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By February 4, 2014

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Update February 4, 2014. Please check this page for updates on what is happening with unemployment extensions for 2014: Unemployment Extension 2014.

Update December 5, 2013: House and Senate Democrats have introduced legislation to renew the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program for 2014. Here's information on the legislation which would extended unemployment benefits for 2014, and more information on the proposed unemployment extension for 2014.

Update October 29, 2014: The federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program is in effect through 2013. However, some states have cut benefits for this year because of the federal sequester, and because of budget cuts. There is no standard amount of weeks of benefits any longer - it varies by location. It's important to check your eligibility, so you don't get unexpected bad news when you're notified that you are out of unemployment benefits.

Extended Unemployment Expires

There will be no extended unemployment benefits in place for 2014 unless Congress passes legislation renewing the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program through December 31, 2013.

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) reports that if Congress fails to reauthorize the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, more than 2 million unemployed workers will lose federal jobless aid by the end of March 2014.

In the week between Christmas and New Year's, the 1.3 million workers currently receiving federal EUC will be abruptly cut off from benefits.  Another 850,000 workers will not be eligible for EUC when their state employment benefits run out early next year.

Here's information on the changes:

Every state is different, so check with your State Unemployment Office website for details on who qualifies for regular and extended benefits and when and how benefits will be paid. Check this list of state unemployment extension websites to go directly to the information on extended benefits for your state.

If you have run out of unemployment or are about to lose your unemployment benefits, here's what to do when unemployment runs out.

Read More: Unemployment Extension | Unemployment Compensation | Job Search Tips for Unemployed Job Seekers

November 18, 2009 at 9:07 pm
(1) Roger says:

It looks like no unimployment until after christmas. It is going to be another bad year for my 3 kids.

November 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm
(2) bad credit history secured loan says:

I seriously enjoy your posts. Thanks

November 18, 2009 at 9:11 pm
(3) Roger says:

I was hoping to finally get the extension after thanksgiving. We were going to have a late thanksgiving, looks like it will be turkey pot pies.

November 18, 2009 at 9:29 pm


November 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm
(5) Kevin says:

I bet if it were some rogue nation they would have been standing at there door with a check, but heaven help something bad happen to the working people the ones that keep this country moving.

November 19, 2009 at 7:48 pm
(6) ken says:

So looks like people who exhausted their 79weeks before dec,31 get 16+4 more weeks. But those of us on EUI benifits and my tier 1&2 (33weeks) run out in Jan.Which means I only get 59weeks. That means even tho in my state the unemployment of 11.2% doesn’t affect me and jobs are plentiful but those who get 20 more weeks after dec,31. thay have it rough. If they had not have passed the 14+6 ext. I would have been eligible for the 20week Extended Benefit period. This is so stupid.. So I see the plan. Once everyone who drop off uenemployment in Jan makes it look like the unemployment numbers are dropping and jobs are plentiful…

November 19, 2009 at 7:58 pm
(7) Doug says:

I fill you my man i’m in the same boat.

November 19, 2009 at 8:09 pm
(8) Johnny says:

I am lost and confused here. I understand it will take several weeks to get the program written but they should be able to get it done in 1 week it is not that hard to write the program. And should send out all the claim forms due at once from Nov 8th and not make us wait to get our checks. It is not our fault they aren’t ready we need our money some of us are starving and living in their vec’s.

November 19, 2009 at 11:32 pm
(9) Marie says:

This is so confusing. So if you have exhausted all your benefits already, you will now be eligible for 14+6 weeks?

November 19, 2009 at 11:47 pm
(10) Tonnee says:

So if you run out of benefits before Dec. 26th, you get another 20 weeks. So because I took a temp job and stopped collecting benefits for 3 months, I will now not run out of benefits until January. So because I took a job instead of continuing to collect, I am being penalized. Whereas the person who turned down a job to collect more benefits, now gets more benefits!!!

November 20, 2009 at 12:33 am
(11) Marie says:

I don’t think it is a matter of people turning down jobs on the off chance they may provide further extensions to Unemployment. I think most of us would have done the same and accepted even a temp job if offered.

