal salary. I have sleeked work outside of my field, but with no experience I am not even considered!! The past 6 months I have applied to Starbucks, my local grocery stores, retail, ANY JOB… and I am having no luck! I am at my wits end. I am the bread winner of my family so to speak, my husband is contrator who is just starting to see things pick up… We are a family of 5, we moved two months ago from a three bedroom house to a 800 sq foot 2 bedroom apartment. We can barely afford this apartment with my unemployment coming in. What is my family going to do without the $1800 a month I receive??? My husband does not have steady income. I am scared for my three children. They are who are suffering. If it was only me, or just my husband and I, we could maybe do it. I am praying that Congress at least extends those that are on their extensions benefits through their 4th tier into 2013. Please please please. I don’t know how we are going to live :-(

November 13, 2012 at 8:56 am
(120) Scared says:

When will we know if congress will extend benifits?

November 13, 2012 at 9:29 am
(121) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

We may not know until the end of the year. Last year, it went down to the last possible time for them to approve – right before the holiday recess.

November 13, 2012 at 10:56 am
(122) banibobb says:

I like Candice am 39, went back to school and have stayed in (online courses so my days are free to work) to finish my BA while unemployed since 5/2011. My department after 4 years went digital and many of our responsibilities were successfully outsourced to India. I am changing industries after 14+ years from advertising to social work/counseling. At this point I would consider myself lucky to be hired as an Admin Asst. My husband is completing his BA, taking the CPA review and working 10 hours most days for about 42k. I made slightly more so it is hard to keep up with our bills, rent, care for our 4 children but I really do appreciate my UE benefits because its been so hard to find work. Even though I am willing to take a pay cut I haven’t found anything. EB were just approved a few weeks ago in NY through 12/31. So after that, like many I have no idea what I will do. My husband pays the major bills to the penny and I pay for food, utilities and our children’s essentials. And rent goes up every year. I have never been unemployed this long and started working consistently since I was legally able (I think 14). I know many are less fortunate, especially single parents only 1 source of income which I was for many years prior to settling down with my husband.

November 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm
(123) Jim says:

I am in agreement with everyone. I was laid-off indefinitely in mid 2011 following a significant physical injury which I am not able to perform certain things however, I don’t call or walk into potential employers and ask if their hiring, I submit a resume and follow-through with a phone call each day of the week resulting in twenty resume submissions per month. Difficult for me is that in addition to me being middle aged, I reside in a very depressed Northern Michigan community called Alpena with limited opportunities especially in my field so I am applying for opportunities that are 200-300 miles away which will require splitting my family which also means whatever salary I will get (and I am not picking at this point) will be spent on an additional trustworthy and efficient vehicle, renting in addition to my existing mortgage and travel to and from on weekends to see my family. Come January 1st and with no additional benefits, I lose even more the ability to find a job because this requires start up funds such as relocation expenses and now my savings will be depleted on more immediate things. And yes, I have lowered my standards and dummied-down my resume. Also, the fiscal cliff is approaching with the possibility of significant tax hikes looming. This look into a nearing future suggests not another Recession but a full fledged Depression.

November 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm
(124) SCOTT says:

After all these years of working for the same place -28 to be exact, and at 58 I was part of a RIF. I can’t afford to live w/o my unemployment benefits right now. It’s so hard to find a job in my specialized area…..

November 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm
(125) John says:

I worked 23 yrs same company they shut place down been looking for a job daily I’m about to run outta benefits they offer us retraining but that’s been a joke in itself if its not one thing it’s another I’ve just about all I can deal with fed up

November 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm
(126) Barbara says:

I need the Unemployment Extension to support myself and my son. I am not sure what I am going to do if I am still unable to find work before the end of the year. :( Please pray for the extension to occur for all those unemployed and in need.

November 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm
(127) Momof2 says:

If they can just cut off extended unemployment benefits to those of us who are desperately searching for a job, then why do they NEVER cut off welfare benefits to the generations of lazy people who are receiving a free handout every month and NOT looking for a job? I dont get this? Someone fill me in.

November 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm
(128) Not_a_lazy_bum says:

I have been unemployed for over a year. I have three degrees, including a degree in Computer Science. My first career choice turned out to be a dead end, so I went back to school and retrained for IT, which is/was supposed to be an “in demand” and growing field.

The sad truth is that most IT jobs are now temporary contracts, with no benefits. There is even a YouTube video that teaches companies how NOT to hire American workers so they can hire an H-1B visa worker instead.


Until last year, I at least used to be able to land 3-6 month contracts fairly regularly to keep myself going, but lately I have not even been able to land one of those, in spite of the approximately 700 jobs that I have applied for since I lost my job.

I am not uneducated. I am not lazy. I want to work. I am a decent person who does not consider unemployment to be welfare or a permanent way of life.

I do not even want to think about how many dollars I have paid into income taxes, social security, medicare, unemployment, and all the other government programs over my lifetime. Now that I actually need to use one of those programs, specifically unemployment, the government does not want to give back any of that money. They want to keep it instead. Actually, they already spent it on other things, plus an additional 16 trillion dollars in national debt on top of that.

Cutting unemployment in this economy is the wrong thing to do despite our desperate need to lower the national debt. Even once “in demand” fields like IT are going downhill, and it is unethical, at best, to cut benefits when so many people have paid in to the system for so many years. Yet when they so desperately need the program as a lifeline to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads, it’s not there for them.

I fear that I may end up living in a cardboard box under an overpass soon, and I doubt that I will be alone.

November 13, 2012 at 11:19 pm
(129) Donald Watson says:
November 13, 2012 at 11:22 pm
(130) Carl says:

I am a non-believer in this crappy us government that we have,if they can spend billions on useless things and send millions to rebuild other countries we destroy and feed other countries,to me this is ass backwards.take care of your own people in your backyard,all that wasted money going elsewhere could help the unemployed and feed the hungry,house the homeless,China takes care of their own why cant this country? and you wonder why you have people that are anti-us government and dont vote because it dont do any good they put who they want in there anyways,ill say this rather have Obama than Romney,could of been worse,i support Obama,its the other asses in congress that shoot down alot of positive things that our president tries to do good,Republicans,if it dont line their pockets they dont help anybody,and they need to extend federal extentions,after all WE the AMERICAN BORN citizens who pay taxes made this country,NOT the foreigners who come over here and get our jobs and live in free housing,pay no taxes etc.this will lead to a very serious matter if benefits not extended before Dec 23rd,2012,Blowing off steam but making sense and speaking my mind and truth

November 13, 2012 at 11:23 pm
(131) Donald Watson says:
November 14, 2012 at 12:51 am
(132) dee says:

Carl, i agree with you so much but who do you think assisted us in getting to 16 trillion dollars in debt, with 7 of it in Hussein’s administration and will be even more in the next 4 years? There are times I wish i could charge just one more dollar on my credit card, but it must be nice to have printing press to just make more money….ohh and by the way Hussein’s admin did that also. Republicans just believe in not getting handouts and to work for your money. But please understand, in my book, all politicians are S@#t at all levels of government. (I vote for damage control.) Those that are new to it just have not been exposed enough, give them a year or 2.
I understand most of us here WANT to work…see my NOTE below.

Funny thing, my daughter was in 6th grade and they learned about socialism, communism and capitalism. I didn’t have to say anything to her, she deciphered on her own that america was becoming socialistic . If you really want to see where this country is headed due to all the entitlement programs and “dummying-down” of america, watch Idiocracy. It was so stupid when it first came out, however now it is scary to see the road we are on.

NOTE FOR ALL: As for finding a job, maybe this situation we are in is a blessing. Start your own business, that’s what I’m doing. The hardest part is not letting all the negativity around you effect you, the people, talk, blogs, etc. Go to the library and read up on personal enhancement programs, etc, doesn’t cost a dime. It may sound like bull when you first read / hear it, but after about 3rd time reading it, it starts making sense. Heck since you’re there do research on starting a business. Business cards can be made for free also go to SCORE org for help as well.

November 14, 2012 at 8:56 am
(133) dee says:

I recently read that some Democrats consider the option of going over the fiscal cliff so they have a bargaining chip against Republicans. So that is what we are to the Democrats…a bargaining chip, how lovely. Don’t forget to thank those with Obama stickers on their car.

November 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm
(134) Mike says:

I don’t understand how it goes un noticed by the state and federal government and the media as well that the Unemployment Rate being reported is not truly representative of the actual number of people who are unemployed, but rather the number of people receiving benefits. I read the stories below and I’m in the same boat. Never in my life have I ever had a tough time finding a job. Everytime I made a sincere effort to find a job, I found one. Now, I cant find a job in my profession or any other.

November 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm
(135) Dmitry says:

I have been laid off in August of 2012. I am an X-ray tech. 2+ years of experience. Never had a problem. Honor Student. I do NOT want to sit on Unemployment, I want to work. I didn’t get my degree to sit at home. Yet, there are almost NO opportunities. Nobody is hiring in Illinois. I am willing to go to another state, but not for a part time or “Per need only” job.
I have good references from every place that I worked in. I send resumes for EVERY opportunity and “We found someone who is better fit for this position”. This is VERY dispairing and discouraging. The economy is in crapper. Even medical industry is not a good place right now (Thank you Obamacare). What am I to do? I am not done paying of previous student loan.

November 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm
(136) mary k says:

I can’t believe the goverment can”t extend the unployement , we have borrowed money for everything esle. we give illegals insurance and all kinds of things for free. we need to take care of our own in the states first.
I lost my job after 26 years and have very good qualifications, but can’t seem to even get a interview, it’s been a little over a year now!
My husband has be out of work for 4 years now. (was in the contruction sales) I just don’t even know how we will survive, if my unemployement doesn’t get extended . we just want to work and be normal again, will that ever happen?

November 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm
(137) What the f$!!ck says:

I have been out of work since August I apply to at least 3 to 4 jobs a day and follow up with a call back and still no offers yet I have friends who are in manager positions who can’t get there bosses to give the green light to hire anybody what is going on here and this apply online thing is a joke if I don’t have a job by feb I’m losing everything
I’ve worked steady since I was 13 delivering papers paid taxes and followed the rules and this is what I get and I love the comment about taking a $10.00 an hour job my response is do you know any that are hiring bc I will work four ten dollar jobs if I have to

November 14, 2012 at 7:57 pm
(138) kimalyce says:

I moved from SW Florida to Nothern Colorado after my boss of 12 years retired. I am almost 60 years old. I was a legal secretary. I have found that most administrative assistant jobs require a BA.. Huh? Also, you have to be PROFICIENT in multiple office software applications. My 26 weeks is about to run out also. I actively search for jobs due to the State of Florida’s requirement of one job a day. most of the time i get no response. my UE benefits don’t even cover my health insurance costs. i have worked since I was 18 and i can not fathom that this has happened to me.

November 15, 2012 at 12:16 am
(139) Shopgirl22 says:

I am in the same boat as many of you. I am older and was laid off from my job earlier this year. I was granted UE benefits starting in April that was extended to the end of 2012. Then told by the UE benefits analyst that I am not eligible for anything past 2012 when I have worked for more than 20 years. When I asked her if I don’t find a job by Jan 2013, and likely I won’t she didn’t know what I was going to do. I guess we all will be on welfare pretty soon if congress doesn’t do something soon. This is the pits. I’ve never been unemployed. Does anyone know if they’re even talking about this?

November 15, 2012 at 1:02 am
(140) Donald Watson says:
November 15, 2012 at 7:56 am
(141) Not_a_lazy_bum says:

If you go to the link below and click “participate” it will generate an email to 12 key members of the House and Senate requesting that Federal unemployment be renewed and extended. PLEASE visit the link and email these key members.


November 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm
(142) Daybreak says:

Try this one on for size in Ohio.

I was terminated from my great corporate sales job back in 2010 after 12 plus years.

Shortly thereafter, I only worked 10 weeks in a sales environment again because the company was on a major news channel claiming their malicious scams. I lost that job.

Then I decided to go back to school. I paid for it (over $7,000 dollars) with no help from the government since I already possess a bachelor’s degree.

I finally found a job in Ohio utilizing this new found career and was terminated last week after six days due to lack of experience/training. Why they hired me in the first place is beyond me. Was I a tax credit?

So, I am over 40, left with a house hanging over my head, three college degrees and 2012 certificate without a job.

Forgive me for trying.

I certainly should work for the unemployment office in my state because I’ve been on it long enough.

November 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm
(143) Carly says:

ALISON – Please make sure you keep us up to date on any progression you hear with regards to the extension of unemployment through 2013.

I look everyday all over to see if anyone has provided updates anywhere, and still, nothing. This is a scary situation for so many of us. How much is everyone panicking out there? I know I am. I am scared to death.

I have 10 years professional experience, a BS in Business Admin, and still, no work after 11 months of being out of work.

We need help CONGRESS!!!! Please don’t destroy America and our families!!! You must have some care somewhere in your hearts to extend something that is so very desperately needed!!!

November 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm
(144) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

I’m checking for updates daily, too, and I’ll update as soon as hear news.

It could be that extending unemployment will be part of the deal if the President and Congress are able to negotiate and agreement. I believe there is a meeting at the White House tomorrow to start the discussion.

The National Employment Law Project is starting a campaign to ask Congressional leaders to renew unemployment. Here’s the link:


November 15, 2012 at 1:37 pm
(145) val blanck says:

to all you starry-eyed obama worshippers out there in la la land ….here is the future . unemployment check extensions and food stamps . yippee!

November 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm
(146) JODEL says:


November 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm
(147) Ami says:

I am in the same boat with a lot of people posting on this page. I have been out of work since March because the company I worked for went bankrupt. I am over-qualified and my degree is too new with no experience. I have school loans due, car payment, house payment, and a young child. I got a job in September with a large health care organization in Washington State except for the day I was going to be hired the company went on a freezing hire and I didn’t get the job aftera all. I am happy to say I have my parents help but who wants to move back home. I hope that the extension will happen, but I feel down deep inside that it isn’t. I don’t think its because our country doen’t care, but this country is broke. I hope I am wrong and that we all get a few extra months to find a job. Best wishes to you all!!

November 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm
(148) Sonja says:

Out of work for 1.5 years. If I even get a call back or interview I am overqualified. Bankruptcy was just discharged (only 20K) but we need all the $ we can get for necessities. Home in short sale cant find anywhere to rent, wasnt able to save cause previous to job loss we were suporting 5 families through their tough times. It was a huge adjustmevt to go from 6 figure salary but we are grateful for what we have received so far. I don’t have hope of extensions, what to do?

November 16, 2012 at 11:40 pm
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November 17, 2012 at 3:50 am
(150) Jessica says:

I tried to get on unemployment twice and I’ve been rejected due to my last employer lying on me. I have not been able to find a job since they let me go. It’s almost been a year and I have had interview after interview and have gotten no where!! It’s very depressing and frustrating that no one will hire me……….. I do not know what else to do but I am going insane………..

November 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm
(151) prayerworks says:

I worked in manufacturing for 15 years and then my job moved overseas. I went back to school right after and got a Business Degree. I worked extremely hard. It took so much time away from my family, but I had to do what I needed to do. After college I found a job, but after only 4 months I found myself laid off once again, this time due to budget cuts. Now I haven’t been able to find work and it has been a whole year. My state is at the top of the list for the highest unemployment rate. I just wish people would be more understanding and that not everyone drawing unemployment is lazy. You have to remember something and ask yourself……How did the unemployed get unemployment funds to begin with? The answer is simple….THEY WORKED!!!! I do job searches every week online and in person and haven’t had any luck. I have even tried to get a job back in manufacturing from what is left here, but it seems they are more interested in the ones fresh out of high school. I know people who get welfare and they don’t even have to look for work. I think the people on welfare who are able to work should have to do job searches just like the rest of us to keep getting benefits. They probably won’t have much luck either, but they should at least have to do job searches like they require us to do. Anyway, a lot of people out there working don’t understand how bad it is out there until they lose their job and forced into the same situation as the rest of us. Many people who do receive unemployment are hard workers. The answer is for government to create jobs and bring those jobs lost back to America. If you have to blame someone then blame your government, not the people who receive unemployment because they use to have a job.

November 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm
(152) prayerworks says:

Also…I forgot to add how much I dislike temporary job agencies. I think these agencies are robbing people of a decent living. In my state this is how it works…….you get hired through a temporary agency to go work for a company. The company is paying, for example, the agency like $15 an hour for you to work for them and then the agency pays you only $8 an hour. What a rip off!! They are making the other $7 an hour for each hour you work. The companies do this so they don’t ever have to hire the workers full time and let them go when they want, and the agencies make all the money. I think the temp agencies should mean just that…”TEMPORARY” like for people who only want to work temporarily. MOST places around here in order to get a job you have to go through a temp. agency. I think if the companies would hire themselves and let go of the middle man that would help the economy also.

November 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm
(153) pamela says:

I certainly hope Obama fights to extend unemployment for 2013, there are far too many people struggling to make ends meet and can not afford to loose the safety net unemployment provides. I have worked full time positions all of my life, I never had a gap in employment until 4 years ago when the recession was in full swing, and the company I worked for decied it was time to take advantage of the poor job market and did a reduction in force as a means to drop their bottom line, then a year to the day after this big staff reduction, they announced that they offering the company for sale! I am a Republican and offended by the bei=lief that the unemployed are just taking advantage of a handout. In New York State there are just not enough jobs to meet the demand, and as another commenter mentioned, the majority of jobs available are being handled by staffing agencies, who in my opinion have profited quite nicely from this new job market, and have done more to enable businesses to hire people on a temporary basis, which does not benefit our economy long term. And if you pay close attention to the daily job postings, you will see that since the middle of October, ther have been fewer job s listed and that continues now. Employers are hesitant to do anything until it is determined exactly how this fiscal cliff situation will be dealt with. How can they not pass unemployment extensions for 2013 when employers are not hiring until they know how the fiscal situation will impact them? It’s because of Washington that they are not hiring, and Washington doesn’t pass extensions? Sounds like a perfect recipe for citizen revolt to me.

November 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm
(154) Stressed out unemployed says:

@ workerbee I am in Texas and currently on UI about to run out in 3 weeks. When you sign up for your benefits they will tell you what you have to accept, like me they told me that I did not have to accept a position paying less than 12.60 per hour as I made 15.00 per hour on my last job. They go by your last wage and reduce by certain percentage. You do not have to accept a position paying less than the amount they give you.

November 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm
(155) vena says:

I was amazed to see all of you going through the same thing I am. I have been writing, and now I am gonna start calling people everyday. Some of you have been unemployed way longer than me. I hope you all will call and write folks. Bug the hell out of them citizens can not be left without a way to provide for their family and themselves.

November 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm
(156) Praying4ajob says:

I have been out of work for a year. I have applied for exactly 789 jobs and had 233 interviews. I have yet to been offered a job. I have two masters degrees. And I am either over qualified or the funding for the job gets cut. I don’t know what I will do if unemployment isn’t extended.

November 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm
(157) Kelly says:

This is so true but you just don’t hear anyone talking about this. Every week at the Workforce and at the College the people that are there week after week are the people over 50. I have had ten months of being denied employment and being told that I am overqualified. It is NOT from lack of trying that I don’t have a job and it was by no fault of my own that I was laid off from the last job I had. Congress has a duty and an obligation to see this through until the unemployment rate is much lower.

November 17, 2012 at 10:13 pm
(158) jobless says:

Master’s degree..and passed the cpa exam…can’t find a job…live in NJ…almost at the end of the third extension…EB benefits have ended so if I don’t find a job soon..im screwed….also..live in a town that was destroyed by the hurricane..could the government really end eb when our state is in such distress from the storm?

November 17, 2012 at 11:38 pm
(159) Kenscott says:

Months of political rhetoric about how each candidate was going to make thing better have now ended.

What do we have? We have leaders who seemingly cannot get past their partisan dogmas and who need to focus on the well-being of the nation. In part, this includes passing Federal funds for those still unemployed in this horrid job market.

If we can give hundreds of millions to foreign countries, some of which detest us, then we can surely find funds to help our own people who cannot find a job.

Personally, I lost my job of 21 years in December of 2011. I am well versed in SAP, have a BA Communications from a state college, and still cannot find a job. From speaking to those I meet at large, my story is not uncommon.

With true unemployment at approximately 15% of the working force, not to pass these funds would be political suicide.

November 18, 2012 at 12:32 am
(160) Kelly says:

If those idiots in Congress only did ONE thing….ONE thing…like bring all the service jobs back to the US it would be a huge start. I could insult people the way the foreign workers do and add to our economy at the same time. I am so tired of talking to someone from some foreign who doesn’t know what they are talking about and end up having to call during the daytime to get an English speaking person to help me with a customer service problem. Heck I could even do that sitting at home at a computer in my jammies. Ever tried to get someone to talk to you about why your DirecTV keeps rebooting, Comcast about why your internet connection is malfunctioning, Verizon about why your phone is on the fritz? Life would be so much easier if we had those jobs back in the States. So….if putting us back to work is what they want (I know it is what I want) why not give tax breaks to those companies who bring the jobs home and tax the he11 out of the ones who continue to have them overseas or across the border? It’s easy enough to do. I say lets put their feet to the fire and get this moving at least.

November 18, 2012 at 1:39 am
(161) John says:

I love when I see comments posted by people presumably people with jobs) that say, “congress shouldn’t pass an extension..we need to save money..blah, blah, blah.”. A little advice to all you fortunate people……..be kind and compassionate to others because, trust me, your time will come when you are in a vulnerable position in life. I never thought I would be in this position. I’m educated, intelligent, and have always put myself in positions to succeed in life. What’s happening to all of us is out of our control. None of us caused this. We aren’t the one’s that caused a reduction of 8 million jobs. We aren’t the ones that outsourced jobs, we aren’t the one’s who are able to create jobs. This extension needs to be passed for at least another year…in reality, probably 3 years until unemployment is under 6%. These are desperate times for a lot of people. Just because you have a job now, don’t think for a second this couldn’t happen to you because the reality of today is that there IS NO JOB SECURITY. THAT IS A THING OF THE PAST. I want a job, most people want a Damn job. The problem is that even a semi decent job is hard to obtain. I interviewed for a job that pays 30k a year. For a person with a bachelor’s degree, this is ridiculous pay, but I have to do what I must. I interviewed, did well, and when I asked how many people I was competing against, they told me, “About 20.” 20!!!. All 20 apparently interviewed well and were up for rhe job. This is the reality of what we are dealing with out here. Needless to say, I didn’t get the job. If Congress knows what’s good for them, they will.pass this extension because in two years when they are up for re-election, I won’t forget who voted against this bill. I will bring a list of all their names, and I will give a copy to every one of my family and friends so they know who not to vote for.

November 18, 2012 at 3:32 am
(162) Obamesque says:

Folks, do not panic!
Be reasonable please people! Come on!
They cannot tell you months in advance that they will extend the benefits. IF they do that, some of the folks who are just “abusing” the system will do NOTHING to find a job.
With the unemployment rates at levels where they are today, they really have no choice but to extend the benefits and here is why:
-They need your votes, duh!!!! Next big elections are just 2 years away.
If you guys have to go vote with fresh memories of what happened when you lost your benefits, they will pay! They know that!

-The economy needs that influx of money you will spend on first necessities

-They can’t keep the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy without “giving” something to the have-nuts [have-nots?] :)

-Someone has said here and whenever the unemployment rate is above 7% congress extends the benefits.

They just cannot tell the unemployed, stay home, do nothing, count on free money.
They are not going to do it because they like it. They will do it because it will save them lots of headache down the road.

On a more pessimistic note, I do not think we’ll ever go back to 4/5% unemployment again. Those jobs we lost to China are GONE, baby gone! So they have a bigger problem! They need to create JOBS.

November 18, 2012 at 3:38 am
(163) jeremy says:


I am on federal extensions in California. According to current rules, I am allowed unemployment until I find a job or until around May 2013. Of course, now federal extensions get cut on December 29th. I will be out in the cold if I do not find a job by then. Finding a job by then seems unrealistic as I have been seeking a job for the last 8 months with no success. So, if someone could help and answer my question below, I would be thankful.

Do you know who and when congress will decide on this? It is already ending November. I don’t know what to watch or how to know when this decision will be made…. ?


November 18, 2012 at 9:49 am
(164) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

I will update here as soon as there is news. Also, if an extension is passed, EDD and the other state unemployment websites will post the details. They usually update within a day or two of an extension being signed into law. There won’t be any further discussions between Congress and the President until after Thanskgiving. Hopefully, an extension of EUC will be part of what’s approved, but, unfortunately, there’s no guarantee.

November 18, 2012 at 9:19 am
(165) Marie says:

Agreed, Obama needs to extend unemployment to 2013, especially for the people that are 55 and older. Employers are hiring the younger so they can pay alot less in salaries. What are the older people suppose to do they are being over looked from employers and need an income. This is one of the reasons I voted for Obama because I thought he would help the older people and extend unemployment to 2013.

November 18, 2012 at 11:15 am
(166) darius jones says:

Everyone is complaining but no one is calling their congressman or state senator to ask them why they havent approved legislation to extend euc08, why should they is seemingly no one cares?? Get off your butts people and call these people and demand they extend your benefits!

November 18, 2012 at 11:32 am
(167) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

You can also contact Congress via email. UnemployedWorkers.org has a form you can fill out:



November 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm
(168) missysam says:

I have been out of work for one year in Connecticut. The job market in Connecticut is POOR to say the least and it is even more difficult for those older adult, as myself. I do not expect to even get close to what I was making at my last job (I was there for 7 years) and was let go when I had to take a leave of absent for cancer surgury (A boss with a heart). Congress must extend unemployment. It is not that people are not looking for work and most people are willing to take pay cuts (sometimes big pay cuts) there is no work out there. Please pass the extension that will go back to at least 99 weeks.

November 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm
(169) Unemployed says:

I am writing to congress today and my senator about the extension of EB. I’m in the same boat as many of you. Got laid off working $70K and now making $21K. I had to move because I could no longer keep the apartment I once had. I have medical conditions and do not have any medicaid or Cobra. I had to take out large amount of money from my profit sharing so I can get medical assistance. This is my retirement money I had to take out…money that I would need later. Now I barely have any.

We as a country need to stand up and let Congress know they can not forget us and by allowing them to cut off their benefits by the end of the year, not only are they contributing to the recession but some may face poverty and be homeless.

November 20, 2012 at 9:57 am
(170) Angela says:


I got laid off in May 2012 I worked for a company that is all ‘GUNHO’ for this OUTSOURCING ‘BS’ they rather have the american workers out of work so they have more money in their pockets I worked in this company 17 yr’s and did not ask to be laid off and congress is having a hard time making up their minds to give the american people unemployment extensions for 2013 you have to be kiidding this is why we are in this mess they really need to stop giving all our jobs away due to this OUTSOURCING this why there are NO JOBS for the american people congress really needs to stop the BS and sit down and do their job and take care of the american people and stop worry about the rest of the world and take a long hard look at there own backyard people are still losing jobs people who have already lost their jobs cannot find anything I’ m an american and it is a disgrace how this country really took a nose dive sorry to say let’s hope the JOBS COME BACK TO THE U.S.A.as for now I see NO JOB CONING MY WAY.

November 20, 2012 at 10:03 am
(171) Becky says:

It will be 2 years in May that I have been unemolyed, I am over 55 and I have applied for hundreds of jobs and have not even had one interview, as of September my unemployment ran out now I am struggling to make a house payment on what little I can scrounge for, so that means I am trying to selll my house, but who is gonna buy when no one has a job, so this means my credit will be destroyed. I need the extention so when I sell my house(HAHA) I will have money to buy a tent to live in, this will be the only way people can live if the economy keeps going the way it is. The government created this mess so let them undo the mess. CONGRESS you must help you constiuants of be voted OUT!!!!!!!

November 20, 2012 at 10:36 am
(172) Diane says:

I have been out of work since April 2011 and have tried desperately to find work, I was at my previous job for 11.5 years and now that I am in my mid 50′s, I am finding that age discrimination is alive and well in this country as well as the lack of jobs. I have no idea what I will do if they do not extend the benefits for 2013. I want to work and have many years experience but still no luck in finding work….it is a very sad state for alot of us who have lost jobs and want so deperately to work..

November 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm
(173) David says:

The jobs outlook is far worse now than it was leading up to this past election. I am a senior level IT Professional (an allegedly “in demand” job) and was replaced via outsourcing in the beginning of October. I immediately began looking for work and had tons of responses, interviews, screenings. All indicated they were waiting until after the election to make a decision and ALL have since followed up to tell me they were canceling hiring — not choosing someone else, simply deciding not to hire anyone. I just turned 50 and I haven’t been out of work as long as many on here but it is clear that my career is finished. I do hear from a few employers that are considering hiring only 1099 contractors for very short term contracts (2-3 months with the option of canceling sooner and without notice) and only at rates less than half what W-2 wages were just two months ago. It is sad what has become of this country.

November 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm
(174) Diane says:

I’m from NJ and my Tier 3 runs out into the first week of Jan. 2013…Does that mean I will not be able to go on to collect Tier 4 since I my last week runs into 2013??

November 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm
(175) prayerworks says:

This really makes me sick. This past year my state has been like one of the top states on the high unemployment rate list. Well guess what I saw on the news!!?? They said “as of last month” our state has now seen the lowest unemployment rate we have seen in nearly four years, Yeah, well I guess the rate would go down since they have cut most peoples benefits off. DUH!!?? yeah that gives people the wrong impression that our state is doing just fine when in acutallity we are worse off now than ever before. The numbers/rate only reflects the people who are actually still receiving unemployment, NOT the actual number/rate of people that still may be unemployed who just don’t get any more unemployment money. I wish they would be more clear on this so people would see the whole picture. Yeah how in the world does it go from really bad to the best we have seen in 4 years in one month!!?? GIVE ME A BREAK …….THERE ARE HIRING FREEZES EVERYWHERE HERE AND NOW 150 GOVERNMENT WORKERS ARE GETTING LAID OFF BY THE END OF THIS MONTH!!!! Now let’s see the real picture here…..show how many receive benefits and also show how many still looking for work!!

November 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm
(176) robert says:

I m 59 just used up my state benefits looks like im gona be homeless why us the new unemployed? now that obahma re elected will he care about us?

November 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm
(177) Chun says:

extend the unemployment benefit, just ask Ben to print more $$$

November 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm
(178) Kris says:

Disgusting that our leaders would even consider cutting off the lifeline of unemployment benefits for those of us who have supported this economy for our working lifetimes!! I nearly spontaneously combust when I hear any of them say that the unemployed are lazy and not seeking work – OMG, talk about out of touch with the glaring realities of this country!!!!! Sure, there will always be an element that seeks the hand as way of life but the vast majority of us are hard working people who cannot find a job in this country due to American business is sitting on hordes of cash and whipping their lean staffs to work harder and longer to fatten those hordes further. Esepecially at a huge disadvantage are the baby boomers 55+ – they WILL NOT BE HIRED. I mean really, elected leaders – what will you do to serve these Americans to ensure we continue to support the 70% if the economy we are responsible for supporting?? Ugh – ex-pat gains more and more appeal every day….

November 22, 2012 at 9:36 am
(179) Mark Ryan says:

Please email congress…it takes literally 30 seconds! There is a link on this site that does it all for you. Please let your voice be heard.
Site below..

November 22, 2012 at 10:43 pm
(180) Solomon says:

If i could extend the benefit in 2013, I would do so . Because It doesnt make sense to cut off millions of people one time from Unemployment!!!!!. Where are they going to get help to support themselves while lookin for job.? I am in the same situation as others. If this sound like a big concern to you, then it’s time for us to do something about it b4 it’s late. Thanks

November 22, 2012 at 11:19 pm
(181) D. Justice says:

The past two times they made legislation for extending benefits has been December, usually right before Christmas. They always wait until the last minute.

November 23, 2012 at 7:51 am
(182) UnemployedRPH says:

I am a Vietnam Vet and a Retail Pharmacist of 30+ years out of a job..
Yes…even my profession has been affected especially with all the foreigners our country is allowing into the US with the H1B visa program. It is time to put a halt to this program with as many as 50% US pharmacy students graduating not finding a job. That is because the drug chains would rather hire someone at a lower wage and with little benefits..Those foreigners are happy to accept the job even with no lunch period during a 12 hr. shift ( retail store).
I used to think that I would always find a job, even part time as long as I could work..but these H1B visa programs must now end …We must first take care of our own before the foreigners looking for our jobs. Employ American graduates first. Notice now when you go into any pharmacy that the Pharmacist does not speak English as a FIRST language?

November 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm
(183) CL says:

Unfortunately now that Obama has been re-elected things will only get worse. Obamacare is now law of the land and many. many employers will now not be hiring because of it or they will maintain their current employees at 29 hours a week so they can evade the Obamacare fine levied against them for employees who work 30+ hours a week. Many small businesses will simply close. Prices will go up as employers turn the higher costs of Obamacare and more of the regulations and taxes he plans to levy against businesses are returned to the consumer. He has said he will close all the coal plants back East and said his policy WILL ‘make energy prices skyrocket”, those are his words-not ones I’m putting in his mouth. If you people think that your voting him back in will “help” you all one can say is you have been played. At least had Romney been elected businesses-small and large could have sighed a breath of relief and knew they were not going to get up the rear with taxes and increased regulations and they would have expanded and hired again. We will reap what we have sown-a man who wants to destroy the Middle Class ( that’s YOU working man and woman of America) and redistribute your wealth to those he is giving “Obama phones and food stamps ” to who have no plans of working while they laugh at you for fretting over getting a job ! Only fools work in a socialist society and that is what this man wants-and you know it. Get ready for the Great Depression Act II .

November 23, 2012 at 9:49 pm
(184) JB says:

At commenter # 184….now, the liberals will just call you a “racist”, how dare you mention “foreigners” taking your jobs…

November 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm
(185) lulu says:

Reading some comments and I am 65 myself with years experience under my belt. Just because someone decides to change the way the world operates we have to follow like sheep! There is a lot of talent out there and if the truth be known we could all survive if there were not so many rules for everything that causes people to make a living. I don’t think they have to worry about all of us becoming millionaires so what is the deal? This is our country so let us live in it ! Man made rules are destroying this beautiful place! Fire those greedy people and let them come down to our world for a week! Yes I said week or maybe is it weak that is the real issue here tell it like it is stand up for your rights this is America who seems to be everyone’s hero but ours!!!!!! Enough Enough already!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm
(186) barbara says:

i agree with the two ladies, i ahve been laid off for 6 months, and am 54 , why should i be punished for god knows what? i am so scared, and i have no significant other to help me along. i am outraged and appaulled at this. my company shut down, and iwas told not to show up for work , done, over, i was their for 6 years? are they just going to kick us all to the curb.? i suggest you call your state senators, i did, whatever ytou can do make SOME NOISE!!!!!

November 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm
(187) Tesfaye says:

Paradox! I got a PhD, MA, and an Indiana teaching license. I was unemployed almost a year. After Dec. 29, 2012 my real hope will be lost. But I am not giving up, for God Almighty is the father of my kids. He is the leeway, the rock, and the shelter. Let us kneel down to pray for our families and our America, I trust Him that he listened these 189 voices’ fear. May God bless you in sustenance and sanguine. I love you all

November 25, 2012 at 10:17 am
(188) Robert says:

i may be wrong, but I think the plan Obama and Romney wanted was a welfare state where you work for your welfare. You don’t earn money for your work you get the usual public assistance monthly allotment in exchange for 40 hours of work normally reserved for ex-convicts or people sentenced to community service. Immigrants are generally better educated and are invited here and work here and given residences to live in etc. Seems sort of like Americans are being pushed out of employment and housing to make way for the new world citizens
Many job ads are fake opportunities, some lead you to websites selling obscure software or training materials you have to purchase to test for a job, some are wire transfers where you cash checks in your account and get ripped off or work for no pay types and if you get a commission you owe us half for your training expenses.

November 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm
(189) brenda says:

They need to do something for the newly displaced workers who will get nothing! A lot of us had been with the most recent downsized comapnies a long time – make them pay benefits.. more comapnies are closing knowing they will be off the hook for unemployment benefits because of the closing of extensions..

November 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm
(190) Jess says:

I do hope there is positive news ahead. I’m in Oregon resident who was laid off from my professional job at an independent company after nearly 9 years employment this past June of 2012. My eligible unemployment wages are used up in ironically, the next few weeks. I was hoping to file for an extension, as my job search is repeating that similar mantra – few interviews, and nearly always over-qualified.

November 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm
(191) DMike says:

Unemployed for 52 weeks. No where to go now for UC. How do I survive with no extension. Laid off over 60 yrs old. Worked 46 years of my life now no job no offers 2 calls and 125 applications. How do you make it if homeless

November 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm
(192) Diana says:

I, like many others here, have been out of work for over a year due to a company layoff. I am 56. My husband passed away unexpectedly 5 years ago, leaving me with a mortgage to pay for by myself. Now, without his income nor mine, I am in a very poor financial situation. Age discrimination exists everywhere, but one can never prove it. I can’t even get interviews, let alone a job with a salary that I can live on. If O’Bama does not extend the EUC into 2013, I will face foreclosure and no place to live. This is just devastating! Please, President O’Bama…. hear our prayers!!!!!! This happens more and more to middle class america, as well as the poor.

November 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm
(193) charles crespi says:

I filed for unemployment in 3/2012 after my heart attack. Now I heard my benefits are going to stop Dec 29. I have not gotten even a full year of unemployment. I have doctors and hospital bills totaling alot of money. I have turned alot of them in to the state. I am unemployed and will be 58 years old in january. I got laid off a couple of times now since 2006. When I moved back to st.louis where I grew up. I went through all my 401 k money to stay alive. Thank god I got help from my mortgage company. I need my benefits. I hope congress passes passes my extension. I am single, and no spouse to bring other money in. I will be going to St. Vincent De Paul society in january for help on utility bills. I have no other choice. Please help all of us unemployed.
Thank you, Charles Crespi

November 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm
(194) I have the same proble. says:

I am in the same situation as all of you – Pray to God for the extension we need.

November 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm
(195) Joe Fleming says:

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is planning to press the Senate next month to pledge unlimited U.S. troops, money, and political support to Israel should Bibi Netanyahu launch a preventive war on Iran or anyone else. There’s plenty of money for banksters and for Israel but not for Americans. In Greece, Spain, Portugal, Iceland etc they called it austerity but that was met with the jailing of bankers and the firing of the government in Iceland and riots everywhere else. So here they’re calling it “fiscal cliff” instead. We have to have less so they can have more. Our Representatives receive 190K a year for the rest of their lives plus bodyguards and health insurance for the rest of their lives for only serving one term. I think I know where the “austerity” should be.

November 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm
(196) Dawn says:

I have been unemployed since October 2011 due to my company downsizing. I have applied to hundreds of jobs and had interviews and nothing. We need this extention. I can’t even get a $10 an hour job or I would take it. What does this government expect us to do?

November 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm
(197) Gigi says:

I’ve been unemployed since late March. I got severance until late July and was able to find a temporary job for two months during that time. I filed for unemployment in August and have been looking like crazy. I have a degree, years of experience and training and I am still having trouble. I feel like just packing up the car and leaving town.

November 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm
(198) shawn says:

Single mother of young boy. Out of work for the first time in 30 years since Feb 2012 and thier cutting us off? I can’t express the stress and financial difficulties to come if they do not extend into 2013.:(

November 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm
(199) deanna says:

Yes, I am in the same boat….lost my job and filing for unemployment…..I am older and in sales…..so, it is going to take me longer than the normal 26 wks to get a job in this economy…..ready to packit up and move to China…..maybe I could teach English there…..this country sux.

November 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm
(200) Sheila says:

I have been unemployed for the past 2 years. I worked a few temporary jobs but these are also scarce. I used to make up to 60k per year. I have reducted my living expenses to a range where I would be able to live on 14.00 per hour and have asked this amount and even lower to support myself and get off of unemployment. I still am not being considered for even these positions.

November 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm
(201) nwright says:

I’m so stressed out I can’t sleep or eat and as far as holidays I don’t even care I got Laid off June 2012 of this year I only have 3 weeks left to collect I have an 18 year old and an 13 year old. They keep asking me why I’m so down and seem to be very worried about me I just don’t know what to do I’ve put in so meany application I can’t even count and no one is not offering full-time work or part time everything is sub I’m so ready to give up we need this law to pass or things are really going to get worse then it already is .

November 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm
(202) Holly says:

I am horrified beyond scared to death that I will be in the street living if I cannot continue receiving my benefits. I am appalled that those of us who used our 26 weeks and now are on an extension are going to be cut off while you gave other unemployed workers all four tiers. How congress can have this on some back burner is incomprehensible. What are we to do the group of us that have not abused the system but have no luck finding a job? I might as well be in a third world country and not in Amercia where we used to take care of our citizens. Congress do something NOW! Americans are suffering enough do you have to scare us to death and put us into poverty. President Obama claimed he was for the middle and lower class. I ask where are you? I voted for you as a middle American. Are you going to allow congress to put me in the street?
Do something quickly Americans are looking at you to take care of us. Please do your job!!!!!

November 27, 2012 at 12:39 am
(203) Janice in NJ/NY says:

The issues is everywhere. In my mid 20s with a BSBM and all I have to show for is thousands $$$$ in students loans not to mention the thousands of dollars accruing in interest. I have been unemployed for almost a year and before that I was not even employed in my field. For officials to say we are not trying hard to look for employment is Bogus! Who wants to pay for school and not work?!?! I do not want to know what all unemployed individuals are going to do end of December. All I can say is it will not be good.

November 27, 2012 at 6:25 am
(204) femmefatal says:

Hey SHEILA you need $14.00 an hour to make ends meet? Get TWO 7.25/hour jobs then babe. Nobody owes you a living, nobody owes you $14/hr. It’s up to YOU to get off your butt and WORK for your LIFE and if that means TWO jobs at $7.25/hr then that’s what YOU have to do. I know sure as hell you ain’t making $14.00 in unemployment benefits so you are just MILKING it for all it’s worth and WANT MORE instead of getting off your freeloading butt and getting two jobs and work that butt off. You’re probably FAT too. lol

November 27, 2012 at 9:23 am
(205) cw says:

It’s even hard finding the cheap paying jobs! Employers know they can be extremely picky!

November 27, 2012 at 9:58 am
(206) Lin Feller says:

I’ve been laid off before and always found some kind of job. But for some reason this time I think it is going to be much tougher as I’m much older. I just lost a job to outsourcing to China. Doesn’t the government get it? The best way to create jobs is to quit eliminating them. And passing legislation making it less desirable to send jobs offshore would be a good first step. But that probably won’t happen and the jobs will keep disappearing. Who pays the most taxes in this country? It’s people like me, white middle class males. So now, instead of paying taxes, I’m receiving benefits. Gee, I wonder why the deficit is so high? A safety net of more than 26 weeks would be nice because I have a feeling that it may take longer than 26 weeks to find new employment.

November 27, 2012 at 10:15 am
(207) Another Statistic says:

My position after over 20 years with the company was “eliminated”. How convenient. The new CEO comes in to tell me this and that it’s bad news for me, but better for the corporation. A place once where people were the important factor, is now bottom line oriented only. And then has the audacity to slip out that he was looking at a new boat for himself that morning before seeing me; unannounced I may add, so a total surprise to me. It was hard for me to understand as I was very busy, so there was not a shortage of work. I was also in the middle of studying to obtain a required license that the company wanted me to get to perform extra duties. Now, four months later, it still does not make sense. I did everything right; went beyond the scope. Yes, I’m bitter and trying to get by this, but my skills do not seem to be transferable. Since August, I’ve been doing the job search, attending job fairs, going to the unemployment seminars and taking some on-line courses. I worked my way up at my previous job, that’s what we do when dedicated and loyal to a company. At 52, the world is so different out there in the job hunt. I’m not computer illiterate, but I’m more comfortable talking to someone face to face. Going through telephone interviews was painful. I’ve had three sit down interviews that I felt went really well, but “there were many other qualified applicants”. Every morning I get up early to hike or run as I’ve heard to keep active, keep your mind on track; try to laugh out loud at least once a day. I’m in better shape and can run circles around 20 or 30 year olds. In my past employment, I was good at networking, but where did all those contacts go? I’ve talked to them, e-mailed them; nothing. If I hear “there’s always a reason” or ” something better is going to come along”, well, you know. I have been trying to be positive and staying upbeat, but just having a down day and needed to get it out. Sorry and future best to all!

November 27, 2012 at 10:57 am
(208) tam says:

I am at the 58 year old and lost job of 5 years. Again finding myselft unemploed during my working span and also this time definitely unable to start at least somewhat near my my 5 year hourly wage that i brought myself up in to in 5 years plus being over 55. I feel the individuals who have collected the last emergency funds should be not be eligible again because some have been already collected the emergency funds for two years and have truly taken advantage of this and have made it difficult for others who recently have been unemployed and do need this emergency fund but are not able to collect or collect the balance left–THAT IS TRULY UNFAIR. . I have a huge balance left and cannot collect this becasue it is ending in 12/29/2012. The government should at least let these individuals finish collecting this balance becasue the other individuals had that opportunity and we should be able to get what they were able to. That is truly discrimination on unemployment some got it and some are not able to especially the individuals who have the balance left and we a part of this extension. Just goes to show you how they do not know what their are doing and do not care. This is truly a mess up on the governments part with this extension and left us individuals counting on this extension and we cannot now. WHERES THE MATH NOW

November 27, 2012 at 11:39 am
(209) Andy says:


November 27, 2012 at 11:51 am
(210) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Hi Andy,

Unless Congress passes an extension prior to the end of the year, there will be no more tiers of extended benefits. As of now, without an extension, all extended benefits programs (EUC) end on December 29, 2012. Nothing rolls over.

The only unemployment compensation that will be in place if an extension is not passed will be state benefits.


November 27, 2012 at 11:52 am
(211) Andy says:


But will I roll over for now til the 29th?


November 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm
(212) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

It depends on your claim, your eligiblity and the state unemployment rate, which needs to be above 6% for tier 2 to kick in.

Here’s more info:
Unemployment Tiers


November 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm
(213) Markus says:

They don’t care if you were making 100k at your last job. They would recommend that you go get a job at McDonalds making min wage. That way you would not be on benefits. I don’t know how that is the American way. Our college grads and future generations are screwed

November 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm
(214) UnemployedTexan says:

Here are ways that we can take action — sign the petition to the President and demand that Congress not push Jobless Americans off the cliff. Each takes less than 1 minute to submit:



Hang in there, everyone. Thanks to Alison and Donald for originally posting, and continually posting these links.

November 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm
(215) us citizen says:

In California many big companies such as Comcast and Campbell soup have recently laid of thousands of employees. CONGRESS HAS TO EXTEND THESE BENEFITS FOR 2013 OR THERE WILL BE A BIG DEPRESSION.

November 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm
(216) Kevin says:

I have been on UC for 3 months now in PA. I apply to every job online I can. I have 26 yrs in the food industry, AA in bus. I am a single father with 3 teens and a temp disabled 22 yo I support all of us. The mother doesn’t pay for anything nor work. I filed for support, she filed for spousal support in retaliation. (we have been separated for 13 yrs, never had enough to pay for divorce) I am scared to death of running out of benefits. I will be homeless. I don’t want to sit on my ass, but I cannot take anything less than UC or I cant meet the bills. Just try keeping up with 15 and 16 year old girls , let alone 17 and 22 boys for things they need along with everything else. I wish Congress would have to make it on 546.00 a week for 5 people. They would crumble!!!

November 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm
(217) jaybe says:

I thought it was just me. Age seems to be a big deal now. I’ve been out of work for almost 9 months, and i’ve been searching my butt off. I’m starting to notice, most online application are starting to ask for my age in a round-about manner. They’ll ask what year I graduated high school or something like that. It definitely feels like age discrimination, I didn’t want to sound like a victim or paranoid, but it seems like many of you are going thru the same. I’m only 46, I’m told 46 is still young…but whats up with no calls and the newly request for the applicants age?

November 28, 2012 at 12:03 am
(218) Chris says:

jaybe – age discrimination is rampant and will not go away. I believe extensions will be passed, but at the last moments. I was at the begnning of tier 2 when I took a temp job — that will end December 31. The economy may be improving slightly, but not enough jobs are being created.

November 28, 2012 at 4:27 am
(219) alvin says:

obama will make sure they will extend unemployment benefits. the p[oliticians like to have fun playing with our lives a little first. note: 10,000 people retire everyday in this country, which means 10,000 jobs open up everyday and add that to the 3 million jobs that are allready open. whats going on here? the answer is of course that americans dont have the skills and we are a lazy lot.

November 28, 2012 at 8:01 am
(220) Ivette says:

To those that think that what unemployment gives us is so much we can live comfortably in you are dead wrong….. If they are people who believe they are free loading (getting over) clearly there is something really wrong with these people because it is not enough money; Maybe they have depression or just don’t care anymore.. you know that can happen to people. This is true also for those individuals who are receiving money from department of children and families these agencies do not give any money for people to have any quality of life. These people have given up and are depressed and they have suffered a great deal and no longer believe they deserve anything. Don’t wait for your husband to leave lose your job have your mom and families die and watch your friends leave before you are down and out before you can begin to relate this can happen and has happen to many people. Be greatful for what you have and make a difference along the way because you never know what is ahead of you. I hope that congressional leaders can look back and continue to help those with EUC /DCF/because there by the grace of god goes you.

November 28, 2012 at 8:24 am
(221) 56 year old women says:

Unemplyment is high in the county where I live in California. I do not speak spanish, and over 56 years old where I made 70,000 yearly for 6 years. Now have had hard times for over 8 years. Having been unemployed for over 1 year I finally was offered a job yesterday. 12.00 an hour, I am happy. Not sure what I would have had to do. I have lost so much over the last few years, you cannot imagine. The best thing I did was enroll in college and pick a few classes to take that would help me get a job. I could add new skills on my resume. It helped my self confidence. I totally recommed it, I still looked for jobs, all the while. I am starting at the bottom of a new career, but so happy…………. 12.00 a hour is just like my unemplyment benefit, after taxes, it may be less, but better than nothing. look into pell grants, and student loans, that may help with money until you can locate a job. I wish the best for everyone

November 28, 2012 at 10:12 am
(222) WillBESEENANDHEARD%) says:

The long term unemployed over 50 have became the new marginalized invisible minority of American society. We must band together and fight for our rights as others before us. We can’t sit back and be silent. Otherwise, our government and our fellow citizens will forget our struggles

November 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm
(223) Stephanie says:

I also have been unemployed for over 2 years now, my company went bankrupt and 315 of us lost our jobs without notice. The company I worked for lied to us along the way and tried to hide things from us for fear of a revolt. We have since lost our house and had to move to a much smaller one and get rid of lots of belongings, and UE does not make up for a missing paycheck. I live in MI, and jobs here are the same as everywhere else. I have applied to Taco Bell, McDonalds, etc and get told I am over-qualified. Do they really think I care, I am looking for work, I already know that my degree makes me “OQ.” I am curious if they are going to extend as well. If not, we will be on the welfare line with so many other people. We have had some family helping us out here and there during this time, but that cannot continue like this. congress needs to take pay cuts and come down to OUR REALITY!!! Let them see how it is to live on what we live on now instead of what we had; lose the things we lost and had to get rid of to make ends meet, then see how “easy” it is to survive…….

November 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm
(224) Frank says:

A huge problem I see is that when people with jobs (naysayers, people with jobs on their high horse) is that they group unemployment benefits in with welfare, food stamps, etc. These are not the same thing!!! What they see when they hear unemployment benefits is the same stereotypical picture that I hear over and over again….the person who’s on government assistance with a new Cadillac in front of their house…am I right, high horsers? They think anyone that is on unemployment has it made getting…what? Just above minimum wage…..are you kidding me? I’d gladly trade you for a job and you can live the “good life” wondering if you’re going to make the light bill this month, or wondering if you friend could borrow you some money to get some food this month. Man, I really do have it made. This life is awesome!!!! Who needs food? Employers have absolutely lost their minds and take full advantage of this economy. A lot of business people dont care about the bad economy or us. They are there to make a profit and protect the business. They love this bad economy. They capitalize on it. A lot of businesses get richer by paying people $10-$15 thousand less per year, and abusing their employees because they have the power now and they know it. Also, the reason so many employers say there are $3million job openings they can’t fill is because the candidate they are looking for doesn’t exist! Employers are pickier than ever now. The qualifications I see that are demanded by employers on some of these job posts are just downright ridiculous. They would rather keep the job open and pawn the work off on someone else, until the lord and savior Jesus Christ comes down and accepts the job they are offering at %35 under market value. On a final note, we unemployed people didn’t cause this..we did nothing to deserve this. This isn’t an entitlement program. This isn’t a grand scheme that we have concocted to live off of $300 a month for as many years as we can.

November 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm
(225) Never Give UP says:

WOW! So we ALL know we need assistance to survive. I understand now that I can only depend on self and not the government. I have only 1 yr of college but other commentors have more yet we are still in the same boat. What do we do???? Going back to school seems to put you deeper in debt. What do we do??
What happened to “WE THE PEOPLE” that i read about in the history book that stood up for whats right. I have been searching for protest, petitions, just anything and have not found nothing but comments. After families move together, we eat beans for breakfast, lunch and dinner, go back to making our own clothes, and do the trading system to make up for no extended benefits. How do we save if there is no money coming in?

November 28, 2012 at 5:22 pm
(226) Kelly says:

So those of us who are unemployed will just be homeless come January? I’m confused by all of this…if I don’t have unemployment coming in should I just file for bankruptcy & live on the street?

November 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm
(227) SHERRY says:

We would all have jobs if they weren’t out-sourced to another country. I can’t believe I am going to be homeless a month from now. I have applied for a thousand jobs online and nothing, not one single phone call. In the olden days, you applied in person, had an interview, and you got an answer from someone with in a week or so. Why can’t things go back to the way they were. I wonder how many of my online application, even get looked at. I hope and pray, our president isn’t going to let us down. Good luck everyone!!!

November 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm
(228) Susan says:

I too like all of you lost my job in May 2011 and have been putting out so many application with no calls in return.My unemployment benefits ended the end of Oct 2012.I did not recieve any notice that it was ending.My money was just not there when it should have been.I was in a panic.I have two kids and a mortgage.We were barely making it with the unemployment.Now I don`t know what were going to do.I don`t understand how congress thinks people want to live off unemployment and not work.Please for what they do give us its barely enough to feed us.Its just sad that we can not even get a minumum wage job.All any of really want is to be able to take care of our families.Lets take away the people of congress pay checks and see how they survive.I will continue to pray for myself and each and everyone of you that we all make it through this.Good luck to all.

November 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm
(229) PutUsBackToWorkDoingAnything says:

I finding it discussing that we give billions to nations who want nothing more than to see the destruction of America and Americans. And yet, our own goverment, who we all have paid massive amounts of taxes to has, seems to have turned their back on their own people. I dont give a crap what this nation has to do to get our people back to work. I just want my people to be able to have self respect again and be able to earn a living no matter their age. This goes past unemployment being extended again, this about creating programs that puts Americans back to work and putting the money where it needs to go to make that happen. I’d rather have foreign aide cut off completely and have it be given to programs to get my own people back to work. This shouldn’t be happening to our nation or to our people. We must make our elected officials hear our demands. Otherwise, come the next election they will hear our outrage with our votes.

November 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm
(230) :( says:

I read all the comments left here and boy at least we all know we are not “alone”! First, why are people on here anyway if they already have a job? Wanna kick us even more in the behind? A hand out??? You can’t get unemployment in the first place unless you WORKED!!! Duh….not welfare where I keep having kid after kid just to keep that FAT welfare check coming!!! GET REAL!! The BIGGEST problem….OUTSOURCING!!!!! I do medical billing and YUP, they are going over seas too! The company I worked for has a “sister” co overseas, so even the “safe” jobs are GOING!!! If your here on this wall to just leave nasty remarks and make us feel worse then we do, that is your choice, but how do you look in the mirror?

November 28, 2012 at 11:13 pm
(231) Jimi Johnson says:

It’s amazing how some people believe or just roll over when the Republicans speaks. Seems like no one is paying attention to the agenda. (Union Busting). In the state of Michigan. The Republican Governor reduced unemployment from 26 weeks to 20 weeks. This is to save employers money. Now here is the KICKER! We the masses have to work 20-30 years for a retirement package. Now the same politcian say cut Medicare and keep raising the age to receive one’s Social security. Serves two terms and walks away with a retirement and medical. They say cut the Deficit! Never do they say let’s cut some of our benefits and everybody serves two terms and no retirement and medical til 65 years of age. We the people of America has Fallen Asleep!

November 29, 2012 at 12:06 am
(232) JohnB says:

I was laid off at the end of May 2012. Started receiving my unemployment checks in June 2012. Been looking for work for the last 25 weeks.
My last check is next week.

Two things are confusing about this article. Folks who were laid off in July 2012 are not eligible to receive future unemployment after 26 weeks.
So someone who started receiving benefits before July 2012 are eligible?

Then the article states no one receives anything after Dec 29th 2012.

The statements conflict each other. Or maybe I am in a desperate mind state and cannot comprehend this article. I can’t even get a straight answer from my local unemployment office. They won’t even answer questions. They simply say if eligible you will get a letter in the mail.

November 29, 2012 at 12:23 am
(233) petra says:

i have never gotten unemployment since now and now we are being cut off not enough time to look for a job and all i have seen from my working checks is being tax they sure take out money but no help when we need it… some Christmas what a bitch !!!

November 29, 2012 at 2:14 am
(234) CL says:

Unfortunately now that Obama has been re-elected things will only get worse. Obamacare is now law of the land and many. many employers will now not be hiring because of it or they will maintain their current employees at 29 hours a week so they can evade the Obamacare fine levied against them for employees who work 30+ hours a week. Many small businesses will simply close. Prices will go up as employers turn the higher costs of Obamacare and more of the regulations and taxes he plans to levy against businesses are returned to the consumer. He has said he will close all the coal plants back East and said his policy WILL ‘make energy prices skyrocket”, those are his words-not ones I’m putting in his mouth. If you people think that your voting him back in will “help” you all one can say is you have been played. At least had Romney been elected businesses-small and large could have sighed a breath of relief and knew they were not going to get up the rear with taxes and increased regulations and they would have expanded and hired again. We will reap what we have sown-a man who wants to destroy the Middle Class ( that’s YOU working man and woman of America) and redistribute your wealth to those he is giving “Obama phones and food stamps ” to who have no plans of working while they laugh at you for fretting over getting a job ! Only fools work in a socialist society and that is what this man wants-and you know it. Get ready for the Great Depression Act II .

November 29, 2012 at 2:23 am
(235) Pan says:

To those who are complaining about jobs going off shore…who can blame the businesses. The United States has the HIGHEST corporate tax rate of ANY country. Why would any business want to stay here and pay a 35% tax rate when they can go elsewhere and pay say 10% or less. They are not in business to just give away money to the government. The US needs to reduce the tax rates so business STAY here and they can compete with overseas companies. Here in California businesses are leaving by the droves. Why ? Calif. just raises taxes ( we now have the highest State tax rate), Gov. Brown just instituted his Cap n Tax plan and will charge businesses millions for “carbon credits” for Global Warming crap ( which a slim margin of people actually believe really exists), we have so many regulations that we make it very difficult for businesses to function, everyone wants a piece- a license for this, an inspection for that-times 20 ! Do not blame the businesses- if you were a business owner you would go where you were welcome and encouraged to prosper-America does not do that for business-we chase it away. Now come 2013 Obama is going to raise taxes even more on businesses PLUS fines for Obamacare. I hope no one has the gall to wonder why the jobs are leaving the United States–and its only going to get worse. By re-electing him-you asked for it, so no tears.

November 29, 2012 at 2:31 am
(236) Sam says:

I don’t know seems each generation the leftist school system produces carries the banner of socialism and anti-American sentiment, eventually all of us who knew how it used to be in America will be gone. Statistics like this are sickening :
” What was the impact of this tsunami of of imports on employment ? During the first decade of the 20th century, US semiconductors and electronic component producers lost 42% of their jobs, communications equipment producers lost 48% of their jobs, textile and apparel producers lost,respectively, 63 % and 61% of their jobs. In that same decade of the 21st century the United States issued 10,300,000 green cards inviting foreigners to come compete for the remaining jobs of US workers. In fiscal year 2009 alone, the first full year of massive layoffs and soaring unemployment in the “Great Recession”, 1,130,000 green cards were issued, with 808,000 going to permanent immigrants of working age. What in the name of patriotism are we doing to our won people ?
The defense industry has been off-shored. We had to wait months to get flat panel displays from Japan before we launched Desert Storm. Boeing can’t build a fighter plane except for parts from India. Sikorsky can’t build a helicopter except for the tail motor from Turkey. Today, we can’t go to war except for the favor of a foreign country ”
“America has not built a nuclear plant in 30 years—China has dozens under way.” Now Obama is going to close all the coal plants.

November 29, 2012 at 5:43 am
(237) mckenzy says:

After 9 months of looking for work, I finally was called for a job that is just perfect, exactly what I do so well in the workplace and love to do. It’s been over a month now since they called me… had 3 in-person interviews. The last one, I came away pretty convinced I would be hired, even though I was told it was between me and another candidate. I remained positive. On Black Friday, I bought some new clothes (heavily discounted) in anticipation of starting this new job. It’s so hard to believe I won’t be chosen. Well, it’s been 2 weeks since that last interview and I know they wanted to make a decision pretty quickly… but I have not heard a word from them. I emailed one of the producers I met with and all she said was that HR will reach out to me about the position and that’s all she’s allowed to say.

It’s dawning on me that I am not being chosen for this job I wanted so badly. The past 2 days I’ve been checking the mailbox for a letter saying thanks but no thanks. I’m 60 yrs old though I don’t look or act old. I’m so depressed, I can’t think straight. I can’t sleep. I pictured myself working for the next 7 years, saving some good money and retiring comfortably. I’ve worked my entire life and now I may never work again.

Am on my first UI extension, with extension #2 starting next week. As we all know, all extensions end in one month, so I’ll be cut off with a lot more left in my UI claim.

I don’t know what I’m going to do if I don’t get this job. The thought of trying again to get another job makes my stomach turn. It’s so hard to keep the motivation up when you spend hours online reading job descriptions, applying, then never even getting acknowledgment that it was received. I think a lot of the jobs are totally bogus, just phishing for email addresses and resumes.

It’s really making me sick.

November 29, 2012 at 7:28 am
(238) :) says:

Mackenzie (sorry spelling) keep hope! If you lose hope, then all else is gone! I wish you the BEST!!! NEVER GIVE UP!!! :)

November 29, 2012 at 11:25 am
(239) Jon says:

I have 25 yrs of experience and I agree that companies don’t want to hire older workers. I’m 49. I have exhausted my savings and am facing homelessness at the end of the year if they don’t pass a extension.

November 29, 2012 at 11:36 am
(240) Scott says:

I think i have figured this out… I can just hear Owebama saying: ” In Jan. 2013 unemployment figures went down by 50 million” Yeah, CAUSE WE’RE NOT GETTING IT ANYMORE!!!!!!! Anything to make this doucebag look like he’s making a difference!

November 29, 2012 at 11:38 am
(241) Jon says:

Why is it that the newer comments are wayyyy down at the bottom of the page? Shouldn’t newer comments be on top? Just wondering.

November 29, 2012 at 11:50 am
(242) Praying4Umckenzy says:

Really, truly Mckenzy praying for you with every fiber of my being that you get the position. please keep in touch with the board and updated. Let us. Also if you have a facebook account check out Unemployed Workers or go to their web site and share your story so congress hears your voice. UnemployedWorkers.org.
One of the worst things about this employment crisis is the tragedy of the older worker. Dont give up and dont give in.

November 29, 2012 at 11:54 am
(243) Lynn says:

What I don’t understand, is that Congress complains that there are too many people on food stamps right now, but what do they think is going to happen once we all get cut off at the end of December? The next option is welfare. I also don’t like being grouped in with people who yes, don’t bother looking for a job and would just prefer to sit home and collect a check, but that is not me. I send out resumes every single day and very rarely do I get a response and I have gone on several interviews, but nothing. It is very discouraging. I pray every day that the unemployment be extended for 2013.

November 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm
(244) Cindy says:

I feel sorry for the older workers, the ones not yet old enough to start collecting SS but at an age were employers are not wanting to hire them 55-62. There is a real Depression going on for millions and millions of people, I can’t believe many people are facing homelessness yet we give BILLIONS to Islamic countries that want us brought down.

November 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm
(245) Craig says:

I thought I was in bad shape out of work and 63 years old, but after reading these stories, I don’t feel so bad. I had 100K job and was laid off 1 months ago. I have been fortunate that my home is paid for and amassed over 1 million in retirement investments through sound fiscal management and not buying anything we could not pay cash for in the last 35 years. I am lucky but I still want my extension because I earned it like everyone else here. I have also done well in the market under President Obama as well. I will not be out in the street or starve if they dont pass the extensions. However, if they dont pay the congress if we don’t. Have a deal, trust me , we will have a deal. I would love to work again but if I don’t , its no big deal. For those who need to work, I wish you luck and extensions because you are not lazy, you earned it.

November 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm
(246) Sherry says:

I am 61…62 in April…I got laid off in May of 2010 after 24 years because my company moved out of the area. In march 2011 I got a temp job for 1 year..then laid off again. In April 2011 I manged to find another job but for 5 months then laid off..I have never been through temporary jobs and the layoffs so much…No one is hiring permanentl;y anymore and i was hoping to work until i was 66 at least..I had plans on my retirement and now they are gone.. The companies hiring aren’t the same anymore.
Forgive me for saying this…but in every company I went to I became the minority…I am white…our companies are being taken over by people coming to the US..I have never seen it this way before…it is scary and not right..They don’t have to hire someone from this country when they can pay less to someone who is willing to accept it..This has caused issues in our job market for American citizens..I even heard someone say they would rather hire someone from another country because they don’t get sic..work harder and can be paid less. I am not prejudice ..never been raised this way..but this is making me really scared that we are being squeezed out. I am now into my 3rd month of unemployment and I am ok until March 2013 but i feel so bad for everyone losing it by the end of the year…I heard it is on the the table for extensions and I hope that is true…this is really hearbreaking to read all these stories on here..but you aren’t alone. Also to the certain individuals that are saying Unemployment is a handout and people being out out of work for long period of times and being lazy have a heart…I hope you don’t ever get into this situation such as these people…it could be you someday.

November 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm
(247) Venessa says:

I created a petition on singon.org calling for congress to renew the extension. If interested, sign the petition. It’s not a scam or anything, I really just want to make a difference. Here’s the link:


Let’s exercise our democratic rights together!!

November 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm
(248) Stella Porter says:

What the government should do is issue everyone who is unemployed a 60/day extension with another 2 year coupon that has the value of 2 years worth their unemployment check. Take that coupon and present it to anywhere that they are looking for employment. If the company hires them then they take that unemployed persons coupon , give it to the proper person (someone within the government) and the government pays the company the amount of the new hires unemployment check. Wouldn’t that be amazing if the companies got the unemployment money and the people unemployed got a job, plus benefits,medical, vacation, and the employer could probably even afford to offer them some more money on top of what the government would be paying the company and people would get their self esteem back. Just a thought!

November 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm
(249) charlie yo says:

Crime will go up. Welfare will go up. Homeless will go up. I work non Stop for over 20 years and pared my Takes. I was laid off last year and i still cannot find a job. I want to work, We all want to work. We all need to do something. I have a familly to Take care, what are we suppose to do? Do i need to sell drugs to get by?

November 29, 2012 at 9:26 pm
(250) Lynne Jobe says:

This site has been so helpful! I have a question. I received a letter today stating I received my last unemployment payment last week. That is a total of 26 weeks. I was laid off on February 15th of this year after 10 years! My question is, will I be eligible for extended payments in Louisiana until the end of the year? Thanks so much! And God help us all here!

November 30, 2012 at 8:47 am
(251) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Hi Lynne,

It depends on Louisiana’s unemployment rate. According to this (#10) the unemployment office should contact you if you’re eligible, but you may want to try getting through to them for an update.



November 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm
(252) prayerworks says:

I agree with comments 242 and 245. That’s exactly what will happen!! After the majority of the people lose their unemployment benefits at the first of the year then the unemployment rate will go wayyyy down. Then guess what people who do not understand will think? They will think that the economy is doing better when in actuality it will be much worse because the unemployment rate will only show those that are actually still receiving benefits. The millions of people who will lose their benefits won’t be counted in that because they no longer will get it. And then I bet the ones who have been calling the unemployed lazy will just assume that we all just found jobs after our benefits ran out. People will have no choice but to go apply for welfare with nothing coming in. What will congress do about that??? and I think it’s not fair that people on welfare don’t have to look for work…..I say that about the ones who are able to…I know some people do need it.

November 30, 2012 at 2:28 am
(253) George says:

@ 253- welfare won’t help much-you can’t live on it if you are single and or have no children $200 or less cash a month…who can live on that..now if you have a bunch of rug rats and the government is your baby daddy well that’s another story

November 30, 2012 at 10:00 am
(254) Steve says:

I like many of you lost my job this past year. I’ve been sending out resumes like crazy. I’ve been on about 5 interviews the past 6 months but haven’t landed anything. Job posters are getting over 100 resumes back for 1 position. Then if you are lucky enough to be 1 out of 10 they select to bring you in you still only have a 10% chance to land the job….and most jobs I’m going for aren’t the best by any stretch.

Congress needs to approve an extension until UE rate improves or this country is going to sink deeper and deeper into the hole.

November 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm
(255) Euquasia says:

We all writing ours concern and complants here on this blog about how no extention on unemployment will affect us. Now it time we write them to our so called repesentitives in washington tell them how we feel. Send letters to your local congressman let them now you want them to vote for the unemployment extention. They are the voice of the poeple WE ARE THE POEPLE but, how can we be heard if you don’t send our thoughts on the subject matter to the one person who is supposed to avocate for us in congress? They are to ones who can act on our behalf but we must stand up and be heard to make what we want known to them. GET TO WRITING IT’S TIME WE FIGHT BACK! The pen is mightier than the sword. The choice is yours.

November 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm
(256) Nicole says:

I am in the same boat,as many of you and i would just like to say,Have faith God has not forgotten about us,Congress may have the vote,but they don’t have the last word.God Bless Everyone…..

November 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm
(257) Dawn says:

My gut reaction is that the government will pass legislature into 2013 and approve extensions. I just received a letter from my state telling me all benefits will end 12/29/12. The U.S. went through this last year and it was passed to cover 2012. If they don’t review and pass something, it would break other federal programs. What would they expect of those on unemployment to do? They would have to apply for medicaid, food assistance and utility help…it just doesn’t make any sense.

I have been looking for work (at least 8-10 applications a week) for nearly 10 months and either I’m over qualified or don’t have enough experience. The stress of finding a job is enough…now the worry of extensions ending all-together.

November 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm
(258) hose hemayonaise says:

A 5lb block of cheese and a few loaves of bread isn’t $200 a month plus of FREE assistance. You have to have specifics to get medicaid just because you are unemployed doesn’t qualify you for it. So you’re basicaly going to live in a cardboard box and eat at missions and such. No more FREE RIDES FOR YOU ALL looking for an EXTENDED handout. When you learn to REALLY SEARCH FOR A JOB you’ll find one but one is not going to come knocking on your door while you sit there and freeload away at our expense. And don’t give me that whine you have applied 100 jobs or you are over 50 or 60. I’m 57 and have had 8 jobs in the last 3 years not because I got laid off or fired just because I like to move around and I am sooooo skilled that I can get a job doing just about anything. That’s where my lifelong education is more valuable than your 4 year degree in ONE thing. Now who’s laughing at who? hahahahahahah

November 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm
(259) I love camo says:

Sad that even for military nothing is done. But when the budget was not going to pass 1 year ago – enlisted military were the first to lose their paychecks!
We just transferred out of state on a pcs move I had to quit my job of 13 years to move with my family. Called the unemployment office and was told “it’s the same across the board, go find employment, it’s been six months”. Then the woman hung up on me. I really need to report this woman but have been unable to get through again. Customer service people in these places are ridiculous as well!

November 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm
(260) Shell says:

I am 38 and live in NJ. I lost my job where I was making 75K a year. I have been unemployed for a little over 6 months and am currently in Tier 1 of EUC. I search for work daily but with so many applications taken online and email resumes, I have a feeling that I have gotten lost in cyberspace like everyone else. There are too many people applying for the same jobs. I am a mother of 1 young child and am terrified of no more income in a couple weeks. I stress so much that i have many sleepless nights from fear of not providing for my child. I have always been a hard worker and have never milked off the government ever in my life. I am disgusted that a majority of people think that being on unemployment makes someone less likely to look for work. Are you kidding me? I am desperate to work!

November 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm
(261) mckenzy says:

All you HATERS on this board, please go somewhere else to spread your hate.
I hope you never have to face what many of us are facing, no matter WHO we voted for. You think Romney would be any better than Obama? Then you’re just as clueless as your vote was.

November 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm
(262) Eric says:

@264 Shell
You are from New Jersey and a single mother, that tells me one thing, you voted for Obama. You deserve every misery you have coming. This man has done more to hurt business in America then any other…and he will be taxing them up the azz come 2013- gee do you think they want to expand or hire more people when their tax burden is going to be much higher, plus regulations, plus Obamacare. This is a man who is out to destroy the middle class, think that’s a joke ? Look around honey.
The late Harvard Professor Saul Alinsky wrote that the key to weaken—then take over America, its economy and its people—is to “destroy the middle class.” Alinsky advocated use of class and race warfare. He believed that “wealth redistribution,” taking from those who work and giving it to those who don’t, is the catalyst to bring down the U.S. economy and free-market capitalism. After four years in office, Obama is well on his way to doing just that. Alinsky’s socialist guidebook is embedded in Obama’s record of economic policies that he has visited upon all Americans and their families—specifically the “middle class.”

November 30, 2012 at 9:37 pm
(263) Chris says:

I have been unemployed since March of this year. Just received the end of federal extension benefits today. I didn’t sit on my arse after I was laid off. I have applied to over 700 positions since March. Only 7 calls and 3 interviews.

November 30, 2012 at 10:58 pm
(264) Nicole says:

When you deploy 2 years in combat away from your family then you can tell me about working. I deserve the unemployment benefits working my azz off since I was 16 years old. Wake up people! As someone who has lived and breathed government life for 5 years our gov’t does not care about us. Not even us who sworn with our lives and sacrificed more than our POTUS or even Congress has. With all that we have done military benefits are the first to go, the VA treat us like crap and active duty members get booted out on the butt. How does increasing taxes on those who make the job increase anything?????????
Last I checked, when you had no money and looked for ways to save in your own home you cut spending. I don’t understand why it is so hard to tell out gov’t we can’t spend our way out of debt. Through “stimulus” money at problems don’t solve them. Remember it is better to teach a man to fish than to give him one. The more the gov’t takes from those who work those people will stop. Why shouldn’t they? The gov’t does not do a good job of taking care of its veterans, many more people than ever are on food stamps and the economy is not doing that great. American’s will not wake up until we are the country looking for handouts from others and that will be a sad day. I didn’t go to a third world country to comeback to this BS. Our elected officials need to be fired!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm
(265) hose hemayonaise says:

@Shell an anyone else who made 75k+ a year and are now unemployed and having to live off unemployment you have no one to blame but yourselves if you didn’t SAVE for a RAINY day. Hell I was barely making 30k a year and managed to save 10k a year but guess what? I lived within MY MEANS and didn’t SPLURGE my money off for frivilous things. You deserve everything you’re about to get. You didn’t SAVE and you didn’t PREPARE for that RAINY day like I’m sure many of your parents told you to do. Now you can live in your cardboard boxes and eat at missions and I betcha you SAVE next time you get a job IF you get a job again. hahahahah

December 1, 2012 at 12:17 am
(266) Sonja says:

@eric. I made six figures but went through savings supporting five, yes five families who needed help these last 3/4 years. Three on fixed incomes. Now I’ve been out of work 1.5 years. Just lost our house, we have to be out by 12/28. Yippee can’t find anywhere to go. I’ve applied for jobs making less than 50% of my last job which I would gladly take(!) but I can’t get past the first phone interview because of my last salary is considered too high. Sad thing is we qualified for state benefits to help with mortgage payments but our credit union did not want to participate in the program!!!! So now we lost our home of ten years. I’m having panic attacks not knowing where we are going to live in a few weeks.

