Update December 5, 2013: House and Senate Democrats have introduced legislation to renew the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program for 2014. Here's information on the legislation which would extended unemployment benefits for 2014, and more information on the proposed unemployment extension for 2014.
Update October 29, 2014: The federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program is in effect through 2013. However, some states have cut benefits for this year because of the federal sequester, and because of budget cuts. There is no standard amount of weeks of benefits any longer - it varies by location. It's important to check your eligibility, so you don't get unexpected bad news when you're notified that you are out of unemployment benefits.
Extended Unemployment Expires
There will be no extended unemployment benefits in place for 2014 unless Congress passes legislation renewing the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program through December 31, 2013.
The National Employment Law Project (NELP) reports that if Congress fails to reauthorize the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, more than 2 million unemployed workers will lose federal jobless aid by the end of March 2014.
In the week between Christmas and New Year's, the 1.3 million workers currently receiving federal EUC will be abruptly cut off from benefits. Another 850,000 workers will not be eligible for EUC when their state employment benefits run out early next year.
Here's information on the changes:
- Unemployment Extension 2014
- Changes in Unemployment Benefits 2013
- Cuts in Unemployment Benefits Due to Sequester Budget Cuts
Every state is different, so check with your State Unemployment Office website for details on who qualifies for regular and extended benefits and when and how benefits will be paid. Check this list of state unemployment extension websites to go directly to the information on extended benefits for your state.
If you have run out of unemployment or are about to lose your unemployment benefits, here's what to do when unemployment runs out.