November 20, 2009 at 12:45 am
(12) ken says:

Anyone know if congress is looking at extending the expiration deadlines or looking at this issue. extending the recovery and re-investment act unemployment insurance..

November 20, 2009 at 1:03 am
(13) stan says:

anyone notice how the rich are having a great time spending this year. but us working/middle class have to beg for every penny we get. maybe we can get back some of the 900 billion Bush and the republic party gave to the rich since 2000 in tax cuts.

November 20, 2009 at 1:32 am
(14) Jaded Citizen says:

I don’t understand some of the confusion here.

Unless I’m missing something — no where does it say you’re not going to get a check until after December 31. What it is specifying is that if you have already or are going to run out of benefits before December 31 you will be eligible for the new extension. Those on benefits lasting until after 12/31 will be SOL when they expire unless the government acts to rectify the situation.

It is up to your state office to get their cpu’s up to par to distribute the new funds. I call B.S. on a lot of the things I see in this country, but I don’t see that taking until after the new year to accomplish. As far as I can tell, those of you (like myself) who haven’t had a check for nearly two months should relax. We should be back in business soon.

November 20, 2009 at 8:22 am
(15) distressed says:

What about us who have been out of work since when this all began. We exhaust everything in February 2010.
And 20 year old unemployed felons they throw our applications in the trash can.

November 20, 2009 at 10:35 am
(16) ticked!!! says:

If this is the best that the U.S. Government can do, why we are paying the taxes?

November 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm
(17) College Grad. says:

I was laid off in 2006. I went back to school on TRADE and every time an extention was granted during those two years they said that money had to be used first so by the time I graduated all my Unemployment benefits were exausted and all money was cut off the day I graduated. Since then every extention has been denied. If I had known that I would have to pay back the TRADE money with all my future benefits, I would not have taken them. Everything they explained about the program was a lie and my degree has not helped me find even an interview!! After 35+ years of continious employment without drawing unemployment, I think I deserve better treatment. At least honesty!! Who do you think is benefiting from all the unemployment benefits that were paid in on my behalf?

November 20, 2009 at 12:47 pm
(18) Sharon says:

I am completely confused. I have been unemployed since last year and have exausted all but with this new extension will I get it? I just exhausted this month and I am trying to go back to school can someone please explain this to me?

November 20, 2009 at 1:22 pm
(19) Brandon says:

I ran out of benefits the 1st week of sept and according to the guidelines, Im eligible for the new extension, however, in my state, NORTH CAROLINA, they say it will take 6 weeks from NOV 18th to update and change things so I can receive it. That means I will have to go without any money from Sept 6th til Jan and that is just so wrong. I BLAME the deadbeats in the senate for this delay and I HOPE everyone who is in the same situation as me will vote OUT the ones responsible and get people in office who will actually help the people who put them there.

November 20, 2009 at 2:30 pm
(20) priscilla says:

merry christmas to everybody, santa is without a job, and no benefits to help. Choke on your turkey, washington.

November 20, 2009 at 2:48 pm
(21) North Carolina says:

For everyone who voted for Obama’s CHANGE, I hope your happy. The only CHANGE Ive seen are things getting worse by the day. This week Dell closed down a plant in my state, putting 900 people out of work so they could move it to another country. Maybe I dont understand the logic but it seems to me, Pres Obama would want to stay in the states to help out the people who put him in office vs traveling all over the country. I was also told it would take 6 weeks to update their program so people who was eligible could start receiving bebefits again.HR3548 should have been put into law BEFORE people ran out of benefits, not make them suffer and do without money months after the bill was signed into law. I was offered a temp job but was told if I accepted it, once it was over I would loose my benefits. Getting penalized for taking a temp job just doesnt make good sense to me. I dont see things getting better as it seems the ONLY thing the deadbeats in Washington care about is Health Insurance reform. When I go to the polls at the next general election I will vote against ANYONE who is in office, especially our lame Governor Purdue in NC, who has done nothing but hurt the NC citizens. I wish everyone the best and just pray things will CHANGE, but in a positive manner.

