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Legislation to Extend Unemployment Benefits

By December 10, 2013

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December 13, 2013: A budget agreement has been reached in Congress. It does not include an extension of federal extended unemployment benefits. However, news reports indicate that Congressional Democrats continue to work on legislation which would renew the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program for 2014.

If you are unemployed and collecting benefits continue to file because this may not be resolved before the current legislation expires, and an extension could be passed retroactively. Also, here are sources of assistance for unemployed workers who have run out or will run out of benefits.

Read More: Unemployment Extension 2014

Contact Congress: Here's how to contact Congress to urge them to renew federal unemployment benefits.

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December 8, 2013: According to news reports, Congress is working on a deal that would either pass a short-term spending bill or approve a budget prior to the holiday recess. Democrats are pushing for an unemployment extension as part of that legislation. However, there is still no definitive news on whether an extension will be passed, and if it is, what it will include.

In addition, the White House issued a NEW REPORT: The Economic Benefits Of Extending Unemployment Insurance, which states "that allowing EUC to expire would be harmful to millions of workers and their families, counterproductive to the economic recovery, and unprecedented in the context of previous extensions to earlier unemployment insurance programs."

November 29, 2013: House and Senate Democrats have proposed legislation which would renew the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program for 2014. Ways and Means Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) and Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee Ranking Member Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced identical bills in the House and Senate:

H.R. 3546: To provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes.
S. 1747: A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes.

If passed, the legislation would extend the current program that offers extra benefits to the long-term unemployed for an additional year. The White House supports the extension, however, as in past years, there is Republican opposition.

Without an extension, the only unemployment compensation in place for next year would be state unemployment benefits which are a maximum of 26 weeks, less in some states. In addition, unemployed workers collected long-term extended benefits would be abruptly cut-off at the end of 2013.

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November 21, 2013 at 10:22 pm
(1) Sal says:

My extension is exhausted as of nov 28 happy thanksgiving what and how will I know if I will get to extend I am very desperate to have this extension no job or money I am 51 paid into it it for years

November 21, 2013 at 10:32 pm
(2) UN employed says:

Please continue to update asap. My benefits are running out this month too.

November 22, 2013 at 12:21 am
(3) Lenny says:

I also am very stressed . I never collected a day in my life , and I have been working for 36 years. Is there any chance of tier IV being reactivated ?

November 22, 2013 at 12:50 am
(4) Gartett says:

I was fired through no fauld of my own and have a wronful termination case against my formal employer. I got off unemployment to take the job and i got a raw deal. Point is im a hard working man and here in r.i im losing my benefits end of December.. how do i feed my family and sick grandmother? How do i eat? How do i get the little oil i can afford now? These are the things that keep me up at night. Please pass the 2014 extension so we can continue to have the resources to look for work. Thank You.

November 22, 2013 at 10:23 am
(5) Deb says:

I am a 60 year old Executive Assistant with a seamless background, wonderful credentials and a solid work ethic. I have been looking for a job for 1.5 years. I job hunt every day from 9:00 a.m. to close to 6:00 p.m. every day of the week. My resume has been worked on by professionals to highlight my best characteristics. I get phone calls from recruiters asking me if I want to learn to be a forklift driver! I don’t need to earn $100,000, I would be just fine earning $25,000 and in my glory earning $30,000. I’m flexible and willing to work 2 part time jobs. Every interview I have ever gone to they try to discourage me by saying “this job doesn’t pay a lot” or “we are looking in a different direction” or “this job is no longer being offered”. WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?

November 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm
(6) William says:

I am an EMPLOYER and I am sick of these extensions. People will NEVER take a job, as long as they know their “safety net” is there. I have jobs which I can’t fill. I have had people tell me “I’d rathe stay on unemployment!” WHAT!?

Regular unemployment (which “I” pay into – NOT the employee) is 26 weeks. We are now going on TWO years! Enough is Enough!

November 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm
(7) Dan says:

I worked over 20 years without needing unemployment, this March i lost my position. I am 55 and need to take expensive prescriptions. We are expected to make ends meet, search for openings online and hopefully you can get a position in less than 3/4 of a year. I have been notified that at the end of December, I will no longer have benefits. Seriously changes are needed to get people working. My unemployment each month is just enough to pay for housing. People that make the rules (polititians) made sure they were paid, What about us???

November 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm
(8) Chris says:

To William (the Employer): If you have laid off an employee who doesn’t want to be recalled to go back to work, you need to report him or her to the unemployment office because what you are experiencing is not the norm. I loved my job and would go back to my job in a heartbeat after getting laid off and would even go back to the company in a different position if given the opportunity. I’d venture to guess the majority of us on unemployment would much rather be working so you comment about why it shouldn’t continue is falling on deaf ears.

November 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm
(9) Steve says:

58yo, unemployed since August 2013, half my benefits are exhausted. No work gaps in my history, but where are the jobs. I was considering going to the oil fields in ND, but even they are backing off due to threats by the EPA. Now Reid will approve 3 liberal judges to DC courts that will give the EPA a blank check on regulations. EPA will hammer the energy industry further. That means job losses not job creation. This 1%/year recovery is the kind Europe has, the USA is better than 1%/yr growth? I’m not even in the energy sector, I’m in IT but the economy thrives with cheap energy. Look at the early 80′s and 2001 as examples. Build the Keystone pipeline, don’t bottleneck the coal burning plants to force their shutdown, fast-track building nuke power plants, allow rigs to drill for oil in the shallows of the gulf and east/west coastlines and stop throwing up roadblocks to fracking oil in ND and East Texas.

November 23, 2013 at 1:47 am
(10) Jenna says:

To William the employer….How dare you say that people who get extensions will never go to work!!! I have never been on unemployment till now, and your opinion is very biased. So youre sick of these extensions? Well, we re sick of not being able to find a job! So shame on you for stereotyping all of us who have worked for years but who now have to try and survive on unemployment benefits. By the way, William, could YOU live off unemployment>!

November 23, 2013 at 8:42 am
(11) DJ says:

To William,
“I have jobs which I can’t fill. ”
Then post that job info here! What jobs? what pay? what bene’s?
Are you are talking about full time with some benefits and a living wage? Or do you expect those left out in the cold of this economic mess to trade their full unemployment benefits(26 weeks which BOTH employee and EMPLOYER pay into, then the Fed extension) for minimum wage, part time, temp jobs? Or perhaps you might just reply BAH HUMBUG are there no poor houses? Are there no prisons?

November 23, 2013 at 10:18 am
(12) StayinPozitiv says:


What you say makes perfect economic sense. However our current regime is unfortunately marching to a different drummer.
I’m a 53yo, financial professional in the Orlando. FL area. I have been laid off since August. I have sent out countless resumes and have had a few interviews with no success. Not only is this area one of the worse markets for finding a job, but I know age discrimination is one of the headwinds I am up against as I try day in and day out in securing new employment.
I have worked since I was a young teen. Paid my way through college and never have been laid-off before nor have I ever collected unemployment.
Post #6 by William is a post by a very biased and uniformed individual. How dare he stereotype us all this way. I will request his post be deleted.

November 23, 2013 at 10:50 am
(13) Kat says:

I agree with Sal. I’m in the same boat except I have just started receiving Fed UE…..now what?!

November 23, 2013 at 11:23 am
(14) Johny says:

Fortunately I haven’t needed the federal extension at all up to this point. But in the middle of January my regular benefits will expire for the first time in my life. I have been fortunate to have been able to find lower paying jobs between time off at my regular job and enough time working for my regular job to keep my bills paid. But in January things are going to be very grim for me if there isn’t any sort of extension. Hopefully I will find a moderately well paying job too keep my head above water until I find real work again but even that doesn’t look likely.

November 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm
(15) Laurie says:

I am 62, great health, excellent background, solid references, college degree, 30 years in finance and banking, no criminal background, clean DMV and a Veteran! I was let go in Jan 2013 because I requested to be released from a non-compete agreement when my employer failed to live up to the quid pro quo. I have had over 48 interviews, sent out over 300 resumes and now on the EUC til the end of the year.

The number of interviews where an employer has commented about my “retiring soon” and finding themselves having to replace me down the road is shocking. What makes employers think they can crystal ball anyone staying for years. And look at the number of posts from now unemployed taxpaying workers that worked years and years at the same job and still laid off or let go!! Age discrimination is definitely well and alive and employers are using it to their advantage. I will give the BabyBoomers one thing. We worked from our teens to throughout our lives and if we had to take a part-time on top of a full time to pay our bills and provide for our families, we did. WE did not look for a hand-out, nor do we have any comfort being on unemployment at this critical time of our lives. WE don’t have 20 years to make up for the loss in our 401k, equity in our homes, lost savings, lost credit, lost income, etc, due to no fault of our own. Let every politician in DC come out here and live on 300 a wk for a year and then tell us they are “happy, happy, happy”!! What they get in gimmies for their office budget, chauffeurs, cooks, multiple residences, etc. is enough to feed millions of Americans. They all have an elitetist mentality and it is time for TERM LIMITS and get the entrenched special interest bedpartners unhooked from these career politicians!!
NO I don’t “want” to be on unemployment, however, I Do Need To Buy Food!!!
God Bless The Americans That Made This Country Great.. Yes, Mr. President, We DID Make It!!!

November 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm
(16) Laurie says:

To William:
I am sure it is frustrating to you as a business owner to not be able to fill your jobs and easy to blame it all on the “safety net”. Let’s see:
40 hours a week divided by $300.00. That is $7.50 per hour. Not even minimum wage in most states. So is it the wages you are looking to pay, the working conditions, maybe the “name” you have or your company that turns potential employees off?? It’s not EUC keeping you from filling your jobs when over a million Americans are out of work.
Step back. Put yourself in a frame of mind with zero in checking account, zero in the savings account, no other income, no credit cards to use, and ask yourself, “Would I give up 100, 200, 300 a week, that I know is coming in, that I can count on, to go to work for a company that is going to pay me a little more, cost me gas to and fro, possibly cost me daycare, walk into a totally unknown company and it’s politics and it’s bare minimum wages?” See, William, it’s not cut and dried. Right now, everyone is scared, confused and very concerned about the state of our country, it’s economy, and everyone has been affected, including companies. Try not to judge to deeply for no one knows anyone’s steps until you walk in their shoes. Be Blessed.

November 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm
(17) Ginger says:

Been working for 44 years, since I was 13. My last job as of Oct 2012 was for 32.6 years. My company eliminated entire middle management after upper management made very bad financial decisions several years in a row. Those A-Holes got great golden parachutes, the rest of us got screwed. After the shock wore off, I short sold my condo, dropped my living expenses to a quarter of what they were and moved to a much cheaper place. I’m still looking, not for the type of salary/job I had, but for something that pays about 25% of what I was making. Retail has a lot of jobs, but I have no retail experience, and, I’m 58. I’m applying anyway. A number of companies run credit checks, so if you have a short sale or foreclosure, or have been late on a mortgage payment, it comes out.

And William, my fervent hope is that you lose your job/business so that you get a taste of what it’s like. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

November 23, 2013 at 5:10 pm
(18) Mark says:

Hey employers, I’ll take the job.

November 23, 2013 at 7:21 pm
(19) Sal says:

My State benefits run out in December. I have been looking for employment for six months. I am 55 and considered a displaced older worker. I am looking for employment EVERY day. In a rental unit now. I cannot even look for a cheaper place because I do not have a job. If Congress does not pass the UI extension, a lot of people will be without a home.

November 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm
(20) angela says:

First off to William…..you have no right and no clue what it’s like for us that want to work, but have no luck finding a job, so don’t speak for any of us unless you walk, or have walked in our shoes! I am 50, and have been out of work for 7 months now, and I am a wreck. I don’t sleep and I worry about losing my home, my car and paying my bills. Please pass the extension, as I know there are many of us in NJ that are in the same boat. I have been trying and trying to get work for 7 months! We need help!

November 23, 2013 at 11:37 pm
(21) Jill says:

I lost my job in May of this year..The end of December my state benefits will be out..Then what will I do?..I’m 57 have plenty of experience and a resume I send out weekly, have had several interviews and no luck…Have worked all my life and only once for a short time have I ever drawn unemployment..That time I was re-employed in a couple of months..Now I’m older don’t know if that’s the problem, but I’m single and have to take care of myself..I was recently told I have a small nodule on my lung..I also have no insurance because I lost my job, I may have lung cancer and can’t get Obama care yet either..But even at that I have to have some kind of income to purchase Obama care, I’d rather have a job and hope that I get good benefits again..

November 24, 2013 at 2:17 am
(22) Cyndy says:

I have a disabled child and until I find full time employment for us the cutoff of unemployment benefits will devastate us.
I am 57.

November 24, 2013 at 2:39 pm
(23) Neil says:

Sal; “exhausted” means exhausted. Even if they renew extensions, you are done. And no, you DID NOT pay into unemployment for years. Employees do not pay a penny toward it – that is an employer tax only. You are entitled to nothing.

November 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm
(24) JB says:

“Neil” You are correct but its the cost of doing business as some say. I would bet you hate workers comp and claims that raise your premiums or the indiviaul who had the accident becomes a “POS’ internally for stealing from you and your family becuase they are all bogus claims.
Also, you didn’t pay into the federal extension like your umployment reserve. So you are talking about personal taxes and your employees also paid taxes and sales tax etc.

November 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm
(25) Don says:

I’m a 55 year old “seasoned/older” worker who lost his job last May. Because there doesn’t seem to be an extension set for 2014…as of Christmas week I will lose my home.
Thank you Congress and Merry Christmas to you too!