December 1, 2012 at 1:35 am
(267) Janet says:

@ Eric…..SAVE FOR A RAINY DAY????? Since when was it that wages kept up with inflation so that you could actually do that? I’m not sure of your circumstances. The last thing I splurged on was food! Did you live alone or have dependents? What was your rent? Did you live in a state where car insurance was affordable? Did you even have a car or rent payment? I have an 18 y.o. son who is trying to get some college education from a junior institution. He can’t even get a part-time job since there are so many vying for those same jobs. I was laid off in June, 2012. I have had some interviews, but once again, there are so many people competing that it’s almost impossible! I am networking the best I can, but can’t see anything more than to stand on the side of the road and ask for help, many of whom I did help when I was employed. When this thing ends the end of this year, I guarantee you will see many, many more people on the side of the roads. I feel cheated because I wasn’t allowed the amount of time others before me were to keep working on getting a job, which has been a job in itself! Wish me luck when you see me on the side of the road!

December 1, 2012 at 1:50 am
(268) Serry says:

@269 & 270…it saddens me that there are people like you out there telling people hard on their luck they deserve what they get….you ought to be a shame of yourselves and to say a hahaha out of this??….You need to find a blog to go to for people like you that are cruel and heartless..I hope you never have to through this …too many families being put put of their homes with no where to go …children hungry…yeah lots of money go to other Countries to heelp them out …we should be reaching out to people in need in our Country. Unemployment is not a handout…we paid into it…social security and medicare is not an entitlement …where does Congress get all this…Entitlements???Give me a break!! @269 & 270 …be nice or find a blog where you can spout off your heartless remarks…and something tells me you are the same person with different names.

December 1, 2012 at 7:50 am
(269) Louie says:

@hose hemayonaise. You can’t even spell your name correctly Jose!

So Jose, who are you to judge these people? You claim you live on 30K a year and saved 10k in one year. Thats completely possible for people like you who don’t contribute any money to you’re parents to pay the bills: How long do you plan to keep living with your mommy sucking off her you know what. Wow, you’re 57 years old and you’re so skilled at ratting your mommy out of rent money. Where did you learn all these “life skills” of yours, in jail or mugging people who are down on their luck! How do you know so much about the homeless missions?

This is a forum for those who are unemployed so they can share thier experience and hope with each other. Unemployment is not a vacation when breadwinners are humbled in times like this…it never is!

Listen people, I know times are tough, but just keep on keeping on, pray a lot, do keep on trying, encourage each other, and do keep bugging the government on extending the unemployment benefits.

BTW. I was unemployed for over 2 years. I’ve been at my current job for a year and a half, and I thank God and people like you in forums like this that gave me strength and hope because the uncertainty and anxiety really can suck the life out of you.

I hope the moderator of this forum would ban comments like “hose Hemayonaise”. Bashing the unemployed is not to be taken lightly. I don’t see how it benefits anyone on the face of this earth.

Take care everyone and God Bless!

December 1, 2012 at 11:01 am
(270) Momof2 says:

Praying for an extension. Here is the latest news I found:

But President Obama’s first offer to avoid going over the “fiscal cliff” holds out the hope of at least some stimulus. This would include extending the 2 percentage point Social Security payroll tax cut, boosting a tax incentive to businesses, establishing a $50 billion bank for long-term infrastructure projects, and extending unemployment benefits.

December 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm
(271) Jennn says:

I have taken the time reading every single post on this as I’m one of you, unemployed. Reading these have broken my heart to see so many of us in this place. There is no roadmap to follow to secure yourself in this new world we live in. We are all in survival mode.

I’m 40 years old, have a masters degree and have had to move in with my parents ( blessed I even have this option albiet feeling shameful to have to live with my parents at this age). I have isolated myself in my room researching, applying and prepping for interviews as if it was a college exam. I have been blessed that I average two interviews a week but when all is said and done I don’t get hired. I live in a place that doesn’t have many job openings and have been applying across the US and even abroad. The problem that keeps reoccurring for me is there are so many people unemployed that they end up hiring someone who is local rather then dealing with me to relocate ( even if I pay by selling everything I own to buy a plane ticket to relocate myself). It’s a catch 22.

I had hopes of getting married, having children, owning my own home – that American dream. That dream no-longer exist for me. I’m so in survival mode that I can’t imagine anything beyond the thought of how do I save myself. These benefits have allowed me to cover my expenses instead of passing it on to my parents. With it coming to an end…. I’m terrified of not only my future but my day to day survival. And I know I’m not alone reading these post and in a way I wish I was… I think it breaks my heart more to see so many of us experiencing what I’m experiencing. My heart goes out to all of us!

December 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm
(272) Arsa says:

Please don’t stress yourself worrying over this. Keep faith. Congress will extend benefits. Even for 2 or 3 months to start. This same thing happened last year. They won’t let 2 or more million people just drown like that. If they do that, then the government will be in quite a sh*t-hole. Just wait until mid-December or so…you’ll see. Have a blessed day.

December 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm
(273) Arsa says:
December 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm
(274) Au$tin says:

Rest assure it would be unprecedented for the unemployment rate to be this high without extending they will just make you sweat it out before they take their winter break

December 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm
(275) Shell says:

Eric…do not assume. I voted for Romney in this past election. I am not a fan of Obama. I believed that Romney being a business man could spark the economy and create jobs. This is my first time in my entire adult life not working. Like I said I have always taken care of myself and never depended on the government ever. I put myself through school by working. I never took out a student loan. So don’t assume all women single mothers etc bought into the propaganda Obama’s camp was selling.

December 2, 2012 at 12:43 am
(276) Eric says:

[quote]The fate of the unemployment benefits is not a major focus in the talks,[/quote]

I’m happy to read that ^ ;)

and this

[quote]With talks to avoid the “fiscal cliff” seemingly at a standstill, Republicans are suggesting that the cost of extending the jobless benefits program could prove problematic.

“After spending $215 billion and adding $180 billion to the debt, more spending on federal unemployment benefits, above and beyond what the states already spend, would have to be carefully considered during fiscal cliff talks,” said a House GOP aide. [/quote]

At least the pubs are still trying to save this country and not throw away more money into the wind like Obama has already done for 4 years. ;)

December 2, 2012 at 10:45 am
(277) :) says:

As a requirement of receiving any benefits, wether state or federal ER benefits, YOU MUST SEARCH FOR WORK! As I have read, that extending benefits is a way for the unemployed to NOT look for work, and Just sit home collecting the check. Then the government should REQURE any on unemployment, to PROVE they are looking for work!!! NEVER ONCE have I been asked since receiving EUC to send in my search log! Extend the benefits and ASK all to send in the search log! EVERY WEEK If one is just trying to avoid looking for work, TRUST ME, that will show and let THEM be cut off!!! I do know that some are NOT really looking, but still collect! And with people who ARE looking, that will show on the search log with details! YOU CAN’T FAKE a true search log!

December 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm
(278) Now what says:

I never thought the day would come that I wished I would have died fighting for my country.

December 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm
(279) Stacey says:

I know 26 weeks sucks. I had been with my employer for 10 years and was laid off and I have never in my life had unemployment until now and now I need it. I have applied like crazy for work and still have found nothing and it’s been over 4 months. I hope they do something.

December 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm
(280) Rina says:

What is America coming too? I believe that God will give favor

December 2, 2012 at 7:03 pm
(281) Yama says:

I just received the last payment and never got any extension since i applied for the unemployment like 7 months ago. and it says that i dont have to take any action they will review and see if i get qualify for extension or not! It sucks that even if i get accepted for the extension i may get probably three more weeks for my first trail extension. Does anyone knows when congress will vote or take a new decision about unemployment cause i m getting so worried dont know what to do next month damn this economy…. please anyone has any good news about the edd extension…

December 3, 2012 at 12:14 am
(282) Eric says:

My guess is that the Democrats will have to concede some entitlement benefits like Unemployment and what I foresee happening is limiting it to 2 tiers instead of 4. So those that have already exhausted their 4 tier benefits will not get any extentions and those JUST STARTING on their benefits will get two tiers which is about 13 weeks per tier so basically your 26 weeks plus another 26 weeks or 1 year total for NEW applications. The rest are going to have to get off their butts and get a JOB or live with their parents or in the streets or cardboard boxes etc. etc. As my parents used to say some day you’re going to have to “PAY THE FIDDLER”.

December 3, 2012 at 1:02 am
(283) James says:

It is amazing to me that some of the posters say such ignorant things. We are a nation that sends billions of aid, police other states, don’t tax corporations on income offshore, tax citizens at alarming rates yet when the citizens of the very state need aid…we stumble. We believe that the taxes collected from citizens over the course of ten to twenty to fifty plus years of being an income producing taxed individual is fine. However, if they are laid off or lose work due to no fault of their own they are almost demonized as being lazy and sitting around waiting. The banks, car companies, etc… were given assistance to the tune of billions almost trillions. Why is it so difficult to understand that someone who used to make 75k and know getting 25k of unemployment isn’t beating the ground for work.

I don’t get it… Our citizens are more important then anything else. People matter and if they need help…help them, if it in your power to do so. The government should always protect its citizens and giving aid to families that need it is the first step. TANF is where all the unemployed will go if unemployment bennifits aren’t approved. I get $1740 of unemployment each month… $350 for rent, $300 for food, $300 for gas, medical insurance for family of three is $400, insurance( car, home, life, other) is $205, $ 80 for phones, $105 to support my grandmother she has no income. That’s it. What is the bennifit from allowing this to be all I ever expect out of life. This from any sane person is temporary. I need help to right my ship and find a job that allows for a better life.

December 3, 2012 at 2:25 am
(284) mike says:

Eric, you are very IGNORANT, unintelligent and (judging from your post and UNNECESSARY USE OF CAPS LIKE THIS) juvenile. The majority of us want to work. The problem is that there aren’t enough jobs. You do realize that all of us had jobs and then lost them through no fault of our own, right??? We were working….we all want to work. Go spew your stupid comments elsewhere. Here’s a lesson little Eric. When you have too much of something (people) and to little of something (jobs) then not everyone can obtain said jobs. I’m guessing you weren’t very good at math or economics, huh? I wish you nothing but the worst, sir. Thanks for sharing your very STUPID COMMENT. Karma will get you one day.
P.S. I got off my butt just to write this.

December 3, 2012 at 3:18 am
(285) MB says:

@ 282—-why would “God give favor ” when on the whole we have kicked him out of the country…you can’t say ” Merry Christmas anymore, or have a ” Christmas ” party at work-now it’s ” Holiday party” and tell the customers ” Happy Holidays”..kids can’t even sing Christmas hymns and city after city is being forbidden to display managers or any ” Christian” ( which is after all what CHRISTmas is all about)..they have forced the removal of crosses off military memorial sites and have forced religious groups to pay for abortive medications..all this while homosexuality is celebrated…and you think God will give favor ? LOL Look around you can see His favor being withdrawn all around….and we as a nation ASKED for it ! He won’t be mocked.

December 3, 2012 at 3:25 am
(286) Carolyn says:

Commenter 279—I fill out a log and send in it every 2 weeks with my claim form. What I list is legitimate and can be verified. However you don’t REALLY think they have the man power to verify all the millions of “logs” do you ? Please they barely have the manpower to handle new claimants every week. There is no way employers are going to take the time to verify it either. If the unemployment office were to call a place you said you applied for a job online do you really think the employer is going to stop what they are doing and search through 500 resumes they received for the job and verify for the unemployment office that yes they really did get your resume ? LOL. Not going to happen.

December 3, 2012 at 4:19 am
(287) A.N. says:

I’m a Software Engineer. I have never been unemployed this long in my life. I got laid off from my job since Jan. 2012. They say there is a lot of jobs for Software Engineer and that we are in demand. Problem is that all the jobs advertised required you to know 20 plus skill and my 18 skills is not even good enough for Employers. They are looking for the “Purple Squirrel”. Good luck finding it.

Also companies FAILED to train their employees or allow you to learn new technologies on the job. They don’t want to invest money in new technologies. Therefore, we Engineers lack substantial skills. And then they wonder why they couldn’t find IT workers with ALL of their matching skills.

Back in the day, you can just know 1 or 2 programming languages and employer will pay newly graduate students fresh out of colleges in 2000 for $60k. Now they expect you to know 20+ skills and pay you peanuts less than $60k. Talk about cheap. Also blame it on jobs being outsourced overseas and the abundance of HB1 Visas foreing workers who lives here and work for much cheaper, thus lower the salary for American workers even lower. AMERIKA is a 3rd world county and the world is laughing at us.

December 3, 2012 at 7:31 am
(288) :) says:

@carolyn, no I don’t expect them to actually verify each search log, but lets just say for argument sake they did. I have NEVER been asked to send in my search log EVER and I have been on unemployment on 4 separate occasions since I have been working some 30′plus years! Knowing that I won’t be asked to send in, what is my urgency then to actually fill one out . I DO fill one out each week of course, but I know some who don’t and what happens if all of a sudden so,e random people are asked to send in? Have fun getting months worth of jobs listed!!! When I went to a career counseling meeting, the rep told us that she know of a claimant who DID NOT fill out and, well guess what happed?so all I’m saying is, even though they don’t have the man power, let them THINK they do, so they ACTUALLY look for WORK. That’s all I’m saying. Thanks

December 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm
(289) Kane says:

SURPRISED to read at the beginning of the lady posting this article that it will only take $30 BILLION to keep the extended benefits going… and the Republicans are having a hard time with it… HOW COME they didn’t care so much about the $750 BILLION they gave to the financial sector’s TOO BIG TO FAIL SCAM. It’s a good idea what SCRUFFY, COMMENT #87 says… everyone should go to DC and stop traffic on January 1st if they don’t extend the benefits. I wish you guys the best, May God bless and take care of you all! Reading all your comments has made think about my current situation and see how I would handle or get ready in case the same thing happens to me.

December 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm
(290) Kane says:

LOOK GUYS- to all those who can do this: One can not afford to live in this country anymore only on Social Security income… There are American retirement communities in different Latin American countries, Costa Rica, Chile, Peru for example – and let me tell you that they can afford to live there and live very well. I know it might seem hard or too crazy for some people but trust me – these people actually live pretty good, they can afford to eat well, have recreation time and live in safe higher end neighborhoods. If your family wants to see you – let them travel, it’s your turn to live. I told this to many older people at my job before they got laid off – don’t know what happened with them but I hope they listened and at least looked into it. For sure that’s what I would do if I was already at retirement age. $1,000/month goes very far in these countries. THIS IS JUST AN IDEA! I know people who do it, I have met many of them and I can honestly say that they have told told me they are happy and are treated even better then people treat them here, they have a better social status too, most foreigners do in those countries. The people are nice, the doctors are well educated, most of them came here to get their studies. I KNOW that as Americans we shouldn’t have to do this, but this is part of the new reality we live on. Hope this helps. ALWAYS THINK OUT OF THE BOX. GOD BLESS YOU!

December 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm
(291) James says:

It’s quite funny, over the weekend, I was reading yahoo about the best places to retire. They listed China and a person committed, ” now the American dream is to retire in a communist country.” How far have we gone when the top places to retire aren’t even in our own country.

How sad is it that we have a congress so bought out by the 2% rich and corporations that they’d rather cause the country to go over a ” fiscal cliff” then help their own citizens. We need to keep supporting grass root movements that challenge these blow hards in their primary elections. Republicans like the speaker, Eric Cantor, Ryan and a host of others have pillaged Washington and the American citizens long enough. They gotta go… All this procrastination about drama it’s sickening.

December 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm
(292) Aretheseguysthisoutoftouch? says:

Interesting that Republicans are saying the $30 billion cost is too high but they didnt seem to be having a issue with Bush’s war costing over
$1 trillion. Guess we will have to be showing more the door come the next election!

December 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm
(293) AJ says:

I just found out after filing for my extension, that it will come to a halt for everyone that has an extension on December 29th. I’ve worked since I was 15, I’m 36 now. I have always worked 2-3 jobs, and graduated college. I have 4 children. I know that there are many people like me in this situation. I am online looking for jobs every single day, and applying for them whether it be in my field of expertise to a cashier at a fast food joint, no matter what kind it is. I’ve even been told I’m over qualified for certain jobs I’ve applied for due to my educational back ground. A job is a job, and I can’t find anything.

December 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm
(294) Mrs. C By The Sea says:

Irregardless of who you voted for or the reason you/we are in this situation, you/we obviously qualified for UI Bens. because, due to no fault of your/our own, you/we are unemployed. That being said, it is a scary plight to have to wait on congress to vote about “our” futures. It is NONSENSICAL for anyone with 1% of a brain cell to think that we are lazy! What a deterrent for laziness when living on pittance of what we made; which, for most of us frugal people, WAS just enough to keep us from getting evicted. Fast forward to date here in NJ and my husband missing 10 days of work due to the power being out (from Superstorm Sandy) at his 2 jobs, depleting all of our hard earned savings on survival, not going anywhere or spending anything unnecessary, and we are very behind!

December 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm
(295) Mrs. C By The Sea says:

**I look at things like this: IF I can fix it in the day I am in, I DO! If I can’t, I don’t stress! Is this because I have no stress!? NO! I have a lot of things I could fruitlessly worry about. The Bible says that God will provide my clothing, food and shelter so long as I do what I am supposed to. I am supposed to live a life which shows as a Christian that I am FOLLOWING THE CHRIST and I am supposed to also do my part according to the law in applying for jobs. Beyond that people, let’s prove Satan the liar he is and keep our integrity by not wasting time worrying. Maybe this means we will not be able to live like or where we used to, or eat the same things, or dress a certain way. But at the end of the day, if you have a measure of health and you have the peace that excels all thought and guards your mental powers, don’t you have “almost” everything you really need beyond sustenence!?Please (Hebrews 13:5, 6) 5 Let [Your] manner of life be free of the love of money, while You are content with the present things. For He has said: “I will by no means leave you nor by any means forsake you.” 6 So that we may be of good courage and say: “Jehovah is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
Big Hugs and love for my fellow man and animals…

December 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm
(296) Denise in CA says:

I received my letter this past week confirming my worst fears. I have been unemployed since Jan. 2012 and am on the Federal extension of benefits. Hopefully, a job is right around the corner, because if this ominous letter is telling me the truth that my benefits will end this month, I am in serious trouble. I have been doing all I can to survive this period. I am helped by the Hardest Hit program as well, so that I don’t lose my home. But along with my UE benefits, so goes my Hardest Hit KYHC help? All these years of being a good, hard working citizen and here I am. Someone please help and make this right!

December 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm
(297) Louie says:

@ eric (264) & (278) & (284)

I was unemployed for the longest time and I recieved UI for 99 weeks till it ran out. Then I had to start selling some of my stuff to survive. I found the job that I currently have now, and have been there for a year and a half. I remember being on this forum years years ago, and I havn’t forgotten how this forum and people on this forum saved my ass from the anxiety that came along when morons like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner decided to let our benefits lapse because they had to go on holiday recess. How these overpaid bureaucrats can enjoy a holiday dinner while millions of Americans starve is beyond me.

I currently have a job, but I don’t come here to bash on the unemployed, because unlike you, I have been there and done that. I don’t give a dam about your opinion or the opinions of your late professors and what your republicans are quoting in Washington today. Maybe if you and one or two of these congressman were to spend just one night sleeping under a bridge, you might, just might, have second thoughts. How people lived before becoming unemployed and how much they made before they became unemployed is none of your business, so who the hell are you to judge!

If you currently work, why do you spend your time here?

If you’re a business owner, why aren’t you hiring some of the people on the forum here today, or is minimum wage going to break you?

But, if your unemployed, why don’t you pop your head out of your you know what and get real buddy: LET IT BEGIN WITH YOU.

What the unemployed want is some relief to end the anxiety that uncertainty and insecurity brings. I don’t trust Congress, do you? If you do, why don’t you mail them your wallet and see if they mail it back.

Stay strong everyone, don’t believe or entertain meaningless opinions and most important: don’t just believe in God, but trust God!

December 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm
(298) Louie says:

@eric (264) & (278)

If you don’t have anything positive to contribute to this forum, I highly suggest you find one that suits you. This is where the unemployed come to share thier experiences with others who are in the same situation as they, not to be bashed by people like you and others like you who have previously done so.

As far as your opinions and those of others which you have quoted are concerned, they mean nothing here on this forum or at the federal government in Washington because nobody cares about them except you. The unemployed are survivors because they are homeless or almost homeless living from one day to the next in an environment of uncertainty. If you need to bash someone on this forum, look in the mirror and let it begin with you.

December 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm
(299) :) says:

@louie….. :) thank you! Couldn’t have said it better myself! Glad to see you got a job!!! Hoping and praying for the rest of us!!!

December 3, 2012 at 6:47 pm
(300) larry says:

Alison, if you are currently on an extensions and we have an agreement in early January that extends unemployment extensions, will we get the extentions allready in effect at that time? Or will those extensions be only for current regular claims when they expire?
Thanks Larry

December 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm
(301) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

@Larry, it depends on what legislation is passed. Usually, when unemployment is extended, all tiers are extended. However, some of those tiers are currently tied to the state’s unemployment rate, so that will factor in to eligibility:



December 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm
(302) Carole says:

(299) Mrs. C By The Sea …
I guess you need a history lesson huh…just because one is a Christian or ” trusts the Lord ” does not mean they are immune to suffering. There have been and are millions of Christians who have been killed for simply being Christians in communist China or Islamic countries…how many died in WWII. Your fluffy ( and anti Biblical may I say- even Jesus said Christians would have trouble in this world and be persecuted) cotton faith is a slap in the face to those mighty Christians who have lost their lives ( and heads) for the faith…yet you think somehow spoiled american Christians are somehow immune to any suffering or doing without ? I guess you belong to one of those churches that teach God wants you to have a Mercedes huh…join the real world honey

December 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm
(303) Mrs. D -Down but not Out in California says:

My employer moved us to a very fancy new Headquarters and then began laying temporary staff off and then proceeding to layoff all the women and anyone active in our local Union. A lawsuit is underway for the discrimination and the Union busting activties, but as you all know that can be a lenghty process. I have worked my entire life in mostly public sector jobs and am in my forties and finding it extremely difficult even with a college degree to land a like position that I once held. I have lowered my expectations again and again only to hit another wall. Thankfully, I do not look my age or I’m certain once they meet you for the initial interview I would never make it to the next one. I have been in the running on several positions and have applied at a minimum of three to five jobs per week since March of this year, all to no avail. The small sum received from unemployment hardly covers the monthly expenses but is a blessing during these difficult days. I read this post often and feel heartbroken hearing so many folks out there suffering and struggling to find a decent paying job. Working for $10.00 to $12.00 per/hr is not enough to live on follks. Thank goodness President Obama has it on his agenda to extend these much needed benefits. It would be unprecedented for these to not be extended so we all must have faith and hang tight until that time we hear the good news.
I can only think of one thing and that is when you do find a good job again (not if you find one-because I have faith we all will some day) remember these times and be kind to those who have been laid off and offer them some assistance in trying to find work. God Bless and keep all of you.

December 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm
(304) Arsa says:

Here’s an article to shed some light on the current benefits situation. http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/economy/270669-majority-of-senate-democrats-back-federal-ui-extension

December 3, 2012 at 9:57 pm
(305) Darlene says:

I just received my letter today that my unemployment benefits will end December 29, 2012. I have been trying since January to find employment. I am too told for my small town I am over qualified for work and that they cannot commit to me because the chances are I will not be around if something better comes along. I cannot get into the field I have been in for the past 15 years because I do not live in the Los Angeles or the San Francisco area. I cannot afford to move. Here is my other issue. Why would the EED wait until a few weeks before the end of the year to communicate this?

Congress needs to get this into discussion immediately. So many of us are struggling to find employment.

I am married with a handicapped husband. He is not able to work. I am very worried.

December 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm
(306) EP says:

regarding your post from 12/2/12 , does this mean that the information I received stating my benefits would end on 12/29/12 MAY actually not be 100% correct? I have been looking for as much information as possible, finding work is so difficult and it will only get harder if my family ends up homeless because of this…

December 4, 2012 at 2:20 am
(307) TONY says:

What about NEVADA with the HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (11.5%) in the USA???? I believe the EUB should be extended through 2013 and give out of work citizens up to 130 weeks instead of the original 99 weeks which was reduced here in Nevada to 73 weeks. There aren’t any jobs here and I do not see any improvement for at least another year.

December 4, 2012 at 8:49 am
(308) Ishmael says:

I been recieving unemployment extension benefits for 3 months, I just recieved a letter from edd that my extension benefits expire at the end of 2012. I am 51 years old I have AS degree, but I cant find a job. I have 20k of credit card debt that is zero interest and it will expire on march next year and the interest will jump from 0 to 16 percent interest. I don’t have a job my wife divorce me because I could not find a job. She already re- married after 3 months of divorce. My mother’s who is 68 years old also unemploy. My brothers also unemploy I have no one to turn to I met a girl on line dating she asking me money. I still think possitive I will go play golf tomorrow and find an ugly fat lady.

December 4, 2012 at 9:09 am
(309) les says:

I have unemployed since May 2012, every day I get up and apply for jobs on line for hours, I always have my resume with me and drive and stop and drop of my resume and fill out applications, and make follow up calls. I am 55 years old, have worked in construction accounting for over 30 years, I have paid my taxes, lost my house, cant pay my power bill and now no unemployment at the end of this year…………what is congress thinking………..?? What will millions of people do?? Lose more homes and more homeless sleeping under bridges-more crime………??? PLEASE CONGRESS PASS A BILL THE RECESSION IS NOT DONE YET!

December 4, 2012 at 10:51 am
(310) shrews1 says:

my last check is also 13/31 – in Illinois – they put you on TRIAL for an extension and take $ back if you use too mnay on-line apps- but with gas being anywhere from 3.27 to 4.10 per gallon during the time i have been off how the hell can u find a job? 8-10 bucks an hour might work in Mexico – but not is the USA…i have gone downtwon inmy home city and walked into every business and applied – even done teh same in several small towns around here….over or underqualified….my butt…I am a 49 year old white male w some health issues!!!!

December 4, 2012 at 11:24 am
(311) IHAVEHADIT says:

I have had it with this these people! How about we just start pushing those who are stalling the process off a cliff? I am just saying!

December 4, 2012 at 11:35 am
(312) steph042 says:

I hope they pass an extension. I am 29 and childless so if im cut off before i find a job i won’t even qualify for food stamps. I make $640 a month unemployment and i was getting $125 in food stamps but i’ve been cut off 4xs in 10 months so i gave up on that. It irritates me that they keep giving $ to people who have kids and don’t wanna work. I havea friend with 4 kids, her husband makes $14 an hour, they live in a beautiful home on section 8 with their 60 inch flatscreen tv and $900 a month in food stamps. And they should reform the child tax credit! My boyfriend grossed $10,000 last year and recieved $12,000 back! Seriously?

December 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm
(313) Extension_Needs_to_Happen says:

Congress needs to work with the President to get this EUC extension passed for 2013! I am a 43 yr. old single-parent who has been unemployed for nearly a year (Jan. 2012) and am barely scraping by on $477 per week, roughly half of what I was earning as a consultant. The “fiscal cliff” is aptly named and is exactly what it feels like to be in this situation – getting closer to the drop-off. Quit the politicking and get this done – millions of hard-working, tax-paying Americans are counting on this assistance from their Government!!

December 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm
(314) elaine says:

I was unemployed since November 2011. I received a severance after being laid off and my position eliminated. I applied for several jobs and always got interviews because I am in a very specific field with years of experience but because I am over 50, I was not offered a position (my opinion). I took a part-time consultant job in the Spring and deducted the earnings from my unemployment so it was basically a wash but kept me in the job market. I am currently working in my field in another part-time temp job that pays well but no benefits and is a very long commute.
Since my part-time job paid more than the unemployment or roughly about the same – I have stopped receiving the claim forms and am out of the system. I have to say that not being held at the hands of the government is liberating ~ I always was very nervous filling out the forms – worried about making an error – filling out the work-search form etc. If you made one mistake, they cut you off and scheduled a phone interview. My part-time job is not ideal but it is a job and really since it is a temp job could end at anytime. But I am grateful. My only advice for the long-term unemployed is to take a job in your field of choice if you can even if it is part-time. Having a job on your resume that is current is much better than having a long gap of no work. As for the letters just mailed out regarding the end of extensions – this has been posted on the California EDD website now for months ~ I always read the website weekly under updates to see what is happening and this is how I found out about the cut-off of extensions on Dec. 29, 2012. The EDD website will also post updates on Congress and info extending the benefits for 2013. I wish all of you the best and my heart goes out to you ~ I think Congress will extend the benefits but may shorten the tiers. Good luck, stay healthy, meditate ~

December 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm
(315) KMF says:

WHAT CAN WE DO TO GET THE BENEFITS EXTENDED? THERE ARE MILLIONS OF US! SURELY WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN. I have been unemployed for 6.5 months, JUST started the “extension” and now they want to END it? PLEASE, LET’S BE SMART. IF EVERY ONE OF US WRITES AN ACTUAL PAPER LETTER AND MAILS IT, IT WOULD TAKE DOWN the buildings. Seriously, what do we do?

December 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm
(316) shrews1 says:

now that the Congress has let this go so long with only 3.5 wks til year’s end – won’t the unemploymnet offices at the state level be overwhelmed how long will it take to get benefits going again evenif extensions are granted?

December 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm
(317) Luis says:

Does anyone have a reliable source or perhaps solid info on whether EUC extensions are truly being discussed as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations?

December 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm
(318) prayerworks says:

at :) says

I’m not sure how they do things where you live, but where I live people on unemployment have review appointments every 8 weeks or so. At these reviews we bring in our job searches and they give us new sheets.

December 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm
(319) Logan says:

I’m in California. I was laid off in Oct.2011….and have been collecting unemployment ever since, I just got a claim form from unemployment that allows for just one more week, week ending 12/1..then the next w/ending column is all x’d out, so they have cut me off already ? WHY? I thought the extensions were to be cut off on 12/29 ! Originally I should have been eligible for 99 weeks…of course there is no one you can call or talk to about this or any other GD question you have. I guess I’m just F’d. Plus my last extension notification packet said I was eligible through 9/29/13….so why are they cutting me off a few weeks short of the 12/29 deadline ? !

December 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm
(320) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

It may be because of California’s unemployment rate. The current tiers are now calculated based on the state unemployment rate and it has to be above a certain percentage for them to kick in:



December 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm
(321) job seeker says:


I am currently on tier 4 in NJ..any word on if the EB 20 weeks will be extended in NJ –especially since we were just severely impacted by hurricane Sandy.

Thanks…trying to be hopeful :)

December 5, 2012 at 1:33 am
(322) mike says:

If I I love when I see comments from morons on this site and other sites that say, “Take a job at McDonald’s's.” “Well, I guess you lazy people need to just take any job.” First off, we are NOT lazy. We lost our jobs due too lazy businessmen making lazy businessman decisions. We didn’t do anything to cause this. We had jobs. With that being said, there is a process to getting any job, morons. Let me break it down for the simple minded idiots who think they know it all. I have a Bachelor’s degree and was a Regional Recruitment Manager. Do you think McDonald’s's is going to hire me?? The answer is no. If you guessed yes, you’re not very bright. You will be deemed over qualified. Employers only care about THEIR job….as crappy as it may be. They have to protect their business model. If someone with my qualifications applies, they will laugh (privately) and think I’m going to skip town at the first opportunity. They also will think ill be a bad employees because I am way too over qualified and that I will “look down” at that kind of work, or eventually take their own job. See how the process works now? THIS IS WHY PEOPLE CAN’T JUST GO OUT AND GET ANY JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry for the caps but nothing gets through to these simple minded idiots. It’s like talking to a wall.

December 5, 2012 at 9:10 am
(323) :) says:

In MA they do not ask to see the work search log. But only once when it was a mandatory meeting for a select few, not all who are on EUC, to being in the search log. Some did not bring it, but all they told the ones who didn’t, just write down what you remember….??????really? Your gonna remember where you sent a resume off the top of your head? The contact name? Ect ect….for 6 ? Then when the rep gave her speech, she said, talking to one another about a job is considered a search????? Browsing through a job site (not really checking the jobs out, is considered a search? That is crazy!!!! Where is the incentive to the ones who really just want to receive each and every check till the very end? There is NONE. That’s all I’m saying!!! Knowing this, why should I bother if people on unemployment are “lazy” and just want to receive a check for doing NOTHING? There is none!!! Only difference I want to work!! First time in MY LIFE I cannot get ONE company to even call me back and “I’ve got skills” lol! So, that’s who we do it in MA! :)

December 5, 2012 at 10:02 am
(324) shrews1 says:

@mIke – u r sooooooooooooo right – ppl don’t get it – yeah i worked 35 years and now i WANT sit on my a$$ and have to have unemp employees harrass me and take help form the G for kids medical while i have NO medical…ppl who have never experienced it should just shut up!

December 5, 2012 at 11:18 am
(325) Jennifer says:

Thank you so much for keeping us all informed. I had to report to unemployment last week because I have now entered tier 1 and because of your articles sadly I was more informed than the government employee at the unemployment office and was able to spit out qord for word what you have been posting all along. Thank you for your hard work.

December 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm
(326) Momof2 says:

I am happy to report that after 5 months of being unemployed I have a job! Part time (which, as a mother, is what I wanted) with full benefits at a local hospital.
I just want to tell everyone on here, I understand the depression and despair, but dont give up, something will come your way! In the mean time I am praying for the extensions you all need and deserve!
To the jerks that say the unemployed are lazy or are not trying to find work, get a life! You never know when it may happen to YOU. And not everyone can afford to “just go get a minimum wage job”, when you have a mortgage and electric bill and need groceries to feed your kids you cant just give up your unemployment benefits for a job paying so much less. This is why unemployment is called a “Safety net”–So you can still pay bills and hopefully not lose your home. My prayers are with each and every one of you, good luck in the new year!!!

December 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm
(327) Ronald says:

Well its nice and reassureing to hear that there at least talking about it, I,ve been putting in application after application and have had no luck, im more than qaulified in many areas, which just blows my mind that i,havent heard anything. In my mind the worst thing congress can do is not pass some kinda extension, i foresee crime going way up if this happens , this will cause to much stress and desperation on people trying to provide for there families. so congress have a heart and help the people that you represent, that voted for you , its your job, if you cant do it, i will, lm needing a job!!!!!!!!

December 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm
(328) Arsa says:

Hey guys, some of your democrat house members have finally started writing letters to push for an extension.


December 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm
(329) Lorraine says:


I have been laid off since 5/12 here in PA, I have a 2 in. file on jobs I have applied for at the age of 57. I have sent an email and got a generic response from Jim Gerlach Member of Congress. Are there any other people I can send emails or contact to express my concerns?

December 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm
(330) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Hi Lorraine,

Yes, there is. UnemployedWorkers.org has a form that will send a message to all the top Congressional leaders:

It’s simple and quick to fill out.


December 6, 2012 at 8:25 am
(331) Need help nj says:


I am on tier four in Nj…if unemployment is restored will EB be back in effect?…I live in an area heavily affected by hurricane sandy and need benefits….praying!!

December 6, 2012 at 9:27 am
(332) :) says:

Everyone who is posting on this page should click on any or the supplied links above in the various comments and participate in sending an email and signing the petitions!!!! Don’t think that it is a waste of time! Which even if it is, it is literally 10 seconds of your day!!! PLEASE!!! If you are needing the benefits back, which if your on here posting or even just reading!!! PLEASE sign and send!!!! What can it hurt? Someone somewhere who has a voice for us could be reading these posts! You never know!!!! :)

December 6, 2012 at 10:46 am
(333) Mindy says:

Been unemployed since February, 2012. Unemployment Dept. provides you with all the resources out there to find a job, tells you there are plenty of jobs but not 1 call for an interview for all the jobs I’ve applied. We need these benefits extended! Even though my benefits are under $800 monthly it puts food on the table for my children. I broke my leg and 2 weeks before I was due to return employer couldn’t hold position open any longer and let me go. Now, employers see my Resume’ and calculate my approximate age. Employers need to take a chance and hire those over 40! Chances are they are more experienced and are more stable employees. The longer I sit here without a job the more difficult it gets in trying to find one.

December 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm
(334) eric41 says:

I’m 41 and have been unemployed for about 6 months, my benefits are about to run out too. I spend my days, hour after hour a day filling out online applications and never hear anything. I have worked for 25 years, 17 years as a manager and supervisor. I have my MBA in human resources management and can’t find anything. i want to work, that’s all. i don’t have to be wealthy. I just want my self esteem back, knowing that I’m at least trying to provide for and take care of my wife and kids. I’m either under qualified or over qualified for about everything, I have applied to do yardwork and even trash collection without getting a call back, getting really frustrated.

December 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm
(335) shrews1 says:

last August when I applied for Tier 1 – they said I hadn’t tried to find a job hard enough, because I had used a lot of on-line apps and on-line sources as most places that pay anything ARE with the TIMES- appealed and got same from referee and they eventually gave me my benefit back, but “fined” me $1008 dollars – i appealed to State board of review and had not heard a word and figured it was a done deal. Yesterday I got a letter saying the referee was wrong I was right and pay me back teh $1008. SO the moral of the story ? Stick with it – cuz u WILL get unemployment office employees with a chip on shoulder that will make BAD calls.

December 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm
(336) Scott says:

I was involved in a no fault car accident when a trucker ran into my car and left me injured. I was unable to recover from my injuries in time to return to my job, so they could no longer hold onto my position. I lost my job, my health benefits, and my income. Now, I am raising my 5 year old daughter by myself, and trying to make ends meet on $800 a month. Luckily, and embarrassingly, I am on food stamps to help us survive. Not only is it hard to find a job right now, it’s even harder to find a job when you are somewhat disabled. I can live and raise my daughter on $800 a month, but I cannot do it on zero income.

December 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm
(337) Dom Rose says:

Man Im reading some of these stories and they really are disheartening. So you guys can only imagine how I am filling as a veteran. But keep the faith guys and keep your head up. Obama will do the right thing

December 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm
(338) Marcy says:

Alison, I have been following this post and I can always count on you to keep me informed on this issue.

Thank you!

December 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm
(339) Ray Fornario says:

I too am unemployed and have the misfortune to be over 50! I have gone for interviews where I am a perfect fit for the job but didn’t get. I was employed at my prior job for 18 years and was laid off.
Companies have zero loyalty and are only concerned about the bottom line. I live in California where the official rate of unemployment is 9% but in reality more then 12%.
Where is the government when we need them???????

December 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm
(340) KM says:
December 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm
(341) KEN EVEREST says:
December 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm
(342) Esteban says:

Please help us congress we need your help so our family’s don’t go without. I have three children living on 198 a week I am struggling to make ends meat. And I have put job app after job and have not got any luck. I have been on unemployment since March of 2012.

December 6, 2012 at 8:05 pm
(343) Christina says:

When I opened my “open immediately ” EDD letter two days ago……….I fell off the cliff. What happened to the 99 weeks. ???? Im pacing and planning with what I thought would buy me a little more time of struggling. Then a BOMB drops. WTF. This is America………What happened?

December 6, 2012 at 9:36 pm
(344) :) says:

@cristina, welcome to the “new America” we all got the same Bomb letter! The America we live in today, is NOT the same America my Father lived in when he gave his heart to the military to protect. i feel bad for us, but most important, what kind of America or world will my kids be living in as adults? I’m thinking “revelation” straight from the Bible, is the new world we live in now. (?) I just have to trust God, that he knows what is going on!!
But on another note, if you haven’t yet, click on many of the links above and send an email to the powers to be here and make some noise!

December 6, 2012 at 11:32 pm
(345) Tina says:

I am 53 and have been laid off since 12-11. I have applied at all sorts of jobs as I don’t have a business degree. I do have a Associate degree in office management that I have not used in 15 yrs because I was working in a fairly well paying job and was laid off. I just started the 2nd state tier and will receive 6 weeks of that before I lose my benefits if they do not extend them. I have already lost my car and have tried everywhere I know. I have had 3 interviews in a year but since I dont play the “I’m the best thing since sliced bread game” I have not been hired. I made it through 3 steps for 1 company and was not hired because the last interviewer did not believe I could stand 8 hrs a day because I had been out of work for a year. I worked for 15 yrs at the same job where I lifted 40-50 pounds of mail every 5 mins 8 hrs a day. What he saw was a 53 year old woman who he believes cant stand 8 hrs a day. He told that to the interviewer that praised me up and down to him. I saw the papers that the interviewer submitted to him because I can read upside down. The 3rd interviewer actually called me to tell me that they hired a 24 year old boy that just graduated and has never worked a day in his life. So as I have no husband and no children to take me in I will lose my home now if they dont continue. Can someone tell the government to get off their butts and do something. I want a senator and a congressman to come live in my shoes. I will be homeless soon after working for37 years.

December 7, 2012 at 8:00 am
(346) Louie says:

@ (348) AddsionDewitt

So how do your views or opinions benefit Tina or anyone else on this forum? What do you bring to the table to help, as in viable help, for the unemployed? Tina is not the president of this country, so why don’t you write the President of the United States and let him know your views.

Are you unemployed? If you are, please tell us your experience on how you live right now on a day to day basis.

December 7, 2012 at 8:10 am
(347) Louie says:

@ (347) Tina.

This has happened to me back in 2009.

They hired a 19 year old who was 10 months out of high school and never had a job in her life. It’s illegal to do so, but how could I prove in court that age discrimination was the reason I was not hired!

It’s unfortunate, but hang in there. You just keep trying and trying the best you can. You’re not alone, it really sucks when it happens, and it sucks more when it happens to you.

December 7, 2012 at 8:46 am
(348) Patricia Carr says:

This is not the time to end unemployment. The country has not recovered to a point that we are out of the woods. Keeping the unemployed as an important growth segment of the economy vs leaving these people in despair through no fault of their own is not the prudent direction to go; not at this critical recovery fork.

December 7, 2012 at 9:22 am
(349) Michael says:

To the people saying they should check everyones work logs, I fill them out every week, but, what you fail to realize is when you send a resume to a job posting on Craigslist all you have is a job title and a reply e-mail. There is no way for them to verify these activities, this is also true through job boards like indeed.com and monster. There are hardly ever any contact names, business names or contact phone numbers.

December 7, 2012 at 11:14 am
(350) Jen says:

Everyone read update above, Federal extenstions are part of Obama’s fiscal cliff package. So it is on the table. Call your reps and let them know that you mattter and not just the 2%

December 7, 2012 at 11:18 am
(351) :) says:

@michael, yes that is so true! And not only for logs is that bad, but worse, absolutely NO WAY to follow up with if the company received the online app, to show interest. It is a cactch 22 no matter how you look at it. We are at the mercy of everyone, and no control over anything! It is so frustrating isn’t it?

December 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm
(352) Debby says:

I am turning 55 this month. They just cut me off. I live in a place that has no transportation and I lost my car while on unemployment, Cause when your on up you can not get ss benefits for food or med.. So now I am going to not have xmas I will loose my apt and every thing else cause every bizz in my town only hires young people. So ty America. I should have never voted this term..What a joke..

December 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm
(353) asdf says:


“If there is an agreement on the fiscal cliff, unemployment insurance must be included,” Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said. And “if there’s not an agreement reached, we must extend unemployment separately.”

He added, “We must not leave here for the holidays until we extend unemployment insurance.”

December 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm
(354) HolyMoses says:

Even if they did extend unemployment benefits for the newly unemployed better read this for those approaching that 99 (reduced to 73 weeks last feb) weeks you’ve already used.


Over 4 million will still lose benefits that have been using them since 2010 according to that article they would have to rewrite the whole policy to continue the extensions for everyone.

December 7, 2012 at 7:55 pm
(355) James says:

I just came back from an interview and have an email from another job that wants an interview…I feel really positive today.

What I have been thinking about lately, “what does the top 2% have fear over” well it’s paying more taxes. It’s nice to see the top 2% in this situation. We all get to watch as the “republican flock” centers around their fat cat friends and chooses sides. Everyone gets to see the true colors of the Republican leadership and how willing they are to sell out 98% of Americans over tax rates. They would rather all pay more the their 2% friends.

We need to vote these bums out of office as they believe their 2% should make policy and dictate the government. I’m so very proud of Obama and relish the chance I had to vote for him a second time.

December 8, 2012 at 7:11 am
(356) malyssa says:

I have sent my resume out to 6+ pages of job ads, including agencies with only actual 2 interviews from that. After 7 years I got laid off, brought back on for 2 days a week then laid off again because things would not pick up enough for my employer. The 2 day rehire cut my UI check to $123/wk. During the lay-off I went back to finish a final year for my bachelors, but basic survival is so bad. I can’t do this anymore! I just want any job! ANYTHING! I do a daily call-in for any temp factory work. suicide goes through my head a million times throughout the day, I’m crying all day and praying for a call. This month bills are snowballing with triple payments, I’m 3 months behind on my rent, I need to hit the pantry. Already did the “safety-net” loan during the first lay-off (back rent). HEAP will help me this month but I can’t take this anymore!

December 8, 2012 at 7:21 am
(357) malyssa says:


December 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm
(358) hudson says:

my unemoyment ran out last week of November. I go no notice at all. when i checked teleserve it said suspended..i called an they said i am out of funds..without extension i get no more

December 8, 2012 at 11:01 pm
(359) Kathi Summerlin says:

I have read most of these comments. Makes me fee like I am not alone. 56 years old, was hired 14 years ago in a field that now requires a DEGREE without any EXCEPTIONS. Even with a proven, successful 14 year track record of success. If I had been rehired back to my company within 3 months, there wouldn’t have been a problem about not having a degree. But, with a layoff Dec 31, 2009 – there were no openings before the 90 days expired. The only thing that has helped me is that I did find a part time job for 13 months during the last 3 years. I am not on a weekly benefit of $313p/week rather than $450p/week. But the great news is that a friend of mine is bringing me into his business effective Jan 2nd 2013. He know s that my benefits will end Dec 29th and is really helping me out as a dear high school friend. Don’t know what I would do without him.
Good Luck to all. I know the hours of searching, just to have a handful of interviews, and to be immediately looked at in a weird way due to over 50 or 55.

December 9, 2012 at 3:24 am
(360) femmefatal says:

So how many of you are ready to take that drive down route 66 from Oklahoma to California and pick peaches for .15 a bushel? I seen these fliers there’s 800 jobs out there pickin peaches and they’ll even provide you a lil shack to stay in whiles you are pickin peaches. :) I can smell me a mess of spare ribs….I want me a mess of spare ribs….cause…..cause I’m hongry.
Great movie many of you ought to watch…..while you still can…”Grapes of Wrath” about what happened during the Great Depression.

December 9, 2012 at 9:08 am
(361) bertha says:


December 9, 2012 at 10:18 am
(362) Rich S. says:

As for all the people that complain and were making over $30,000 a year, I say “phooey” to you, I make around 20,000 a year and get laid off every year, yet I am in need of nothing. “You should have saved some of that gravy!!” Now I do understand that the economy sucks and the gov’t really doesn’t care about anything but war, and endless debt. But get real, I’ve read some comments saying “I used to make $75,000 a year and now I have to give up my lifestyle” Well boo hoo . If I made that kind of money I would have saved ALOT more to live off of in case of emergency. This site should be for really poor people that can’t afford to even live. Oh and don’t give me that “The more you make, the more you spend” crap either. I have had really good paying jobs and saved my money because I know what it’s like to go hungry. Oh btw I do stamped concrete for a living, so don’t give me the “you don’t work hard” crap either. I earn every “federal reserve note” I get. Maybe some of you should look into construction, or any other, I know this will scare people MANUAL LABOR jobs. They are plenty of them out there. But for those of you that are affraid of getting their hands dirty then keep on complaining. Whew… I’m done now.

December 9, 2012 at 11:36 am
(363) Jan says:

I live in Orlando, Fl. I am 61 years old single woman….I have been collecting since March 12. I am losing my home! I was just to start my 2nd tier and this! OMG I am scarred to death!!!! I have no money used any reserve I had to continue paying my bills since MAX you recieve in Florida is $275. aweek….$1100. month! I constantly look for work but as you all know..nothing happens! I have worked the same job for 15 years.
I have an ad looking for a roommate to help me survive but thats bleak as well. All I do is Pray for an extention….not because I am lazy..but because I want to live!!! With the amount of people out of work, if anybody gets a job it is the younger people not someone 61 years old!!
May GOD help us ALL!
God Bless

December 10, 2012 at 6:53 am
(364) John says:

@Rich. So you make around 20k a year and get laid off every year? When did $30k a year become “gravy”?? I am actually educated with a Bachelor’s Degree that cost $100k. I was also in management. Sorry, but your story and idea might work for someone that never went to an institution of higher learning (you) but it’s not that simple, bud. You said you’re in construction. In your industry it’s easy to budget no matter how much you make. You get laid off for 2-3 months every year and then you KNOW YOU WILL HAVE A JOB TO RETURN TO. You hinted that we should all go into construction. I’m not sure how this is helpful to a lot of the people on here who are over 50 and experience age discrimination at every job interview. Thanks for the “advice” though. Most of us are trapped in the real world with real world bills that are unavoidable. The banks that dish out school loans don’t care if you don’t have a job. You need to expand your thinking on this topic. Where do you live by the way? I live in a city and things here cost A TON OF MONEY! It’s an economic trap. It isn’t as easy as, “Get any job” or “Go work at McDonald’s” I have actually tried both of the routes out of desperation by the way, and was deemed overqualified. I would love to slap the people that say this in the face. Until you are put in another person’s situation, you shouldn’t judge. Enjoy that $20k a year gravy train though because when the economy turns around (and it will turn around) I’ll be the one poking fun at your situation in forums. Beware of karma.

December 10, 2012 at 7:51 am
(365) Richard says:

My wife was the guest services manager at a 23-room inn and restaurant for 11 years before being laid off last March. She has been job-searching since then and to date the only offer was for part-time work at K-mart stocking shelves during the holiday season only. She is 48 and this has never happened to her before, each day she becomes more anxious and depressed. The UEC is keeping our nose above water but once that expires, we will be totally screwed. In that case I figure we will lose the house we have owned for 20 years and raised two kids in by June 2013. I have been watching this UEC extension issue very closely, needless to say. Feel kinda helpless.

December 10, 2012 at 9:01 am
(366) Mari Cris says:

Unfortunately, this is the real world and everyone needs to come to the realization that there probably wont be an extension for EUC. Now is the time to take matters into your own hands, you cannot depend on our government anymore to help you out anymore… I feel for you all I really do, but i encourage everyone to not give up, keep using any and all recourses you have whether it be posting 200 resumes on indeed.com or craiglist, going store to store, office to office and simply asking in person if they are hiring, do whatever you can do and don’t give up. Keep your focus on finding some kind of solution rather than focusing on the problem itself. Replace your fear with faith and be strong.
God Bless.

December 10, 2012 at 9:22 am
(367) Patrick says:

I am a senior citizen who has worked over 45 years and never collected unemployment until now. Just the thought of losing my exteneded benifits in December is infuriating. I worked hard all my life as many people have. You would think these idiots in Washington who are so detached from reality would understand this.

December 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm
(368) Rodney Brown says:

I was laidoff July 2012 and am a worker intensely engaged seeking to have gainful employment not taking advantage of the government. I certainly hope congress and the will pass the unemployment extensions.

December 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm
(369) Frank says:

Many people have already LOST more than people think. Lost homes, cars, furniture because of lost jobs.

No one wants to be unemployed, but when so much income is being gobbled up by the elite in this country, SOMETHING GOTTA GIVE….

Not extending it means:

1) increase in people on Food Stamps (even the amount one gets will increase because unemployment is counted as income)

2) increase on people on Medicaid. Just receiving Unemployment Compensation makes you in eligible for the free version, but they at least qualify you for the Out of Pocket version. Usually $800-1000 before it kicks in. If people had that type of money available, they wouldn’t need it.

3) higher defaults on Loans. Allot of people are barely scraping by, so peying loans onetime will be big issues.

4) higher underemployment. There will be more college educated people with remedial or part time jobs

And all this is only the beginning.

December 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm
(370) CaseyPT says:

I live in a small tourist town and my trade is Custom Art Framing. There are no jobs. Why do I feel like I’m being punished? What am I supposed to do?! Go on welfare? So you want to stop paying me unemployment so that I just end up homeless and on welfare. What is the point? Why don’t you have faith in those that are actually honest people looking for work? Why are you hurting me?

December 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm
(371) Jason says:

Happy New Year everyone, say goodbye to your house or apartment.

December 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm
(372) Jeff says:

@ Frank – How do you pey a loan? What kind of loan gets PAID once?

December 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm
(373) :) says:

I’m sure it was a typo, and good ole auto correct change on time to onetime. ;) just sayin’

December 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm
(374) James says:

To all the people in my situation…
I have begun a plan that one might consider. I have stopped paying my mortgage, hoa, all credit card bills, placed student loans on deferment and just moved. We have moved in with my wife’s cousin it has a great living environment. I’ve crunched my bills to around 1688 per month for the bare necessities. My savings is almost gone and my wife has about 25,000 left. We have sold almost every piece of furniture, clothing and items of value. I send out more then 100 applications per month and talk to everyone I know about work opportunities. I’d send more apps out but it becomes a challenge to manage all the contacts, emails and phone calls. I’m considering bankruptcy but without any assets it seems unneeded. I have a short sale in the works but will do a deed in lieu of foreclosure if it fails and the bank wants to foreclose. I’m going to make it. I’ll shead all the waste around me. Go on TANF find a job to pay my necessities and build back up thinner and stronger.

December 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm
(375) Yvette says:

I have worked for 30 years between 2 hospitals never knew that after working for 9 years for a hospital in NYC that I be layed-off . So now I find out that no one wants to hire me because of my age and my experience. I was shocked to learn that for 49 and above no one wants to hire you. We need our unemployment to survive . I hope the President can get this done. I don’t know what will happen if the Republicans don’t Sign this extensions

December 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm
(376) :) says:

I’m curious as to why someone would advertise loans on an “unemployment” page, and when the topic is the extensions are being eliminated? Am I the only one who thinks its bad business to advertise for a loan WHEN WE WILL HAVE NO MORE INCOME AS OF DECEMBER 29, 2012???
I take a loan, if I have a year to start making any sort of payment! :)

December 10, 2012 at 9:36 pm
(377) howie says:

Nice try Ryan

December 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm
(378) carol says:

I have just started my 2nd tier…I have been collecting for almost 6 months and now I have to worry about how Im going to survive with no money for food, no money to pay my rent, car insurance, credit cards, electric bill, etc. The fact that this is happening is ridiculous. A decision needs to be made soon because this is going to put millions of people on the street, including myself. If unemployment is telling me im entitled to a certain amount of money on my 2nd tier, the least the government can do is give me the rest of what I was promised and not just cut everyone off at a certain date!!!! This is non-sense!

December 11, 2012 at 1:18 am
(379) Emily Scopes says:

For heaven’s sake pound on your Congressperson’s door and insist they pass the extension! You and I and everyone paid INTO this fund for these sorts of crises. We are entitled to reap the benefits in times when corporations are determined NOT to hire since they can squeeze the life out of existing employees. If you don’t raise a major stink, NOTHING will get done. You have this chance – mobilize, get angry, stop whining and ACT. Make this the key issue in how you vote in 2014 and let your representative KNOW that. Unemployment is NOT indolent – it is lifeblood survival. FIGHT for it.

December 11, 2012 at 3:05 am
(380) Pastor Kisha Hardy says:

I just want to leave a word of encouragement to all of you..I was unemployed for 2 years…and sent many resumes out every week for retail, customer service, Etc. And no one was hiring me. I started to cry and pray and the lord directed me to go back into the health care field. I currently work with traumatic brain injury patients in thier home, and the pay is not that bad. Health Care is the only field that you will always find work and never get laid off. If you are looking for entry level health care jobs to find something quick…look at home health aide jobs, companion homecare jobs, working in group homes with adults or youth…or take up quick classes in CNA or medical or dental assistants….anything in health care will guarantee you employment right now. There is always going to be somebody sick…and insurances will be giving you money in your paycheck so you can live.

December 11, 2012 at 3:51 am
(381) Jackie says:

I think this is a disgrace that the fiscal cliff is left until the month of December to fight it out between the Democrats and Republicans.

The ones who are taking their time with their three day recess, are leaving the unemployed very nervous and scared not knowing what their futures lie after December 29, 2012.

And I believe it all comes down to this stupid “Lets add more tax to the rich: which of course the Republicans do not want to hear. However how can we send billions of dollars in aid to all of these countries overseas who despise us and burn our flags?

Something does not add up here. If you Democrats and Republicans keep doing this to the American public you are going to wind up with a civil war on your hands one day. People are getting tired and inpatient not knowing what you are doing. You are stubborn and immature. Stop playing in the sandbox and do the right thing for all of us. You have your money – so think about the rest of us who are struggling, please.

December 11, 2012 at 9:39 am
(382) Kathy G says:

I would like to comment of a couple of things stated here I see both sides. My husband at 62 was laid off in June, his chances of ever finding a job are slim to none. He has been on interview also. He has taken SS but that is not enough to pay the bills. He has worked his butt off all his life and like the rest of the people on here, loosing everything you work for all your life is devestating and depressing (which he is now going thru).. we have know people who have been on unemployment for over 2 years and then thats where my other side of this story come into play.
My place of employment has had a “Help wanted” signed outside our office since April of 2012, its construction and we pay 12-13 bucks an hour. We cannot fill any of our postions. I will also state to keep my job 2 years ago I gave up everything here, Health Insurance, 401K, long and short term,dental and even took a pay cut so I can keep my job. All of our employees did, In November when the elections were over so are we. We cannot afford the heath care or any of the taxes we are a small business with about 45 employees. So I myself will be looking for a job by the end of the year and we are NO longer hiring because we cant afford it..and this just pisses me off work all your life and then loose everything you worked for so you can enjoy your retirement what a joke

December 11, 2012 at 11:38 am
(383) Cheryl says:

After working for 25 years for the same company I was let go,and after a long fight for my unemployment and having to use my savings to live on,Im terrified needless to say if an extension in 2013 is not granted I will soon be without a car and homeless,Im having a hard time finding a job because yes Im over 50.I have only used unemployment once in my 30 years of employment for a brief time and now went I need it the most the rug is pulled out from under us.

December 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm
(384) trying says:

wow i thought i had it rough, wondering if benefits will be extended through 2013. i’ve worked since college and was laid off when the company went under. at 27 i am hopeful that i will find something soon, but really am praying for the older generation of workers who have already sacrificed so much.

to the turkeys making mean comments because they have nothing better to do: f*** off. you wouldn’t say any of that to my face!

December 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm
(385) Jay says:

Okay, so I’ve been collecting benefits for approx. 26 weeks now, and have applied to hundreds of jobs. I’ve been working since the age of 17, and i’m 35 now. I am a father of 3, and these benefits have held us above water until i’m able to find work. I must have the worst luck in the planet, because their are people crying about the dec. 29th cutoff date, who have received over 60 weeks of benefits. I understand and agree that the previous max extension of 99 weeks is absurd and abusive, but we are still living in a horrible recession, and 52 weeks is absolutely fair imo. If AIG, Goldman Sachs, and the rest of the scum that took my tax payer dollars can get bailed out with billions, then help an honest american just trying to keep his family above water. Please extend unemployment……

December 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm
(386) mARTY says:

Question: my unemployment benefits ran out in October. I haven’t technically worked in about 2 years so my question is , If I convert my regular IRA which is worth about $15,000 to a Roth IRA, how much will I pay in taxes? I live in Michigan. I’m assuming its low because I would be in the lowest income tax bracket since I don’t have an income? Can anyone answer this question?

December 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm
(387) Clark Manning says:

I lost my professional job in October, 2008. i was an AutoCAD designer for a small firm.

i was on unemployment for about 18 months. i went out an got a security guard license. Entry level security work is boring and low paying. It is a job that can keep you from living in the woods or under a bridge.

I did security work for about 6 months. Then I found a great new job. I was a Volkswagon test driver. This job only paid 9 bucks an hour, but there was 35 hours a week overtime. Same old story. Almost all of us were laid off in October, 2011.

Back on unemployment. No luck so I decide to research oilfield jobs in North Dakota.

The issue working in ND is housing. The center of the oilfield action is small town called Williston. After 3 weeks of searching online for a place to live from Florida, I find a roommate in Minot, ND.

I move to ND. In 3 weeks I land a job at Pure Energy. I’m to be a well tester/rigger. The job turned out to be VERY physical. too much for a 59 year old in very good health. I resigned after a week.
(continued in the next post.)

December 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm
(388) Clark Manning says:

continued from previous post

Uh, Oh!
Car repossessed. I’m 2,300 miles away from home and no car. That was in May. I decide to go back to Florida. Still on unemployment, but now with no car. I rent a car and get back to Florida.

North Dakota Jobs Hint:
1. If you’re under forty, you can pretty easily find a job in the oilfield IF YOU MOVE UP THERE FIRST. You will not get hired if you just apply online and stay at home. You have to take a huge risk.

Plan A: I applied with CRST trucking to become an OTR driver. CRST is paying for everything to train me. The recruiter just called. There is a problem with my driving record. crap! I’m not qualified. So I have to be out of my room before January 1st. Guess I’ll have to impose on a friend until April.

Plan B: I’m going back to school to be a European motorcycle mechanic, (Ducati specialist). Only fairly wealthy people own Ducs as they’re called. School lasts about 2 years. The goal is to become a Ducati Master. I will go anywhere in the world that speaks English to work.

The point is that that it’s better to plan for the future, no matter how bleak the current situation is. Maybe I can get more tiers of unemployment before I finish school. I’m not counting on anything. i know that once I finish school, I’ll be better off than I am now. Try to keep your car as long as you can. You can live out of a car and look for work.

It’s extremely hard to look for work without wheels.
Good luck to all of us. Eventually we’ll get out of this depression.

December 11, 2012 at 10:53 pm
(389) Tiffay says:

I agree with all your comments and I pray to God that Congress will listen to the people and understand how negatively this will affect millions of people. It is very discouraging and disheartening to feel like the government could give a rats as* about the millions of people who are already struggling because of their screw ups and now with their careless attitudes, they just want to cut unemployment extensions benefits entirely at the end of the month. It baffles me how ignorant and careless the government can be and I pray that the Senate can knock some common sense into those dang Republicans and extend the benefits. I myself lost my job last Feb after being with them for five years and it has been extremely hard for me to find work or even survive financially. This year has been extremely hard for me financially and knowing that I am going to be cut off completely at the end of this month frustrates me and puts me in a panic. It is extremely hard to be happy during this holiday season knowing what is about to come on Dec 29th.

December 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm
(390) Jerry says:

I never had to have my benefits extended, but now that I need them I hear they might stop them. I never thought I would be in this predicament so close to x-mas. I doubt none of the law makers against this have ever or will be ever be able to think about being in my shoes right now. I can’t even bring myself to tell my wife and family that I might not even have the 405 a week that can’t sustain a mortgage and a family, I’m going to wait and hope for the best. All I want for x-mas is just a little more time and maybe the economy and work picks up. It can’t get any worse! I hope! Hey,I guess we can always go on welfare, huh. That would be the worst!

December 11, 2012 at 11:57 pm
(391) :) says:

Maybe in Fl you can live out of a car. But here in Ma it is freezing! With no money for gas how do you keep warmwell maybe a sleeping bag. But two kids with me may not like that idea :(

December 12, 2012 at 1:00 am
(392) Nathan says:

I was a Recruiter up until a year ago. In the years before 2008 this industry used to be easy to find a good paying job in. An Associate’s Degree and maybe a year or two of experience as a recruiter were the only qualifications. The job would pay anywhere between $40-$55k per year. Now, 90% of the jobs require a Bachelor’s Degree and at least 3 years experience in whatever particular industry the company is in. This is a big problem. No business is willing to train anymore!!!! They also don’t want to pay over $35-$40k. It’s ridiculous. The businesses are a major component of the problem. They want a Lamborghini but only want to pay a Lexus price. I routinely see the jobs posted over and over and over again on the same job boards. Same exact job….same exact posting month after month. What does this tell you? Business owners, I know you’re trying to capitalize on the market, but economics is economics. if you want quality workers you have to pay them well. You also need to be willing to train people. You aren’t going to find many recruiters (or any) that match ALL of your bloated unneeded qualifications. If someone is a proven recruiter, they can learn your job and what you’re looking for in a day or two!! I know that this isn’t only happening in my industry either.

December 12, 2012 at 3:40 am
(393) James says:

Clark… Your awesome! After reading your post I started to look and consider ideas like ND and others. It really gave me focus and challenged what I would do for my family. Thanks man for the encouragement to keep moving and planning regardless of the situation you find yourself in. You rock, dude!


December 12, 2012 at 3:52 am
(394) James says:

Jerry… You should really consider telling the wife. I did and it helped with the stress. There was a study about heart attack and unemployment, it being related…the stress and deep contemplation, go figure! Anyhow, you need a partner and a friend to help you during a time when we all get tunnel vision within the situation we find ourselves. It’s rather hard to see outside the box and if bennifits run out that will make a worse position to be in with the wife. I know, it goes against being steadfast and strong for our family but she will feel left out and not communicated with if you pass on the chance to bring her within your sphere of thought. Sure it will be difficult to say and hear but will bring you both closer. My simple thoughts!

December 12, 2012 at 6:53 am
(395) :) says:

With only two.more checks coming for all of us on extended benefits I wish you all well! And as upbeat andolsitive that I have tried to be has only been a cover for such stress!! Boy, I really could have gone the other way and kept having kids I couldn’t afford to get Welfare that was only supposed to be temporary but has now become an American life style! I chose to work and contribute to society, and this is the slap in the face I get? Welfare we have a date come December 30! Be nice to me!

December 12, 2012 at 8:37 am
(396) Kathyg says:

my husband also went to Williston and did the same thing he lived in our fifth wheel for a year and a half at the age of 60, froze his butt off but it was a job. Then they made him an over the road driving hauling oil back and forth from Williston ND to Colorado until they decided to have it hauled in by rail cars and laid him off in June. He has lost his CDL because he cannot pass the physical anymore he has back problems. I am VERY PROUD of my husband for living in Williston and working there under those conditions. again now at 63 and no cdl he has no job and we have just filed for his last unemployment check this week…He has NEVER been on unemployment in his 63 years again I’m very PROUD of him. So YES there is LOTS and Lots of work in Williston, Killdear but there is NO where to live…best to all of you looking for work

December 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm
(397) i miss working says:


December 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm
(398) Virginia kid says:

Bricklayer for 20years been out of work. For 1year now.reading a lot of this comments.thought maybe we the unemployed should start are own country maybe in a high unworking state.live like the armish or something.just a thought.

December 12, 2012 at 10:18 pm
(399) Debbie says:

I have been an LPN in NYS for 20 years and have found myself unemployed 2 times in a year. The first was due to the ignorance of the company I was working for when they decided to commit Federal Fraud and the 2nd because the LTC facility was to greedy to take care of the place correctly….I hope the benefits are extended. I have literally sent out at least 10 resumes a week and have only had 2 interviews and no bites….Good luck everyone.

December 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm
(400) Sherry says:

Can we all get together and pickit?????

I feel like maybe it would make a difference if our government could see with their very own eyes all the millions of families that will be not only jobless but homeless come Dec 29 2012, if our benefits are cut.

Here in CA, we aren’t allowed to sleep in our cars. I’m so worried for all of us.

God please help us!

December 13, 2012 at 1:46 am
(401) Mike says:

U know its sad how this is a issue but this seems 2 b the least of congress’s concern rite now but that jus goes 2 show no matter how long u worked how hard u work for u and ur family no 1 else cares CONGRESS GET THIS DONE ASAP

December 13, 2012 at 2:27 am
(402) Sam says:

Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts, Tax cuts…what’s that you say? Tax cuts. What’s that again? Tax cuts. Middle class Tax cuts. Tax cuts, tax cuts, and some more tax cuts. OMFG. If I hear the term “tax cuts” one more time my head is going to explode. It should be UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. That’s the term they should be throwing around ad nauseum. Raise the damn tax rates on the rich and cut the taxes on the middle class already!!!! Then move on to the really important issue….UNEMPLOYMENT AND GOOD JOB CREATION!!!! The key word being, “GOOD”. I don’t know if anyone’s told congress, but things really aren’t much better out here. A good job is still an extremely hard find. Most of the jobs that are being added are part time and offer no benefits. Also, most of the jobs added over the past few months are seasonal and will all be going away in January/February. Everyone needs to sit down and come up with an incentive for these businesses to add jobs. I hate the thought of catering to greedy businessmen because they are (not all) the pure evil in this world, but something has to be done. Offer a $5k credit for each unemployed (6 months or more) person that is hired. I don’t know. They’ve done it in the past. I was a HR professional and was directly involved in finding these people to work for our company a few years back. I can tell you that it definitely lit a fire under my greedy bosses @ss to find good unemployed people to work for our company. Something has to be done though. The quality of jobs that are being created are just pathetic. Nothing but seasonal, part time, or EXTREMELY “techy” Master’s Degree type work. There is too much of a gap. Nowadays it seems like it’s either a $8.00/hr job or a $80,000 a year job that only 1-2% of the population could fill. The government and businesses need to get back to creating jobs that pay in the $40k-$60k range.

December 13, 2012 at 3:14 am
(403) IHAVEHADIT says:

Does anyone else think they actually are trying to push the American people into a revolution for some sick twisted play for power revolution.

December 13, 2012 at 5:28 am
(404) hose heymaonaise says:

Don’t worry Sherry(402) you can sleep in your car in Las Vegas and take baths in Lake Meade. Just park near the top in one of the hotel garages but not directly on top or they will find you and you’ll have no problem sleeping in your car. ;)

December 13, 2012 at 5:34 am
(405) Willtravel says:

Looks like the Mayans KNEW something was going to happen this December! Maybe it wasn’t the 21st but the 29th instead?
And a third of the earth shall perish (bibical revalation as well).
I read there’s lots of jobs in N. Dakota on that pipeline or oilfiedl and McDonalds was paying $14 an hour!!! I’m on my way!!

December 13, 2012 at 7:57 am
(406) Eric says:

I like what this guy says:

“As for extended unemployment benefits, extend until when? Until national unemployment reaches 6 percent? That could take years. Until the long-term unemployed find a job? That could take many years.

We have an employment imbalance due to over-spending on houses, cars, electronics, etc. It’s time to recalibrate our employment expectations.

In the short term, to address the long-term unemployed, we should pay them to clean up after Hurricane Sandy. There are manual or low-skill jobs they can fulfill and “earn” $300 a week in unemployment. This tackles the East. In the South, employ them to clean up from Hurricane Katrina, still a mess in New Orleans’ 9th Ward. For the West, enforce immigration labor laws: Replace illegal workers with the long-term unemployed, No work, no check.

Recessions caused by financial collapse require new thinking and adjusting to new reality: It’s time to wake up.

Terry L. Hurst


December 13, 2012 at 10:14 am
(407) Daniel says:

Hey Eric….Close the door behind you. We need to have a little chat. Your job was outsourced to Thailand. You have 1/2 hour to gather your belongings and then you will be escorted out of the building by security. I’ll need your I’d badge and key card. Does this still sound like a good idea now??? Didn’t think so. The real problem is deregulated banks, outsourcing of jobs, temp agencies that are destroying the workplace as we knew it, greedy businessmen, extremely picky employers that are taking full advantage of the weak economy, age discrimination, extremely low wages with no benefits, and union busting. That sir, is the problem. It absolutely ISN’T time to “recalibrate our employment expectations.” Sorry, not happening. Unemployment benefits are not welfare. I’ve paid taxes for 30 years and paid into this system for times like these. I will gladly take your job and you can go cleanup after hurricanes. Sound good?? Didn’t think so. It still amazes me how people think we are basking in the “joy” of making 50% of what we used to make, and worrying about how we are going to put food on the table, TRY to pay the bills, keep the lights on, take care of kids, and find a job. Oh wait…please, please, let me go clean up after hurricanes too. Does this sound like the good life, Eric?? Want to trade with me?? I’ll gladly trade. This might me the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard.

December 13, 2012 at 10:50 am
(408) James says:

Eric I’ve been on a streak since yesterday sending in almost 60 applications I woke up the other day and have continued for over 24 hours straight. I call it power application…

Eric since you believe in truly stupid things… Give any thought to Niburi or the end of the world on Dec 21st? Why don’t you put your brain cells to work and figure out how much it will cost to implement your so called, ” good idea?” Remember, if the government has to transport people, feed them along their journey, house them…this costs money too. Or within your “brilliant plan”, the unemployed, should pay for all the costs. Now, do you see how foolish your idea or agreement with this idea is? Better you try to use your ” logic” to figure out what color yellow and blue make if combined.

December 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm
(409) Christina says:

I’m a single mom and have been on and off unemployment for 5 years. I’ll find a job then get laid off so even if we find jobs there are no guarentee of us keeping them even when we think we are back on our feet and the economy may be getting better, it only gets worse. More and more companies close or cut back causing more people to become unemployed. Therefore, I strongly urge Congress to pass the unemployment extension because I don’t think it’ll get better any time soon. It’s not fair for us unemployed to have to worry about if we are going to have an income after the 29th or not. We shouldn’t be left hanging just for us to worry how we are going to survive. The only Christmas gift I want is for the extension to be passed so I don’t have to worry about me losing my house and providing food for my daughter. I’ve been looking for jobs and they say I’m over qualified or some wouldn’t even pay for rent alone. While being on unemployment that gives time to find a job or try to go to school for a better job and still be able to pay for our living even though it isn’t enough to live off of, it helps. I have to choose between paying the bills or buying food. I’ve always been a hard worker and for me to think I have to start all over after establishing my carreer and worry about the future if I’m going anywhere now in my life or not, if I’ll have my 401K or if enough will be in it when I need to retire, if Ill ever be able to retire. Can you imagine those who are at that point, it’s not fair that alot of people have lost or are losing everything we all worked so hard for. I really don’t think Congress realizes how bad it really is, well I hope they do and soon.

Congress, understand that if this is not extended, you are ruining lives and pushing families, children, etc.on the streets cause we can’t afford to eat or live. We can’t provide a Christmas for our families because we don’t know if we will lose our unemployment or not so we can’t afford a Christmas.