November 20, 2009 at 3:33 pm
(22) LDA says:

My benefits also expire in January and I don’t think it is right that some get 59 weeks and some get 99 weeks. I don’t see the logic in that. I hope congress does something soon because I’ve been diligently looking for a job. It’s bad enough my job has been shipped overseas. Now I feel like our government is turning their back on the unemployed and trying to sweep us under the rug! They need to get to work on extending these benefits right away!

November 20, 2009 at 4:00 pm
(23) North Carolina says:

This is the message the NC Employment Security Comm has posted on their website:


A second tier extension enhancement and a third tier extension for North Carolina unemployment insurance benefits has been enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. The US Department of Labor has developed procedures that each state must use in order to begin paying these benefits. NCESC staff is working to implement the procedures as quickly as possible. The current estimate is that it will take six weeks from November 18, 2009 to implement information system and program changes for the release of benefit payments. NCESC will mail notices that include instructions for filing to all unemployment insurance recipients who are potentially eligible for the tier 2 and tier 3 extensions.

November 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm
(24) Fen 1961 says:

#20 in N.C. How old are you? It takes about 5 years before the work of the president begins to show and take effect! The people running out of unemployment now lost there jobs while Bush was in charge wise up Ilost my Job March 15 2008 Keep your political prejudices in the proper place not here this is for people trying to get information on unemployment Benifits and also it was a few republicans that have held up the latest extenssions WAKE UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 20, 2009 at 6:08 pm
(25) North Carolina says:

TO:: FEN 1961……Im 51 yrs old, also a republician, however I vote for the person, NOT the party. This is America FOOL, I can say whatever I desire and express MY opinions as I wish. I dont have any prejudices, except for idiots like you who try take away peoples rights. Since its pretty clear you cant understand english, let me spell it out for you FOOL, I did give credible information about unemployment, straight off NC’s website. Im also aware who held up HR3548 and come next election I will vote against them, including your ‘BOY’ in the white house. So, maybe instead of running your mouth, you will WAKE UP FOOL!

November 20, 2009 at 6:22 pm
(26) Connor says:

I agree with you North Carolina in regards to your reply to Fen1961. Its jerks like him who feel people cant express theirself, so maybe hes the one who needs to WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!! I called the local ESC in my state today, was told my benefits was being delayed because of the DOL.(dept of labor) I also agree with you, the President should have planned ahead for people running out of benefits and got people on the ball. He sure didnt have a problem talking to congress pushing his health care bill. I think he needs to get his priorities in order and take care of Americans instead of jet setting across the country.

November 20, 2009 at 7:36 pm
(27) ken says:

Hey N.C. right on!! Fen is forgivably ignorant. He’s like the three little pigs. He will build his little house where it isn’t suppose to be and when it blows over he’ll find someone to blame but his own stupidity. Besides Yes things slid downhill with Bush and even Clinton , BUT FEN remember, The president said ” I will create 4 million jobs then it went to 5 million. Then he said OH! I will save 2 to 3 million jobs. But instead of taking ownership for his failure he uses the excuse “WE INHERITED THIS”

November 20, 2009 at 7:51 pm
(28) ruth meza says:

I live in texaS nd have already started getting my checks starting getingchedks. (GOOD LUCK0

November 20, 2009 at 9:05 pm
(29) Jason says:

Everybody, this is not Obama’s fault, nor his administration, get that clear, this is the Senate and local/state governments to blame for this poor excuse of extension explanation. Obama has signed every extension presented to him, and he will sign more. our local senators need to get off their asses and make sure the federal government takes care of its people. Stop generalizing, and blaming the president. He doenst control anything, he is just the talking head and the signing hand. There are thousands of other people more powerful, that are denying the unemployed benefits because their departments are broke due to mis-management in the past.