November 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm
(26) Dennis says:

SAL exhusted does not mean out of benefits,as I believe they will extend the EUC so if your still on your states claim 26 weeks?,you will move to the teirs that your state has avaliable,and all states have t-1 of 14 weeks except N.Carolina.But there were 3 million people that didnt get any continued benefits in 2009,2010,and if it doesnt pass they will add another 3 million people bringing the total to over 20 million people,but since the welfare rolls will double again if they refuse to extend it I would say its very likely they will extend EUC through 2014,and include additional benefits for workers that have been employed at least ten years. Do not foget to contact your Congressional reps to let them know what you expect them to do,because you can bet that the wealthy and the large corporate employers are using their lobbiest to wine and dine,they only want us back to work under welfare paying conditions.

November 24, 2013 at 8:20 pm
(27) MR says:

Silly for an “Employer” to say he is “tired of extensions” because he “pays into the 26 week UI benefits”. The extensions are federal, so you, “employer”, are not paying for them. I am pretty sure congress will extend again. They will bicker about it, but ultimately they know its better than the alternative of losing that huge chunk of buying power. I have been off and on UI since 2009, but have also been fortunate enough to be able to have worked for 3-6 month periods of time during those years also. Also note to those who complain about people who “will never get off unemployment”…there are only 4 tiers of extensions, so eventually benefits will run out unless you work and amount enough wages to start a new claim. Its not a free ride.

November 24, 2013 at 10:22 pm
(28) Greg says:

Shut up William. Maybe your company sucks. It’s easy for gainfully employed people to ridicule those who fell through the cracks and have to rely on rightfully earned government support. I mean, this is a market economy, correct? It’s easy to ridicule those who have every right to take a chance on benefits and sometimes an opportunity to get re-trained in an ever-changing over-ambiguous job market, and thus turn down a job that poses an even greater risk, just because it’s a job. It’s not that simple; maybe for you.

November 24, 2013 at 10:37 pm
(29) Carl says:

My housemate’s benefits will expire in December. She lost her job with Nano Solar last April when the company shut down permanently . She uses her benefits to retrain as a medical assistant. She is finished with 1/3 of the program – needs the benefits to continue full time. It was a shock for her to get the letter from EDD stating that the benefits are set to expire at the end of December. Hopefully Congress with extend them – there are a lot displaced people out there like Karen.

November 25, 2013 at 12:26 am
(30) dennis says:


you are a liar.

you just posted here because it was a slow news day, and fox hasnt given you your talking points for the day.

November 25, 2013 at 1:59 am
(31) Diane says:

IF it is true that you have jobs to fill that you can not fill…you have just proved to us why you can’t fill them. I can’t see anyone working for you for very long…or for that matter… working for you at all.
I lost my job due to my boss/owner passing away and the business closing. I have two degrees and still can not find a job. The competition for one position is unreal! I have even applied for every position at McDonald’s but I am over qualified even for a management position! Ten months after losing my job…my Fiance passed away. The loss of his income has caused me to lose our home as unemployment is not enough to pay just the household bills. I am now homeless! Due to all the stress I ended up in the hospital for three weeks. While I was in the hospital my car was stolen…never to be found! Now don’t you think I would rather work than lose my home and become homeless? These benefits aren’t even enough to get me into other housing.
Try walking a day in my shoes!!
By the way…in case you didn’t know why you sound like such an idiot…you, the employer, only pay into the first 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. Our FEDERAL GOVERNMENT pays the EXTENSIONS. If your not careful with what you say…they may start making you pay into the extension benefit period.

I would give anything to get back to work!!

November 25, 2013 at 7:22 am
(32) Jason says:

William – You sound an AWFUL LOT like the gasbag I used to work for. I was at my previous job for 8-1/2 years. We all tolerated a mentally-imbalanced, philandering, foul-mouthed nutcase because we needed our jobs.

When the boss decided to go into semi-retirement so as to devote more time to his hunting trips (paid through the company checking account as “business conferences”) and chasing underage hookers in the Dominican Republic, his convicted violent criminal and equally crazy son stepped into the business.

In the absence of any discernible business talent, junior methodically fired all of us who had been there for any length of time and brought in his fraternity buddies from the third-tier college he attended.

My unemployment will also end at the end of December. Guess what William — I’d rather have my old salary and job (which I enjoyed) than the $400 a week and no benefits I’m getting from unemployment.

November 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm
(33) ms shell says:

I have exhausted my first 14 weeks in florida. Do I get auto enrolled to the next tier?
I am so confused….

November 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm
(34) Jaime G says:

I have started a petition. Michael, get educated on the actual statistics of people that are unemployed right now before you judge. If you really wanted to help, you would put a link to your website showing what you are hiring for. Yes, some people would rather stay on unemployment (at my low $275 a week, which I used to make in a DAY) because working long hours for chump change doesn’t allow us to take interviews of more promising career opportunities. Your comment reminds me of the douchebag I worked for who was a catalyst in the reason I PUT MYSELF THROUGH SCHOOL.

Anyway, I have a petition going for those of us that are desperately trying to work and want to work.

November 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm
(35) unemployed E says:

Please everyone, call your representatives urging them to support HR 3546 and S. 1747. Every little bit helps!!!

November 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm
(36) Dennis says:

@Shell,you should receive a letter,that will always have the same “your claim has ended you will no longer receive any benefits” normally called your determination letter before your next claim date.It will show either 14 or 28 weeks depending on which teir your on 1 or 2. You have up to t-3 in Florida so your max would be 38 weeks plus your state benefits but I dont think the states benefits are shown on the letter of determination.The only time that you would have to re-open your claim,other than your weekly claim,is when your year ends.

November 25, 2013 at 6:56 pm
(37) dan says:

I’m a American who is out of work and has been working like hell to find another job with no luck. Come jan 1st 2014 Me and dog will be sleeping in the car. Hey at least all the illegals are working. No Jobs !!

November 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm
(38) mike says:

hi, I also am on my last week of regular benefit, and received my letter stating to apply for euc, which I have. The letter stated to allow up to 10 business days for determination….well its going on that now, Ill be “claiming” my last week this week. I still haven’t heard anything back. This is my first time also on unemployment. Anyone know when, how long it actually takes to receive approval?

November 26, 2013 at 12:42 am
(39) Dennis says:

@Mike ,you normally do not miss a week ,you just make your claim as usual.The only time you may have a problem is if you had worked and your employer didnt report you wages,or you didnt report that you had worked.

November 26, 2013 at 4:51 am
(40) shanon says:

To William….
You are a lying fraud! Employer’s do not pay for EUC benefits. That is strictly FEDERAL. So before you go off the handle how about you go to Google and do some research.
For the last time… everyone has different circumstances so just because you uave positions available doesn’t mean squat. What they should do is raise minimum wage to $12 in every state and I BET… ill actually DOUBLE DOWN unemployment seekers would be less. Its because employers are taking advantage of the overwhelming amount of unemployed and offering a job for 8.25 an hr and then only giving so few hours. How about you stop complaining and lying and raise what you pay. I am a Licensed MALE CNA very great job outlook. I was making 17.31 an hr all day everyday. Now since so many lost their jobs I’m lucky to gind a CNA position at 12 an hour! The employer is screwing the employee.

November 26, 2013 at 6:10 am
(41) Going Broke says:

Does anyone know WHEN congress is supposed to decide on an extension in benefits??…the end of the month is coming quick!

November 26, 2013 at 6:27 am
(42) Bruce says:

When does congress vote to pass the bill for EUC?

November 26, 2013 at 8:06 am
(43) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

If the past years are any indication there won’t be a vote until close to the end of December.

November 26, 2013 at 9:03 am
(44) Erica says:

I am a 35 year old married woman with 4 children. I’ve been working ever since I was 14 yrs old. I have NEVER applied for or needed unemployment benefits until now. Sure, I am “young” and very capable of working and in fact, would love to get back to work as soon as possible. The jobs either pay too low, are too far for me to commute, or simply don’t give me a call back. Everyone is not at home collecting unemployment benefits and figuring it’s the way of life. I appreciate what is given but right now it is a necessity!

November 26, 2013 at 11:00 am
(45) Dan says:

At 61 and unemployed 5 times since 2007, I have taken taken jobs that have NOT been my comfort zone or experienced field, all 50% less than I made before, have never received any benefits as I did in past jobs, have been on unemployment three times, none due to my failure at any job, etc.
Am not anywhere close to taking advantage of the system, but ‘facts are reality’ – 61 is not a ‘hireable age.’
Thank you for working on extensions! My wife has an excellent job – so not desperate – but it is needed. Volunteer – I do, play musical gigs – I do! Don’t believe in being lazy!

November 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm
(46) Cheri says:

Neil, you were pretty ruthless, and very unsympathetic to Sal. I hope you are in his shoes one day, and I truly believe that you will be. Don’t think that these things can never happen to you, because they CAN and probably will at some point and time.

November 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm
(47) Lynda says:

I am a former hospital executive that has worked every day since I was able to work. Our hospital recently closed and I have applied for every job out there. I don’t expect to get another executive position and am pretty sure I do t want that kind of job anymore. I am 58 years old and haven’t even had an interview since I have been unemployed. With a masters degree in nursing, I am. It going to apply at a fast food place. I believe my age is deterring employers. I am too young for social security and obviously too old to get a job. I need unemployment to survive.

November 26, 2013 at 4:53 pm
(48) Tammy says:

I was a Director with a non-profit when they eliminated my job just six months ago due to lack of resources. Regardless of having a letter stating that this was to no fault of my own, no one will hire me. I just received yet another rejection today. It is virtually impossible to find a job if you do not already have a job. I have been told that I am over-qualified for too many positions but when I apply for the jobs that match my skill sets, it is too competitive.

I’m worried that so many people have been searching upwards of two years. If unemployment runs out, then what? I just now qualified for the extension and only get a few more weeks? This doesn’t seem right to me. Like so many others, I am able and willing to work.

I hope for the economy and our country, this legislation passes. Otherwise, the homelessness and poverty rates will sky rocket over night. Best of luck to all of us searching for work!

November 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm
(49) john says:

To the Employer who is sick of the extension of unemployment. Tell the truth. Employers want experience but do not wan to pay. That’s why you hear” I rather stay on unemployment”

November 26, 2013 at 11:04 pm
(50) ra says:

I’m a 41 year old male lost my job in May…..Unemployment has been a great safety ñet. All of us need it and everyones situation is unique so there is no one person to judge. It hurts to see hard working people suffer and have to worry about how they will make it. How long a person can collect should be based on how many years a person has been employed. Or hey how about letting the people who have worked and contributed to SS with every check they ever earned thats any one over 54 and let them have the chance to get THERE money. The system is broke there should never be an American citizen that has contributed and wants to continue to contribute not be able to make a livable income!

Rejection is not something no one gets used to….but in the current job
market it seems that’s all that is happening….and for the few here who have choose to try and degrade these people may God bless you. For all the people in need of a job or an extention may God bless you. 2014 has to be a better year………

November 26, 2013 at 11:16 pm
(51) mike says:

@Dennis, thanks Dennis, hopefully I ll hear back from them tomorrow;sent another email. Reading how some are experiencing 3 day turn around for responses.

November 27, 2013 at 12:07 am
(52) Nick says:

I am a 30 year old college graduate. I have been collecting benefits for almost 6 months now. I have searched for employment every day online, in classifieds, via word of mouth, and have not been able to find employment comparable to my last job. When my benefits run out in a couple of weeks, I will be forced into homelessness. Watch the crime rate explode if these benefits aren’t extended! There are millions of people who are hard working, and want to work! It just seems like no one is hiring unless its a personal friend, or friend of the family. Seriously bad times we are living in these days.

November 27, 2013 at 12:30 am
(53) Dennis says:

@NIck, Every state except N.Carolina has Tier 1 of up to 14 weeks after your original state claim of 26 weeks.However it all ends except state benefits at the end of Dec.if they do not pass a bill to continue it through 2014 you will have whatever your state has in teirs.

November 27, 2013 at 8:23 am
(54) Mike says:

Any employer who has laid people off and does not recall them, has no right to complain about UC or EUC benefits. The simple truth is you are laying people off to increase your profit margin and expecting your remaining workers to do more work. How about instead, YOU do more work when you lay off workers? How about YOU take a cut in YOUR income and benefits for EVERY employee you fire because they can’t PERFORM doing the work of three people. One day God will ask you to give an account for what you have done and you will not be able to “adjust” your books then!

November 27, 2013 at 2:24 pm
(55) DianaGail says:

If you have gone through all your tiers, this legislation WILL NOT help you.

Can’t believe so many have exhausted or are about to exhaust their extensions and believe this legislation will give them MORE weeks. Or even an employer believes this will provide ADDITIONAL weeks of benefits.

It WON’T. Your benefits are based on the original amount of your claim.

Congress extending legislation means payments for unexhausted benefits continue into 2014.

Right now all payments for those currently collecting end December 28, 2013.

November 27, 2013 at 3:56 pm
(56) Levera says:

I had been employed with the same company for 23 years. In January 2013, position was deleted. I am 55, the youngest in the group( 5 of us held these positions). I sent out 10-20 resumes daily, only 4 interviews, I get 3-5 rejections weekly. I agree age discrimination is huge. I want to work and cry with each rejection.
William, you should be ashamed of your remarks, if someone refuse a job offer, do the right thing and report it. Next, I challenged you to post you job openings here. Bet yet tell us where to apply for your openings, I will apply, will you hire me!