December 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm
(410) DMM says:

I raised 5 kids alone and never asked for a dime from any agency. After working for 11 years, I was laid off. I am in the middle of tier 2 and all benefits will be cut off as of end of Dec. 2012. The UE is very high in most states and the job selection is slim…all we ask is to have a little bit of money coming in to keep the roof over our heads. Congress better reach a decision soon. And btw..for the comment about GOP not wanting the UE extension last year..that is not true.,..they just wanted it paid for..they had NO objections to extending it. I am also sick of hearing how we are living off the system….we are not. Who wants to receive a portion of their earnings vs working? not I…I would rather work.

December 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm
(411) Karen says:

I have been unemployed since September 2011. After working for 40 years and losing my last job after 32 years, I have been diligently looking for work to no avail. I have a hard time making it on my unemployment benefits, but I struggle through to make ends meet. Now I see that as of the end of my 2012 benefits. Will Congress pass the extension? I hope so or I am in real trouble. I also have a heart condition and other health issues. I see a problem seeking a job due to my age. I am hoping for good news before the end of 2012.

December 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm
(412) Joyce sims says:

This is SAD!!!!!!!!!!! We are able to help other people in other countries, BUT OUR SELVES!!!!!! I have been out of work for one year and a half, have not been able to find a job, able to find a job, have a daughter that is about to graduate senior year and have no job for her prom. THIS IS SAD!!!!!!!….
Where is the money from the lottery going? Just curious…

December 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm
(413) James says:

Can I be outsourced overseas so I can get a job? Anyone know a call center or others in India, China, Thailand, etc… Where I might get a job?

December 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm
(414) Momof2 says:

They will pass an extension, otherwise there will be a riot. What I dont understand is why are they taking so long to announce an extension? People’s lives hang in the balance. It is like Congress doesnt care about the people they are voted in by. It is Christmas time and everyone is stressed out already, now we are worried about paying bills and providing food for our kids. Quit drawing it out, announce the extensions already so we can focus on finding WORK!

December 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm
(415) Dawn says:

I am a single mother and have been on unemployment since december of 2011. My company was sold and downsized. What are they going to do come January when local welfare offices are swamped with unemployed workers with no income? We are barely making it now on what little unemployment we do get. This whole situation sickens me!!!

December 13, 2012 at 9:06 pm
(416) pam says:

I was unemployed back in july and thinking about these changes thats occuring is crazy . I’ve moved to a different state with more opportunities and let me tell you its still hard to find work. Why would they just stop unemployment when this is already bare minimum to survive. temp agency isnt promising and can barely find you work. I’m just gona trust in god for this situation that the proper changes are made because the only thing I can see is a crisis happening this is my own financial source for me and my child right now and to think its gona be taken away is crazy, but ill keep praying for better days.

December 14, 2012 at 2:16 am
(417) James says:

It’s getting down right funny…
The news today about taxing the top 2% will only create about 80 billon per year…not enough to run the government for 8 days…according to Fox and republicans this is insignificant money and because it’s insignificant we should dismiss it.

Now, unemployment costs around 30 billion and it’s the worst thing and a government hand out. We cannt afford it. We just are providing people ways to become dependants upon government. WHAT THE F&$@.

These numb a-holes including people like Eric need to wake up.

If your unemployed and not making money it doesn’t matter if taxes go up. The only thing you lose is your bennifit check (if your like me this is alot) However, by going over the cliff we are not in a worse position. Our position will get better when Obama has more negotiating power he can leverage spending increases with tax cuts. Thus he will have the ability to almost garrentee that unemployment bennifits continue as part of whatever legislative gets passed.

The issue right now is cutting spending and ” unemployment extensions” are spending. Since, we have been unable to find work after sending out hundreds of applications how will a economy that goes backwards effect us…we still will be unable to get a job…like we still aren’t able to get a job now.

December 14, 2012 at 2:34 am
(418) James says:

Everyone needs to hold on. Protect your resources and cut all non- essential items.
I’m only paying:
Car insurance
I’m turning everything of value into cash, shrinking everything in my families life to make us as nimble and slim as possible. Hope my waistline follows. I’ve been out of work for 7 months. I was on job attached durring a company restructuring but before I was to go back to the employer they cut my pay 60% and made it impossible for me to continue working.

December 14, 2012 at 11:53 am
(419) fedup says:

If people lose unemployment there will be chaos. The people that would be homeless we all worked hard and okt laid off. There are no jobs and the jobs that are available have unbelieveable resumes being sent in. The homeless would be hardworking people so yes we would refuse to live like that. It would be disastrous.

December 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm
(420) Neel says:

I am from Illinois i got laid off in July 2012 and i received email saying your unemployment benefit ending 12/29/12. I am still looking for work and i went to local office and they said in IL the max benefit you get is 25 weeks. I don’t understand what should i do ?

December 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm
(421) laluna says:

I have been unemployed for 6 months. I am a Pilot with a BA in International Studies. Like many here, I have submitted hundreds of resumes over this period of time. I have several offers coming after the new year. The ignorance that a person on unemployment is lazy, unintelligent or “using the system” is completely ridiculous. I have been laid off twice in the last four years. The first time in 2008, because the owner of the jet I was flying couldn’t pay his bills. The second time because our Medical Evacuation contract wasn’t renewed. I have read some of the stories on here and am extremely grateful that I am not in a position that I will lose my house. Only because my husband is working. I believe that congress will extend EUC benefits…not doing so would be a detriment to this country. I have never asked for any handouts, I have paid for all of my eduaction (and am still paying) on my own … I love what I do. All the un informed people out there well, you’ve just been informed.
So everybody keep the faith and good luck to us all.

December 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm
(422) Neel says:

I am from Illinois i got laid off in July 2012 and i received email saying your unemployment benefit ending 12/29/12. I am still looking for job and i went to local office and they said in IL the max benefit you get is 25 weeks. I don’t understand what should i do now?.

December 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm
(423) joe black says:

it is sad to have been on a job for 17yrs and then have to depend on uneployment benefits. anything is better than nothing, but having to live off
of 326 a week verses $20 per hr is really hard. i pray to my God that congress will extend benefits and i also pray that those of us who want a job will be blessed with one. Keep praying!!!!

December 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm
(424) Finally re-employed in MN! says:

After 8 long months of unemployment and my LAST UE check received this week, I was imagining losing everything, i.e. townhome, car, etc. I am a college educated (BS degree) in early 40′s and Ihave had a career in sales with various industries. I went on over 10 interviews over the past 8 months, several making it to 2nd and 3rd (and for one positioin even 4 interviews plus taking their skills assessments/personality tests)…only to get rejection after rejection. That job was offered to a 30-something male with zero industry experience. Go figure?! But he was currently employed, so I felt totally discriminated against. Fortunately, lucky interview #11 finally came through. It was a position that I interviewed for shortly after being laid off but at the time they did not offer health benefits (fast growing/successful start up company established several yrs ago). Couldn’t afford to go without insurance so I had to remove myself from the interview process. Long story short, at this desperate state I re-contaced this company and found out that they will be offering benefits sometime in 2013. The base salary is a good $13K less than I was making before but needed a J-O-B so accepted the offer today. As others have mentioned, I have have been unemployed in the past (for unforeseen circumstances, company was sold, department downsizing etc). So many applicants and not enough positions. Top that with MN unemployment rate only registering in the 5.8% range means tough times for fellow friends who are still out of work. I pray for all Americans that someone gives this economy a boost and gets the United States moving in the right direction. In the meantime, “Don’t tell God how big your problem is, tell your problem how big God is.”

December 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm
(425) SHERRY says:

TO: (439) Finally re-employed in MN

Congrats on the job. Thank you for the uplifting comments and your prayers.

December 15, 2012 at 12:31 am
(426) Get us back to work! says:

Totally agree with Kelly (162) and John (164); I sure hope that CONGRESS and the ‘powers that be’ are reading these comments.
Make it happen for us….99.9% of us hard working citizens who WANT to work and would rather NOT sit around and collect unemployment insurance. Without the jobs available, what is a person to do to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table?! So all of you politicians out there…..remember that you’re working for the AMERICAN people. Keep your agendas focused on all of us to better OUR country!

December 15, 2012 at 12:38 am
(427) Unemployed Architect says:

Republicans are holding these entitlements hostage from the American people!!! Why you might ask? So some super super super rich peoples can have a tax break. Seriously. I know right-Pllease! Look, I am unemployed for one reason-greed on behalf of those who employed me. I trained workers in China for my company(not in my job description btw) and the job was given to them for pennies on the dollar while my advanced services where muddled and shun and I was laid off along with 12 others in June 2011 from a large architecture firm. This happened all while Top Execs where buying new shiny cars and making business deals with China replacements- I know because I chimed in for some of those conversations. It’s Greedy and unjust!
I can’t stand the GOP! What is wrong with America! Stand up for yourselves! Unemployment Insurance and American’s entitlements are our RIGHTS! No one with a college masters and advanced skills should be forced to work at a McDonalds or go hungry. This is ridiculous Government!
I believe President Obama truly has the interest of the sick and poor and those who can’t help themselves, but with Governors and House Leaders with names like McConnel and Boehner we are on thin thin ice. The ice will crack in 2013 as we fall over the fiscal cliff and the people will rise and bury these criminal thieves cloaked in governor attire. Boehner, McConnel and the GOP that want to cut entitlement’s for needy people have a special place in hell right next to that kid in Conneticut that shot all those kids this morning. So heartless are they! People need to address this evil and more importantly these evil doers! Common Decency. Fairness. Legitimacy. Honor. Where is it?

December 15, 2012 at 8:33 am
(428) Steve says:

Im scared……Im behind on house payments, and no food in the fridge, if they cut it off, Merry Christmas:) Mylast job I was there for 12 years, now I gotta worry about my future, Im so scared and doomed…..foreclosures so not stimulate the economy….I keep apllying………but no calls.
in Illinois

December 15, 2012 at 1:44 pm
(429) Keephopealive says:

Never Give Up ~ Poem:

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

- Author unknown

December 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm
(430) Tony says:

i served in the USMC from 2007-2011 August and only started using unemployment this last summer and can NOT find a job to support myself. all the security jobs are either taken by JOE SMOES or i am to overly qualified for. what is a military veteran supposed to do? unemployment need to be handled cause the war in Afghanistan will end soon and alot of veterans will be getting out and have no jobs available…..wake up CONGRESS

December 15, 2012 at 11:24 pm
(431) Suellen says:

I was on unemployment for 2 yrs. I finally got a job that pays only 8 dollars a hour. My husband is also laid off, he isnt so lucky in finding a job. Hes only experience in 2 things and the one thing he now needs to go back to school for a decree. How in the hell can you go back to school if you dont have a job or money. We are hurting badly. I dont know what we will do without an extension.

December 16, 2012 at 2:58 am
(432) SheilaM says:

Do not forget that unemployment insurance is NOT a hand out. You and your employer(s) paid into the system.

I was laid off in July of 2010. There are NO jobs in my field, for which I have a master’s degree. I have been freelancing, but the work is drying up. So far this year I have made $11,000. That’s like $5.25/hr if I worked a FT job. And I make too much for any kind of assistance.

I just have to laugh at the folks that are complaining of getting “only” $24,000 a year in assistance.

It isn’t going to get better soon. If you haven’t already, cut every expense you can. When I was working, I couldn’t “make ends meet”. What I wouldn’t give for that salary now because I have cut my expenses so much that I could make do on a lot less. Unless the car breaks down. Or I get sick.

I have to dip into my retirement account again – and pay a penalty for doing that even though its the only money I have access to. Sigh.

December 16, 2012 at 7:37 am
(433) RphUnemplyed says:

Latest comment from the speakers office yesterday..

“The speaker’s offer would not include extending federal unemployment benefits,”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/boehner-pitches-millionaire-tax-hike-85128.html#ixzz2FDYhVLl2

December 16, 2012 at 11:53 am
(434) Linda says:

Not only do I agree with everyone, the government keeps raising the age for retirement; however no one will hire you after 60, and you are laid off of your current job because your salary is too high. What is going on. Something needs to be done immediately if not sooner. Maybe if congress lived by the same rules and regulations the rest of us do, something would be done very quickly.

What american dream??? My parents had it, we do not. I recently lost my job and now have two ulcers. great !! I’m constantly worried about securing employment and trying hard than I ever did before. Never thought as a professional that my career would end like this. . . very very sad indeed.

December 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm
(435) Unemployed In Idaho says:

I have been unemployed for a while now. I have a BA in accounting and like everyone else have financial obligations, so if they take this away then what?

No one is hiring anyone. Employers are hiring younger people for a smaller wage. It seems as though everyone from here to Washington has my resume, and yet nothing. Its sad, I’m an American and I thought that meant something….apparently not. We used to be the wealthiest country and now we are the weakest and poorest because we always help out everyone else, but US!

I say, if they are going to take away our unemployment, you better pass something that almost guarantees that us older folks will get a job!

December 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm
(436) Adam says:

What if you are not on an extension what if you are on your 1st year of unemployment and you have until June until your benefits run out will you be cut from unemployment at the end of the month?

December 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm
(437) Adam says:

What if you are not on an extension what if you are on your 1st year of unemployment and you have until June until your benefits run out will you be cut from unemployment at the end of the month?

December 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm
(438) :) says:

We are all fooling ourselves if we think for one second that the government cares how our next meal is coming from let alone if benefits are extended. Maybe a handful do but as a whole NOPE!Look at how our Vets are being treated! They do not care if we lose our homes, cars or anything else for that matter! The only ones who care about your situation is YOU! If it were not so the homeless now, who would rather be in a home would be. There are already countless homeless, so why should we think for a second WE are better then they are? We are not! All man created equal! The government is corrupt and there is NOT one thing we can do about it, unless We take it in our own hands and that would be starting a civil war against those corrupt. This is NOT the same America that our founding fathers created, we are on our way to becoming a third world country with the rich and the rest, the poor! We can only help each other the best we can with what we have. Does the government care that I stood in line the other day in the cold for the food bank to open so I could get my expired or near expired food for my family? NOPE! Does the government care that my car was repoed the other day? NOPE bottom line, sell yourself the best you can to potential employers and hope your in!

December 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm
(439) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

If an extension isn’t passed, the only unemployment that will be in place after December 29, 2012 is a maximum of 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits.

December 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm
(440) :) says:

@adam the cutting off of benefits at the end of the month is for euc and Eb only not regular state benefits. If the extension is not passed, once your regular benefits are done, so is your claim

December 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm
(441) Lynn says:

Hi Alison. What will happen if congress doesn’t reach a decision until after Jan 2. Do you think it’s likely?

December 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm
(442) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

If an extension is passed after the expiration date, benefits should be retroactive. At least that’s how it was handled in the past.

December 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm
(443) gail says:

There will be no extensions no nothing…so those of us over the age of 60 who have lost our jobs and have no health insurance and have health problems will just die….I have out lived my dad who died at 61 but I think I wont make it much longer. I have a great deal of saddness in my heart over this co
untry that my son fought for….I will not hang the flag out anymore..

December 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm
(444) KP says:

There is a petition that TKhan, a commentor on the article listing the options up for discussion by the government with regards to Federal UC, and I just signed it. I was only the 34th person to sign it. It was really sad to see so few. I thought I was going to be like number 24,500 or something since every article about this subject has so many comments. I’ve never ever commented because I guess, maybe like most out there, I never really believed that they would actually cut benefits. They’ve done the right thing in the past and extended benefits and I truly thought that they would continue, at least give people a fighting chance to get back on their feet. Here is the link for the petition. I took me less than a minute. http://wh.gov/RI1C

December 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm
(445) paul says:

what about rep taking debt ceiling off table for one year. I just got my last eb check in nyc. does this mean anything for me

December 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm
(446) H says:

They may extend benifits …it’s hope. All we can do is wait and see. I’m praying. I think Obama and the other Democrats are fighting for us

December 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm
(447) george says:

my unemployment run out today. What can I do?. I had enough in the system to hold me until January of next year and now in December it ended on the 9th. What can I do?. Ife the gov approves the unemployment can i THEN continue claiming?

December 16, 2012 at 11:12 pm
(448) andrea says:

Does anyone know who we could contact by e-mail or mail in the decision about cutting eu? This would be a disaster for possibly millions if this was cut not to mention ,what will happen to the social services that are offered…be doubled in being needed! Then what will give? I am sick of listening to the last 3 elections promising new jobs and nothing has happened in what; approximately 10 years!!! The future definetely holds no hope for the middle class, sad to say but true.

December 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm
(449) andrea says:

Does anyone know who we could contact by e-mail or mail in the decision about cutting eu? This would be a disaster for possibly millions if this was cut not to mention ,what will happen to the social services that are offered…be doubled in being needed! Then what will give? I am sick of listening to the last 3 elections promising new jobs and nothing has happened in what; approximately 10 years!!! The future definetely holds no hope for the middle class, sad to say but true.


December 17, 2012 at 1:36 am
(450) Eric says:

Lol Adam (438) NOBODY is on their first YEAR of unemployment. lol You only are allowed 26 WEEKS the rest has to be APPROVED by the GOVERNMENT EACH YEAR. So all you have to do is count up when you started drawing your unemployment and figure out how long 26 weeks is. If you just started drawing it then you’ll mostly likely have enough until june or july of next year. After that NIL NADA NOTHING unless the government approves more weeks of EXTENDED unemployment or EMERGENCY unemployment which it looks like they won’t and thus everybody who’s already had their 26 weeks + will get NO MO after Dec 29th I’m happy to type. ;) The days seem to be flying by now the 29th is just around the corner. I sure hope most of you were smart and didn’t blow it on christmas.

December 17, 2012 at 3:34 am
(451) Daniel says:

People, have faith,. I would bet a quite a lot that a deal has already been passed, and Obama is just letting this go on for another 7 or 8 days (before Christmas) to let Boehner save face for his extreme nut job Republicans, so he can then go back and tell them, “I did all I could.” President Obama and the democrats are committed to extending the benefits, they have been all along. According to this article, http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-12-08/news/35694099_1_jobless-benefits-long-term-unemployment-unemployment-benefits , concessions have already been made by the Democrats to offset the cost of extending the benefits for another year. You have to remember, this is all a game to save face.

December 17, 2012 at 8:21 am
(452) :) says:

@ Eric I blew my last month of benefits on my kids for Christmas! They got everything they asked for! Also, come the 29th I will Not be homeless, my hubby pays th mortgage, heat, electric ext! I buy food! And pay my mere bills and when they cut me off!!! I will get foodstamps just because I collect does not mean I am poor or I am a low life sucking off system! I worked and earned my right to unemployment! You are just one nasty person and karma Eric, is a bioooooootch! :) have a nice Christmas!

December 17, 2012 at 9:21 am
(453) Hope07 says:

@ Erick…. You are such a moron how can you be happy to type that millions of families will no longer have the little help unemployment offers. What kind of human being you are? I really hope you never face the struggles that many are going through in this country, maybe then you will understand.

December 17, 2012 at 9:29 am
(454) Ann L says:

I am section 599 and only a few months from finishing my degree. It is a shame that all that I have invested in this program will have to end in January as I will be forced to forgo my degree and take any work I can find. I can’t figure how the govt will save money as this will push my family into having to ask for other social services.

December 17, 2012 at 9:45 am
(455) Robert says:

I’ve lost my job to a much younger generation.I’m 54yrs of age with two teenage daughters paying child support oit of my Unemployment benefits. Its very hard for a man my age to get a job all thr jobs are going to the younger generation. It’s very hard to maintain my bills and try to keep a place to live in. I ask Mr President, and. Congress help the middle age.please sign the extension bill.

December 17, 2012 at 9:50 am
(456) Maryland Lady says:

Good Morning to all fellow Americans who are unemployed. I myself have been unemployed since March of 2012 and in September I switched over to E.U.C. benefits. At that time I was told that even though I qualified for so many additional weeks of benefits that I would not be able to use them after 12/29 unless an extension was enacted.

At the time I was very relieved as I thought that at least I had close to 3 more months to find a job. Well that has not happened for me as of yet. I happen to be in a much more fortunate situation than many you other unemployed people & for that I am grateful. I am sad that so many of you have had such a difficult time. It breaks my heart to read your stories and grasp your heartache, fear, helplessness and ultimate depression that has happened to you and your families. I cannot imagine being faced with being homeless, without a vehicle etc. Please so not give up hope or your own lives. It may seem dark and nothing but despair surrounds you right now but if you believe at all in humanity or a higher power you will find your way to get through this.

Please ignore the Eric’s of this world. It is people like him who hold his type of attitude that have ruined this country. Neighbors used to help each other when in need we looked out for each other and had no problem stopping to help a stranger in need, feed someone who was hungry, etc. So many have become so selfish with their uppity attitudes looking down their noses versus actually making an effort to help not only find realistic solutions but become involved in their communities by giving back through a bit of their time and compassion to reach out and help bring us back to a nation that put community and family first versus personal and self serving greed. These folks would rather tell you it’s your fault for this or that. It is people like this that have the most to learn.

December 17, 2012 at 9:52 am
(457) Maryland Lady says:


There are so many that think unemployment is welfare and it is not. I have been on unemployment twice in my 42 years. The first time was in 1996 for three months and then in 2012 until now. The job that I took after the 96 unemployment was the same one I worked at until my company was realigned and I was laid off as It was easier and much cheaper to part out my job duties in pieces to lower wage employees and save the annual salary that they were paying me. Was I shell shocked and initially full of fear? Of course. I though have relied on my faith each and everyday to get me through. That doesn’t mean I don’t have days that I don’t worry but I have survived so much so far in life and I know I will come through this too.

Have I diligently looked for work, attended the workshops that I was required to attend as well as others I voluntarily took? Absolutely. However I have not and did not accept temporary seasonal jobs that will end come the middle of January and have also not entertained service industry positions that paid way less than my unemployment paid as of yet. If and when I have to I will but I will not serve fries and burgers out of a window at all hours of the day and night unless or until I have no other choice. You may balk at that all you want but I have my reasons for making that decision and I stand behind it regardless of what anyone may think. I have more than me to consider due to my children so until I have to make that type of concession I will not.

December 17, 2012 at 9:53 am
(458) Maryland Lady says:

Continued 2

ust to be clear everyone is taxed on these unemployment benefits and will still have to file tax returns come the New Year. As a single mother with two middle school aged children and one in college I have been lucky to receive earned income credits, child tax credits and the ability to claim Head of Household for the last several years even though my salary was in the mid 30′s each year. This has afforded me larger tax returns which I have carefully managed and when needed used to make ends meet. I worked two jobs for 12 years to provide for my kids and I missed out on so much because of it. I did this to give them the best life possible even if I was killing myself by doing it. My kids suffered though as they would have much rather had the time with me versus a new outfit or toy. It took me many years to learn that and once I quit the second job and gave up my social activities I was able to focus on them and their emotional needs. I learned to live on less and to save what I could.

Since being unemployed I have been just as busy as I was when I was working. Each day I make a list of what I need to accomplish and I do my best to get it done each day. I have been lucky enough that through this by managing the benefits I have already received and selling things that I no longer need or use and with help from my boyfriend and family who have helped by contributing money for my children’s birthdays and Christmas as they are all in December we will have a good holiday. In fact today is my son’s 13th birthday and my daughter’s 14th will be on the 29th. I am not nor will allow anyone to make me feel ashamed for trying to put a smile on their face.

I have enough reserves to get me through mid February when I will receive my tax refund and if need be will use it to keep afloat for a bit. I plan to pay off the few loans I have and then if unemployment is not extended I will be more than ready to make your lunch, dinner, etc to continue on.

December 17, 2012 at 9:55 am
(459) Maryland Lady says:

Contuned 3

Whether someone is highly educated or skilled worker through personal work experience does not matter in the end. Out of a job is out of a job. I encourage anyone who is 62 to take your Social Security now before it is gone. You can still work on SS but you have to make sure you stay below the annual amount set. By the time I am in my 60′s SS will either no longer exist or I will have to live until 80 or 90 when I will already have one foot in the grave to get it. I am grateful that I will have a pension when I turn 65 from my previous employer which will provide me with something and I hope that I will find a job in my field very soon and have the opportunity to build another retirement fund so that one day I may actually retire something our generation can really only dream of.

I know that I am in a much more fortunate position than many others. I count my blessings everyday and I still look for ways to give back. Even if it is donating clothes or making a meal for someone else in need, stopping to help someone with a flat tire or run out of gas I always try to think of ways to help when I can. The problem with this world is that we need more people willing to give that time to help versus just assuming that those in need are at fault for not being better repaired. No one knows what it is like to walk in another person shoes. I do not know the trials and tribulations and tragedies most people have faced It is not my place to judge anyone as the only thing I have control of is me and what I do.

December 17, 2012 at 9:55 am
(460) Maryland Lady says:

Continued 4

As far as what the New Year will bring for those of us that are still unemployed will remain to be seen. Fellow unemployed keep praying that the benefits will be extended. November unemployment rates will be released this week and even if this drags into the New Year until Congress and Obama come to terms on a package there is always hope, In the mean time look around and see if you have anything you can sell, research state programs you may qualify for and gather as much information as you can. Be prepared with the best plan you can come up with and don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. There are many churches and social programs that can help you. Seek free counseling services to help you manage your emotions and reach a more positive outlook. Just don’t give up. Each of you in need are in my thoughts and prayers.

I for one already receive state medical for myself and my children as well as 330.00 a month in food stamps. I put my car in another ones name so I have no real assets. As of Jan. 3rd I will be back at Social Services applying for any additional benefits I can. I will also not be ashamed for one moment. I am no baby maker or Welfare Queen but If I and my kids are in need you can be damned sure I will exhaust any available resource to take care of them because I know the taxes I paid for the 27 years I’ve already worked have helped many others whether they were system abusers or not.

Just keep your heads held high and have hope. May we all enter into next year with what we need to get back on our feet and move forward to better opportunities.

December 17, 2012 at 10:45 am
(461) :) says:

That is correct Maryland lady!!! Come tax time, if you workedduring the year and have qualifying children you may be able to beg the EIC and child credit! Even though I worked up till the end of march, I will be getting just shy 3000.00 if you have your last pay stub for this year. You can go on various websites and get an estimate if what your looking ag come tax time!event though I choose not to have taxes taken from my unemployment, I will STILL get a nice refund and hopefully many of you will get a better return because of the lowewed income.you can still get the EIC even without kids.may be worth some to look into so at least if benefits are not extended, you may still getanice return come feb

December 17, 2012 at 10:59 am
(462) :) says:

Sorry for all the typos

December 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm
(463) Matt says:


December 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm
(464) chrissy says:

I have one more check to go. What will I do,just like the rest that are in my shoes. Me and my fiance worked for the same company and it went out of buisness when i was 5 months pregnant, may 1, 2011. Both still unemployed. We have been turned down to many jobs. I cannot even get work at the dollar Store. Living check to check, only paying our bills, buying food. Now our car broke.Also my washer, I get 1,000.00 per month Im freaking out. The only thing good thats happened to me is my beautiful daughter that is 1 years old. Please lord,Listen to everyones prayers and bring us all a great christmas and new year.

December 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm
(465) Carmine says:

How is it there is always a problem finding money for the uemployed, which for me is maybe $8,000 but there is never a problem finding nearly $500,000 a year to pay ex-presidents?

December 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm
(466) Maryland Lady says:

Just signed this petition and copied the link and forwarded it to everyone I know. This potential fiscal cliff has way more repercussions besides unemployment benefits. I live in a military town in which active duty, federal employees and government contractors are the majority of workers. These individuals stand to lose as well and thousands if not more could lose their jobs come the New Year. I am saddened at what a farce our government has become and even though I continue to vote nothing ever gets better no matter what party I have voted for.

We have so many laws and rules and regulations and no real choices that we can make anymore and as each year passes we lose even more of our so call freedoms. I totally agree with what many have said that we need to take care of our own first. I think any family unit looks out for their own first and foremost so why doesn’t our government? I can’t think of any other country that has helped ours except to lend money to us which then gets spent on wars was have no business fighting to begin with. Let those other countries kill each other for all I care.

We need to focus on bringing the American people together and securing a future for future generations. It is sad to see so many jobs that have been taken over by illegals and being outsourced to other countries. I am sick of calling customer service for almost every company I have to deal with only to be put through to someone oversees with an American sounding name that requires me to translate their horrible attempt at English to answer my simple questions.

It is really sad to see our great nation crumble in this manner due to greed and to have no real say in making a real change.

December 17, 2012 at 7:15 pm
(467) i miss working says:

god help us all we need our extension

December 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm
(468) Arsa says:

It will be done. Stop listening to these haters, keep up your job search and look out for your family’s well-being.


December 17, 2012 at 8:48 pm
(469) Allisa says:

Dear Santa,
All I want for Christmas is a Job. If that is too hard to arrange from one of the 558 applications I have filled out, then please give me a federal unemployment extension. My children are getting home-made cookies for Christmas this year, but at least they have a roof over their heads and food. Next month, the roof and food go away if I don’t receive a Christmas Miracle. Thank you, and bless all those that have less than I, and are suffering more than I can imagine.

December 17, 2012 at 11:28 pm
(470) Michael says:

Whether your black, white, jew, gentle, Democrat, or Republican. It’s know doubt that reality will hit each and every American in every state when this benefit is cut off. Our ancestors survived the the great depression in the 20′s with soup lines, joblessness, and lost of property and businesses. The Republican elitest will tell you to pull yourself up by the boot straps and lean on the your family and church to give you a hand out. It is. Reconcile with your spouse or whatever family you may have. Your gonna need each other. As long as two gather in the name of the lord. You can pull through these hard times lying ahead. This would be the ideal statement by our evangilical christians to your solution. In these hard times. Those same Republican evangilicals will probably tell you that.; The people during the depression didn’t have unemployment. For some reason they made it. so why can’t you? The annual salary for a congressman is $174,000.00. If your so concerned about this unemployment extension. Give your congressman a call in your district. Call the talk shows in your area about the issue. Let your voice be known. The power is with the people; not the politicians. A popular tea party congress here in district 22 in South Florida; Mr Allen West was sent his pink slip by the voters. He out spent a no name Democrat and still lost. Mid term elections for this Republican dominated congress is coming up in 2014. If they don’t pull it together, they will meet the same fate of Allen West. Anyone voting for these idiots based on there stance against abortion, gay marriage, and other ridiculous social issues; should not come crying about why you can’t get a hand out from the government as the republicans would call it while trying to get a job. You in turn should starve and not complain about it. It’s a disgrace to American voters for not voting these guys out in the first place.

December 18, 2012 at 1:50 am
(471) JerseyVet says:

My NG unit was deployed to Afghanistan on 2011. When i returned to the states I found myself the surprise that the company I worked for relocated and they could not offer me my position back (even though they should’ve by law) because they moved to a different country. I’m now in the same boat as many people that are unemployed. One of the reasons I’m never hired is because I’m still serving and I have mandatory training or drill exercises throughout the year and I have to be excused. Once employers hear this I don’t sound like a desirable candidate anymore. It’s disgusting the way they’re treating veterans now. I am a Iraq (active Army) and Afghanistan (NJNG) veteran. There’s nothing I can do about it because employers are calling the shots right now and they know it. I enjoyed serving my country, and I loved serving my state specially during the aftermath of Sandy. But my sacrifice doesn’t seem to matter to employers anymore.

December 18, 2012 at 8:25 am
(472) Jill says:

Well, I have been reading the comments like everyone else and it all sucks. Last year for the first time in my career I was let go, yes I mean fired, I was scared to death, I just knew that I would never find a job because of my dismissal may be made out to look worse than it was, and did not qualify for unemployment. In 2 months I took a job that was 2 hours from my home and things started to turn around for me, and I had hope, after 9 months working for this company, and things did not go the way I was told, I was let go again, because they could not justify my pay for what the business was doing, Now I did qualify for unemployment and have been on it for starting my 8th month, and yes its hard as h…, I live in the dark most of the time, to cut back my electric bill, I had recently while still employed had to get a new car, I have applied , like others for everything and have had only 2 interviews, one I feel pretty sure they thought I was over qualified, and the other put a freeze on hiring. I myself am 50 and feel like my age is also looked at, I may not be in the same situation as bad as others , but I think If I lose my car I have no other means of transportation, how do I get to an interview, how do I get back and forth to a job, H… how do I get anywhere, I want to work will start today doing almost anything…work any shift any day holidays it doesnt matter I just need a job, or I am screwed if they dont extend, all of us no matter what I situation are screwed…………….Help

December 18, 2012 at 9:15 am
(473) frank piscioneri says:

I cant believe this is happening after all that we have been through and now to tell us are unemployment will not be extended. This world just keeps getting worst. I dont know what iam going to do. We have all worked hard in our life and to despite some bad luck how some of us lost are jobs it is not fair. I cant believe the state that we are in after the hurricane and people still trying to get past what has happen on top of it no wwe have ton worry about not collecting unemployment. My holiday has just gotten worst as iam sure for all of us.

December 18, 2012 at 11:58 am
(474) USA says:


December 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm
(475) G says:

Looks like its in talks of of yesterday, hope it doesn’t get rejected


December 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm
(476) Henry says:

Alison, My unemployment ended with tier 3 in September in Illinois because tier 4 was ended in June because of the unemployment rate being lower, when I was told earlier that I qualified for the extra 13 weeks of tier 4. My question is if the benefits are extended do I qualify for the remaining weeks that were cut off earlier? Im in tha same position as a lot of people as I am 54 and nobody is interested in hiring me. Thanks and good luck to everyone.

December 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm
(477) Kim says:

I have never used unemployment in the 35 years l have worked..now at 49 my extention will end and l dont have any other income. I am getting 372 a week and my renr alone is 1200 a month…16 dollats a month in food stamps…l have a son who lives with me who attends college….there are very few jobs and even less for someone like me…please please please let congress pass this extention…l would love to be off of this and go back to my normal self…..that’s what l want for christmas!!

December 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm
(478) Henry says:

Alison, my Unemployment ended after tier 3 the end of September and I was not allowed tier 4 because Illinois cut that off in June because of the unemoloyment rate being lower. So the remaining 13 weeks that I was initially approved for I never received. So my question is if the benefits are extended will I qualify for the 13 weeks that I never got? I am like a lot of other people at the age of 54 nobody wants to hire me, Good luck to all.

December 18, 2012 at 7:04 pm
(479) Chk66 says:

I am so tired of you people saying that it is so easy to walk into a job after a layoff or being fired. It’s a joke to tell people to go get another job if one isn’t enough.

I worked 2 jobs. I did a full time job and part time job but I was 23 not over 50. Telling people that THESE JOBS EVEN EXIST is a slap in the face. Employers will not hire Grandmas or older, educated people.

The worst part of the Recession (still ongoing) is how everyone treats the unemployed like scum.

Feel good with your snide remarks. It might be you next.

December 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm
(480) Eddie says:

How can some off the politicians sleep. Sorry I wasn’t raised with a silver spoon and didn’t go to Yale it Harford. Sorry mom and dad didn’t teach me how to use free enterprise to ruin my country. While the high ups go out for the holidays on expensive trips and gifts paid with MY tax dollars. I’m in a panic trying to figure out what to do to have a place over my head. It’s NEVER been this hard to find work. If the unemployment rate went down it was for American jobs sent over seas. Thanks uncle Sam for nothing but trouble, and yer nephew Bush is a scum bag!

December 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm
(481) joe delapl says:

Its all in the Lords hands……pray

December 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm
(482) Presient Obama says:

You ***MUST*** voice your opinion by signing this petiton to extend UI! ***PLEASE*** EVERYONE http://wh.gov/RI1C

December 19, 2012 at 6:51 am
(483) Donna says:

This is an outrage – I lost my job in June (after 27 years) – cannot find a job – i was granted my first extension and two days ago received a letter saying there would be no more benefits – are you kidding me! I’ve worked 38 years and this is so unfair that I can only get 26 weeks of unemployment when previously people were collecting for over 2 years! I cannot sleep at night and am sick to my stomach – the worse thing here is that I was granted an extension only to find out it is being taken away! Congress must do something!

December 19, 2012 at 7:09 am
(484) Jessica says:

My UE office told me when I was laid off that I couldnt get UE and collect my pension ( which I cashed out) which was wrong. I found 9 months later I could collect, and now I have had benefits less than 8 months, and I am told that I am on an “extension” and will lose mine end of year……I cant find a decent job that pays more than my benefits… went from 80,000 a year to 1500 a month…and soon to “0″…so I guess then I can put my 10 years Telecom experience and degree in at McDonalds, or Walmart for minimum wage!

December 19, 2012 at 8:39 am
(485) Michelle says:

I have tried to sign the petition but it won’t let me set up an account!

I am seriously worried, been unemployed since Feb 2012 and have been applying everywhere, even at part time retail positions and never even get a call back for an interview. I worked in corporate America, so am considered “over-qualified” for lower positions and “under-qualified” for the other jobs out there. I am almost completed with schooling, so that also hinders me on a job search because no one wants to hire someone who is about to graduate college. Without the UE extensions, I have no choice but to go on welfare, I have drastically cut all corners to make ends meet and often skip meals just to stretch out the groceries for the week. Without even that little of a check, it would be catastrophic for us.

December 19, 2012 at 8:46 am
(486) Michelle says:

Also, instead of clicking on the link to the petition, I went to the website and went through all 166 of the active petitions and there isn’t a single one on that page about extending UE benefits, so that is probably why there isn’t more signatures on it, noone can see it without a direct link to the petition.

December 19, 2012 at 10:15 am
(487) Mom3 says:

Question for Calif. unemployment… Say they pass the extension for 2013 – I just got hired for 2 hrs a day starting in Jan for school district – not much but hoping it will be a start to permanent work with more hours – until that is avail for me will I get partial unemployment still with the extension in effect? I am confused…

December 19, 2012 at 11:37 am
(488) gp says:

If there is an extension does look like it would include the people who were laid off in July?

December 19, 2012 at 11:47 am
(489) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

My guess is that if there is an extension it will probably continue the benefit programs (or some form of them) that are currently in place.

If that’s the case, then yes, those who were laid off this year who haven’t been eligible for any federal benefits would be entitled to extended benefits.


December 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm
(490) Henry says:

Alison, I asked yesterday with no reply so I will try again today. My Unemployment ended in September at the end of tier 3, I was told that I qualified for tier 4 that would last until the end of the year. But as of June tier 4 ended in Illinois because of the unemployment dropping. My question to you Alison is if benefits are extended will I qualify for the 13 weeks that I lost out on this year? Thanks for your anticipated answer.

December 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm
(491) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Henry, I don’t have an answer because I don’t know what will be included in an extension if one is passed.

However, if I had to guess I’d say that they will, at best and unfortunately, continue the extensions that are in place now and won’t add any additional benefits either retroactively or moving forward.

December 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm
(492) Dee in Michigan says:

Its all in God’s Hand!! Let stay positive and hopeful that it is already worked out in our favor. We just have to believe……

December 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm
(493) Darryl says:

Its just unfair the way Legal American Workers are treated in this county but if i was an illlegal alien i would be able to collect funds (welfare-food stamps and they even give you money to buy a car) with no problem even tho they are not us citizen..who do you think supplies those funds you give to the illegals in this county,”Legal American Workers” thats who…taken out of my pay every week….i use to be proud to live here but with all our jobs leaving the county and illegals taken the ones we do have here…makes me sick….this needs to stop…i support the workers.!!!

December 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm
(494) Arsa says:

Keep up the faith and keep up the job search.


Obama is not negotiating without UE benefits. Good luck to everyone.

December 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm
(495) Larry says:

I will never vote Republican again as long as I live.

December 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm
(496) J says:

After this I can’t support Boehner’s party anymore, they did a good job keeping me as long as they did but he needs to use his Plan B to find himself another job. To hold unemployment extensions hostage at this time for Americans who have the right to them while everyone else under the sun is bailed out, especially this time of year, and with the kind of year it’s been, is criminally insane. Boehner’s party and pundits always say the real unemployment is much higher than the stats show, so why would they not want to renew unemployment extensions? Twenty-six weeks is nowhere close to what it takes to find a new job in this economy. The GOP is truly disconnected from it’s own party as well as the rest of America. If those making over $400k can’t handle getting taxed a little more they should use their own advice to the lower classes and get a second or third job, you know, be real hard workin’ Americans.

December 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm
(497) buffett says:

States that are well above 7.7 I would think are going to get euc in 2013 especially in the northeast where hurricane sandy cost thousands of additional jobs

December 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm
(498) Robert Braddock says:

After 26 years as an McDonald’s employee, having gone to Hu, Seve Safe and all of the McDonald’s classes, they decided to lay me off due to a decrease in sales only yo hire younger, cheaper people who have little to no experience. This is an outrage. I have been a loyal employee all of these years only to have it taken away. McDonald’s always talks about opportunity and growing green But not for anyone over 50.

December 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm
(499) cmax says:

I just a finished my initial 26 weeks and learned that my extension will end on 12/29. I am 60 years old and have had prospect employers tell me I am winding down or I need to color my hair. I have 2 young children that I am caring for and don’t understand what Congress is waiting for. CT has a 9% unemployment rate, there are no jobs and I am getting sick over my financial situation

December 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm
(500) Larry says:

J, I couldn’t agree more. Boehner is going to soon feel what we are feeling now. I love how they blame us for not having a job and not their self righteous/failed economic policies that caused this. We sure as hell didn’t cause this. It is so clear now…crystal clear….they are nothing but puppet/prostitutes for the Koch brothers and other big money interest groups. You’re right, they say unemployment is way higher, yet they just want to throw us into the sea like dead fish. They don’t care about us. I have news for the Repubs..it’s over fellas. The american people caught onto your bullsh*t. There’s nowhere to hide. The lies have been exposed. Many people vote for their own economic interests first now. The game is over. Your party is over. You lost my vote and countless others. Enjoy your time in the unemployment line in 2014!

December 19, 2012 at 6:43 pm
(501) harry h. says:

John Boehner’s plan B is going to screw us. Enough said. These clowns don’t care about anyone but themselves

December 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm
(502) Kim B says:

The unemployment rate in North Carolina is 9.3 and has been for more than 3 years, there are no jobs here not even minimum wage. Everyone is fighting for the same Wal-Mart jobs. John Boehner needs to have some compassion for the unemployed worker especially for those who voted for him, doesn’t he know that he will need us again. It’s sad that a bunch of high paid, rich men has to make a life decision for over 2 million people, we can barely make it off the unemployment payments already but to not have them at all is TRAGIC! Please, Please extend our benefits.

December 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm
(503) jessica says:

I am a conservative and usually vote republican, but I am also unemployed for the last 10 months, I was with my company for over 5 years and can not find a job. I am 40 yrs old, I have applied for hundreds of jobs and out of the hundreds I have been on 3 interviews. I have taken the workshops and I am trying, but the work is not there for me. I have a disability too and I am still trying to work, but limited to office type work only, for those like me it is almost impossible.

What will this country do to help all these people who are like me a single mother, the only provider for her family, if I loose extended benefits now my family could be on the streets. REPUBLICANS listen up, I voted for you, DO SOMETHING! Obama was reelected because “we the people are afraid and you are acting like you don’t care!”; I get that you don’t know how this feels, so you don’t understand the fear or desperation. The media lies and say things are getting better, not at my house! This is our family, our future, our country. You can not do nothing and hurt the country to help a few. If millions of us lose our only livelihood our economy that is still weak can not take that hit. If you can’t agree on everything, at least do the most important things NOW! Stop playing the stupid games you guys play to get everything you want. DEMOCRATS listen up, this is for you too, get this done NOW, my family can’t survive if I loose even 1 weeks benefits, we only have about $3k in savings and some people don’t even have that.

Prioritize, deal with this now, don’t close for the holidays until this is taken care of, then maybe you guys will learn to work together and get this done. How do we get these guys to listen? If anyone has a website or a petition going around list it here for all of us to pass around, they need to know how we feel and what we want.

December 19, 2012 at 9:40 pm
(504) linda says:

Think about the crime rate if they do not extend the benefits..
it is going to be out of control

December 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm
(505) Michelle says:

I am urging Congress to work together and put there personal feelings aside and consider all the American people including myself whose household bills and son`s monthly college tuition payment relies soley on unemployment benefits. I am an educated single mother with a Bachelor`s Degree in Sociology. I am constantly seeking work and like many other have been told that I overqualify for positions or I never receive a call back. If unemployment benefits are not extended before December 31, 2012, many lives and households will be in ruins!

December 20, 2012 at 1:37 am
(506) Sherry says:

I live in California and when the state had a deadline to complete their budget Governor Jerry Brown told the committe they had to meet the deadline or they wouldn’t recieve their paychecks..Boy that got things done…That is what they should do with Congress with no Vacation break also. This plan B of Boehner’s is a farce…”The speaker is now proposing what he calls Plan B, so he says, ‘Well, this would raise taxes only on folks making a million dollars or more.’ What that means is an average of a $50,000 tax break for every millionaire,” Also, he didn’t include the federal extensions for unemployment insurance in this plan. This seems to be the way this Congress works…Not for the people …just their deep pockets. I have been unemployed for 3 months on the regular so far…but 2 years ago i was let go …laid off…after 24 years..had 2 jobs in between then and now…Jobs aren’t like they use to be..you are temp and then disposed of when they are done with you or find someone who will take it for less money. I am not a racist but i have to tell you I never see any or hardly any people originally from my Country (US) in my line of work. I don’t feel like I will be able to get a decent job and hold on to it..My age at 61 almost 62 I am sure is not helping also…so I feel screwed now. I really feel bad for the people stressed out to the 29th of December losing their benefits…I really think you will be alright but I know not knowing is hard…and to the idiots with nasty remarks go somewhere else…heartless you are…

December 20, 2012 at 2:54 am
(507) Karla says:


SIGN this petition important for all of us who need an extension. I am a mom of a 2 month old and I need UE to support my baby. I have tried to look for a job but things in Miami are not well. Pass this along to everyone we need alot of signatures for this petition. Have faith we will be able to get this extension., but we have to put our part.

December 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm
(508) Cathy says:

Maybe they should base length of unemployment on the amount of time you have paid into it. As for me, 30 plus years at same company, and BAM! Doors closed. I cashed in my retirement to pay as much as I could ahead of time, paid off my car….etc…etc….there is nothing left. But at least I have transportation to look for work. But still of course the house payment. Guess I lose the house next. Lets face it some of the younger people who work 20 wks, get laid off, and collect. They hardly paid anything into it and they feel they are owed this money. Its easier for younger ppl to get jobs then it is for me at 56. I cannot stand this stress of waiting to see whats going to happen. I have since quit paying my bills, to save for necessitys like food and warmth. This will probably be my last comment, because now I have to shut off my internet access and phone as well

December 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm
(509) J says:

Whatever happens, they need to renew unemployment extensions at least a few more years until the economy catches up to all those wealthy individuals, businesses, and foreign interests bailed out in recent years. They still haven’t used their savings to create jobs in any significant way. Good for President Obama if he is championing unemployment extensions because Boehner sure doesn’t seem to care, but he is Grover Norquist’s puppet. Without him Boehner could have possibly accepted meeting President Obama’s compromise in the middle for $400k and above tax increases and we might already know what next year holds before Christmas instead of this “Plan B” debacle which will ruin the GOP forever by not including UE, and probably deservedly. I’ve worked among the wealthy (foolishly thinking I could join their ranks if I worked hard) and there’s nothing about them that makes them worth so much more than your average reliable worker so I don’t care if they increase taxes even on those making over $100k a year after my experience educating myself, paying my debts off, and working hard over the years not even getting close to that level. Never trust anyone pulling in that kind of dough and above, and don’t trust them to create anything that gives you the opportunity they had. Keep fighting for us and UE President Obama! But sort this out quickly, it all falls on you at the end of the day despite the childish antics of your opposition. But can’t imagine you want to start your second term with millions of your own supporters suddenly cut off from the benefits so many others have received over the years. Stay hopeful and fight this with whatever you have.

December 20, 2012 at 5:17 pm
(510) GKR says:

I have been applying and interviewing for a job. Its hard when your 50, with 20 yrs exp. and the employers wants young fresh grads to work. my benefits end along with others at the end of the year. Its very stressful to wonder how I am going to make a car payment, or pay rent and buy groceries…..

December 20, 2012 at 7:28 pm
(511) CaseyPT says:

Guys, it may be time to panic. It is obvious that the Relublicans want war…..and we are the first casualties. This is why the media as a whole doesn’t discuss our situation in their reports on the fiscal cliff.
Look, I try to be optimistic…

But we must now fend for ourselves. Apply for local state government help and food stamps. It’s time to clean people’s toilets, beg on the streets, and face a new harsh world.

We won’t win this time.

December 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm
(512) Francesca says:

All I want for Christmas is a definate decision about the extension of emergency unemployment compensation and not to have this continuous knot in my stomach from worrying on how to keep my family (my one year old son & my husband who is also on unemployment) from going into poverty. I’m sure I am just one of MANY who are all too consumed about this deadline.

December 20, 2012 at 9:47 pm
(513) thisisthisisbad says:

If UNemployment runs out I’m buying a tent and living on the beach. Ocean front proprty like the Jamaicans say don’t worry be happy.

December 20, 2012 at 10:55 pm
(514) Eric says:

Well after today you have one chance and one chance only of getting extended UI benefits after Dec 29th and that would have to be a “separate” bill with just extending the UI for however many x months and still get Republican approval.

It’s pretty obvious now after today the fiscal cliff is coming and higher taxes are coming. The Republicans right now have no “leverage” to make Obama capitulate to their way of thinking and won’t have it until Feb when the debt limit must be increased or this country will go into default and possibly into another DE-pression.

So you all on extended UI or emergency UI are holding on by a strand of a string now and congress is dropping oil down that string. In just a few more days Cardboard box production will be UP and probably more JOBS needed to house the 2million or more that will need them shortly. ;)

December 20, 2012 at 11:46 pm
(515) Michael says:

Today isn’t a good day. When are going back to the Hoover days of the 1920′s depression. However, the upside to this is that the Republican party for whatever it’s worth will loose whatever chances of ever having a majoriity balance of power in either the House, Senate, and let along a Republican President for the next 16 to 20 years; similar to Roosevelt & Truman for 20 years. The Republicans will loose the house in The midterm 2014 elections. They are so arroganant and out of touch; that they don’t see it coming. Tax breaks for the rich hasn’t stimulated the econmy. During the Bush tax break era starting in 2000. Millionaire and Billionaire execs fired more workers; while purchasing bigger boats and speculating on Wall Street and loosing there money in ponzi schemes to Bernie Madoff. The money lost could have trickled down to providing far wages and benefits to their employees. Thats the true theory behind Reagans trickle down economics and the purpose of giving the tax breaks to the rich in the first place. They don’t get it.. so be it. They will pay at the pools.

December 21, 2012 at 12:20 am
(516) Morgan says:

Silly me, thinking the government actually cares about people.

December 21, 2012 at 12:31 am
(517) beachfront says:

It’s time to stop caring, and just get a nice tent on the beach and relax. All my working for years my loyalty to my company for nothing. I’m gonna relax on the beach, unwind, not a care in the world, no car payments, no house payments, no more worrying about my wonderful unemployment that made me a millionaire. Joke. I’m just gonna relax.

December 21, 2012 at 12:33 am
(518) hihihi says:

I will join you. Get a nice tan, we can go fishing everyday, eat free sushi. And get a tan. Move to the beach! It’s free!

December 21, 2012 at 6:17 am
(519) James says:

Couch surfing.org
Need a place to stay when you become homeless? Maybe, this will help you.

December 21, 2012 at 6:45 am
(520) movingonup says:

You a’re correct. You can move to the mountains the beach anywhere that’s free.

December 21, 2012 at 9:02 am
(521) Randy says:

I watched C-Span all day yesterday, It seemed only the Democrats were worried about the expiration of the federal unemployment benefits. They mentioned it several times. Not one of my fellow Republicans said anything… How disheartening… I am glad Plan B was pulled. Actually John Boehner’s Plan B fiscal cliff offer was not well received by this Republicans and it was he who killed it..

December 21, 2012 at 9:20 am
(522) David says:

Boehner is finished now, and he knows it. His party basically overthrew him yesterday. He has been catering to these Tea Party nuts all this time to try to keep his job and get reelected on January 3rd, which is when the House will vote for a Speaker. I predict he will now sit down with Obama and give in to his demands over the next few days. He will not be re-elected as Speaker anymore because of what happened yesterday. He will give in to demands now to try and keep his job in the Senate, but his Speaker position is done. That would be his best move. Come election time, he could at least say he tried to get America moving by coming to an agreement with Obama. It’s all a game folks. Unemployment benefits WILL be passed either way.

December 21, 2012 at 9:22 am
(523) David says:

*** I meant try and save his job in the House..not the Senate.

December 21, 2012 at 9:24 am
(524) Disgusted American says:

It kills me what things were voted on yesterday, things that have no immediate importance, if any at all. As I watched CSPAN and heard what each vote was about, I just shook my head. Changing the name of a Post Office is more important than helping the very people that are just about to have their only means of income pulled right from under their feet? I can’t even get a job at McDonalds because according to them I am “over qualified”, not that I would even be able to make rent payments with that pay. So instead, just like everyone else on the extension, it ends and we are left out in the cold. It just makes me think how different i would be treated if I denounced my citizenship. What a piece of work this crumbling country is.

December 21, 2012 at 10:20 am
(525) awesome says:

What’s the story on squatters rights you can’t be forced to leave Ur home. You can squat there. Free.

December 21, 2012 at 11:26 am
(526) Sheryl says:

So millions including myself are out of or will be out of benefits on the 29th and I guarantee you if its not reinstated , that they will announce a significant drop in unemployment, which of course they will not say is a result from stopping the benefits. So guess whats next? You are going to have millions more on welfare. Yeah this makes so much sense. Not only will you be giving me cash each month, but also food stamps and insurance. WOW thats so much cheaper than the extension!!!!!
the surge of welfare recipients is going to escalate 10 fold and then what are all these states going to do then?
We are so headed for a depression and not a good one

December 21, 2012 at 11:29 am
(527) lisa says:

Watch how high the welfare claims jump up now

December 21, 2012 at 11:31 am
(528) Arsa says:

It will pass guys. Worry not. If it doesn’t, Obama will exercise an executive order. Gotta love havin’ power.

December 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm
(529) Alex T. says:

Don’t worry you guys, it’s politics tactics to do everything at the last second. They will extend the unemployment,they have no choice otherwise our economy will be dead.

December 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm
(530) georgeclooney says:

Are they aware of the crime rate if it isn’t passed?

December 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm
(531) Dan Jendrowski says:


I have been self employed for over 30 years and have paid hundreds of thousand dollars in unemployment insurance benefits for my employees and myself…Due to the economy I find myself on the other side of the fence collecting UI befits for my 30th week never collecting before. Each member of congress and federal employees and including the people make decisions for the american people will be getting a paycheck from the federal “cookie Jar” week after week.

How about this lets end their benefits/paychecks December 29 2012, that would help balance the budget.

December 21, 2012 at 3:35 pm
(532) Barb323 says:

This is just so stressful especially this time of year. I can’t even enjoy the Christmas season with all this worry.

December 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm
(533) Val says:

Of course Republicans are fighting for the rich people to pay less taxes, but they don’t care if us poor people and our kids starve to death.

December 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm
(534) jd says:

Give all the worries to God

December 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm
(535) Barb323 says:

Faith is great but it does not pay the bills and many “with faith” are suffering and on the brink of homelessness if not already there.

December 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm
(536) Barb323 says:

Watching CNN all afternoon. The President is announcing John Kerry’s nomination to take over for Hilary Clinton right now but in the past few hours not one mention of the unemployment crisis and possible extension for our country in crisis from anyone. Interesting.

December 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm
(537) Barb323 says:

President about to speak..let’s see if he cares about our pain or what really matters to him.

December 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm
(538) grandma of 6 says:

ood evening everyone,
i have been sitting here reading all of the post about unemployment issues and how we are all running out of time on our claims.I too am collecting and will exhaust my funds on my 2012 claim on 12/29/12.
I read alot and found that there will be a 10% increase in restaurant hiring in 2013. so I went out and took a food safety manager course and I am now certified and carry that license in hopes of being hired anywhere. before I was laid off, I was working as a certified nursing assistant, I may have to pick up some days doing that also. I feel bad for all of us in this boat, we do deserve better, we are not slouches, we are just having a bad time right now, it will get better.

December 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm
(539) Barb323 says:

Even if the benefits are extended, I keep reading stories and hearing from various sources that the longer we are all out of work (sometimes for more than a year) the employers that do have open positions are less likely to pay us any mind or even grant an interview. Does anyone here have any facts or comments as to whether these statements of discrimination are really that bad out there and how on earth will that be addressed? Perhaps we need some tax credits for employers who bother with the older workforce who have many skills and experience to offer over “some” of the younger ones who appear to be less costly to them. The more I read on websites the more discouraged I get.

December 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm
(540) brian says:

Regardless, the President’s word is golden!

December 21, 2012 at 10:39 pm
(541) Ryan says:

Next week is my last payment and I still would of had money on my claim but they said I can’t get it Because its the last cycle so where does that money go I worked for 6 yrs straight n earned this at least let me collect the rest of it

December 21, 2012 at 10:39 pm
(542) Ryan says:

Next week is my last payment and I still would of had money on my claim but they said I can’t get it Because its the last cycle so where does that money go I worked for 6 yrs straight n earned this at least let me collect the rest of it Instead of leaving me broke with a 17 month old baby I’ll have no where to go I been looking for jobs but no call backs I just don’t understand how they can cut off money that is still on my claim just because the year ends I don’t get it

December 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm
(543) Barb323 says:

Ryan, I am confused. Are you saying that anyone – regardless of when they started their claim – will be cut off on 12/29 even if a hefty about is left in their account?? How can that be? What if you have not even hit 26 weeks yet from the state benefit and just got laid off a few months ago?? Praying for you and everyone else on here that’s for sure!

December 21, 2012 at 11:14 pm
(544) Jay says:

State unemployment will still be in effect.. this is the federally funded EUC that will expire in a week

December 22, 2012 at 12:00 am
(545) Barb323 says:

Thank you Jay! But once the state benefit runs out then no one is eligible for any extensions unless it gets passed next week right?

December 22, 2012 at 12:49 am
(546) mike says:

and i jus love how they send the letter 2 weeks befor this is guna happen wat a way to start the new year this is crasy i feel bad for everyone who lost everything from sandy and is counting on this money jus to live n feed there familys how can so many people jus be droppd maybe this is the end of the world after all,no good can come from this thats for sure

December 22, 2012 at 1:18 am
(547) drayton says:

Alison, if you have extension weeks remaining and it gets extended like on jan 4th, will the extensions continue?

December 22, 2012 at 7:20 am
(548) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

The Congressional Budget Office has outlined four different scenarios for extended benefits, if they are approved:

So, if it’s passed, it will depend on exactly what is in the legislation. Hopefully, they will continue the same benefit level as this year.

December 22, 2012 at 9:09 am
(549) Erik says:

NPR posted a little something this morning, at 3.A.M.


December 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm
(550) Tyrone says:

My benefits ended a week ago, preventing me from moving to Tire 4 , this week ahead is gonna be rough!

December 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm
(551) Rosie says:

I’m an out of work teacher for 6 months and after 4 years as a part-time and substitute teacher I am now seriously considering giving up hope of finding a full-time job in a “respectable profession.”

Congress must understand that for many Americans unemployment insurance provides hope and dignity to entire families struggling to hang on until our economy turns that corner. No one on unemployment created the economic problem. I challenge any Republican or Democrat, to put themselves in the tired and broken shoes we unemployed wear day in and day out in search of a stable job that doesn’t exist for the majority of us overqualified 40 somethings. They won’t accept the challenge.

Sadly, in the spirit of the holiday season we must realize that Santa Claus doesn’t like poor kids with unemployed parents and what a surprise, neither does Congress.

December 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm
(552) jorge says:

I am over than 40 and from June 2012 every single day i send jobs aplications for differents employers and you know what, i don’t get
nothing because my last employer talk bad about me,cause i field
a complain again the company for no paid my over time. This is a real
discrimination. I has just two checks left, I hope the congress approved
an extension. Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm
(553) eriberto nunez says:

when they come back from the holidays ,obama told them to pass the extenion ,,so dont worry u guys who are leaving comments,it will be alright ,im down to my last check ,so if i cant find a job,i have to go on welfare!!! what else can i do? have to eat have to pay my room rent ,,so lets hope we all get it!!!!

December 22, 2012 at 7:48 pm
(554) BlameYourOboma says:

People who voted for Oboma should look in the mirror and blame yourself. Raising TAXES on wealthy job creators will backfire bigtime, all they will do is LAY OFF more people. Oboma has NEVER worked at a REAL job in his life, keep on dreaming you are going to hurt people with money the joke is on you in the end. NO one can make $50-$80 an hour baking cupcakes – Hostess did the right thing in shutting down.

UNIONS keep it up, you will be living on welfare/foodstamps demanding more money, meanwhile they just ship the jobs overseas.

Oboma has been in 4 YEARS he owns the economy and it is SHIPWRECKED!

December 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm
(555) @rosie says:

Rosie, Have you ever thought about teaching overseas? If so I would suggest working with http://www.teachaway.com, or looking on Daves ESL cafe or a thousand other possible sites for international schools. I know that it really might not be your life dream but it would pay the bills until things pick up state side.

December 22, 2012 at 7:52 pm
(556) BlameYourOboma says:

I thought Oboma was going to give you money and jobs??? All he has done is cause companies to LEAVE the USA to CHINA. His head jobs guy is GE that outsources to CHINA…

Romney is a BUSINESS man, not a guy who is going to pay people to lay around crying about not being in a UNION making $100 an hour tightening a bolt or baking cupcakes.

Oboma ran the DEBT up higher than ALL Presidents combined, the USA will be GREECE before long. Good luck on getting unemployment when the economy collapses. YOU cannot take and take from people who work, 50% of Americans on foodstamps is OBOMA’s fault and he owns it….

December 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm
(557) Jesus is the Answer says:

Anyone putting their faith in man is going to be let down. America has turned its back on God and look at the economic ruin and folly at hand.

People reject Jesus and the Bible, America was founded on Christian principles now it is founded on mans sinful nature and do whatever you want.

Until people turn to God, America is a has been country.

December 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm
(558) mg says:

That’s just great! It is nearly impossible to find a job! If you try aplying for a lower paying job automatically you are overqualified!! 26 weeks was never enough to find a job, now it’s impossible!!

December 22, 2012 at 9:38 pm
(559) Jesus is the Answer says:

Find a BIBLE believing Church, if anyone is thinking Obama is going to give you a free ride – good luck.

December 22, 2012 at 10:15 pm
(560) malk says:

I work at the unemployment office. You have no idea the amount of tome we have put toward the euc program since 2008. Endless hours of time we didnt get paid for because we r on salary and we were away from our familu to serve u. Everyday! The has been hell! No raise! Let it end. It needs to end

December 22, 2012 at 10:20 pm
(561) Francesca says:

I think that the comment above mine is one of the most selfish comments that I have read on this page. People will be getting nothing if this program expires and then will hit poverty level hard. You may not be getting paid overtime but AT LEAST you are getting paid and can support yourself and your family.

December 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm
(562) jp says:

for malk, im sure you dont work at an unemployment office and the reason you dont get paid overtime is bc you dont work overtime! the wait when you call a UI office is 4+ hours and you move at a snails pace at the UI office, so your comments are disgraceful

December 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm
(563) chico martin says:

@malk….If you don’t like your job…QUIT! With that type of comment, you are either really lazy or REALLY stupid! I’m gonna guess it’s BOTH! That has to be one of the top 3 dumbest things I have EVER heard anyone say. 2 million people should lose their benefits because you don’t feel like working extra hours at your job. HILARIOUS!

December 23, 2012 at 3:19 am
(564) boz says:

Though I’m sympathetic to some of the stories here, there are quite a few abusers of the UE system. Last year, I fired an employee because he 1) lied to get paternity leave (came back from paternity leave sans baby!) and 2) also received several written reprimands prior for attendance and performance issues. Even though we provided all documentation disputing the UE claim, the great state of California (sarcasm) still granted it. He worked just enough to get employment pay history so he can get freebies while the Company’s unemployment insurance costs goes up. Sickening. The system is broken.

December 23, 2012 at 8:46 am
(565) BIG TEE says:


December 23, 2012 at 10:37 am
(566) jp says:

big tee, you’re letter stated your employer disputed your claim or was it just abt the federal euc expiring? if its the latter and you’re still on your original state claim then you’re ok, its only stopping if you’re in a “tier”

December 23, 2012 at 10:54 am
(567) It's Time says:

Last year they did the extension for two months to work out the details to extend the rest of the year. Will not be surprised if they do the same this year.

December 23, 2012 at 11:58 am
(568) Tyrone says:

Okay so today is good old Sunday, the day where most of us claim our weekly benefits, even tho mu tire 3 just ran out 2 weeks ago I was sill able to claim weekly benefits last week, but today its not even there anymore, so if they pass it do I have to file a new claim or will I be able to claim weekly benefits again?

December 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm
(569) Goldfish82 says:

I just signed the petition “President, Congress, all american leaders: Extend unemployment benefits Now!! due to expire 12/29/2012″ on Change.org.

It’s important. Will you sign it too? Here’s the link:



December 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm
(570) malyssa says:

@ chico martin: OMG EXACTLY! wow. and bottom line is, malk has a job!! i commented before up there, “I will take ANYTING”. i am 56 and have seen so much age discrimination it makes my stomach turn. I have 2 different temp jobs in the works that may start in Jan, very low pay, entry office work but means a paycheck. but it now depends on my credit check, very ironic at this point. but regardless, please wish me luck! i wish i could move out of the dam country because jobs open to me now will regress me 30 years of life. but nothing new right? this is the new american dream?

December 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm
(571) Clark says:

You great American people that have made comments about the EUC. I am a Honorably Discharged United States Navy Seal. I have been in combat and put my life on the line for this country, many of times. You mean to tell me that they are going to cut of my EUC benefits and basically put me on the street. I just started Tier One and have plenty of money left over in the account. “So it says” This is the thank you for serving that I get from this government! What about all of this propaganda that I see on TV that states” Hire a Vet” What a bunch of #$%& bull !! This comment about my situation should be sent and heard by every American and sent all the way to top of this so called Cabalistic non performing government we have! I am begging any of you fellow Americans that are reading this and have any connections to let these comments about my situation be heard. I also have had a lot of medical problems because of service related issues and have been told by the VA I have to pay the bills and then if approved they will reimburse me! Also get this, I have VA and regular private insurance and still have to pay! The medical bills have wiped me out financially IE 401K income property gone! and put me almost in BK.. I have also been in my career field for twenty years IE Telecom Account Management and have a BA in Business Management Getting back to the subject at hand EUC. I think if they cut off over two million people plus, I think that something should and will happened like the million man march on Washington DC. American People are at the breaking point! We have to unite and stop living and thinking of just self! In closing I ask again anyone reading this please respond with comments and were I can go to be heard and get any possible employment within the Telecom Account Management fields. PLEASE HELP A VET !!! email address is tejanacr1nationwide@hotmail.com

Warm Regards and God Bless


December 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm
(572) Finished says:

I’m so tired of all this, so depressed, some days I don’t want to be around anymore. After age 60, NO ONE wants to bother with you, even before that. NO ONE cares. After being laid off after 20 nauseatingly devoted yrs with HP for admitted age discrim, they kept their friends and younger people and just dumped me right in the dirt in this horrible economy. I was still getting awards and thank you letters re: my work till the day I was thrown out. I’ve had jobs since (that was 2010) but I the first was a nightmare about 30 yrs of being treated halfway humanely, I was thrown into a corner, no training and expected to fully understand my job. Of course, 5 people had left before me and when I spoke to them, they all said the mgr was psycho and so I walked….right into a government contract that was supposed to last 5 yrs and ended abruptly in 1 yr. During that time I was screwed over by a sociopath who messed with my head, then got fired. It’s been a great two years. Since May, I’ve searched and searched and it’s just plain demeaning to have some 23 yr old (nothing against ‘em, my daughter is 23 and I adore her!) offer to pay me $10/hr with no flexibility, no telecommute, no back-up and have to be available 24-7 by cell. This is today’s customer service. NO ONE WANTS TO PAY YOU ANYTHING. I’ve had it. Good luck. Oh and happy holidays.

December 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm
(573) Help me says:

Connecticut i have 14 weeks and down to my last 3 week, i apply for any job full or part time,i have had my resume up dated twice so far, i do get interviews but the issue is ,i am under qualified, for a job and i am over qualified for a job, and too far away,try, try living on unemployment in this state that tax’s us to death, it is impossible, i can not afford to move, rents are as high as a mortgage, i send many resumes out for any type of job hoping some one will train, i do get a few response but they say NOT QUALIFIED, i even tried to get a job as a lot attendant but no hire. they tell me what the job pays i say (great)and i hear from interviews too many application are flooding in and the interviewer has to weed through too many applicants, i am applying for anything out there hoping some will train me, so if no extension, i will sell my car, sell my house ,but the issue is if the economy gets bad i will not get enough to pay note off on my car and not get enough to pay my mortgage off, so i will lose all around,i am not asking for 99 week but maybe 30 weeks after my 14 weeks are up for a total of 44 weeks at least it is something. or close to that, even 34 week, i paid in the system.
the issue i see people like me in there late 40s are going after jobs that teenagers would normally take, the issue is our government thinks we are lazy but most of us are not,all i want for Xmas is a job….. no happy holidays here at my house…………. i agree with the other posters on here we all have the same issues looking for work .

December 23, 2012 at 8:04 pm
(574) Melissa says:

I am living in PA, was laid off in August and I have until February to find a full-time job if this extension does not go through. I have interviewed with multiple companies and nothing has panned out, I went from bringing home over $1300 every 2 weeks to less than $800. I was the primary breadwinner and now we are on the verge of losing everything. This is more than politics, this is families live at stake.

December 23, 2012 at 8:46 pm
(575) gertrude says:

http://www.unemployedworkers.org sign petition or send email

December 23, 2012 at 9:16 pm
(576) Chad says:

How come I started out on emergency benifits and was told after those ran out I could apply for regular. I never recieved the regular benifits.

December 23, 2012 at 10:43 pm
(577) SHERRY FORDYCE says:

**** (406) hose heymaonaise ******

You see God does answer our prayers!

Please allow me to offer you a suggestion! Instead of complaining about everybody that’s receiving unelployment, why don’t you try praying for them.

I’m not sure why you have such a mean spirit, other than the Devil must be your best friend. So I will be praying for you.

As for all of my other unemployed friends, God bless you all, and Merry Christmas. Remember, God will not let us down, Please remember to pray.

December 24, 2012 at 1:46 am
(578) helen says:

Okay too pray, but is this really gonna pay the bills?

December 24, 2012 at 3:14 am
(579) have hope says:

How easy for people to speak negatively towards people who have been affected due to the lost of employement .. yet No one really knows how it really feels to go from a well earned check that they always looked forward to be able to provide for them self’s and there families …to all that changing from one day to the next.. ONLY WE who are going thru this nightmare understand ! Dont speak and wish bad for people in need because with this economy who knows maybe you too will one day be in our shoes …

December 24, 2012 at 8:07 am
(580) Jim says:

I will receive my last unemployment check tomorrow, so I also have been un-employment for the last 6 months.

Nothing any of us can do now except wait and see what happens.

December 24, 2012 at 9:35 am
(581) Alicia says:

I am 53 years old and I have been unemployed for over a year. I apply for everything I apply for every job that I think I am qualified for. So far, no luck. Unemployment is all I have. It’s a struggle. But without it, the start of 2013 is bleak. I’ve,been told that no does too much hiring in the beginning of the year. So where does that leave so many people????

December 24, 2012 at 10:36 am
(582) emily in TX says:
December 24, 2012 at 10:51 am
(583) gotajob says:

Your EUC extensions will go through, but be prepared for a drop in weeks or tiers. Last year it went from 99 weeks to 73 weeks here in california and when the 20 week FED-ED was dropped on may 12th 93,000 people got instantly cut off!!! Everybody assumed that the govt.would never allow that to happen-well it did!!! Rumors coming out of capital hill is that the max for my state will be 46 to 60 weeks. Now the EDD says that our unemplyment rate is now 9.7% well guess why? The total number of people who have exhausted all unemployment up to 99 weeks is now 920,000 !!!! This is staggering!! And since these people are officially off unemployment the rate goes down!! Great news for the economic recovery the govt. Insists is happening !! Those 920,000 is only here in california and does not include the 5-7 millon other 99ers in the nation !! All of them pleaded for a tier 5 but it was ignored- they all simply vanished from the scene !! My point is this- the govt. Left atleast 6 million people without extended benefits so what it mean to them if they slash benefits to a mere 2 millon more ?? Do not assume anothet year of 4 tiers!! I also suggest people look at large hotel chains and private security- positions are open here in california. Good luck to all of you. Expect EUC in whatever form to be extended by december 27-28 when congress meets.

December 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm
(584) jj says:

I was laid off my job that I worked at for 7 years in August. My unemployment if there is no extensions benefits in place will end Jan 7th. I hope and pray that it goes thru. I have had 6 interviews and and called back on a 2nd one for 2 of them, but the companies hired someone within. I have 2 children to raise and unemployment isnt much but it puts food on my table and heat in my house. I do agree that people should have to prove their job searching which I would be happy to show. I pray every night that Congress will make this happen. It hasnt happened yet but I have faith. If they lived in other peoples shoes I do believe they would change their mind about many things.

December 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm
(585) Em says:

I have been unemployed since July 2011, been to over 1200 job interviews..I got called back for 15..got to the final stage at 2….and then no final call back saying you have a job. The market now is over saturated with people fighting over 1 job. The employers love this because they have so many options now, they can sift through all these candidates, and pick their most ideal choice. Now I get my EB cut off on December 9th in NYC…the unemployment people tell me essentially unemployment is down in the state and Congress hasn’t decided if they should take ya’ll out back and put you out of your misery. I was making $33,000 a year, I lost my job through no fault of my own, living off of $317 a week, donations and going to the food bank, I don’t even feel like this America anymore, this is truly a 3rd world country now…

December 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm
(586) Arthur says:

does anybody know if this applies to section 30 benefits in MA? i got a letter saying benefits expire on the 29th and no more payments will be sent out however i am on the section 30 program. does that end as well?

December 25, 2012 at 12:18 am
(587) Alicia says:

I resonate with so many of you. My mom lost her job after 19 years this past September and she has never been unemployed or had to use the service until I signed her up and she is so worried. My mom will lose everything if she does not get her unemployment. Politics is so dirty we spend money on BS and helping people who don’t need nor respect us but yet we can’t take of those who are the lifeline & BACKBONE of our country: the MIDDLE CLASS on MAIN STREET!!! I sincerely hope and pray Congress extend benefits for those who need it most.

December 25, 2012 at 8:27 am
(588) Had enough! says:

Just love waking up Christmas morning on the brink of losing everything :( Prayers and thoughts to everyone in this situation!

December 25, 2012 at 9:08 am
(589) peoplearecrazy2 says:

@Arthur You just answered your own question!

If you received a letter from your own states unemployment office TELLING you that it all ends on 12/29/12 they didn’t send you that for fun!!

Unless there is another extension approved by Obama for 2013 you are SOL like the rest of us!

December 25, 2012 at 9:15 am
(590) Teresa says:

If an unemployment extension is passed, does my state also need to pass it? I live in PA.