November 21, 2009 at 1:14 am
(30) Debbie says:

I became unemployed (NC) after years of WORKING. I was on Tier 2 EUC08 when my benefit year ended July 25, 2009. Had to file a “new claim”. Because I had wages in their base period, 17 weeks worth, I did NOT qualify for ANY extensions. I was short 3 weeks of the required 20 weeks needed. Of course I was short 3 weeks, I was ON UNEMPLOYMENT AND HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FIND A JOB. However, before the 17 weeks, I had YEARS of working weeks. They did not count this. The 17 weeks was the same employer and same wages from my immediate previous claim (my benefit year just ran out). NOW, I do not qualify for extensions BECAUSE I WORKED. If I had NOT worked, I would have just rolled into extensions in the “new benfit year claim”. This system is seriously flawed. I have NO income now. Single female, no children, no nothing. If I were an illegal or a foreign somebody, I would get help from this Government. However, I am an American Citizen, daughter of a passed 28 year Army veteran, college educated and now have NOTHING. I built a home and will lose it. I will lose everything I worked for because of this 20 week requirement. I have much more than 20 weeks, years, but THE BASE PERIOD THEY USE DISQUALIFIED ME FROM EXTENSIONS. Tried to appeal and rather then have a hearing, they just denied me again. SERIOUSLY FLAWED SYSTEM. I have NO INCOME folks. What do they want us to do????

November 21, 2009 at 10:22 am
(31) ken says:

Everyone must e-mail or call their legislator to voice their issues. I have called both senate reps and the house. Funny I sent a e-mail to senator bayh about the arra and unemployment (sole subject) he responded back addressing total healthcare, did not mention the ARRA and unemployment!! So I sent one to Santa Claus..

November 21, 2009 at 10:45 am
(32) Jay jay says:

No wonder people can’t get jobs like the bad attitudes on here. You will never get a job if you are so irrational and blame the current administration for this mess we’re in. This mess is Bush’s era, not Obama’s.

Bush screwed this whole Country and now we’re paying for it.

So dilusional and North Carolina is just a racist illiterate trailer scrub.


November 21, 2009 at 10:51 am
(33) Jordan says:

I agree with Jay.

Blaming our CURRENT President for our troubles is unsophisticated and not thought out very thoroughly.

Probably the one’s that get SSA and Unemployment at the same time but still bitch.

Just want Government handouts.


November 21, 2009 at 10:16 pm
(34) Bob says:

I received a determination today concerning the new extension. (MICHIGAN) It said I would receive 8 weeks. This sorta corresponds with the end of the year. Does this mean I will receive another 12 afterward, or that I did not qualify for all 20 weeks or because (NELP) runs out unless extended at that time?

November 22, 2009 at 2:31 am
(35) Jill says:

It is NOT Obama’s fault the bill was not passed sooner to those who are putting the blame on him. It is Congress that held it up. Learn Government 101 before you begin spewing your racist and prejudiced idiocy!

Corporate greed and the Republicans behind them have gotten this country into this mess financially.. When Clinton left office, our country’s budget was not at a deficit.

Not so funny is how years ago companies were not as greedy and were able to pay a decent wage and benefits to their employees. Then the union-busting Reagan and the Republicans came along and all of a sudden companies cry poor and say, “take pay and benefit concessions or we may have to let people go.” Now, the high wages go to only the very top people in the companies and the laborers took all the cuts. Greed, people, greed is what caused this!

December 1, 2011 at 12:52 pm
(36) HMMMM! says:

I have not seen one racist or prejudiced comment here. but I see that when fault is found or a disagreement with the current administration, it is automatically viewed as racist. how is that ? if any thing your comment is more of a fear mongering tactic that is getting old … Black or white didn’t cause the problem. people did and If I were the boss or manager of a failing business I would be responsible for its failure as he is the chief executive of this country so he should step up and take responsibility for its demise….

November 22, 2009 at 7:45 am
(37) Kelly says:

I don’t care who’s problem it is. What good does it do to blame anyone? Fact of the matter is, I am unemployed. All I can do is try to find a job and deal with what’s in front of me today. Tax revenue is down. Some of the stimulus money went to saving jobs for teachers, fire fighters, policemen and other public servants. Our state and local politicians earmarked projects for stimulus money. I’d like to know who’s holding them accountable. The president doesn’t know what work needs to be done in Nebraska or North Carolina. He depends on Congress who depend on state and local authorities to tell him. I understand the frustration because my benefits run out in early January, but who knows I might have a job by then. Good luck everyone! I’ll pray that things turn around for you as they turn around for me.