November 27, 2013 at 4:07 pm
(57) L@@KingInNJ says:

I have a question. I am from NJ and was laid-off 16 weeks ago. My initial 26 week claim will end in February of next year. As I understand as of right now their are no additional benefits available after that unless they extend EUC through 2014, correct?


November 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm
(58) Alison says:

Unless Congress extended benefits there won’t be any unemployment programs other than state benefits in place for 2014.

Hopefully, an extension will be passed prior to the end of December.

November 27, 2013 at 5:20 pm
(59) Rob says:

Republicans against unemployment extensions for 2014 – they should try living without income – boot all republicans out of office on the next election

November 28, 2013 at 2:47 am
(60) michael mastrogiacomo says:

A Question: if my current unemployment extention runs out before they pass a bill to extend benefits will I be able to collect

November 28, 2013 at 9:37 am
(61) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

If an extension is passed, your eligibility will depend on what tier of benefits you’re on now. If you’re out of all extended benefits, you won’t be eligible for more. The legislation would continue the benefits in place for 2013 through 2014. It won’t add any more benefits.

November 28, 2013 at 11:37 am
(62) Joe says:

William, just as in EVERYTHING, there is a small percentage who ruins it for the majority. Your lack of belief in people is the true root of ignorance in this country. I wish you luck finding employees for your company. I would like to thank Diane’s (31) and Levera”s (56) comments for putting it like it really is. To all those here looking for work, keep your heads up and don’t give up. William is the small percent of dumb as door-nails employers. My 3 children thank the legislature for understanding we are trying our hardest to find work. Best wishes to everyone.

November 28, 2013 at 8:38 pm
(63) joe says:


We seem to be all in the same boat, but instead of posting on here call and fax your senator and rep especially the repubs that are up for re election…

I did

November 28, 2013 at 10:08 pm
(64) C. Pasquariello says:

These business owners make me laugh. While I’m sure there are people that would rather collect than work, (not that anyone other than very low income can survive on the pittance given) when many jobs especially here in Florida are WAY underpaid it really isn’t any wonder.

November 29, 2013 at 10:57 am
(65) Penny says:

I am 59, worked my entire life, and never have taken unemployment until June 2013.

Age Discrimination is a Huge Factor and I highly suspect that was why I was laid off along with 30 other people from that company. I have been on loads of interviews but I can tell the minute the interviewer sees me that they think I will be retiring (ha ha) in the not so distant future.
I have been interviewed for positions where I could step right in and get the job done, with no training (I’m an accountant) only to be told they went a different direction.
I have no idea what I will do to survive if I don’t find a job by Dec 31, or if the Emergency Unemployment is not extended into 2014.
It’s a disgrace and very disheartening to end my years being jobless and possibly homeless in only a few weeks.

November 29, 2013 at 3:44 pm
(66) Linda says:

I know people that are using these benefits for extended time off without actively looking for a job. It’s time to end this and force them to get back into the work force taking any job available to support their family. We did it for over 40 years, it’s possible. Jobs are out there.

November 29, 2013 at 6:43 pm
(67) katie kelley says:

who do you write to , in the senate to give your opinion on the unemployment extension. It needs to stay in force!!

November 29, 2013 at 7:19 pm
(68) YesToEUC says:


Simply go to senate.gov and find your state Senators. Email or call all of them asking them to support Bill S1747.
Go to house.gov to find you specific Congressman/woman and ask them to support Bill HR3546.

November 29, 2013 at 7:37 pm
(69) Linda S. says:

My benefits will stop also unless legislation passes the emergency benefits.

What I really hope for though is more reform when it comes to helping others find and obtain work or starting a business of their own because I believe there are a lot of talented people looking for work and need help.

November 30, 2013 at 9:06 am
(70) DJ says:

Linda (66),
Your premise to “force them to get back into the work force taking any job available to support their family” is flawed for many reasons. First, there are far more people actively seeking work then there are jobs available. Therefore there are simply not enough jobs! Second, “any job” or even multiple “any jobs” may not provide the level of income necessary to support their families! Therefore, families may go hungry and possibly homeless and they may need to seek other types of govt supported aid such as SNAP, welfare, etc. Lastly, if we try to “force” the unemployed into work by cutting off funds that are used on essential spending such as food, clothing, utilities, and housing it certainly will “force” others out of their jobs when that spending stops. We will then have more unemployed to “force” back to work! Also, there are always those persons who may abuse the system. It is an imperfect world but we can’t punish all for the abuses of the few.

November 30, 2013 at 10:37 am
(71) Ageis Chrone says:

For those of us exhausting EU who are too old for aid for familities with children and too young for Social Security benefits: foreclosure, repossession, homelessness, life treasures lost, prescriptions unfilled, we tearfully have to surrender our pets, no Internet connection (except at local Library). Food stamps and life line are available; but, they require a kitchen and an electric outlet. I expended all savings keeping up a mortgage, that wouldn’t budge to help and is eager to have the house sit empty. Can’t first-last-security an apartment ? I worked and supported my children as a single parent without social aid. I played life by the script, and the change has thrown me for a loop.

November 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm
(72) DJ says:

Also Linda (66),
I know bankers and brokers who abused the economy to make tons of unethical profit with near destruction to us all! Now they are building million dollar mansions and are taking their families on vacations where they will spend America $$ overseas. How do you propose we “force” them to correct their abuses? Perhaps close the millionaire tax loopholes or end corporate welfare?!?!? Let us know…

December 1, 2013 at 1:46 am
(73) Matt Rutledge says:

I just hope everyone understands that if you are already currently on a federal tier extension and even if you have thousands left on your claim..it will all abruptly end on 12/28/13, if the extension legislation is not passed. I think some people thought they could still exhaust their funds on the current tier they were already on before it would end but that is not the case. It ends regardless.

December 1, 2013 at 5:41 am
(74) Norm says:

I’m amazed to see so many people here (of the 73 comments listed as of this writing), that are in the same boat as me: 57 years old, male, MBA, worked thousands of extra unpaid hours as an exempt employee for years, and am just ending my first 26 weeks of unemployment. I was making $120K per year and now am looking for half that and no one is biting. I can work any 30 year-old into the ground, but interview after interview nothing works. As someone else wrote, ageism IS alive and well and no offers. There’s always a reason. I have certs and IT experience and the education and the desire, and maybe 10 years left to work and my wife and I are going to lose everything we’ve worked for our whole lives unless I can get something. I was told I could go into Tier 1, and now that is in jeopardy, so I pray this legislation passes, and also wish the best for all of you still looking and struggling.

P.S. to William: if you think the allocation I’m getting in EDD benefits in CA is paying for anything but the absolute basics, you’re crazy. My wife is in agony with a bad tooth and I can’t see a doctor because we have no health insurance, so please just go away.

December 1, 2013 at 6:48 am
(75) Anthony says:



December 1, 2013 at 11:00 am
(76) Glen says:

To William:
I have a feeling you want to pay your employee 5.$ and hour thats why they laugh at you. less for them more in your pocket so you could buy more junk and fill out your empty life. I have been unemployed for 6 months. My salary was $109000.00 a year. Education and work history to my ears. Cant find a job for 50 K. You may say how greedy of me. when you live in Los Angeles and your Mortgage is 2K a month bringing home $3600.00 after taxes is NOT Possible. after the Holidays I have no other choice but to sell my house . so Loud mouth William, hope this would not happen to you or any member of your family and have a happy holidays.

December 1, 2013 at 11:08 am
(77) Douglas says:

The fed is buying 80billion in mortgages a month to keep interest rates low an pay our debt and William wants to cut extensions that help many innocent survive. He must be a angry, evil, ignorant person.

December 1, 2013 at 11:28 am
(78) Nelson says:

William is full of BS and probably a troll…Ignore him.

December 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm
(79) Don says:

If Congress doesn’t pass an extension I will be homeless by January 1st 2014. I hope they realize how important this is. This will be an awful Christmas with the worrying and anxiety -

December 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm
(80) J. Norton says:

Instead of everyone attacking William for having an opinion, perhaps he can share what jobs he can’t fill, ie. what and where they are, specifically. If he can’t perhaps he made it up to state a point. Has he reposted anything?

And as for blaming Republicans, most Republicans are for funding the extensions, but Democrats who scream about “clean” bills pork them up with unrelated, partisan wish lists that doesn’t get into most of the mainstream media talking points causing the rabid dog response that I read on here.

I am neither party and detest the party system that George Washington warned Americans about in his final address. So save your attacks. Please <b>read<b/> the bill yourselves and see if there is pork in with it. Both sides pull these shenanigans all the time.

December 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm
(81) Kristin says:

To William (comment #6) – If you have actually had people tell you that they’d rather stay on unemployment than work for you, you might want to consider the possibility that that is more of a comment on you and/or the job/working conditions you’re offering than on them.

Does the job pay enough to actually live on or will people need to sign up for foodstamps to get by? Are your employees given a steady schedule with predictable hours and days or are they subjected to rotating shifts and the attendant sleep difficulties, loss of family time, and inability to plan anything more than a couple of days in advance because they never know when they’re going to be working? Is the work something that they can feel good about, or does it entail something than anyone with even a minimally functioning sense of ethics and morals would find unacceptable?

Or maybe the job is fine and it really is just you. Your comment itself conveys the image of someone who has no concern for anyone but himself, is extremely judgmental, and treats his employees like ungrateful children.

December 1, 2013 at 6:27 pm
(82) mindovrx says:

Jobs. We need jobs more than anything else, and as long as this administration is vying for more unemployed to vote for him and his party, this problem is only going to get worse. They take us as far as we can go on benefits, then they take us as far as they can go on welfare. No matter how you slice it, they set it up so we need more and more of them. The fact is this: They need people dependent on them, and dependent we are. It doesn’t feel good to be dependent on bureaucracies because they can twist you any way that they want, because they know you are stuck without them. So while we need extensions, we need jobs more than anything, and that is the last thing they are interested, unless it’s jobs in government. There is only so much money going in, and the payers are dwindling, so the available funds get shorter and shorter in total amounts.

Pray that the politics and divide stops being our hindrance. Pray that we can get back up and make this country work by the hands of us and not the hands of bureaucrats that are really only interested in keeping their jobs by making more of us lose ours. This is just one person’s opinion.

December 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm
(83) Pam says:

I’m in the same boat as everyone else here. I am 52 years old and having a hard time finding a job. My benefits will end on the 28th of this month. Like everyone else I am anxiously waiting to hear something.

December 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm
(84) Dean53 says:

I am 53yo and was laid-off from a job paying close to 100k in NJ. I decided I had had enough of NJ and decided to move to the Orlando area. Though I am receiving the much higher NJ rate I have found that finding something in my profession that might pay at least 50% of what I was making in NJ has become quite challenging. I have gone on several interviews and am told in a manner of speaking that I am either to qualified or I lack one minor requirement. Mind you, I have a degree and have been in my profession for well over 18 years. I am sure I am also running into age discrimination. without a doubt.
I may just move back or go somewhere else.

December 1, 2013 at 9:17 pm
(85) Liz says:

I am 65 years old in perfect health and will turn 66 in January. I was with a company for six years but was let go as part of a work force reduction at the end of Feb 2012. I have been job searching every day since then. I am registered with at least 15 employment and staffing agencies, not to mention numerous private firms with whom I have posted my resume. I have a doctorate and advanced software skills, but numerous interviews later, I have not received not a single job offer. Although I have no way of documenting it, I can’t help but feel that my age is a factor because I have never, ever had a problem obtaining employment in the past. There are many of us older unemployed people out there who are ready, willing and able to work. Why are employers so reticent about hiring us??

December 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm
(86) Lynn says:

Everyone who is posting stories about how changes to EUC would affect them, please please please go to this site-
Help renew EUC legislation by entering your stories to be presented to politicians. And if you really want to help with the cause, attach a picture of your family, agree to be quoted on their site, and to be contacted by the media.
I’m not a representative of this organization, I just thought this would be a very valuable tool based on the comments I’m reading here. I’m in the same boat with benefits about to end in January.

December 2, 2013 at 6:16 pm
(87) Marc says:

William: Wait until you have to go on unemployment and then you will know what it is like to condemn hard working individuals that can not find a job because the United States of America decided to out source jobs overseas and move companies to other countries so they could increase profits by small percentages. Well, guess what William, this is what happens when Corporate America whores itself out to the world. Can not blame it on current admin either. This has been going on for decades so suck it up “whiner” and pay your small tiny little amount into unemployment. Wah Wah Wah and then screw your employees even more so you can take your greedy ass to an expensive vacation somewhere.

December 2, 2013 at 6:27 pm
(88) Jane says:

William, I’m currently unemployed and collecting unemployment. I would definitely take any full-time, permanent job offered to me. I have been applying for jobs since September, I know that’s not really so long but I have hardly received any responses. It seem all the jobs available now are temporary/ contract jobs. I am unwiling to give up unemployment for those type of jobs as they offer no stability or even benefits. I have spoken to a couple of job agencies and they claim there aren’t any permanent direct hire jobs. I have been applying to those type of jobs on my own but so far have to luck with getting interviews.

December 2, 2013 at 6:35 pm
(89) Jane says:

William, I definitely accept any good full time permanent job offered to me. I have been on unemployment since getting laid off from my job back in September. Not as long as some people but it’s been frustrating applying for countless jobs without any type of response. The only contact I have had were from agencies that primarily just have temporary jobs available to offer me and right now Im holding out for a permanent job and rather stay on unemployement then take a job that offers no future or benefits most of the time.