December 25, 2012 at 9:45 am
(591) It's Time says:

Teresa, If extension is passed it will be for all states. But their will be guidelines your state needs to follow and it all depends on your state’s unemployment rate. If they continue the plan that is in effect now Tier 3 your state unemployment rate needs to be 7% or higher. Tier 4 is 9% or higher.

But that could change depending on what they say after signing extension. (If they sign extension) Weeks could go down or up but a lot will depend on your state unemployment rate.

Keep in touch with this site, it will give you the latest info and good luck to us all.

December 25, 2012 at 10:07 am
(592) ROCCO says:


December 25, 2012 at 10:14 am
(593) NINJA says:


December 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm
(594) Tyrone says:

Marry Christmas Everyone!!!

December 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm
(595) SANTA says:


December 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm
(596) Rene says:

I did not spend any money for Christmas at all this year.
I am so worried. I have sent out many many of resumes too.
My unemplyment in my state is now 8.5.
When does anyone think we will hear something?
The small paycheck I get is helping pay bills,
I gave up my car and have not bought a another until I get a stable job.
I pray everyday…
Does anybody have a good website to go to other than the states unemployment site to get updates?
Thank You

December 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm
(597) Yoli says:

I have been unemployed for a year. I am 47 years old and was right in the midst of planning my retirement. I search for work daily and I have only been hired to do seasonal work. I work for 4-6 weeks and then I have to reapply for UI. I am upside down on my home loan and barely making ends meet. I used to make 85 K a year, and now I barely get 2200.00 a month. My mortgage is 1800.00, so I have to rob Paul to Pay Peter just to buy food. I live in Ca. and jobs are truly scarce. The media say that the unemployment rate has dropped to 9.8 %, but it is only because many of the unemployed took seasonal work that will end in Jan. I would like the government to retrain and hire eligible workers instead of extending benefits. This is a short term fix. What will we do when the benefits end again? We need job creation !!! I don’t know how much longer I can continue on this sea saw of uncertainty. In the end, if EUC is extended and we all exhaust our benefits again, we will still be left jobless and more in the hole financially. I want a decent wage job, so I can catch up on my debt and retire in the next 10-15 years. I say lets start a national march for job creation and training for the long term unemployed.

December 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm
(598) FRITZ FESTER says:


December 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm
(599) DANGUS says:


December 25, 2012 at 2:41 pm
(600) sven says:

read the report on the cbo’s website unemployment benefits make the $$$$

December 25, 2012 at 3:11 pm
(601) Smity says:

First time on unemployment. I was let go because I had a back injury that required an emergency surgery, and it took months to recover. Can’t do my old position because of weight restrictions, and they refused to put me in a new one. They ended up letting me go. I have a degree, but hate working in an office, which is why I was doing my prior job. Obviously it’s time to go back to something less phisicaly demanding, or so I thought. No one will touch me. As soon as they find out why my last position ended, the interview is over. I have applied for countless jobs and gone on many interviews, but no dice. Unemployment pays a fraction of what I was making. I would love a job. I am older, have a partial disability, and no one will touch me. It would appear I am too disabled to be considered for any job, but not disabled enough to qualify for SSDI. And to top it off, I got a bunch of millionare politicians saying I’m lazy and don’t want to work. Yea, come down to my world and see how easy it is.

December 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm
(602) Cathy says:

Its been a rough Christmas, and all I can do is wish everyone, regardless of if your in this position or not, as I am, a Merry Christmas……today, I feel positive, that we will all find a way. Hasnt been the best holiday, but it is nice to know I dont feel totally alone in this…..ITS NOT ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE…..but who you have, at least in this situation you have to keep the faith, that with all of us together, no one will let you starve…or be cold……

December 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm
(603) bam says:

hey dont sweat it..obama was golfing in honolulu yesterday…he’s GOT this.

December 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm
(604) Teresa says:

Thank you for your reply. In PA the unemployment rate is around 7.5%-8% I haven’t checked in awhile. I’m only asking because if it was up to the governor of PA noone would have anything. Merry Christmas everyone. Hold steady, things will work itself out. Thank you for this site also. It is very useful. Everyone hang tight. I personally don’t see how they can NOT pass an extension, our economy would decline even more. I’m hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. Take care all.

December 26, 2012 at 9:08 am
(605) Unemployed in NJ says:

I’ve been unemployed for over a year now. I just went onto the EUC and collected for 1 week. I went onto NJ’s site last Sunday to claim my weekly benefits and could not claim. I received a message that stated “Your claim cannot be processed.”, but did not give a reason why. It only told me to call unemployment and gave the link to find the local office to call. I tried to call, but they are closed on Sunday. I have tried everyday since Sunday online and have been told the same message everyday and called to find out what is going on. Everyday I have called, there is a message that states that the office is closed, but I can only get general information about claiming benefits, etc.

Does anyone know where I can find when NJ unemployment’s office reopens? I have checked the official NJ unemployment site, but cannot find any information as to when their holiday is over and when they will go back to work. I know about the cutoff of EUC, but I should have 1 week’s worth of unemployment left.

December 26, 2012 at 9:18 am
(606) Unemployed in NJ says:

I have been unemployed for over a year now. I just went onto EUC and claimed 1 week’s worth of unemployment under the EUC. I know it will be cutoff on 12/29/12. I went to claim my benefits last Sunday online and was given this message, “Your benefits cannot be processed at this time.”, but was not told why it could not be. It only gave a link for local unemployment offices and was told to call them. I tried calling everyday since last Sunday, but receive a recorded message that the office is closed, but I can get information about unemployment. I’ve tried everyday since last Sunday to claim online, but just receive the same message that it cannot be processed at this time and to call. I have tried to find out when NJ’s unemployment offices will reopen, but cannot find out exactly when they are closed or will reopen.

Does anyone know when NJ’s unemployment office will reopen? I should have 1 week of benefits left and have no idea why I can not claim them. Thank you!

December 26, 2012 at 10:38 am
(607) kimkins says:

unemployed in nj…. you have to reopen your claim….your claim expires after 1 year…..call the office in nj and speak to a rep, they will walk you through it

December 26, 2012 at 11:12 am
(608) nicole says:

This is horrendous! How could they cut off millions of people who are out of work. Thankfully my husband is the bread winner. I was laid off in July 2012. I just exhausted my regular benefits. I got a whopping $100 this week. That doesn’t even pay for gas and groceries. Now even though I am eligible for an extension, I am getting cut off Dec. 29th. I will be out almost $500.00/week income! How are we supposed to pay our bills? I do everything that I am supposed to do to be eligible; work searches, career fairs and I have had a few interviews with no luck. How is that people who do NOTHING all day and collect welfare won’t be cut off from their income?? This country is twisted!

December 26, 2012 at 11:17 am
(609) Alison Doyle says:

The 27th Annual Job Search Advice Call-In

For anyone who is looking for a job, whether they are unemployed, wanting to switch jobs or re-entering the job market after a long absence.

When will it be held? December 27 and 28, 9am – 5pm CST

How can job seekers reach a coach? Call 312-422-5010

Who is offering it? Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., the nation’s original outplacement company, providing job search and employment transition counseling since the mid-1960s. Those who lose their jobs are sent to Challenger by their former employers.

The two-day Call-In is the only time that anyone can get help from the firm’s professional job search coaches.

December 26, 2012 at 11:56 am
(610) James says:

******Everyone MUST sign this petition***** It takes only minutes, read it and SIGN it. Be heard** http://wh.gov/RI1C

December 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm
(611) Sherry says:

*** HELP, HELP, HELP ****

So I am confused……… Is the govn going to extend our benefits, or not? Come Jan 1st, my rent is due, and i don’t have any money to pay it. Also, I live in CA and I have been receiving benefits since Jan 2012, which I think puts me in tier 2. Does anyone know how much longer I would get benefits if they decide to approve our extended benefits?

Please anyone that can answer my questions, I would love to hear from you. Thank you, God bles.

December 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm
(612) Unemployed in NJ says:

@ kimkins
Thanks for your response. My question is, when can I contact my local NJ unemployment office? I’ve tried everyday since last Sunday and they are still closed. Does anyone know if they will be closed through the end of this year?

December 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm
(613) ontheedge says:

I’ve been on unemployment for almost a year now after being terminated from my job of five years. Like most others I’ve been relying on unemployment to get bills paid, and just barely stay afloat. All the while I’ve have numerous job interviews, but no call backs, or if I do I’m told I’m overqualified, or dont have enough experience. I can’t tell you how tired I am getting calls from employers saying that I will not be getting the position cause I am overqualified for it(I know I’m not the only one getting this.).

I’ve only been on extended benefits since Mid-November. and right when I was approved for it I was told it’d be shut off(like so many others) on Dec 29th. I honestly cannot fathom this… There are millions of people on EUC, and all of these people are gonna be with out funds, and eventually homes… Seriously what is going on here? IS THEIR ANSWER TO SOLVING THE UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM TO PUT US ALL ON THE STREET?! Whats going on right now only proves that no matter who is in office, the government only cares for the rich and powerful. If this weren’t true then they wouldn’t think twice about granting people their extended benefits.

December 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm
(614) Scott says:

everyone do your part and sign this….http://wh.gov/RI1C

December 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm
(615) Scott says:

everyone do your part and sign this….http://wh.gov/RI1C

December 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm
(616) Paul says:

I live in Florida. I am just wondering if anyone has the same problem as me. I am not seeing on the unemployment website that my payment was sent out. It this because the offices of unemployment were closed on Christmas eve? I know they were closed on Christmas. I am just wondering. If anyone who is receiving unemployment in. If a payment has been submitted to them…… I am not asking if you have been paid as of today, I am asking if a payment has was issued for you as of today and you will be receiving your payment.

Tried to call the office and they say they are busy and to call back another time. Please, someone answer my questions. And not with a guess.

December 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm
(617) Adam says:

Yes this really blows i hope they pass the f****** extension . Otherwise smoke em if u got em.

December 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm
(618) gonads says:

it will all work out I rely on tremendous info on unemployedworkers.org

December 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm
(619) Fran says:

That completely depends on what the new law will be. Keep in mind UI could be extended and yet reduce the total number of week allowed, or it could just stay the same. It also depends on the unemployment rate of your state to determine how many tiers the state qualifies for.

December 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm
(620) CompassionatelyBlessed says:

My company closed and I was laid off in July 2012. I am a single parent who has NOT taken advantage of the nation’s welfare system, but has worked HARD, recently returned to school to complete my BACHELOR’s degree to move into a more promising position, which didn’t happen due to the company close (outsourcing of jobs to another country to minimize the expense of keeping American workers). So, for the critics who believe UIB recipients are lazy and feel “entitled”, please keep me informed of your perspective when YOUR company passes out your release papers/pink slips. There’s something about the way a righteous God can humble the PROUD. I pray you never have to experience unemployment and it’s pain on the undeserving. Yet, in order to cultivate a more compassionate heart and view towards others who have found themselves in such s position, I PRAY YOU DO!!!
I don’t want any “entitlement”, but the entitlement to have protection of LIFE–FOOD to eat, SHELTER for protection and SAFETY for my family. When we fail to value LIFE, we witness more & more of the disintegration in the taking of lives…it starts with an UNJUSTIFIABLE ATTITUDE TOWARDS OTHERS! Be careful not to become a MASSIVE killer of the American worker by your unrighteous & uncompassionate comments.
God Bless America!!!

December 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm
(621) Joan says:

TO extend the unemployment benefits immediately go to the Obama Administration (https://petitions.whitehouse.gov) and sign the “Extend Unemployment Benefits” petitions. To extend the unemployment benefits by congress the petition requires 23,790 signatures. To date the number of signatures that have been received is 1,210.

December 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm
(622) Maryland Lady says:

@ Unemployed in NJ

I went to the website for your state and on the home page under when I read the information pertaining to federal EUC benefits it states that the last date you can file a claim is December 23, 2012. When I clicked on the more link it brought me to a page with more detailed info that explains the tiers etc. You state you have been on unemployment for over a year and you just started EUC. That is not possible as according to the chart listed on your websites page New Jersey has 26 weeks of unemployment before EUC kicks in. So if your were laid off 1/1/12 your state unemployment benefits would have expired in June and that is when you would have moved into the tiers. I think it is wrong that they are using 12/23/12 as the last date to file as here in Maryland we can file for this week that ends on 12/29/12.

link: http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/ui/content/ui_extensions.html

I just called the unemployment number listed for Camden, NJ at 856-614-3833. I chose option 5 for extended benefits. the hours are 7am- 6pm M-F and hours for Saturday were listed too. They are experiencing high call volume and you have to call back later is what it told me but they are open. Depending on exactly when you became unemployed will depend on what tier you are in as well. Using 1/1/12 as your unemployment start date as an example would put you starting tier one around 7/1/12. This would give you 20 weeks at Tier 1, which would have put you ending Tier 1 around 11/17/12. Tier 2 is 14 weeks so you would have used. If you last filed w/e 12/15/12 then you have 10 weeks left in tier 2 if the extension goes through and the tiers do not change.

December 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm
(623) It's Time says:

I try to sigh the petitions but the web sites don’t let me get in. I could create account and sign up but can’t sign petition. All I get for my trouble is them selling me email and I get 40 to 50 sales emails and garbage a day.

December 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm
(624) Maryland Lady says:

@ Unemployed NJ

It all really depends on when you initially were unemployed, whether your state uses EB before EUC to be able to calculate further. Just hope for an extension as with the above 9% unemployment in your state you would qualify for all four tiers if things stayed the same. See this link here to figure out what area of tiers you are in based on when you went on EUC.

Good luck getting through on the phone. I tried to call here to Md’s unemployment today as well and was cut off and told to call back later the same happened when I called for NJ too.

December 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm
(625) Steve says:

SIGN THIS PETITION TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS…. its a petition directly to the whitehouse. It takes a few minutes of your time to set up an account so that you can sign the petition… if you are in a position like millions of us are, where you cant find a job, have been unemployed for over the 26 initial weeks, and are about to lose everything your family relies on… your home, food, car expenses, gas, electricity, car insurance, medical care, and so much more… take a few minutes out of your time to sign this petition… http://wh.gov/RI1C the worst thing about the whole thing is we need 25,000 signatures, and they give you a month to do it…. so thats roughly 800 a day…. the system i set up for failure on our end, but we need to get as many as possible… everyone little bit of our voices count… so again, the website is: http://wh.gov/RI1C …. sign this petition to help keep us alive as long as possible… or we will all be struggling worst off then we already are…. hopefully we get some good news soon that they arent going to leave us high and dry on the 31st… if they do, me and my family will be out on the streets along with millions of others…… sign the petition, I cant say it enough: http://wh.gov/RI1C

December 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm
(626) abby says:

I got out of the military at the end of May 2012 and my unemployment is being stopped like everyone else on Dec 29th 2012..Im confused on how the tiers work? any help would be great…confused in wiscnsin.

December 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm
(627) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

The issue is that unless Congress passes an extension of federal unemployment benefits there won’t be any tiers. Without legislation continuing federal unemployment benefits all current extended benefits will, very unfortunately, expire on December 29th.

December 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm
(628) nate says:

any updates? theres only a couple days left!!

December 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm
(629) It's Time says:

Will Prolly be tomorrow before we hear anything. Congress will be back in house.

December 26, 2012 at 4:19 pm
(630) military unemployed nc says:

I left active duty in feb do to a airborne accident. I fractured my back in two places and got a traumatic brain injury that has left me with migraines three times a week. I have been fighting for over a year for my va benefits and medical attention so i can get better and get back in the work force. The only thing keeping me off the streets has been my unemployment and i just relized it ends this week. The thing is my benefit period ends in feb so i planned my finances threw feb. This kinda caught me off guard. What are the chances of us getting at least our benefit period.

December 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm
(631) m says:

@ Nate

Congress is not due to reconvene until Thursday. Hopefully they can get something done by the weekend as most likely they will not meet on New Years Eve.

Have you already started your EUC? If you are already receiving EUC I would hope that if extended before the year ends that those already on EUC will be grandfathered to what the tiers were when they switched to EUC. If you have not started EUC yet then you will fall under whatever if any new guidelines are in place. Wisconsin unemployment was 6.9%. This would mean you would get 14 weeks of tier 1 and 14 weeks of tier 2 if you are already on EUC.

I do not know how they calculate the rate that sets the tiers. It could be based on the months prior unemployment rate or it could be done by the average of the previous quarter. Maybe someone else knows how it is determined. I know that when I started EUC I was given only tiers 1 & 2 for my state for the new unemployment for those starting from September to December of 2012. Tier 1&2 is 14 weeks each. It was changed in the first week of November and my available balance increased by 9 weeks which is tier 3 benefits. I do not know for certain why but I am guessing the change was related to the way they calculate your tier eligibility based on your states unemployment rates.

December 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm
(632) Steve says:

SEND AN EMAIL TO CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS TO RENEW UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS THROUGH 2013….. FOLLOW THIS LINK: http://www.unemployedworkers.org/page/speakout/tell-congressional-leaders-renew-unemployment-insurance-for-2013

On the right side of the page, there is a green button that says participate.. it will guide you through sending an email to our congressional leaders where you just enter in some basic information about yourself, and there is already a full bodied email ready to send. I would suggest not just sending the already filled out email as is, perhaps add some of your own views and thoughts on the subject, explain your situation and how badly you rely on unemployment compensation during this extremely rough time of trying to find a job. I explained how doing this in the start of winter where most companies are slowing down and laying people off is the worst possible time to do this, as we already are struggling to find work, they are going to make it even more difficult and put families out in the streets in the freezing cold. How can they keep welfare going for people who don’t even try to find work, but take away from the millions of people who have actually been in the workforce, paid taxes, and are just unfortunate that there arent any jobs right now and during the winter it is especially difficult to find them. Explain how you will lose everything from your home, being able to put food on the table, put gas in your car, lose internet and computer where most jobs are found, etc…. be creative, add in your own thoughts… but please take the time out to do this…. the more people that do this the more chances we have of making an impact on this. I dont know about the rest of you, but when my unemployment runs out, i will lose everything, further preventing me from being able to find work.

December 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm
(633) Iknowall says:

@BIRDIE(632)Num Nums, just because Obama and Senate have made unemployment benefits top priority (which they haven’t) doesn’t mean the Republicans in the Congress will APPROVE it. It takes all THREE to approve a bill unless they can get a 2/3rds majority (which neither can) so you’re blowing smoke about it being passed just because it is a priority.

The top priority is “keeping taxes from going up on those making 250,000 or less” and unemployment extentions comes 2nd to that and perhaps even 3rd since “cutting spending” is more important as well and I can’t see a better way to cut spending than cutting extended unemployment benefits

Certainly cutting social security and medicare is the lowest possible common denominator when it comes to cutting spending.

December 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm
(634) Maryland Lady says:

@ Abby

Check out this link for your state to help you calculate.


December 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm
(635) manpri says:

Reply to Kristy….I went from 93,500 a year to 2400 a month..after being with my employer for 6+ yrs. What a pity

December 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm
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December 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm
(638) Depressed and Desperate says:

I just discovered this site and guess I might as well add to the pile. I have been in the same industry for the past 30 years. I have a B.A., an MBA, 15 years of managerial experience and have been out of work for the past 9 months. Over 100 resumes have been sent out, 7 have gotten initial responses with 3 getting actual in person interviews. In almost every single case, I have more experience and education than the people interviewing me. I never hear back from anyone after the initial interview (phone or in person). I had been making $75K/yr. over the past 10 years, now my unemployment offers $ 320.00 a week. That is 5 weeks from being exhausted. Bankruptcy looms over us very soon. Hopefully, we can continue to make our mortgage payment, otherwise we will end up in the street. I do not want more UE, I want a friggin job. Is that asking too much?

December 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm
(639) BackUpDepressed&Desperate says says:

I am with D and D. I agree we need to have our Unemployment extended

but more than anything I want a JOB!

December 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm
(640) Rebecca says:

Reading the comments here is heartbreaking. I’ve been unemployed for the past year after being laid off from a part-time job with no benefits. I’ve always worked to support myself and I’ve never had to be on welfare until about three months ago when I was forced to apply for medical benefits to supplement my daughter’s coverage through her father. Of course, I have no medical coverage and they were gracious enough to extend a $73 per month benefit of food stamps, but when you look at how much it costs to buy groceries and pay for rent, utilities and other expenses, it seemed to be a slap in the face. I’m not sure who does the math for those who provide benefits for the unemployed, but I’m guessing they’ve never had to live on 40% of their earnings and scrape together their pennies to buy dollar store toilet paper. I have a Master’s level education, yet I never get called for interviews. I apply for no fewer than twenty jobs each week. And yes, I’m a little miffed by the idea that I am only entitled to so many weeks of unemployment when I have worked for at least twenty years and paid taxes into this society. I would like to think that where I’ve done my part, I’m at least going to be taken care of in an emergency such as this. They really shouldn’t call it unemployment compensation, it’s more like having paid into a penalty fund so that we can be beaten down just a bit more when we’ve gone through the misfortune of losing our job. In any case, I can’t allow myself to be bitter. I live, thankfully, on God’s economy and I am praying that things improve soon. All of you are in my prayers as well. I know that He will not let His people down. We just have to get through this. Hang in there, folks.

December 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm
(641) biffster says:

people its finally becoming quite clear..a college degree is a joke…wages will be forver down….education was the great scam imposed on this nation years ago…getting a job is all about who you know..

December 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm
(642) CompassionatelyBlessed says:

Someone mentioned the fear of an increase of crime in the most unlikely places if there is no relief given to Americans. I can’t say that I am still proud to be an American, as this is NOT America, but a poor replica of other underdeveloped nations. It didn’t start in 2008, but many years prior. We are just experiencing the affects of a society of GREED. And this society will learn to tolerate fairness and “all things common”, whether by will or by force. As I stated earlier, LIFE is losing its value amongst mankind. And what we devalue WILL costs us–one way or another. Let us brace ourselves for what is TO COME.

December 26, 2012 at 7:13 pm
(643) ttess says:

GOD has the last word have faith

December 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm
(644) It's Time says:

I called God. He is not hiring.

December 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm
(645) William says:

I have found that the easiest way to sign the petition is to use this link (https://petitions.whitehouse.gov) … I’ve tried the other link numerous times only to have the upload indicator just sit there and spin forever …
I got laid off from my job of 25 years in CT … Cashed out of CT 401K & all and took a chance on finding a job down here …After about 1 year no luck so far but still am trying … Lets hope the govt does the right thing for all of us over 50′s that have worked their whole life & paid into the system only to have the economy crash because the govt let greedy corporate lowlifes take whatever they want from the hardest working people ( That would be us ” The Middle Class ” or what once was ) Also you want to hear a real “beauty ” when I cashed out My 401K which is My money I found out that I have to pay a 10% penalty … Really? Thats My money … I can see paying the tax but a 10% penalty for having to withdraw My own hard earned so called saved money just to keep a roof over my head just seems a alot of bit unfair … Any ways ,good luck to all of us & Happy New Year ( maybe )

December 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm
(646) Barb323 says:

The whole thing is a mess. You can withdraw from your 401K to buy a house buy when you have to keep paying the darn mortgage on it you get a penalty applied. Who writes this crap???

December 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm
(647) JerseyUnemployed says:

I have been constantly praying for a job and have been sending about 5-10 resumes a day. I have went through about 10 interviews just to be told that I would be contacted. Never had I had a problem getting through the interview without being offered the job.

Being downgraded to collecting benefits made me have to cut my luxuries. I am now behind in rent and if I lose EUC I will be in the street with my twins and fiance.

December 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm
(648) We are doomed says:

This is all a joke. I’m a union Pipefitters that’s been out of work for 10 months in NJ. It seems like the few with jobs don’t care about the people who are out of work. I’m feeling a revolution coming. America was flourishing a decade ago. Good jobs, good economy, even interest in a savings account. We did a total 180. It’s embarrassing and most of us are without hope. I’m totally discouraged about my future and I’m only 33. What’s the future gonna be for my kids??? I was looking forward to 12-21-12 doomsday

December 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm
(649) Terance Thedford says:

I think congress is very out of touch with those in need. God Bless us In our time of trouble. I believe he will.

December 26, 2012 at 11:14 pm
(650) Savannah says:

What is the difference between Regular Unemployment Benefits (REG) and Temporary Unemployment Compensation (TUC)? I am receiving Temporary Unemployment Compensation and I want to know if that is part of the extended benefits?

December 26, 2012 at 11:48 pm
(651) Meg323 says:

The only jobs that seem to be in high demand are comfort keeper and homemaker and companion type jobs. I go to all the websites and always see numerous postings. Has anyone had any experience with these companies and if they pay more than $8.00 an hour? Seems like taking care of our elders in becoming a greater need in this country all the time and is one idea to look into but I think you need a clean criminal background check which obviously makes sense. Thanks if anyone knows!

December 26, 2012 at 11:48 pm
(652) keep the faith says:

The comments i have read are trully dishearting… i lost my job in april.. i made 40,000, a year i never asked for a hand out. i am in michigan, i decided to go back to school at 43 i have to compete with 20 year olds but with much more bills i sent out resumes mcdonalds didnt call i will work… my home.. my home i did everything right… work hard to accomplish having the american dream… i am in limbo i will graduate at this point if i lose my home i dont care… i have seen and read the ugliness in people… hand out lazy.. my CHRISTMAS was giving to the senior citizens and less fortunate for now i still have a roof over my head for now i simply have gotten to numb and to strong I have no faith in the government … I can only have faith in GOD.. its sad how people trully dont realize what if it were you i have never been on welfare i worked.. the one time i need the government.. humm maybe maybe not i cant worry about it i pray that i can finish school if i have to lose my house car so be it i wont give up.. but stop blaming the President its deeper then that he has a job to do with sooo much resistence… i remember when clinton was in office when there were jobs if i wasnt happy 2 years of college got me anywhere i want to go those days are overrr… i dont even want to worry anymore i have become numb and tired i did the right things… in 07 i bought my home for 100,000 my house is valued at 21,000 now i still have to pay that bill on 1,000.00 dollars a month do you really think…. i want this lol whatever …God bless us all.. if i lose this house and become homeless i will still finish school its up to me… so with the dum comments of lazzyyy handout how dare you … i hope everything will be find but no one cane walk in your shoes.

December 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm
(653) Mike says:

I can agree and sympathize with most ppl on this site; however my situation is a bit unique. I have been unemployed officially since Aug. of 2012, but haven’t worked since March. I was in an auto accident in June of 2011 and it cost me my job of 10 years. Actually, it was the woman who hit me who cost me my job! I NEVER, ever expected to be in the situation of having to apply for government assistance for everything that i never had any trouble paying! Then finally started collecting benefits about a month after a long, drawn out process w/ my former employer. Now I come to find out that my family will no longer be able to obtain Medicaid for insurance because I bring in too much with unemployment!!!! REALLY!!! TOO MUCH! Hopefully the gov. has enough brains to extend unemployment benefits to those, like myself, who were put in siuations beyond their control and who are trying their asses off to find a job!!!!!! Please let our voices be heard and actually mean something as a society…not just ppl who work and pay taxes!!!!!!!!!!

December 26, 2012 at 11:56 pm
(654) Patricia says:

This is all a big scam – now that states are not allowing us to file while they debate, the unemployment rate will have dropped by millions and they can claim that the new rate – which excludes us who have been prematurely cut off – to be low enough that we do not need to extend. If they do that, then our government is not of the people, by the people or for the people and we should recall every last one of the bums – I was going to use a stronger word but decided to take the high road. I would also like to point out that our so-called Democratic president went to Hawaii to golf while we scrambled to find ways to feed our families for the year end as many were cut off starting December 9 in New York State.

December 27, 2012 at 12:09 am
(655) Meg323 says:

I still had three weeks left on my state unemployment (the original 26 weeks we are allowed from the state) but when I check for my payment this week it was not deposited even with the one day holiday delay and then the website where you can check your claim status just said “pending for a possible issue”. I have no idea what the “issue is” and they gave me no further information and no phone call. These idiots in the office complaining about US just decide to stop someone’s payments w/o telling them why. I highly doubt that the extension debate for federal payments has anything to do with the state issuing my first 26 weeks. Now I get to spend one hour and 20 minutes or more on the damn phone again tomorrow to get a bitchy person who will most likely tell me that a letter was sent to me – and still won’t tell me why they cut me off when nothing happened to change my status week to week. Horrible system and miserable grumpy customer service reps who need to be thankful they have that job to go to every day!

December 27, 2012 at 12:33 am
(656) Unlocky says:

I have been unsuccessfully looking for work for the past 10 months. I got discharged from an organization after ten years of service because I was out on sick leave & my employer could not afford to hold my position. I have been cleared by my physician to return to work but cannot find any job. I have told in many occasions that over qualified for the position. I feel hopeless and very discouraged.

December 27, 2012 at 12:38 am
(657) sam44 says:

I think all of us should start filing for disability benefits for severe depression anxiety and down right lack of hope for anything. it would probably be easier to get that than a damn measly check for a few hundred bucks that doesn’t cover half of what we owe anyway.

And it’s fine to have faith and tell others to do the same but personally it doesn’t pay the bills and I don’t think GOD is listening to anyone anymore.

December 27, 2012 at 12:46 am
(658) VLC says:

@Priscailla – the number of people on unemployment benefits isn’t used to calculate unemployment. so there’s no worry there. UN rate is calculated with a survey called the Current Population Survey run by the Census Bureau.

December 27, 2012 at 12:49 am
(659) Savannah says:

Are Temporary Unemployment Compensation(TUC) part of extended benefits? My Regular Unemployment Benefits were exhausted in Oct and now my claim type says TUC?

December 27, 2012 at 1:30 am
(660) DJ says:

Missouri repub voted for us not to get extended benefits like the repubs is at washington..they cant create jobs..unemployed is screwed?remember when ya vote ..dem fights for the unemployed..

December 27, 2012 at 2:19 am
(661) James says:

@ meg(657)
I believe it’s due to the holiday. You should get it by Thursday…if not call them. Keep hitting redial until you get into the cue. You should call by lunch if not in your account.

What’s so disconcerting is even if we get a euc bennifits up’d we still need a job. Understand, I really need the euc to go through. But now I’ve realized I need a real plan or I’ll be right back here talking and commenting on 2014.

What is your plan down the road? Things I’ve considered or worked on:

1st-don’t let bonehead evil posters down grade your mentality or judge your contribution as lazy or effortless, just ignore them or pray for them. I’ve written several different resumes that down play my aptitude level this makes me more hire able and less likely to job transition if employed. I’ve also considered the rules for Welfare and that it might be advantageous to divorce-understand that bennifits focus on single parent households. I would provide for my family but not in a structured alimony thus to not affect bennifit levels-only considered. I’ve worked out a map to visit every business within my city to actually make a face to face application. Read the book, “what color is your parachute?” and other sources that keep your mind fresh and active. Start an online business. Acquire new self taught skills through my workforce center, library, YouTube, books or apprenticeship. Found ways to make money on eBay. Moved in with relative to cut costs.

December 27, 2012 at 2:28 am
(662) billium says:

What will happen if its not approved before the deadline and if we can’t submit a claim after the 29th . Then it’s approved on 31st. Do we have to refile for unemployment or are we screwed? How will this work?

December 27, 2012 at 2:43 am
(663) Francesca says:

They are paying out through the 29th. If you submit a payment request on the 30th for the week of 12/23-12/29 then you should be fine and it will probably be a little delayed because of New Year’s.

December 27, 2012 at 2:48 am
(664) Francesca says:

And, I don’t think we will have to refile if it is extended, the changes should be updated in their system to go on as usual (hopefully).

December 27, 2012 at 3:08 am
(665) Erin says:

All I want is a job. :’-(

December 27, 2012 at 3:29 am
(666) Former Republican says:

Remember this, folks, the next time you want to vote for a Republican…more importantly a Tea Party (nut job) Republican. They are the ONLY ones holding up the unemployment benefits extension. They are destroying America and the workplace as we knew it. Until these nut jobs are completely eradicated from our government, I will never even consider voting Republican again.

December 27, 2012 at 4:47 am
(667) brooke says:

I am on my last extension and still have not got a job. I have a 5 month old baby to raise and live with my already struggling father. My boyfriend just got a job but does not start for a few weeks so we will be having no income for 3 people. We will have to live off of other people in our family who are barely surviving themselves without an extension while everyone in congress and the government live in luxury while the rest of the world parishes. And yes there are other programs to help with food and healthcare but that is it. What good does that do with no income for even gas to even get to the store to buy food or shelter expenses. I am only 25 years old with 10 years experience in my job field and many jobs are hiring in my field and I can’t even get a phone call back let alone an interview. I have to put it in God’s hands and pray where there is a will there is a way but that is hard knowing the way our country is being ran and when people with degrees and education can not even get jobs.

December 27, 2012 at 6:47 am
(668) Have No Fear says:

For any of you who happened to check if your money was wired into your bank account this morning and found that it was not, like me, I then went onto my state’s unemployment page and found that my last two weeks were just entered yesterday. So there is even more of a delay and most probably will be in my bank tomorrow. Then, I happened to notice that my next claim date will be December 31. For this last week we are in now.

December 27, 2012 at 8:11 am
(669) Kate says:

I filed for my first EUC payment last Weds and have still not gotten the payment. I figured it would be late bc of holidays but now I am getting nervous. My last of regular unemployment was paid Dec 11 and it was only for one week, not the normal 2.. rent, car payment and utilities are due the first. Hoping for an extension, havent even received an EUC payment yet and it is already being cut off!

December 27, 2012 at 8:28 am
(670) Have No Fear says:

Kate, the holiday’s seem to always delay payment. Usually it is a Monday that a holiday falls on when I claim on Monday’s. When that happens I do not get the transfer into my account until Thursday. Since Christmas fell on a Tuesday, it makes it even later.

Kate, try not to worry. . .

December 27, 2012 at 8:55 am
(671) ToddA says:

Hi Kate – I used to work at a large bank for 14 years, Depending when your bank posts, it should be there today, look after 9 EST. On Federal Reserve holidays (i.e. Xmas) they don’t transfer USD funds during those days. So, if you submitted on Monday, 2-day ACH to clear, with the holiday in the middle, that makes it 3 days.

December 27, 2012 at 10:28 am
(672) Steve says:

Does anyone know in NJ that if you file this sunday, the 30th, will you be paid for the week ending the 28th on the 1st of january? since technically the program ends but you should still get your last week while unemployment is still in effect…. if anyone can shed some light on this i would appreciate it…. thanks

December 27, 2012 at 10:43 am
(673) kanevo says:

I do understand how the people in government can be so passive while millions of americans are about to lose the income they have to feed and care for their families. How the media is not using its influence to help these millions of americans. they just don’t care, they just care about passing their own agendas, they care more about trivial stuff than actually helping families get out of the whole they are in. I really hope they do something, we need to help those who are in need. I speak to people about this issue and the idiots tell me that people are lazy… don’t worry I defend you, I stop them and let them see how these are human beings we are having opinions about. I’m rooting for you. Keep the faith. Pray for those who do evil against you, bless those who curse you. :)

December 27, 2012 at 10:44 am
(674) It's Time says:

Steve, you have to Jan 3 rd to claim for final week of EUC benebenefits.

December 27, 2012 at 10:52 am
(675) Jennifer says:

2400 a month unemployment that amazing , I made 65 a year and the Max in california 1800 , plus I had to go on food stamps…. They have to help us middle class . My husband has been unemployment since 2009 and is being told he is over qualified as well for lowed or Home Depot ….. There are so many people that are not being included on the unemployed numbers…. Government please help or help us get a job

December 27, 2012 at 11:34 am
(676) Unemployed veteran says:

I am a disabled vet who needs my unemployment until the V.A. gives me a rating and allows me to get the medical attention I need . I know so many vets that are days from being homeless . There are no jobs for any one I try every day to find a job and it is so hard . I had a perfect service record and put my self in harms way and there is no help for vets or any one els . We need jobs

December 27, 2012 at 11:47 am
(677) Meg323 says:

Still no deposit into my account and I am only on the first 26 weeks of state unemployment. Checked my on-line status and it still says “pending due to a possible issue”. WTF is and “issue” with no explanation? Also, I tried to call the tele-benefits line several times and their phone lines are mysteriously down for the next 1-2 hours now…I am disgusted with this country and the leaders of it more and more every day.

December 27, 2012 at 11:49 am
(678) kathyg says:

on hold for 3 hours and 20 min, my last “reg” check was dec 15 so I filed for emergency Tier 1. I was job attached and I am no longer job attached so I have to look for 5 jobs a week…well i’m 63 years old and there are NOT even 5 jobs I can do…I am so thankful for my wife I am computer stupid and she does my filing for me and sends out resume’s. I have gone on two interviews even when I was job attached and never got a phone call…not sure what I will qualify for seeing my wife does work, not sure about food stamps or anything else for that matter from what I understand I wouldn’t be eligable with SS and my wifes income..well again thank you AMERICA for making me so proud of being a poor american after working for 45 years!

December 27, 2012 at 11:59 am
(679) depressed21 says:

What happens if nothing is done before the 29th. Does the program just end and that is it? Can it be renwed later? Has this program expired before and then extended? This is my first time on EUC benefits so i am curious how this works. I am so depressed with our country when the wellbeing of its hard working citizens is ignored.
Its starting to look bleak now. There is going to be some really hard hit people (myself included) when this hits the fan.

December 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm
(680) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Extended unemployment benefits can be restored retroactively if Congress passes an extension after the holidays. It will probably take the state unemployment offices some time to get caught up, but it’s definitely possible if an extension is passed.

December 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm
(681) IllinoisGabby says:

I am on my Second tier of extended benefits. I recieved my last payment dec.11. I recived a letter stating im moving in to my third tier and have been extended for 13 more weeks. Three days later, i get a letter saying they are ended my benefits. I certified as always on Monday, I expected their to be a delay but still no deposit. I called and was told my benefits were suspended, which has never happened before. I’m behind on my bills already and it seems impossible for me to find a job. I need help and need answers. I can’t through on the lines. I will continue to stay positive through this because I’m expecting the very best outcome, which we all deserve!

December 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm
(682) Erika says:

I agree that it should be extended I live in an area where there is almost no work in the winter, so the only time I can work is from May to Oct and I rely on being able to collect unemployment during the downtime before I start up again in the spring. And I know what some might think (why not find something that will last the year?) answer: I have lived in this state for 6 years and for the first three I struggled trying to work year round and overtime just to make ends meet, I make almost $8000.00 more working only seasonally than I did working my butt off year round, doing the SAME kind of work. And I know that I am not the only person who has this same issue. Please don’t take away something that so many of us rely on to survive…

December 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm
(683) MUST READ says:


December 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm
(684) Meg323 says:

The entire system is a mess. I am still stunned that the most critical week of this extension issue finds me hearing a message that the call center is down. How convenient – or should I say planned??? And before someone says I could be looking for work right now instead of complaining…I am doing both as I continue to hit redial on my phone and fill out another ridiculous age discriminatory job application that I won’t hear back from. Such BS.

December 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm
(685) vbg1rl68 says:

in Virginia- i am soo worried! got laid off in feb2012. i was on tier2, which just exhausted dec. 7, and they are not even offering tier3 in virginia until congress makes a decision! my eu has been paying the mortgage, now i don’t know what to do.

December 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm
(686) IllinoisGabby says:

I have been calling for the past two days only to speak to an operator…I’m very concerned.

December 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm
(687) Teresa says:

Hi everyone, I saw a few people were writing how they wait on the phones for hours. I’m in PA and here we have a place called Career Link where you can use their phones and it directly connects you to UC center. No waiting. I also want to say hope for the best, be prepared for anything. Our government is an outrage. Noone in Washington should be allowed a paycheck until they resolve ALL the issues in our country. A country which was once the greatest in the nation, now slowly being destroyed. Representing this country should be an honor, like it is in Europe. It shouldn’t be a job here. Keep prayers flowing. I have faith in God and on the bright side, we have a president who will not sign anything that doesn’t extend the unemployment. He is a big supporter of it. Thoughts with you all.

December 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm
(688) Doomsday says:

Well today is another day when congress returns from their Christmas holiday. I hope they all had a good one. Hopefully today they at least make a decision to determine our fate. My heart and prayers goes out to my fellow Americans who are in the same boat as my family. I was laid off in July 2011 from a 13 year job making 65,000. I have been trying with all my heart to get a job since then day and night. Probably have put in more hours than when I was working.I can not even secure a job making minimum wage. I like most of you, if this extension does not happen will be homeless at the end of January and sitting down this weekend to see what bills will no longer be paid or if we will starve. I have to feed and diaper my little boy and I am scared to death he is the one that will suffer most. I can live in the street and not eat but he cannot. Like a lot of you I have lost my faith in the “American Dream” but I have not lost my faith in God. He is the only one that can save us now. Keep the faith, stay strong and whatever you do don’t give up. You are NOT alone.

December 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm
(689) It's Time says:

Congress (The house) is still on vacation. It is good they are taking this Fiscal Cliff Seriously. Obama is in Washington working how come the Repubs are not? Not one word on the Extension on 1010 Wins news. It is a shame.

December 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm
(690) jizz says:

its all good in the hood…..pray

December 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm
(691) woody says:

google christine owens/NELP….shes got OUR backs folks

December 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm
(692) Meg323 says:

84 minutes on hold so far. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again….right? Too bad we have no choice. :(

December 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm
(693) danny says:

I would understand if everyone got all 4 teirs. its not fair to my family that ive received 2 teirs and others have gotten all 4. i worked at my job for 23 years and yes they moved oversees. if the euc is gonna end ,the people on it should at least get all 4 teirs first.

December 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm
(694) danny says:

I guess if you got laid off earlier you would have gotten all 4 teirs.Fine if euc is gonna end but us already on the plan should be able to use all 4 teirs then end the program.

December 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm
(695) Steve says:

The petition thing is pointless, it will never happen in time although i urge people to try and sign it anyways… its important that we get as many signatures as possible, but the system is against us…. they require 25,000 signatures, in 30 day time span… do the math, it would take 834 people per day to sign the petition to make the deadline… it makes me sick to my stomach that i see more signatures on things like ” DO NOT ALLOW THE FDA TO REGULATE PREMIUM CIGARS” has 35,000 + signatures…. but our unemployment extension petition at this time has 1,848….. this nation and our governments decisions literally makes me sick to my stomach… perhaps if Romney was elected things would be different… thanks Obama… allow millions of Americans to lose what little income they are getting in the start of the winter season where jobs are even harder to find and when we all lose our homes will freeze to death… but still, sign the petition: http://wh.gov/RI1C

December 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm
(696) Meg323 says:

Val…you sound “young and employed” or you wouldn’t say the things you are saying to those of us who keep applying but are now in the middle of age discrimination as well. Until you experience what some of us have then leave your stones at the door!

December 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm
(697) worried says:

sign the petition, maybe it will help, probably not but at least it’s something

(685) MUST READ says:

December 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm
(698) Zach Urban says:

Americans absolutely need an extension to their unemployment benefits. I have been on UC for a while now, and have been actively seeking work. However, I’ve got no guarentees right now, and the fact that I’m without a vehicle of my own doesn’t make it any easier. and 2013 is very quickly approaching. Congress, Mr. President, government, Senate, etc, etc….. We NEED, absolutely NEED an extension. Not only that, but extending the UC benefits would help to create jobs.

December 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm
(699) Casey says:

But what about people like me who never even got a chance to file for an extension? My original benefits end the first week of January. I don’t even get a chance to file for an extension. And to 694 (Val)…how DARE you say such things. I’ve applied to hotel cleaning jobs, janitor jobs, and whatever low life jobs. You don’t know my story. You don’t know me and haven’t been here to witness. See, I moved to NM for work. I’m 4 hours away from the Mexican border in a tiny tourist town called Santa Fe. Our city thrives mainly on tourism which is severely dead during the winter. Also, native New Mexicans only hire other native New Mexicans. I can’t get a job at most retail store because they are ran by Spanish people and they aren’t a fan of hiring whites. Also, most jobs require you to be bilingual and I am not. I’m having to move my whole life to Denver in may because work here is so hard to come by. Please google how expensive Santa Fe is and how difficult it is to find work. Compare what you’ve found to what I’m saying. You can’t put all people into one category. I don’t know about everyone else on unemployment and Im sure that many are taking advantage of it and that’s why honest people like me are getting screwed. See, I actually look for work and low paying jobs every day. I do my part. There are hundreds of thousands of lazy a-holes who aren’t doing their part. So now I’m getting screwed.
The extension probably won’t pass as long as Boehner is speaker.
I’ve done nothing wrong. I would scrub floors if I got a paycheck every two weeks. I am not egotistical and my pride can’t exist if I need to eat. However…I only have two weeks. I just need more time. I need someone to believe in me……not people who throw me into a category.

December 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm
(700) Casey says:

Stop with the petition people. Petitions don’t actually work. Don’t you know that’s the way our government makes us feel we have rights and a say in something?
See, the petitions that are signed and passed…..we’re already going to be passed.

The government is going to pass or not pass EUC extensions with or without our signatures. Now they can pretend it was influenced by our measly signatures, but it wasn’t.
They know we want it, and our names on a form isn’t going to matter.
Petitions are like toys in the doctors office as a kid. You get fooled into forgetting you’re about to get a shot.

They are useless. Trust me.

December 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm
(701) AlanR says:

This is a nightmare waiting to happen. Millions of Americans rely on this unemployment to support them selfs as well as other family members. It’s not that people aren’t looking for work, employers are not calling. For other Americans out of work such as me, leaving unemployment will mean a big lost of income, which will hurt dearly. I will continue to pray about this, and will encourage others to do the same.

December 27, 2012 at 1:59 pm
(702) Meg323 says:

Lol, finally got a live person – he was actually nice this time – shocker. However, each time I call…my questions need about 4 minutes yet I wait on hold for over 75 minutes. Half of these issues could be resolved on-line but instead they clog up their own phone lines. I think some of the people running these unemployment sites should be out of jobs for plain old stupidity and let some of us seasoned workers take over. The result might shock the nation!!!

December 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm
(703) danny says:

ive paid in for 25 years…cutting us off will only hurt the economy more…now i wont have money circulating in the economy.not to mention the fact that some are on teir 1 while others have collected all 4. the gov wants me working? hire me then. ive tried state n fed…no luck cuz there are some many people applying

December 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm
(704) concerned for all of us says:

Well said Meg… Val you really are clueless and I hope you are and stay employed as you have no idea what the job market truely has to offer. The experienced, educated unemployed are applying for ANY/ALL jobs just to get a foot in the door and jump start their current or new careers. Unfortunately for every 1 job, there are at least 10 if not hundreds of people that are under/over and qualified for that 1 position. And just so you are clear, these are not top notch jobs, most are minimum wage or just above. Please don’t judge all by the acts of some, there are honest, hardworking people that would take a job anyday over collecting unemployment. Unfortunately the jobless #’s are grossly inaccurate and if you stay current with the news you would see that more companies are downsizing/laying off than hiring on.

December 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm
(705) It's Time says:

That is true Danny, but it is even worse. My money will not be in the economy and then my working family will be helping me out to make my bills and rent so their spending will be cut back also So their money will be taken out of the economy. It does not effect me alone but my family also.

December 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm
(706) JCU says:

ive read a lot of these comments…its really sad that this country has got in this bad of shape.i’m not gonna say who’s fault it is,cause its been going on for years and now its gotten a lot worse since,lets see,obama was elected..first he bailed out the banks,auto industries,just kept pumping money into whoever wanted it..he has spent more money than all the other presidents put together.pushed a health care bill that will never work..yes the health care was getting to be a problem,but he made it a 100 times worse..let me ask everyone a question..do any of you know of a government run program that actually worked without going broke..please let me know.its all about filling there pockets..i’m a GENERAL MOTORS fan..and have been for years,but these guys come in on leer jets wanting bailouts…..does that make any sense to you..how many of you have gotten a 10 million dollar bailout..this past weekend your president spent 4 million dollars on a vacation..enough for the average person to live the rest of there life on.. when they done all of these bailouts,they said it was gonna keep us from crashing..well how has that gone for everyone …. i hope everyone is happy now that obama is back in office and he is gonna save us!!!!!!!

December 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm
(707) V in NY says:

If something is not done, people are going to go nuts. It’s things like this that trigger mental illness to go off on people that have it. There will probably be more things happening like Newton, CT because of people snapping. I have been unemployed for a year. I was told based on NY unemployment that I was eligible for 72 weeks. With that I decided to go back to school to get Certified for Radiology. NY unemployment has a program that allows you to go to school and not have to look for work if you are accepted.. They continue to pay unemployment and also extend it based on the program. I am enrolled and went through financial aid and everything hoping something like this will not happen. It’s one thing for the people that DON’t look for work and are just sucking up the system which I think is wrong. But there is another part of us that want to further our education or change to a more stable career and this will hurt us as well. I pray each and every night that congress passes something. I have had massive anxiety because of this. It’s all unfair and unjust the way the system is. I have also applied for part time work and even that is impossible. You also have to remember… people graduate college… Companies hire the college grads because it’s cheaper to pay them unlike others who are older. It’s all so bad. I am honestly too proud to go on welfare… Also, all of us who have been working a number of years… our tax dollars support those on welfare who are probably 60% drug addicts and everything else. Perhaps Congress should require drug testing those people and everyone else for that matter to make it required so that no one is sitting on their a$$. I pray for all of you.. I hope they do something! This is what is supposed to make America so great and it seems to becoming more of a socialist country in my eyes. I hope Pres. Obama does something!!!!!!!!

December 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm
(708) V in NY says:

I’m not here for attention. I have posted many times. I’m just saying… That this is going to affect EVERYONE! People are going crazy with all of this and I completely understand because I am in the same boat lol…. I just really hope for all of us that Congress passes something!!!

December 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm
(709) Bob in Waxhaw says:

I lost my job 9 months ago. It seems that everyehre I go I find out because I did not have a military background I am overlooked so they can hire a vet and get a tax credit. I feel that they should also give companies tax credits for hiring a person from the unemployemnt pool. We are not deadbeats, or just want to live off the system. Would this not be an advantage to getting people back in the work force?

December 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm
(710) Meg323 says:

V in NY…those comments were not directed at you. It was another “VAL” who just came here to harass us and it looks like our wonderful mod is on it. :) No worries except for our bread and butter that is lol.

December 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm
(711) V in NY says:

Oh.. I didn’t even see someone with that name on here. I just assumed you thought my name was “Val” because of the V LOL… So I was like “whut”… Believe me, I’m in the same boat as all of you and it SUX the big one!

December 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm
(712) Unemployed vet says:

There are so many vets that even with companies hiring vets . Its hard for a vet to get hired . I left active duty do to a very bad accident and the military just dropped me in the unemployment pool. I am fighting with the va for a year now for health care and to get a va rating. I have migraines three times a week and a fractured back in two places and I deal with pain daily and with out unemployment I will be homeless in a matter of weeks . And I have many friends in my boat . They need to pass the extension

December 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm
(713) Bob in Waxhaw says:

Congress has no idea what you have to do in order to get a job. they arte so far removed….they are set for life ..there is one way we could cut back and save money to fund unemployment benefits.

December 27, 2012 at 2:51 pm
(714) Meg323 says:

V in NY like I said, no worries, it was def someone else but the posts are gone.

Unemployed Vet – I am ashamed to say I had no idea how many of you are in the same boat as us and it’s a travesty that our country is allowing that as well. I always thought that once you served there were numerous benefits or programs available for life…I guess I am ignorant on that topic for sure but bless you for serving what once was a strong and wonderful country to live in. I can’t say that today with any real emotion behind it though :(

December 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm
(715) Unemployed vet says:

Meg don’t be ashamed its ok to not know . No one covers the fact that vet unemployment is hirer then the public and many military personnel are coming back from deployment to no jobs and many mos or job fields in the military are cutting back so if u are on active duty and it’s time to reup u can’t in some job fields . So those service members are just being rejected by the military and being put on unemployment .

December 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm
(716) Have No Fear says:

You know, even though I am in the same boat with all of you, I must say I am learning a lot from what you all are sharing. How each state is different with handling their unemployment issues and lack of. At the same time, I feel for many of you and your situations.

I am so glad that we have this outlet here and opportunity to share, vent and discuss what is going on in our world. Thank you.

December 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm
(717) Bob in Waxhaw says:

If members of congress would take the time to read these comments they would want to do something about unemployemnt and creation of decent jobs.
Unemployed vet!!!! I believe in getting jobs for our vets returning..hope you find employment soon and in the meantime…congress passes and extention for benefits.

December 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm
(718) Unemployed vet says:

I have to agree I have learned much from this forum and it’s great we have a place to talk and share info on this subject . It has helped me deal with a lot of concerns

December 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm
(719) Worried in Texas says:

I have read so many posts today and I can relate to most of you. We want jobs and want to work; to characterize those of us that have been out of work for some time as lazy is false. I work hard everyday to look for jobs file resumes, make calls, and still after almost 10 months I have had only three interviews. I was making $100K plus, but do not expect that kind of salary again. I just want to work and make a contribution rather than constantly butting my head against the wall.

We need this extension. I have now become a Democrat because they seem to be the only ones who care about what happens to us. Like the rest of you, I am anxiously watching the news for the next few days and hope and pray that all will be well for us and we can survive without losing everything.

December 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm
(720) Unemployed vet says:

Thank u bob

December 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm
(721) Illinois Gabby says:

Thank you Alison Doyle for keeping me and thousands of concerned American citizens updated on this unfortunate situation.

December 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm
(722) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

You’re welcome. I really wish I could be of more help and I wish I had good news to share.

December 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm
(723) Henry says:

Allison, I posted before about not being able to go from Tier 3 to Tier 4 because of the 3 month unemployment trigger percentage being raised in Il. and other states to 9 percent which is also a joke because other people have gone to tier 4 when the rate was below 9. But anyway I never received the last 13 weeks that I was originally told that I was entitled to until they changed the rules as they so often do. But what I noticed was some people are not allowed to file their claim at the end of their eligibility and I was told by the claims worker, who also was let go at the end of September, to continue to file as long as the system will let me and I have been for three months and I did again this week. For the first 2 months I received a letter every time I filed saying that my funds were exhausted, but for the past month those letters have stopped and the system still allows me to certify. Why is the system still allowing me to certify. Good luck to everyone as I am another 54 year old guy that no one is interested in hiring.

December 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm
(724) J says:

Wow, not even Christmas could thaw the icy heart of Congress this year. That’s kind of scary. Looks like they are taking the side of the Ebenezer Scrooges of the world instead of all us Bob Cratchits waiting anxiously for our breadcrumbs. Shame on the GOP.

December 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm
(725) IllinoisGabby says:

I finally was able to speak to a live operator, who told me I exhausted my tier 3 benefits the 11th of December. Which I was not aware of because I recieved a letter stating, I’m moving onto my 4tier. If congress comes to a agreeement and extend the euc-08 benefits. Do you Ms. Doyle or anyone else think that in Illinois they will reinstate the tier 4 or extend the number for weeks on tier 3? I live in Downtown Chicago area.

December 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm
(726) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

To be honest, I don’t know what Congress is going to do. Hopefully, they will do the right thing and not let extended unemployment benefits expire. If they do pass legislation continuing benefits, the Congress Budget Office outlined four options for continued benefits (all with a different price tag):


December 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm
(727) Y says:

I’ve been UE for 6 months and just went EUC till 12/29. I went so many interviews no luck. Finger cross for the very last interview I went yesterday for the 2012! I even struggling to pay Bankruptcy lawyer fee last couple of months besides my basic living cost(gas, water, cable, phone ). It just doesn’t make sense! gov.created jobs and why millions of people are still out of job?

December 27, 2012 at 4:03 pm
(728) CH in Florida says:

First off, a huge Thank You to Alison Doyle for keeping us all update to date.

This extension must happen. There are too many unemployed and in Florida it seems the number is growing. My UE runs out next week. I have never filed for an extension, I have always been able to find a job before my UE runs out – but not this time. The employers I speak to are hesitant to hire people because of the uncertainly the fiscal cliff presents. I too am frustrated with the lack of performance in our government. I hope a compromise can be reached soon.

December 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm
(729) OVER - 50 says:

Yes I am over 50 but my experience adds to the flexibility of what I can do. I have probably seen ever situation in my 35+ years of working. Like many on this posting, been disqualified because I am over qualified. Being unemployeed for 9 months means; these benefits help pay for food and utilities. Nothing more. I am not a quitter or a welfare lifer. I am just an American who wants to feel proud by earning a decent living.

Let’s look at reducing the benefits of our representatives or just make congress a volunteer organization. Maybe that will inspire them to come down from the hill and see what is really happening. BTW: Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (signed in February) gives many members a 9.8% increase. Just saying!

December 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm
(730) Hopeless says:

I just throw my hands up and give up! I just went to a temp service and they told me after about an hour and a half of filling out all kinds of paperwork that they had nothing. I have applied for everything from Wal Mart to fast food places and still haven’t gotten anything. I’ve been looking all day at websites to see if they have extended EUC but it looks like they haven’t done one thing – as usual. Like most of you, I will be royally screwed if EUC does not get extended. I wished that all these useless congress people had to go through this just one time to see how it is when you are not set for life by being elected to sit with your thumb up your (censored). I have no family to move in with and no family or friends that can help with any bills or anything else. I’m sorry to be so gloomy but it just all looks so dark right now. Happy freaking holidays congress, I know you enjoyed yours – jerks!

December 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm
(731) Frustrated78 says:

If the extension stops, I hope congress is prepared for what is going to happen. Not only are you looking at an increase on people relying on government assistance, but the crime rate is going to be ridiculous. Murder, theft, everything you can think of will occur. I receive benefits in North Carolina, and I received 3 letters in one day stating 3 different things. One stated I am not eligible for benefits because I didn’t qualify which I know was a lie. The other stated I am eligible for Tier 2, and the last one stated I was in a new benefit year. So now I don’t even know if I am still under the EUC program or if I am in another benefit year. Have been calling these people and sending them emails since November 27th and have not been able to reach anyone or receive a response. When I look at my claim profile, it says I am under regular unemployment benefits, yet I have been receiving the same amount I was previously. Confused to say the least. I, too, have put in – check this out – 1,119 applications since becoming unemployed in November 2011. I definitely feel everyone’s frustration. I am either overqualified, not qualified because I did not hold the “exact job title,” or I just receive no response. Since I began working in 1996, I have never, EVER had a problem finding employment. God bless us because if the program is not extended, United States as we know it will crumble even more than it has!!!

December 28, 2012 at 7:38 am
(732) Kate says:

S, I posted yesterday concerned about my benefits and still have received nothing. My last pay was for one week,$317 on dec 11 needless to say that money is all gone and. So much for being approved for euc bc I got my approval letter on 12-19, filed that day, anf have yet to receive a payment. Sorry for my typos my phone was being difficult and wouldn’t let me fix the issues without deleting everything. Looks like I will be calling the UC office as soon as they open at 8. I

December 28, 2012 at 7:47 am
(733) Have No Fear says:

Kate, sorry that you are having so much difficulty. Please let us know the response. Hang in there.

December 28, 2012 at 8:21 am
(734) ernie says:

Congress needs to sign the bill for extensions, I don’t think they know how how many people are out of work. and who have a big family to support, so once the unemployment extension runs out it’s going to be hard for a lot of people to find a job and a lot of people are probably just making ends meet for paying bills, food on the table and gas in their vehicles to get from place to place. Many people cant afford a lot of stuff so times will be though so they have to keep their heads high and just pray that congress will sign so people can keep collecting their UN employment to support their family and pay their bills.

December 28, 2012 at 8:39 am
(735) Kate says:

Thanks for your concern. It was apparently all my fault because I filed a day toosoon (but it allowed me) now they had to resubmit my claim, which is good because I will get the money, bad because it wobt be until after my rent, car payment, and utilities are due. Congress needs to realize even WITH unemployment we are struggling without it my poor 7 year old will know what it is like to struggle-unfair!

December 28, 2012 at 8:54 am
(736) Have No Fear says:

Kate, glad you were able to find out that information. So, it pays to call. As I am sure with their overwhelming phone calls and inquiries, that they probably would never have called you to let you know you filed by accident early. Good news for you Kate. Glad the money will come in.

December 28, 2012 at 9:51 am
(737) Robin says:

What can I say that hasn’t already been said here….

I just cringe at the thought of what is going to happen to so many people and families, including mine if this extension isn’t passed. We all live on a fraction of what we were making as it is, and appreciate that, but if it goes away, let’s face it, this country will tank. There are just no jobs. I have a Master’s Degree, and can’t find a thing. I have applied to jobs for which I meet all qualifications, and I don’t even get a phone call for an interview?? I have been told several times that I am over qualified. One guy even said, ” I really want you, but I can’t pay you what you were making, and I think you will just leave as soon as something better comes along” OK…RIGHT because there are people knocking down my door with job offers. There are just too many applicants, and I feel that a lot of jobs go to a lot of people based on the fact that they know someone that works at the company or something. I am tired of trying to figure it out. We need relief!!!

December 28, 2012 at 9:59 am
(738) Sherry Maike says:

I’m concerned if Obama does not extend the unemployment benefits. I will be homeless along with my family. I do not understand when there are no jobs or employers hiring what are we suppose to do? I have skill knowledge and education and cannot find anyone to hire me??? I have been a nervous wreck trying to find a solution!

December 28, 2012 at 10:02 am
(739) Kathy says:

Companies received a tax credit in 2012 to hire the long-term unemployed; oops…then they let “me” go after the time period to receive the credit … then, hired someone else for my position within 1 week and at a lower salary. Who is contributing to the chronic unemployment status? Not the “unemployed.” It seems we are the ones receiving all the blame and criticism and being pushed into the black hole. It is the companies who hire and fire and fire and fire, for their economic reasons. They cannot keep their employees and let us go…it is a vicious cycle. Do not give them $5K to hire us or “tax incentives”…it is a scam the employers love! Let those who throw criticism to us become unemployed, escorted out of the building, hand over your keys, we don’t need anything else from you.” And, enter the world of job searching….unemployment….have fun! There for the grace of God go you! We are all so close to becoming homeless; family and friends cannot put up a family of 3, 4 or even 1. And, if we ask for help, we are told “it would ruin our friendship if I loaned you money.” Or, it will get better; hang in there; I know you can do it.” They do not want to hear that we are living under the bridge! Why do you think there are so many homeless people who have no one to whom they can turn.? It is easier to freeze, starve, and become invisible then to live in shame given to us by our letting ourselves be known. So, where is the next commune? We can all live in a common state of affairs. Communal living was a good idea. Did it three times in my life….ready to do it again. Who is ready to join me?

December 28, 2012 at 10:22 am
(740) Margaret says:

These people need to due something now before this country is faced with another recession !

December 28, 2012 at 11:05 am
(741) Bob in Waxhaw says:

I was reading some of the previous commnts and read one from Malk on Dec. 22nd.
He stated that he worked @ the unemployemnt office and was being over worked and was on salary just to “help” us on UI. If you don’t like it I will trade places with you. Such a cry baby!! I don’t mind working and both my wife were laid off this year and we do not have health benefits either.Maybe they should only hire people to work at the unemployment office who have been out of work. I know that I would non-stop to help those like me (and millions of others) keep their benefits and also help them find jobs. The government should have a bigger job placement workforce to help people get back on their feet.
I have sent out hundreds of resumes and it really matters who you know in a company that can get you in that matters. There have several of us from my old job that have agreed to help each other out in finding a job. I’m 58 and who wants to hire someone for only a few more years. Choice? Extended benefits or a job? Job wins that debate.

December 28, 2012 at 11:09 am
(742) Illinois gabby says:

According to CNN reports, Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama and congressional leaders will discuss the looming fiscal cliff impasse Friday at the White House, aiming for a last-minute deal to stave off automatic tax increases and spending cuts.
The 3 p.m. meeting — which will include Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boeher, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — will come days before the deadline to reach a deal, and after another day of Republicans and Democrats blaming each other for the stalemate.
White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage confirmed the meeting, but did not elaborate. Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck and McConnell spokesman Don Stewart both tried to put the onus on their rival political party — in the former case urging the Democratic-led Senate to pass a bill approved by the GOP majority in the House, and in the latter asking for a detailed proposal from Obama.
Let’s keep the faith and Keep hope alive!

December 28, 2012 at 11:09 am
(743) Bob in Waxhaw says:

Thatks Allison for allowing us to use this site as a sounding board.
Much cheaper than theropy…which we can’t afford now anyway. Sometimes we just need to vent our frustractions..Thanks from all of us that are searching for jobs.

December 28, 2012 at 11:28 am
(744) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Just to clarify, when Congress has approved extended benefits after they expire in the past it has been retroactive, so it covered those who were already collecting.

December 28, 2012 at 11:36 am
(745) Meg323 says:

Also want to thank Alison for sharing her knowledge and keeping this site going!!. I couldn’t post for a while yesterday (no comments would go through) but I am glad we are back up. Now, I am out and about to search for jobs today and will be back later! Chin up all :)

December 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm
(746) Edward says:

Its a sad sad time right now. Just sick!

December 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm
(747) dbailey18 says:

I’m one of 60 yr olds and just laid off in Sept. after 24ys with SuperValu so close to retirement but !

December 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm
(748) Rob says:

Just pray.

December 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm
(749) :) says:

Allison, or anyone else please ……this may sound stupid but it says the last benefit week is dec 29th does this mean that on Sunday dec 30 we can claim that week and that is the last payment if no extension, or was this last check at Christmas the final payment I’m confused. Thanks to anyone who helps with this

December 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm
(750) Depressed and old says:

With alot I am reading, I am not the only one faced with age discrimination. I was even told that by the employment source in my area. Some tips they told me is to take graduation year off my resume. Also I had 30 years experience at my job that I lost in June. They recommended I change that to 5 plus years. No dates, it only gives hint of your age. We have to somehow get in the door, then sell the hell out of yourself once you get in. Also a job ad…..although this person told me “I am not telling you to cut and paste” but have all the qualifications that job asks for on your resume. Targeted at the job only. This info made sense to me. Some of you may already know this, I am just trying to help anyone out there who is in my situation, and I am guessing we all are, or we wouldnt be posting. Its a shame that at 57, working all my life, that somehow things changed and I am going to be pretty hungry real soon now

December 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm
(751) Isaac says:

With all the manufacturing jobs just about gone., The 2008 401K hit plus the more recent one. The fact that most people will not or can not spend money to support the service industry. Banks, Insurance, Pharma and the buying and selling of our personal information are now the life blood for this country. Back in the 1930-1940′s oil, steel and coal built this country. The dismantling of Rockafellers standers oil allowed smaller business to thrive. This built our county. Now we gradually transitioned back to the corporate driven economy-government that had to be absolved so many years ago. EUC is required to assist all the citizens that have acted as responsible works for all these year as corporate american under mind all the values that this countries fundation was built on. In short the answer is not through money at every problem. Sometime the only way to rebuild is to allow it to fall.

December 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm
(752) Have No Fear says:

:) – In answer to your question.

When I claimed my last two weeks the 15th and 22nd this past Monday I was then told as I clicked out my next claim weeks would be January 7th. Hmmmmmm…… I thought. BUT……

Something told me just to check again. So I went to my claims page again and found out they changed it to December 31st. To claim the last week in December. Which is this week. In anticipation of no more money after that.

I think depending on what state you live in, if your claims page is up to date they should have the current information…..for now that is. Until a decision is made.

Who knows. Either way, I will claim on December 31st and go from there.

Hope this helps.

December 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm
(753) Depressed and old says:

@751 from what I understand we should have 1 more. They encourage to even claim after the first of the year if no work is found, because even if it may pass after the 29th it would be retro active. Please someone correct me if I am wrong

December 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm
(754) Have No Fear says:

@ 755 yes, that is what I am understanding as well…… for now. :)

December 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm
(755) Come ON Guys n Gals says:

Come on guys, this should have 100,000 signatures by now! Sign this while you still can. *****EVERYONE HAS GOT TO SIGN THIS PETITION, YESTERDAY!***** COMMENTING HERE IS FINE BUT **TAKE ACTION** http://wh.gov/RI1C

December 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm
(756) Come ON Guys n Gals says:

Come on guys, this should have 100,000 signatures by now! Sign this while you still can. **%%EVERYONE HAS GOT TO SIGN THIS PETITION, YESTERDAY! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ COMMENTING HERE IS FINE BUT **TAKE ACTION** http://wh.gov/RI1C

December 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm
(757) Depressed and old says:

Have already done the petition and it only takes a second, so why is there on 2188 signatures on the thing…….come on ppl……lets go

December 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm
(758) :) says:

Thank you all!! At least I can make my car ins payment! After that I will continue to file as long as it lets me regardless of a check or not …I am hopeful, yet not too much…..would rather assume no more ext. so I’d passed and I believe it will be, I will be so happy as you all will too! Phew, that just made my day knowing one more coming!

December 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm
(759) willykinz says:

please you nervous nellies….go to unemployedworkers.org….sign petition…NELP is our strongest advocate….

December 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm
(760) steph b says:

I’m scared to death that we are going to lose everything. I have been unemployed since april 2012. i have been applying none stop since then. I worked at a car dealership for 8 yrs so you would think it would be no problem getting job. wrong. people are not hiring. i have given my resume to every car dealership in my area. i didnt sell cars i did all the paperwork for them. my husband works full time and we are barly making it. the unemployment helps to keep us going. we dont get any state aid from MO because they say we make to much with my unemployment. my husband doesnt make over 350 a week. times are hard we dont have health insurance due to his company dropping everyone, so now my kids have no insurance. mo will not help cause remember i make to much. please congress please help the us tax payers out and pass this already. this is my first time ever being on unemployment and this isnt fun. I want TO WORK, please SOMEONE HIRE ME!! there are people worse than us and i pray for them too. if they think not passing this is great, wait till jan2 when the state office are overwhelmed because everyone coming in for food stamps and government assistance. we need to stop funding wars and things we have no business putting our noses in and help the ones who matter, the us citizens who make this country. everyone say a prayer to him above and pray that they pass this before we see ourselves in another recession worse than 2008!!!!!!!

December 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm
(761) fruit and nuts says:

pray…………….i havent seen one report on tv today who said unemployment woud NOT be extended….its good money for the economy….pray

December 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm
(762) pops says:

Im with fruit and nuts..

December 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm
(763) Budget Franks says:

Obama if you’re reading this you gotta veto the unemployment extension today, don’t let politics get in the way of the bare necessities!!

December 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm
(764) cherry says:

Obama Orders Pay Raise for Biden, Members of Congress, Federal Workers…by executive order. Does squat for those on unemployment.

December 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm
(765) VLC says:

Dear Congress: while you are playing football with your grandsons, could you take a moment to ponder, for me, whether I should pay my property taxes or will I need all my savings come 2013? Thanks!

December 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm
(766) fudgie says:

say your prayers… the white house meeting has begun.

December 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm
(767) jj says:

waiting for an answer hoping and praying the extend unemployment i have been searching for a job for the past 20 weeks since i have been laid off and nothing. i will take anything i will do grunt work i dont care unemployment isnt much but it keeps a roof over my kids heads and heat in the home. Please extend!!!

December 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm
(768) jess says:

i have been out of work since may 2012 i have been looking for a job everyday i have 4 kids and i am barley making it with just unemployment im making every dollar count my son has went and got a job to help out around the house and he is still in high school . i haven’t ever been on any assistance from the state of any kind even though im a single mother of 4 . and if they cut unemployment off i don’t know what im going to do i guess they would rather everyone sit at home doing nothing or selling drugs or illegal stuff to get money and live off the sate assistance its all BS if you ask me they will fund all the people just sitting on their butts doing nothing living off the state and selling drugs and doing drugs but wont help people that are trying or people who really need it . i have always worked every since i was 13 and lost my job this year and now i don’t know what we are going to do . It just makes me so mad that they will give and give and give to everyone who are out there doing nothing but when it comes to the people who really need help they always say no no no no and its BS .

December 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm
(769) Dan Jendrowski says:

As an employer for over 30 years, I paid New York State Unemployment Insurance Premiums.

What most people don’t know is that every employer also pays federal unemployment insurance.

In the 30+ years the government has never activated that coverage until 2008. People think the government is helping them out “not true” That money has been paid into a fund by employers, to benefit laid off workers when State UI runs out .

What happen to the 30+ years worth of money in that account? The government isn’t helping out. Its an obligation to pay the claims, that they were paid for by employers.

The government should not have to think twice about paying a claim against the premiums collected all these years.

December 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm
(770) It's Time says:

Obama to speak at 5:45pm

December 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm
(771) Joni says:

I am 51 years old and have been “paying in” since I was 16….35 years! I think it’s a crying shame that, the one time I need unemployment, it may not be there for me. I’m stuck in the position of being overqualified for most available positions or underqualified for careers that I don’t have experience in.

If they want to start drug testing, increase monitoring of work searches, etc., that would be fine, but don’t punish the honest people like me!

December 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm
(772) Francesca says:

Major Garrett, Chief WH Correspondent on Twitter: In #fiscalcliff WH meeting, McConnell/Boehner agreed to extend jobless benefits. Sticking point is income level for higher taxes. GOP sources dispute agreeing to extend jobless benefits. Say nothing final until all is final. Link to income tax threshold, tho, is real.

December 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm
(773) Nikki says:

lets cut off unemployment to 2 million people and up the taxes on middle class families.. wow they will be sticking it to me both ways! I hope they get this resolved by the 31st! I will be out on the streets by february!

December 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm
(774) Casey says:

Obama just made a speech and is calling for immediate action. He spoke of unemployment several times and is voicing his concern for us. I don’t care if you are republican or democrat, you have to give Obama credit for backing us up to the best of his ability. I commend him for not backing down in order to help us.

December 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm
(775) burl says:

No extensions…….26 weeks is plenty…..go get a job

December 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm
(776) Casey says:

I agree Joni. I am not typically one to vote to enforce mandatory drugs tests because of citizen rights to do what they want (a free country). However, if they said I had to take a mandatory drug test every month to receive benefits, then I say yes.

They should offer that, so that the state knows we are in good standing and aren’t breaking the law with our unemployment funds.

There comes a point of desperation when you’d be more than happy to piss in a cup for the government.

December 28, 2012 at 6:10 pm
(777) John says:


What about workers in their 60′s who have a hard time finding work because of their age and spent years at their company and were forced out of work? What about workers who live in a small town that is mainly funded by tourism or the government? What about the people who are only trained in a specific trade where there is nothing available?

I bet you have a job and weren’t laid off through no fault of your own….

People on unemployment get unemployment because they lost their job and did nothing wrong to lose it. You would punish these people because of the situation they were forced into? I bet you call yourself a Christian too….

December 28, 2012 at 6:17 pm
(778) unemployed vet says:

To burl

I am a special operations soldier who got hurt in a airborne accident and now i am off active duty looking very actively for a job for over a year. Tell me to get a job really. Most of the great people on this site have been working very hard at trying to get a job. Most have multiple degrees and are verry accomplished in there job fields. There just arent jobs

Burl your a coward.

December 28, 2012 at 6:34 pm
(779) David says:


Burl doesn’t care about anyone but himself. Just accept it and ignore his ignorance.

December 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm
(780) Dawn says:

BURL, Quit wasting everyone’s time by being on this board. You have no clue what everyone is going through. You are a Sad Sad person!

December 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm
(781) Scott says:

I feel very positive that congress will do the right thing and extend the benefits to some extent.

