Update December 10, 2013: A budget deal has been reached in Congress. However, it does not include an extension of federally funded extended unemployment benefits. News reports indicate that Congressional Democrats are expected to continue efforts to pass an extension in separate legislation.
Update December 1, 2013: House and Senate Democrats have introduced legislation to renew the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program for 2014. Here's information on the legislation which would extended unemployment benefits for 2014. Without an extension there will be no extended benefits in place next year.
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Update November 16, 2013: I'm getting questions about what will happen to extended unemployment benefits in 2014. Unfortunately, we don't know yet. The federal legislation that extended Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expires at the end of 2013. In addition, the 100% federal funding of Extended Benefits (EB) also expires at the end of 2013. Nothing will be decided until legislation is voted on in Congress in December.
In order for extended benefits to continue through 2014, Congress will have to pass legislation approving an extension. What typically happens, unfortunately, is that legislation isn't passed until late December, leaving everyone collecting benefits worrying about what will happen to their unemployment compensation. However, the Obama administration is supporting the extension. Gene Sperling, Assistant to President Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council, speaking at the Washington Ideas Forum said "With an unemployment rate of 7.3% we need to raise the emergency unemployment insurance and push for extensions to 2014."
Here's information on unemployment benefits in place for 2013, including regular (state) unemployment insurance, emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) and extended benefits (EB). If an extension is passed, it will most likely continue these benefits for another year.
Important: Unemployment benefits vary from state to state, so check your State Unemployment Office website for details on who qualifies for extended benefits and when and how benefits will be paid or check this list of state unemployment extension websites to go directly to the information for your location.
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