December 2, 2013 at 7:37 pm
(90) Jd says:

Was fired six months ago due to not making sales quota. 56 years old, male with 32 years experience in advertising. State benefits ran out this week. Hoping congress will pass emergency benefits this month for 2014. Been sending out resumes every week, started website for consulting business, gone on job interviews and hear nothing back. I’m sure age is a factor in spite of my experience.

December 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm
(91) TG says:

My story. I just turned 46 years old and have been out of work for 7 months now after my 4th layoff. I have left a job on my own only twice in the last 12 years. Every other time has been a layoff – they get worse every time. I do (or should say “did”) computer support. Basically – Desktop support – and been doing it for 15 years. I never got rich, but pays the bills and I always save some money.
Same story as all of you, I’ve sent out resumes every week, I’ve had a bunch of phone screenings, which sometimes lead to an interview, which then leads weeks later to a rejection email. I’m starting to think of age discrimination now too, or is it the “tell us about your strengths” questions?
I got a letter from ES investigating me for fraud now, and I can’t file my claims now. I didn’t do anything wrong, they just thought I started my claims too early – but I panicked and immediately filed as soon as I lost my job. Now I have to probably give back the equivalent of 2 months mortgage. I’m on EUC which ends 12/28 unless it’s extended.
I’m frustrated, and digging into my “layoff savings”. I don’t save for retirement since layoffs always happen first.
I don’t know what to do anymore.

December 3, 2013 at 10:47 am
(92) Rebecca says:

I can relate to the desperation reflected by most of you. I just turned 47 years old. I have a Master’s degree and have been gainfully employed since the age of 16. Until April of this year I had 2 jobs making a total of over 80, 000 working at 2 mental health agencies, one in Massachusetts and the other in Rhode Island. Well in April I became severely ill and was in the hospital for 10 days and could have died. So what do these compassionate mental health agencies do? One let me go while I was in the hospital as that job felt my job performance had gone down the last few weeks. Never mind the salmonella poisoning and cellulitis that almost killed me had been impacting on my concentration and overall health before landing me in the hospital. I even requested to go to a lower paying position which I knew had openings but was told no. My other job was even more devious. They let me come back to work for two weeks and then let me go at the end of my shift at 7am stating my absence due to my illness had disturbed their ability to properly staff my shift. Both jobs told me to apply for unemployment. I applied in RI and was allowed and went to file an extension in October. I was told I now had to apply in Massachusetts since I worked there. Finally allowed today as a new claim in that state. But I have been seeking work in both states and nearby Connecticut. NOTHING! Even applying for jobs I am overqualified for at a lot less money I have been used to making the last 25 years. At this rate I have about 22 weeks to find a job. GOOD LUCK! Nothing yet. How will I survive if there is no extension? I’m barely surviving now. So William (6)? Want to trade places. Maybe you’re a crappy uncompassionate boss who only worries about his bottom line just like the places I was let go from…

December 3, 2013 at 1:44 pm
(93) TG says:

William is an assclown web troll. Just ignore him.
Maybe we’ll get lucky and he’ll lose his job too and find out what F—ed up this is!

December 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm
(94) Ali says:

William and people who think like him (mostly Republicans) are a disgrace to the humanity. If you receive a paycheck from an employer then you’ll see a portion of it goes to several government programs such as FMLA, Social Security, Unemployment and more. Which means each and every one of us who meet the Unemployment qualifications have contributed to the program. Let’s face it, 26 weeks of unemployment, is a joke. Finding a decent job just to be able to live a semi-comfortable life is almost obsolete. Being able to receive the extended benefits that we have already paid for is not too much to ask for. Let us have the temporary piece of mind in order to get back on our feet and find the jobs we qualify for and deserve. Our government spends trillions of tax payers’ money on wars, aiding foreign nations, and bailing out banks and corporations, but when it comes down to its own people, who are desperately in need of some sort of a financial assist, our government fails. Why do the republicans oppose almost every single laws and programs that would and will help the regular people?

December 3, 2013 at 8:59 pm
(95) Doug Emery says:

I lost my job in january of 2013. Got a job in June only to be laid off again. I send 30 job emails a week and nothing. My mobile home has been up for sale for 7 months no takers because of the high space rent. Now come the 28th of december i will have no benefits and be evicted. Most companies do not hire during the holiday seasons. So i’m in trouble. Without the extension i am doomed. Do the right thing republicans. Or get voted out of office.

December 3, 2013 at 9:35 pm
(96) me in NM says:

You actually did not pay into this trust fund one bit. These are funds that employees DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO. The EMPLOYERS pay into this fund and NO employee has. Time to find a job~

December 3, 2013 at 11:04 pm
(97) TG says:

I have another thing to add. I was hired by a tech agency for a 6 month job. I filled in the forms, direct deposit, benefits stuff and was all set to start a new job and end my 6 month search. Two days before the start date (11/1) the agency called me back and said “we have a delay in the start date, we’ll let you know more Monday”. Monday, they basically said not to stop looking for a job and it could be a week, 2 weeks, a month….or maybe never for this job. To add insult, I even received health and dental insurance cards in the mail. That was 1.5 months ago. I emailed them a week ago to check on it and was assured that I was “number one on the list” for something. Yeah thanks for nothing. Search continues, and 12/28 looms.

December 3, 2013 at 11:23 pm
(98) Sheri says:

I worked at our local hospital for 18 years, calling in sick maybe 5 times in 18 years..dedicated worker. All our positions were phased out due to Obama wanting electronic records. have never been unemployed in my life until this past April!! I just ran out of my state UE and will get paid tomorrow my 1st 2 weeks of Fed Ext. This pay is rent and next check utilities and what I can afford for Christmas gifts…next check that I would get the 1st week in January will be rent again. After that what am I supposed to do? I SERIOUSLY will be in the street! If I don’t continue with paychecks I will be homeless and lose all my belongings! I apply for jobs at the hospital they always reply with the same response…”We found someone more qualified”. I know with my clerical skills I could do the jobs I apply for but what it really is is AGE DISCRIMINATION! I will be 58 this month and I can’t find any clerical job! I have talked to several people that say the same thing. The government can send billions of $$ to places like the Phillipines for a typhoon but can’t help out the unemployed in the good ol’ USA? This is the first time in my life that I want to be older. At least if I were 62 I could collect SS and work part-time. I am scared now…I won’t live in the street! I will be dead before I live in the street and lose all my family pictures, furniture, all my life memories……It would be like someone who lost everything in a fire or tornado….but it is all because of no one wants me and I have plenty of good work to give someone! OH..AND HOW DO THEY EXPECT US TO PAY FOR OBAMACARE WITHOUT ANY MONEY COMING IN??

December 3, 2013 at 11:37 pm
(99) Willam says:

Sal, You did not pay one dime into Unemployment Insurance. UI is 100% paid by Employers. Don’t take my word, Check your pay stubs.
That aside, I hope Legislation is passed and signed by the President authoriizing EUC through 2014 and beyond if the economy ramains the same or worse or does not show a significant improvement.

December 4, 2013 at 1:53 am
(100) Lori says:

Unless you have been unemployed and looking for work, please do not make disparaging statements about those who have. Until you have been in this position, I find it distasteful to dismiss another person’s hardship.

December 4, 2013 at 3:03 am
(101) Jeff Zorn says:

American Corporations ship 2,000,000 jobs each year overseas, and the trend is rising. These are engineering jobs and doctors as well as software IT programming jobs all going to India. China gets the bulk of manufacturing jobs. On the other hand there are an estimated 378,000 Computer Programmers and IT guys from India working in the state of California, for companies like Oracle and SalesForce ect. Those 378,000 jobs really need to go to Americans. While the H1-B programs and L-1 Visa programs are needed in a time of expansion and growth, during this recession, it is purely exploitation and greed.

Be well everyone, and call your state representitives and ask them to stop the corporate loopholes that provide easy money for the few.


December 4, 2013 at 10:35 am
(102) Marcus says:

Disparaging remark? You people had better get real and toughen up or you will be on that street lickity split

December 4, 2013 at 10:40 am
(103) Marcus says:

TG you’re whining. They said you were number 1 on the list which is much better than not being on the list. All w2 jobs require you get jerked around some…what are you special. The doom and gloom routine will make you look desperate and when that happens you won’t be on the list for long. We don’t hire disparate looking people.

December 4, 2013 at 11:11 am
(104) Carol says:

I am 51 years old and have been unemployed since June 2013. I am an educated, professional women. I was told about my layoff in January 2013 and have been looking diligently ever since. My husband is self employed. His income has dropped dramatically since 2007 due to the state of the economy. We have cut our expenses as best we can. Without an extension of unemployment benefits, we will not be able to pay our mortgage. This is devastating and only serves to mentally drain us, making the job search even harder! We need the political fighting in Congress to stop. We are not pawns on a chess board. We are real people facing hardship. I ask Congress to please pass the extension of unemployment benefits so that all our energy can remain focused on our job search.

December 4, 2013 at 2:17 pm
(105) Marcus says:

Sherri why don’t you commit a crime that will land you in jail until you’re 62? Its been done before and good court appointed lawyer could really help with this. Judges are very lenient and understanding these days and you would be provided for and be out in no time. Give it a thought its better than your alternative….which is a more stupid one.

December 4, 2013 at 2:19 pm
(106) El says:

I have been desperately trying to find a new job since I “lost” my most recent job. I have found that the job market has become even more pathetic now than it was when I lost my 6-year-long job a couple of years ago. The news reporters keep saying ‘it’s getting better,’ but they’re news anchors… they HAVE jobs so how would they know?

To top it off, I have lost my health insurance and have a reasonably serious health condition – which prevents me from obtaining health insurance! Not that I could afford it once they decide to TEAR away our only lifeline away from us on December 28th.

I have sent so many resumes out, I have spent countless hours searching and searching. I have reached out to friends/family/strangers… I have updated/re-updated/professionally updated my resume and portfolio… and I still have not even received a CALL for an interview!!! It’s simply shocking.

It’s gotten to the point where I have given up on the career that I love and have dedicated so much to, and the reason why have those significantly student loans to repay…. and have come to the realization that I will have to work for… who knows… minimum wage? I certainly cannot pay any bills on that!! I have been applying for “entry-level” random jobs that don’t even require a degree and haven’t even been considered for those!

PLEASE, if there is any decency left in this nation, in those who are capable of making this happen for those of us who so desperately need it, please, please, please extend EUC benefits through 2014. The situation couldn’t be more serious.

December 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm
(107) Doug says:

Here I am, 51 years of age and unemployed for the very first time, collecting UI Benefits and just exhausted all my regular benefits, and now solely relying on my first Federal Extension. After working hard all these years and paying into the system, what gives with the government lagging on extending benefits? Talk about STRESSFUL. Nothing is worse then the UI Department not returning calls and leaving one hanging. First they cut food stamps last month and now our UI benefits are in jeopardy. Our economy is NOT close to recovering, and someone my age will find it difficult to find employment without some age discrimination. HAPPY HOLIDAYS from the U.S. Government!

December 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm
(108) Marcus says:

Doug it appears you believed way too much in govt. good luck — something will turn up.

December 4, 2013 at 11:22 pm
(109) john says:

I am in the same boat as most here, very anxious to see what the outcome of a euc extension will be.I was layed off due to my company being bought out by a foreign company.I just started my first tier of euc benefits. I believe they will extend benefits due to the economic and social disaster it woulf cause by not extending them.I wish you all luck in finding work and if not, I’m going to need your address William cause I’m going to need to sleep on your couch on the 29th

December 5, 2013 at 10:24 am
(110) Marcus says:

John they are not going to extend this….pull your head out of the sand and get your plan together. Don’t let this sneak up on you and whack you on the 29th.

December 5, 2013 at 10:56 am
(111) not2l84me says:


You have no idea which way the EUC is going to go. As of right now I would say it may very well be extended. Please see Alison’s note dated 12/5 above.
You are obviously trying to cause my anxiety and pain then help, understanding and assistance. You seem to be quite shallow and unhappy. Please see your way away from these boards. Maybe go to ‘rants & raves’ in Craigslist?

December 5, 2013 at 11:13 am
(112) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

@not2l84me You are absolutely right – we don’t know how this is going to go until it all plays out in Congress. If the past is an indicator, an extension will be passed after a lengthy and messy debate.

Also, the unemployment report for November that will be released tomorrow will also factor into the equation.

I am still hopeful an extension will be passed, but I do think it will go down to the last possible moment – unfortunately, as always.


December 5, 2013 at 12:05 pm
(113) Marcus says:

If you can’t read any further than what democrats are saying then you’re deluding yourself and setting your readers up for a big fall. The repubs have said they “have no appetite” for this. Its still in committee and the democrats don’t have a big enough enticement to change any minds. Just so you know.

December 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm
(114) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

@Marcus None of us know definitively what will happen until it happens. In previous years, especially last year, the Republicans were adamantly not going to pass an extension. They did. So, given what’s happened and continues to happen in Congress this term, it’s better to wait and see than to predict what might happen. Of course, it always makes sense to prepare for the worst, along with hoping for the best.