December 28, 2012 at 6:51 pm
(782) donna says:

Burl: easier said than done…I have worked hard my whole life: 34 years & lost my job because of politics. There are not many jobs out there…it would a shame to work your whole life just to lose everything because of politics once again. Extending the benefits helps the economy. Don’t talk unless you’ve walked in someone else’s shoes………

December 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm
(783) Michael says:

http://wh.gov/RI1C SIGN THIS PETITION………….************************************

December 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm
(784) MsMaryMack says:

I’m praying for you all that this fiscal cliff situation will be resolved this weekend.

December 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm
(785) Karen says:

I live in ca so since the unemployment end tomorrow do I still get my weeks from 15th to the 29th? Or do I just forget about it?

December 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm
(786) jj says:

http://wh.gov/RI1C Please sign this petition to help get unemployment extened whether you are a demo or repu this should be passed to help out others. even if you can only go up to so many tiers before being cut off it should be passed and equal for everyone. my grandma is 83 and was laid off of her job she cant find work and this is what she gets without it she will fall into the black hole.

December 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm
(787) jj says:

Karen: you will still get it make sure you call and call to keep certifying because they might pass it after a few weeks and retroactive it

December 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm
(788) cjs says:

I pray this is resolved. This is not an easy situation to be in at all. And to those who think its easy to just get a job, trust, its easier said than done. I will be praying for all going through this tough time.

December 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm
(789) It's Time says:

Karen if you still have funds in your account you will receive the weeks of 22nd & 29th. Just make sure you claim by Jan 3RD 2013. That is the cut off day to claim. If anyone claimed last week you must claim for the last week ending 12/29

December 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm
(790) desdemona says:

time for a margarita..

December 28, 2012 at 9:14 pm
(791) Illinois Gabby says:

I live in Illinois. I
ecently was informed I exhausted my tier 3 benefits. Yet everyday I apply and search for jobs and still now success..I won’t give up. However, I was wondering if the they come to an agreement. Does anyone know or think they will bring back the Tier4 in Illinois. I’m keeping the faith and praying either I will find a job…any job. Soon. Or when an agreement is reached tier 4 will be reconvened . I am still able to certify for my benefits online in my state. Please any information will be greatly appreciated during this stressful time so many of us are unfortunately experiencing. On the bright side, it’s nice to know Obama hears us and is doing his best.

December 28, 2012 at 9:14 pm
(792) Illinois Gabby says:

I live in Illinois. I
ecently was informed I exhausted my tier 3 benefits. Yet everyday I apply and search for jobs and still now success..I won’t give up. However, I was wondering if the they come to an agreement. Does anyone know or think they will bring back the Tier4 in Illinois. I’m keeping the faith and praying either I will find a job…any job. Soon. Or when an agreement is reached tier 4 will be reconvened . I am still able to certify for my benefits online in my state. Please any information will be greatly appreciated during this stressful time so many of us are unfortunately experiencing. On the bright side, it’s nice to know Obama hears us and is doing his best.

December 28, 2012 at 9:36 pm
(793) PatrickHenry says:

(778) Casey says:
“There comes a point of desperation when you’d be more than happy to piss in a cup for the government.”
And that is what the wannabe dictator in the White House in counting on…he is a Marxist/Communist and anyone who knows anything about history and communism knows that “the people” must be made dependent on the government…little by little your rights are being stripped away-which in the end you will sell for a bowl of stew. Some of you people need to wakeup to what is really going on and the agenda of those you think have your best interest at heart.

December 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm
(794) Disappointed worker says:

The way it looks……we might as well get in line at the welfare office …those lines are going to be longer then on black Friday…thank you government…the land of opportunity…this country makes me sick…never help the working man and give our money to the illegal immigrants…and if your white like me,,,,the welfare office told me this,…..that i am not handicap and i can get a job…and they also wont give me insurance neither….only food stamps….and food stamps don’t pay the rent or bills.

December 28, 2012 at 9:56 pm
(795) Karen says:

Thank you guys and hopefully an extension is pass because there are people that really do need and depend on it

December 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm
(796) Mike says:

I have worked 27 years,never laid off until 3-25-11,was cut from 99-79 in july,my state is rhode island,double digits 3 years and we are 10.5%,i have had my gas and hot water turned off,no money for the last 6 months,all my savings depleted…why was i cut 21 weeks short in july? The little i was getting paid my rent while i filled out over 250 applications and nothing,i need my benefits back very badly or i am getting evicted new years..then i will not make it! Long term deserve the full 99 weeks that they should have never been cut from in the first place!

December 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm
(797) joan says:

Laid off and guess what the age has a major factor on finding jobs. Quit taking jobs away. Wish companies would hire 56 year old. Loosing the unemployment will leave people homeless and out in the streets. How awful.

December 28, 2012 at 10:35 pm
(798) VLC says:

@PatrickHenry. This place has been pretty good about not laying blame on either party or telling people they’re stupid for whomever they voted for. This place has been a blessing for me in that, so please refrain from partisan politics. Lots of other online places for that. Try perhaps commenting on Paul Krugman’s blog. Thanks.

December 28, 2012 at 11:08 pm
(799) Meg323 says:

Good evening everyone. Hoped to have better news when I returned tonight but once again we sit and wait with baited breath. Anyway, I was wondering how many of us would quickly “find jobs” if all those jobs sent overseas to save a few bucks the past ten years or so and has resulted in a nightmare whenever you call a customer service number now were to be brought back to the USA. I would say half of this board would be reporting about a brand new decent paying salary within no time. The jobs need to stay in OUR country and something needs to be done to entice employers to stop sending them out of our country or it’s just going to keep getting worse here.

December 29, 2012 at 12:19 am
(800) Sandy Pierce says:

Just a quick note, today, Dec. 28, 2012, President Obama signed ab Executive Order to give Biden and Congress a raise. If he can do that, what is the hold up in doing exactly the same thing for extended UE benefits! It’s time the people spoke up! Our life is truly in the hands of Washington. Pray for this much needed extension, and out-sourcing jobs to come back to America! Let’s see Made In The USA once again.

December 29, 2012 at 12:25 am
(801) Sandy Pierce says:

Just a quick note, today, Dec. 28, 2012, President Obama signed an Executive Order to give Biden and Congress a raise. If he can do that, what is the hold up in doing exactly the same thing for extended UE benefits! It’s time the people spoke up! Our life is truly in the hands of Washington. Pray for this much needed extension, and out-sourcing jobs to come back to America! Let’s see Made In The USA once again. Here is the link for this news:
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/obama-gives-raises-biden/2012/12/28/id/469363 Meanwhile, I pray for each and everyone of you along with my husband and myself as I’m older also laid off and so is my husband. This happened 5 mos. after we bought a home. Thank God we did it when we did, never saw unemployment coming, but our payments on home lower than our lot rent was. So we manage, but barely.

December 29, 2012 at 12:33 am
(802) Sandy Pierce says:

Here is the link to the Obama Executive Order for raise Biden &Congress:
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/obama-gives-raises-biden/2012/12/28/id/469363 We are in the same boat as all you. Lost jobs, no chance at our ages to get anything! Other half worked 42 years in same field. A genius, but no chance of employment. Nor I, as I am now facing knee surgery and compliance with Obamacare red tape with panels to hopefully approve a knee replacement. Life just keeps getting worse. Praying for everyone here as I know how rigorous everyone is trying to simply “get by. It is a struggle to hang on, this extension must be granted or the results will be disastrous!

December 29, 2012 at 1:17 am
(803) Erwin says:

Well, I hate to play a fiddle, but I’ll add my comment to the rest on the difficulties of securing a position, let alone a job in this economy. My last position of 10 years ended in 2010 with the closure of the company I was employed with. Since that time, in addition to being unemployed, my wife had a stroke and 2 of my children have problems that require almost constant attention. I am in my 50′s and can relate to many of the posts concerning the competition between younger workers full of fire and older workers that are more established and experienced. It has not been easy out here and very, very hard to secure employment. I agree with the comments regarding temporary agencies, however, I have applied to those also with little result. As much as I hate to say it, even the temporary agencies appear to look at older workers as less desirable than younger. I am truly praying that the EUC benefits are extended. The economy has not really been getting better, it has been worst. Establishing myself as an independent contractor has benefits (on paper), however, that requires a lot of overhead and start-up cost, so, for us unemployed professionals, that may not be an option at this point. EUC needs to be extended until the economy REALLY gets better and jobs/positions are no longer a problem.

December 29, 2012 at 1:48 am
(804) Will says:

It’s sickening that the President can give a raise to the VPOTUS and Congress but he can’t get legislation passed that will extend unemployment benefits. I’ve been out of work since October of last year and I’ve spent EVERY day relentlessly searching for another job in my area of the country. The problem is, there are limited IT-related jobs in my area, and trying to go into another field wouldn’t pay anywhere near what I get in IT (or what I’m getting in unemployment for that matter). I’ve tried looking in other areas, but when you’re on unemployment, getting the money together to move to a new area isn’t exactly an option.

The long and short of it is merely this: Congress holds within its grasp the power to help millions of Americans with a little extra assistance and some more time to try and get back on their feet. Instead, they insist on taking a break while we’re all here trying to figure out how we’re going to support our families. As far as I’m concerned, Congress never should have adjourned for the holiday season. It may sound harsh, but I’m okay with them not having had a holiday break in order to get their $h!t together and do their damn jobs! But what do I know… I’m just some unemployed schmuck.

May those of you who are in the same boat as I am find means to support yourselves and your families, and may 2013 yield success and happiness for us all. Blessed be!

December 29, 2012 at 2:47 am
(805) California says:

It is just so sad to see what this country has come to! Most of us are hard working people that can’t even get a job at a fast food restaurant. I too have run out of unemployment benefits after 7 months when this is the first time ever that I need the help never have I asked for welfare, food stamps,and I’m pretty sure if I walk in the county office to be denied benefits for sure! Don’t have no children so i am pretty sure i am not going to qualify! Some people abuse of our system and that’s the reason our country is the way it is, why don’t they cut the welfare to people who have never had a job in their life and just have kids to live off welfare their whole life when there’s people that work their whole life and have lost our jobs and when we need the help we can’t get it! I think the government should do something about cutting back on welfare because all that money that goes towards welfare is money that us tax payers pay when we work and don’t think it’s fair for people to sit at home and get free money, food stamps when they don’t work for it. And when the hard working people need the help we get turned down.its just a sad situation which makes me mad just to think of how unfair our system is…

December 29, 2012 at 6:28 am
(806) Houston says:

I am outraged at our government to say the least. I too have never had to even be on unemployment or any kind of assistance from the government. I am in Texas, weekly max sitting at $410 a week. I am a single parent of two boys and have always worked. I just lost my job of 9 years and have barely gotten 5 months of unemployment because are government cannot make a decision to decide our fate for us?
Do you know that I even applied for food stamps to help out while I was looking for work, something I have never done! But no, to my surprise $410 a week is enough to support an entire home; yeah, I make too much for food stamps on unemployment. Apparently $1640 a month is enough to pay every bill and support two growing healthy teenage boys. I cut every bill I had to the bare minimum and still can barely hold my head above water. It has taken all I have to really try and stay positive so I can be the good candidate I know I am for hopefully an interview with a replaceable company. I go to school for my degree and have applied to every job imaginable in Houston, TX. I make it a full-time job to look for a new job. Funny thing is, I got a letter wanting me to report for Jury duty in January. Really, they want me to do something for them now?
It saddens me that our own government has left us like this. I wish for one day they could live in my shoes and they would see for them self. Now it is the holidays and we are left to wonder where our lives are going after the first of the year. I literally have no place to go with two boys looking at me as the responsible parent to provide a roof over their head and food in their mouth. What do I tell them Mr. President? What would you tell your daughter?

December 29, 2012 at 6:40 am
(807) Florida says:

Can someone tell me how each state comes up with how much the max is a week if you qualify for unemployment.

For Florida it is $275.00 a week. Where I see NY is $300 and something and Texas is $419.00.

I am curious what other states are giving for the max a week. Care to share?

Thank you.

December 29, 2012 at 8:54 am
(808) Nita says:

If I don’t get an extension I am going to be homeless

December 29, 2012 at 9:24 am
(809) Lew says:

Last night, I saw where the President was moderately confident that a deal will get done.

I have more than my fair share of disagreements with the president, but he is right here and I believe something will get done soon. My prediction is that it will get done today or over the weekend as I read an article in the Washington Post (12-28) stating that the holdup appears to be how to define the “wealthy” as BOTH sides are in agreement to extend EUC benefits.

My prediction: Tax rates go up on those making 300K plus annually; middle class and lower income are at current rates; EUC extended; sequestration tabled; a promise of spending cuts in certain government programs details of which will be announced later.

December 29, 2012 at 9:53 am
(810) shonda says:

Of course losing our UE. benefits is hard, but I am tried of every one with the racist statements about OUR PRESIDENT! He can not pass a bill alone! What about OUR HOUSE rep.? Do they not take more responsibilities than OUR PRESIDENT! I hope a decision will be meet soon, but this nations is failing because we can not act as one and support our leader because of his skin color!!

December 29, 2012 at 10:11 am
(811) Fran says:

State laws decide what the unemployment maximum rate will be. In NY the max is 405 enacted around 2000. If it were to increase/decrease state lawmakers have power to make it happen.

December 29, 2012 at 10:15 am
(812) Florida says:

@ Fran 813, thank you for the info.

For Florida max weekly UEt is $275.00. Where I see NY is $405.00 and Texas is $419.00.

I am curious what other states are giving for the max a week. Care to share?

Thank you.

December 29, 2012 at 10:23 am
(813) Colorado Jeanne says:

Amen Will (806). First time for me on unemployment also. Funny thing, I went and applied for Food Stamps in June when I got laid off after 5 years. Got the assistance for 5 months and then got randomly audited after my 5 months of help ended. Interesting, the father of my 4 children abandoned us 10 years ago and have been on my own with no help from their father. He has not paid support in the 10 years. He does not get audited or pressured into helping us.(because he lives in another state so they wash their hands of it.) So my UI is threatened and no food stamps anymore. That is okay because I will continue going to the food banks. Something is wrong here. I figure I survived 10 years alone with 4 kids I will survive this. Just scared of homelessness. God bless you all. Hang in there. I believe we will have good news Sunday evening.

December 29, 2012 at 11:29 am
(814) Jason says:

Hey all,
I have also been out of work since 10-11…and severance and UI are all I have. I was a BA, and it is IMPOSSIBLE to find a new job in my field in the Triad area, NC….Ui benefits are all I have had going to keep me and my house afloat.

I am not usually for bailouts, but UI is the ONLY lifeline Millions of us have….

December 29, 2012 at 11:32 am
(815) Have a plan of action says:

I’ve decided to map out the wealthiest neighborhoods in my area, and when I am reduced to NOTHING, I will visit house-to-house as a beggar for mere necessities. I can guarantee my appearance in their “well-to-do” neighborhoods will not be welcomed, and they will reach out to their representatives, because we, the unemployed, have began to affect their livelihood and sense of security. They will NEVER care, until they are face-to-face with the dilemma–THE UNEMPLOYED, through NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN.
You always have to have a PLAN!!! When jobs are scarce and many are overqualified, it IS NOT a lack of persistence in seeking employment, but rather the lack of sufficient employment opportunities for the masses of unemployed AMERICANS.
I plan to get in their face–they and their children’s…until they begin to CARE!!!

December 29, 2012 at 11:37 am
(816) TodA says:

FYI..the max in MA is $672 a week.

December 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm
(817) James says:

I just started my first tier in mid november. I just completed machinist training course right before christmas. Everywhere I apply say not hiring till after fiscal cliff gets signed. Meanwhile I just had last week of unemployment unless an extention signing goes though. It will be hard to get a job if I loose my car and phone. Stop the posturing and bickering and get it done.

December 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm
(818) Fran says:


Take a look at this site to compare weekly benefits by state.

December 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm
(819) Florida says:

@ Fran – Thanks for the link. Wow, unbelievable difference for each state. Even though it says Florida being one of the lowest, as it certainly is, it then goes on to say we get the longest in weeks as being a low paying state of benefits, 99 weeks. I do not think that is acurate anymore. Since they cut back the Tiers weeks just recently.

@Todd, thank you for sharing.

December 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm
(820) danny says:

it says no euc after dec 29 2012 but i received a letter says i was approved for teir 2 so what does that mean it will just cut off

December 29, 2012 at 2:35 pm
(821) Depressed and old says:

Unfortunately Danny yes…….unless they pass something

December 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm
(822) Depressed and old says:

But they are saying file claim as usual anyway…….because it is retro active

December 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm
(823) anthony says:

Yea I understand that EUC has to come to a end the US is in debt. I am a 28 year old vet with slight disability that refrains me from doing certain jobs. Being every jobs wants experience or college im already low on the pole. Infantry isnt exactly a good job background unless its security and I cant do that with my disability. I dont want SSI but no one will hire me and I know its because of my disability and cant prove it. Why hire a guy like me when you can have a fresh guy to do the work. People are in lines for a position and I get NO calls for applications. I do apps on the internet and they ask about military and service connected disabilitys which should not even be asked til after hire. Thats a invasion of privacy and is knocks me down the list whether they admit it or not. Even USPS says “vets first for a chance to hire”. I filled out there LONG apps and get emails saying someone will contact me. Well im still here waiting, where did “vets first” go? What am I to do when this runs out? Become a thief, steal my food for my family? Thats what corner everyone is being trapped in and were going to feed our familys whatever it takes. I cant afford anything more then bills now so when it goes, there goes paying bills! That outta cause a big chain reaction for the Great Depression……..Do something America, YOU voted for him!

December 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm
(824) Rowe says:

I have been on unemployment since October 2011. The place I worked closed down. I live in Ohio and only get $127 a week from unemployment. Its really hard making it on that. I search everyday for a job. Though, I have had no luck. I am a full time student too. Losing unemployment will hurt me bad. I do hope they figure something out.

December 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm
(825) Kathy in PA says:

Just want to thank Dan Jendrowski 771 for speaking up for the unemployed and taking the stand for “us” and that yes monies are paid into FUTA for just this….and there should be no question as to where it should be allocated….it was good to read from an employer’s perspective.
Appreciate all the good advice and info brought forth via Alison…thank you for providing a place to vent and commiserate. Hopefully, we will all be back with the good news sometime in the last day of December or 1st week of January. The best to you all. Prayer and Peace!

December 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm
(826) Tiffany says:

Spoke with NYS Department of Labor yesterday and was informed that there will in fact be NO retroactive payments allowed.

December 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm
(827) Jillian says:

I have been keeping up with the comments over the last 2 days, and I feel for everyone and completely understand… It’s shocking that the VP and Congress received a raise, nice to see that those who make almost $200,000 a year were a priority… I cannot recall any other organization that rewards their employees for being behind on their deadlines.

I lost my job in April 2012, through no fault of my own. The owner of my company decided to let me go so his wife could work in the office with him (and be free labor). I filed for my extension in November to learn that it may only be good for a month. Upsetting, when I have applied to probably 100 positions and have had only ONE interview. I have taken this opportunity to go back to school to grow my associates into a bachelor degree, hoping it will at least give me an edge over some of my competition. Not many companies are hiring at a reasonable pay rate, employers know that they have the upper-hand. What good would it do to work a job for $9 an hour for 20 hours a week? That’s less than unemployment… I’m not on welfare or food stamps, I don’t believe in taking advantage of the system because I do have a fiance that helps with the bills. What he makes covers our expenses, and my unemployment covers things like gas and groceries. It would be impossible for us to get by without it. Ending unemployment will not only harm each individual, it will ruin the economy.

I would like those in Washington to realize that the majority of us on unemployment are not slackers sitting at home enjoying our free ride. We are Americans with families who want to be working, not stressing over if we will be able to buy groceries and put gas in the tank.

December 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm
(828) Fran says:

They had to tell you that. The honest answer is “maybe”. It really depends on what the new legislation is structured. It could be retroactive but it could not. If you live in NY simply continue claiming for as long as it lets you.

Keep in mind you were speaking to them as if legislation was going to happen at some point. But they had to spoke to you with whats already in law. They could not speculate on something that could or could not happen.

December 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm
(829) SYR says:

I agree with the majority of you people cutting unemployment will devastate the economy and will have an effect on society as a whole. I am a middle aged single parent and have never been without a job until now and I apply everywhere. So I wish congress would understand that the majority of people on unemployment are willing to work there just aren’t any jobs out there. I pray for an extension of benefits because my child and I need it. God bless you all.

December 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm
(830) Blossom says:

If unemployment compensation is extended, as part of a fiscal cliff deal, how will it affect those of us whose unemployment has already run out?

I was laid off from my job at the end of May, 2011, and started collecting unemployment benefits in July 2011. I was getting unemployment until I started a new job at the beginning of June, 2012. That job only lasted 6 weeks, and then I was able to reopen my 2011 unemployment claim, and collect benefits again. Those benefits ran out on November 13th. I am wondering if I will be able to get any unemployment again, if an extension is passed. I live in Ohio.

It’s nice to know that others are in the same boat as me, financially. I have applied for at least 200 jobs in the past 18 months, and despite having bachelor’s degree and years of work experience, I’ve only had about 10 interviews, and no job offers, other than the short term job I this past summer. I am married, and my husband is working, but he does not earn enough money to pay all of our bills. We need two incomes.

We are in a dire and desperate situation financially. Our only vehicle, which my husband needs to get back and forth to work, was repossessed, because we couldn’t keep up with the payments. He’s stuck taking 3 busses each way to work every day, in a miserable Ohio winter.

December 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm
(831) Laura says:

This is a continuation of my previous comment:

Sadly, I think I’d be a lot better off financially, if I wasn’t married. With my husband working, we make too much money to qualify for any kind of government assistance, but still don’t make enough to survive. I was single, I could get food stamps, HEAP, Medicaid for my kids, etc. But since I am married, I don’t qualify for a thing. It’s beyond frustrating.

It kills me that our political leaders, who are being paid by OUR tax dollars, are twiddling their thumbs, and delaying a fiscal cliff deal, while the millions of us who are unemployed through no fault of our own are suffering. And of course, the first thing the Republicans want to cut is unemployment compensation. As if people are living high off the hog on $200-$300 a week in benefits. It’s just downright sickening!

December 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm
(832) does anyone of you have a brain? says:

I’ve been on unemployment for 11 months now, and I knew over 20 years ago, that something of this magnitude would happen in my life time. I worked two jobs and never spent a penny of my second job, just to prepare for an event like this. Shame on all of you, for not saving for a rainy day. Guess what it’s raining cats and dogs with no chance of a break anytime soon. So glad I was smart enough to figure this out years ago. I’m sitting pretty because I prepared. I even paid my custom built home off a month after loosing my job. Sick to death of hearing your sob stories. It’s time to grow up and think about your future a little more, don’t you think? Prepare is what you all should have done, like I did.

December 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm
(833) Donna says:

Lost job of 25 yrs. in aug. 2011 & Im 56. I am in tier 3 already & would have gone to end of jan. 2013. As of now I will get 1 more check for 1 week . Ive been getting $1248 a month which is considered poverty where I live. I applied for food stamps & they give me only $16 a month!!! They also screw you over at every turn. I have lived in my place for 28 yrs. & dont know what I will do if I cant afford to stay here. I lost my health ins. as well & need to take meds for anxiety & depression. To the person who said we should all go on disability………I tried that & was rejected. What is going to happen to all us baby boomers? I hate to be a burden to my family :(

December 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm
(834) Matt says:

I just logged into my UI site and the OPTION to even file for my weekly claim is now GONE! You may only “view claim information” so last week was the last check. You can NOT continue to file……anyone else try and have same problem.??

December 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm
(835) Mary says:

Matt..I just signed in said I had no more benefits although I was suppose to claim for this week.I just started my first tier.Hold on its gonna be a rough ride.

December 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm
(836) Mary says:

They sure waste no time updating the UI site do they? Unbelievable.But Obama gave all of them pay raises??? I understand Obama wants this for us but the rest could care less.They got their raise!

December 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm
(837) Mary says:

But I think they will vote on it Sunday evening and that will be the one thing that they do pass.In the mean time we all sit on the edge of our seats and hope.

December 29, 2012 at 5:45 pm
(838) Florida says:

@ Matt, I am sorry that is happening to you. I just logged onto mine, and I am still asked to claim my last week (which was this past week) on Monday, December 31st. It used to say January 7th.

December 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm
(839) Meg323 says:

To: (834) does anyone of you have a brain? – shame on you for your nasty comments to all the people on here who may not have been able to work two jobs and save that cushy amount of money like you did. Obviously you did not have the same responsibilities as some of us whether it be a bigger family or higher cost of living. Take your nasty comments and go open your bible before karma bites you in the ass someday. Actually I hope it does!

December 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm
(840) Matt says:

Mary…. You’re Right, they waste NO time updating the site in their favor. When it was updated for “work search” logs it was a mess. So the only way to continue to file is to file by fax. They are counting on people being disqualified, too. I will NEVER pay federal income tax again and keep cash only and I guess keep changing my name to avoid a garnishment. This country has gone from the USA to what people laugh @ today. I HAVE to meet deadlines. Why not the Federal Government. It’s allllll backwards. This country is righteous for a hostile take-over by another.

December 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm
(841) Meg323 says:

Next we will see someone come complain on here that they had to work “overtime” all weekend just to update the websites to cut us all off. Yes, they complain about all that work they have to do with the emphasis being on “work”. lol what an oxymoron that is.

December 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm
(842) Sharesa says:

To: (834) like Meg323 said shame on you for saying that. Not all of us could work two jobs or more and save our money. I was working full time and going to college full time. Maybe you should think before you judge others who are struggling and need the help. I hope it does get approved for everybody else and myself.

December 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm
(843) jj says:

As we all sit on the edge of our seats to know if we will have a place to live next month, food on the table, or heat to keep us from freezing to death others are wasting there time. I have lost all hope from the different websites I have been reading they are not expected to extend it. This is going to cause many more problems in this world. There is gonna be more stealing, violence, homeless people what has this world come to?

December 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm
(844) Mary Cusack says:

they have us hanging on a string begging but Obama signs and exectutive order giving all government workers a raise!!!!!! yeah he’s for the little guy. I can’t believe you voted this dictator in again.

December 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm
(845) erica says:

Does anyone know when we file tomorrow on the 30th….will we get paid for one week or 2??

December 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm
(846) erica says:

Does anyone know when we file tomorrow on the 30th….will we get paid for 1 week or 2 weeks?

December 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm
(847) Darryl says:

We should all go over to (834) house to live since he is so well prepared…and if your sick of hearing the sob stories don’t come to this thread and read them..no one is making you….no one here needs to hear how smart or great you are…getting stuff off your chest makes you feel better and if i need to dwell about my problems so i can feel better i will….

December 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm
(848) It's Time says:

Erica, if you file bi-weekly and filed two weeks ago you will get 2 weeks if you still have funds in your account. If you filed last Sunday you will get one week if you have funds in account.

December 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm
(849) Obama Adviser says:

“Latest Update”…
If there is no more extension added …Obama will allow anyone that is homeless to live in the White House.

December 29, 2012 at 7:55 pm
(850) Debbie says:

I lost my job in May after 7 years with a company. I filed for unemployment and was given 26 weeks (6 months) then when I go to get the extension I find that there may be no more benefits after Dec 29th….what kind of crap is that….Elected officials ( who are getting a pay check) cant come to a decision for the people who elected them…what are we supposed to do?
I have rent, car payment, utilities, etc that have to be paid…Is my elected representative going to pay theses for me…and the rest of us….I doubt it….this is just a bunch of BS……

December 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm
(851) Mary says:

I filed last Sunday and according to the website I can no longer file not even for this week..Here I come welfare! Heck with all of them.I am so disgusted.Maybe I can qualify for a free phone while I am at it.

December 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm
(852) Illinois Gabby says:

Is there any chance, if everything works out. Illinois will extend or bring back a tier 4 of benefits?

December 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm
(853) It's Time says:

Today is Saturday, nobody can file today for week ending 12/29

December 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm
(854) CaMan says:

When the times comes, In 2 years
vote them out of office – all of them . . .
Addison Mitchell “Mitch” McConnell, Jr. is the senior United States Senator from Kentucky. A member of the Republican Party, he has been the Minority Leader of the Senate since January 3, 2007.
All of them get voted OUT, simple as that.

December 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm
(855) m says:

My question to (834) is that since you are obviously so well off is it safe to say that even though you have been unemployed for eleven months you surely must have chosen to never file for the dastardly unemployment benefit?

December 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm
(856) The Man says:

Just hang in there guys, only another 4 more years of this. Everyone who voted for Obama made their bed now they have to lay in it!

December 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm
(857) Alma in ILL says:

Guys let’s have faith!!!
I’m praying that out Emergency Extension will be passed!! Can yours imagine what’s going to happen to our country? TERRIBLE GOD BLESSED AMERICA MY SWEET HOME //=(


December 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm
(858) Illinois Gabby says:

Thank you Alma!

I’m with you, this is a difficult time for a lot of us but I’m keeping the faith & hope alive! Prayer changes. Lets continue to do our part. Lets also believe this will be resolved in our favor and job will open, there’s nothing to loose.

December 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm
(859) jj says:

If it is passed what are the requirements for the extensions? is everyone able to get them if they are just going out of state weeks?

December 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm
(860) California Girl says:

I just got my letter stating that I qualify for Tier 3 in CA. I am being told that CA WONT extend benefits because CA. unemployment rate is not high enough.. But haven’t seen anything on this issue, does anyone know?? Its a FED ext. not a state ….

December 29, 2012 at 10:37 pm
(861) Miss Q says:

I will filing for my last two weeks tomorrow. Since this last check will not be cut until 2013 will both weeks be counted as income for 2013? I know that my last week of wages for 2011 were paid in 2012 and will be on the w2 I receive. I am trying to estimate my tax refund since it may be the only way I can stay afloat for a few extra months if the extension is not approved.

December 29, 2012 at 11:22 pm
(862) VLC says:

@The Man. This site has been great for me because there’s been no partisan political bashing. Please let’s leave it that way.

December 30, 2012 at 12:07 am
(863) Dawn says:

Just filed my weekly claim for Ohio Unemployment and it was clearly stated we would be paid for the week ending in 12/29. Atleast there will be a check this week.

December 30, 2012 at 12:15 am
(864) mikey23 says:

For those of you bashing Obama..you truly are CLUELESS. He cant pass the extension without the house votes which is majority REPUBLICAN. So all of you in a RED state or in the south you can thank your neighbors or yourselves for voting those idiots in.

December 30, 2012 at 12:39 am
(865) It's Time says:

The Republicans are so bad they can’t even pass their own plans to the house because there own party will veto it. It’s sad what politics have come down to.

December 30, 2012 at 1:07 am
(866) Francesca says:

Just filed for the last two weeks in Texas. When I clicked on payment request again to see what would happen, it said that my claim had expired and that I would have to file for a brand new claim. Hopefully the extension will be passed and the system will let us back in to resume payment requests and also that it will be retroactive.

December 30, 2012 at 1:12 am
(867) Xue Wu says:

Cali Girl:

CA has second highest unemployment rate.

December 30, 2012 at 1:27 am
(868) Angel says:

I just filed in NY and it allowed me to. I am still at a loss if the extended unemployment has passed or not. NY is funny that way it will let you claim then when it comes to payday nothing. I hope it passes for all of us. sucks to be poor.

December 30, 2012 at 1:40 am
(869) Michael says:

In washington state there are Only 3 tiers. So I ran out first week of December! I’ve almost locked down a job, just need a little more time. I pray that it gets extended and that wa, state gets 4 tiers plus added weeks to the tier. Tough times! Keep the faith in god y’all!

December 30, 2012 at 4:54 am
(870) MIchael says:

everyone relax… R black and wonderful president will sign the extension

December 30, 2012 at 6:04 am
(871) ronda says:

I sure hope so Michael. I am a 42 year old single female, living in Baltimore, with a BS Degree in Business and have been unemployed for the 2nd time in 4 years since July. After the 1st time I took a job making significantly less money just to get back to work. I brought home less money than on unemployment and because of that I’m in the process of trying to save my home from foreclose. I understand that the EUC benefits need to end at some point, but I don’t agree with them cutting them off when you have a balance remaining. I’ve been busting my butt looking for any job and was advised in July that I had 43 weeks available to me, then as I get close to the holidays I’m told they are taking 21 weeks I have left away from me. How fair is that? It’s not only financially that we struggle, it’s emotionally, physically and mentally. After applying for over 300+ jobs and only getting calls from AFLAC, can really take it out of you. Especially when you find a job to apply for that is perfect, it matches everything you know how to do & you hear nothing, nothing at all. It can be very depressing & then the gov’t says we are going to stop ur income right after the holidays really helps the ego & helps you stay motivated to find a job. I’m so discouraged & don’t know what will happen next. At least my car is paid for, my dog, cat & myself will find the accommodations a little cramped but at least we’ll be together. Good luck everyone, I feel & know your pain & struggles.

December 30, 2012 at 6:45 am
(872) confused says:

I filled this a.m for my last payment :( but I’m Confused,my homepage says tues is a holiday so banks and government offices will be closed and eligible vouchers will be paid starting Wed jan 2! Mon is new years eve Why would payments not start on Monday just like Christmas Eve payments did? I’m in IN, We file on Sundays and payments are Every monday

December 30, 2012 at 8:08 am
(873) Linda says:

This is really bad. As all others I to will be losing my unemployment benefits 12/29/2012. That along with the $700 SSI lost due to my child turning 18 is going to force us into foreclosure. What are the chances of me getting a job at 52 with all the younger people looking for jobs also. I am currently taking a Healthcare IT certificate program at UCONN but am not confident I will gain employment at its conclusion. How terrible to know our family is going to end up homeless. We are barely able to eat before unemployment runs out. Write ur congressman. I must say I am scared to death that we will become homeless soon. I have been looking for work for a year but as previously stated, my age makes it just about impossible.

December 30, 2012 at 9:15 am
(874) Steve says:

http://wh.gov/RI1C – Please everyone sign this petition, post it to your facebook, tweet this link on twitter, have your friends, family members, and anyone you can possibly reach out to to sign this petition…. and while your at it, SEND AN EMAIL TO CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS TO RENEW UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS THROUGH 2013….. FOLLOW THIS LINK: http://www.unemployedworkers.org/page/speakout/tell-congressional-leaders-renew-unemployment-insurance-for-2013 – click on participate on the right hand side…. there is already a letter body filled in, but i suggest putting some of your own words in as well… anything we can do we must do or else millions of people are going to be on the streets come January 2013, I have not been able to find a job in over a year, went from making close to 80k a year to making 20k a year off unemployment… and the government thinks we dont want to find jobs? THERE ARE NO JOBS OUT THERE… AND ITS WINTER TIME HERE IN JERSEY, WITH THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANE SANDY AND IT ALSO BEING THE WORST SEASON TO FIND A JOB, THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE WORST TIME OUR GOVERNMENT CAN DO THIS… PLEASE HELP

December 30, 2012 at 9:15 am
(875) donna says:

I am in tier IV in NJ with 3 weeks left. If they pass an extension, will I be eligible for EB? If so, for how long?

December 30, 2012 at 9:19 am
(876) donna says:

I am on tierIV with # weeks left. If an extension is passed, will I be eligible for EB? If so, for how long?

December 30, 2012 at 9:23 am
(877) Steve says:

In NJ we were hit by hurricane sandy badly, as well as pretty much all the tri state area… a lot of companies are out of business completely… a lot of businesses are slow this time of year and are laying people off… for our government to pull this crap on us at a time like this when we are desperately in need of assistance is complete BS…. even if nothing happened, and the hurricane didnt pretty much destroy and worsten everything…. trying to find a job in the winter besides shoveling snow is nearly impossible… I couldnt even find one in the summer, and on career builder, monster jobs, craigslist, jobs 4 jersey, etc… i have been noticing a slimming of available jobs… none of which respond to my emails and resumes i send out… this used to be a great country… last time i was on unemployment it carried me until i found a job and held it down for 3 years… got laid off now cant find one again…. may god help us…. REPUBLICANS HELP US… it wont affect your 250,000K + salary ….

December 30, 2012 at 9:43 am
(878) Lew says:

Good morning!

Have read a lot of comments here and my heart goes out to each and everyone of you. I, of course, am in a similar position and feel like all my years in school (MBA) plus sweat equity on the job is for nothing, but I also realize that this is temporary for all of us and things will get better. Just have faith, stay strong and the good Lord will bring us home.

It looks like progress is being made, but it is slow and I think a deal is close and will get hammered out over the next two to three days.

Also, I have read some comments here that are critical of the Republican party that, quite frankly, are without merit and factually incorrect. The facts are both sides have agreed that an extension is necessary and will get done. Mitch McConnell is simply searching for the best way to pay for the extension he is NOT nor is the Republican house adamantly opposed to an extension. In fact, President Bush signed the initial EUC program into law in 08. (Note: I am NOT a card carrying member of either party).

Think logically for a second. Do you really believe that Boehner, McConnell or President Obama want to see people thrown out on the cold? Answer: Of course not, so stop with the partisan rancor.

Another thing I am doing and suggest others consider is to look for a legitimate home based business. I know some states have worked with people on UI and EUC in helping people start a business with varying degrees of success.

I know there are quite a few scams and bad business models out there, but there are some very good companies as well and I think it is worth evaluating to see if it is a fit. You never know what could happen.

God bless!

December 30, 2012 at 10:13 am
(879) Antoria says:

I know president Obama is doing all he can to help us right now but u people have to get out an vote not just for presidency for everything…it’s getting harder and harder for us each year it’s so sad

December 30, 2012 at 11:13 am
(880) Leo from CA says:

(Been working since I was 14) I am 36 years old have a mortage, car payment 2 kids and my Wife has a job which from Dec. – Feb. slows down to a part time. I was making $17 hourly with lots of overtime the company I worked for was sold and moved to a new location jobs were not offered by the new owners. I’ve been out of work since Oct.15 2011 the only jobs I’ve been offered have been for minimum wage which no way in he#! I’d be able to keep paying. By not extending EUC I will be out in the streets. I cant even join the military cuz I am above the age limit. Bring our jobs back for China, & Mexico!!!!! Why do we send so much of our tax $$ abroad? We need help here at home. I really didnt care who was elected this has nothing to do with politics…it’s about taking care of our brother and sisters here in the states. We are not a lazy country we have alot of hard workers willing to work. I will pray for all of us. God bless.

December 30, 2012 at 11:16 am
(881) Ann Vasquez says:

I am 67 years and I have worked all of my adult life. I was laid off 11/21/2011 and have been unable to find a job. I have applied for everything that you can think of. I am overqualified and too old (so much for living my golden years in any kind of comfort.) I am not very particular. I just need to work. I realize I won’t make anything close to my former salaries, but surly there is something I can do. The plain truth is that I will be on the street..

December 30, 2012 at 11:19 am
(882) Depressed21 says:

I was able to file my last claim this morning. The system took it and said it would be processed on the next business day. I went back in to see if it had an update and now it says my claim has expired and I would have to file a new claim. I hope they process it. I am completely broke now and need this extension to go through. This last claim I only had one week left in Tier 1. Had this not expired I assume I would have got information about Tier 2. I got laid off when I was pregnant and have been out of work since May 2012. . It has been horrible struggle. Our family doesn’t qualify for any type of assistance even though my husband doesn’t make much. I am desperately trying to find a job but haven’t had luck.

December 30, 2012 at 11:54 am
(883) LISET says:

44yo, 3 kids, worked ALL my life, I have applied an average of 24 jobs a week, NOT one phone call.. Don’t know what to do or think anymore…..

December 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm
(884) Educated yet Unemployed says:

TO 834: Get off your high horse! Don’t bash the unemployed and like most people said they are not just asking for handouts, it is a matter of being on the streets and not being able to provide for their kids.

I am unemployed with a Masters degree and will lose my tier benefits if government officials can’t find a resolution. Luckily, my husband can cover all our bills and I don’t have the fear of losing our house. I also don’t have to worry about not being able to satisfy the needs of our two young kids. Most people are not this fortunate so before you criticize people for not saving for a rainy day, you have to realize that most Americans are living pay check to paycheck with jobs so there is no possible way to save! Be grateful to have the resources to live without fear and uncertainty. Hell you should help those in need if you are so well off!

December 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm
(885) Blossom says:

Well said, #885! Not every working person has had the luxury of saving thousands of dollars for a rainy day. Many of us were barely making ends meet even before losing our jobs, even though we pinched pennies and didn’t live a luxurious lifestyle. The world would be a lot better place if those who are employed, earning decent money, and able to save, would keep their mouths shut, count their blessings, and maybe do something to help out the less fortunate in this country.

December 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm
(886) Depressed and old says:

@834….First of all if you didnt need money you wouldnt be checking this site to see if we are even close to not falling off the Fiscal Cliff. Secondly obviously you must not have been responsible for paying for a deceased family members funeral, taking care of the elderly in your family, or even pay for an education for your kids to make sure they have a better chance in life as this country slowly falls apart. Maybe in your case since you have so much cash, unemployment should check bank accounts and then adjust payments accordingly. Glad your nice and cozy in your paid off home, but sometimes I think people who have no life, look up sites like these and prey on us who are less fortunate as you. Its gives some people some kind of sick satisfaction

December 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm
(887) First time on UE says:

My husband files every two weeks he will file again on 1/6/13 will he get his last week of benefits for December? We live in NJ

December 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm
(888) Talks from the Hill says:

MSNBC indicates talks have gone from bad to worse. Can we just send Congress a crate full of diapers and pacifiers? Come on….people (LIVES) are not as important as their luxury expenses–yachts, international vacations, designer labels, mistresses (OH YEAH, they’re supporting them), foreign cars and lavish dinners/parties? Why is it WRONG to make sacrifices for the good of the people, which happen to be people of ALL races, not just the assumed “lazy minorities” (47%)?

No extensions and employers won’t be hiring because iof their added tax expenses. So, this is AMERICA–that’s what I’m ashamed of.

December 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm
(889) It's Time says:

First Time on UE, you need to file before Jan 3rd, 2013. File today for the one week like I did.

December 30, 2012 at 2:39 pm
(890) VLC says:

The talks seem to be stalled, but UE extension still part of the “back up bill” reports CNN:


December 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm
(891) Gee says:

Damn, why do people keep complaining and wondering about an extension. obama has a plan and it is NOT a good plan. 90 percent of us will eventually have to give up all our posessions and let government take care of us. Obama will save the day, and we will all worship him like the antichrist – lol.

December 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm
(892) Casey says:

I’ve got my food stamp/cash/energy assistance form on the kitchen table ready and waiting for the results. If I lose my extension, I’ll have no other option. I don’t want to do this, but I’ll have nothing left.

Print out your form guys. Make sure to get it in quickly because thousands of others in your state will also be doing the same thing.

Our income will be at zero….

I’m really sorry guys. I wish I could have hope, but there’s no optimism even left in their voices today. I’m watching on CSPAN and Reid seems exhausted and negative.

None of you deserve this. Don’t feel guilty or let others shame you. Don’t give up and have faith (in whatever you believe).

Good luck everyone.

December 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm
(893) Common Sense says:

@885 Sounds like you don’t really need the benefits and your choosing to not look for work and just coast on unemployment.
It’s time to get off your butts people and start looking for work, getting your welfare paper work ready is not a solution or what this country needs!

December 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm
(894) Joyce Jones says:

God bless all those in need and especially families with children. Congress and other politicians should be VERY ashamed of their lack of actions to help americans…we will remember this when it comes time to vote again.

December 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm
(895) Cindy says:

This is rediculous, to the gentleman that says don’t talk about your age just build yourself up. There is age discrimination out there, NO employers can not ask your age but their applications ask when you graduated from high school, duh what does that tell them, then if you have military service when were you discharged, again duh, all they have to do is the math. I have been unemployed now for 14 months and losing my unemployment, I am 61 years old and can not find a job just like millions of others. Luckily my husband is working but he has to drive 120 miles round trip and is not making the money he used to make either. We spend over $100 a week just in gas alone for him to get back and forth to work and that is with an economy car.

I have sent letters to all of our political yayhoo’s and they don’t care, they are NOT the ones that are struggeling to make ends meet. Maybe if they had to live off of unemployment or social security and not have medical coverage they would look at things in a different light. They could each cut their wages and donate back to this country some of their public speaking fees to help the economy as well.

We “gave” all of this money for bailouts and the executives got their bonuses?????? If they had of just given each of us money we would have stimulated the economy by being to pay our bills, sending our kids to school, buying cars and homes but NO lets help those that didn’t need it! Most of those companies that were helped has let A LOT of their employees go and they are now among the unemployed as well.

I for one am tired of all of the lies that the politicians tell, maybe we as a nation should let them know we are tired of it. NO POLITICIAN should be able to vote themselves a raise they are suppose to work for US and we should have a say. Why should we have to wait for an election to fire them? We should take action now!

December 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm
(896) eb3 says:

I guess voting the republicans into the senate was a great thing for the american worker! The republicans are in a big hurry to help the american worker! Can’t you tell by the way the republican senate is willing to give more tax cuts to the 6 digit wealthy and wanting to raise taxes on the american worker! Thank you american workers for voting republican!

December 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm
(897) m says:

If Obama can sign an executive order giving raises then he darn well has the power to sign one to keep EUC funded for at least a couple of months. I have no faith in government at all and have not for many years. To me they are all a bunch of azz-smoozers looking out for Big Corporate America in order to fund their own personal agendas and lifestyles all while they blow smoke and sunshine up the taxpayers butts.

December 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm
(898) jen says:

of coarse give the raises and they make more money but cut off the unemployment people who really need it. the fate of this country lies in the hands of congress they are winding down with the rest of today and tomorrow. By tomorrow night we will all know if we will be okay or loose everything.

December 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm
(899) An Honest Human says:

I have to say @894, I’m not agreeable with your attitude. Her situation is not like many of us. I do agree however that she’s doesn’t need unemployment. She admitted that her husband works and pays the bills and doesn’t need unemployment. She makes us who ACTUALLY need it look bad.
You know, if you don’t need unemployment, why are you on it? Why are you complaining? Why are you taking money when you don’t need it and hurting the rest of us in the process?
An extension should ONLY be filed if you need it. I’m sorry, but I’m not going to be screwed because you want free money.
Hate it or not, but that’s my opinion.
Oh, and @894- fly here to Santa Fe and meet me, know my life, look at the classifieds….and then you have the right to tell me to get off my butt if you have ANY inclination that I have a good chance at finding work. I’ve applied for housekeeping, janitor work, and whatever low paying jobs. Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

December 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm
(900) Ernestine says:

Recently unemployed from a job of thirteen yrs. Had a chance to move up in the company, because of my years of experience with them. Unfortunately that want cut it with other companies. They want degrees and extended experience in particulars. I considered going back to school. I’m 60yrs old. By the time I finish a degree program. I’ll be in so much student loan debt. I,ll still be barely making it. Right now I’m in the process of getting my body in good shape and improving my age old look. A regiment I started. Have a good idea for a product but no resources to produce it. What’s a girl to do to advert falling off the cliff?

December 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm
(901) G. Ling says:

I exhausted my unemployment benefits and was headed towards an extension, and then I received a notice saying they have expired! No money coming in and will be out in the street soon in below zero weather! The government is heartless and uncaring. May they all rot in hell!

December 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm
(902) Lorenzo says:

We will remember this when it’s time to vote again??? Give me a break. Any break will do. This personally and politically corrupt racist was elected again by racists as ‘revenge’, BO’s words not mine. To What? Destroy America? Time will tell what the tipping point is but the voters that elected him just because he was black won’t have to look far for a candidate in 2016. Think about it. Any radical black will do, no qualifications required, just be black and they’ll do the rest. How about Malcom X, Jesse Jackson, or Jamie Foxx for that matter. Wait for it. It will happen.

December 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm
(903) Casey says:

Leave these comments to people of all races to voice their honest and kind concerns.

You should also note that your name comes from “man of laurentum”, a city in Rome that was known for being an inspirational and peaceful village that refused to be involved in war.

Perhaps you can learn from that…

December 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm
(904) Tina says:

This is ridiclous people who have no choice who get laid off and have no hope for getting a job after hundreds of applications for jobs, even ones that are some that you are over qulaified ofr. I have a degree and experience and served 6 yr in the Navy and I dont think people at McDonalds would hire me due to over qualifications, WTH is this economy coming to????!!!! People who really need the assistance are gonna be herd soon because this is not good at all…….. Im supposed to file my last claim and the Unemployment online wont give me that option so will i get my last 2 weeks???

December 30, 2012 at 8:16 pm
(905) Momof2 says:

This is what I found:

‘The Senate’s number two Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, told reporters he was “definitely” encouraged that Republicans had dropped a demand for reducing Social Security benefits as a condition for extending unemployment benefits set to expire for some two million Americans. Obama has said extending the unemployment benefits is one of his top priorities for any deal.’

They are going to extend it guys, have faith!
I’m praying along with all of you.

December 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm
(906) Uaintgitinnomoney says:

Negociations STALL in the senate your benefits have expired get ready for those cardboard boxes and soup kitchens the money for nothing and your chicks for free time is ovah. lol

December 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm
(907) Meg323 says:

908 – get a life and open your bible or at least a dictionary. Good grief.

December 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm
(908) Natalee says:

I have a question that hopefully someone can help me with. I filled for unemployment in May and just recently began recieving my euc benefits. I requested my last check this morning. I know that I am getting ahead of myself being that we dont even know if there will be an extension or not yet but if there is (which I pray there is) how does the tiers work? I got a letter in the mail a few weeks ago telling me my 21 weeks of regular U.I were up and I am eligable for 13 weeks of EUC. Is that just tier 1 or altogather? Do you get another letter when you exhaust the first 13 weeks explaining tier 2? And I also wanted to say god bless you all. I am so scared and its been a stressful few weeks. We will get through this. Hopefully.

December 30, 2012 at 9:03 pm
(909) jen says:

Congress will resume at 11am. Really? they get paid mega bucks and they cant go into work til 11am. They have less the one day to pass unemployment extensions. I want them all to live like the rest of us for 6 months and then tell us they refuse to help. If you have a negative comment about people on unemployment keep it to yourself please until you live in someone else’s shoes you have no reason to judge.

December 30, 2012 at 9:08 pm
(910) Meg323 says:

Natalee, someone can correct me if I am wrong but from what I understand if you exhaust your State benefits – which I think you did with your first 21 weeks of state UE – then the 13 weeks they said you were entitled to expired on 12/29/12 like all the other tiers did. In other words, regardless of how many weeks they said you were eligible for, all the tiers and extensions ended on 12/29 unless they pass another round of them.

Someone feel free to correct me if I am wrong and if I am wrong, sorry Natalee.

December 30, 2012 at 9:10 pm
(911) jen says:

meg you are correct unless the bill gets passed by tomorrow night which is a joke cause i highly doubt it is gonna happen

December 30, 2012 at 9:18 pm
(912) Sam says:

It’s not that they are not trying to extend the benefits, they just arent coming to an agreement on the “fiscal cliff”, which in tern will lead to us loosing our benefits. My fingers are crossed to that there will be an agreement reached before it too late.

As for those who are hating on us that are on UE, just wait your day will come and you will then realize what we are going through… I used to think that way, until it happened to me.

With this said, I keep checking in, but if an agreement is made, it will not be until last minute, if anything. They are playing games, its that simple…

December 30, 2012 at 9:21 pm
(913) jen says:

Sam I agree its all games.

December 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm
(914) Maryland Lady says:

@ Natalee

It depends on what state you live in and what if any changes are made if they do pass an extension. At the top of this page you can click the link that explains the four possible unemployment extension options. Also depending on what state you live in and it’s unemployment rate of which I am still not sure if it’s based on the preceding quarter or month will depend on how many tiers you may collect. I also do not know that even if you qualify for let’s say three tiers that in your state’s unemployment rate drops below that tiers % rate if you then lose those tier benefits whether you have started receiving them or not. Hopefully someone can chime in with regards to those questions.

I was given through three tiers according to my unemployment debit printout. I have just started my second tier in December so I don’t know that even if it stays the same if the rate is based on three month increments even if legislation is passed that keeps it the same I may very well not be able to collect the third tier benefits since in October & November my state went below 7% unemployment so if December stays in the sixes I could be looking at 10 more weeks tops. Again I am not sure and hope someone else may know. In addition I have never received tier level letters from unemployment in my state. Only a vague letter when I started EUC.

December 30, 2012 at 9:23 pm
(915) Meg323 says:

Either way it seems like many of us will be stuck on hold for hours just trying to file our first extension “if” it’s approved. The least they could have done is tell everyone to keep filing for an additional week or two and this way if it’s passed you don’t have to refile like a new claimant. I will max out next week on my state UE (I think I have a $107 bucks left from a measly $250.00 a week) so once that maxes out not sure what I will have to do if they pass the extension but I am sure sitting on hold for two hours will be part of it. The whole thing is just insane!

December 30, 2012 at 9:27 pm
(916) Meg323 says:

Someone on here mentioned that the President could do an executive order just for the unemployment portion like he did with those cushy raises for his staff the other day. No clue how those orders work but you would think that 2 million people with no source of income or way to survive would rate no??

December 30, 2012 at 9:27 pm
(917) Sam says:

910 -
if you go to the web site you file for your benefits, there will be a link on there that shows what your state qualifies for.

something I dont get, I’ve read articles saying how they will work until the last minute before the new year, so why are they not working around the clock today?

December 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm
(918) jen says:

Agreed Sam they didnt go in until late this afternoon then quit early but they are prepared to work around the clock starting at 11am. They were all told not to make any plans for tomorrow night LOL

December 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm
(919) Sam says:

its not priority to them, they are not loosing their supplemental income….

December 30, 2012 at 10:01 pm
(920) Francesca says:

I don’t think that we’ll necessarily have to call and file for the extension, if and when it is passed, I think that all Dept. of Labor/ Payment Request/ Claim websites for each state will be updated with the new information and in doing that will reopen all of our claims eligible to continue with EUC. It would be a logistical nightmare for us and their call centers if every single one of us had to call and file for the extension.

December 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm
(921) Burls "co-worker" says:

I work with Burl, I wont give his name, but dont let him upset all the wonderful hard working people and Vets that need this. He is not a good worker or family man of his house hold. He only makes barley over the hourly wage and never finished high school, The only reason he has a job is because we hired him for what the jobs is and a matter of fact we have laid him off twice over the years and granted him unemployment til we had work for him again. So Burl watch out you might be there soon again.


December 31, 2012 at 12:11 am
(922) SingleMom says:

I received my letter on Dec 20th stating that my Extended benefits would expire if a bill wasn’t passed.. Then I received a letter on Friday stating I was eligible for another tier of benefits. I think they are a little backwards. Nobody knows what’s going on and it’s ridiculous.

December 31, 2012 at 12:21 am
(923) James says:

I filed yesterday morning for this coming up week,will I get it??

December 31, 2012 at 12:21 am
(924) James says:

I filed yesterday morning for this coming up week,will I get it??

December 31, 2012 at 12:21 am
(925) mikey23 says:

Wow..more Obama bashing. Although this shouldnt be a political board..its obvious the Repubs arent in support of a benefit extension. They are looking out for wealthy Americans. Stalling everything for a tax cut for the rich. The entire reason there is no more jobs here people??? THE MANUFACTURING GOT SHIPPED OVER SEAS already. To China by the big businesses that wont offer recent college grads a liveable wage. And the jobs arent coming back. Not until repubs are completely overhauled out of the way so things can actually get passed. And REAL sanctions come down on companies importing their goods to sell here from Chinese sweat shops. Tariffs. Please…Please..Please. To all you people in here living in the south wake up. These people play on your religous wants but dont have you in mind economically. Yes, our president is Black but cant get a thing done w their oposition..and he cant create jobs without punishing these businesses the repubs support. VOTE THEM OUT

December 31, 2012 at 12:26 am
(926) V in NY says:

If some of us exhausted our first Tier and the EUC is reinstated… do we need to refile again for the second Tier… NY works very weirdly with this stuff….

I am praying for myself and ALL of you! Regardless of whose fault it is, what President is in office, and everything else, this is still happening and it’s terrible for all of us that have something to do with it… PRAYERS!

December 31, 2012 at 12:30 am
(927) GORDON says:


December 31, 2012 at 12:30 am
(928) Momof2 says:

Praying that by this time tomorrow we know something!!!

December 31, 2012 at 12:46 am
(929) Meg323 says:

Another holiday in the middle of this nightmare, my money says we don’t know a damn thing until Wed or later on this week. Would love to be wrong but I doubt I am.

December 31, 2012 at 12:49 am
(930) Meg323 says:

Gordon…..if you are referring to the original 26 weeks of State UE benefits, I doubt there are any state extensions available but I guess it might go state by state so you need to contact the office in the state you live for that one.

December 31, 2012 at 1:46 am
(931) Jennifer says:

I am a 36 year old female who has worked my butt off installing insulation for the same company for over 7 years. I worked there harder than most of the men. I was laid off last year due to a personal conflict between me and the new managment. I have been looking for a job for the last year with no avail.
For those who think all ppl on unemployment are lazy are just wrong. I have been busting my butt doing a job that most men will not do to put food on the table and pay the bills. Finding another company willing to hire a female is much harder than I though, even though I am highly experieaced and work harder than most of the others.
Some of the places I have applied have told me there are no openings only to find out men were hired with no experience. Discrimination, especially for women still exist in a very real way. I am such a hard worker and am willing and capable of learning new things. However after a year I still dont have a job.
So now after 15 years of working, paying my taxes, and being a productive member of society I will be homeless and not know where my next meal will come from. Trust me If I was lazy I wouldnt have been doing this job in the first place.
For us truly hard working ppl of America our country is about to betray us.!! God help us all.
Please everyone agree with me in prayer that our leaders will have sympathy and compassion of the ppl of America, that we shall continue to provide a roof for our familes and food on the table. I pray that anyone in opposition to the extention will not be able to sleep sound knowing that families and children across our country will be without even thier basic needs.
God just give us the people favor and burdon the hearts of our goverment to make the right desicion. Your word says ask and you shall recieve and lord we have faith that our prayers have been heard and that your mighty hand is in control. We thank you Lord, In jesus name Amen

December 31, 2012 at 2:36 am
(932) G. Ling says:

Was just reading these comments and some of them are heartbreaking. 942 really got to me. This is a very bad time of year to be thrown out into the streets but if the members of Congress don’t get off of their dead asses and approve these extensions, this will become a reality for many, including myself. I will pray for all of us. There is nothing left to do but hope and pray. We are all at the mercy of these rich pompous pricks now. God help us all.

December 31, 2012 at 5:15 am
(933) Jeff says:

@944, Jennifer. Your analogy strange and false. I pay into car insurance, but I expect enough to pay for at least a used car that starts when I turn the key. Nobody is begging for that metaphorical new vehicle here.

It’s not that the unemployed are unable to work. There simply isn’t enough out there right now, and especially with the fiscal cliff looming, a lot of companies are closed tighter than a bank vault.

There might be jobs, but not every individual is qualified for every single one of them. Not to mention, at that point you also fight about 49-99 other applicants, and you have to be careful not to be “over-qualified”. I’d love to accept a $10-12 an hour job right now, and have applied to perhaps hundreds of those, but they’re afraid I’ll leave the moment something of my old payscale opens up, so they refuse to bother with me.

Then there’s the argument that people should just move to a new place. Moving, last time I checked, takes money. It might also sever the last few connections you have left that could help you out, such as family. I should know – I moved twice already to different states looking for work. No dice.

This is a nation that stands united. We have to act like it and help each other out in times like these. Don’t forget – all unemployment dollars are spent in the US economy immediately, so the money doesn’t just evaporate. It actually STIMULATES the economy, and research shows that keeping UI benefits going will create thousands of jobs in the future.

December 31, 2012 at 5:54 am
(934) Arsa says:

@944, Jennifer. What do you mean get more? I made 4k a month at my previous job before getting laid off. Unemployment benefits only give me 1400.

The dems have been pushing for an extension and now the repubs aren’t opposed to it either. So it’s going to happen. It’s just a matter when both parties get their act together.

Last night, Senator Joe Manchin introduced a new bill; the CALM act. Cliff Alleviation at the Last Minute. It also includes an unemployment extension.


To everyone else, keep the faith and keep up the job search. Without an extension though, I will be homeless by February as I have no family and no way to pay rent.

Good luck to us all.

December 31, 2012 at 6:23 am
(935) gotgot says:

Does the December 29th cut off date mean that I wont get paid for the week ending December 29th or just not any weeks following?

December 31, 2012 at 9:12 am
(936) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

The last week, as of now, is for benefits for the week ending December 29th, so you will be paid for that week. If an extension is passed, hopefully, you should be able to continue to claim (if you have available weeks left). However, if an extension is passed, we don’t know exactly what will be in it. Hopefully, they will continue the benefits that are in place now, but that’s not certain. I think we’ll have more details later on today.

December 31, 2012 at 6:41 am
(937) Jaret says:

These guys are idiots who run are country.. Umm let’s wait until the last minute to do anything because these rich basterds cant understand whats going on. I am over it and I keep looking up what is going on the extension process. Just figure it out and extend it already to keep these country going

December 31, 2012 at 6:45 am
(938) Florida says:

I am very optomistic that there will be an extension for us all!

I just did my last claim now for this past week. The following screen then said after I put my claim in:

You have completed the process of claiming the week ending 12/29/2012

Reminder: Your next date to claim benefits will be on Monday, 01/14/2013. If for any reason there are no weeks available for you to claim, you may call 1-800-204-2418 and speak with a customer service representative.

So that is pretty promising…..

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2012 at 8:52 am
(939) JenPA1973 says:

Yes gotgot, we will get our last payment for the week ending Dec 29th. I believe something will get passed if not today, then this week. I had to sell my car when I got laid off for a sales job. Now I can only apply for inside sales positions and have been told I’m overqualified and may get “bored.” I’ve been receiving ue benifits for 7 months. I feel your pain guys. Let’s all pray for each other.

December 31, 2012 at 9:49 am
(940) tara says:

If an extention is passed will they also extend EB BENEFITS (STATE EXTENDED)???? I just finished my 4th tier but there used to be another program for about 3 more mths…I could use that so bad. I LIVE IN RI. They got rid of it in JULY???? I would been able to collect that one it’s the last of all available programs unless they put a TIER 5???????? Is anyone also wondering this as well???This is just so stressful…

Sad in RI

December 31, 2012 at 10:21 am
(941) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Note From Alison: For those who are posting negative and nasty comments, your comments will be deleted. This posts and the comments are to help those who are unemployed get information on federal unemployment extended benefits and the status of their claims. It is not for political discussion or for insulting those who are out of work through no fault of their own. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and saving my time (and your own).

December 31, 2012 at 11:07 am
(942) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

EB is tied to the state unemployment rate, so I doubt they would add additional benefits beyond what is in place now. Here’s more information:

December 31, 2012 at 11:10 am
(943) Faith Cunningham says:

Good Morning Alison,
Thank you for taking this stand against mean spirited, lacking in integrity bullies. Wishing you a “Happy New Year”.

December 31, 2012 at 11:26 am
(944) Hector says:

I am a pastor and was laid off in march after working in a dealership for 8 years first time ever im 35 and this has afected my marige .no ones hireing.i look this site every day.knowing there is hope and people just like me out there.like i say in church we have to have faith and see things as if it already happen. Its hard now to see that i might lose the little i have left.God bless and lets pray for one another…

December 31, 2012 at 11:38 am
(945) Hectorcar says:

Living in my car

December 31, 2012 at 11:54 am
(946) 0702sa says:

According to yahoo.com nothing has been officially passed but there’s a list of proposals and extending EUC is one of them. It says both parties agree so my assumption is that an extension will be passed. I am currently on my first 26 weeks of unemployment and am relieved at this point because my benefits run out the second week of March. Not cutting it nearly as close as most of you are but I can imagine the stress.

December 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm
(947) Unemployed Nelly says:

Well…I just did my last unemployment request… They said they have not extended yet…and as of right now my last payment will be placed on my card by Wednesday…. UGH…what to do!

December 31, 2012 at 12:06 pm
(948) PDW says:

I am hoping for a miracle at this point. My next check is the LAST of my 26 weeks.

December 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm
(949) jen says:

I keep checking the news and websites along with this one. I am sure someone will post an answer as soon as one has been reached. fingers crossed for all the unemployment people who need the 2013! With less the 12 hours to go they def could speed it up a little bit. Wait heres an idea I bet while the ball is dropping right at midnight it will flash on the screen unemployment extensions approved.

December 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm
(950) dana says:

I agree. This is my first time ever being on unemployment after working 22 years of my life so far and now I have 20 weeks from MI and possibly losing any extension? My MI is already exhausted cause its hard to find work and I am on 1st EUC. But i started Ross medical school in September and will be done in May so that i may find a job. I too get told I am over qualified due to having 15 years of management experience from retail to restaurant to airline, this is such crap. We should have the same benefits as the ones before us did. I have 5 kids and went from 34k annual to 1400 per month now trying to make it the best I can without being on state aid. I don’t want that, they treat you like your trash when you need their help. Ugh…God help us.

December 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm
(951) Blossom says:

I just read an article on Yahoo, which says that a tentative fiscal cliff deal has supposedly been reached, and that it will include an extension of unemployment benefits for one year.


Now I’m hoping and praying that people like me, who ran out of unemployment benefits before December 29th, will qualify for an extension. I ran out November 13th – tier 3 benefits in Ohio.

December 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm
(952) V in NY says:

I just read the link. It sounds VERY good! At least I think so. I’m all about fair tax, but what can you do… Prayers

December 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm
(953) Meg323 says:

Just saw an announcement on CNN that the President will speak at 1:30 EST. Fingers crossed it’s not just more finger pointing and some good news!

December 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm
(954) JB says:

If an extension is passed, can a person whose benefits expire in March 2013 be eligible for the extension when the benefits run out?

December 31, 2012 at 2:33 pm
(955) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

If federal unemployment benefits continue unchanged for the next year, those who run out of state benefits should be able to collect extended benefits through the end of 2013. That’s presuming a one year extension is passed.

December 31, 2012 at 1:45 pm
(956) It's Time says:

Once it passes it will take weeks before unemployment offices receive paper work of what the Extension details. So it is going to take time to see if any changes have been made in the program. I am in NJ and unemployment is close to 10% so I hope they bring back the EB program. But we will not know until details come out on extension.

December 31, 2012 at 1:46 pm
(957) Melis says:

I think it’s all a show… oh, the drama. They savor it.

December 31, 2012 at 1:52 pm
(958) Shelly says:

I am scared to death. I filed yesterday and don’t know if that is the last bit of benefits I will receive. I am a single mom with 3 kids. I go without most of the time so that I can provide for them. I read someone saying they have their form ready for welfare/food stamps, etc. I will have to do the same. I fear we will end up homeless as it is already near impossible to make ends meet even with the unemployment! To make matters worse, I am carless at the moment. My car died, the repairs were too extensive and I didn’t have the money so now my job hunting has been modified to the area around my home that is within walking distance! I have never been in such a financial crisis before. I am 40 years olds and have always worked since I was 14 years old. Now that I desperately need help they don’t want to help! This is scary:( I’m praying for a miracle!! Good luck to everyone.

December 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm
(959) Depressed and old says:

I just cannot take this stress anymore, I have never been so unsure of my future, with no job and no extension, I just dont know what to do anymore.

December 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm
(960) Maryland Lady says:

I filed for my last two weeks yesterday, The Maryland State website says it will still be accepting new EUC applications and tells anyone already receiving these benefits to keep doing the job searches required and filing our bi-weekly claims so that if an extension is passed and it is retroactive then the claim information will already be in the system. I am sure this will makes things much easier for the DLLR employees.

December 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm
(961) Tyrone says:

@(953) Blossom

I exhausted my tire 3 the second week in Dec, I’ts been 3 weeks without claiming my weekly benefits. I hope this passes, and I’m good for tire 4, and no hassle since there was a 3 week break in my claims.

December 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm
(962) Depressed and old says:

Something I learned from Employment Source is that if you have a resume on Monster.com repost it every day if not 3 times a day. Once your resume is posted, it falls further in the list when an employer is looking for potential employees. Employers will not scroll thru 50 resumes to see if your a good fit for them. So repost your resume at least once a day. I havent found work yet, but have learned alot of good tips from the Employment Source in my area.

December 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm
(963) Blossom says:


What about for states where the unemployment rate is supposedly improving, that had already dropped from 4 tiers of unemployment compensation to 3 prior to 12/29? Do you think that a fiscal cliff deal will add back a 4th tier in those states?

December 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm
(964) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

I am doubtful that the extension, if passed, would include any additional benefits. I wish I thought differently, but I think, if anything, they will continue what is in place now.

December 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm
(965) jen says:

They are not voting tonight. They are taking a break so once again we will not know. So this is my question if they decide to extend us all will it still take effect?

December 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm
(966) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

If an agreement is reached, the goal would be to extend benefits for those who are about to lose them and to continue the current benefits that are in place for 2012 through the end of 2013.

December 31, 2012 at 4:11 pm
(967) jen says:

They just said we are going over the fiscal cliff tonight

December 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm
(968) Rhonda age49 says:

I’m 49yrs old white Female very scared!!! I also have worked since I was 16yrs old started working for Insurance company where I reviewed Medicare Part B claims worked there for 10 half years thought would retire there…I knew my job well constent battle to keep up with the Medicare Changes that I had to keep myself educated about Medicare Policies and procedures….Now that after long term employment fully vested with this company I get Fired/Terminated because I was told I no longer know how to do my job and that the new hires of this Insurance company are more educated than I was….How does this happen?? after 10 years I’m fired because I don’t know my job!! this is my first time been on unemployment worried about no Income coming and I have been without Medical Insurance because cant’ afford it and I have medical problems like high blood pressure and have a stent in my heart it sounds like nobody cares about us when you get closer to that 50 year old mark, in which I will lose my house, car and my daughter can’t finish college because she has to help me with bills…..Forget trying to find a new Job for myself as soon as my Interviews are over no one wants to hire someone like me that was fired!!!! So What do I do????

December 31, 2012 at 4:28 pm
(969) Michael says:

My last payment was a couple of weeks ago and have had no luck with work, was hoping something would come about but still nothing here in Oklahoma. I am wishing to get some sort of extension but don’t know if I even qualify since my tier 1 ended two weeks ago. Does anyone know will they extend all tiers and if so would one qualify if their tier 1 ended several weeks ago?

December 31, 2012 at 4:39 pm
(970) Edward says:

An inside source told me today the EUC will be extended. 99% sure So everyone just keep doing what you are supposed to do with your job search and keep filing. Good luck to you all in finding a job. May you all have a Happy New Year.

December 31, 2012 at 4:40 pm
(971) Lewis says:

I have lost my house and my business has failed. I cannot get any unemployment benefits even though I paid into the system. I’m 60 years old and will have to live on the street soon. I’m a college graduate and have worked with Fortune 500 companies. I am not black or female or lazy. I need work but seems there are no jobs for me because I had to file for bankrupcy and that appears on my background check. What do I do? Soon to be homeless.

December 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm
(972) Jeff says:

@971, Michael. I’m thinking that if passed, any existing tiers will simply continue. Meaning, if you’re like me, and just started Tier 2, it will simply continue as is, until exhausted in Tier 3-4 (depending on your state).

December 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm
(973) laluna says:

CBS News reported that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and VP Biden has reached AGREEMENT on tax issues, estate tax issues, capital gains and dividend tax rates, Earned Income Child Credit and…drum role please…. EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. Hope this is true and we will not have to wait long…

December 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm
(974) Anna says:

Well, I guess I wil not be able to pay my electric bill, oil to heat my home and buy food.

No one is hiring!

December 31, 2012 at 5:02 pm
(975) Eric says:

@Laluna it doesn’t matter what Mitch and Biden agree to it still has to pass the house of representatives where there are MORE republicans and MORE conservatives than in the Senate. It will have a hard time passing now in the House of Representatives since it failed to pass before the deadline. Now the Republicans can hold it hostage until the DEBT CEILING debates in FEBuary.

December 31, 2012 at 5:08 pm
(976) Francesca says:

Looks like everything might finally be finalized by tomorrow night, if not by Wednesday. The new congress convenes Thursday, 1/3/13.


December 31, 2012 at 5:15 pm
(977) JenPA1973 says:

@Eric(978) There is no need to incite panic, just because it’s not getting voted on tonight doesn’t mean we will lose benefits. We just filed for week ending the 29th. Even if it isn’t approved till the 2nd, which is what NBC news is reporting, there will still be no lapse in payments. It’s going to pass guys, don’t worry.

December 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm
(978) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

If Congress passes legislation (and all news reports indicate that they are close to a deal that includes federal extended unemployment benefits for 2013) it will be retroactive. The point of the extension is to continue benefits for the 2 million people who will lose them, so it wouldn’t make sense for them to pass legislation that isn’t retroactive.

Some states are letting people continue to file, so if you can continue to do so. If you can’t and an extension passes, your state unemployment website will have information on how to file after the holiday.

Please don’t worry because this isn’t happening right now. It doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. I’ll post an update when there is more news, so please keep checking back.

December 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm
(979) malyssa again says:

i was able to certify on sunday 12/30 and my UI account says it was released 12/31. anyway yeah, i have 2 possible jobs this month and please wish me luck. they are very low paying “high school grad” entry level but it’s a paycheck, as i said I WILL TAKE ANYTHING! 56 years old and i have regressed 30 years in life. what kills me is that they are still going through background checking (credit too) for these jobs! welcome to the new american dream?

December 31, 2012 at 5:23 pm
(980) jen says:

They will not be voting tonight and they are taking tomorrow off to. So where does that put us americans?

December 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm
(981) laluna says:

Hey Eric, get a clue. McConnell is representing the Republican side of the house. He reached out to Biden because they have historically worked together for over 25 years and have great success of influencing each others party in the legislative body. We all know that you don’t want it to pass. You’ve made that perfectly clear…however to the millions of people who have lost their jobs, at no fault of their own including our Veterans, they deserve more. Whether you like it or not, the extension will pass.

December 31, 2012 at 5:26 pm
(982) Sam says:

I dont understand, what is going on, why are they not voting today. what happened to working around the clock?

What does this mean? Is it still possible when they do finally decide to vote later this week, we could possibly still receive our benefits?

Pleas explain the whole voting

December 31, 2012 at 5:37 pm
(983) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

They aren’t voting today because they don’t have legislation to vote on. It’s politics as usual, unfortunately. An agreement, which Vice President Biden and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell are working on, needs to be made. Then it will be voted on in the Senate. If it passes in the Senate, it will then go to the House for a vote. As far as I understand it, the legislation has the best chance of passing if there is an agreement ahead of time and both sides approve.

December 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm
(984) Donna says:

Whoever the h*ll came up with the phrase “fiscal cliff” needs a good kick in the butt. The media does anything it can to upset people, all for ratings. If we weren’t subjected to minute by minute updates on every little thing there would be much less stress for everyone. Thank you Alison Doyle for keeping a calm head (rather than sensationalizing it all) while reporting updates to all of us. I appreciate the effort.

December 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm
(985) JenPA1973 says:

@laluna My thoughts exactly. It really bothers me when people come to a disussion and begin spouting negativity that has no basis in fact. Thank God this exists. Its the only way I get updated information.

December 31, 2012 at 5:43 pm
(986) laluna says:

Thank you Alison Doyle…I also appreciate your updates. Have a good New Year!

December 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm
(987) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

You’re very welcome. I just wish I could be of more help and have good news to report. Hopefully, that will happen soon.