December 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm
(115) not2l84me says:


Ok we ‘get it’. For some reason you feel you have gathered the most pertinent fact and that your synopsis is incredibly prescient. You also seem very inclined to further depress the hopes of anyone who is desperately seeking employment.
You are a monster in my opinion. Just like a very ill person’s hopes need to be elevated so do those who have worked all their lives but now find themselves in a terrible situation.
Just remember this……KARMA is a b*t*h!

December 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm
(116) not2l84me says:


One additional comment and then I am done with the likes of you!

Alison in no way shape or form is deluding anyone. She has made no opinionated comment as to which way the EUC situation will go. She has just provided information as to where the Bills are in the process.
Stating she is ‘hopeful’. Hoping provides solace and nothing else. You one the other hand are as guilty as what you decry. You see Alison’s neutral remarks of hope are quite different than the opinionated rubbish you have spewed in some of your insensitive and quite unneeded for this board, remarks.

December 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm
(117) Sherie Phillips says:

Will the extension only help those who’s unemployment benefits will expire at the end of December 2013? I am currently on unemployment, but only 8 weeks into my claim, which ends in April 2014. If Congress passes an extension, will I be entitled to the same extension once my initial claim ends in April 2014? My initial filing was October 2013.

December 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm
(118) not2l84me says:

OMG!!! This news article just came out!! It is looking more likely that EUC will be extended!!!

Link below:


December 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm
(119) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

@Sherie – what has happened in the past is that Congress has extended benefits for a full year. So, if an extension is passed it should cover you and other unemployed workers who run out of benefits during 2014 – at least through the end of December.

That said, there is a possibility that a shorter-term (or no) extension is passed. The easiest way to do it though is to continue what is currently in place – both for Congress and the state unemployment offices.

December 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm
(120) not2l84me says:


Sherie asked a good question. I am in the same position. Though I feel I will have a job before my initial 26 weeks end in February, if an extension is granted through 2014, will Sherie and I also be included? I feel the answer is ‘yes’ but felt it better placed with you.


December 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm
(121) not2l84me says:

Thanks Alison! L@@ks like you are monitoring things here quite well….


December 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm
(122) Tammy says:

You don’t pay into unemployment benefits, unless you were the employer. The employer pays a quarterly tax to pay for unemployment insurance. Just FYI.

December 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm
(123) Dennis says:

Democratic Party hearing on extending EUC

December 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm
(124) not2l84me says:


Thanks you for linking that video. There now seems a huge push to approve EUC through 2014.
I scratch my head and ask ‘where are the Republicans in all of this’? I am a fierce Independent so I am not trying to ‘cast stones’. I just can for the life of me understand why they consciously are and have taken a back seat to EUC.

December 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm
(125) TG says:

I hope there is enough common sense out there to pass this. I could use more time in my job search – although I’m so sick of this crap I could throw up.
I had a mandatory meeting at the Unemployment office last week, and the room was packed with probably 80+ people in the same situation I was in. That was just one office, one session…I just imagine that at all the places around the Seattle area and think of all the people that are struggling to find a job along with myself.
Fingers crossed that this works out.

(I’ve added Marcus to the troll list along with William.)

December 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm
(126) TG says:

Thanks for this article and the updates. I have this page open up on my browser when I start my computer just to see if there are any updates.

December 5, 2013 at 7:03 pm
(127) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

@TG You’re very welcome. From what I’m hearing today, it appears that the momentum is shifting towards passing an extension of EUC. I hope I’m right, but it seems like the Democrats are going to fight this battle, with the support of the White House.

December 5, 2013 at 11:47 pm
(128) Sheri says:

Marcus~It’s too bad they deleted my comment to you….I really would like you to have read it!!

Moving on……Of course, I am scared that they might not pass the extensions for 2014, but I really don’t think they would just cut all of us off with no money coming in! If anything, if they want to rid up the extensions, they should slowly remove weeks of benefits but not just all of a sudden cut it off!! I just received my first pay of Tier 1. I have tried so hard to get a job like others are writing here. I truly don’t know what to do!! Are most of you not able to get a job because of your age….yet age discrimination is not tolerated??!!

December 6, 2013 at 2:06 am
(129) Don says:

Thank you Dennis for sharing that link. I commented on this thread a few days ago explaining my desperate situation. I’m on tier 1 of my unemployment claim (New York resident) and unless Congress approves an extension into 2014…I will quickly lose my home after Jan 1st. I look for work everyday often spending 20 hours per day searching through all of my sources in hope of finding employment. Lets hope and pray that Congress will do the correct thing and not force over 1 million Americans into a deeper financial burden. -

December 6, 2013 at 7:33 am
(130) Russell says:


Thank you for your updates on this important issue. I would urge everyone here to email their congressional representatives ASAP and express your view on this issue. I did this today and let them know in no uncertain terms they must do this or I and the other voters will speak LOUDLY.

Here’s a good resource if you haven’t already done so:


Let’s all hope they pass an extension to help us during our job search.

December 6, 2013 at 10:58 am
(131) not2m84me says:

Interesting article on the need to continue with EUC.

Have a good weekend everyone.

And please try not to stress to much. You are doing the best you can do. Like me, you know the stress is counterproductive. Trust me, I know it is difficult not to be stressed, but please try……I pray…for both you & I.


December 6, 2013 at 1:13 pm
(132) cindy says:

i just started tier 2. I was told when i got laid off in april 2013 i would be covered for a year.its been 7 months and Im being cut off at the end of Dec 2013.. I was laid off due to the state of Illinois cutting the home health care program funds for the company that i worked for. Now,how am i soppse to believe anything that comes from the dept of unemployment when they have been wishy washy-? Also, i have seen several people male/femle that for some way or reason claim unemployment for up to 2 years..how the heck can that be when i cant get it for over 8 months. I have worked all my life and did not want to be laid off but with my company closing what choice did i have?

December 6, 2013 at 3:03 pm
(133) RainwaterMB says:

I just want to work. I’m 53 and was let go from The Box after seven yrs. Georgia is a RTW state. Even though I was terminated, I am notorious for paper trails. I had no chance to fight a giant, but was awarded my unemployment. They falsified statements in the notice that contradicted immediate management weekly review papers that were signed by upper management. So I submitted the reviews to the State and they paid me the last three days left in the week, but I got my 2weeks vacation pay which I did not get Unemployment but have since.
Nonetheless, I’ve never-ever been terminated.
I know you don’t know me, but only here of witch you read.
I was laid off from one of the top three commercial airliners in 96 and only drew pay for two days before I had another job.Today is an Employers market in the USA.Today there is know eye contact, physical see me shake my hand hiring process anymore. It’s sad.Everything (communications) is performed by 11110001001000.
So technology has taken over the human element.

Materialistically transformed.

December 6, 2013 at 4:53 pm
(134) john says:

Marcus, I do not disagree with you on some points but I have been to trade school and college and have looked for any work possible like most people on here. I dont wish bad on anyone and it is a scary position to be in.A little faith and hope is all that some people can have in a situation like this.How do you plan for the worse? .it is very difficult to find work.It is hard to prepare for the worse with no funds..I wish the best for everyone struggling because I promise you, your not alone

December 6, 2013 at 7:34 pm
(135) Alison Doyle says:

I’m looking for a long term unemployed worker who would be interested in doing a TV interview on what it’s like being unemployed. If you or anyone you know is interested, please email me at jobsearch@aboutguide.com.

December 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm
(136) The_7_Percent_Rate-this Month says:

The figures released says that unemployment dropped to 7.00 percent . [ Obviously this is because of the seasonal retail and such spike -before it t goes up to whatever 7.3 more /less - but verly likely above 7 percent in a few months-two months at the most].
What does Alison think this will do to the move to push for renewal of EUC.. John Boehner seems to think this is a good indicator that They should Not be spending on EUC ( Grasping at straws to TRY To WEASEL out of any coopieration ).
HOW WILL THIS AFFECT the DEMS ( Pelosie’s resolve , Obamas Push AND THE END PUSH To extend it ).

ANYOne ? Alison : What ke is your THINKing/Take on this !

It concerns me !That it may throw a wrench in this push, dampen it or
Derail it )

December 6, 2013 at 8:57 pm
(137) not2l84me says:

By using such rhetoric I would say that Boehner and his fellow GOP’s are perhaps just trying to appease their constituents who would like to see EUC end. I strongly feel he and his minions will vote along with the DEM’s and approve an extension when all is said and done.
I would like to point out that 41% of the employment gains were public workers. Many of them being the temporarily laid off ones. In addition how many of these jobs are part-time and what is the comparable wage differences? I will tell you the average wage is lower as well as hours. Bottom line is the labor participation rate is at decades lows. This economy is truly on the brink of failure.

December 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm
(138) D says:

My regular 26 weeks of NY state UI run out in early January (January 5, 2014). Will I qualify for the extension being considered by Congress and, if so, how long will the extension be? How many weeks of benefits?

December 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm
(139) Ruth Lloyd says:

How can they not help us in a time of need. Worked for a company 33 years and was let go in June of 2013. Never collected unemployment in my life until now. Paid taxes all my life and when you really need help they ripe it out from under you.

Anger that the FAT CATS think this is a joke. Dec. 22 will be my last check from unemployment and still can not find a job paying $7.50 an hour. What are we are we to do. Loose our house, go on welfare, collect food stamps.

They have no clue as to how the middle class is doing. They must extend the unemployment.

December 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm
(140) Dennis says:

@D,yes if they pass the EUC extension you will go on to the tiers here is the link to keep updated,you currently have up to t-3 the duration changes but is on the bottom of this report. http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/euc_trigger/2013/euc_120813.html
I keep them in my favorites.

December 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm
(141) Dennis says:

@ D , yes you will go to the tiers,every state has t-1 except N. Carolina,they have decided not to help the poor in hopes they will move out of their state.



At the bottom of the second page it shows the weeks on each tier.
At the bottom of the first it shows the weekly changes.

December 7, 2013 at 5:45 pm
(142) Dennis says:

@ D yes you will move to the tiers

December 8, 2013 at 1:29 am
(143) Carol says:

It is wrong for someone to class unemployment as lazy people that won’t work. Unemployment is for people who have worked but through no fault of their own lose their job through closing, or slow business. My husband worked in the same field for 26 years, and went to a new company that he was asked to go to, because of his great record in the business. He agreed to go manage this new store, brought many followers/customers along. He walked in one day in July and was told they may be closing up, they didn’t close though, just hired someone for peanuts in pay. Now we are facing this unemployment issue as well. It is devastating news, and my husband is 58 years old. I babysit my grandchildren, so my children can go to work. Now we both may have to take low paying jobs to survive. It’s not right, he’s worked his butt off, never been fired or laid off ever until this past July. He is very knowledgeable in the plumbing wholesale business, and was very respected within it. What happened to him was cold and evil. We are also in the process of possibly losing our home.
So to the man that said the cold statement above, please try to understand that most of the people on here are hard working people, and if you were to lose your business at the drop of the hat and end up on unemployment would you be so eager to work for minimum wage when you can search for what you are used to doing for a little while longer, after all shouldn’t we be looking after our own here first and foremost. It’s easy to talk but walk in our shoes first, so you know what you are damn well talking about.

December 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm
(144) barbhop says:

Congress is talking about reducing the extension to just 14 weeks in 2014 – what happens if you currently in the second tier and already went thru the first 14 weeks – they will just drop you off the EUC or what?!!!

December 8, 2013 at 6:25 pm
(145) Aryton Senna says:

Folks after 26 weeks you are hooked on govt handouts. Get up off your recliner and take responsibility for yourselves or not, the choice is yours.

December 9, 2013 at 10:34 am
(146) Caryla says:

I’ve been unemployed since Feb 26, 2013. . .and have turned 60 since then. I diligently check all of the internet job boards, network with colleagues and apply, apply, apply for jobs.I’ve lowered my expectations for a wage. I don’t know what else to do. My DLR rep just keeps saying that I’m doing everything right and that something will happen. She’s right. . .without the extension, I won’t be able to pay for utilities, food and expensive medication I need.
Puh-leeeze. . .extend the benefits beyond Dec 28, 2013!!!!!
I want to live!

December 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm
(147) Michael Schmidt says:

You are an idiot if you think it is a govt. handout. It is a hand up. Every week most of us apply for like a hundred jobs a week. And it is hard even to get a job as a janitor which you can’t survive. Most of us would rather earn our pay. Sure Unemployment is paid by your employer but that is a benefit u earn like vacation time. They also had to pay my salary. It does not mean it is the company’s money any more. We all earned it. That is what insurance is for. I have been fully employed and paying taxes for 36 years. And what do I get for that tax I paid. Bad roads, wars we did not need to be in and that did no good and kill a lot of our mostly young people, and not much else. We don’t even have much of a space program any more. And all these companies care about is managers, CEO’s etc getting their million dollar bonuses at the expense of the laid off workers who are just numbers to them. Laying off workers hurts them in the long run because jobs are being combined which hurt the quality of the work or product. So u idiots who say we don’t deserve it or don’t think we are desperately looking for jobs have never experienced long term unemployment. And if you did you bet you would be in the unemployment line too unless you were rich CEOs etc. that get millions of dollars when they get let go.

December 9, 2013 at 3:29 pm
(148) maria says:

I’ve been on the un employment since march of 2013. I’ve now entered my Tier 1 for the state Of PA. Do I still continue to receive my other 2 tiers, please keep me inform on this and the government decision.

December 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm
(149) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Here’s information from the National Employment Law Project on who to call in Congress:

Please take a few minutes to pick up the phone right now. Calls are urgently needed to these House Republican leaders: Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Dave Camp and Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan.
Call toll-free 1-888-245-0215. Please make these four critical calls and ask for the office of each of those House Republican leaders, and give them a very simple message:

Tell them: ?Don?t shut down federal unemployment insurance. Renew federal UI ? the EUC program ? for 2014 right now! You must not turn your backs on America?s struggling jobseekers and cannot leave town for holiday vacation until you renew federal unemployment benefits for 2014! Thank you.?

December 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm
(150) Could You Please Point me to the Source/News article,, . Please ! says:

@barbhop(144) You[ barbhop ] say

“…Congress is talking about reducing the extension to just 14 weeks in 2014 – what happens if you currently in the second tier and already went thru the first 14 weeks – they will just drop you off the EUC or what?!!! …”.

Where did you see/read/head this news [ /non news]. ??

It may well be true [ / non true /part truth / in the works WHATEVER...

I WOULD LIKE A LINK on Where you heard/saw/it SO I can see for myself What Is Going on [ /Not going on! ]. Could you please please point me to that source/second-hand /third hand source even …I WANT to see the S-O-U-R-C-E…..

Thanks Much .

December 9, 2013 at 5:48 pm
(151) Chef David says:

I lost my job as an executive chef because the establishment I was working for decided that they were going to eliminate the position due to budget cuts. I have been on state (North Carolina) unemployment and it is due to run out in a month or so. I cannot find a job. My question is, will I be eligible for federal EUC benefits once my state benefits run out if Congress passes the extension before the holiday break? I’m starting to get freaked out about losing state benefits with no job offers yet. Thank you for your assistance.

December 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm
(152) john says:

I was also wondering where the 14 week extension article or source is from.I have not been able to find the article either.It doesnt seem to be looking to positive so far.I have hand cramps from turning in apps but to no avail.Im kind of curious on what thosr who lose their benefits, what is our next step because I gear that a lot of people will not have a safety net or any opinions. I am glad that over 200,000 jobs were created in november but most people know a large chunk of those jobs will disappear after the holiday shopping season.Alison made a very good point above, call the number and express your concerns with your reps.every little voice adds up.

December 10, 2013 at 10:21 am
(153) Sal says:

I have one State UI check left for $90.00. I have been actively seeking work since June. Can I still apply for UI extension with the State of Colorado?

December 10, 2013 at 2:53 pm
(154) Marvin says:

I’m 48 my uneployment insurance runs out at the end of december. What to do ?

December 10, 2013 at 3:22 pm
(155) Sal says:

I have called the 1-888-245-0215 numbers several times and left voice mail messages on the recorders that let me. Has anybody else done this? Please, we need an extension. How can Congress leave on Christmas vacation knowing millions will loose their benefits.

December 10, 2013 at 6:03 pm
(156) Roberto C. says:

I’m a 31 year old, with a college degree, 4 years of Military service, and I speak multiple languages, I have been on unemployment for a year, with 3 month break in between where i worked a temp job in a call center, I’ve read some comments by employers talking about people they would rather stay on unemployment, and they are right, but not for the reason you think, the systems doesn’t allow you to, it’s a matter of being able to afford to work, because you are penalize for working, a penalty some can’t afford. My extension was cut by 65% after I had been receiving the max, I would be better off flipping burgers, which is not exactly what I expected after my 4 years in the Navy and finishing my college degree. This is not a complaint, this is reality. So before some of the more ignorant folks out there make their stupid comments, be mindful of the different situations folks are living.

December 10, 2013 at 6:17 pm
(157) Yvonne says:

I had to leave a good job to care for a parent full time. My husband has gone through 3 different company bankruptcies. I cannot collect unemployment according to MI law and my husband was let go Jan 1st 2013 because the company had upper management embezzlement which led to bankrupcy of the company. It makes me mad to hear people like “William” rant and rave that we are losers. I am 60 and have lots of experience, training and qualifications yet i have only managed to get 2 temp jobs. My husband has been looking and submits at least 2 resumes a week and yet all he has been able to get is a 30 hour a week job with no benefits and making barely above minimum wage but he took the job. We are not losers but no-one wants to hire us because we are either too over qualified or the real reason is we are too old. If we apply at McDonalds we get yelled at because we are taking jobs away for the young people. Our loyalty, qualifications & experience means nothing anymore to employers and then get told we are losers. we WANT to work. We have lost everything, our home and had to file for bankruptcy. We can’t even afford a rental because gas and groceries and medical which we do not have insurance for, utilities, insurance on car which is 7 years old and needing repairs ect takes up most of the income we do get in. My husband gets only $200 a week for unemployment and if this does not get extended, our income will be less than $1000 a month. We are not asking for handouts, just an extention until one or both of us can get back on our feet. We want no sympathy just understanding, that nothing is as cut and dried as some would like to make it. My prayers go out for all those who have suffered, it is and has not been easy for a lot of us and sometimes things happen that are out of your control. We do have pride but when your hands are tied, you look for a little bit of silver lining and extended the EUB will be that silver lining.

December 10, 2013 at 6:29 pm
(158) KPV says:

They passed the budget deal and did not include the EUC . Meaning that it will expire since they are all leaving for Christmas on Friday and not back until next year. Most likley tells me its not getting extended. What a bad thing to do to 1.3 million folks at the holidays.

December 10, 2013 at 6:46 pm
(159) KPV says:

sorry I mistakenly said it was passed. i meant that it was agreed on and left out the EUC extension. So yes it will expire.

December 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm
(160) Sharon says:

What chance is there that this will pass and any thoughts as to when we will hear for certain? And thanks….. your updates have been great. Much appreciated.

December 10, 2013 at 7:20 pm
(161) Dennis says:

The Repubs in the house always refuse to include it in their budgets,Patty knows she just has to let it slide, but what really matters is the senate,and the President.In the final senate debate the repubs will have to show their cards,and it always been the same thing,tax relief for the 1%ers,along with some increased military spending in exchange for unemployment benefits and food for the snap program.However they do like to let it expire first to prove that people will just leave the system proving that they really didnt need help,and it also helps the rich to buy up what little wealth the poor in this country still have.

December 10, 2013 at 8:02 pm
(162) pregnantandunemployed says:

I am 23 yr old young mom who have been unemployed since august of this year. I have always been hardworking and kept 1 or 2 jobs since I was 15 yrs old. Just recently I was laid off of a job that I had been working for; for over a year with no warning. The worst part is that I had just found I was expecting a few days before being laid off my job. I’ve applied for jobs, g one on interviews and have yet to be hired. I’m now 5 months pregnant and its only going to get harder and harder to find employment the further along I get.. My unemployment benefits have been the only thing that has given me hope and still be able to get by. I don’t know what I will do once my benefits expire after christmas.. I pray that the benefits are extended especially for people who really need them. God be with us.

December 10, 2013 at 10:08 pm
(163) stephanie says:

I have been trying for the last 4 months to get hired again but since i was fired due to no fault of my own nobody will hire me because i was FIRED. I need the extension while i am still going on my interviews or i wont have money to provide for my 3yr old. Sometimes i agree with a friend of mine that refuses to have a child and bring it into this messed up world.

December 11, 2013 at 1:48 am
(164) john says:

Looks like your right KPV.Seems like we got tossed to the side.I watched a analysis on cnn stating that basically if it is not voted by Wednesday, it wont happen before the congressional holiday.It was a slap in the face when Patty Murray said they came across a budget deal before their much needed holiday break.I guess turning your back on your own people makes for a happy holiday.It is amazing that we pay these representatives (taxes) and instead they pull our lifeline….I wish everyone the best because I know there are some people in a really bad spot

December 11, 2013 at 3:59 am
(165) Dennis says:

C-span is where you can watch the votes and the debates tomorrow,there will be two hours of debate in the house of reps first,on c-span,the senate will be start debate on the budget after it passes the house on c-span 2, c-span 3 will have an on going news show that will up date the progress. Its on the internet and streams live.Each channel will usually up date the events as it progesses.I open all three in separate browsers and let them stream,watching the ones that are active since there is a lot of idle time,but it should be very eventful tomorrow.IF YOU ARE SUPPORTING KIDS…dont wait to get on SNAP and any other government programs you can,WIC,apply for housing,its available online,or a least the applications are.THIS IS NOT NEW !!!! I was around for two of these recessions and it will not get better soon,move in with family and do it soon !!!! There were 10 million people that thought they were going to get extensions back in 09,they were the 99ers they have been out of benefits now for 3 years,they are part of the 20 million people that still have not returned to the work force..

January 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm
(166) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

Reminder From Alison: For those who are posting negative, nasty, snarky and off-topic comments, your comments will be deleted. In addition, you will blocked from posting in the future.

This post 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 anyone who posts here. Comments that will be approved:

Are supportive and constructive
Are clear and on topic
And are respectful toward others

In addition to nasty, negative, and insulting, general posts about politics, profanity, vulgarity, speculation, name-calling and off-topic comments will be deleted at my discretion. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and saving my time (and your own).

December 11, 2013 at 10:55 am
(167) Terry White says:

Hi, Im a single dad of two wonderful girls they are my world. I lost my job in June of 2013 and am on unemployment. I looked for jobs and looked for jobs just not much around where I live. So I enrolled in college to get my ASE certification to better my self and give my girls a better life.. Now they are saying that unemployment extensions are set to expire on the first of January if that happens Im afraid I will have to quit my dream. See I go to school full time 40 hrs a week. Then I take care of my girls in the evening. Just a bad situation for me and my girls and maybe I didnt make the right choices but these are the ones I made so I got to live with them so I am praying that they reach a agreement by the first. Thank you for your time just had to get that off my chest. Praying for a extension agreement..

December 11, 2013 at 12:52 pm
(168) KPV says:

well here it is . Boehner today put the ball into Obamas court , he will support the extension if Obama gives him the details of how it will be paid for BUT Obama has not given him anything. This is good news IF obama can come up with a plan and give it to him ASAP


Speaker John A. Boehner said Wednesday he was willing to give President Barack Obama an extension of unemployment benefits, but not for free.

“When the White House finally called me last Friday about extending unemployment benefits, I said that we would clearly consider it as long as long as it’s paid for and as long as there are other efforts that will help get our economy moving once again,” the Ohio Republican said Wednesday morning at a press conference.

“I’ve not seen a plan from the White House that meets those standards,” Boehner said.

The lack of an unemployment extension is one of the chief complaints from Democrats about the emerging budget deal.

December 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm
(169) StrugglingPAMom says:

It looks like Nancy Pelosi is saying that there will be no deal if UC is not included. Pelosi just now: “We cannot sign a budget agreement that does not include unemployment insurance.”

I can’t even get my hopes up…but I’m trying. My disabled 7yo son and I will literally be homeless by the end of January without this extension.

December 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm
(170) Mark says:

OK. So if extentions ens on the 28th can i still fill out my unemployment on sunday the 29th and be credited for my prior two weeks ive been off. Ide like to know because if i wanna have christmas this year it can only happen if i recieve a deposit on the first of january. Otherwise this week and last weeks credit will have to be saved for my bills all due 1st of the month. Ive already prepared my children, girlfriend and her children whom all live with me with the fact that there will most likely be no gifts this year. Luckily they are all in their older teens and understand what it takes to keep a household goin.

December 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm
(171) Alison Doyle says:

The state unemployment offices should have information on their websites. However, because it was so late last year they weren’t updated until early January. There may not be an official notice in a timely manner.

So, I would continue filing so you have no interruption in benefits if an extension is passed.


December 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm
(172) StrugglingPAMom says:

I spoke to PA unemployment today and was told there was money for all of the weeks up to the 28th, so if I file on the 29th, I’ll be paid for the two weeks prior. They are also advising everyone to keep filing after that regardless of what we hear on the news. He said that last year, the feds did not approve anything until the first week of February, and everyone was paid retroactively right away as long as they had kept filing biweekly.

December 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm
(173) Tim says:

What horrific timing. I had a great job and was laid off not by choice. I bust my tail every single day to find work yet rely on this insurance to keep my family fed and sheltered. The studys have shown that having this insurance is supremely beneficial to the economy…why on earth would they choose to shut this down considering all of the benefits and holiday timing. Yes its 25 billion, but its 25 billion that goes right back into the economy.

December 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm
(174) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

From the NY Times – Congress Needs to Extend Unemployment Insurance

December 11, 2013 at 6:49 pm
(175) KPV says:

Sen Harry Reid conceeded that they will expire after getting nothing done today and they will take up the issue next year. So looks like it will expire on the 28th and something they will fight over next year.

Here is his tweet


Extension of unemployment insurance should have been a part of the deal. I’ll push for an extension when Senate convenes after the New Year.

December 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm
(176) mike says:

im confused here, thought pelosi said no deal w/o extension.

December 11, 2013 at 8:23 pm
(177) KPV says:

Pelosi , Obama and the rest of the Democrats backed down. They had the upper hand as the Republicans wanted nothing to do with a shut down of the government again. Both parties are a just going through the motions and trying to get get home for the holidays. Leaving Americans to lose there benefits. Ridiculous. What a great country we live in where its leaders who are supposed to work for us do not.

December 11, 2013 at 9:18 pm
(178) mike says:

what im tryin to decifer how to they pass this through, w/o the unemployment on it. i read it that theyre going to do so w/o the euc, on it, which theyre ready to pass if obama explains were the moneys coming from. pelosi i thought said its all or nothing…which leaves me confused, b/c it looks like the rest is going thru?