December 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm
(988) mani says:

i just logged in to the Texas unemplyment site and they have extended mine for 8 more weeks…. cant say its a lot but for now something is better than nothing……

December 31, 2012 at 5:53 pm
(989) JJ says:

I want to know who is going to pay my rent while I am waiting to see if I am qualified for the VRAP Program. Once I start school Jan 16th (I can pay my rent, and I won’t get my money from VRAP until I have a month of attendence of school. Its bad enough its been rough on the landlord that I had to pay rent by the week, because I get my unemployment weekly. I just hope we can extend our UEI or i get qualified for VRAP.

December 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm
(990) mani says:

i just logged in to the Texas unemplyment site and they have extended mine for 8 more weeks…. cant say its a lot but for now something is better than nothing……Happy New Year Everyone…..

December 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm
(991) Tim says:

When are they going to fire them people in Congress because they can’t make your mind up. I’m for 1 don’t have any kids I am NOT an older person so does that make me expendable and I understand that even though people need that unemployment so don’t the people that have kids and so doesn’t the ones that don’t. And yes if there is no more unemployment then I’m stuck living on the street where is the money going then no money to go to the stores that many people of unemployment where is that gonna help the Academythe economy

December 31, 2012 at 5:58 pm
(992) Sam says:

@ mimi
I’m from TX as well, I just logged into mine and did not see that. are you one regular benefits of extended benefits? I was at the end of my tier 1 and had a weeks payment left.

December 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm
(993) mani says:

i am on extended… have been unemployed for almost 99 weeks now… but they said it was the max i will ever get.. but got approved for several more…

December 31, 2012 at 6:09 pm
(994) Jim says:

If I worked 4 months last 18 mos and then laid off and worked the last 6 mos .. July to dec. can I collect for both times worked? Under the first one I get only 235 per week bur the second job pays me 435 per week but I cannot apply for that until April 2013. Will the higher amont just kick in or am I screwing myself by applying now for the previous 4 months worked in 2011? Anyone have the answer? I hope I was clear. Please help. No one is calling me back from ides illinois. Thank you

December 31, 2012 at 6:55 pm
(995) Alison Diersing says:

Thank you for your ‘easy to understand’ input and insight.

December 31, 2012 at 7:11 pm
(996) Francesca says:


UPDATE: 6:36 p.m. — It now appears official. The House announced that it was adjourning on Monday evening and will reconvene at noon on Jan. 1.

December 31, 2012 at 7:32 pm
(997) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

One thing to keep in mind is that it doesn’t matter when it is passed. What’s important is that extending unemployment for a year is part of the deal and there is a good chance that the deal will be made. News reports indicate that spending is now the final issue that needs to be resolved.

So, even though this is really stressful for everyone who is waiting to hear definitive word that an extension has been passed, I am feeling hopeful that it will get done eventually and will be retroactive. We may know as early as tomorrow, so I’ll keep updating as soon as there is more news.

December 31, 2012 at 7:54 pm
(998) Meg323 says:

Thank you Alison Doyle…you are an angel to many of us on here and I am so grateful I found this site!! Happy Happy New Year to you and yours :)

December 31, 2012 at 8:06 pm
(999) Stacey says:


Looks very promising, just in time to have a Happy New Year!

December 31, 2012 at 8:20 pm
(1000) MissLady says:

I would like to know, how long do I have to be employed in order to receive unemployment benefits? Can anyone help me?

December 31, 2012 at 8:27 pm
(1001) alwaysklassy says:

Is there anyone else on here who didn’t get their last check today mine is usually in the bank by 2:00pm on Mondays.

December 31, 2012 at 8:32 pm
(1002) Mary Fanning says:

How can Congress do this! I can’t find work and my last unemployment check was two weeks ago. I never received a letter, no warning at all. I haven’t been able to get thought to anytime via telephone or email. I’m lost without that money. If they don’t pass this extension I’ll be out On the streets for the first time in my life.

December 31, 2012 at 8:34 pm
(1003) Meg323 says:

To alwaysclassy 1003 – I think the holiday’s are delaying several checks as it took me over four days to have mine deposited from last week and mine is usually in my checking account by Tuesday (I file on Sunday’s like most people). It’s possible that all the fiscal cliff drama are slowing things down too if people have to be trained for new extensions or other stuff going on in the unemployment offices that we might not even know about. Either way, I think you need to count on a day or two delay with all checks unless you got a notice you were being cut off?? You didn’t get that warning messge right?

December 31, 2012 at 8:44 pm
(1004) Meg323 says:

I just heard on CNN that they have reached an agreement in the “tax issues” and income levels for those increases but I am not seeing anything regarding unemployment extension being agreed on. I do wonder if they extend the UE will it be for a lower dollar amount depending on what tier you are in and heading into or if they are going to drastically reduce the time of each tier. I am going to exhasut my State benefit as of next week so I am not in any of the tiers yet nor did I think I would need one of these but finding work in my state is much harder than I ever thought and also I am 49 so you might as well say I am 50 ( the forgotten). Was steadily employed for the last 9 years and company shut down with one month’s notice. I only have one completed college degree which you might as well say is “nothing” anymore. I could not afford to keep going but I have only been out of work one other time for 3 months in about 30 years. This is seriously a nasty wake up call for me and I never saw it coming. So sad.

December 31, 2012 at 8:55 pm
(1005) LVgirl says:

Does anybody know if extended benefits will be continued in nevada if the fourth tier I’m on is about to exhaust in two weeks?

December 31, 2012 at 9:07 pm
(1006) Erin in California says:

Looks like it is getting close. Sad that I am watching CNN right now and can’t enjoy New Years until I get closure on my financial situation!!

@Alison – I am one of the long term unemployed, about to exhaust my 4th Teir here in CA at the end of Jan. My question is – Do we know what option is on in the table for extended benefits?? This is HUGE for me being in CA, our unemployment rate is still very high. Will the EB be considered here? If so, how many weeks us it?

Thank you!! Fingers crossed for good news for ALL OF US!

December 31, 2012 at 9:10 pm
(1007) Meg323 says:

Same thing for me. I have no urge to party right now or blow horns or anything else. CNN is my New Year’s Eve along with a few friends who are upset with me for bowing out of their party lol. Looks like they might get some type of deal before midnight…I am totally shocked – I thought they all went home?

December 31, 2012 at 9:34 pm
(1008) Sam says:

Any compromise was also expected to extend expiring jobless benefits for 2 million unemployed, prevent a 27 percent cut in fees for doctors who treat Medicare patients and likely avoid a near-doubling of milk prices.

Update: White House, GOP reach a deal on the ‘fiscal cliff’

I found this on msn.com

December 31, 2012 at 9:45 pm
(1009) Mary says:

Just got the CNN alert that a deal has been reached. All our prayers have been answered. Happy 2013 to you all. I wish you only the best!

December 31, 2012 at 9:54 pm
(1010) Meg323 says:

Let’s hope that “deal” includes reasonable time extensions for UE benefits and they didn’t cut the hell out of them. I feel so bad for some of you who have already gone through all the tiers and are so close to having nothing more. In my case, I will exhaust the 26 state benefits next week and also pray for at least one more extension while I continue to search and search.

December 31, 2012 at 9:57 pm
(1011) Sifton says:

Sounds like a go………….Happy New Year!!

December 31, 2012 at 9:57 pm
(1012) Illinois Gabby says:

Praise God! Happy New year to Everyone!!

Allison Doyle- I appreciate you and your site more than you could possibly ever know. It has been an amazing outlet for me. Providing insight and knowledge while also giving me a space to vent with others in my situation. Have a blessed & amazing new year!!

May 2013 provide stability, happiness, savings, jobs and overall fullness to us all.

Let us continue to pray for our nation!

Wishing everyone the very very best!!

December 31, 2012 at 10:04 pm
(1013) Meg323 says:

Has anyone tried this program that I saw on my CT UI website as it mentions that some vets might be helped by this process too and I have seen many comments by vets on this site regarding the difficulty they are having finding employment. In my state it’s called “The Connecticut Job Match System” but it might be called something else in your state. If anyone has used this and can share their experience I think it would be a benefit to some people on here based on what I read. Thanks and here is the link from my site regarding the program description itself.

December 31, 2012 at 10:08 pm
(1014) jen says:

Here is a question for everyone. If you qualify for the state unemployment do you automatically qualify for the federal?

December 31, 2012 at 10:13 pm
(1015) Edward says:

Like I said in post 972….my inside source is pretty darn good. Happy New Years you all…may good things come in 2013 for ALL you except for the negitive ones on here freaking everyone out. @ Alison D. GREAT job on keeping everyone posted!!

December 31, 2012 at 10:17 pm
(1016) Francesca says:

Edward, would you happen to know if the tiers will be drastically reduced this go around?

December 31, 2012 at 10:38 pm
(1017) usa says:

Meg, im with you my regular unenployment is up like jan 18th , since the extensions gets past we should be able to take advantage of the 3 tiers now

December 31, 2012 at 10:42 pm
(1018) Meg323 says:

1020 USA….I pray that I will only need one tier and only for a short time but it’s nice to know it’s there since CT is around 9% unemp rate. That is no joke and the jobs seemed to have disappeared the past few weeks with this fiscal stuff scaring the hell out of employers as well. Fingers and toes still crossed. At least I can watch the ball drop at midnight and choke out some Whoo Hoo’s!

December 31, 2012 at 10:48 pm
(1019) :) says:

After filing my weekly claim, in MA electronic filters get weekly checks, I filed this past Sunday as usual and told me a check would be forthcoming however a day late because of new years. Also there was a message for me to call unemployment on Monday (today) which I did. I spoke to a woman who really could not give answers, not because she didn’t know, but because my guess is she was not allowed. She said to continue to file my weekly benefits as I would any othe time as it would not mess up my claim or their system. So to me, that tells me one thing…why bother continue to file if NO extensions will be passed? MA has always been right on top of things and very helpful and pleasant every time I had to deal with them. I am holding on to faith it will happen!!! It is hard to not just get that definant answer, but patience is a virtue! Stay with hope and know the right thing will happen for 2 million of us! It WILL BE A HAPPY NEW YEAR ! Positive in, positive out! Garbage in, garbage out…of ya catch my drift! Have faith my friends we will continue with the benefits, it is only the right choice for the economy!

December 31, 2012 at 10:54 pm
(1020) usa says:

Meg….Same here….. people who dont have jobs locked away really dont understand what it is like.. I went from managing a retail store 50,000 a year to not even getting a call back for a 12.50 an hr fed ex package handler from 4-7am three hrs a day 20hrs a week!!!

December 31, 2012 at 10:57 pm
(1021) greg says:

Does anyone know about missouri extended benefits.

December 31, 2012 at 11:00 pm
(1022) :) says:

The fed ext are only put in play if that states unemployment rate is at a point to justify it. There is no real answer to give if you run out of reg state benefits, and th unem
Loy,enr rate drops below what the fed allows, then that state does not get the euc or be. It is for high unemployed states and even the. It can drop off if that states unemployment drops . Never a guarantee you get a dull 99 or whatever it is, but most likely if the rates of unemployment stays high enough it will continue. So it depends on tour states unemployment rate for the fed euc and eb to step in

December 31, 2012 at 11:00 pm
(1023) Steve says:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57561465/its-official-deal-reached-on-fiscal-cliff/ Just waiting for a vote to happen tomorrow. Looks good for all us depending on government cheese to get by.

December 31, 2012 at 11:02 pm
(1024) :) says:

Sorry about typos love iPads hate that it thinks for me

December 31, 2012 at 11:10 pm
(1025) Meg323 says:

USA, I def hear you. I worked my first 20 years (during my 20′s and early 30′s) in a great insurance industry and life was good and I shared my salary with the less fortunate regularly. After a lot of shipping jobs overseas and plain old cut backs I decided to agree to a severance as I did not want to leave my elderly parents to move across the country. Whether that was right or wrong it’s too late to change. Then, after nine years in a new profession that I thought would always be needed the doors shut and I was at $17.00 an hour ( not bad at all imo). What keeps happening is the older and more experienced I get I still get penalized and have to keep starting over and the pay rates are truly a joke. I am willing to take a few dollars less but trying to survive on 7 bucks an hour is a joke and not even possible in my state. I feel like I am chasing my tail no matter which way I go but we all have no choice but to keep going forword and praying for miracles I guess. Even with an extension it still does not help if employers don’t want to hire those of us over 50 or close to 50. From what I have seen so far…many don’t and won’t! So very very sad since we still have a lot to offer imo.

December 31, 2012 at 11:12 pm
(1026) jen says:

I am in Michigan and I know for sure they give fed extensions we are a very high unemployment state. I exhaust my 20 weeks on sat the 5th so i do believe i can get federal

December 31, 2012 at 11:22 pm
(1027) Debbie says:

I’m totally confused!! I received my last Tier 3 unemployment payment on 12/14/2012. Since I didn’t make the cutoff date for Tier 4 benefits, will I now be eligible for Tier 4 benefits, since it looks like EUC benefits will be re-instated?? Also, if I am eligible for Tier 4 unemployment benefits, will I have to re-open my claim or file like I use to??

December 31, 2012 at 11:32 pm
(1028) It's Time says:

Debbie, if their is no changes in EUC your state and all states will need a unemployment rate of 9% or higher to get Tier 4

December 31, 2012 at 11:41 pm
(1029) mo says:

Joe Biden gets it done. His relationship with Mitch McConnell is the key. If the house does not pass it, theones that vote no are toast in 2014. Alan West gone, Joe Welch gone and hopefully Bachman gone in14 with the other 2. Dozen clowns that are ruining the country

December 31, 2012 at 11:44 pm
(1030) jen says:

I would like to say thank you to the people who are working every hard to get the finished and taken care of. I was loosing hope but now have it back thank you very very much.

December 31, 2012 at 11:46 pm
(1031) Meg323 says:

Yesiana, incessant rambling at the posters on this board about getting “any job” is easy to say if your in your 20′s or 30′s and people actually CALL YOU for interviews. In addition, you seem to bounce back and forth quite a bit between having a job and needing some “help” from the government so what makes you any damn different than the rest of us who need help too??

December 31, 2012 at 11:56 pm
(1032) Omg! says:

I never comment but @ 1030! You Mexican …husband black…you live in white neighborhood…mortgage 2200! WTH does that have to do with people needing a job or help from unemployment?

December 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm
(1033) jen says:

1034 opps i think you mean 1029

January 1, 2013 at 12:01 am
(1034) Edward says:

@ 1018(Francesca) I will get to your question in a few but first I feel I must address 1030(yesenia) Yesenia, YOU may just be the MAIN reason for the state of this country YOU and others LIKE You..You spoke so you get the tip of the sword. You have a black man taking care of you AND you still get unemployment? Intersting at best. Now back @1018(Francesca) Depending on where you live is what its all about. It has been said pretty much everything will stay the same.Truth be told, they DO understand the hard times everyone is in AND it would not be in there or the countries best interest to do to to much cutting. ie..no spending means stocks price go down…no spending no tax on goods lowers there bottom line as well. Meaning they ALL have stock interests. Once again. Happy New Year to you all and good luck in your Job search….We did not get here over night and we will not leave here over night. Takes time, time that most of us do not have.

January 1, 2013 at 12:04 am
(1035) Meg323 says:

For those on EST….Happy Happy New Year – God Bless us all and this country.

January 1, 2013 at 12:10 am
(1036) Omg! says:

Yes! Sorry about that…thanks Jen!

January 1, 2013 at 12:22 am
(1037) Lew says:

@Meg- Thanks. You as well.

@1029- That was beyond painful to read. I am struggling to understand your point. Also of note was the interjection of race and your inability to secure a job at the $10-$15 per hour.

January 1, 2013 at 12:35 am
(1038) Dawn says:

Good luck in the new year everyone!!! Hopefully we can all find jobs in 2013 and not have to worry about an unemployment check!

January 1, 2013 at 12:39 am
(1039) Jeremy says:

If my benefits stopped in October will I be able to get another extension? And also I received letter stating they are reconsidering that last week in October I was cut off, I think they cut me off early they said that was their 3, I first got unemployment in may of 2011, I’m in Illinois any thought?

January 1, 2013 at 1:26 am
(1040) Blossom says:

Jeremy (#1041), I’m wondering the same thing. I’m in Ohio, and my benefits ended in mid November. I finished up Tier 3 of the federal benefits. I’m guessing I won’t qualify for anything else. It’s very disheartening.

January 1, 2013 at 1:47 am
(1041) joe says:

Does anyone know if new York will extend the EB part? I was on tier 4 and my last payment was 12-09-12 I heard they were going to not extend the EB part even if congress extended the unemployment benefits. Is the governor in ny going to do something about this. I hope they will help out the ppl that have been out the longest too we have family’s to feed as well and keep a roof over there heads too. If anyone can shine some light on that I would much appreciate it

January 1, 2013 at 10:12 am
(1042) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Depending on what is in the unemployment extension legislation, EB may be extended. However, it is tied to the state unemployment rate. Here’s more information on how EB works:


January 1, 2013 at 2:20 am
(1043) Francesca says:


“2:06 a.m. ET – Senate passes the fiscal cliff deal 89-8. Reid says there will be no more votes on Senate floor at the time. Congress reconvenes Noon ET today. ”

Now, it’s up to the House of Reps. Things need to keep moving, enough stalling has been done already, especially since a new Congress convenes on the 3rd (Thursday) and could/would complicate/ prolong this deal even further.

January 1, 2013 at 3:17 am
(1044) pastor hector says:

Edward you wasnt 99: you wers100/: they pass it guys now to be smart praise the almighty lord Jesus he dosent leave and of his childs i say to every one even doe they pass it lets be smart ab it lets help each other ouf in in new jerser automotive maybe take liitle by Littles for in case of emergency y now got one hole year so start filling out but this time ask them how much you realy need to be payd dont get suck in min wage there is something out there for all of us we the people that what did i want go thank the young lady that made this happen.i give praise to God because without him we cant do nothing i could not sleep thinking start to pray and walA..great new see what i said about faith as we already seen it happen one thing about america we all pull together difret citys same situation i love all you guy but Jesus loves you even more…(609)418~0015 any questions?

January 1, 2013 at 4:43 am
(1045) jen says:

Hope and pray the house signs this right away

January 1, 2013 at 7:24 am
(1046) Kenpachi says:

Compromises on tax rates:

Under the compromise arrangement, taxes would rise on income above $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for households, while exemptions and deductions the wealthiest Americans use to reduce their tax bill would face new limits. The accord would also raise the taxes paid on large inheritances from 35% to 40% for estates over $5 million.

And it would extend by one year unemployment benefits for some two million Americans.

It would also prevent cuts in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients and spare tens of millions of Americans who otherwise would have been hit with the Alternative Minimum Tax.

January 1, 2013 at 9:37 am
(1047) Betty says:

I live in texas, I have worked since I was 16, I am 45 now… I have never been without a job until now.. I have two kids in college.. Its hard on my family… My husband is sick..I want work..their are no more payments on my claim..I am at a lost… If congress add another tier 4 in texas can I reapply or do I qualify…I am so confuse…

January 1, 2013 at 10:15 am
(1048) nancy masci says:

I live in Florida, I just claimed my last 2 weeks, which was short. I normally get 430. every two weeks, there was only 222. left in my account. What I am confused about is, if this is passed /extended when will I be able to claim the rest??? Does it automatically go into the account? Do I have to wait until 1-14 to claim again? Any help with these questions is greatly appreciated.

January 1, 2013 at 10:29 am
(1049) Kimberly says:

Betty, I am wondering the same thing,I finished my tier 3 in Texas , now what.I am praying for tier 4 .

January 1, 2013 at 10:37 am
(1050) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

From what I understand, if the House passes the legislation, the extended benefits programs currently in place will be extended for 2013. This means that you should continue to collect benefits based on the tier you’re on now:

Presuming that the extension is passed by the House, your state unemployment office should have information on what you will qualify and how the extensions will work in your location.

Do keep in mind that the additional tiers of EUC (and EB benefits) are tied to the state unemployment rate, so that factors in as well. As soon as there are more details on what is in the legislation, I’ll post an update.

January 1, 2013 at 10:53 am
(1051) Michael says:

I expired my tire 3 a week before the deadline, wasn’t able to claim the week after, the claim weekly option is gone. So do I have to file another claim or is the “Claim Weekly Benefits” button coming back if everything goes as accordingly?

January 1, 2013 at 10:56 am
(1052) Scott says:

It says it probably won’t be continued in New York even if passed, why is that?? Once again, NY state residents get the shaft

January 1, 2013 at 11:01 am
(1053) jen says:

Scott that info will not be up to date completely until the house votes and passes

January 1, 2013 at 11:18 am
(1054) In PA says:

I’m in PA. My 26 weeks of unemployment will run out the end of January. After if does, what do I do? Continue to file? or do I have to reapply for the extensions? Please if anyone can offer advice. Thank you. Also, does my state need to seperatly extend the unemployment?

January 1, 2013 at 11:27 am
(1055) Jen says:

1055 are you on state weeks right now? if so if it is passed you will get a letter in the mail saying if you qualify if you dont get this letter the day after your last phone call call the office and ask them if you qualify for an extension its something they can do right over the phone but some times you need to call 50 times in order to get through to someone. and no your state does not have to seperatly extend them if it passes it would be for all of usa

January 1, 2013 at 11:30 am
(1056) Nikki says:

I finished my 26 weeks on Dec. 21st. I don’t understand because my account still said I had $1500.00 left to collect. When I called that week it said I exhausted all my benefits on my regular claim and instead of $408.00 a week I only got $110.00??? Now I am eligible for an extension and got the one week that was left which ended the 29th. Does anyone know how long I’ll get an extension for if this shall pass??? And why did I get such a small check that last week on my claim?? I’m afraid to call and ask because they are always so mean on the phone and jm afraid I’ll ger cut off or something. Like collecting unemployment is a crime??

January 1, 2013 at 11:33 am
(1057) Maryland Lady says:

@ Michael

As per what Alison previously stated a few posts above yours If the legislation passes the House and is ultimately signed into law most likely the tier structure would remain the same. So if you had already exhausted all available state and federal funding tiers in your state prior to the end of 2012 then you would not be eligible for any additional benefits.

You would have to regain employment and benefit eligibility which is my state is 5 quarters of previous income is what my rate is based on meaning I would have to basically work for 15 months at least before another layoff would qualify me for another state unemployment claim. EB ended in my state in 2012 so that is no longer available to those on unemployment as our state unemployment % is not high enough. Right now we are at a maximum of three tiers here in Maryland and anyone applying as of January 2013 for EUC will most likely only get tiers 1& 2 as our state unemployment rate has fallen below 6%.

I was approved through Tier three at the time I started EUC.which was the week ending09/08/12. As of my last filing on 12/30/12 I had used all 14 weeks of my Tier 1 on w/e 12/8/12 and I have now used 3 weeks of the 14 available for Tier 2. So if everything is passed and stays the same I will have 11 additional weeks of tier two which would end on 03/16/2013 and nine weeks of tier 3 which means my benefits would max out and end on 05/17/13 if I have not found a job prior. The only two ways I could see this changing is if due to the last quarter unemployment rate for 2012 which will be under 7% may cause the state to take back the Tier 3 option for me. The other option would be that in April if the previous quarter of Jan, Feb & March shows the unemployment above 8% which is highly unlikely then tier 4 would be brought back.

January 1, 2013 at 11:45 am
(1058) PA Kath says:

Maryland Lady …. thank you for all you have to say and your support. Hope to read some more from you.
Seems the President approved euc extension and now needs Congress to approve. I just filed this morning for my last regular unemployment and confirmation page says I am at zero; but it also says I can apply for the subsequent two weeks if I am not working; and it also says I can open a new claim. What?????

January 1, 2013 at 11:56 am
(1059) Maryland Lady says:

@ Alison

Assuming if and once passed and all present rules stay the same.Do you happen to know if the tier structure is based off the previous months unemployment rate prior to starting EUC or is it based off the previous quarter?

Also when I started EUC I was approved for tiers 1 & 2. Then in Oct. More funds were added to the account = 9 weeks for tier 3 benefits. I guess this was added as June, July & Aug averaged at just over 7% unemployment.

Now that Maryland is back in the 6.65% for Oct & Nov. averaged, Is it possible that once December rates come out on the 18th of this month that they could in turn take tier 3 away from me since I will still be in Tier 2 benefits even though I originally qualified for up through Tier 3?

**Correction to my previous post Maryland was 6.7% for October & 6.6% for November so December would have to bomb out on the unemployment rate and be at least 7.6 % to average 7% for the quarter for new EUC filers to qualify for tier 3 benefits.

Alison any insight you may be able to share on how this previously worked would be helpful and very much appreciated.

January 1, 2013 at 11:57 am
(1060) In PA says:

How do I go about getting an extension in PA? My regular uc will run out in january

January 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm
(1061) jen says:

wait until you know the bill has been passed for sure and then call or go to your local unemployment office

January 1, 2013 at 12:01 pm
(1062) In PA says:

1056. Thank you. I know some people who have been on uc the past 2 years and when they went for an extension they didn’t receive a letter just continued to file and was going through. What are reasons I wouldn’t be eligible for an extension? Thank all of you who help us. This is what life is about helping out strangers when they need it. And thank you Allison for creating this site and for all your wisdom. Happy New Year all!

January 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm
(1063) Terrence Bennett says:

Thanking god for extending unempolyment

January 1, 2013 at 12:17 pm
(1064) eric says:

Its not extended yet

January 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm
(1065) Maryland Lady says:

Why thank you “PA Kath”. I wish this whole situation could be better for the millions of people experiencing this. As with anything there will be abusers of the system however most people I have encountered just want to work and most importantly feel useful again not only to society as a whole but most importantly themselves and their family and friends.

There is a lot to be said for the emotional hardship this can put on a person. It saddens me to read the stories of those ready to give up or are facing life on the streets and even worse don’t have the will to live anymore. You must fight these urges and find the strength to continue. You must find the will to fight your way back by believing that things will get better. So many of us have survived so much so far in our lives. This is just another speed bump; a mighty big one I might add, to us all.

I am one of the lucky ones at this point as I have family and friends that have and will help me if in need. Also because I have dependent children I qualify for state assistance with food and medical for my family. So many of you do not even have this option.

I implore to everyone in this situation to take the time to research your states rules. Contact Social Services by going there do not call, present yourself face to face and have them go through any and all possible programs they have and ask for referrals to outside assistance programs as well. Do not give up. There are people willing to help you just have to find them.

Collect as much knowledge as you can because it is a power you can use to try and navigate this situation. We must all remember that eventually we will all exhaust our benefits so try to devise a plan of what you will do when that day comes if you have not found employment. Don’t let pride stand in the way. You may be surprised at those willing to actually help you but if you don’t ask you will never know.

Happy New Year to all and may you be blessed with recovery in the coming year.

January 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm
(1066) John says:

I am on unemployment, I have been unemployed for a month now. That isn’t a long time, but without unemployment benefits I would not have the money or resources to buy food at the grocery store, let alone pay the rent. I have actively been searching for jobs, I have been on several interviews but since I could never afford to get higher education, I am not considered qualified. Although I have the experience to exceed any demands of any particular job. I am not considered at all. I would love to go work at McDonalds, but at my age that would just be a slap in the face. And if I did apply to another position later on “McDonalds” on a resume looks like the stupidest decision I can possibly make. And that also will not improve my chances.

January 1, 2013 at 12:48 pm
(1067) Maryland Lady says:

@ John

Have you considered applying for a Pell Grant and going to college. You should contact a local community college and set up a meeting do discuss what programs you may qualify for. There are also student loans you could take which you do not have to repay until you graduate. These loans do not just cover the cost of books and tuition but also take consideration for living expenses, transportation, food, etc.

Also in many states if you enrolled in school full time you do not have to do the weekly job searches. It is something you should look into. Also once the legislation is firmed up sit down and draw out a plan that includes how long your extension will continue and what you need to survive. Planning ahead as best as you can will give you the best advantage of getting through this recession.

My oldest child is a senior at Towson University. She attended community college for three years and last year transferred. Based upon my income in the mid 30′s she was able to get a Pell Grant a State Grant and a Senatorial Scholarship. She also participated in a work study program last year which gave a her a paycheck every other week and when she was in community college she worked at the campus book store part time. She will graduate in May and I have not paid one penny for her education. She did take a small student loan this year as she has extra expenses above what has previously been covered. Although each year prior to this one she always received money back that was left over from her grants and scholarships. So it is definitely something to consider. Good luck to you.

January 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm
(1068) Joycew says:

I agree with everyone. I looked everyday for 3 years and found work. I to am in my 60′s no one wants to hire me. I had the job for a year then the company went belly up. Again I am on unemployment I am on the first part of unemployment and wont get an extension. I am scared to death we can’t make ends meet I was making 4000 a month now 1600 that hurts. If the US helps are the immigrants why can’t they help us working americans.

January 1, 2013 at 1:01 pm
(1069) Meg323 says:

Happy New Year everyone!!! Don’t let the negative comments get to you. These trolls need Jesus, compassion and even a good dose of karma as much as I hate to say that. I don’t see them offering up those jobs they keep telling us “are out there” and so easy to get!

Hang In There!!! :)

January 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm
(1070) Mike says:

I am a 57 year old male, have been under employed since I was laid off after 31 years. During all this my wife passed away so now I am alone working part time (25 hours a week) in a field i thought I might get into full time, however company has frozen all hiring due to falling sales, so the hope I had and busting my @#$ in this part time position has become very difficult to report to work everyday.. Living of part time income/savings/insurance. Home and car paid for I just do not know how much longer I can do this. If roof springs a leak or furnace gives it up or I get sick I am done.. I worked hard all of my life I have no family no children. So when this all blowes up I loose a house we worked a lifetime to save and pay for. I want to do more and am capable of doing more in my job, they just wont let me making minimum wage !

January 1, 2013 at 1:20 pm
(1071) Jess says:

Thank God they are wanting to extend it. I’ve never before received unemployment until this past year. It has helped me pay rent, buy groceries, & pay bills. I’d be screwed if it weren’t for unemployment. I’m a moderate conservative and I’ve realized the importance of having some form of unemployment.

January 1, 2013 at 1:29 pm
(1072) Anthony says:

I’m so confused, if someone has an answer please advise me. I’m in Florida and I just claimed my last week of Tier 3 last week and on the Florida Unemployment site it says “Tier 4 & 5 are not available due to Florida Unemployment rate is too low” and it says I can’t file for “Extended Benefits” because Florida isn’t in a “Triggered” period. So even if there is a Fiscal Cliff deal that extends unemployment does it mean it has nothing to do with me since Florida’s rate is too low?

January 1, 2013 at 1:44 pm
(1073) SherrieFromOregon says:

To Mike: First, I am sorry for your loss of a spouse during what was already a very difficult time. I really feel for you. I have no children or a spouse either so it’s just me and the pets. At times I think I cannot handle one more “challenge”. My pets are the only thing that keeps me going but now I’m worried I can’t pay for their food. And it’s the very first time in my entire life of renting for over 30 years that I cannot pay my rent on time:( I’ve had to reach out to an x-husband for a loan for the first time since I was divorced over 25 years ago. It’s demeaning and he still hasn’t called me back. I worked 28 years straight and got laid off the first time in 2008. I finally got a job and got laid off again this past April. Those of us over 50 years old have a lot of experience but we don’t have the good health and great looks of a college grad. I actually cry when I see people at the grocery store loading up their carts with great food. And Christmas was a bad memory this year. As well as this particular “holiday” today.

To Alison Doyle: Thank you so much for these updates every single day! I watc hthe news and they talk about is the tax issue. I’m sure I’m not the only unemployed person that has been shouting at the TV this past week, or longer. “What about the unemployment benefits extension?”!!! They don’t even touch on it! I jsut don’t think very many people, in the media or otherwise employed, really care about those of us that are sitting on our last check and wondering how long it will be until we are evicted from our homes with no place to go. So we know there is at least one person with a web site that is for those of us that are unemployed. Thank you so much!

To everyone out there that have lost your job after the economy crashed, and especially the still unemployed: I pray that we are all able to keep our homes, whatever we call home, and that we can get full time work and get our health benefits back very soon. We deffinitely need a break.

January 1, 2013 at 2:10 pm
(1074) Teresa says:

I work for a company for 14 years and was laid off. I have been getting unemployment benefits for 4 months and now Im told it will be cut off. In the last three months I have lost my home and am now living with my son and his wife. This is terrible. I get out everyday and seek employment, just to be told I am over qualified or under qualified. I am 51 years old worked all my life. This is the first time I have ever drawn unemployment. Not sure what I will do from here.

January 1, 2013 at 2:12 pm
(1075) eric says:

Teresa 1075 I am in the same boat as you but if it is extended today or tomorrow i think we will get that extension hopefully. fingers crossed

January 1, 2013 at 2:20 pm
(1076) George says:

I just filed for my last week of regular unemployment benefits and am concerned that even with the federal extension, I won’t be eligible to receive EUC in the new year. Please someone tell me I’m incorrect in assuming that?

January 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm
(1077) Maryland Lady says:

@ Anthony

I believe tier five was phased out in June 2012? I have attached a link for you showing your states unemployment rates over the last year. ( anyone can use this link just change it to your state on the right side of the page).

Florida has been consistently over 8% unemployment but tier 4 is not available unless your state is over 9% to get the extra ten weeks.


EB is calculated by the state and is based on the overall unemployment rate. So if your state has ended EB as mine has then your benefits end at tier three.

January 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm
(1078) Christa says:

I was recently laid off in October 2012! I made $1600.00 every 2 weeks take home. Averaging out to be $52,500 gross per year. In Pennsylvania, you HAVE to go to careerlink and apply for jobs weekly in order to keep your benefits. I spend every week applying for different jobs, posting my resume to job search sites, and reading the local classified ads. To this date, I have not found ONE job making the amount of money that I did, not even half!

On unemployment, I bring home $900.00 every 2 weeks (which is about half of my previous earnings)..I DO NOT have to spend money on gas, and I DO NOT have to put my kids in daycare; of which I have 2 kids, average daycare cost around her is $30.00 per day, which would make it $60.00 for both of my kids. If I go back to work- the jobs that I am finding online, I will make anywhere from $9.00 to $11.00 if I am lucky…pay for daycare, and pay for gas…meaning I will spend MORE than what I bring home!

With that being said, and the job market being so bad, I feel that it is IMPORTANT for extensions until the economy picks up. I also feel that if people who have WORKED for their unemployment have a set time that they “MUST” find a job before the money runs out..why do people on welfare not have to worry about it??!?!?!?! I worked my ass off at a job, spent time away from my children, spent hundreds of dollars of gas to get to and from my job, only to LOSE IT, and have to worry about if I am going to have unemployment long enough to find a job.

America is so worried about feeding, clothing, paying rent, buying cars for people who NEVER work, than helping those who have. No wonder why so many people live off of welfare…you have it made!!! Not to mention your free “BAMA” phones…and schooling…but the rest of us who work…are struggling to FIND A JOB, pay those student loans…pay for daycare, FUEL AND BUY our cars, etc. There is something way wrong with the way things are!!! !!!

January 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm
(1079) George says:

I just filed for my last week of regular unemployment benefits and am concerned that even with the federal extension, I won’t be eligible to receive EUC in the new year. Please someone tell me I’m incorrect in assuming that?

January 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm
(1080) Jaime P says:

I just want to thank Jesus first and foremost, without him we would all be lost. Another thank you to Allison for always keeping us up to date on everything regarding our unemployment we who truely need the help are grateful that we have people like you that help us out. The ones that actually need the help who’ve been looking for work everyday and not the minimum two apps a week. I know that we can all get past this hump in the road I just wish that at least one person from congress knew what we were going through so that thia wouldnt be an issue cuz its tough out here right now. They should really understand what cutting UI would do to our economy and how it would affect small businesses amd even corporate america. But thank you to everyone whos hes and trying to keep up on this. Stand strong Jeses walks and wont let us fall.

January 1, 2013 at 3:06 pm
(1081) Maryland Lady says:

@ Anthony

Florida ends at Tier 3 since your unemployment rate is not above 9% see link below. EB was phased out in my state I think in April of last year but the link says to check with your state for EB specifics. I have also attached a link that will show you your states unemployment rates for the last year. (this link is usable by others too just change it to your state on the right of the page)

Wish I had better news to give but definitely check with the state to be sure once their offices reopen as well as with social/family services for anything else you may qualify for.

January 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm
(1082) Maryland Lady says:
January 1, 2013 at 3:16 pm
(1083) Francesca says:

And of course, the House is dragging this out. A new congress convenes on Thursday. This needs to be passed no later than tomorrow, otherwise, we’re in for another long wait . I just want this thing to be finalized already so our State unemployment offices have as much time as necessary to sort this out and are ready for payment requests from us.

January 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm
(1084) Nicole says:

Thank you for keeping us informed. I know so many of us have been agonizing about this! It has helped to have this forum to read others thoughts and know I wasn’t alone on pins and needles!

January 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm
(1085) Anthony says:

To: Maryland Lady. I won’t be eligible for Extended Benefits even if the fiscal cliff deal is made right? Because Florida isn’t in a EB triggered period. Same as the EUC right?

January 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm
(1086) barbara says:

im really stressing im hoping this goes thru like yesterday

January 1, 2013 at 4:19 pm
(1087) Lillie says:

Without unemployment benefits this counytry is doomed to the repetition of a serious recession. I have been unemployed for over a year due to no fault of my own and have been looking for work consistently. I hate to think that this portion of the fiscal cliff won’t be thoroughly examined and passed. With so many millions of middle class Americans out of work, it is unfathomable to think that our leaders will turn their backs on us. Unemployment benefits will benefit not only us whom are not working, but also stimulate the economy.
Waiting to hear if our lives will be spared at the hands of those who have is mindboggling.

January 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm
(1088) CaMann says:

Option 1. Fully extend the current EUC program and temporary provisions of the EB program for one year ($30 billion);
The EB program does not exist in any state. Are they going to make it easier to qualify the states to allow the last phase called the EB Program to come back? in Maryland?

January 1, 2013 at 4:47 pm
(1089) Meg323 says:

@Lillie – first, Happy New Year to you and to everyone here!! I totally agree with your post and also want to add that the next step our leaders in congress have to address is addressing the issue of getting employers who do have openings to give the long-term unemployed a chance to get in the door for an interview and have a running chance at being employed again.. The more articles I read on her and elsewhere on the net, there is a whole entirely different nightmare that some of us are facing which includes 1) perception that anyone out of work for more than a few months does not want to work and will not be productive 2) that those of us in our late 40′s and anything thereafter are not employable due to our age. If we don’t get some more jobs in this country and also incentives for employers to hire us then the same issue will be in our face a year from now or sooner if the extended benefits are for less time than the last round. I don’t want to sit around applying for jobs all day I want to go into a job every day and contribute to my social securty again like I have for 35 darn years. Again, we have other major issues facing the long-term unemployed that will not go away w/o some new programs to help us get in the door or hell, even a phone call back!!! Fed up!

January 1, 2013 at 4:50 pm
(1090) Betty says:

I live in texas and I receive a letter stating that you have exhausted all available unemployment insurance benefits and mat still be unemployed..so if congress extend ui benefits do I not qualify for them… Please help I’m so confuse…

January 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm
(1091) Betty says:

I live in texas and I receive a letter stating that you have exhausted all available unemployment insurance benefits and mat still be unemployed..so if congress extend ui benefits do I not qualify for them… P

January 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm
(1092) Diana says:

Is there a possibility that “more tiers” will be added to the 4 tiers currently in place?

January 1, 2013 at 4:56 pm
(1093) Zhay says:

I have exhausted all of savings, 401K, and any other safety net I might have had. All of my bank accounts are negative and bills are past due. Like many I have received my last unemployment check and am scared to death where things in my life may lead. I have been unemployed for a year now, laid off from a company that I was with for over 8 years as a manager, and am having the hardest time finding employment. It’s either I’m not qualified enough or over-qualified. I have two young children to support, a daughter that is 2 and a son that is 7. I don’t qualify for financial assistance from the government because I am an “able” bodied person…doesn’t matter that I’m having the hardest time finding work. Thank goodness for food stamps otherwise I would not be able to feed my family. But our days are numbered as to how much longer we’ll be able to have a roof over our heads. I really need this extension to pass! I’m sure there are many others in the same boat as I. I’m crossing my fingers on this one….please help us!

January 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm
(1094) very concerned says:

I’ve been unemployed since 2010 after 18 plus years in a company, and I am close to 50 years of age. I went back to school to be a Medical Assistant and still can’t find work in my town and around the valley, they first look at spanish speaking individuals or experienced people, how do you get experienced if no one gives you the chance. I keep busy doing independent contract jobs but, I am not being paid for them. I have applied to many companies with 5 interviews, over a 3 years period time and they say I am either over qualified and no return repleys at all should I put my years of service on my resumes and should I add my independent contract jobs to resume so I don’t look lazy, since the time I finished school till now, cause most places think if theres a gap in resumes then your lazy. I get very depressed and don’t want to try no more, cause it hurts everytime you get rejected. I am very scared and hope 2013 will be a better year for people to find work and get back on track with there lives.

January 1, 2013 at 5:11 pm
(1095) It's Time says:

The Fiscal Cliff is going south. It is sounding like we are going to go SPLAT!!!!!!!

January 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm
(1096) Stressed In Minnesota says:

I have been reading comments on this site for a good month now….thanks to everyone out there that has commented on here with their troubles…it has made me not feel so alone with my worries. I just recently went on Tier 1, and now possibly about to lose that. Minnesota’s unemployment rate is a lot lower then many other states, but it obviously is still a struggle to get employed here too. I was laid off in early 2008….then did not get hired again until late 2008, then was laid off again in May 2012….I have sent out tons of resumes as others on here have also…I have gone to many classes on tips on how to get employers to call you back….but nothing has helped….I went to college for 2 years but I did not get a degree, so I know that is hurting me. I am 38 years old, and I really don’t want to have a multi thousand dollar debt on my shoulders going back to school…..so I feel that I am pretty much screwed….guess my 20 years experience in my field means nothing to employers!!!! And if anyone comes on this site and bashed people for living the “high life “getting unemployment, you have NO clue how much all of us have suffered…..Losing my job twice made us lose our house, our TV is from 1998….our cars are over 12 years old…and we don’t have smart phone, etc…I have to switch insurance coverage on the cars multiple times because we can’t afford to insure both of them at the same time….we had to rent a small house after we lost ours, and if unemployment is not extended, I will most likely lose our rental home as of Feb. 1st….I can’t live my in car with my 3 dogs….they would be homeless too…..Unemployment HAS TO get extended….I have pulled out most of my hair in worry, and am about to have one strand left!!!! Please government, have a heart!!!!

January 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm
(1097) Meg323 says:

Looked so promising last night that an agreement would be reached. Cannot believe what I am seeing on CNN right now. These bickering betties in congress all need to be fired and we should get to start OVER again on both sides. Enough already with this crap! “Deal In Limbo” is the latest breaking news.

January 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm
(1098) Sam says:

I’ve been unemployed for a year and a half now, after a 27 year tenure as a District Manager in the newspaper industry. I went back to school to get Paharmacy Tech certification. Despite applying for hundreds of jobs in any industry, even lower paying jobs, I’ve only gotten 3 interviews. I’m 48 and think that my being a loyal, reliable company person for so long, that no one else wants to hire me. Unemployment has been a god-send and without it, I would be homeless. I try to stay hopeful and may 2013 bring those of us unemployed, jobs!

January 1, 2013 at 5:36 pm
(1099) AlecBaldwin says:

I was laid off in NY August 2011. I finished my extension on Dec 16th, does anyone know what tier I finished and do I qualify for more unemployment? I can’t find a job, have rent, car payments, no where to go. Please if anyone can help me with information, I would appreciate it.

January 1, 2013 at 5:50 pm
(1100) Meg323 says:

Alec, I don’t think any of us would know what tier you are in and that would be in your unemployment file either on-line or you would have to call your local office. I am no expert but I think there were 4 tiers that some people have gone through once their initial state benefits ran out but you only stated that “your extension” ran out….which tier did they tell you that you were being into once your state benefit ran out??

January 1, 2013 at 6:07 pm
(1101) HawaiiGuy says:

Ive worked for the past 10 year in the customer service industry and did everything for the company i was with. But when i started to have medical problems and i missed work a few time with hospital record and doctors note i got laid off. i got my degree in culinary arts since i was laid off and cant find any jobs here for people who haven’t worked in the industry. and i pay my bills, and take care of my mother. now i might not be able to make rent or pay bills…

January 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm
(1102) beyond scared says:

Things don’t look good. Been searching for a job for 9 months now. I just finished tier 1 and was praying that I would find something during tier 2. Can’t even find anyone to work with me to put together several part time jobs…Michigan economy sucks! 49, widowed and soon homeless. Welcome 2013

January 1, 2013 at 6:17 pm
(1103) jen says:

no its not looking good at all :(

January 1, 2013 at 6:56 pm
(1104) eric says:

So are the house meetings done for the day? If so where does that leave us for tomorrow?

January 1, 2013 at 7:06 pm
(1105) Francesca says:

6:49 p.m ET. – From CNN Senior Congressional Producer Ted Barrett on Capitol Hill: Emerging from a GOP conference meeting, the conservative Louisiana lawmaker said there is a growing “sentiment” among GOP lawmakers to allow the Senate passed-bill to be approved in the House because the consequences are too great at this point not to have a bill pass.

“I think the sentiment is that if we really tried to improve, what really is a bad bill, it probably would just frustrate many people so we may just let it go as it is,” he said.

Asked what changed so quickly from the last GOP meeting just a few hours ago, he said, “it’s one of those things where an idea pops up that sounds good. But then you think through and you look at all the ramifications and problems. I think for many of us we look back at the payroll tax thing that happened a year ago and see that when you see a bill pass with so many Republicans in the Senate, it would probably have a similar result.”

He said he expects the bill to pass later Tuesday or Wednesday morning largely on Democratic votes. He will vote against it.

Fleming said he does not expect it to hurt Boehner politically nor threaten his speakership.

“Why should it?” he asked. “I think we’re together and on the same page now more than we have been for a long time.”

January 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm
(1106) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

The House is still meeting and it looks like there will be a vote tonight. If it is a straight “up or down vote” (without an amendment on spending cuts that would send it back to the Senate) there should be enough votes to pass it.

Republican Representative Tim Murphy (PA) just said on CNN that the spending cut amendment probably won’t pass, which means that the Senate bill could be voted on and it will most likely pass. Let’s hope that this happens – finally.

January 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm
(1107) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

As of now, it looks like they will be voting shortly and it will pass. However, the legislation simply extends the unemployment benefits that were in place for 2012. They just changed the expiration date to 2013 from 2012. There are no additional tiers, unfortunately.

January 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm
(1108) ClintEastwood says:

I finished my tier 3 December 16th in NY. Any news on a 4 or eu for my category and New Yorkers? Or am I going to be purchasing a tent and living on the beach?

January 1, 2013 at 7:50 pm
(1109) Meg323 says:

I’ve learned more about politics the past four weeks than my entire life. This country is becoming the laughing stock across the nations for sure. We might have less poverty than many countries “right now” but if they keep doing this crap we will soon look like the rest of the poverty stricken countries with people living in straw huts or tents. Good grief.

January 1, 2013 at 7:56 pm
(1110) john says:

so did they take away our unemployment money or what?

January 1, 2013 at 8:02 pm
(1111) barbara says:

if you hear anything you tell me cause if so i better pack up and find a bif enough park bench for me and my daughter

January 1, 2013 at 8:04 pm
(1112) Evealyn says:

greatly tax all the companys that took thier businesses overseas and maybe it will be cheaper to bring them back to USA…We have a couple such businesses in our small town and surrounding small towns. Huffy is one such busines.

January 1, 2013 at 8:05 pm
(1113) jen says:

not sure yet this is the most news i have watch today in my whole entire life

January 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm
(1114) Meg323 says:

Still watching CNN and they just said that another vote is going to happen in an hour or hour and a half. Appears that the President is confident that it will pass but who knows at this point if another curve ball is coming our way. I think anyone who can do so should turn on CNN right now and watch what is going on and for updates. It helps to stay informed on the hour.

January 1, 2013 at 8:24 pm
(1115) Michael says:

If passd is their still a tier system? If so are they going to add a tier? Nj

January 1, 2013 at 8:27 pm
(1116) eric says:

Believed to be a vote around 9ish CNN is the best channel to watch

January 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm
(1117) Nobody says:

I’m scared. No job. No income. Prolly be homeless soon. Wtf is this world coming to. I’d rather be dead right now. Just can’t take anymore.

January 1, 2013 at 8:50 pm
(1118) Mike B says:

Alison, you are a Saint. Thanks for all you do here.

January 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm
(1119) Meg323 says:

Thinking outside the box for a few minutes and wanted to throw this idea out to “some” of you who might be able to do this. Currently the United States rate of children needing foster care is growing all the time. For anyone here who might have a decent home with a spare bedroom and some love to give and a clean criminal background, it might be feasible for you to look into your state program regarding foster care. They pay a monthly amount to you based on the age and level of care the child or children need that ranges quite a bit based on the cost of living in your state. I have seen ads in the paper now that even promote foster care as a “stay at home job” and some agencies pay a tax free stipend of $50.00 a DAY for the more difficult cases. I think all of us need to be creative and open to new ideas of how to survive beyond unemployment and my opinion is that if you have a decent home already with some spare rooms then help out someone else and get paid for doing it because they need help too. If I had a larger home I would be doing this already as I worked in this field for years and they desperately need able parents to place abused or neglected children into and you don’ have to adopt them either. Like I said, just an idea and how I am starting to think about what an actual “job” could look like in my future.

January 1, 2013 at 8:59 pm
(1120) Meditate says:

Our FATHER which Art in HEAVEN hallowed be thy nAme. Thy kingdom come thy will be done, in Earth As it is in HEAVEN Give us this day our Dailey bread

January 1, 2013 at 8:59 pm
(1121) Meg323 says:

CNN reporting the vote will be at 9pm EST which is in a few minutes. Holds breath……

January 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm
(1122) Meg323 says:

OMG now they are reporting that a final vote has been pushed back until after 11pm EST tonight…how much stalling can these idiots do?? They are going to give an update soon though…not sure who is going to speak.

January 1, 2013 at 9:07 pm
(1123) AmyVet says:

I just want to be to feed my son. I can care less if im living in the dirt myself. My 1 year mar for unemployment was suppose to end on jan 5 2012. I hope they pass this and I hope the extension is automatic. I’m 8 hours away from my unemployment office trying to get an interview in another state. The bus ride back to extend will be the last of my money. I’m doing everything I can to find work.

Don’t call the Veteran Crisis line or use the chat! They will tell you thins like yea well its hard for everyone. Then they will give you a number to call. When your asking them if there is anyway to help find work. You may think it was some place to help. When the person answers the phone. The will tell you they are a veterans homeless representative.

8 and half years of service and I got hurt and now im out. I can’t even find a job. Never felt this weak and pathetic in my whole entire life. My whole life is going down the drain.

I was even told on the crisis line. Well your going to have to not worry about your son. You have to worry about yourself first. Then after that you can worry about your son. My son is 2!

January 1, 2013 at 9:19 pm
(1124) JenPA1973 says:

Meg, where can I track this?

January 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm
(1125) Meg323 says:

My heart breaks for ALL the vets on here that seem to be treated so shitty by our country after they come back from service and especially if you were injured in the line of duty. I cannot grasp this treatment of our soldiers or others who serve our country and then are cast aside like yesterday’s meat. My thoughts and prayers are with you although I realize it won’t pay your bills. :(

January 1, 2013 at 9:23 pm
(1126) Meg323 says:

Jen…if you mean where do you follow the news on the fiscal cliff voting, I have been watching CNN for hours now….check your local listing for what channel it is on based on where you live and your cable provider but that channel is available nationwide as far as I know. Fingers crossed as I am sure yours are!

January 1, 2013 at 9:23 pm
(1127) Jdale says:

Hoping someone can help here. I live in Arizona and it appears that I exhausted all my money for claims. The site said something about continuing to file claims in case congress passes it.. so I did. I usually get payed today but I checked my account, and nothing. I’m hoping there is an extension, but is it going to be useless for me because I exhausted all my money? Or am I allowed to get another extension? Anyone else in AZ in the same boat or know if I’m allowed to get an extension?

January 1, 2013 at 9:26 pm
(1128) Sam says:

@ 1127,
Bank holiday. I did my claim on Sunday and have not received it yet, Im pretty sure its do to a bank holiday. on my site, it deducted the amount and said it was deposited on the 31st, but nothing as of yet. the earliest you will see it will be tomorrow nite.

I used to work for a bank. its the way they process things. but what you may want to do is call the bank and ask them to check whith the ach department and see if they have anthing pending on their end.

January 1, 2013 at 9:28 pm
(1129) Meg323 says:

JDale,…not sure if any of us can answer your question about this extension because we don’t know the details of what it will entail. Some people here already went through 4 tiers after their state benefits ended whereas someone like me will exhaust my “state” benefit next week but I have not filed for any tiers as I was just laid off 5 months ago. So, until we know what the extension entails (across the board or for some of us in the middle tiers) not sure if anyone can answer but if oour moderator Alison Doyle sees this post maybe she can add to it since she is the guru not me lol. Happy New Year by the way, I hope you and everyone else gets a miracle this year!

January 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm
(1130) Jdale says:

Thanks for the reply. It might be because the Holiday, but what worries me is.. “No money remains in your claim ending 06/22/2013. To avoid losing benefits, file a federal extension claim before 5:00pm on 01/04/2013.”

I clicked the federal extension claim link and attempted to file a new claim and it’s saying my address is not “valid” (possibly because it’s already on file?). I don’t know. I’m just confused and can’t afford to not receive my unemployment.

January 1, 2013 at 9:35 pm
(1131) Jdale says:

Jdale here.. thanks for the replies. It seems like the site is allowing me to extend my claim, so I’m just running with it. I guess they’re encouraging you to do it in the event congress allows it

January 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm
(1132) barbara says:

so i just got approved to the extention until march and i claimed on sunday and still nothing will i get it tomorrow or will it depend on the vote ?

January 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm
(1133) Erik says:

Can anyone validate Huffington Post’s claim to the “House votes expected before Wednesday”?

I’m seeing nothing but spam and panic.


January 1, 2013 at 10:13 pm
(1134) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

The House is voting shortly and it appears that the legislation will pass.

January 1, 2013 at 9:43 pm
(1135) V in NY says:

No one will get anything unless the house passes the new legislation.. or unless you are already collecting regular UI benefits. YOu can keep collecting those.

January 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm
(1136) barbara says:

even if it said i was approve and it took the money from my claim

January 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm
(1137) Lisa says:

I’m envious of these people complaining about how they’ have to take care of their families on $2400/month! Try doing it on $648!!!! Which I no longer get if this extension isn’t approved! My family will immediately be on the street! I guess homeless people are easier to ignore. :/

January 1, 2013 at 9:57 pm
(1138) barbara says:

lisa thats where im at i get like 600 a mth and if i lose that then me and my baby on the street im stressing beyond anything

January 1, 2013 at 10:04 pm
(1139) Meg323 says:

@ Lisa, I was a bit shocked at some of the higher dollar amounts too because I am struggling on a whopping $260 a week but I don’t have a large mortage either. And for the record, those of you in houses with mortages, it takes time to evict people from their homes. The banks can’t do it in a few weeks. I know people who went for OVER a year w/o paying their damn mortgage and are still sitting in their houses so you might want to do some research on that and find out if there are programs to help you lower your mortgage if it’s too high. It’s important to do research on things as you look for jobs but you have to have a plan for the future based on what happens with extensions. Talk to family, think about a roommate or try to find one or two depending on your marital and current living status. I see more families and friends already sharing costs because it’s impossible not to have someone to do that with these days. Again, make a plan because at some point these benefits WILL run out and there is nothing we can do to stop it whether we paid into the system all these years or not.

January 1, 2013 at 10:15 pm
(1140) Meg323 says:

I am now hearing on CNN that in a few months the same fiscal cliff drama could happen all over again or at least some of the issues they are still fighting about could come up again. I hope to god if they extend UI benefits for a year that they can’t pull the rug out on us in a few months again. I don’t think I can go through this again but the stuff I am hearing on CNN today is mind boggling. The party fighting is more important than the Americian People!!

January 1, 2013 at 10:19 pm
(1141) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

As I understand it, the legislation being voted on will continue the current extended benefits programs that are in place for another year – through the end of 2013. Reading the bill that passed the Senate it looks like they simply changed the end date from 2012 to 2013. So, for anyone collected extended benefits or regular benefits (state benefits) eligiblity will continue based on the programs that are in place now. Here’s the current extended benefit tiers:

It doesn’t appear that any additional benefits were added. Also, it’s important to keep in mind that tiers 2 – 4 of EUC benefits and EB benefits are tied to the state unemployment rate, so that will impact the number of weeks of benefits you are entitled to collect.

January 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm
(1142) WillFerrall says:

August 8th 2011, I got laid off and signed up for unemployment. In NY, does anyone else have the same tier? Do we get extensions?

January 1, 2013 at 10:20 pm
(1143) V in NY says:

I am in NY… I filed end of October. You should be eligible for more Tiers I believe…

January 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm
(1144) Meg323 says:

Thanks for the updates and comments Alison, very helpful as I have not entered “any” tiers yet but will need to apply for tier one in one more week if this is passed. Otherwise, like many others, I am officially out of money even though it was half of what I made to begin with.

January 1, 2013 at 10:31 pm
(1145) TaraG says:

I feel for everyone waiting with baited breath to find out how their futures will turn out, as I am one of you. My 1 year of UI benefits (I’m 41 & never collected on them til this past year) is up as of 1/5/13. I cannot afford to live without my UI benefits while I continue to look for a job. If they cut me off, I too, will be on the streets with my 4 year old boy. I have no family here, no savings left (wiped out, including my small 401k), and no job prospects beyond minimum wage jobs that pay less than my UI benefits. My heart hurts for everyone in this situation. I pray the extension goes through, to buy us all more time to figure out a plan & hopefully finally find a decent-paying job in the end. I am a Conservative, but I do believe in helping people up so they can make something of themselves. (not the government supporting them) I took the last year to go back to school, hoping this will help my future. I do not want to be someone dependent on welfare and food stamps. While it helps in times of emergencies, it is not something I want to be stuck on. There is no future for those on government aid. You can never get ahead without being penalized in some way. (It’s sad when people take advantage of the system and do nothing to get ahead). Welfare keeps you at the bottom. Many of us are willing to work & are people that want to pulls ourselves up and out of poverty, but if they just cut us all off, what contribution can we make to society and our own futures? Instead we will become an even bigger burden when we have to reach out for housing, food, & monetary assistance in an even bigger way. Prayers for everyone struggling out there–may God give us all strength and peace and a positive outcome!

January 1, 2013 at 10:33 pm
(1146) barbara says:

so allison does that mean i will get my benefit this week

January 1, 2013 at 10:46 pm
(1147) Diana says:

I truly believe the House will approve this extension for all of us. I think it is the other issues that are problematic for them. As I understand it, from what I am hearing, is that Unemployment insurance will extend “for an entire year”! So forget the current tiers… They will change…. Let’s pray!

January 1, 2013 at 10:50 pm
(1148) Meg323 says:

The house if voting right now – about 7 minutes left for it to be finalized. So far those voting Yah (or yes) to the proposal is 135….Nay (or no) is in the low 80′s. Watch CNN for the latest updates, it’s a great channel folks!!!

January 1, 2013 at 10:55 pm
(1149) Meg323 says:

We need 217 total Yah’s….we are still falling short with only a 1:30 minutes left.

177 yes
120 no

man I will never vote democrat again they want to hang us out to dry!

January 1, 2013 at 10:55 pm
(1150) beyond scared says:

prayers to all of us!! This by no means easy!! Can’t even imagine what our blood pressure reading are.

January 1, 2013 at 10:59 pm
(1151) Meg323 says:


231 YES

157 NO

Next stop is the President’s desk to sign the bill but we already know he will sign it so it looks like we made it lol!! Now we will have to circle back to our local UI offices for next steps!

January 1, 2013 at 11:00 pm
(1152) Fran says:

If you began you claim in August 8, 2011 your are done with benefits. NY the maximum is 69 weeks at the moment and you reached that recently. Unless NY is eligibile for tier 4 or EB, which at this time it does not even with an extension of EUC from congress you just don’t have benefits anymore. I am sorry.

January 1, 2013 at 11:00 pm
(1153) Francesca says:

CNN: 10:57 p.m. ET – The House has surpassed the 217 votes needed to pass the fiscal cliff bill. It has now been approved.

YAY!!!!!!! :)

January 1, 2013 at 11:01 pm
(1154) nancy says:

I requeted payment on Sunday and I got paid today.

January 1, 2013 at 11:01 pm
(1155) Vlad Putnov says:

House passes Bill to AVOID FISCAL CLIFF!!! Unemployment Extension for EVERY ONE !!!!!! YAY- I’m getting a 40 OZ!!! Tonight

January 1, 2013 at 11:02 pm
(1156) Michael says:

Fiscal Cliff Bill just passed in the House. The Bill will be signed by
the President tonight. The bill includes extended unemployment benefits for another year.

January 1, 2013 at 11:02 pm
(1157) Savannah says:

The bill has been approved!

January 1, 2013 at 11:03 pm
(1158) Rayunemployed says:

How long does the extention lock in if it is extended?

January 1, 2013 at 11:03 pm
(1159) Depressed and old says:

Thank you Jesus…..

January 1, 2013 at 11:05 pm
(1160) V in NY says:

YAY!!!!!!!! Now we just have to wait for all of our Unemployment Offices!

January 1, 2013 at 11:06 pm
(1161) Beyond Scared says:

Thank God and good luck to all of us on our job searches. I hope this becomes a mute issue for all of us!! Again, good luck:)

January 1, 2013 at 11:06 pm
(1162) Francesca says:


Would you happen to know if those that qualify or are already on EUC, if we have to call and reapply or will they likely just reopen our claims themselves so that we can continue to request payment online?

January 1, 2013 at 11:06 pm
(1163) Steve says:

Are we absolutely sure of this? where did you get this information? the unemployment website for nj still says its expired, i guess they have to update it… how do you know the bill was passed and signed? where are you getting this info from

January 1, 2013 at 11:07 pm
(1164) Misty Morgan says:

House approved!!! Thank God!!!

January 1, 2013 at 11:09 pm
(1165) Meg323 says:

Does anyone know if each state decides whether they are part of the extension based on current UI rates or since this is a federal funded extension if it goes by the national UI rate. I don’t want to celebrate too soon only to find out that I won’t have a tier one to apply for next week lol

January 1, 2013 at 11:10 pm
(1166) jim says:

@steve put on CNN its there

January 1, 2013 at 11:10 pm
(1167) Depressed and old says:

I wish you all good luck in finding work…and thank you Alison for the updates. Good luck all…….Happy New Year

January 1, 2013 at 11:11 pm
(1168) linda says:

Our prayers have been answered!

January 1, 2013 at 11:12 pm
(1169) Meg323 says:

@ Steve…many of us have been watching CNN all day long and it def passed about 20 minutes ago. Any of your local news stations will report on it as well. Part of this first deal was to extend UI for another year that would have ended this month. I don’t know how each individual state will handle this but I am sure more info will be coming starting tomorrow when everyone is back at work. Also, Alison (who moderates this site) just posted some new info for us at the very top of this page!

January 1, 2013 at 11:13 pm
(1170) meme says:

Thank God!

January 1, 2013 at 11:14 pm
(1171) Bumble says:

@Steve 1164

Boy are you a stupid retard, it’s almost as if your doing it on purpous….. Dummy

January 1, 2013 at 11:18 pm
(1172) Meg323 says:

Alison, could you please delete the post from Bumbles when you get a moment. Sorry you have to deal with so many trollls who just want to invade this wonderful board and post stupid crap. Thanks so much for all you do!!!

January 1, 2013 at 11:19 pm
(1173) Bonita Inez says:

Reading these comments breaks my heart. I really do feel for everyone on here who’s worried about their benefits. My mother was out of work for 2.5 years and found a job a month before her benefits ended and that was a contract position that lasted a year and she was out of work for another 1.5 years and got another contract position three months ago.

This whole employment crisis is so crazy! so many of us pay money for an education to avoid all of this. i’m just so glad it worked out for everyone. especially those with children to feed.

January 1, 2013 at 11:19 pm
(1174) Vlad Putnov says:

Yes, now we can ( Milk ) the system even more, my lazy unemployed Bro’s and Sisters!!!!! lets get F*&%#ed up tonight!!!!

January 1, 2013 at 11:20 pm
(1175) Bumble says:

Steve just keeps reloading the NJ website hoping for the words to immediately change 2 seconds after the passage!!!!!! Hahaha!!!!!! No wonder you can’t find a job!!!!!!

January 1, 2013 at 11:21 pm
(1176) Meg323 says:

Anyone familiar with the previous extensions that congress passed during the past few years can you answer a question for me please? Do they put people that are in tier 4 back into tier one or do you just stay in the current tier that you are in until the end of the year unless you find work of course. I have not entered this “tier situation” as I will max out on my 26 weeks next week. It seems so confusing from what I have read everywhere.

January 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm
(1177) The Dancing Squirrel says:

Great news – thank you Alison D. for your accurate and real-time reports.

Happy new year and I wish everyone to find a good job as soon as possible!

The Dancing Squirrel

Washington D.C.

January 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm
(1178) Bumble says:

Hey Steve, Obama just said he wants you to reload the New Jersey website again!!! Just for you!!!!

January 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm
(1179) Depressed and old says:

Boy you can really tell the ones that were holding their breathe in hopes they could eat next week, and the ones that think this whole thing is a joke.

January 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm
(1180) Lisa says:

It passed, now what happens? I have no idea if I will still receive benefits. Has anyone seen the guidelines? I’m on tier 3 right now, but tier 1 and 2 were cut short because of the date filed. We have all been praying for this to pass, but I’m still not sure this is going to help.

January 1, 2013 at 11:24 pm
(1181) Meg323 says:

Trolls get a life and go open a bible….seriously you need help!!!!

January 1, 2013 at 11:26 pm
(1182) Depressed and old says:

Boy you can really tell which ones were holding our breath in hopes we can buy food this week and the ones that think this is a joke…….

January 1, 2013 at 11:26 pm
(1183) Mexicorules says:

I love you OBAMA !!! Bury me with him!!!!!!

January 1, 2013 at 11:28 pm
(1184) barbara says:

i do have a question since the bill was past when we will i get my money ill filed sunday and i know i didnt get git today cause of all this but do you know when i will get it

January 1, 2013 at 11:28 pm
(1185) Meg323 says:

@Lisa….I think we are all in limbo right now but the first battle was having the bill passed for any extension AT ALL. I think first thing tomorrow we all need to check the UI websites in our towns first and see what they tell us to do. I have no maxed on my state benefit yet but I will as of next week (I have half a check left in the account lol). Not looking forward to another 2 hours on hold with the local UI office and the rudeness of the service reps that are lucky enough to have that job but hopefully we will all know more starting tomorrow. One battle is over at least. What a week this was for sure – phew!

January 1, 2013 at 11:30 pm
(1186) Sam says:

Does anyone know if we are going to have to call to re-instate our benefits or if they will do it automatically. on my benefits page it says claim year has ended.

January 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm
(1187) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Benefits should be reinstated automatically, but it may take a few days for the state unemployment websites to get updated. Check the “extended benefits” section for details.

January 1, 2013 at 11:31 pm
(1188) Kimberly says:

Alison, Thank You so much for answering my questions, When I am wondering about something, you are the first place I go on the computer.You are truely a blessing . God Bless You.

January 1, 2013 at 11:32 pm
(1189) jim says:

@barbara, you probably didnt get your money today do to the bank holiday, normally a day late

January 1, 2013 at 11:32 pm
(1190) Meg323 says:

Barbara, because of the holiday I imagine all checks will be late by a day or two from when you normally get them. At least that has happened to me during Xmas week and this week as well. That is providing you still had some money in your account to begin with???

January 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm
(1191) J says:

Thank you Alison Doyle for keeping us all informed through this fiasco. Happy New Year everyone and much success to you in the New Year!

January 1, 2013 at 11:36 pm
(1192) Diana says:

56 years old, out of work for over one year, in the state of CT; husband passed away 5 years ago leaving me with a mortgage to pay on my own…. now, NO income… Hardly get an interview, let alone any phone calls for work. I am so scared of losing my home… thankfully I do not have children, but I am a college educated woman, middle class, and now may be declaring bankruptsy. Very worrisome to say the least. Thankfully, the House “approved” the extension, but what that will exactly entail remains a mystery. I pray in will help carry me into much of the new year, as I think I have already used up Tier 3….. Not sure if more tiers will be added… I am thinking they will add more tiers, but not sure…. I PRAY for ALL OF US…. we are all in the same boat…. Saying my prayers

January 1, 2013 at 11:37 pm
(1193) Lisa F says:

My question is if we are currently on tier 3? Does it start over back at tier1? My tiers were cut short because of the filed by dates put into place for the program ending on dec 29. Does anyone know how this works?

January 1, 2013 at 11:37 pm
(1194) Meg323 says:

@Sam…check you website again tomorrow…no one worked in the UI offfices today due to holiday so the messages are still the ones saying that all tiers ended on 12/29/12. If you don’t see anything tomorrow then call them, its what many of us are going to have to deal with next I guess. Getting our continued or new claims refiled is next step.

And to Alison, also want to thank you again for the up to date coverage on the entire extension nightmare and also for providing the others tips and links that you do. So happy I found this site!!!

January 1, 2013 at 11:41 pm
(1195) barbara says:


January 1, 2013 at 11:41 pm
(1196) Diana says:

Don’t be too fast to accuse the Republicans. Think about the many people out there that take advantage of “unemployment insurance”, and just want handouts without looking for work…. there are a huge amount of americans and immigrants that just sit back and expect this…… let’s blame them and not republicans, for ruining it for the rest of us who search high and low every day….

January 1, 2013 at 11:44 pm
(1197) Diana says:

Allison, does that mean that there will be more tiers added to the existing? So that it will take us all through the end of 2013?

January 1, 2013 at 11:46 pm
(1198) bill says:

wow..no change in tiers 3-4..no money for me..un freaken real..mass is 6.6, it has to be 7%,,im going to be homeless over.04%..thks

January 1, 2013 at 11:48 pm
(1199) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Thanks so much for the kind words. They are very much appreciated. I am glad that I was able to help in a smail way by providing information on the extension.

I am even more glad that Congress has passed the fiscal cliff legislation. As I understand it, the current federal emergency unemployment programs that are currently in place will be continued for a year – through 2013.

If you are collecting extended benefits, your benefits will continue based on the program guidelines (which is tied to the state unemployment rate for some benefit levels). If you are collecting regular (state) unemployment benefits you should be eligible for extended benefits when you regular benefits expire.

However, unfortunately, the legislation has not added any additional benefits for those who have already used all available extended benefits. There are no additional tiers. Congress simply extended the federal emergency unemployment benefits currently in place for another year. Also, please keep in mind that most benefits are tied to the state unemployment rate, so everyone is not eligible for the same amount of weeks of benefits – it varies by state.

Your state unemployment website will have details soon on the extended benefits available in your state and on your claim. They will also have information on whether you need to do anything to continue to collect benefits, though my guess is that they will continue as usual and you will be able to file for your benefits once they have the website set. Here are links to the state unemployment websites:

January 1, 2013 at 11:51 pm
(1200) M says:

Everyone qualifies for tier 1 tiers 2-4 depend on your states unemployment stats.

January 1, 2013 at 11:55 pm
(1201) Meg323 says:

Thank you M for the answer and also to Alison for that last update and link! I think we will all know even more tomorrow regarding where each state falls and what that means for various tiers.

January 2, 2013 at 12:07 am
(1202) M says:

To the poster inquiring if you can start the tiers over the answer is no. Once all tiers available to you on your initial,claim have been exhausted. You will have to regain eligibility per your states guidelines from a new job.

January 2, 2013 at 12:13 am
(1203) sheri says:

YAY! This is great news! I returned to work from maternity leave only to be laid off 2 weeks later so this is the best news I could ask for. At least we can feed and care for our new baby now. Maybe someone can answer a question for me? I tried researching on my own but can’t find the answer. I was laid off 2 years ago and collected state 26 weeks then 2 tiers of federal before I found a new job. Now that I’m laid off again am I still going to qualify for federal extention after the 26 weeks of state if I don’t find a job or have I depleted any benefits from being on 2 tiers a couple years ago? I’m just not sure if our federal benefits deplete completely over time. I know it’s based on time worked too and I have been working full time since 1992 with the exception of my lay of a couple years ago so I know I should have time earned if that’s how it works. I remember a couple years ago they told me that my tier 1 was based on my 2011 income and tier 2 was based on 2010, if I recall correctly. Thank you and best wishes to all of you looking for work.

January 2, 2013 at 12:17 am
(1204) sheri says:

one more thing…I live in RI and our UI rate is 10.5% unemployed.

January 2, 2013 at 12:26 am
(1205) JimmyH says:

I have 3 weeks left in Tier 2 in Ohio…Ohio Unemployment is now 6.8%…Rules say they only pay Tier 3 if rate is over 7%….So am I out of luck?

January 2, 2013 at 12:32 am
(1206) Meg323 says:

Jimmy, it sounds like that could be the case but it’s still best to check the website tomorrow when folks are back to work to see if anything was changed or added with this bill. They did not go into detail tonight, all they said it that UI benefits were “extended” for another year but honestly I imagine whatever rules were used the last two times would be similar or the same? Maybe Alison can add to this as well???

January 2, 2013 at 12:32 am
(1207) Y.C. says:

Mrs. Doyle, thank you for the speedy update on the UE benefits. Americans such as myself have become nervous with the changes in the economy. I appreciate your hard work to give us the answers we need.

January 2, 2013 at 12:44 am
(1208) Michael says:

Thank god this bill was passed. I’ve really enjoyed reading all the post and knowing that me and my family wasn’t the only ones experiencing high anxiety wondering if this bill would pass or not. Hopefully this do nothing congress will have the heart to pass the Releif Bill for those poor people who need aid to rebuild there lives from Hurrican Sandy in parts of New York and New Jersey.

January 2, 2013 at 12:49 am
(1209) Cowgirl8577 says:

I collected my last pay which was 179.00 of tier four will I get an extention of benefits. I have been unemployed since 08/05/11 in the state of TX.
Will someone please advise.

January 2, 2013 at 12:52 am
(1210) LT says:

Thanks, Alison, I’ve been checking your column every day, knowing you would have the most up-to-date, accurate reporting. So many of us were hanging on by our fingernails, hoping an extension would be passed. I’m hoping 2013 will have more promise of jobs for all of us.

January 2, 2013 at 1:31 am
(1211) JimmyH says:

Thanks so much Alison for your updates…I checked your website every day…So happy House passed the bill….even though I am running out of my payments very soon, I know so many people are counting on them in 2013!!!

January 2, 2013 at 2:01 am
(1212) Jimmy says:

Hello, i’ve been collecting texas UE benefits since march 2012 and just recently finished my 1st tier on dec 23 2012. However they expired on dec 29,2012 with this new bill passed does this mean i will still get to collect EU or does this mean since ive exhausted my UE and now am on EU will i still get cut off?

January 2, 2013 at 2:25 am
(1213) Diana says:

It doesn’t make sense that Congress would stick with the same tier system…. The whole premise is that there are over 2M of us still unemployed? Seems crazy to not begin the tier system from scratch for the new year or at least add more tiers… doesn’t make sense to me, Allison. Just MHO

January 2, 2013 at 2:41 am
(1214) have*faith says:

We all must give thanks to GOD, he knows our situation better than we could every explain. He made this all possible for us to continue to support our famlies. We all need to take a moment and thank the Man Above.
What a way to start off 2013…
Be grateful for the things you have and stop complaining about what you don’t have…

January 2, 2013 at 3:04 am
(1215) susan23 says:

PLEASE PLEASE HELP if you know – I am in NJ and have been collecting unemployment and am in the extended tiers. I think I may need to withdraw my 401K from the employer on my claim to pay some medical bills as the unemployment just covers the basic bills. I am 100% vested in the 401K, I contributed pre-tax, and the bonuses my employer gave out while I was working there were automatically deposited into my 401K account. Would they reduce my unemployment or take it away if I take the withdrawal? If anyone knows the answer to this, please advise. Thanks so much!!

January 2, 2013 at 3:10 am
(1216) Diana says:

Thanks to God… yes! But we all still need further explanation… a few weeks of extensions simply will not cut it for me. Really hoping we ALL have a whole year more if we need it. I know if I call CT Unemployment Office tomorrow, I will just get “busy signals”. Hope they post something on their page.

January 2, 2013 at 3:29 am
(1217) Don't be mean says:

This is the most confusing situation I have ever been in. I have never been on UI. I worked from the age of 16. A lot of the time it was at 2 jobs until I went into management. It is absurd to say that someone who was making $73,000 a year and is now recieving 25% of that is lazy and riding the system. I have a mortage, car payment, 3 kids, 2 in college and 1 in high school. How would I ever want that for them. I have been out of work since April. I received my first check the first week in May. I had just began my 1st EUC in November. Still not sure where I fall in all this. I do not recieve any other help. Could not afford private insurance and I am on 10 medications. Currently, my blood pressure remains at stroke level daily on 3 meds with extra doses. I am afraid I won’t make it without help. Not sure what is going to happen if I can not get my stress under control. It crushes me to see these heartless comments. Nobody that has ever worked wants to be unemployed. I have recently found a program that will help with my mortage until I find work. There is some paper work you have to do but it is available. There is a link to it on the ESC website. It works and will help before you go into foreclosure or after like I was. Had a deputy hand my kids the paperwork. How rude was that? My mortage was more than my weekly UI check. I will be glad to help anyone that would like info for it. Allison if you have any insight as to where I fall, I had received a notice saying I was eligible for 14 weeks EUC in November. I am from NC and loosing this battle. I am the one everyone leans on. Can’t bring myself to tell anyone that I am unemployed.

January 2, 2013 at 4:11 am
(1218) jay says:

I have been unemployed for over a year. I live in Las Vegas and have applied to over 300 jobs since being laid off. I have a bachelor’s degree and don’t even get called back and haven’t had one interview. I only apply to jobs in which I am qualified or over qualified. Nada. I’ve changed up my resume (which the same one used to work years ago when I was looking for a job, I’d apply online to five jobs and the next morning, 2 to 3 would call), I’ve applied to simple customer service jobs, janitorial, everything. Not a call. I know this state is the worst in the country for unemployment, and I’m shocked they just cancelled the euc benefits. I hope they extend them!! I’ve also noticed on applications the question that asks whether or not you are Hispanic, THEN they ask you your race. Should I start marking that I’m Mexican? Is that a plus or a minus? I’m a white male so I think I’m at the bottom of the barrel to tell you the truth. It’s very frustrating to have a solid resume, solid education, and you can’t find a job….nothing. God Bless everyone out there. And the thing is, the next job you are lucky to get will probably stink, you’ll just be lucky to be called by anyone and offered something. Then when you go to your next interview, you’ll be asked why you didn’t stay longer at that crappy job and it looks bad on YOU. I hate the way that is. “How can we trust you’ll stay here since you left that wonderful job shoveling road kill so quickly?” Aaargh!!!!

January 2, 2013 at 4:20 am
(1219) Angel L says:

Thank God!

January 2, 2013 at 5:37 am
(1220) Jesse Thomas says:

I’ve been out of the Army for a little over a month, filed with WA state unemployment. I’ve followed all their guidelines and met all their requirements from me, and have yet to receive a check to this day. I’ve been filing since the 5th of December, and I continually receive messages regarding ” no payment was issued due to questions of my eligibility for employment” yet I haven’t been able to contact an actual human being to clarify any disputes,

Gotta love the system, doesn’t matter which side of it you’re on. It’s all around broken

January 2, 2013 at 7:47 am
(1221) Confused says:

I’m in NY and my EB was cut 12/9. Does this extension mean ill be able to file again?(I had $ before it was cut) on my old claim?

January 2, 2013 at 8:44 am
(1222) Edmonds says:

Question? Will they reset the EUC tier full benefits weeks before the decrease in weeks due to the expiration? Meaning, instead of tier 1 being 14 weeks, it will jump back up to 20 weeks? I figured this was a good question hearing that things will be back to the bill passed in 2012. Thanks!

January 2, 2013 at 9:03 am
(1223) CaMann says:

How does the program help the long term unemployed? No offense, but it seems to help the newly unemployed, which is great but the EB Program would help the long term unemployed. The States need to reinvest in this program. No one is really addressing this issue and this is a big issue. I don’t see that any states are eligible for this. Whats that about? 13 more weeks would certainly help people through the Spring.

January 2, 2013 at 9:22 am
(1224) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Just a quick reminder that unemployment benefits vary based on the date of your claim (you may be eligible for more or for less weeks depending on when your claim started), as well as the state unemployment rate. The state unemployment websites should be updated soon and they will have the details on eligibility for extended benefits in your location. It’s hard to answer individual questions because everyone’s situation is different and the way unemployment works now is complicated.

Here’s a list of the state unemployment websites:

Each state should have a chart and/or an unemployment calculator you can use to help determine the benefits you qualify for under the extension. The information currently on the website should give you an idea, because it appears, as far as I can tell, that the end date for the extended benefit programs has simply been extended and the tiers in place and eligiblity haven’t changed.

January 2, 2013 at 9:24 am
(1225) Beverley says:

110% aggreeable comments. I too am at the age of being over-qualified (have BA) & 20+ year exp., with my age working against me.This is my 3rd job “down-size” since 2007, so they call it. In, 2008, I took a job with a $20,000 cut (needed insurance/ out of EB.) based on the salary or $254.00 wkly, so my EUC Tiers-extended thru last Sat. 2012…grateful, because without the extensions, I would have been without.
Now the issue of Insurance/presceiption coverage coverge needs to be addressed9 who can afford Cobra?? Any of opinions or extra money out of the EB??

January 2, 2013 at 10:25 am
(1226) gp says:

What does this mean for a person who got laid off in july 2012 in ohio?

January 2, 2013 at 10:29 am
(1227) Ugh says:

I called my state’s unemployment office today. If I had been laid off 3 days earlier, I would have been eligible to refile for state benefits then the extended benefits. Eventhough the weeks of the tiers were shorten because of the Dec 29 expiration of benefits, I will not be eligible for any tiers in my state. I am on tier 3 which I only received 6 weeks of. So I have 2.8 weeks of unemployment payments. This bill did not help the long term unemployed. I’m very disappointed.

January 2, 2013 at 10:49 am
(1228) Ann says:

I have been at the same company for 5 years and i have now been laid off. I went to the unemployment office and i am eligible to receive 200 a week when i know individuals when receive more than this and have been for more than a year now and have not paid in as much as i have. Meanwhile this person is also on food stamps and living in govt. housing. those who pay in struggle while those ho bum take advantage.

January 2, 2013 at 10:50 am
(1229) Edmonds says:

Thank you! I guess what I should have stated was, as of 9-8-12 any weeks paid after that date was reduced due to the expiration expected. I didn’t receive the full 20 weeks previously offered because I started my tier 1 claim Oct. 6th receiving only 14 weeks. So will I regain the additional 6 weeks of benefits equal to 20 or will they honor the changed weeks as of 9-8-12 and stay at my 14 weeks based on expiration? Thank you again!!!

January 2, 2013 at 10:54 am
(1230) Donna from Pa. says:

Allison thankyou so much for all the info & support. I was wondering,Im on tier 3 which started the week of Oct. 28th & was told it would be 13 weeks which would take me to Jan. 26th. Now that they approved euc into 2013 will I still get those remaining weeks? I saw that the new tier 3 will only be 9 weeks now. Does that effect me ? Thankyou for your help.

January 2, 2013 at 10:56 am
(1231) Ron says:

I have been on hold for 72 mins now and I called right when they open. I just want to know if I am approved or not…. it says when I inquire that seperation from employee not validated….. do they have a set amount of time to prove this

January 2, 2013 at 10:58 am
(1232) Maryland Lady says:

Questions for Alison Doyle ??

I have posted this a few times before but haven’t gotten anyone to chime in. I started EUC in Maryland as of 09/02/12. At first my balance reflected the additional 28 weeks only for Tiers 1 & 2. Then towards the end of October my balance available went up again by an additional 9 weeks. This would seem to represent Tier 3 benefits.

So are unemployment Tier rates calculated by the previous quarter or just the month prior?

It would make sense in my situation if it was by the quarter as July & August were both above 7% and when averaged with Septembers’ even though it was below 7% the quarter was still above the 7% by averaging which would explain why the 9 weeks was added.

Also I am quite confident that once Decembers unemployment numbers are released that the last quarter unemployment rate will be below the 7% required to get Tier 3 benefits.

Will this mean those nine weeks will be taken back from me before I can use them or will it only reduce people to the two Tiers in my state that applied for EUC after October 1?

My state website does not break any of this down and the only letter you get is one telling you if you can apply for EUC at all. If does not explain the Tiers nor do we receive any notification when we move from one Tier to another. I would never had known how this worked without reading from this site and calculating from the printouts I did from the Citibank Unemployment website.

Thanks in advance, I look forward to your response or someone else that may know please chime in.

January 2, 2013 at 11:22 am
(1233) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

The way the state unemployment rates are calcuated depend on both state and federal law. There is information here, but it hasn’t been updated yet to reflect the extension that has been approved:

Also, please keep in mind that everyone’s benefits are different – based on your claim date (you could get more or less weeks of EUC), your state unemployment rate (your state may or may not qualify for EB) and your work history.

The most important thing to know is that the unemployment extension from 2012 has been continued through December 31, 2013, so you will continue to collect benefits if you are already collecting extended benefits and if you are collecting state benefits you will be eligible for extended benefits if you use all your regular unemployment benefits.

January 2, 2013 at 11:07 am
(1234) confused about it says:

I was on tier 3 and my last check I received was on december 10th. Since then I got on the ohio unemployment site to see if maybe I had my w-2 yet. Two days ago I went back on the site to see if I had any new correspondences and There it was…it was showing that I had three weekly claim weeks! I was like what the hell is going on.. So I said screw it, I filled them out from oldest to newest and they are still pending as of today? Is this a fluke?

January 2, 2013 at 11:28 am
(1235) Lisa says:

Edmonds, according to my state’s unemployment office, we do not get back the 6 weeks.

January 2, 2013 at 11:41 am
(1236) Lee says:

Approved???? Is this true??

January 2, 2013 at 11:42 am
(1237) Scared one says:

I have been reading all the comments. I have sent out over 1,000 resumes been told over and over I’m “OQ”. I finally found a temp job that was for 2 months as a filing clerk. I had hopes because they really liked me that they would ask me on full time..they didn’t. I have lived off my savings and no have nothing left. I live in IL and my benefits ran out on the Dec 31st. I am a single mother of 2 children and haven’t received child support in over a year because my ex is also out of work. I am sooo scared that I no longer have any income coming in no way to pay rent, buy food etc. IL is the worst state ever they cater to the illegals but when I need help I can’t get it. I can’t even get help with food because after this week I won’t have any income. SERIOUSLY!!! If I had income I wouldn’t be in tears every night when my kids are hungry because I can’t feed them asking the government for help.. I just want to say forget everything….but I won’t and can’t because of my children.

IL is one of the states that aren’t extending…I don’t know what I am going to do…so scared.

January 2, 2013 at 11:50 am
(1238) gp says:

What does the extension mean for a persn who got laid off in July 2012 in Ohio?

January 2, 2013 at 11:56 am
(1239) confused about it says:

I was on tier 3 and my last check I received was on december 10th. Since then I got on the ohio unemployment site to see if maybe I had my w-2 yet. Two days ago I went back on the site to see if I had any new correspondences and There it was…it was showing that I had three weekly claim weeks! I was like what the hell is going on.. So I said screw it, I filled them out from oldest to newest and they are still pending as of today? Is this a fluke?

January 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm
(1240) Part of the 2 million says:

I am a single mom in my 40s and I have worked since I was 16. I’ve been unemployed for a lil over a year now and I must admit I wasnt sure I would be able to feed my family this week. I am so thankful to God that benefits have been extended not only for my family but the other 2 million families affected by unemployment. I won’t celebrate until I see the money but its great to know its coming. Happy New Year to my unemployment family. You all are in my prayers.

January 2, 2013 at 12:16 pm
(1241) William Buie says:

Hello everyone. My name is William. Before I start, be warned that this post will almost surely be quite lengthy. Here we go….

It is great that these benefits have been extended. That will help many families and other unemployed citizens of this country stay afloat in hopes of gaining employment. That is for now, until next year when we will almost certainly face this same scenario on an even more critical level unless our leaders act quickly and do something productive(to the people) and logical for a change. That said, there are issues that seem to be the most detrimental and obvious yet are ignored in order to tend to the “fiscal joke”. The two I will discuss are found in successive posts due to length.

January 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm
(1242) Sam says:

I live in Texas and our uemployment rate is still above 6% qualifying us for tier 2. As of December 29th, I was at the end of my tier 1, (still had a weeks pay left). But my question is, has any one checked the unemployement site to see if they were updated? Becasue they have not updated Texas as of a few minutes ago. Everything is still referencing December 29, 2012

January 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm
(1243) William Buie says:

1. First would be the monetary system that, by the way, was strongly opposed early in our country’s existence by the majority of the people and government alike. That was until the man-made economic collapse, known as The Great Depression, pressured congress into the acceptance of a central bank. This borrow-with-interest philosophy equates to ever increasing debt. We are currently at 16 trillion and rising. No tax increase will help enough to stop this beast from growing. The “fiscal cliff” holds some truth, but it distracts us from the root problem, jobs.

January 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm
(1244) William Buie says:

2. Job creation, or lack of. Until our elected officials, who took an oath to fight for the people and their prosperity, rights and concernc etc…, start acting like adults and stop acting like children on the playground, we will regress into a very dark era. No new taxes? How about no new empty promises. Start with rebuilding our infrastructure. Nation wide. The job creation, tax revenue and consumer spending will kick-start the economy into a slow, but upward direction that will do much more good than any bill that congress is squabbling over. If we are lacking funding for the project there are hundreds of federal jobs that are unnecessary and do nothing for this country that could be eliminated. Do some research and you’ll see what I mean. The defense budget for this year, the number I can’t recall, is astronomical as usual. Take some money from their allowance say…ummm..50 billion dollars. I think that might start a country-wide infrastructure program. Also, it may even leave room to invest in our children’s education by increasing teacher’s salaries and training in proper methods of handling the many different mentalities and behaviors of their students. That would leave the DOD something around 550 – 600 BILLION dollars to work with. Maybe we can budget their spending instead of recklessly wasting tax payer’s dollars on illegal attacks on non-threatening countries as well as the preparation for future military backing of wars that are sure to happen. Here is a link to the military’s 2013 proposed or passed(don’t remember, although I believe it is finalized) budget. Dwight Eisenhower had the amazing foresight to warn the nation of the Military Industrial Complex generations ago. He was dead right.

January 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm
(1245) William Buie says:

The previous statements only touch on two major issues and one rationale solution to the problem. We still have major issues to eradicate, but the people of this country need to get involved on a MAJOR level if we are to be heard. Until our government and the powers that be feel the heat and fear their positions of power, nothing will change. Write your state Senator, Governor and/or Mayor. Let them know how concerned as well as angered by the behavior of our congress. It doesn’t take long and they will be forced to respond if enough noise is created. Don’t support the mainstream media. It is not news, it is opinion and suggestive in nature. By not tuning in, ratings drop. Pay attention to who is funding your news source(internet websites, major Newspapers, etc..), for those funding the information too have financial and sometimes political forces driving them, which leads to biased information such as statistics, trends and economic despair or hope. Essentially, understand that all to many times it is not the people or country’s benefit that drive some news outlets. Profit trumps all much too often. Thank you all and good luck.
All of the above is information has been gathered from many media outlets, books, etc and is my opinion of the current situation in America.
P.S.-One great and easily accessible website is YouTube. There are a plethora of lectures, documentaries and a multitude of views and opinion to help gain some insight on whatever subject interests you. Many times you can see the credentials of the speaker or director to help with any doubt regarding their qualifications. Even with that, their are still biased and fixed videos that can be deceptive. Use your best judgement.

January 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm
(1246) money says:

does anyone know if your od date is june 25th if u only get 26wk of unemployment in newyork or do we get and extension for 2013 teir 1 to please help

January 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm
(1247) William Buie says:

William Buie–Veteran(Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2 Deployments,USN), Married Father of three, recently “temporarily laid-off”. That was at least one month ago. I have been self educating in the areas of politics, current events, history, philosophy, conspiracy theories/facts and varied scientific progress, and many other areas since 2000 and some areas since the early to mid 90′s. I take in my information from as many outlets as possible in order to weed out the filler and bias in order to form a logical opinion based on unchallenged fact and/or which pieces fit the puzzle, ie; common sense. Related to this post, I have engulfed myself in proposed political/financial agendas, as well as historical events and trends and the outcomes of such. The approach of figuring out the true story for yourself using knowledge about sources help paint a picture that conveys the reality a bit more clearly than mainstream media as well as independent websites that are just as easily biased.

Any responses or comments may be sent to w.buie@hotmail.com
Please, keep any response respectful and measured. Thank you.

January 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm
(1248) William Buie says:

Contact William at w.buie @ hotail . com

My post including contact info would not post or is very slow to do so. Hope this works.

January 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm
(1249) William Buie says:

Belay my last.

January 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm
(1250) howard says:

I finished my tier 3 in ny. Am I done?

January 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm
(1251) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

IMPORTANT: To clarify, please note that nothing has changed with the unemployment benefit programs currently in place. The only thing that has changed is the expiration date which is now December 31, 2013. In addition, extended benefits are now available to unemployed workers who run out of regular (state) unemployment this year.

The benefits you will receive and the tiers you are covered under depend on the date of your claim and the state unemployment rate. Here’s more information:
Unemployment Benefits for 2013

The state unemployment websites should have more information soon, but yesterday was a holiday and all the computer systems need to be updated. So, I’d give them a couple of days to update:

List of State Unemployment Offices

January 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm
(1252) JTD says:

Since I cant get anyone on the phone in NJ, if I was in tier 2 with money & weeks left in my account, will I still be able to collect them??? It would not let me certify for the week ending 12/29. Will i be able to get that weeks payment whe it goes through???

January 2, 2013 at 1:27 pm
(1253) Dan (Illinois) says:

This agreement extends a cutoff date and nothing more. It adds no moneys to the Unemployment Insurance pool originally established, and ONLY extends the date the existing pool can be used by a year. Which is great if you are newly unemployed and still collecting your money.

If you have exhausted the unemployment pool of money prior to 12/31/2012, you were set aside in this agreement as, I assume, not needing any help from the United States Congress because you received no help.

Furthermore, this agreement is on a state-by-state basis based on the unemployment rate of your state. States with 7% rate receive less from the existing pool of funds than states with an 8% rate and so on. In my case, Illinois has been over 9% (as high as 11%) since March 2009. However, just prior to the election, the unemployment rate mysteriously dipped below 9% to 8.8%, thus–presumably–resulting in less money out of the existing pool for Illinois residents than they would were receiving prior to this agreement.

I am really learning to hate the people we elect to rule us, and I am very, very slow to hate anything on this planet. (except liver. I’ve always hated liver.) My wife and I recently saw Les Miserables and I cannot help but see the United States in 2030 resembling what I saw on that movie screen. Of course, I have college degrees in Engineering, Business, and Finance, but what do I know. I’m 61, not part of those counted few, and haven’t been able to find a job for 4 years above minimum wage at Wal-Mart.

January 2, 2013 at 1:43 pm
(1254) This bill didn't help says:

I see a lot of people are asking about tier 2 and 3. If you are on tier 3, whatever weeks you showed at the end of December is all you will get unless your state is above a 9% then you qualify for tier 4. If you are on tier 2, your state unemployment rate has to be 7% or higher to receive tier 3. Also don’t expect the maximum number of weeks. In some states it goes by a percent of your original state benefits. I live in a state that only has 20 weeks of unemployment benefits. I received the max amount during those 20 weeks of $320 a week. So it was 80% of $6400 for tier 1, 54% for tier 2 and 35% for tier 3. I was laid off in January 2012. As of January of 2013, I will have exhausted all my benefits including extended benefits. Just because the bill passed, many of us are still going to be left without any benefits. I was excited to see that it finally passed, but then when I spoke to the unemployment office this morning I realized this bill has done nothing for the 2 million people on long term unemployment. This is the first time in my life that I have been on unemployment. I’m extremely discouraged with what this means for so many people.

January 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm
(1255) Blossom says:

To (1235) confused about it:

I live in Ohio as well, and also finished my Tier 3 of EB unemployment benefits. I got my last check November 13th. I too have been checking the ODJFS website, and it says I’m not eligible to file any weekly claims, but it shows my current benefits balance as $2808. When I looked at it a week ago, my balance showed as zero. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that both of us will be able to receive at least a few more weeks of benefits.

January 2, 2013 at 2:02 pm
(1256) CL says:

This whole thing has been beyond confusing since day one. I filed for unemployment here in Calif. in Oct 2011 (due to layoff). I am still receiving $313 weekly. I’m not sure what tier I am on at this point. Over the time I have gotten several letters saying I have exhausted my benefit but may be eligible for more and an automatic extension will be filed for me. Things are so contradictory. Back in Sept. I got a cutoff notice with another ” you may qualify for another extension letter”, then a big packet came in the mail from the UE Center in Los Angeles, that was my first notification from that office all else had been direct from Sacramento. That letter said I qualified for 9K more up through 9/2013. I thought whoopee. Since then I have gotten another ” exhaust ” letter and I figured that’s it..I’m finally cutoff as they marked out the 2nd week on two prior claim forms I received. NOW- I just got another claim form allowing 2 full weeks and on the top of it says I have about $3000 more in claim allowance. I’m so confused, I never know when I just might be cutoff, and I guess when that happens I’ll finally know that is it-although I have thought that before. The not knowing exactly when you will be cutoff is the worse. They should have it set up so you can check on their website by your SS# what you have received and cutoff dates. But their is no ” personal” attention of course, its government ! And folks want these people running our health care !

January 2, 2013 at 2:03 pm
(1257) confused about it says:

to blossom:

The three weekly claims I submitted were for december 15th, december 22nd and december 29th.. They all say pending still.. I don’t understand why all of a sudden I would be able to claim anymore and Im sure this new bill has something to do with it. It is just weird that all of a sudden three weekly claims would show up on my main page..I didn’t even get a notice in my correspondence inbox. Maybe the unemployment office in mansfield or other places are over whelmed and have to update so many
claims that they just haven’t got to mine or anybodies yet.

January 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm
(1258) Hello says:

@ Sam,
I spoke with someone from Texas unemployment office this morning. I logged on, and it said my claim expired and I am only a month into tier 1. They have not received the update yet, and it could take a few days. She says her system still shows 12-29-2012.

I hope this helps!

January 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm
(1259) sfelix says:

i am in tier to in michigan do i qualify for tier three alison

January 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm
(1260) Courtney says:

I am pretty confused. In New York State EB ended December 9th 2012. Is the EB program going to return?

January 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm
(1261) No money no job says:

@ Courtney(1261)

EB is not returning. If your EB ended 12/9 then you are left in the dust. This did not help the long term unemployed only those who recently filed. I have a BA and had to get a assistant manager job at checkers, gotta do what I gotta do.

January 2, 2013 at 3:30 pm
(1262) Barbara says:

My husband and I have also been unemployed for 7 months and looking faithfully in SD….This site was very helpful…Good luck to everyone looking for jobs, we too get that either we are over qualified or over the hill…

January 2, 2013 at 3:33 pm
(1263) linda says:

my last 1st and last extended benefits (EB) payment was on 12/9/2012,. With the latest extension, will i be able to collect on the rest of the claim if i need to?

January 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm
(1264) Lillie says:


Now that the “promise” is in, let’s see how it pans out. I am hopeful that the state of California will “do the right thing” and provide adequate and appropriate unemployment benefits to recipients as it should.
There should not be the advent of “oh, you don’t qualify for additional extentions because.” Regardless, all persons should be treated equally.
I think that it is high time and way past time that we hold persons whom we vote into specific political positions accountable. After all, we voted for them to be the overseerers for our welfare. Yet, there seems to be an overwhelming gamant of power and ego struggles among the appointees that has absolutely nothing to do with our welcare.
Responsibility and accountability are in order. Let’s take back our rights for the reasons we voted these people to offices to see after our care—politically, economically and humanly. If not, we can be assured of becoming a third world country with embellished poverty.

Without unemployment benefits this counytry is doomed to the repetition of a serious recession. I have been unemployed for over a year due to no fault of my own and have been looking for work consistently. I hate to think that this portion of the fiscal cliff won’t be thoroughly examined and passed. With so many millions of middle class Americans out of work, it is unfathomable to think that our leaders will turn their backs on us. Unemployment benefits will benefit not only us whom are not working, but also stimulate the economy.
Waiting to hear if our lives will be spared at the hands of those who have is mindboggling.

January 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm
(1265) Manuel says:

I also checked, logged in and checked my balance and it said i exhusted my Emergency Unemployment Insurence benefits but i can apply for extended benefits.What does that mean.Im on tier 1,i have one week left on my tier 1.My county unemployment rate is 15 percent.ANYONE CAN HELP KINDA CONFUSED.i applyied again just in case.

January 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm
(1266) Sam says:

@ 1259
Thanks! I did not call, I know they will be busy for the next few days/weeks. I received an odd letter in the mail today from twc stating I had used all my UI beneftis. but I did not.

January 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm
(1267) usa says:

Talked to my unenployment office today (Kentucky) they really didnt know anything yet, said they dont know for timetable for it to kick in. im on regular with no extensions filed yet and mine runs out jan 18th, she said she acted like it could be a delay in etting funds , so just a heads up to be prepeared for a few weeks with possibly nothing untill its all figured out again

January 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm
(1268) OldnUnemployed says:

Can this get any more confusing?? I have been unemployed now for 2 years (In IL), and like the gal from CA, I too have been ‘exhausted in funds’ only to be reinstated. I am totally confused, wondering if I’m one of the folks who are double screwed since I’m jobless AND no unemployment any more. I made my last call in today, only for the recording to tell me to call in again Jan 15. I feel as if I’m on a yo-yo ride I cannot get off of. I feel for so many in these posts, as I too wonder if I’ll be homeless soon. I pray for you all. With tongue in cheek I still say “God Bless America”.

January 2, 2013 at 4:23 pm
(1269) TraciG says:

I have never posted here before, but I appreciate the knowledge you all share, and thank you to Ms. Doyle for your help! I am also a bundle of nerves, and hope one of you can answer a couple of questions. My original 26 weeks happened to coincide with the Dec. 29th deadline. Am I now going to be eligible for extended benefits? What tier am I in? I live in Oregon, and justspoke to the UE office, and until the president actually signs it, they aren’t saying anything. Please help!

January 2, 2013 at 4:26 pm
(1270) Sam says:

@ 1266 Manuel,
It does not matter what your counties UE rate is, its based off the states UE rate. I live in Texas and we are just above 6% and we are eligable for 3 tiers, Im sure in a couple days, after the USs’ unemployment rate is made public, we will more know and how many tiers states are going to provide in federal UE benefits.

I really think every state needs to update the site letting people know they do not know anything yet and that it will be a few days, it would probally save them a lot of phone calls.

January 2, 2013 at 4:27 pm
(1271) Juliene says:

I am losing benefits after 1 year. I am 63 years old and I have applied for 97 jobs since December 2011. Funny thing is, my former employer refuses to provide my prospective employers with only my start and end dates, I know, because I had a business owner call and ask for a reference and they provided negative information that they were not even asked for, with most of it not being true. They hide behind the At-Will law and their employee turn over rate is ridiculous. While I really do want to work, most employers will not hire me because of my age.

January 2, 2013 at 4:39 pm
(1272) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

I have seen updates on state unemployment websites saying there will be information posted as soon as the actual legislation is received by the state unemployment office. They mention to keep filing for benefits and they will be processed as soon as possible. So, if you can continue to file, do so.

Since yesterday was a holiday and since it will take some time for the state websites to be programmed and updated with the new information, I’d give them at least a couple of days to get the new information online. The new legislation simply extends the expiration date of the federal programs, it doesn’t change what is included, so I wouldn’t worry about losing benefits or filing delays.

With EB, it is based on an increase in the state unemployment rate over time, rather than just on the current unemployment rate. It’s also based on state law in some cases. This hasn’t been updated, but this explains the triggers that kick in EB and lists the states where EB has expired:

As far as questions about individual claims, I’m sorry, but I can’t answer them. Your benefits are based on state and unemployment benefit programs, the date your claim started, and the state unemployment rate, so, I’m sorry, but there isn’t any way I can give you accurate information on your eligibility.

January 2, 2013 at 4:44 pm
(1273) Kristaine says:

Hi Everyone. Thanks Allison for the ongoing updated details. We appreciate the prompt and updated “go to” info and person.

It is unclear if the claimants such as the prior poster and I are allowed to continue to file if the OC date was June 25th 2012 ( a cut off date of 26 week for extension in prior bill was June 23rd, if this bill wasn’t passed would’ve been cut off ). Any idea if after June 25th is still cut or the Federal renewal includes the June 25th claimants?

Also NY is still at 8.2% how can they not have EB?
Please advise. Thanks.

January 2, 2013 at 4:50 pm
(1274) Sam says:


Yes, he is correct. I know this because my mom was unemployed for two years and I learned how the tiers worked. Sometimes states will bring back an additional tier, but I would not hold my breath for it.

January 2, 2013 at 5:07 pm
(1275) It's Time says:

New Jersey is 9.6 ouch and we don’t have EB.

January 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm
(1276) jim says:

@its time, NJ does have EB, with the rate at 9.6 you should be eligible for 4 tiers but thats it

January 2, 2013 at 5:12 pm
(1277) Blossom says:

#1238 – Scaredone,

Since you are a single mother with no child support, and your unemployment ran out, can’t you get food stamps? I would imagine you would qualify. I almost wish that I weren’t married, so I could qualify for some help.

I am married, and my husband works, but after taxes and health insurance (which went up as of Jan 1st), and my unemployment having run out, we can barely afford food for ourselves and our kids. But his gross income from work is too high for us to get any kind of assistance. If we were unmarried, I could qualify for a boat load of assistance and a big fat income tax refund, too. Right now I’m just praying that we don’t owe taxes, like we did in 2011.

If I were you, I’d apply for (and take) any help I could get. Don’t feel ashamed. You paid taxes – you deserve the help.

January 2, 2013 at 5:15 pm
(1278) It's Time says:

@Jim, NJ does have tier 4 But that is on the EUC program not EB.

January 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm
(1279) Sam says:

Have any of you applied for making homes affordable, those of you who have a home?

January 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm
(1280) Sam says:

What is the differenc e between EUC and EB

January 2, 2013 at 5:21 pm
(1281) jen says:

blossom have you tried food pantrys? i cant get food stamps and we have only money to pay bills with like 30 left over a week which has to pay for gas too. i use food pantries try calling 211 at least thats what i call and they tell you where to go

January 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm
(1282) Sam says:

@1282 Jen,

When I was younger, my mom did the food pantry thing, ours was through the church. I dont think you have to be a member.

January 2, 2013 at 5:42 pm
(1283) jen says:

no you dont have to be a member but call around and find the different ones cause they really do help. I got to 3 of them and some are better than others but they are all great. I get everything i need

January 2, 2013 at 7:17 pm
(1284) Depressed and old says:

Alison I hope you can help with this question, its truly impossible to talk to anyone here at Unemployment office in Ohio. Question is I may have to relocate to the South to live with family and look for work. If so, will that effect my Ohio benefits. Also I would reported jobs searched in the South, this is a deperate move, and leave some fam here but I have to find work. Also I am sure you are familiar with Scoti, so if I head south, and they call me with a job opportunity here in Ohio, and I am looking for work in a different state how would that work? Any info you can give me would really help……Thank you!

January 2, 2013 at 7:25 pm
(1285) Steve says:

Im on Tier 4 of unemployment insurance in NJ…. I just started this tier and received 1 (2)week payment…. when this tier is exhausted, is NJ going to allow me to collect EB… I know on their website NJLWD it says nj is in High EB, and EB is active in NJ…. with the new amendments and changes, does anyone know if EB will be available to me if i cant find a job before tier 4 is over? Anyone that has information about this and can help it would be greatly appreciated…..

January 2, 2013 at 7:26 pm
(1286) Soozie says:

I went to CDLE (Colorado) and this is what was posted on my page…

Congress has voted to extend federal unemployment benefits for one year, through the end of 2013. Details of the extension will be posted on this site when they are available. Please continue requesting payment on CUBLine Online or CUBLine.

Good news, hopefully the job I’m getting will go into effect soon (its government paid as well) so the paperwork takes time. :)

January 2, 2013 at 7:29 pm
(1287) Greg says:

Yes ,after 16 years with one company I was laid off 2 years ago, exhausted all unemployment benefits and still no job in site, yes I am over 50, thanks Mr. President, Congress and all the rest of the legislation that have lifetime benefits and insurance programs that I paid for !!!

January 2, 2013 at 7:45 pm
(1288) TT says:

THANK GOD!! My prayers have been answered! Not to appear ungrateful but I wish they would have done it sooner, it could have avoided ruining Christmas and New Years. Elected leaders shouldn’t use such things for their “Fiscal Cliff” political posturing maneuver which is just a scam to divert our attention away from all the shady shit they’re involved in. We might be laid off but were not asleep!

January 2, 2013 at 7:55 pm
(1289) TT says:


(1288) Greg says:

Yes ,after 16 years with one company I was laid off 2 years ago, exhausted all unemployment benefits and still no job in site, yes I am over 50, thanks Mr. President, Congress and all the rest of the legislation that have lifetime benefits and insurance programs that I paid for !!!

You forgot to throw in the law they passed for themselves making INSIDER TRADING COMPLETELY LEGAL for them only. Now add their hefty salary to that and the money they make must be obscene! Then other perks like all the bribes they get paid plus their retirement pension. Sum it all up and it’s like no other job in the world, literally. And what do they do to earn all this? How do they get that kind of job? We elect them to pass laws gutting our freedoms while protecting theirs.

I’d like to ask how they sleep at night but the likely answer is very well on a $4000.00 mattress

January 2, 2013 at 8:39 pm
(1290) Kathy R says:

I spoke with the Oregon Unemployment Department today and was advised that even though the bill has finally passed Congress, they are doing nothing until Obama actually signs it. I hope they use an overnight courier.

January 2, 2013 at 8:52 pm
(1291) Lisa says:

Too confusing…was laid off in August 2012, I just want to know what happens after the 26 weeks are up. Just get the jobs in here, no one wants to do this, people want to work!!

January 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm
(1292) Kevin K says:

I am on Tier 4 of EUB It just started last week and I was given 10 weeks. so there is almost 100% of the balance left. Does anyone know if this will continue for me being that this bill passed or what? Thanks

January 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm
(1293) April says:

Ok I have read 50% of all the posts on here and I am very sorry for those that will no longer be receiving benefits. My question is, does anyone know if New Jersey was one of the states approved for the EUI?

January 2, 2013 at 9:33 pm
(1294) Teach says:

I am really confused. I live in NYS and have been laid off since June, 2012. However, I work per diem (subbing), so I’ve had breaks in my claim. Will I be eligible for extended benefits (EB) and Emergency Benefits (EUC) too and how many additional weeks would I get? So sorry. This year was the first time unemployed after 17 years, and I’m frantic because I don’t know the “formula”. Why should it matter when I started my claim? We are all in the same boat! Thanks to anyone who can help me!

January 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm
(1295) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

For those with questions on their eligibility for extended benefits, the reason that the date of your claim matters is that when the unemployment extension program changed last year the tiers changed gradually throughout the year. So, unemployed workers may have a different level of benefits depending on when they were laid-off and when they started collecting benefits. To confuse it even more, EUC has four tiers of benefits and EB only is available when the state unemployment rate has increased to a certain level.

When the state unemployment websites are updated, they will have charts and/or an unemployment calculator so you can see where you fit into the unemployment benefits that are provided by your state. This isn’t updated, but here’s an example from NY – you’ll see it lists your initial claim date and EUC claim date for each tier:

The other thing to keep in mind is that the new legislation did not change anything with the extension in place other than extending it through 2013. The tiers haven’t changed and their aren’t additional weeks of benefits, unfortunately, for the long-term unemployed who have run out of all extended benefits.

January 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm
(1296) Ginag says:

I was employed by the same company for 17 yrs. My job was dislocated to Asia & I didn’t have any schooling under my belt. I decided to go to college since I’m a single mom to better my life. I’m upset bc I worked there for more then half my life & only received benefits for a year & 3 months. I never applied for benefits in my 17 year career there. But others who only work somewhere 5 months, 1 year somewhere receive benefits for a longer period of time?! That boggles my mind! My benefits ran out at the end of November. So what this article says is that for people whose benefits ran out in 2012 will not be able to receive any in 2013? Correct? How can really families survive?

January 2, 2013 at 9:57 pm
(1297) Troy says:

I am also unemployed. I was laid off in May of 2009 from Hewlett Packard in Corvallis with their work force reduction. I went to college, and now still looking for work. I had a couple real good projects that lasted 3 months in 2011 and in 2012 as a technology lead. Those are it. I also try to find anything sense I am in a mortgage. I keep getting told over qualified, and even the unemployment office told me that employers wont tell you this, but it’s also your age. I am only 44. So with the exception of the jobs I mentioned I am now on a 4 year lay off. I started on unemployment at 507.00 a week, if it wasnt for those two jobs, I would have nothing left. Well I get unemployment now from the last two jobs, but it’s only 129.00 a week. How the hell you supposed to live off that in a morgage. I already had the year of Oregon Mortgage assistant was a nice cushion, but back to where I started. I also get sick of hearing how unemployment is dropping the statistics on that and in the media are so wrong, they calculate the people that drop off unemployment benfitis as went back to work, no their still looking they just have no more unemployment to keep track so they went to work. I live in Albany, Oregon. I would move, but stuck in this mortgage, and out of Albany has to be the worst place to live in Oregon they have nothing here, no jobs around and have the highest taxes on utitilites and property a person can charge. I thought when things go down such as economny so should bills etc, but no City of Albany just wants more and more and more.

January 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm
(1298) Elizabeth says:

Does anyone knows whats goin on in new york? i live in new york and in two weeks i will finish my regular 26 weeks. will i be eligible for an extension here in new york. their website is not really saying much. i am confused.

January 2, 2013 at 10:21 pm
(1299) frehiwet mirache says:

who is gone to help me to pay my 5000 dollrs unployment bill i codn;t found a job i neded asstance i have to feed my 3 kids i need help free lowyer

January 2, 2013 at 11:19 pm
(1300) Lisa says:

If you are on your first 26 weeks under the state benefits, you will be able to collect at least tier 1. The other tiers depend on the unemployment rate in your state. If you have balance from the tier you were on as Dec 29, 2012, you will receive all of the balance.

NJ does not have EB. It shows active, but there was a cut off date of March 2012. Most states have lost EB. There are only 4 tiers.
Tier 1
Tier 2 state uneployment rate has to be 6% or higher
Tier 3 7% or higher
Tier 4 9% or higher

Hope this helps. No additional weeks are being added for those of us that are close to exhausting the tiers.

January 2, 2013 at 11:32 pm
(1301) Dina says:

@(1285) Depressed and old says:

You should be able to take your benefits with you. I moved from California to Texas and was able to to continue my benefits while living
in Texas and look for a job. You should check your state’s website it should have some info about this. Good luck!

January 3, 2013 at 12:19 am
(1302) Billy says:

I have a problem with the euc program and tiers available being tied to the unemployment rate in one’s state. The EUC program is a FEDERAL program, so I feel as though all Americans should be able to receive the same tiers. Think about it, it you are unemployed and cannot find a job, it really doesn’t matter to you if the unemployment rate in your state is 9% or 6%, you are still without a job and needing those benefits. I understand the states’ individual programs varying from one state to another, but AGAIN, the EUC program is a FEDERAL program. It is unfair that an unemployed person from one state can get four tiers and another unemployed person from a different state can only get two! The EUC program and tiers should be based on the unemployment rate for the nation.

January 3, 2013 at 12:28 am
(1303) Billy says:

A bit of my back story: I am in Ohio. I am almos 40 years old and this is the first time in my life I have ever been on unemployment. I have been working since I was 16. For 18 years I worked as a sales rep. selling printed advertising products to small businesses. Well, small businesses are not doing well! Advertising, especially PRINT advertising is the first thing that gets cut from their budget in tough times. I have two weeks of tier three left, and because MY STATE is below 9%, I guess I am supposed to go hungry! I think it is a terrible program that someone in a different state can get 10 more weeks from a FEDERAL program. The tiers should be the same from Maine to Alaska!

January 3, 2013 at 12:30 am
(1304) Francesca says:


Fiscal Cliff: Obama Signs American Taxpayer Relief Act Into Law

AP | Posted: 01/03/2013 12:22 am EST


HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a bill that boosts taxes on the wealthiest Americans, while preserving tax cuts for most American households.

The bill, which averts a looming fiscal cliff that had threatened to plunge the nation back into recession, also extends expiring jobless benefits, prevents cuts in Medicare reimbursements to doctors and delays for two months billions of dollars in across-the-board spending cuts in defense and domestic programs.

The GOP-run House approved the measure by a 257-167 vote late Tuesday, nearly 24 hours after the Democratic-led Senate passed it 89-8.

Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii, signed the bill using an autopen, a mechanical device that copies his signature.

January 3, 2013 at 12:34 am
(1305) Billy says:

I AM grateful for the extension, at least I will get my remaining two weeks from my tier 3 instead of losing them, but I really had hoped that the program would reinstate tier 4. At least I can eat for two more weeks!

January 3, 2013 at 1:31 am
(1306) sacramentoCA says:

Hi you guys, I just checked my EDD debit card and my money was DEPOSITED. I am on my first teir on federal extention and is schedule to end 2/03/13. I have one more payment after this one. Dont worry as long as you havent exausted all tiers you should be okay for 2013. I hope this helps.

January 3, 2013 at 3:24 am
(1307) TraciG says:

What does this mean: FYI I live in Oregon, 43 yo, and filed for UE for the first time in July. My original 26 weeks just happened to end the same time they ended it, so my last payment on regular benefits is tomorrow. I was reading the Oregon website, and this sentence has me confused, “your regular claim must have exhausted regular benefits or expired the week of dec. 16 -22 or before. Mine ended the the week of the 23-29, so do I not get to go to the next tier? That doesn’t make sense for people that have been on it much longer, to get more weeks and I don’t just because of one weeks difference.Please help me understand, I would really appreciate it.

January 3, 2013 at 3:33 am
(1308) TraciG says:

I just posted, and I think I am confused about the difference between EUC and EB. The sentence I quoted above was for EUC, and I think my next step is EB? What is the difference between the two?

January 3, 2013 at 6:45 am
(1309) imran khan says:

this is a first time and i am trying to get benefits of unemployment. how to proceed whom to met dont know
totally fedup with my carrier and know dont what to do?
if any 1 is there sharing this my problem or giving an advice or suggestion to do well
thanks & regards

January 3, 2013 at 7:06 am
(1310) CaMann says:

I agree, the tiers should be the same for everyone and there should be the EB program for the long term unemployed , even at the 6.5% they are not having it in any state for 2013. Many , many states would qualify. It is like some circus act for all to figure out. This % in this state, this % in this state. They make it confusing and abusive for everyone trying to figure it out. This program as is for 2013 is not helping the unemployed for the long term. Anyway, we are NOT unemployed, to be employed, there has to be employment. You can not be employed if there are NO JOBS. Bring back fairness to unemployment. Just let everyone qualify for the whole year, or have some special compensation added until the job crisis gets better. It is frustrating when congress and everyone keeps saying this will help the long term unemployed. Many many people are done already with this program after Tier 3.

January 3, 2013 at 7:33 am
(1311) CaMann says:

Also, the average unemployment rate for the whole country for the past year is 8.1. When the figures go down, that is when people fall off of unemployment . It really is much higher. No EB. There are only 4 tiers.

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tiers September – December 2013

Tier 1: 14 weeks
Tier 2: 14 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 6% or higher
Tier 3: 9 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 7% or higher
Tier 4: 10 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 9% or higher

5%, 6%, 7%, 8%, 9% these are all to high. What difference does it make to say someone does not qualify for more unemployment because the % is not high enough. EB was the last resort to unemployment. It gave people an extra 13-20 weeks after all Tiers were done. But again most do not qualify for evenTier 4. There used to be 5 Tiers (14 weeks) and EB. Business comes from all states now. NJ touches PA and PA touches MD and so on.
What are the long term unemployed to do in 2013?

January 3, 2013 at 7:51 am
(1312) donna says:

If you call the unemployment office in NJ& follow the prompts you finally get to a recording that explains the tiers & EB. If NJ did not have EB, wouldn’t the recording have been updated? I can’t see them keeping info on the recording that is not current as it would only confuse everyone more… It woud be nice to have accurate info so we all know where we really stand in the process.

January 3, 2013 at 7:57 am
(1313) donna says:

If you call the NJ unemployment office & follow the prompts, if explains all of the tiers & EB. If there was no EB in NJ, shouldn’t they have updated this info? It would be nice if we could call & speak to someone so that we could be advised as to where we all stand n the process.

January 3, 2013 at 7:57 am
(1314) dblock says:

bill is a sham, with the % to qualify to move on to the next tier and NO eb at all…75% of all unemployed will be cut off

January 3, 2013 at 8:11 am
(1315) donna says:

In NJ call 201-601-4110, hit the prompt for ui & then extended benefits info. It clearly states that there are 4 tiers plus eb available in NJ. Going to call back at 8:30 to speak with a counsellor. Will let you all know what I am told.

January 3, 2013 at 8:14 am
(1316) Divefan says:

I am confused on what tier I am on. I live in Florida and was first unemployed July 2010. Got a job in Feb 2011 and and was laid of March 2012. My last week of unemployment was this week. oh and by the way – Florida maximum benefit is $275 a week! No one here can survive on that and I’m over qualified for most jobs.

January 3, 2013 at 8:38 am
(1317) Cris says:

What happens now to the people in NY who were cut off on 12/9/12 from receiving extended benefits? Are we to enter into homeless shelters and start asking for public assistance because we can not pay for our own necessities?

January 3, 2013 at 8:49 am
(1318) Karen says:

Does anyone know whats going to happen with ca? I was on tier 3 with 1 weeks left.
Does anyone know when could someone start claiming again? Or what’s going to happen?

January 3, 2013 at 8:58 am
(1319) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

California (and most of the other states I checked) have information on how they will proceed with the extension of benefits. Here’s the info for CA:

It may take some time for the websites to be updated with the latest information, but. hopefully, they will get caught up fast.

January 3, 2013 at 9:01 am
(1320) steve says:

@donna …. i am also in new jersey, on my last tier, tier 4, and am 1/4 way through it… on NJ’s site it says EB is active, so im assuming that when my tier 4 runs out, i will be given EB based on what you just mentioned and what the state website says…… please let me know what more information you get regarding EB in NJ….thank you

January 3, 2013 at 9:18 am
(1321) Florida says:

Thank you for sharing that link Allison @1319 re: California’s tiers for 2013. In looking them over, they are the same for Florida. So, any Floridians out there check out that link.

January 3, 2013 at 9:22 am
(1322) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Here’s Florida information. They have two different pages – one for EUC and another for EB (which is not in place). The EUC page isn’t updated, but the basic information (other than the dates) should be accurate, because the only thing this legislation did is extend the expiration date of the programs.



January 3, 2013 at 9:20 am
(1323) Florida says:

Continuation: Except Florida will not have Tier 4. Unless they change it. :)

January 3, 2013 at 9:45 am
(1324) HH142536 says:

To everyone confused about what EUC is and EB is, please just go to your states website. You may have to spend about 10 minutes trying to understand it but its pretty explanatory. Every state is different and alot depends on when you filed your claim. Granted most states haven’t updated their websites yet with the new info but you know how they are…delayed. Keep filing as usual unless the system prevents you from doing so. If it does then you have to either call or go down to the local office.

I wish everyone luck and prosperity for 2013!

January 3, 2013 at 9:51 am
(1325) Florida says:

Thank you Allison for the links. :)

January 3, 2013 at 10:15 am
(1326) Dawn says:

Good luck with Ohio Unemployment Tier 3 is now dropped as of January 12th! I will have nothing.

January 3, 2013 at 10:22 am
(1327) Danielsan says:

@ Steve. EB is not active in New Jersey. I dont think EB is active in any state.

January 3, 2013 at 10:34 am
(1328) CAL says:

There’s over 20 million Americans long term unemployed hanging on by staying with family or in shelters or homeless. We want to work but employers do not want ot hire for a living wage and working from job to job making $150 or less a week is not enough hours to even keep food benefits. Those jobs are for kids or retired looking for pocket money not those of us that need to support ourselves much less a family. Retail and food service are the worst paid and worst hours meaning no hours and low pay.

We have millions of illegals in this country draining our welfare programs and taking jobs Americans have worked in the past but have been denied because we want a living wage. It’s not asking a lot to make enough to pay bills, buy food, and have a future. Quality work begins with quality pay.

January 3, 2013 at 10:35 am
(1329) Danielsan says:

Hi Alison. One question. How does “claimants who were laid off earlier may be eligible for additional weeks” work? If somebody is on tier 3 or 4 they wwere obviously laid off earlier so they may qualify for additional weeks?

January 3, 2013 at 11:12 am
(1330) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

The number of weeks in each tier of benefits depend on the date of your claim. For example, someone laid-off early last year would be eligible for a different level of benefits than someone who was laid-off later in the year. The tiers were gradually changed starting in February 2012, when the last extension expired:

The above is general information. You can check the “extended benefits” section of your state unemployment website (the information will still be accurate) and it will detail eligibility based on your original claim date and/or date of the claim for each tier. Here’s CA EDD, for example:

Scroll down to see the chart which details eligibility.

January 3, 2013 at 10:42 am
(1331) It's Time says:

This is a scary statement from CA website.

As of December 31, 2012, there have been close to 933,800 unemployed workers in California who have run out of all available benefits.

That is only in California

January 3, 2013 at 10:58 am
(1332) willie says:

what if your date of initial claim qualifies you for a tier, but the states is below the 6% to recieve the fed monies?

January 3, 2013 at 10:59 am
(1333) Eric says:

Very confused.. just called NJ unemployment call center (took 2 hours to speak with someone) she informed me that NJ is still waiting for congress to pass the bill and waiting for the president to sign it? mean while its all over the news that that’s already been done and on other States unemployment websites saying its been extended.. so why isn’t NJ properly updating their citizens?!?!

January 3, 2013 at 11:09 am
(1334) It's Time says:

Eric, this is the same thing that happened last year. To the unemployment office the extension did not happen till they receive the paperwork of what the new extension means. So they will play dumb till they receive That paperwork.

January 3, 2013 at 11:11 am
(1335) Hope says:
January 3, 2013 at 11:12 am
(1336) jim says:

http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/index.html….if you go here it will be updated shortly, the bill was signed by obama yesterday so everything should fall into place now

January 3, 2013 at 11:55 am
(1337) James says:

I disagree. I have been unemployed on and off for the last 4 years, only finding seasonal jobs here and there. I am 41 years old with a high school diploma and employers seem like they want nothing to do with me. I have held upper level management jobs in various retail outlets as well as Banks, and when I go for the interview alot of employers tell me I am overqualified or even under qualified because I do not have post high school education. I want to go to school, but cannot afford to. These days suck if you are unemployed and I am tired of hearing just keep looking. I could work at a fast food place but by the time taxes,child support and bills are payed I would actually be in the negative!

January 3, 2013 at 12:09 pm
(1338) It's Time says:

37 weeks on Tiers. So that’s going from 53 weeks to 37. So minus 16 weeks. let’s see where they take those weeks out off.

But you could get more than the 37 weeks if you are in a tier now and have weeks remaining.

January 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm
(1339) miser says:

omg be happy we are getting ANY more money you people!!

January 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm
(1340) TKW says:

I have read most of the responses and many are older workers who have held jobs most of their lives and want to continue to work and support their families. The comments about people laying around living off unemployment are incorrect and unnecessary. Most Unemployment benefits won’t cover the barest of living costs. My husband lost his job after 23 years in 9/2011 and has been looking for work ever since. If I didn’t have a decent job (which I’ve only had 3 1/2 years after lesser jobs) we would have lost everything as unemployment wouldn’t make our house payment and other bills. He is also losing his benefits and I’m nervous as I know it is going to affect us greatly. We have already scaled back but will have to cut more corners, tough to do when you already bare bones. We live in MI which has a high unemployment rate due to the auto industry reduction. It’s a sad day when a person who has worked for everything they have has to give up everything to even get food stamps but there are others whose job IS welfare. Bottom line is that something needs to be done not only with the Unemployment extensions but the availability of jobs as well. And yes, my husband would take a minimum wage job if it was offered and he too is over 50. See a pattern here?

January 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm
(1341) antoria says:

Eric, the same happening here in Florida they told me the exact same thing guess we have to still wait they told me i will receive a letter in the mail letting me know if i receive eb

January 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm
(1342) Karen says:

Thank you Alison, I appreciate it.

January 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm
(1343) JimmyH says:

In Ohio, unless you start Tier 3 this coming week, you are out of luck. I have 3 weeks left so I was hoping for 12 weeks (3 + 9 weeks in Tier 3)…but not the case since Ohio Unemployment rate dropped to 6.8%. So if you have 1 week left in Tier 2, you are only going to get paid 1 more week….ugh!!!!

January 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm
(1344) Maryland Lady says:

@Alison Doyle

Am I understanding this correctly? According to my Citibank prepaid debit unemployment card I have a balance of $7200.00. I get $360.00 per week so that would be 20 additional weeks of benefits that would cover me until week ending May 18, 2013.

Now the website has been updated and this is what the link states:


Since after this check that I received on 01/02/13 for the last two weeks of December was for the 2nd and 3rd week of my Tier 2 benefits does this chart mean that they will take back the last nine weeks which was for Tier 3 and my benefits will now end in eleven weeks in March versus May?

January 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm
(1345) EPA says:

Nj unemployment website has been updated!

January 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm
(1346) pitts joe says:

I know we getting EUC but are we gonna receive it on the 4th the was that getting extended benifits

January 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm
(1347) Sam says:

According to NJ website, EB is not going to be available at this time.

January 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm
(1348) Meg323 says:

CT is sure taking its time updating the website with new info and instructing people what to do. I am about to exhaust my 26 weeks of state benefits yet have no idea if I need to completely run out of those first and then re-file a brand new claim for tier one?? Anyone know if that is how it usually works? Thanks

January 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm
(1349) Matt says:

@ 1348(Meg) You first go thru your 26 week state claim and once you reach a Zero balance, you then call and file for EUC. It’s like filing over again. It’s not hard tho. But you must first exhaust your initial claim and then apply. I did this myself not long ago.

January 3, 2013 at 2:51 pm
(1350) Meg323 says:

Thanks Matt for the info. This Sunday I will half of what I have been getting and it will exhaust my 26 weeks so I guess I will call to file for the extension right afterwards. I was hoping that it might give a notice to keep filing your weekly claims if you are still not employed but it looks like I will be sitting on hold for hours next week again. What a bloody mess.

January 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm
(1351) jen says:

Meg same problem here I call monday for my last check which is only half of what I normally get. I called the office today to ask about the extension and they told me they were still waiting on the information and didnt know if there was going to be an extension or not? I am in Michigan we have all 4 tiers here so I am confused. They said call back next week and see if they had any new info. Can anyone explain this?

January 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm
(1352) It's Time says:


this is how it worked in NJ. Once I claimed my 26 regular weeks of UE a message came up saying I have exhausted my benefits. Our records indicate that you may be eligible for a EUC benefit claim. A claim will be filled for you. You will be notified by mail of your eligibility.

It took about a week to get letter so you don’t miss any weeks in claiming. It does not tell you what tier you are on so you need to track it.

Some state file for you and some states you need to send in paperwork. Your site will let you know what to do when you exhaust benefits.

January 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm
(1353) Dano says:

So now my state (WI) has updated their website and explained how the tiers work/etc. They seem to be saying the only requirement for all tiers is when we started out claim, apparently the unemployment rate in the state has nothing to do with it anymore. Is this an oversight on their part because before I was reading that for instance to get tier 2 the unemployment rate had to be over 6%. ???

January 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm
(1354) Meg323 says:

This site is so helpful to get info as to what to do next or what has happened to other peeps on here in various states. Thanks to ALL of you who answered my question. I will see what happens after this Sunday’s last claim for me and then can say what CT is doing once you exhaust the 26 state benefits. Hopefully the New Year will bring all of us some blessings and a wonderful new job! :)

January 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm
(1355) Debbie says:

I am a political junkie and I am not happy to say the UE will get worse and probably never better. I blame Obama for the UE…but as far as benefits..the GOP would just prefer they are PAID for. Happily they were extended and we just have to pray and keep looking. What I do not understand are those who bash those on UE and think we just love taking pay cuts and think we are sitting home eating candy. It is so NOT true…we are looking and worried..there is not much out there inspite of some states stats. There has to be something in our line of work. What is next..welfare? I bet we dont get that. Besides they dont bash those on welfare who make a living on it and are not subjected to Fed income tax like the UE are.

January 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm
(1356) willie says:

does anyone know or heard from oklahoma unemployment? i know it depends on claim date and the states unemployment percentage..wich is 5.2% but i fall in the claim date area, so would i qualify for tier 2?

January 3, 2013 at 5:02 pm
(1357) Aaron Sedelmeter says:

I am very thankful for everyone that UEC was extended, me included, however, it appears that I will only get the remainder of my Tier III, as my deadline for Tier IV was not reached in time, but I am thankful for every little bit from the government.

BUT, what I am not happy about is the way that my wonderful state is handling the extension. I live in Florida, and if any of you here do, you must know how terrible they run their infrastructure. For example, I just checked several state DOL websites, and I mean about 20, and ALL of them have at least a news update that UEC was extended and some basic information on what to do. Heck, even California has a complete breakdown of what it means to everyone.

Would you believe that Florida’s DEO website has NOTHING about the UEC extension? Not even in the news update, the last thing posted is from November, and what’s worse is that I have been trying to call for two days straight and I can’t even get in the Queue, it just says call later or visit the website, which is useless.

I am embarrassed personally as every other state, at least that I checked was prepared enough to have a post. I mean, how long does it take to post a news blurb on your web site?

Florida politicians need to wake up and realize they are behind in helping others.

Just my two cents…

January 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm
(1358) Florida says:

@1357 thank you for your post. I know, I keep on going back to the DEO and see no update at all.

Then in the back of my mind, I wonder…….since Florida is known for all the mishaps, chads of the 2000 election and other bumbles…..maybe they “the government” is making absolutely sure they have all their ducks in a row before releasing anything to the public.

Then again I could be wrong.

I too hope they have some update soon….

January 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm
(1359) Aaron Sedelmeter says:

@1358 -They JUST posted an update online under RA Hot topics. It does some explaining but I am still left wondering about my situation.

I am currently on Tier III, and I do not believe that the deadlines were moved up for people already in Tier III or IV, which means, I get nothing more after Tier III. That is just my hunch, doesn’t really make much sense to me, but maybe I am understanding it wrong.

If there is anyone here reading this that understands how unemployed in Florida that are currently on Tier III are affected by the extension, could you please post a reply? I would greatly appreciate it. I am pretty sure I will at least be able to claim the rest of Tier III, while unemployed of course, but that I will not be eligible for Tier IV.

I just can’t get though to the customer service folks to ask them, lol.

January 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm
(1360) jd says:

It’s a real shame that they couldn’t extend all of unemployment…while I am glad for the people who are now receiving it again…I am in NY and I received one week of EB before it was ended on 12/9/12…they should have extended that too…I know it’s based on state unemployment numbers but let’s be realistic the numbers are ALOT higher then what they are saying it is…I could really use that EB money now as I am sure many people could…we got shafted…and now the numbers go down more because I am off the unemployment roll…talk about bait and switch… JD

January 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm
(1361) Blossom says:

#1360- jd:

I agree 100%. I have been out of work (laid off) for most of the past year and a half. My unemployment pay ran out in mid Novembe – tier 3 EB benefits.. I don’t qualify for anything else, even with this extension. I am having NO luck finding another job. Zero. I can hardly even get any interviews, despite having a bachelor’s degree and years of work experience. I am seriously disappointed and upset that I won’t be helped by this latest extension.

My family is suffering badly financially, with the loss of my job, and then my unemployment benefits. I don’t mind doing without things for myself, but it breaks my heart seeing my kids have to do without, because I can’t find a job.

I live in Ohio, and they just dropped from 3 tiers of extended federal benefits, down to 2, because supposedly the unemployment rate is improving in the state. I don’t buy that for a minute. It’s not improving. The unemployment numbers are just being finagled, to make it look that way.

Furthermore, the unemployment numbers don’t count people who are underemployed – who had full time jobs, but now can only find part time work, or who had decent paying jobs, who are now working for minimum wage. If those numbers were counted, maybe our politicians would see how dire the employment situation in this country truly is.

January 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm
(1362) Florida says:

@Aaron, thank you for the heads up. They sure do not make it easy to find that blurb. I would never have looked there.

I am just finishing out on Tier 1 so I cannot help you with what happens after Tier III. I may have to agree with you that you are right in not obtaning anything after Tier III. I am sorry.

Also, I noticed that any new claims this year will go from 23 weeks to 19. Go figure?????

January 3, 2013 at 6:11 pm
(1363) Meg323 says:

Even with some of us being able to collect on this new extension I do agree that the entire unemployment situation is a disaster and will only get worse for the long term unemployed which I could easily become in a few more months too. Until Congress starts offering incentives to employers to give older workers a chance and/or contact those who have been out of work for a year or more and never seem to get called anymore, nothing will improve. In addition, I think the local UE offices need to start having more seminars geared toward workers – let’s say over 45 or 50 – and bring in speakers that can help us get in the door for an interview rather than be ignored for being over the hill so they say. It’s all so disheartening at this point.

January 3, 2013 at 6:14 pm
(1364) Meg323 says:

I am almost afraid to ask this question and maybe Alison will know based on the previous extensions for a few years but if Congress is still battling the entire fiscal thing and are expected for another go round in February, is it possible that whatever both houses agreed to yesterday could be pulled and cut off with this new congress that started today or once they agree to it for a year it is done??? Hope I asked the question clearly lol.

January 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm
(1365) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

The extended benefit programs are set for the rest of the year. Once the President signed them into law, they went in to effect immediately and will continue through December 31, 2013. So, now worries about Congress taking them back!

January 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm
(1366) Aaron Sedelmeter says:

@Florida – Yeah, it is very hard to find but my situation is a little different as I didn’t mention before that I found contract work last year in June 2012, that lasted until end of Oct 2012, so I stopped claiming weeks of course, and I was at the end of Tier II at the time I started working… So, they added back into the UE system and put me on Tier III…

But my other question is, because I did find contract work for about 5 months while in UEC, will I be able to file a new state claim, or does that time spent working, and not using the UEC money count for anything in UEC?

I am surprised that you were able to get in touch with someone today, because all day long, it would not let me get into the Queue. I will try first thing in the AM.

January 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm
(1367) Meg323 says:

Thank you Alison for your quick responses. You are truly a blessing to all of us!

On a side note, anyone needing information on Connecticut, I found this PDF file that says we are still eligible for the extension based on current UI rates in our state. Thought I would share the link – hope you can open it if you need to!


January 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm
(1368) donna says:

The extension makes no sense and will help little to no one. if there weren’t additioanl weeks/tiers added then waht good is it for people who only have a couple of weeks left and the benefits end. this is very unfair and its just like they didn’t extend it at all because the only people this will help is the newly unemployed not the people that have been unemplyed for quite a while.

January 3, 2013 at 6:42 pm
(1369) Diana says:

I totally agree with Donna. This makes no sense!!!???? Allison, are you sure about this, that no additional tiers will be added? How does that help all of us who have been out of work for a real long time???

January 3, 2013 at 6:56 pm
(1370) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

If the extension hadn’t been passed all federal unemployment benefits would have stopped as of December 29, 2012. There would have been no unemployment other than state benefits (maximum of 26 weeks) – for anyone. What the legislation did was extend the end date of the extension to December 31, 2013 meaning that those collecting emergency unemployment benefits (EUC) could continue to collect and those collecting state benefits could could collect when those benefits run out.

Unfortunately, it didn’t help the long-term unemployed who have already run out of benefits and it didn’t add any additional tiers or benefits. It simply continued what was already in effect for another year.

January 3, 2013 at 7:16 pm
(1371) Need Help Understanding says:

My last benefits week was December 29, 2012; my entitlement has been exhausted. No Job! What in the world am I suppose to do now? I continue to look for work, but won’t be able to do much of that if I have to cut every thing off this month. OMG… this is devastating… Seems like since this is an extreme period in the US with the economy in such bad shape the extension would apply to all who are out of work due to no fault of their own. What are we supposed to do? Just go live on the streets by the thousands; I’m not understanding, doesn’t make any sense… Can’t get food stamps without an official address; no official address if you can’t pay the rent.. wait a minute, I probably won’t be eligible for any assistance; isn’t it all based on the prior year income? I love the USA!

January 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm
(1372) Dennis says:

@ Alison If you have opened a new claim that has or will end soon (the state claim of 26 weeks) and you still have a few weeks left on a previous tier, you will return to the old tier and after completing the 26 weeks and after the tiers are completed or after your original claim year has ended,can you qualify for new euc benefits starting with tier one again ? I believe it was in the ARRA act that allowed the state to use a previously approved claim year to establish a new claim.I am pretty sure I have been on tier 1 and 2 each time I received a new state claim,after I completed the previous tiers or when my claim year ended. So if you have completed your tiers you may be able to open a new claim,and go through the tiers again.So has the base period been changed for the state to open a new claim ? And when you do open a new state claim are you approved for a new euc claim ?

January 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm
(1373) Dennis says:

1371 are you sure,the states always try to make you believe you benefits are over ?? When the state site said my benefits had expired I didn’t continue to make my claims only to find out I qualified for a new claim and another tier on another occasion.And even though fed funded EB has expired the state can continue it if they decide to.

January 3, 2013 at 7:55 pm
(1374) holycrapola says:

omg go to your state website and read the updated info!!!!!!!!!!!

January 3, 2013 at 8:06 pm
(1375) Dano says:

So now my state (WI) has updated their website and explained how the tiers work/etc. They seem to be saying the only requirement for all tiers is when we started our claim, apparently the unemployment rate in the state has nothing to do with it anymore. Is this an oversight on their part because before I was reading that for instance to get tier 2 the unemployment rate had to be over 6%. ???

January 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm
(1376) Dano says:

@ Holycrapola

I think some people are asking questions here because their states unemployment sites seem to work as hard as they can to make this stuff as confusing as possible. Combine that with the 2 hour wait times when trying to call, the rudeness of the employees, and the general pissy attitude of these employees it makes complete sense to me why people are asking questions here.

January 3, 2013 at 8:36 pm
(1377) Dennis says:

http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/claims_arch.asp tells the expiration of extended benefits on this link,if you need the trigger notice report on spread sheet click on euc trigger report, click the date 2012 scroll to bottom page click the high lighted calender date dec 30 for the last report. Its like the count down clock for the truly poor in America.Over 15 million people have moved from unemplotment benefits to the streets or on welfare,so people with families or to people that don’t want to live under a bridge,apply for welfare and snap and any other program you can get on now.Too many people waited during the 08 failure of the banking systems,thinking this couldn’t happen to them,and even with all the tiers the 99ers in 09,10 kept thinking this will end soon well they were mostly wrong.The entire workforce in America has fallen by 10 to 15 million and there are still one job for every four people looking.

January 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm
(1378) Diana says:

This all sucks!!!!! This is not at ALL what I expected when Congress passed this bill…. Congress all got raises!!!!!!!!! And WE unemployed will eventually lose our homes….. Just devastating… I think we all need to come together and petition this to have unemployment insurance be EXTENDED WITH MORE TIERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am from Connecticut, btw

January 3, 2013 at 9:48 pm
(1379) Meg323 says:

Diana I am in CT too but am just about to use up my 26 weeks this coming Sunday when I file I will get $102 dollars that is left in my on-line account – throws confetti! Anyway, how long have you been unemployed and what was your field if you don’t mind me asking. Our state is still up in the 8′s or 9% unemployment bracket from what I have seen posted on various sites unless for some strange reason it miraculously goes down now but to me the job market sucks and is not getting any better. Same type of jobs pop up everyday and only want 1-2 years of experience even if it’s something you could be trained on in a few weeks. My prayers are with you.

January 3, 2013 at 10:04 pm
(1380) tom says:

Im in ga and i spoke with my unemployment office and the lady told me that they still did not know anything and they where waiting to see if ga was even going to take part in the extension. I just started my second teir of euc.

January 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm
(1381) willie says:

so…..are we going by date of initial or or state unemployment rate? and what if we qualify for tier 2 according to our initial claim date date but the states unemployment rate is below 6%..?..thanks for any responses

January 3, 2013 at 10:38 pm
(1382) Meg323 says:

I am currently reading this article on long term unemployment and found this part quite alarming not to mention almost impossible for our country to achieve with the state of businesses today and the continued outsourcing of jobs. Here is the statement:

The U.S. economy must add more than 356,000 jobs each month for three years to lower unemployment to 6 percent and that isn’t likely with current policies. That would require growth in the range of 4-5 percent. Without better trade, energy and regulatory policies and lower healthcare costs and taxes on small businesses, that is simply not going to happen.


January 3, 2013 at 10:56 pm
(1383) Diana says:

Meg… I am 56 years old have worked all my life. My husband passed away suddenly at age 51…. we had a home with a mortgage… now I have NO income and still have a mortgage. I worked for a Hedge Fund in Greenwich CT as an Admin/Receptionist. Lost my job in September of 2011. They gave me two months severance, ONLY… on December 1 I started collecting unemployment benefits from the State of CT… in June, of 2011, I began Federal Unemployment until now. I just cannot believe that Congress wouldn’t extend MORE TIERS! This outrages me… because the ones who have been unemployed the longest, suffer the most!!!!!!!!!!!! What the heck is going on! So I probably have only 3 more months at best… I am a middle class college educated woman.. and now I feel I will be homeless in a year… and WHO is going to hire me at age 56? I search every day, and I am getting physically ill just going through this horrific situation. I really hope we can all come together and “repeal” this decision….

January 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm
(1384) Maryland Lady says:

Question for Alison Doyle

Please help? I called the unemployment line today and they said that as of right now I have 20 weeks left of benefits. They don’t have the new info input in their systems yet. She also said I would have to reapply in February 2013 as that is when my benefit year ends. I was told this would lower my weekly benefit amount as I had no job income from April 2012- September 2012. Well of course I didn’t I was on unemployment.

Do you have any idea how much this will reduce a 360.00 a week benefit?

Also I was researching and I came across another forum and posted a question regarding the Tiers. I was told I will lose Tier 3 benefits as I am still in Tier 2 for week ending 01/05/13. The most interesting thing they responded with is that I should have gotten 20 weeks of Tier 1 as my EUC start date is the same as my regular unemployment claims end date. The last day I was paid for was August 28, 2012 but w/e 09/01/12. They said that that should be my start date for EUC which means I am owed 6 more weeks of Tier 1 and to contact unemployment and if need be appeal. I have attached the link they provided when I asked for where this is documented before I call.

Do thing what I was told was correct and that I should have received 20 weeks for tier1? If so that would mean I should still be in Tier 1 for three more weeks then move to Tier 2 for 14 weeks. This would mean I would have 6 more weeks with of unemployment than what I would have once they take the Tier 3 amount from my balance next time I file.


You have to open or save the file to read it.

Anyone who can help please chime in

January 3, 2013 at 11:09 pm
(1385) cowdiana says:

My benefits ran out in Sept. can i go back and will the extension change anything im getting nothing now

January 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm
(1386) Meg323 says:

Diana, so sorry about the loss of your husband first of all. To lose a loved one and a job are both traumatic and I feel for you. As I have said multiple times on here it seems congress is not addressing what to do with the long-term unemployed who are 50 and over and I only have 7 months until I turn 50 as well. After 26 weeks of searching I am running into the same age discrimination situation as any people on here. The only ideas I can think of are way outside the box but might help. Think about roommates if you know other women in the same boat as you or who might not want to maintain a house and might want to split costs with someone. I think thousands of people are going to be forced to start sharing their homes with roommates or family as time goes on. You can look into doing foster care and get paid for giving a child a home who desperately needs one or can be an emergency foster parent which would also pay but not as much as the full-time one would. The only other job I see listed everyday is for the elderly home companion and caregiver jobs since people are living longer and the elderly need help. Many of them were lucky enough to hang onto all their pensions and now have SS as well but they need help with basice tasks. It does not pay a fortune but I have already spoken with two agencies and it looks like I might be able to do that at least part-time for now. If you have a skill other than the admin stuff (great baker, making jewerly etc) then try to market your good and see how friends and family react. At times I think having your own business and making it prosper might be the only thing any of us have left to do. It’s all so ridiculous and I will pray that you get a call or an interview soon. Sorry this message is so winded lol.

January 3, 2013 at 11:27 pm
(1387) Dennis says:

All states are eligible for up to 14 weeks of First Tier benefits.
As of December 30, 2012, 40 states are eligible for Tier 2 benefits, 36 states are eligible for Tier 3 benefits, and 12 states are eligible for Tier 4 benefits.
As of December 30, 2012, maximum potential durations in the EUC 2008 program are 14 weeks in Tier 1, 14 weeks in Tier 2, 9 weeks in Tier 3, and 10 weeks in Tier 4.
As of December 30, 2012, Tier 1 has no trigger threshold, Tier 2 requires a 6% TUR, Tier 3 requires a 4% IUR or a 7% TUR, and Tier 4 requires a 6% IUR or a 9% TUR.
IUR reflects the 13-week period ending December 15, 2012.
TUR is the three month average, seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate for the 3-month period ending December, 2012.

January 3, 2013 at 11:34 pm
(1388) chunkums says:

My unemployment expired on 12.9.2012. Does that mean im not qualified for the “EXTENDED BENEFITS???”