December 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm
(179) Sheri says:

I am just devestated like many of you are here. I cannot believe they would leave on Christmas break with our unemployment stopping. How in the world can they live with themselves??? I would not do that to 1 person let alone a whole country!!!…..and at Christmas time. How can we enjoy our families and bring in the New Year with this dark shadow hanging over us?? Aren’t we stressed enough that we apply and apply for jobs and they aren’t hiring us?? I know in my case it has to be age as I turn 58 this Friday. I was employed at a hospital in MI for 18 years and we all lost our job as medical transcriptionists due to the electronic records that took over our jobs. I cannot live without the unemployment! How can they cut us off ‘cold turkey’? I will be homeless by the end of February if I lose my unemployment. I pray for all of us! I pray these Republicans will come to their senses and actually care about “we the people”. I cannot believe this is something the United States of America would do to us! Please help us! We are desperate! We are not sitting back not looking for work! We are scared to begin with as one day our UE will run out but not NOW…not just like that! POOF! No money coming in!!??? I don’t know what to do! Please help us all!

December 11, 2013 at 10:32 pm
(180) Sheri says:

One more thing…..when I first lost my job I thought I would most likely get a different position at the hospital. Everytime I apply I get the same response…”We found someone more qualified” and I know I am qualified to the job….yes some things I would have to learn, but you don’t know every aspect of any job you apply for. I only called in maybe 5 times in 18 years…was a very dependable worker! Every job I apply for that is clerical and would be no problem for me….they don’t even call me. I am in shock that I cannot get hired. It was never like this for me before….any job I applied for I got, be it I stayed at many jobs for years at a time. I never thought I would be in this predicament and now the the UE possibly screeching to a halt………I won’t even be able to apply for a job as I will lose my apt and my cable to apply for jobs online! I will be in the street. I always wonder how Canada might be, although I don’t want to leave my only son and my elderly mother and the community. Never thought my life would be like this! Thanks for reading my thoughts and comments. I pray for each and every one of you that are going through similar scary times right now.

December 12, 2013 at 2:14 am
(181) Roni says:

Obama says the budget is a “good start” and he wants unemployment extended in the “immediate term”. What does “immediate term” mean in politics? Does it mean “immediately” and that he will not sign the budget unless unemployment is extended.

December 12, 2013 at 2:15 am
(182) Roni says:
December 12, 2013 at 2:16 am
(183) Roni says:

Obama says the budget is a “good start” and he wants unemployment extended in the “immediate term”. What does “immediate term” mean in politics? Does it mean “immediately” and that he will not sign the budget unless unemployment is extended.


December 12, 2013 at 2:58 am
(184) Roni says:
December 12, 2013 at 8:47 am
(185) ROBERT PATTEN says:

I went online and sent emails to my Congressman and Senator as well as my Governor (why not). If everyone would do this, it would at least let their Reps know how you feel. You can find your Rep’s online and their email addresses. They may not read them but they will know what they are all about.

December 12, 2013 at 9:51 am
(186) KPV says:

I watched the new programs on CCN , MSNBC etc this morning and caught Ryan and other basically saying they told Obama last week that they did not not want an extension but to give them a proposal with some offsets and they would consider it and Obama has not given them anything and they are still waiting. I has been blaming the Republicans but What is Obama and the democrats waiting for .Just like last year there they had to give the replublicans something , Democrats have to give the Republicans something. Very irratating that they are playing with our lives like this. Alot of folks will go homless and lose the ability to look for a Job come Jan 1.

December 12, 2013 at 9:56 am
(187) Robert Patten says:

Just saw on Television that it appears we are out of luck this year on EUC, they will take a look in January. For those of us that have RENT due on 1/1 we are just out of luck apparently.

December 12, 2013 at 10:34 am
(188) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

Information from NELP:

Please take a few minutes to pick up the phone right now. Calls are urgently needed to these House Republican leaders: Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Dave Camp and Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan.

Call toll-free 1-888-245-0215. Please make these four critical calls and ask for the office of each of those House Republican leaders, and give them a very simple message:

Tell them: ?Don?t shut down federal unemployment insurance. Renew federal UI ? the EUC program ? for 2014 right now! You must not turn your backs on America?s struggling jobseekers and cannot leave town for holiday vacation until you renew federal unemployment benefits for 2014! Thank you.?

Also, here’s a list of phone numbers:

December 12, 2013 at 11:37 am
(189) ROBERT PATTEN says:

I did my part and made the calls. Thanks for the info. Everyone needs to know that the House doesn’t come back from Vacation until 1/6 so could be midway through January before anything gets done.

December 12, 2013 at 11:59 am
(190) john says:

KPV…..I got the same thing out of it also.Waiting on Obama to come up with a proposal.The waiting period for congress to come back from holiday break is enough to destroy some families especially since there is still no gauruntees it will be resolved then either. …thank you Alison for the updates..i might have ti nominate you for next president. .you are keeping us more informed then the president it is

December 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm
(191) ROBERT PATTEN says:

If its not resolved now, then in January they are going to bundle it with the increase of Minimum Wage from what they are saying. But in the Senate, the Senate leader told them they will stay in session through Christmas if they have to (not for unemployment but something else they are working on ), so the House needs to just stay in session another partial week and get this done.

December 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm
(192) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

If you’re on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or other social networking sites – here’s a post you can share to help spread the word about calling: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151586259824649&set=a.169941264648.101145.50062034648&type=1&theater

December 12, 2013 at 1:33 pm
(193) robert patten says:

Pelosi is on the floor now on CSPAN talking about EUC

December 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm
(194) unemployed E says:

Thank you for your updates everyone! I cannot afford cable tv, I keep checking my phone for news.

December 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm
(195) Robert Patten says:

The Democrats wanted to submit or discuss submitting an amendment that would allow a temporary 3 month extension to EUC to at least get us through the Holidays, but it appears the Republicans have shut it down. They had a vote on the RULES that says NO amendments can be brought up, the Republicans voted yes on it and the Democrats voted NO,, they at this point can not bring up that amendment.

December 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm
(196) Ms.Mc says:

This is abosolutely horrible for many that fall into brackets where you do not qualify for assistance with other agencies. Single parent homes are really suffering. Working all your life does not pay off. I beleive unemployment is always a payroll deduction so you pay into it and not able to get anything when in need??? SMH

December 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm
(197) Roni says:

EUC is the first item on the agenda after holiday break, however, they are still pushing to have it done before the break.


December 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm
(198) Dennis says:

The nation has lost 1.7 million jobs and the unemployment rate has increased from 7.8 percent to 8.5 percent. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed 1/6/12) including 1.1 private sector jobs, 1.01 million construction jobs, and 769,000 manufacturing jobs. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed 1/6/12)

The unemployment rate has remained above eight percent for a record 35 straight months. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed 1/6/12)

The average duration of unemployment has more than doubled from 19.9 weeks to 40.8 weeks. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed 1/6/12)

There are currently 945,000 unemployed workers that have given up looking for work. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed 1/6/12)

The real unemployment rate, including those that are working part-time due to economic reasons, is 15.2 percent. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed 1/6/12)

There are currently 13.1 million unemployed workers. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed 1/6/12)

There are currently 8.1 million workers working part-time for economic reasons. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed 1/6/12)

December 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm
(199) Jenna says:

Well, i live in Californai and heard that they adjourn tmw and have not come to an agrement. i guess this is the way the goverment says merry christmas and screw you! Some new year this is going to be! may they all rot!

December 13, 2013 at 10:39 am
(200) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

One more suggestion for calling – call the local district office for your member of Congress and Senator for a better chance of talking to a person instead of voicemail. The number should be on their webpage, which you should be able to easily find by Googling their name.

December 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm
(201) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

It seems like the Democrats have a new strategy for getting an extension approved:

December 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm
(202) Trish says:

I am 57, worked my entire life, and never have taken unemployment until 2013.
Age Discrimination is a Huge Factor. I was actually let go after I had a devastating accident that I miraculously recovered from I have been on loads of interviews but I can tell the minute the interviewer sees me that they think I will be retiring (ha ha) in the not so distant future.
I have been interviewed for positions where I could step right in and get the job done, with no training only to be told they went a different direction. I have had very few jobs in my life. I have excellent references. I have no gaps in employment. I put in over 100 applications a week. I take and pass at least 4 job tests a week. Then the employer meets me and suddenly they have gone another way. They think I am too old. I would rather God end my misery than be homeless and unemployed.
I have no idea what I will do to survive if I don’t find a job by Dec 31, or if the Emergency Unemployment is not extended into 2014. It is not looking good for me. Unfortunately, my job was my life. I have been a workaholic my entire life. It’s a disgrace and very disheartening to end my years being jobless and homeless in only a few weeks. I hope that you are having a wonderful holiday while hard working people that have always supported the democratic party are losing their lifeline.

December 13, 2013 at 9:44 pm
(203) Roni says:

“President Obama said Friday he likes the proposed congressional budget deal, but Congress should also extend soon-to-expire unemployment insurance.”

“You’ve potentially 1.3 million people who, during Christmastime, are going to lose their unemployment benefits, at a time when it’s still very difficult for a lot of folks to find a job,” Obama said before meeting with a group of newly elected mayors from across the country.”


December 13, 2013 at 9:51 pm
(204) Roni says:
December 13, 2013 at 11:05 pm
(205) KPV says:

Folks In States with Republican senators and congressmen need to start calling the paper, trying to. Contact these politicians. Get there attention. They act like this is no big deal. They should feel the pressure for there inaction . Its the only thing that will make them come back and put this extension through. Annoys me to see them going home to there rich lifestyles , enjoy the holidays while millions suffer and not doing there jobs.

December 14, 2013 at 2:20 am
(206) Tabitha says:

Well they just lost my vote I say we all vote to get all new in office my husband was laid off from ford after they promised him a full time job of course they lied and he is in the process of training for another job that doesnt start until january 14 th and his uia stops dec 28 th also we have 4 children. Christmas sucks this year and so does everything else ihope this passes just to help till then

December 14, 2013 at 2:32 am
(207) Tabitha says:

Thanks alot government again you are a failure I say we all need to find away to take away there money we give them to do there jobs they are not for the american people I fear for our kids in this gready world its christmas time I hope they get visited by three spirits

December 14, 2013 at 9:34 pm
(208) Sheri says:

TRISH–I agree with you 100%. I just turned 58 yesterday & this is the 1st time in my life I wish I were older! I wish I would have been turning 62 so I could at least start collecting social security. I, like you Trish, have never had a gap in employment except staying home from 1985 – 1992 when my son was born. I have a lot more yrs to put in…just because I am 58 doesn’t mean I can’t work. As a matter of fact, I’m sure I can do a better job & I am such a dependendable worker (called in 5 times in 18 yrs on my last job that I just lost due to electronic records took it over at the hospital). The younger workers call in with their kids sick or things to do w/ pregnancy & their children & at my age my job was (like you said Trish) MY LIFE! My job/my life was taken away from me in April 2013 & I have searched for a job ever since! I had just started Tier 1 of fed extension & if they don’t pass the extension..I will be in the street at the dead of winter! My husband had been unemployed twice for almost 2 years each and now he turned 62 & is getting SS. Not 1 time did they call him for an interview….ALL DUE TO THE AGE!!! I AM GOING TO WRITE TO THE PRESIDENT TO FIND OUT WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT AGE DISCRIMINATION…..THEY SAY IT’S NOT THERE…BUT EVERYONE I TALK TO WHO WORKS AT WHIRLPOOL, THE HOSPITAL OR ANY GOOD JOB FOR YEARS….NOW CANNOT GET A JOB BECAUSE THEY ARE OVER 54!!! There are enough problems in this country without this! I have been a law-abiding citizen all my life, voted, worked, paid taxes & now they simply throw you to the street like you are NOTHING! I can’t believe they would treat US citizens like this & yet send money within a couple of days when another country needs help for their people!!! It is a disgrace! “We the people” have to suffer & instead of enjoying our Christmas & New Year with family/friends in a normal way..WE HAVE TO SIT, CRY & WORRY ABOUT IF WE GET ANOTHER PAYCHECK NEXT MONTH! THIS IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

December 14, 2013 at 9:53 pm
(209) Roni says:

Excellent comments Sheri…. I am 60 and having problems getting a job. My husband, now 61, was laid off in January of 2013 right before his 61st B-day and also can’t get a job. Thankfully my husband turns 62 in April 2014. However, there is a 4 month period where we have no idea how we are going to pay our mortgage if extensions are not continued. We are on Tier 2 and hoping to get to Tier 3 to carry us through until he can retire. I can’t believe they are putting everyone through over the Holidays.

December 14, 2013 at 10:27 pm
(210) john says:

One of the biggest issues is that most of the people raising their voice is the unemployed.todays society disagree with the actions of congress but will not raise a voice because they feel like this doesn’t affect them.It will affect everyone especially when the numbers hit over 3 million in a few months.It amazes me that there was not more of a explanation to those who will be hit the hardest.Seems like there is more concern on who the president shakes hands with or someone doing sign language.Hopefully getting anything signed doesn’t lose momentum during their holiday break because they sure left town in a hurry

December 15, 2013 at 11:09 am
(211) Sheri says:

Another issue is that if the people on federal extension unemployment don’t get their paychecks they are going to get a LOT of fees for non-payment, payment not on time, etc. They could lose an extra $200+ just in fees if their money does not come in on time. Maybe we could turn our receipts in to congress to help pay for all the fees they made by running out on the American people and taking a 2-week+ holiday while we can’t enjoy a second of the time from this time until they come back and hopefully they come back with compassion for the unemployment who lost their jobs at no fault of their own and cannot get a job due to age discrimination!!!!