January 3, 2013 at 11:37 pm
(1389) Meg323 says:

Does anyone know if all states set their own rules for how long a person has to be back at work (either full-time or part-time) before they become eligible again for unemployment benefits at the state level? I think I have seen people say they don’t have enough quarters to quality but I have a friend who worked for 8.5 months and now they are talking downsizing at her company again. What do they base the state benefit of 26 (or right around there) on?

January 3, 2013 at 11:40 pm
(1390) Meg323 says:

Chuckums – how long have you been out of work and did you already go through all the emergency tiers from previous extensions? Did you call your local office yet to ask them?

January 3, 2013 at 11:51 pm
(1391) Dennis says:

If it was your original state claim normally 26 weeks (but some states have less) then you should have at lesat 14 weeks of tier 1 ect.. as in my previus blog,to check your state you can look it up on this chart.http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/euc_trigger/2012/euc_123012.html
and the other link shows current changes at the bottom of the page.The December report is out tomorrow and it will continue to eliminate benefits as the unemployment goes down.But after you received notice that your original 26 weeks expired you should have continued to make a weekly claim,most sites tell you to open an EUC claim,when you try to make your next claim after your 26 weeks.My 26 state claim expired in December and I had previous unused tier 3 benefits that I was still able to claim.Until the fiscal cliff expiration.

January 4, 2013 at 12:08 am
(1392) Meg323 says:

The government should have to include all the people who never found work but have no benefits left into their updated UI rate reports. It’s pretty convenient to say that UI has gone down when you have tons of people who are not being counted anymore. Another joke and totally unfair.

January 4, 2013 at 12:19 am
(1393) Dennis says:

Meg,if you worked 3 of the previous 4 quarters you will qualify for a new state claim,your highest pay in any of the quarters is you base period ,if she made what she normally made then she will the the state max. $ amt.or the same amt. she got last time,and after her 26 weeks(in most states) she will either receive the balance of unused tiers,or will receive at least tier one and follow my last link to see what your state currently has available after 14 weeks of tier 1.As I remember it normally you skipped the previous quarter and your claim was based on the next three quarters its always in the hand book they send with your claim confirmation letter and is on line on most state sites,but the ARRA act eliminated skipping the previous quarter in order to allow more people to qualify.And during a previous extention they used your original to claim re-open a new euc claim,which allowed you to go through all the teirs again,when your year ended on your claim.

January 4, 2013 at 12:25 am
(1394) Mery says:

All that has to di with unemployment is very confusing for me. I’m in my second tier at this moment; would I be able to claim next sunday? Or do we have to waif?

January 4, 2013 at 12:31 am
(1395) Part of the 2 million says:

@ Dennis

Thank you so much for addressing the TUR. To clarify, are you saying that the next report showing the UE rate for each state will be released tomorrow? Because my state is under 6% which makes me ineligible for tier two. I was hoping it just dropped due to seasonal work during the holiday. Otherwise I’m screwed if I don’t find a job before my tier I benefits are exhausted.

January 4, 2013 at 12:36 am
(1396) Mich says:

Ok I’m happy to hear legislation passed current extensions. Good for everyone else. I could write a book on my situation, but I’m not going to. All I can say is that I’ve worked my entire life since the age of 16, and not once depended on the government. I am currently 38. I am in the process of getting a job, however my bills cant sit and wait till then. I currently live in Texas and exhausted all my tiers. Which is up to Tier 3. Is there a chance Texans will either get Tier 4 or EB benefts anytime soon? We just need that extra help which would do alot of justice. Or are we just gonna be have to be the lucky ones who suffer. I’m pretty sure there’s people like me in the same boat.

January 4, 2013 at 12:41 am
(1397) willie says:

according to allison it depends on the state unemployment % and the initial claim date…as to wich set of tiers you will fall under….

January 4, 2013 at 12:47 am
(1398) Meg323 says:

Meri, I would file your claim as usual on Sunday and see what it tells you. If you still have money in tier 2 then I don’t see why you won’t continue to be eligible to collect it unless for some reason your state no longer qualifies for this tier because the UI rate dropped? I think a new report comes out tomorrow but again, file as usual on Sunday as many others are going to do.

January 4, 2013 at 1:06 am
(1399) Dennis says:

The ui % has not went up for any state that I know of since this crisis peaked in 09 the dept. of labor will have the updates tomorrow. did you look at both the links I posted the first one had current info as of the 21st of Dec. Willie the intial claim date just gives you expiration date and when your teir begins or ends and the state % tell how many tiers you can get.Read #137 and check the two links.
Tex if it doesnt have t 4 now its very unlikely.unless ui goes up to 10%,the states could activate their own EB but the only reason it been available this long is because the fereral gov. has been paying the bill since the ARRA act.

January 4, 2013 at 1:10 am
(1400) Ashley says:

Very confused. I claimed my last payment of regular unemployment the week before the 29th. A couple of days later I checked online and it said I had an extended claim balance of like $5,000 and some odd dollars. Of course, when I went to claim on the 29th, it said my balance was 0. Does anyone know if and when I will be able to claim my extended benefits? I live in New Jersey and this would be my first extension.

January 4, 2013 at 1:16 am
(1401) It's Time says:

Thanks Dennis, great work on the explanation of EUC.

Can you explain about EB that 3 year look back is confusing. NJ unemployment rate is bad. 9.6% but has been bad for three years has been in the 9% range but yet they stop the EB with no improvement in unemployment. It looks like it is impossible for EB to trigger on.

January 4, 2013 at 1:27 am
(1402) willie says:

was wandering why allison would post that…..the initial claim date and state %…so if my initial claim date was 05-12-12….according to allison post i would fall under the first set of tiers..wich tier 2 did not have a trigger as of then…..trigger came in june…..correct me if im wrong

January 4, 2013 at 1:29 am
(1403) Meg323 says:

It seems like many states just wiped out all remaining funds (past the original state ones) because we went over the fiscal cliff and now those who did see extension money at first and then it disappeared have to file again? It sounds like that is what Ashley is describing happened to her since she ran out the same weekend the EUI ended. No idea about NJ laws but I keep seeing people saying they had funds and then they were gone. What’s going on with that?

January 4, 2013 at 1:33 am
(1404) Chunkums says:

@Meg323…I stil had money left on it after 12/9/12 , then after i lcaimed for that week they just cut it off. when i called today my only available option was to inquire about benefiits…this is insane i have a baby due next week, and i have noooo money???? how can they not extend the EB??? this makes no esnse

January 4, 2013 at 1:49 am
(1405) Dennis says:

#1401 I am not sure about the three year look back thing.
Ashley,yeah that is strange maybe they were reprogramming their computers.But after your state claim ends, usually 26 weeks, expires you should be prompter when you try to make your claim,that you will need to reapply for your EUC benefits.Normally you have to call,but I think you can make a claim on line.You should have been able to claim the first week of tier 1,or continued on a previous tier at least for that week.have you used all of your tiers ? Or maybe the tier you were going to get was cancelled because ui rate went down,but all states still have 14 weeks on teir 1.but if tier 2 or 3 were cancelled that would explain it.And sometimes your claim year ends and you have to reapply.

January 4, 2013 at 2:08 am
(1406) Part of the 2 million says:

@ Dennis

Thanks again. You are jewel. I looked at the link, but I didn’t see anything in regards to VA. I will definitely check the report later today. I’m still hopeful that things will get better. I will continue to pray for all the families affected by this mess.

January 4, 2013 at 2:12 am
(1407) willie says:

Please Note: Depending on the date you were laid-off, you may be covered under a different tier structure.

January 4, 2013 at 2:19 am
(1408) Dennis says:

Willie,as the unemployment rate continues to fall weekly the DOL give a report, the trigger notice,that tells when each state looses their tiers and how many tiers they have left.Its a moving target,when it goes down you only have a certain time period to qualify to move to the next tier,so if your current tier ends before the unemployment rate goes down then you will continue to the next tier,But if your current tier end after it goes down you then you will not move to the next. tier.http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/euc_trigger/2012/euc_123012.html
Thses two sites should tell you when and if your tiers end.Scrolling to the bottom of the second one shows you last weeks cut offs.

January 4, 2013 at 2:38 am
(1409) Dennis says:

Willie, the tiers continue to expire as the unemployment rate continues to fall if it stays over the percentages posted then all of the current tiers will continue for all of 2013,but if it gets below those listed %s then it will continue to be cancelled.http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/euc_trigger/2012/euc_123012.html
This link tells you if your state is on or off.
•Tier 1: 14 weeks
•Tier 2: 14 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 6% or higher
•Tier 3: 9 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 7% or higher
•Tier 4: 10 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 9% or higher

January 4, 2013 at 2:47 am
(1410) Dennis says:

@ one in two million …Va. has only state plus tier 1 of 14 weeks

January 4, 2013 at 2:54 am
(1411) chloe says:

I waited for 4 hours on the phone but still could not get thru to OKLAHOMA. I went thru my 26 weeks ended 29 Dec applied for EUC had balance now it shows zero balance? Does anyone else know about OKlahoma tiers please?

January 4, 2013 at 2:56 am
(1412) chloe says:

Dennis can u tell me if Oklahoma goes over the 26 weeks I had to tier 1?

January 4, 2013 at 2:58 am
(1413) chloe says:

Dennis does Oklahoma apply?

January 4, 2013 at 3:05 am
(1414) Diana says:

This decision by Congress is unacceptable to me… the ones who have been unemployed the longest are suffering the most, and yet Congress is not accepting any more “unemployment tiers”… this is so not fair!!! What the hell is going on? I will be homeless and have to foreclose on the home that I have lived in for 9 years. Why should a middle-class college educated woman have to bare this while Congress gets raises. I am beyond worried… I am totally OUTRAGED… From what I understand I will only get about 20 weeks left of unemployment insurance…. after which… I will be broke..

January 4, 2013 at 3:43 am
(1415) Part of the 2 million says:

@ Dennis

Gotcha. Your the best! I was on the incorrect link. I see now VA is at 5.7%…SIGH. God bless you and all families impacted by this crisis.

January 4, 2013 at 3:46 am
(1416) Mike says:

I wonder If I have to file another claim, I can’t claim my usual weekly.

January 4, 2013 at 6:18 am
(1417) Florida says:

@1417 Mike….. are you saying that your Claims page will not allow you to file? Does it show a balance?

January 4, 2013 at 6:22 am
(1418) Florida says:

Is there anyone in Florida who is scheduled to file for their week(s) this Monday the 7th and their Claim page shows a balance but does not let them claim their weeks?

January 4, 2013 at 7:38 am
(1419) CaMann says:

Everyone is right. Congress needs to add more Tiers like 3 and 4 and return the EB Program. It is not fair. This extension is not working for the most of us. The long term unemployed are done at this point. Even the college degreed and over 50 need help. Congress has no clue what is really going on here and they keep saying this helps the long term unemployed. The program needs to be repealed and add additional Tiers plus EB and let all of the states qualify more easily. What good is it if to qualify the states have IMPOSSIBLE triggers. And Congress gets a raise after all of this nonsense?

January 4, 2013 at 7:50 am
(1420) CaMann says:

These comments on this page should be forwarded to the correct powers to be, so they can see what really is happening. Maybe a thread to Congress, etc.

January 4, 2013 at 8:40 am
(1421) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

The date you filed for unemployment and for extensions makes a difference, because there were different tiers of benefits available throughout 2012 as the changes in emergency unemployment compensation were implemented. Take a look CA’s page:

For example, someone laid-off in March of 2012 has a different amount of weeks than someone who was laid-off in October.

January 4, 2013 at 8:57 am
(1422) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Here’s information on the difference between EUC and EB:

January 4, 2013 at 8:40 am
(1423) willie says:

@ dennis thanks for the info dennis, but i read in allisons post up at the top it also depends on the claim date. she had 3 different sets of tiers and claim dates..may 2012…..then june-aug……then sept-dec…underneath those 3 columns were sets of tiers..depending on wich cliam date was your initial claim from my understanding is what you qualified for…as for the dol site i dont know understand how oklahoma is blank across the board. thanks again dennis

January 4, 2013 at 8:42 am
(1424) Aaron Sedelmeter says:


Yes, I live in Florida and I was finally able to speak to someone this morning.

Here are the facts:

I am on Tier III and I will be able to finish the remainder of this balance. That is set in stone. Not much left, but still helps nonetheless.

There is no more Tier IV or EB as you might already now.

Also, I will be re-screened for a new claim at the end of Tier III, but she told me that I will not be eligible based on my income, as it was a few thousand dollars short of what is needed for the base period which runs from Oct 2011 to Sept 2012. That is a real bummer, as I went back to work but didn’t make enough to qualify for a new claim, but at least I know what to expect.

I work in the IT field, and work is hard to come by here in Tampa. So, perhaps I will be working at Sam’s soon, that is if they are hiring.

Good luck with your situation!

January 4, 2013 at 8:46 am
(1425) willie says:

@ dennis
oklahoma doesnt have anything on them pages…what does that mean?

January 4, 2013 at 8:55 am
(1426) Florida says:

@1423 Aaron appreciate your information. I am sorry about your situation.

When is your next date for claiming your weeks? Do you claim on Monday’s? Have you gone to see if the main screen has changed to give you your new date to claim your weeks?

Thank you.

January 4, 2013 at 9:14 am
(1427) Aaron Sedelmeter says:

@1426 Florida,

Thank you for your kind words, and I am hoping and praying that we can ALL find jobs, that is the whole point we are struggling..

but to answer your question, no my date has not updated on the page, it still reads 1/1/2013, however she told me that it appears that the next date will be 1/15/2013, because it will be for week ending 01/05/13 and week ending 01/12/13, which would put the next date at Tuesday 1/15/13 to file claim.

It might not be the same for you, but if your last claim date was 1/1/13, then it will most likely be the same.

I hope this helps and good luck with your situation as well!

January 4, 2013 at 9:25 am
(1428) Florida says:

@1427 Aaron Thank you for sharing. Just trying to figure this thing out.

I was told on the page to file December 31 for one week. I still have a balance showing for my First Tier as well. So I know I am not done with my First Tier.

My page has not been updated and reads still the following:

“The next date to claim your weeks is 12/31/2012.”

Which already has expired and I have already claimed.

Did you always file on Tuesdays Aaron?

Thank you.

January 4, 2013 at 9:39 am
(1429) Greg says:

I can not sign into the NJ DOL website, it keeps telling me my sign in is incorrect, my original 26 weeks of unemployment expired, i just went to the Unemployment office and the lady told me that the additional benefits will automatically be added to my account…Anyone else having problems accessing NJ DOL?

January 4, 2013 at 9:52 am
(1430) Greg says:

The NJ DOL website finally let me sign in…but i guess my only question would be: When i originally filed my claim on 7/1/12 they told me i was able to collect 99 wks of benefits…i understand that now its 74 wks not 99…i exhausted my original 26 weeks of benefits so my benefits balance is 0$…will my tier 1 benefits automatically go into my benefits balance on sunday when i claim? like i said i went to unemployment and they told me if im eligible for more benefits they will post to my balance…any input would be appreciated

January 4, 2013 at 10:16 am
(1431) Maryland Lady says:

For Willie & Diana,

I ended regular unemployment on 8/28/12 for w/e 9/1/12 according to the U.S dept of Labor Program letter NO 04-10 change 9 dated 03/5/12 to all state workforce agencies because my EUC start date which is supposed to be the same day as your regular state eligibility runs out I should have gotten 20 weeks for tier 1 and 14 for tier 2 then 9 for tier 3. I was given 14,14 & 9. They are now taking those 9 away as our state has dropped below 7 % now. So even though I qualified for Tier 3 in October I no longer so and therefore it will be reduced from my available balance after 1/5/12.

Also per my state it does not matter what week or tier I was in or supposed to be in per this chart.


We only get what it states. So even if I were still in tier 1 I would only get the remainder up to 28 weeks. This means 11 more weeks for me and that will be it for a total of 54 weeks of benefits including the 26 I rec’d from state benefits. So even if I appealed the twenty weeks for Tier 1 it would not matter or change that I can receive a max of 28 weeks EUC. This can only change if MD unemployment skyrockets the next few months and Tier 3 is brought back. As it stands now they are paying the remainder of what you have left of tier 1&2 up to a maximum of 28, no more than 9 additional for those who have moved from Tier 2 to 3 by 1/5/13 and a maximum of 6 weeks for Tier 4 if you entered it prior to 1/5/13.

I was told this is the way it will work for all states and that no one is grandfathered anymore after whatever tier you are in on 1/5. This is going to really stink for a lot of folks who like me thought we would get the remainder of what is in our accounts.

January 4, 2013 at 10:40 am
(1432) Misty says:

Im in NC DEC 29th was my last payment for weekly benefits. My EUC year is up in Aug. When checking online It said Benefits Exhausted under claim status . Has anyone else had this problem?

January 4, 2013 at 11:09 am
(1433) g niz says:

If u wer collecting the previous year till 12-29-12 do you have to call and renew or does it automatically. Continue into 2013 so u can continue claiming weekly? Thank you if answered

January 4, 2013 at 11:46 am
(1434) Ashley says:


I am trying to claim from NJ as well. If you go to comment 1400 that is my story. I am actually living in Texas now but because my husband is in the military and we were relocated, I am able to claim from NJ because I had to quit my job to move. I was having the same trouble signing in this morning but now I am able, not that it is helping anyway. I tried calling since obviously I can’t go to the office, and the wait time is over 3 hours and it keeps ending my call. I have not been able to claim since the 22nd so I am hoping that if I am eligible, which I don’t understand why I wouldn’t be since I received a letter in the mail saying I am eligible for EUC, that I will get paid for the weeks I was unable to claim.

January 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm
(1435) willie says:

@ maryland lady
Thanks for the info…i file my last claim this sunday wich is a partial check for tier 1 here in oklahoma, and our state is 5.2%… to boot i just got out of the local unemployment office in oklahoma here and they have absolutely no answers..they just said check back next wensday…confused

January 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm
(1436) jim says:

@greg after i went thru my 26 weeks the tier 1 euc posted to my account the next day so if you are eligible then you should see something in a day or so

January 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm
(1437) Dennis says:

There is to many people that have no intention of finding a job, for various reasons. Whatever happened to the concept that you have to be actively looking for a job. I personally know two people in my family that are drawing benefits, with no intention of finding a job. My sister is retired, but will continue bleeding the system until the benefits end. My niece is drawing benefits to subsidize her staying at home with her daughter. I am ashamed of their actions, this money could be going to someone who is in true need.

January 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm
(1438) Mike says:

@(1417) Florida

No Balance, I don’t know what to do now I’m at a lost.

January 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm
(1439) jeff says:

Wow dennis,im sure it is people like that..but also its people that are tring..I been working 13 years straight and i lost my job.Its been hard finding jobs..Then when u find jobs you not quailified,,I been drawing benefits 8 months and trust me its been hard,,,before the 13 years i worked other job,8 years straight..If anything they should look at people work history…..

January 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm
(1440) Florida says:

@1438 Mike…. I am sorry that you are having difficulties.

Were you on Tiers or regular benefits? And you know for certain you have a balance even though it does not show it?

It seems that DEO has not updated their claims page for entering your weeks.

Out of curiousity what day do you claim your weeks on?

January 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm
(1441) Part of the 2 million says:

@ Aaron

Thanks for the update. Will your tier III benefits be paid to you next week? I’m on tieir I, and I still have a few weeks left. I was wondering will I receive payment next week as usual or will there be a delay in payment. Money is tight and I have to budget. I really need that money next week.

January 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm
(1442) It's Time says:

Extended Benefits (EB) remains in place, but is only available during times of high unemployment.

This is the biggest joke I have ever heard, and it’s not even funny. 3 years ago 9% was considered high unemployment and you were able to collect EB. Now 9% is considered normal. WTF!!

January 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm
(1443) chloe says:

I’ve been on hold to OKlahoma for over 4 hours yesterday and they cut u off at 3 pm, today I’m still on hold since 8 am this morning, please help me! Did EUC pass if you used the 26 weeks already?

January 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm
(1444) It's Time says:

Yes it did Chloe, when did your 26 weeks end and did you start any tiers yet.

January 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm
(1445) willie says:

@ chloe
yes euc passed and you should get tier 1….

January 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm
(1446) chloe says:

Still no answers been on hold for over 4 hours and they cut u off at 3pm, I need help with OKLAHOMA!! Did they exten euc? I already did the 26 weeks.

January 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm
(1447) Part of the 2 million says:

@ Dennis

I understand your frustration with your family, but truth be told even if they were looking for a job they probably wouldn’t be able to find one. I wonder if i will be able to eat and have a place to live. I’m happy for anyone who is able to provide for their family because the money they offer on UE is not enough to survive. I still have to ask for help from my family and friends. I can’t afford gas. I barely leave my house.

January 4, 2013 at 1:19 pm
(1448) willie says:

@ its time
tier 2 oklahoma anyone?

January 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm
(1449) chloe says:

1444 It’s time: I used tier 1 but had a balance and it ended 29dec

January 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm
(1450) chloe says:

Does anyone know if you had a balance on your euc and it expired 29dec will they extend for OKLAHOMA? I’ve been on hold for 5 hours!!

January 4, 2013 at 1:29 pm
(1451) It's Time says:

Yes you will restart again in Tier 1 and collect the remaining balance. As for moving forward to another tier. I don’t no the answer to that.

If your are in any tier you will continue That tier to funds are gone. I am in NJ and am in Tier 4 So I will cont to those funds are gone.

They just made it more confusing. It looks like there will be no more tiers anymore.

January 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm
(1452) willie says:

sooooooooooooooo…where does the initial claim date fall in allison types about?…sounds like some people may be eligeable for more tiers regardless of state %…like grandfathering in before tur triggers hit??? help anyone..

January 4, 2013 at 1:39 pm
(1453) Florida says:

@1450 Chole, I am in the same boat. Even though I am not in your state, I had a balance on my Tier 1 when mine expired on 12/31/12. Florida has not updated their claims page let alone tell you when and if. It still shows my balance but has not updated the next time I can claim.

January 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm
(1454) Aaron Sedelmeter says:

@Florida – Yes I have always claimed my weeks on Tuesday, or I should say that is usually when I can start claiming them, every other Tuesday to be precise. Which is why mine would be 1/15, I last claimed on 1/1

Since you are on Tier I, you will be able to move into Tier II and into Tier III from what I gather on the site, so you should fine. But there is no more Tier IV…unfortunately. :(

But hopefully, we find work in the mean time! Best of luck to you!

January 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm
(1455) It's Time says:

From NJ web site

The legislation does not change the number of weeks of benefits available under the EUC program. It allows the EUC program to continue the same as before.

The law maintains the restructured benefit tiers enacted under last February’s benefit extension which reduced the maximum number of weeks of benefits to 73. (I don’t know why they don’t show chart here)

The continuation of EUC offers a maximum of 47 additional weeks of unemployment insurance to people who exhaust New Jersey’s 26 weeks of regular unemployment insurance benefits.

Individuals collecting EUC benefits should continue to certify for benefits.

So the most you can get on unemployment Is 73 weeks total. Less for states that have lower unemployment rate. That is we’re the chart comes in from last year. So you need to know how many week you have collected. And you need to know the unemployment rate of your state to figure out how many weeks you can collect.

January 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm
(1456) Stephen says:

While i understand the plight of people on UIB, if you voted for Obama to get extended UIB you may have made a mistake in the long run. While this administration has spent more than any other administration on entitlements/benefits it has a affect on jobs. The tax hikes on business and general lack of growth in this country will continue under this administration. There will not be enough jobs to go around and there will be very few jobs created. The entire population is paying more for our daily needs, the big lie is tax cuts for the middle class. While we may not have specific taxes put on us, the actions of this administration will and have caused a stagnation in our economy. No jobs means less revenue, means those who pay, pay more and have less to stimulate the economy. It is a vicious circle that must be broken or you will remain on benefits the rest of your life. It may have been counter intuitive but it would have been better to suffer for a short time, to get a job eventually. Now the only choice is to suffer…I know this is too late to help anyone, but it is what we have done to ourselves. Unfortunately we are stuck for 4 more years.

January 4, 2013 at 2:25 pm
(1457) Greg says:

@ Ashley
I just went to the unemployment office today, they told me that the state hasnt released the funds yet for the Unemployment extension, and she wasnt sure when they were going to…she told me that hopefully by the time i file (sunday) the extra benefits will be in my account

January 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm
(1458) Greg says:

My inital claim ended 12-29-12 i was able to claim my last weeks benefits on the 29th…I am still waiting for the extension to kick in on my account but my balance is still showing 0$…According to the NJ DOL site I should be able to claim on 1-6-13, and the person at unemployment said that my extended funds should be in there sunday so i can claim…has anybody else experienced the same situation as i? Im a single father of a 3y/o so unfortunately for now i have to depend on the extended benefits..

January 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm
(1459) Maryland Lady says:

When you call the unemployment line here in MD it tells you that if you are supposed to file for w/e 12/29/12 & 1/5/13 that you will only be able to file for 12/29/12 then next week we will be able to file for weeks ending 1/5/13 & 1/12/13. This is my regular filing schedule anyway but it may be indicating that they wont have the federal funds released to the states to pay claims until them. Here in MD we file for two weeks at a time.

January 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm
(1460) Billy says:

I’m going to say again: I think it is ridiculous that the amount of weeks available are different from state to state with the EUC program. I am in Ohio. Supposedly the % here has fallen to 6.8. So, people in tier three already can finish, but nobody can start tier three, and we have lost tier four. Since this is a FEDERAL program, I don’t think it is fair at all that an unemployed person in one state can get four tiers and one from a different state can only get two. If one is unemployed and cannot find work, it doesn’t matter if the state % is 5% or 20%. It is a FEDERAL program, therefore the tiers should be the same for everyone in every state. I have no problem with the states’ EB programs being different from one state to another, but a person from one state getting benefits denied someone in a different state from a FEDERAL program is just wrong.

January 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm
(1461) Mark says:

I too am from NJ and exhuasted my tier 3 claim on 12/29/12. When I claimed on 12/30/12 it said my benefits have been exhausted. I had a zero balance. That was before it was extended by Congress. According to the website and from what I am understanding by all the comments here, On Sunday 1/6/13, we should be able to claim our benefits, I am starting tier 4, an extra 6 weeks, so I am hoping that everything is fixed and ready to go. Because if not I am loosing my car, my apartment and won’t be eating until I can find a job. NJuifile takes time to update claim information so I am being optimistic that we will all see our balances back in the system by Sunday the 6th, provided that we are still eligible for the tiers and we have not exhausted the maximum number of weeks.

January 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm
(1462) It's Time says:

Mark, Tier 4 is 10 weeks Plus if you claimed 12/30/12 your next claim should be on 1/13/13 . We file bi- weekly in NJ.

January 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm
(1463) PA says:

I’m in PA and I spoke to Unemployment about being eligible for an extension. I still have 4 weeks left on my original claim. I was told I was able to get an extension, but they said for only 20 weeks. Why am I only eligible for 20? I thought the extensions were passed for a year? Anyone who knows please let me know. Thanks and have a happy new year.

January 4, 2013 at 3:48 pm
(1464) Greg says:

@ Its time…You can claim your benefits every week in NJ…and the 1st tier of extensions is 20wks…after that i think its 14wks as long as the unemployment rate in NJ is over 7%…and To mark i hope your correct, i hate having to wait until sunday morning to see if the extended benefits are in there…but what other option do we have ya know

January 4, 2013 at 3:49 pm
(1465) Mark says:

@1462, i have been claiming since sept 2011 every week, not bi-weekly, i have never had a problem claiming every week, and its 10 weeks not 6 weeks??? I am extremely confused now

January 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm
(1466) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

The emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) benefits were extended for a year, however it is the expiration date that was extended for a year not the weeks of benefits you can collect.

There are four tiers of benefits. Tiers 2 – 4 are based on the state unemployment rate which has to be above a certain percentage for those benefits to be available.

Here’s more information:

January 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm
(1467) It's Time says:

Greg, These are the tiers for every state.

Tier 1: 14 weeks
Tier 2: 14 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 6% or higher
Tier 3: 9 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 7% or higher
Tier 4: 10 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 9% or higher

January 4, 2013 at 4:01 pm
(1468) It's Time says:

Mark, good for you on every week. But next time you claim look at the tab you click to file it says Bi-Weekly. I have never tried every week. Do you do by phone?

These are the tiers again.They took effect sept of 2012. Early in the year tier 1 was 20 weeks and tier 4 was 6 weeks. But they changed in sept.

Tier 1: 14 weeks
Tier 2: 14 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 6% or higher
Tier 3: 9 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 7% or higher
Tier 4: 10 weeks if the state unemployment rate is 9% or higher

January 4, 2013 at 4:17 pm
(1469) It's Time says:

This is the trigger report for each state to let you see what states are on or off for tiers 2-4. I hope it copies. It is from week ending 12/30/12


January 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm
(1470) unemployed says:

I think tier 4 is only 6 weeks thats what it says on the web site for NJ

January 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm
(1471) David Turtle says:

Just want to make sure I understand. I was laid off in Nov. 2011 in NJ. Is my tier structure dfferent than what is shown now? I think it is-starting changing in early 2012. Is this what you mean by “depends on your date of claim”? If so, what is it? Thanks for your help and all of your great updates during this whole thing!

January 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm
(1472) It's Time says:

Here is the numbers of the unemployement rate for New Jersey for the past 5 years. It was taken in the last week of December for each year.

2008 = 6%
2009 = 9.7%
2010 = 9.3%
2011 = 9.1%
2012 = 9.7%

Does anyone see any improvements with these numbers. We are screwed.

So you look at the three year look back for EB – 3 years ago we were at 9.7% and had EB now we are at 9.7% with no EB. That is no improvement at all. But for the goverment its a big improvement :)

January 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm
(1473) It's Time says:
January 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm
(1474) willie says:

@ alison doyle
Please Note: Depending on the date you were laid-off, you may be covered under a different tier structure.

if my initial claim date was may 15 2012 would i qualify under a different tier structure as stated above that you said?

trigger for oklahoma didnt come till june 15 2012.. thanks for your help..

January 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm
(1475) It's Time says:

Also notice on the chart it does not say you need to be over a % number to receive that tier. Is that a mistake ?


January 4, 2013 at 4:45 pm
(1476) willie says:

@ its time

do you know why oklahoma line is blank all the way across that trigger report?

January 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm
(1477) It's Time says:

Willie, yes it means that Oklahoma only qualified for tier 1 and Unemployment was to low in your state to qualify for tiers 2-4

The next trigger in 2013 first week report will be the big one to see if they did away with percentage # for each state. If % number is still active you could only finish off your tier 1 only.

January 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm
(1478) Jenna says:

How many people are sitting in congress representing New Jersey 2012?

January 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm
(1479) HELLO WORLD! says:

How many people are sitting in congress representing New Jersey 2012?

January 4, 2013 at 5:04 pm
(1480) It's Time says:

Hello World, its hard to say do you count Governor Chris Christie as 3 or 4 people.

January 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm
(1481) unemployed says:

does anyone no if there will be EB again

January 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm
(1482) willie says:

@ its time

then why would alison claim some fall under different tier structures pending on your layoff date? thanks for the info……..lmao @ chris christie…2 or 3!

January 4, 2013 at 5:16 pm
(1483) It's Time says:

Info is still coming in of what the new extension means. So it is very hard to answer question. We still dont know 100% what it means. Each web-site has different info. It will all become clear within a week or 2 for everyone to get on the same page.

January 4, 2013 at 5:29 pm
(1484) It's Time says:


If you were collecting last year 2012 in Feb to May 6 you were still a 99er but May 13 to May 20 it fell to 89 weeks. Then May 27 to Aug 26 it fell to 79 weeks. Then Sept 2 to Dec of 2013 it is at 73 weeks max.

See chart from CA


I fell into the 89 week max. In CA I dont see them talking about you need to be above a certain % to qualify for Tier 2-4. So maybe they lifted that rule and you will be able to collect all tiers 73 weeks.

January 4, 2013 at 5:32 pm
(1485) Maryland Lady says:

I for one am very interested to see how this will work out for people already on EUC in the next couple of weeks. here in Maryland they have it set up now that it appears that they are trying to get the long term unemployed out of the system as fast as they can so that within the next 9 weeks they will only be left with those in Tiers 1&2 no matter what your tier length was at the time you started EUC. I have been told this is wrong/ illegal for the state to do per the Unemployment Insurance Program Letter NO.04-10 Change 9 dated March 5, 2012. This update and many others are available on the United States Department of Labor Website. Pretty sad when your own state wont follow the federal laws.


From MD website
If, with your payment for the claim week ending January 5, 2013, you have received: You will be eligible for the total number of weeks of benefits:
1-27 weeks of EUC benefits 28 weeks of EUC benefits
28-36 weeks of EUC benefits 37 weeks of EUC benefits
37-42 weeks of EUC benefits 43 weeks of EUC benefits

January 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm
(1486) Fran says:

There is nothing “new” in what the extension says. Its all the same except for when the program will end again.

January 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm
(1487) JimmyH says:

Billy (Comment 1460)…You are 100% correct…Ohio is 6.8% no Tier 3 but another state is 7.0 and they get 9 additional weeks. You know those %’s are not an exact number anyways…just more people in Ohio couldn’t find a job and can’t file anymore b/c they ran out of weeks.

January 4, 2013 at 5:41 pm
(1488) jeff says:

This is what NJ Dept of Labor web site is saying regarding EB:

“Please note that the Extended Benefits (EB) program ended in New Jersey. At this time, we do not expect the EB program to return. EB is only available when the Total Unemployment Rate is as least 110% of the average for any or all of the corresponding three-month periods ending in the three preceding calendar years. Our unemployment rate does not meet these requirements.”.

What a joke!!! NJ unemployment rate is the one of the highest in NJ and have been over 9% steady for the past couple of years, and as of now is 9.6%!!!, and with hurricane Sandy and everything its’ even higher, They still didn’t publish the NJ unemployment rate for December! We have to contact our senators and let them know that we got Screwed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm
(1489) Michele says:

What is so ridiculous about this so called “extension” is states like New York which have an 8.6 percent unemployment rate no longer have a Tier IV or EB benefits. Unemployment checks will be for 63 weeks which is down from the prior 73 weeks.

January 4, 2013 at 5:44 pm
(1490) It's Time says:

Some one show me a document that has the Tier 2 needs to be above 6% and Tier 3 needs to be above 7% and Tier 4 above 9%.

And it has to be for 2013.

I see plenty of docs that say it for 2012 but none for 2013. So the one for 2012 will not hold up in a court of law because it ends 12/29/12.

January 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm
(1491) It's Time says:

It could also be they dont need to show the % because the triggers are already in effect.

January 4, 2013 at 5:50 pm
(1492) JimmyH says:

On TV, you keep hearing about the 2 Million unemployed people that can’t afford for the US to go over the cliff…but 1 million of us are going over the cliff in the next 3 to 8 weeks.

January 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm
(1493) jen says:

Question when you move from state to tier 1 does you amount you get each week go down?

January 4, 2013 at 6:04 pm
(1494) Jeff says:

“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.” – From Alison’s Front Page…

The Nations’ unemployment rate is 8.7%, NJ – 9.6%.
Doesn’t it make NJ qualify for EB?!!!!

January 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm
(1495) eric says:

Wondering same thing. When your on State benefits and they are exhausted and you switch to federal tiers does the amount you get each week change? Can anyone who has been through state and onto federal answer this?

January 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm
(1496) Sam says:

8.7 times 110% = 9.57….. NJ = 9.6 %. That seems over the percentage required to qualify to restart EB – unless I did something wrong ?

January 4, 2013 at 6:56 pm
(1497) Maryland Lady says:

@ Eric

Mine did not change as of yet and I am now considered to be in Tier 2. I was told that I would be receiving a card in February though when my Benefit Year Ends to reapply. Since I have no working wages from April through Sept. of 2012. I was told my benefit will be reduced then. From other sites I have been told it will not go down since I have not worked and once my reapplication is denied I will revert to my old EUC rate for the remainder of my benefits which should be no more than 4 weeks. I will not know until this happens and with the way my state handles things who only knows what I may end up with at that point.

January 4, 2013 at 6:58 pm
(1498) It's Time says:

The rate stays the same for each week.

Jeff, see my post 1472 It shows the EB 3 year look back.

January 4, 2013 at 7:04 pm
(1499) Sam says:

Oops.. I did do something wrong. The average over the past 3 years in Nj was 9.36. According to the website, NJ needs 110% of that average to retrigger EB. That number would be 10.296 % unemployment figure.

January 4, 2013 at 7:27 pm
(1500) CHLOE says:

I was on hold for more than 5 hours today and they cut u off at 3pm so didnt get to talk to anyone about extension in OKLAHOMA.

FLORIDA, thanks for the info, I cant believe Oklahoma only has just 1 tier, sad cause this is one of the poorest states and jobs are so hard to ind here! I dont get it??

January 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm
(1501) willie says:

@ its time says

i havent seen that “official document ” document either for 2013..just read alot of charts and websites…my unemployment office didnt even know anything..guess i will find out this sunday when i apply for my last payment , and it will be a partial payment..last of my tier 1…i just want to know if im eligeable for tier 2 ..since im in oklahoma……thanks for the great info its time….

January 4, 2013 at 7:51 pm
(1502) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

I read the actual bill and it doesn’t specify any of the details because nothing changed other than the end date. It simply says that the expiration date is changed to December 31, 2013. Here it is, if anyone wants to take a look:

(searching for “unemployment” is the easiest way to find the information – it’s sections 501 (EUC) and 502 (EB)

January 4, 2013 at 7:39 pm
(1503) Redd says:

My Tier 3 benefit ended on Thanksgiving week this past year and I’m done. In order to continue on to Tier 4 the state unemployment rate would have to be at least 9%. But in Illinois it was 8.8% in November so I’m sorry-out-of-luck. Indeed a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and the prospect of a new year. I’m glad for you all who can continue to receive but they have left the rest of us literally out in the cold. No wonder the unemployment rate keeps dropping everywhere! After we get cut off from benefits we are no longer counted and it gives the misleading impression that the job situation is improving.
I urge all of you who have nothing left to receive to apply for SNAP, LIHEAP, go to food pantries and seek mortgage assistance! Remember, no one is completely self-sufficient and you can always ‘pay it back’ in the future when your personal finances improve. Best wishes.

January 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm
(1504) willie says:


are you sure oklahoma has only 1 tier??

January 4, 2013 at 7:58 pm
(1505) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Here’s the Oklahoma information for Tiers 2 and 3:

Are Tier 2 EUC Benefits available in Oklahoma at this time?
No new Tier 2 benefits can be established with an effective date later than 6-24-12.
In order to be eligible for Tier 2 benefits, you must have exhausted Tier 1 benefits no later than week ending June 23, 2012. The three month average, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Oklahoma has fallen below 6%.

What if I have already established a Tier 2 claim before June 23rd 2012?
If you have already established a Tier 2 claim before June 23rd you will be eligible to receive those Tier 2 benefits until they exhaust.

Are Tier 3 EUC benefits available in Oklahoma at this time?
No new Tier 3 benefits can be established with an effective date later than 5-13-12.
In order to be eligible for Tier 3 benefits, you must have exhausted Tier 2 benefits no later than week ending May 12, 2012. The three month average, seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Oklahoma has fallen below 6%.

What if I have already established a Tier 3 claim before May 12, 2012?
If you have already established a Tier 3 claim before May 12, 2012 you will be eligible to receive those Tier 3 benefits until they exhaust.

January 4, 2013 at 7:58 pm
(1506) willie says:

@ alison doyle

then how do we know wich structure of tiers we fall in? claim date?

if so then those of us who started on or before may 15 2012 do not have a trigger % for tier 2 ??

January 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm
(1507) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

@Willie – the only way to tell for certain is to check the information on your state unemployment websites, when it’s updated. Each state is going to be different other than for Tier 1 because of the state unemployment rate trigger for Tiers 2 – 4. Most states have a chart or list with dates. I believe it’s based on when you filed your claim/extension. Where are you located?

January 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm
(1508) HawkSFCA says:

I am collecting in Tier one in CA and my last payment was on 12/26/2012 with remaining balance of over 4K. I claimed the last week of 12/12 but still havnt recieved the payment. Does anyone know when shold I expect o recieve that payment? I sent my cliam form on Monday 12/31/2012. Please help.

January 4, 2013 at 8:07 pm
(1509) willie says:

@ alison doyle

ok, thank you..i have that i was just confused on the post you had written with the 3 different sets of tier structures pending on the initial claim date..it almost sounded like you could grandfather the tier 2 if your claim date was may 15 2012 or before…for the 6% tur trigger

January 4, 2013 at 8:10 pm
(1510) willie says:

@ alison doyle


January 4, 2013 at 8:20 pm
(1511) MAYO CALDWELL says:


January 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm
(1512) JnJ56 says:

Based on the information you provided (initial claim date of May 15, 2012) your state unemployment benefit of 26 weeks would have run out some time in mid-November. At that time you would have started Tier 1, which allowed for 14 weeks of extended benefits taking you through mid-February 2013. From my understanding (someone please correct me if I’m wrong), in order for OK to receive Tier 2 benefits, the unemployment rate must be above 6% at that time. The current unemployment rate for OK is 5.2%, ranked 7th lowest behind (Nov 2012 – US Bureau of Labor and Statistic)
North Dakota 3.1%
Nebraska. 3.7%
South Dakota 4.4%
Iowa. 4.9%
Utah 5.1%
Wyoming 5.1%

January 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm
(1513) willie says:

@ jnj56
that is correct….but my last payment on tier one is this sunday

January 4, 2013 at 10:38 pm
(1514) Roy says:

I’m exhausted, dont know where to turn next been out of work since feb12 have had interviews and call backs no job though. I have exhausted all funds unemployment and savings. Flat broke. no job insight and i giving up. They did not even add more money to help the long term unemployed. I am out looking everyday now I cant. no gas money, dont live where there is public trans but that may change if i cant pay my mortgage. TEXAS.

January 4, 2013 at 11:14 pm
(1515) Maryland Lady says:


How can you have exhausted all unemployment and EUC. How many weeks of state unemployment did you get? When did you start EUC and how many weeks of that did you get? Per your states unemployment rate you should also get Tier 2 so you should have at least 8 weeks left if you get 26 weeks of state before EUC.

January 4, 2013 at 11:16 pm
(1516) TraciG says:

For those who asked if your payment amount drops when changing to tiers, mine didn’t. My 26 weeks ended on the 29th, I finally spoke to someone yesterday in Oregon, and she started me on tier 1and told me it was 14 weeks. I asked if my weekly amount would be less and she said no. When I checked my account online this morning, it had the new money in it, which I divided by 14 , and it was the same as I have been receiving. So, I thought my worries were over, but then I check the mail and it has a letter dated Jan. 2nd, telling me I am not eligible for further benefits??? The letter was sent prior to her signing me up for tier 1, so I am hoping and praying it was just a mix up. Also, I don’t think the system would have allowed her to submit it if I wasn’t eligible. I didn’t have the willpower to sit on the phone again today, and since my account was updated, I am somewhat reassured. I feel blessed that I am able to get more assistance, and will continue praying for those of you still worrying and struggling.

January 4, 2013 at 11:23 pm
(1517) Maryland Lady says:

Good for you TraciG

Looking at your states unemployment stats you should get tiers 1-3 at least giving you 37 weeks. Hopefully you wont need it all but its nice to know it is available to you.


January 4, 2013 at 11:38 pm
(1518) jim says:

@traci maybe the letter was sent before the bill was passed and if it wasnt passed then you wouldn’t have been able to recieve more benefits

January 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm
(1519) Mike says:

My tier 2 ran out on Dec 3 at the time there was no more tier 3. If this new extension includes tier 3 in my state MA should I be eligible for tier 3?

January 4, 2013 at 11:52 pm
(1520) Sam says:
January 4, 2013 at 11:59 pm
(1521) It's Time says:

Sam, are you sure. The map says they are numbers for October 2012?

January 4, 2013 at 11:59 pm
(1522) Greg says:

@ Traci
I went to the NJ unemployment office today and i told them i wanted to extend my benefits because like you, my original 26 weeks of benefits ended the 29th, I was told that i couldnt do it at the time, that since i last claimed on the 29th, and received my benefits on the 30th of december that i couldn’t do anything today because I had just claimed on the 30th, and I inquired about the extended unemployment benefits (which for me would be tier 1) and she told me that she couldnt do it because the funds in New Jersey havent been released yet, and that I had to wait until whenever my claim date was (Which will be this Sunday, but as of right now Friday @ midnight my balance is 0) Im glad you got yours resolved over the phone, I guess i just dont understand why mine couldnt be, maybe Oregon Unemployment released their funds already and New Jersey hasnt? If anybody in NJ has had their updated benefits updated to their account, I would like to know, but if im in a group with all the other NJ Unemployment people, i guess id feel a little bit more comfortable knowing that my funds will be in there to claim on Sunday

January 5, 2013 at 12:00 am
(1523) Maryland Lady says:

Sorry Mike

Your state has to be above 7% to get Tier 3 you max out at Tier 2.


January 5, 2013 at 12:24 am
(1524) willie says:

so we are atl the very least guaranteed 26 wks of state and 14 wks of tier 1 ? if my claim started may 13 2012 i wander why my last partial claim is this sunday?

January 5, 2013 at 1:19 am
(1525) The other Dennis says:

@ Willie.. Sounds like you still have 6 or 7 weeks left,so since all payments ended ,they are just waiting for the federal approval to continue paying your balance.It has taken some states weeks to update their payments in previous extensions.But part of the ARRA act required the states to upgrade their computers in order for the states to get the fed money to pay their claims.The only other way that you may not be owed the 14 weeks of tier 1 is if you had a previous claim,prior to may 13 and you have allready used part of your tier 1.If you didn’t use them in a prior claim then you will probably see an update when you claim on Sunday.

January 5, 2013 at 1:26 am
(1526) JnJ56 says:

If your initial claim was in mid-May, you should have some weeks left. I checked Oklahoma’s website (https://unemployment.state.ok.us/) and they state:
“For assistance with your EUC claim please contact the UI Service Center Wednesday through Friday only. This will help eliminate extremely long hold times.”

You may want to try the link they have there that allows you to respond to an eligibility assessment letter.

January 5, 2013 at 1:28 am
(1527) jen says:

@ greg I had the same thing happen to me I was like WHAT? i guess we just wait and see

January 5, 2013 at 1:37 am
(1528) willie says:

thanks for the helpful info….all i know is that the there is a balance left for me to claim this sunday, wich will be a partial payment because of the balance….but since i filed may 13 2012 the 26 week state and 14 week euc tier 1 i should have some weeks left..but i do not

January 5, 2013 at 3:10 am
(1529) CHLOE says:

@ Willie…yeah I’m in OKLAHOMA…never got thru by phone to see if my balance from tier 1 was available.

January 5, 2013 at 3:58 am
(1530) Diana says:

All I can say to the many people above me in this thread who are sharing the same turmoil I am in is perhaps we can do something TOGETHER… perhaps we can petition for “more tiers”, for more help from our government! Why on earth should those of us who have been unemployed the longest be shut out of our unemployment benefits based on 2012′s statistics, what ever they may be. The fact is we are still “UNEMPLOYED”! I am very disappointed that Congress wouldn’t extend ALL benefits for the entire year for ALL OF US! I never thought in a million years I would be homeless. Where will we all go? What will happen to “the middle class”… college educated middle class… aged “50 and above”??? I ask you President O’Bama… what now??

January 5, 2013 at 4:30 am
(1531) willie says:

@ chloe
you will get the remainder of your tier 1, as i will.. there is no triggers for that one

January 5, 2013 at 4:44 am
(1532) TraciG says:

@Greg Sorry NJ is being so difficult! I don’t understand why it has to be so complicated, and when you don’t understand, you feel like you’re getting screwed somehow. I file weekly, and usually on Sundays, so this Sunday will be the true test! I was told I would receive an appt. time to come into the work source center and make sure I am doing al that I can to find a job. The letter I received was dated the 2nd, yet on the 3rd I have been put into my first tier. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching,and the schools around here have even stopped accepting substitutes because they have too many. I taught at a private Christian school, and because of the economy, people could no longer afford tuition andte 30 year old school had to close. I love my career, and want nothing more than to be in a classroom working with kids, but there is nothing.

As for the long term unemployedand those who are “older”, I don’t know what the answer is. There are so many people abusing the system and it is taking away from those who really need . Obviously they can’t just extend everything and add tiers, because we can’t afford it. And there has to be some motivation for people to find a job. If people could continually file, then what is the incentive for those that abuse system? The entire system needs to be overhauled, but what are the chances of that happening?!?! I am blessed to not only have a working spouse, but to be getting more weeks. I will continue to pray for the rest of you!

January 5, 2013 at 8:18 am
(1533) lisa says:

When the new federal extension came back I thought i was safe
Well I’m not i exhausted all my benefits on 12/29/12 and i have been applying for job after job in the past year.not even a call i know from my previous employer of 8 years that most companies are looking for people in the younger generation under 40 and bilingual well I have neither one. Now what do i do. No money no job. Guess its time to go to another country

January 5, 2013 at 11:16 am
(1534) Done ? says:

Hi eveyone, I’ve been reading these posts for a week.I live in fl . My initial claim was 4/2012. I checked DEO and it said I have zero balance also said regular reemployment. Don’t understand about these tiers never was told I was on any tier. Does this mean I am done ? Please help any body from the sunshine state that’s not to sunny.

January 5, 2013 at 11:43 am
(1535) Florida says:

@Done ? This whole thing is so confusing. I filed in May of 2012 and am just finishing my First Tier before all was shut down on December 29th. You should be at least Tier II.

What was the last date you put your claim in? Does the DEO tell you your next claim date in January?

My DEO has not been updated either. But shows a balance. So who knows?

January 5, 2013 at 11:48 am
(1536) Cory says:


I am in a same situation just like yours. My original claim date is 7/1/12 and exhausted my regular state benefits as of 12/29/12. As per information I got from NJDOL, the extension details have yet to be ironed out and made official which means there will be a lag period before we receive our next benefit (Tier 1). So, I do not expect to be able to claim online tomorrow. And I was also told that I would be sent a notification confirming my extension and it’s amount. I have not received any kind of notification either regular mail or e-mail. As I have just checked the ” Claim Inquiry” through NJDOL, the extended benefits show “0″ balance. I think we have just to wait and see…

January 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm
(1537) Michael says:

Greg and nj residents….i got off the phone and since funds havent been released theres.nothing nj can do,right now…how,is it other states are approved already and were stuck twiddling our thumbs…im screwed without the ui my rent is due and my landlird is.jot a.nice person. I will,be another.homeless veteran yet again bc of,unemployment mix ups…why say its apprved when in,all actuality it hasnt been yet…i thought id be ok but who,knows.i,havent eaten in three days but congress dont care they all,get their checks…i can only pray they release the funds to nj today or tommorrow or im,back,to,the streets…i served have ptsd cant get help,from,the va unemployment has jo,idea whats goi ng on why has some states funds.been released and some havent? I pray they release the funds

January 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm
(1538) Done ? says:

Don’t know . My last claim was 1/1/2013 , justed finished I guess was tier 1 who knows. Now it says I have a balance of zero. Don’t know if I will be getting tier 2.I recieved 115.00 $ for my last payment which was 1/2/2013 which was my remaining balance.So I have no idea what is in the future.

January 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm
(1539) Mike says:

Mass Stats – Labor Force 3473700 – Employed 3243500 – Unemployed 230200 = Unemployement Rate 6.6% Employed and Unemployed equal Labor Force number. The Employed and Unemployed numbers are bogus here’s why. When you get a job you go into the Employed number thats great but when you run out of unemployement benefits and still Unemployed with no job you are taken out of the system as unemployed and put into the employed number even thought you still have no job which makes the unemployement rate look better than it real is. In many cases it stops people from collecting the next tier in my case tier 3 because they say the unemploymet rate is under 7% To be at the 7% rate in Mass about 240,000 need to be unemployed as of Nov 2012 – 230,200 are unemployed at 6.6% Thats only about a 10,000 differents in people which is stopping many from getting tier 3

January 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm
(1540) Done? says:

@ florida Iput my claim in 1/1/2013 recieved a payment of 115$which was my remaining balance of funds .I have no date to claim weeks for the first two wks in jan.I guess this would be tier 2 for me if i recieve any more benefits. Just don’t know anything I should be claiming jan 15 if I can recieve anymore benefits . So digusted :(

January 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm
(1541) Greg says:

Well my fellow NJ unemployment friends i guess tomorrow morning we shall see…the only encouraging thing is that on the NJ DOL site Chris Christie said that for the week ending 1/5 that people who qualify for EUB will be able to claim on Sunday like normal…I know the weekends arent “business days” but the idea that Federal money will be put into this account overnight seems to be far fetched…i guess @ worst we can hope the money goes in on Monday if we cant claim tomorrow…this whole thing is completely nuts, but what other choice do we have

January 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm
(1542) Greg says:

Heres the link to the Press Release by our very overweight elected official of this fine state on NJ:


According to this we should be able to file on Sunday…lets cross our fingers and toes

January 5, 2013 at 1:32 pm
(1543) It's Time says:

It boggles my mind that people have no idea where they are in their unemployment tiers. This effects your life and you don’t have a clue. Take a couple of hours out of your busy non-working day and figure it out.

I understand the confusion of not knowing the new rules of the extension but not knowing what week you are on in unemployment is ludicrous.

January 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm
(1544) TraciG says:

@Cory, you have the exact claim start and end date as I do. I would think you would qualify for tier 1, which is what they started me in on Thursday. The only difference is that I am in Oregon. I don’t understand why all of the states wouldn’t receive the money at the same time???I was told that tomorrow I can file just like any otherweek, so we will see.

@It’s Time, I know stress levels are high, and patience is short, but let’s try and support each other. Some states websites and customer service is not what it should be, and because the claim dates affect qualifying or not, it can be confusing. You can’t assume that everyone has been given the same information, and so they should know what you know. Maybe just skip over those posts in the future.

Hopefully everyone at least gets a clear answer on where they stand soon.

January 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm
(1545) Florida says:

And to make matters even more confusing, I received in the mail dated 12/31/12, just now from my states DEO saying that this is the final payment I will receive on my emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) claim as the Federally Mandated Program has ended.

Hopefully there will be another letter to follow saying that this Program has been reinstated.

They are so screwed up.

Anybody else from my state received this letter?

January 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm
(1546) cindy says:

I have been unemployed for a little over a year, and no jobs in sight. I lost my job after 19 years on the job. I have been trying to find work , but it is not out there. They did extend the unemployment benefits out, but they are not extending the amount of time you can receive them. They have eliminated the last 2 tiers ( tier 3 & 4) and now there are no state benefits at all. They say the unemployment rate is down, they are not counting the people who are still unemployed, but have stopped filing claims as they are not able to get any funding, and they do not count the ones who just stopped looking and cant find a job. There are millions more unemployed who are not being counted. The rates are still just as high, and the extension is basically useless for the long term unemployed.

January 5, 2013 at 2:57 pm
(1547) It's Time says:

Florida, how is the unemployment office screwed up. EUC Unemployment ended on 12/31/12 for everyone. No fault of your unemployment office. If we want to point fingers and we have all rights to it is our wonderful government that is screwed up. So blame should be placed in the right place.

Unemployment offices are dealing with the government also so we need to understand That the government can’t just snap their fingers and money and information is going to magically appear in your local unemployment office.

January 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm
(1548) It's Time says:

TraciG, read my statement again. I said that the new extension is confusing.

My problem is you should know how many weeks you collected. All it takes is a calender and your fingers to figure it out.

January 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm
(1549) RG69 says:

A bit confused… live in Atlanta metro. I have been laid off 3 times since 08, first time I was on unemployment (March 09) I went through 3 tiers… the original claim of for 26 weeks, teir 2 matched that.. 26 weeks, honestly I forgot the others. No recently (May 12) I am unemployed again, and had over a year with that employer at that point. I was given 20 weeks and told that was the new max. I hit tier 1 in October to find out that was only 10 weeks (down from last time which was 26, and YET things are no better than at that time). So yeah.. glad they signed the extension but wondering just what I will have left, and why it is so much lower than the last time I was forced through this. Kinda worried that tier 2 will now be something stupid like 7 weeks. Hopefully someone knows.

January 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm
(1550) Chill says:

“It’s Time” you need to take a breather. You’re reading to things that are not there…..

January 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm
(1551) Florida says:

@ Done ? sorry that you are disgusted. It is a bit confusing and some state offices, like ours, have not been prepared for the reversal. I should be filing on Jan 14. I am sure things will straighten out.

January 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm
(1552) RG69 says:

Ok I am a bit confused…

I live in Atlanta metro, I have been unemployed 3 times in the last 4 years. The first time I went through 3 tiers.. I know the original claim was 26 wks, tier 1 was 20 wks, tier 2 was 20 wks.

Now.. in May 12 I was let go again, after a year with that employer. I was given 20 weeks as the original UI claim. That was up in October 12. I then was given 10 wks for tier 1 (which is just about done), and will be going into tier 2. Reading above people are saying that guidelines stated I should have gotten 14 wks on tier 1? and does anyone know how many wks my tier 2 and 3 should be? Thanks

January 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm
(1553) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Here’s the information on the EUC tiers for Georgia. It’s complicated, so you’ll need to plug in your dates to see if it will give you the information you need:


January 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm
(1554) It's Time says:

RG69, once you collected your original 26 weeks and started collecting from your tiers. Then go back to work and are laid off you then need to open a new claim after that new claim UE weeks are done it goes back to your original first claim and what tier you were on you will continue. You do not restart at tier 1.

Chill Suck it!

January 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm
(1555) TraciG says:

@It’s Time, I am not disagreeing with the fact that people should understand how any weeks they have been on unemployent, and the dates for their claim, etc. What I am disagreeing with is your tone. We are all in this together, and your post served no purpose other than to make someone feel bad. Obviously without certain information they can’t advocate for themselves and they will have to figure it out, but in my opinion, those comments don’t help. Now let’s move on and hope that everyone gets their own situation resolved.

January 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm
(1556) done ? says:

sorry for my questions. I will buy a calendar tomorrow . Thanks

January 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm
(1557) It's Time says:

Done, apology accepted. You should have had calendar already it effects your life. Could explain why you are not working. You could be missing all your appointments. But I bet you never miss a week claiming.

January 5, 2013 at 4:04 pm
(1558) It's Time says:

Georgia let me give you a hand. If you started collecting 10/17/11 your funds will be exhausted now. That would be 26 weeks of the UE and 37 weeks of EUC. For a total of 63 weeks. If you started after 10/17/11 You still have weeks left.

But for any reason you got less then 26 weeks or did not claim all of your weeks due to let’s say working part time you might have weeks available or will not be receiving 63 total weeks due to having less then the original 26 weeks. Good luck.

January 5, 2013 at 4:10 pm
(1559) done? says:

@ it’s time You don’t know me , but you sure know a lot about unemployment lol

January 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm
(1560) It's Time says:

Done, I know how to read so understanding unemployment tiers is not rocket science.

January 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm
(1561) Ty says:

If You Exhaust your current tier of EUC by 12/22/13 Move to the next tier (through 12/29/13)

I exhausted my tire 3 on Dec 7 why am I not receiving anything?

January 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm
(1562) It's Time says:

Ty, What State are you in, not all states qualify for tier 4. State’s need to have a unemployment rate of over 9% to get Tier 4.

January 5, 2013 at 4:48 pm
(1563) Roy says:

@1515, I am totally confused. It says I have no benefits remaining. nothing has been added to my account and i guess i will keep my fingers crossed. i called on thursday and was not given any information. by the time i tried calling again on friday it was to late. i am in texas and just dont know what is going wit this.

January 5, 2013 at 5:45 pm
(1564) jen says:

allison do you have the michigan web site for benefits? thank you

January 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm
(1565) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:
January 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm
(1566) Patricia Blackburn says:

Ty – it’s what I said earlier. Congress has been artificially cutting the unemployment rate and designed the program so that many of us were cut off in December which reflected in a lower rate of unemployment so even less are able to collect. It is a deliberate scam on the part of Congress. I and others in NY should have been allowed 73 weeks but were cut off at various lower weeks so we all disappeared in December so now NY state’s rate is even lower and people like you are then cut off as well. Whenever the Congress complicates something like an entitlement into complicated tiers – you can bet they are up to something that translates into disenfranchisement. Good luck but I think you are on the cusp of a wave of mass cut offs by the new so called extension. Good luck however.

January 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm
(1567) JnJ56 says:
January 5, 2013 at 7:42 pm
(1568) jen says:

what does it mean when it says 54% of a persons state amount?

January 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm
(1569) Erin in California says:

I just received a notice TODAY (mailed on Jan 3rd) stating that “the federal extension program has ended”????? It is on the paper that my normal claim form is printed on… I have a balance left of $1800!

I’m in CA, anyone else get this today??? I am freaking out!!

January 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm
(1570) It's Time says:

Jen, you have your base balance which is the full amount of your 26 weeks. After you claim the 26 weeks you go to tier 1 take the total you get each week an multiply by 14 weeks. That will be your new balance and it will be 54% of your original claim, or base.

So the amount you get every week will be the same.

January 5, 2013 at 8:04 pm
(1571) jen says:

k so right now i get 153 a week will i still get that or will it drop to 54% of that which is 82 give or take a few dollars

January 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm
(1572) jen says:

michigan only gets 20 weeks not the 26th sorry this is my first time at this so i am trying to understand

January 5, 2013 at 8:13 pm
(1573) It's Time says:

Jen, Your new balance will be $2,142 and That is 54% of your original claim balance of $3,060 and works out to $153 a week.

January 5, 2013 at 8:15 pm
(1574) jen says:

thank you soo much i was getting really worried there. i am hoping to have a job this coming week fingers crossed have an interview for a 3rd shift factory which would be perfecttttttt seems how i have 2 kids and wouldnt need a sitter this way. :)

January 5, 2013 at 8:51 pm
(1575) JnJ56 says:


It means the 14 weeks that you now qualify for, following the 26 weeks the state paid, is 54% of what you were earning previously.
Look at it this way…I’m using $100 as your weekly benefit just to simplify things..
26 x 100= $2,600
14 x 100 = $ 1,400

$1,400 divided by $2,600 is equal to .5384 which rounds up to .54
You could divided 26 (weeks) by 14 (weeks) and get the same number.

January 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm
(1576) willie says:

i have a dumb one……we do or are supposed to get 26 state…14 tier 1….not up too…but full right right….cause i filed may 13 2012 byt im about to file my last claim tonite for tier 1 in oklahoma.. but if i do the math i should have another 7-8 wks left to file but only 110 balance on my account to claim tonite….

January 5, 2013 at 10:28 pm
(1577) willie says:

nevermind….i cant even get on oklahoma website to file..it must be down…great.

January 5, 2013 at 10:32 pm
(1578) Reverend Flash says:

Maybe there’s a New Jersey person out there who can help me figure out something. Please be aware that this might be a little busy to understand on just one quick read.
I last claimed on Sunday, December 30 (like I do every two weeks). All I had left for that period was a partial payment toward the week ending 12/22. As such, the website even said that I was claiming for that week only (when usually it tells me I’m claiming for the full two weeks, which would have been the weeks ending 12/22 AND 12/29 if my tier hadn’t expired). Now, since I got no payment toward the week ending 12/29, as well as needing to get this current week (ending 1/5), should I attempt to claim tomorrow morning (Sunday, the 6th) for the past two unpaid weeks even though it will only be one week since I last claimed (despite how little I got)?
I see where there are people who claim every week anyway (for some reason). NJ actually does pay me in the increment of a weekly figure (x2) each time I claim on the bi-weekly basis.
I’m worried that I will be forced to wait until NEXT Sunday to claim benefits – which would likely leave me with (at least) a full week not paid for – just because I’ll be forced to stay on the same bi-weekly pattern.
Sorry if this is hard to follow, but my benefits expired REAL close to when the program got interrupted which adds to the confusion.
Of course, tomorrow morning is only a few hours away. I guess if no one responds, I’ll soon have an idea what’s going on anyway.

January 5, 2013 at 11:09 pm
(1579) It's Time says:

Mr. Flash, I am taking a guess here. When you claimed on 12/30 and were able to claim for 12/22 only. It was the end of your Tier 3. Now you are saying that the week of 12/29 is part of tier 4. Then yes you should claim tomorrow and you should get weeks 12/29 & 1/5. But don’t be disappointed if you receive payment for one week only. It will mean that NJ has not received the funds yet for week ending 1/5

January 5, 2013 at 11:19 pm
(1580) Maryland Lady says:


What tier were you in? When did you start your unemployment?

January 6, 2013 at 12:08 am
(1581) Mike says:

The Unemployment rates are misleading it is a lot higher than what they say they are. They do not count the people who’s benefits have expired in their unemployment rate. In Mass they say the unemployment rate for Dec 2011, Jan 2012 and Feb 2012 was 6.9% The Federal-State Extended Benefits (EB) stopped in march 2012 and a few months later in May 2012 the rate was down to 6.00% Feb 2012 238.016 were unemployed in May 2012 209.000 were unemployed a 28,000 drop. I don’t think 28,000 people in a couple of months all of a sudden found jobs in Massachusetts. It just means that 28,000 people are now out of the unemployment system dropping the unemployment rate. Since these people are out of the system the rate of new claims are heading back to 6.9% in Nov 2012 its at 6.6% but after all the temp holiday help is laid off I’ll bet it goes to 6.9% or higher. My benefits ran out on Dec 3 2012 I was on tier 2 and there is no more tier 3 in Mass since June 2012 because they say the unemployment rate is under 7% The government must think were dumb because were unemployed but with some simple math you can figure out these unemployment rates are bogus. I would not be surprised if the real unemployment rate in Mass is well over 9%

January 6, 2013 at 4:49 am
(1582) Doug says:

I live in Indiana and have a couple weeks left on my tier 3 EEUC. Sunday is usually the day for filing new weekly claims, however there was no link on our system for me to file my weekly claim. The status of the claim says open and expires 12/28/2013. Anyone else here in Indiana having troubles?


January 6, 2013 at 8:04 am
(1583) Greg says:

Well New Jersersians…I went to claim my benefits…and it says i have a “0″ balance and am unable to claim…i cant access my claim via the NJUIFILE website right now…so i doubt we can claim our benefits today…sorry for the bad early news

January 6, 2013 at 8:21 am
(1584) Matt says:

Greg, try it again. I just put my claim in and it was processed.

January 6, 2013 at 8:39 am
(1585) Michael says:

@ nj residents i jus tried to file.and.mybclaim,balance.is.still zero…i,am screwed unless the guy above me. Got lucky or thier still updating the system i dunno i hope at some point today i,can file,i,need.my benefits i cant wait two weeks to get paid…..

January 6, 2013 at 8:54 am
(1586) George says:

Ive lost my job of 20 years because Company closed..Hard to be 49 and unemployed. Its been 11 months and Ive been applying even for warehouse type work although like many others I worked hard to get my education many years ago…Pennsylvania’s another state that wont extend benefits because unemployment is 7.8%, BUT in my county its 9.1%..and I cant afford to move..Id really appreciate information if my assumption about me not getting any more benefits is correct…Being alone and unemployed is stressful and depressing; quite unlike the paid vacation so many fortunate enough to have jobs pretend it to be…Thanks, Best of luck to everyone…

January 6, 2013 at 8:56 am
(1587) Sam says:

NJ – I was able to claim at 8:55 AM

January 6, 2013 at 8:56 am
(1588) Matt says:

Micheal, did you and greg finish up a tier? What tier are you one? I’m at the end of tier 3 with one week left now. You may have to wait until next week for them to replenish the account if you have another tier coming to you.

January 6, 2013 at 9:04 am
(1589) Matt says:

I wish i could find a normal job again, I lost mine after 6 years. I have sent out countless resume’s and filled out many applications and have gotten 2 interview’s with no call backs. Jobs that are way below my skills and i can’t even get hired for them. The problem is all the employers can be very picky and pay half as much as they used to since they have so many poor desperate people out there lining up for the jobs. It’s a ridiculous, horrible joke. My wife and i would move out of here if we could. she has been looking for a new job for almost two years and was only able to get a part time 1-4 days a week(mostly 1-2) This state has gone to sh*t. We are going to wind up losing our first house that we have only had a little over a year if something doesn’t change for the better soon…

January 6, 2013 at 9:46 am
(1590) greg says:

Well as of 943am I am not able to collect my benefits…seems i have not gotten the extension added to my account i dunnno if whoever claimed today still had benefits on their account but i had zero in my account and was hoping for the tier 1 extension to kick in

January 6, 2013 at 9:52 am
(1591) Ashley says:

I trust tried claiming my benefits as well in NJ, no such luck.

January 6, 2013 at 10:12 am
(1592) Mike says:

W greg i would jus be starting tier one…do u,know for sure.that accounts.will,be replenished.next week? Im currently running around.begging people.to,birrow money,till than as im,hungry and need to pay rent i,hate.not working…i should jus go back,to the.military but that sucked

January 6, 2013 at 10:15 am
(1593) Sam says:

NJ people…… don’t forget – sometimes the claim needs to be re-opened in person. It happened to me. My claim said ‘unable to process’ and I had to go in person Monday morning and the agent had to click a few buttons to restart my claim. It took about 10 minutes.

January 6, 2013 at 10:23 am
(1594) Sean says:

I’m from NJ, I finished the remaining balance for tier 1 on 12/29. Since the 31st it had said when I tried to log on that my benefits were exhausted. This morning I tried to log on and it says that it couldn’t process my certification and to call the number for benefits. It said the same thing on the phone and that I need to speak to someone tomorrow. Why??

January 6, 2013 at 10:26 am
(1595) Mike says:

@sam i,talked to an.agent yesterday.they told.me.everything.was good jus file as usual yet my balance is zero…theres no,unable to process jus apprently accounts.havent been replenished yet or congress is.giving our wonderful,gov. A little taste of his own medicine as other states already have thier funds released this is.dumb im gonna go move into a box outside washington….we all rely on,those till we.can.find work yet theres.no work…they say hey yeah everythings good.when its.not i hate politicians…and whys there so,much,lag when,i,type arghhhh

January 6, 2013 at 10:51 am
(1596) Sam says:

SEAN …….. maybe your claim needs to be re-started in person, like mine once did – see my post above yours.

MIKE…… don’t give up… try to go in person tomorrow morning, you may be pleasantly surprised if a few clicks get you going again.

January 6, 2013 at 10:58 am
(1597) Greg says:

@ Sam
Im from NJ when i went to the unemployment office on thursday they had told me that my extended benefits would automatically be put right into my account and that i didnt even need to go there….The funds were not released to NJ as of that time and that she didnt know when they would be

January 6, 2013 at 11:06 am
(1598) Sean says:

@Sam – I just read that at the 1 year mark of your unemployment that you have to call them up to reopen your claim. Now I have to wait 3-4 hours apparently to talk to them :(

January 6, 2013 at 11:07 am
(1599) Sam says:

Yes, NJ seems to have some wrinkles in the system, based on where everyone stood with their individual claims. This whole mess is uncharted territory. Hopefully , it will be ironed out very soon.

January 6, 2013 at 11:51 am
(1600) Mike says:

To all,nj,residents…TRY FILING BY PHONE it didnt pay me but i,got credit for week claimed meaning their updating the system and as soon as funds are released if u do,file ull be paid…least i think….cauae i,couldnt do,that a couple minutes ago went online,to try and file,it says i didnt exist than tried again ty en min later and it said to file by phone than.do led.by phone and it went through jus didntnpay yet but said i got credit for the week….i hope that works for others here conidering it didnt work earlier and now its working imguessing theyre updating the system….i did call the governors office though and sent aletter and shortly after i was able to at least claim the week even if it didnt pay and only gave me credit i hope thats a good sign

January 6, 2013 at 11:52 am
(1601) Greg says:

@ Sean

Considering what the NJ Unemployment office told me when i went there…like i mentioned before the lady told me i had no business even being there…that if i qualify for tier 1 benefits they will automatcially go right into my account, but if by tomorrow my account isnt updated i will be going right back there

January 6, 2013 at 11:56 am
(1602) Greg says:

And according to what im reading, the only people who can claim benefits today are the only people who have benefits left on their existing claim…Those who are done with the original 26 weeks cannot claim, those who are done with tier 1 cannot claim, and tier 2 and so on…Makes you really appreciate all that money they took outta our checks when WERE employed…I dont recall ever getting a pay stub that NJ just decided not to take out state tax, or the govt decided not to take out federal tax…What a wonderful state we live in

January 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm
(1603) Greg says:


You can now claim your benefits over the phone…try filing your benefits online and they will redirect you to a page for you to call for your benefits your claim….NJ only

January 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm
(1604) Colorado Jeanne says:

Does anyone know anything about Colorado? There have been no updates or any info to go on. I need to file for Tier 1. My last payment was half. My claim says exhausted. Hard to be patient when broke. So anyone with info on Colorado please advise. Thanks. Good luck to you all. Here we go 2013, let this be a good one.

January 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm
(1605) Greg says:

I was also credited for the weeks claimed just as Mike was…but hopefully its a step in the right direction..the only way you’ll know if it went thru today is to do a claim inquiry online after 10PM if it posts on there that a payment was placed today then you will be receiving your benefits as normal

January 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm
(1606) Mike says:

If it dosent work start calling and emailing the governors office….this is the sixth time ive had an.issue called.hisboffice.and.it was resolved within,a week…i g iv e him nothing but credit as he really does.work for the people….like i said i sent him a few emails and two hours later it let me file by phone….albeit only cr ed it but at least it finally acfepted….cause that did not work till 1136 and ive been at it since 8am

January 6, 2013 at 12:26 pm
(1607) Alex says:

TO ALISON DOYLE – COMPLICATED QUESTION: I had an unemployment claim dated July 2010. I recieved my 26 state weeks, started federal extension, worked sporadically and collected about 8 weeks of the Fed extension. In July 2011 (anniversary date), I qualified for a new claim. This NEW claim from 7/2011 would also qualify for Fed Extensions. Filed new claim, exhausted state benefits in Feb 2012 and started back on extensions (which weren’t from the new claim I was just on, but was a continuation of the weeks remaining on my old claim which I had already collected 8 weeks of extensions on. In 2 weeks (Jan 20, 2013), I will have exhausted all Fed benefits I was receiving from my July 2010 claim. Here’s my question. Since I was collecting my extension based on my 2010 claim and NOT my latest 2011 claim (which ALSO was a claim that would by itself qualify for Fed extended benefits because it met the standard of 20 weeks work or 40X one’s weekly base pay. It actually qualified on both accounts), will I be able to collect extended benefits on that claim from July 2011 (again, a qualifying claim) that I hadn’t tapped into because I already had an open claim, which I would have received ANYWA Y, regardless of the qualifying fed extension status of the latter July 2011 claim I had? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!

January 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm
(1608) eric says:

same thing for me in new jersey.. tried to file at 8am online this morning and told me my balance is $0.. i only got 1/4 of my last check last week and exhausted my benefits.. now when I try to file over the phone, it tells me I have to speak to someone… what the heck is going on!?!

January 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm
(1609) eric says:

now same thing “claim was credited but not payable at this time..” atleast im getting that message now.. do you think they are just updating their system?!?!?!

January 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm
(1610) Alex says:

NJ RESIDENTS – About an hour ago I filed my weekly claim online and everything seemed to be working as normal over there. Claim went through, conf # shown, corrected updated new remaining balance shown (2 weeks for me on old claim).

January 6, 2013 at 12:53 pm</