December 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm
(212) judy says:

Let he Goverment go on unemployment and try to pay your bills on the money provided and then watch it run out so you can live somewhere eles like the street your car or sheltors or family that does not have room or mony to support youI been ther and still have same problem People today cant live on 7.50 hour or less unless you have 3 jobs.. This is the real world.

December 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm
(213) Sharon says:

I’m a 62 year old lady. It seems when I go to an interview, I’m just brushed off. Even at Walmart – they said under their breath – What will we do with you? My unemployment extension runs out as of December 28th too and I guess I’ll just give up. I’ll most likely lose my house and owe the electric complany $800.00 to date. Its just a very stressful time in my life – so sad to be in this state. I send out resume’s daily and don’t receive any reply. Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas – it won’t be for me. Thanks for listening!!!!

December 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm
(214) Roni says:
December 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm
(215) Roni says:
December 18, 2013 at 10:54 pm
(216) Dixie says:

What happens to appealing denial of unemployment benefits? I had a 2nd hearing today and the hearing officer said she would give her decision next week. I really need this to be approved. I worked for The state of Texas over 28 years and was set to retire in January 2015. I was discharged for failure to obtain a certification for a position I did not apply for, applied for a program specialist in 2008 and in 2010 position was reclassified to a contract specialist that I did not qualify for or had a choice in accepting or not accepting the position that required a certification.

December 19, 2013 at 5:42 am
(217) cindy says:

cutting off unemployment cutting food stamps..so to me this means 1. no roof over my kids head 2. no food. i cant help i was laid off from my job. i cant help i cant find another, i look everyday. i cant count on the goverment for help…so what do families do now? sit back and watch the goverment waste money on foolish things. when we are the ones who voted for them and the promised to help us–this is a big slap in the face..so merry xmas to all and to the goverment thanks for screwing the people who counted on you most..

December 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm
(218) cheryl says:

Short and not so sweet… I have NEVER been on unemployment before I was let go of my job the end of June this year I just was told that I was eligible to get a 3 month extension and now 2 weeks later I get a letter stating the Fed Gov is taking that away BUT they wanted to give enough time so I can find other alternatives REALLY YOU ARE GIVING ME 2 WEEKS TO FIND A JOB AND GET A 1ST PAYCHECK I own my home lease my car and have a 4 yr old to support. This is despicable how can you give people 2 weeks notice if this goes through MANY people will be in big trouble could become homeless etc and yes as for William hush up you don’t even have your facts straight.

December 20, 2013 at 6:41 am
(219) Molly says:

This is the saddest string of comments I’ve ever read and I feel your pain.
I was laid off in April of 2013 after 20 years of service.
Being unemployed is demoralizing enough, but to be educated with a degree in finance and to not qualify for a simple retail job cut me to the core. But I keep trying – all day everyday.
Unemployment is not a way of life for me, it is an airbag that saves me from irrevocable financial harm while I seek new employment.
I just started Tier 1 of Federal EUC, now what? It’s all going to shut off in one fell swoop. I have written my Congressmen and Senators, have attended town meetings and round table discussions and continue to seek employment everyday.
I hope in January, extension is passed retroactively. For the long-term unemployed, it can truly mean survival.

December 25, 2013 at 3:22 am
(220) Ann says:

To William,
I am 56 yrs old and a republican . I started wking at the age of 14 and have always been a hard wker had a ft job & went to college 5 classes per semster, took care of my family of 5 and still made summa cum laude. I loved my job manager of a group home for emotional disturbed children. The company I worked for was BAD! I got beat up 2x and then I was set up with the so called paper trail and let go I lost everything my house was sold for taxes with everything i own with it because my family always thought I was superwomen had to divorce, husband for abuse . I have diabetes and alot more illnesses , as the stress has caused me 2 trips to the intensive care 1 I almost died. I now live in a welfare motel 300per wk lost my Mercedes can’t take alot of my meds have to pay for them try to come up with700$ owe over 100,000 to hospital can’t c a Dr. Social service ran me around for 5mths they gave me 15 $ in food stamps per month. I make 350 a wk and I have to pay for everything. I will be out next Tues and I don,t have a coat or a family and u think I don’t want to wk I made good $ and had good benefits Merry Christmas to u coz us so called moochers r just living it up.P.Swhen the gov took over student loans from the banks which could only penlize u not so much well I now got hit with 259,000 for a 25,000 also the more u make the more they take.

December 26, 2013 at 11:14 am
(221) Bill C. says:

I’m being cut off also. After working and PAYING taxes for over 35 yrs. this is a real kick in the butt. Why don’t they cut off welfare after 26 weeks. These people are driving better cars than me and never worked a day in their lives.

December 26, 2013 at 11:18 am
(222) Alison Doyle says:

Please keep in mind that there is a chance, hopefully a good one, that Congress will extend unemployment benefits for at least 3 months.

Don’t presume that you’re going to be cut off until it happens. In fact, some states are telling claimants to continue to file. If you can, keep filing so you won’t have a gap in your claim if Congress renews.

In previous years, the extensions that were passed last were retroactive.


December 30, 2013 at 5:11 pm
(223) pdxdad says:

in 93 i moved to pdx, found a job in 4 weeks, worked at that for 5 yrs, and moved on to another with no gap. i was laid off in 2009 after 11 yrs. i found a job in 6 weeks, worked it for 2.5 years, then found nothing for 4 months worked pt in a mall for the xmas season, then nothing for another 7 months, worked for 5 months at a seasonal position again, now i havent found another job in a year, i was reading the above posts and im sad and glad im not the only one, im 50 yrs old, on one interview with columbia distributing, the hiring mgr asked if i could do the heavy work load, and it was a young mans job–stocking pop and water, lol. i was thinking the age thing was just bad luck. but after reading some of the above im convinced its just our age. most of the time the hiring mgr is way younger and im sure intimidated by my experience and education. so i have had plenty of interviews but no job offers. what can we really do? watch the comedy “Internship” and that will open your eyes into todays job market.

January 1, 2014 at 2:52 pm
(224) bree says:

Im young, but i lost my job due to an a Verbally abusive boss, and ive been looking for a job. I have a great work history, bust my rear at everything i do. Ive lost my home, my car, everything. I cant find anyone to rent to me without a job, no car place will work with me. It took me a month and half to get my unemployment benefits because of the employer fighting me. This is the first time ive been in this situation, and i have no where to go! I am living in a popup camper and have finally found landlord that will work with me being on unemployment, but i just received my last check, unless benefits are extended. I have put in applications everywhere that i am qualified to work for and have received only one job offer, for 12 hours a week at 7.25 an hour. . . Ya i cant live on that.. Who can?

January 8, 2014 at 10:29 pm
(225) Lisa Evans says:

Just to be clear, no employee EVER pays into unemployment insurance. UI is FULLY FUNDED by the employer only, either on a dollar for dollar basis or as a tax rate. I worked in unemployment insurance for over ten years and I can’t tell you the number of people who seem to think they are “owed” the money because they believe they actually contributed to it out of their paychecks.

January 14, 2014 at 5:18 am
(226) defeated says:

So my ui says that it ends in May of this yr but I’m not receiving because of all this hoopla I just wanted too know when they do what I elected them to do would I receive a lump some for the weeks I’m claiming right now

January 14, 2014 at 8:44 pm
(227) Dennis says:

@Defeated only if it passes,then you would get paid all the weeks if you continue to make your claim.The last time the repubs caused the benefits to stop it took 4 or 5 weeks for the state to pay the past due benefits.And they always try to add new things the old law so your state has to change the law and you have to re-open another claim adding 2 or 3 additional weeks.Fox reported today that Harry Reid was only trying to get 31 weeks approved.

January 22, 2014 at 10:35 am
(228) Louise C. says:

@Ann – I, too, worked in group like home (mine was more of a residential setting with 4 to 5 ppl). In fact, the reason my spine was messed up was because six or seven years ago, a client attacked me (schizophrenic rage). Progressively, over 7 years, because it hadn’t ever healed entirely, it became quite damaged. The thing is, what happened to me at work shouldn’t have happened in the 1st place but management didn’t turn in workers reports (afraid to lose the $ from the high paying client) about how the client was becoming more and more violent. I’m sure I have a law suit in there, if I was that ilk. Instead, I’ve chosen to go a different rout to try to bring about change.

… anyway … this is the reality of these kind of jobs. You have good managers, you have bad … and in the middle of it all are individuals who need help and protection (the people we served). I have asserted for years that if you treat your workers with respect and value them, they tend to do a better job (not all, but most).

The interview I am going to Monday is for an adult protective service position (county, pay isn’t as great as you’d think but better than I had made). Would be interesting for me to be on “that” side of the coin & understand the balance of it all … the direct care staff, managers, clients, board.

January 24, 2014 at 3:09 pm
(229) Jane says:

I really hope an extension is voted in. I’m getting to the end of my unemployment and finding a job has not been easy. I swear if it weren’t for companies the unemployment rate wouldn’t be so high. I have over 16 years experience as an admin. assistant and if you don’t have the specific experience they will not even give you an interview. Between people not responding when you follow up after sending a resume and recruiters wasitng your time. I was contacted by a recruiter who prrimary does staffing for financial institutions. My background is primarily education/nonprofit. I kept an open mind and scheduled an interview with the recruiter. The recruiter made me wait 25 minutes. The interview was barely 10 minutes. He made it seem i was good to go for the job only mentioning he had to check my references. 2 weeks go by and I he told me his client wanted someone with real estate experience. What a waste of time! I don’t want to be on unemployment and want a job but these employers don’t want to give people job. Im fed up….

January 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm
(230) jane says:

I sincerely hope they vote in an extension. I have been searching for a job for about 5 months now. These employers and HR people don’t make it easy. I would love not be on unemployment but I think these employers are contributing to all the people collecting. I have more then 16 year experience as an admin. assistant and if you don’t have the specific info in the description they won’t even give you a chance. I’ve seen jobs that are for exec. level admins and they want somone who recently graduated to apply?! How about someone with experience? I’ve been turned down for executive level admin jobs because of my non profit background. I really hope I find a job before my unemployment runs out or an extension is voted for.

January 27, 2014 at 7:35 pm
(231) MARCIA says:

I have worked over 20 years without needing unemployment until I lost my Job in Sept. 2012, I am an educated professional with a graduate degree I have been actively looking for a position since then and I have not been able to fine a position. There have been lots of negative comments whirling around about people who are receiving unemployment benefit, But on till you are walking in their shoes save your comments.

February 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm
(232) ken says:

i lost my job in may 2013, and have never drawn unemployment in my life until now, i had to fight just to get it, and as soon as i got it, it ended on dec 28, i have worked my whole life, and payed my taxes, and for the gov’t to end my unemployment really pisses me off, if everyone in congress had a son or daughter that needs there unemployment, well i bet they would pass the bill,

February 4, 2014 at 9:53 am
(233) Joann says:

I’ve been out of work since may 2013 due to my plant closeing.I live in a small town in Cromwell,KY This town is hopeless with few opportunities and jobs.I have a HS Diploma that;s it,doesn’t mean much today,just to get you in to the door and that’s it.I’ve had 3 interviews in 2013 and nothing yet in 2/2014.I even sign up for a class in Owensboro,but the deal is your compose testing has to be high enough to be excepted to even take a class,wanting to do an online class,Everything I’ve tried I fail.I’m not a quitter,I’ve got utilties to pay.what get’s me is some of these people they will smart off about people being on unemployment,their was this one emloyer commited yesterday,that he wouldn’t hire anybody that’s been out of work and drawing unemployment for 6 to 9 months and who want to work for person like that who so quick to judge other’s?The whole point is the unemployment was shut off to soon and really has hurt alot of people such as my self,It didnt pay much at least I could pay the small bills and a little gas for the car!

February 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm
(234) Terri says:

You Republicans live in your own little bubble! You do not know what the real world is like not having a job and trying to find a job. It is not my fault that I was laid off. I would still be working if I was not so don’t call us lazy! We are responsible people who need to pay rent, and all our other bills, etc. We are unfortunate we do not have a job. I look every day and send resumes out and go on interviews and agencies. I’m doing my part but I still have not received any responses in hiring me. I have been unemployed now for 7 months. I need the money now to help pay my bills, etc.. Times are different now, jobs are scarce this is today’s world we live in so please do the right thing so we are not homeless to pass the unemployment extension. Our savings are low just from not working the 7 months. My savings is almost empty. I am not married and I have no family or friends who can help me. This is not my fault I cannot find a job to pay my rent, etc. There are not enough jobs for all the people that are unemployed. Please try to see that! I have paid for everyone else’s unemployment now its time to pay for mine until I get a job! Please extend the benefits and try to understand that unemployment is our ONLY lifeline until we get a job!

February 6, 2014 at 1:59 pm
(235) Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Expert says:

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February 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm
(236) JV says:
March 25, 2014 at 11:33 am
(237) JV says:

state directors of unemployment programs are saying we don’t know who went back to work, we don’t know who’s still out there, so we’d have to send checks to everybody,” Boehner said. “I don’t think taxpayers expect us to do that so I don’t see how it’s workable.”

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March 26, 2014 at 3:18 pm
(238) Sharon Almeid says:

My unemployment benefits have run out ,I don’t know what to do I am 55 yrs old and noone can help. I can’t find employment anywhereand now starting to affect my health.

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