November 22, 2009 at 10:12 am
(38) bRANDXON says:

I saw some people freaking out saying they won’t get money till next year, thats not true your state just needs to get their system up and running and your benfits are paid back to the week on NOVEMBER 8,2009 so if it takes till Dec 2 ,2009 for your first check to come that means you will be a bigger check , so don’t freak out and be a fool file your weeks and you will get paid for them Ohio told us that as long as we file we get paid just we need to wait for the systems to get updated good luck

November 22, 2009 at 10:27 am
(39) ken says:

Bob your in the same boat I am. You have whatever extension you are on an it ends end of Jan, then its over. I was eligible for the EB of 20 weeks but now lose it. I don’t understand how they could let those who exhaust benefits in dec get 20 more weeks but we in Jan are no better off but lose our remaining benefits. If this goes on they have taken our benefits and given them to the one’s who’s already collected 79weeks and now another 20 weeks. I hope this is an oversite and they will vote to renew the ARRA program into next year and when it ends all will have benefit of equal number of weeks and it’s over then or we HOPEFULLY find a Job…..No one can answer if congress is aware of this and will address this problem!!!Anyone know???

November 22, 2009 at 11:32 am
(40) dan says:

i do not see any legislatoin to extend the dec 31 2009 to dec 31 2010 i been looking but i just do not see any activity to that end. http://www.opencongress.org/issues/alphabetical/A
that is a link to the open legislatoin in congress.there you can find out who voted how.and all that is going on in congress,it is a complete record of congressonal activity. if you do a little bit of research here you can see who is voting for what and who is voting against what.then you will know who to vote out at the next electoin based on their performance to your stantards.

November 22, 2009 at 1:38 pm
(41) fedupinNC says:

Brandon and NC – the NCES site says it will take up to 6 weeks. No where does it say 6 weeks from the 18th. http://www.ncesc1.com/individual/UnemploymentExt11062009.pdf

I’m still confused if I get the extension or not. My last filing was today, my last check from EB will be direct deposited on Tuesday. I’m not sure what will happen or if I even qualify.

November 22, 2009 at 1:57 pm
(42) David says:

Here in Maryland, no one answers the phones, all we get is a message that if we are eligible we will be getting information mailed to us!

This is from Maryland’s website: Which was posted around Nov 18th , not on the 9th.



Individuals who have exhausted EUC benefits will be contacted by mail as soon as these benefits are payable, notifying them of possible eligibility for this fourteen-week extension. The letter will contain instructions on how and when to file claims. Do not contact the claim centers at this time as they do not have any additional information. If you are currently receiving your first twenty-six (26) weeks of benefits you will be notified when these benefits are exhausted.

November 22, 2009 at 10:40 pm
(43) ohio says:

Was able to file for first weeks of estension over the phone last Thursday the 19th at that time I was informed that we would not get our first check until 11/27 and that would be for only one week. Also was told that we may not get another check until Dec. 18th due to some glitch.. I was told to continue filing additional weeks on the online system starting today but as of yet the system is still not updated and is not working…. will try to keep you posted

November 23, 2009 at 12:20 am
(44) Tom L says:

This is what NY Unem Site shows. Unless it is incorrect, people are wrong about this. This recent extension falls under Emergency Unem Compensation (Emergency Benefits) and THEY run out in June 2010.

EXTENDED BENEFITS, which I am on right now, run out 1/3/10. It all depends on when people started collecting. See below. Then scroll down and see details. READ THIS CAREFULLY.

See breakdown of the maximum number of weeks a claimant could potentially receive based on the effective date of the Original Claim (OC)*, AND provided that:

the claimant has been claiming full weeks of benefits since the beginning of the claim and there are no breaks in their claim

* An Original Claim’s (OC) effective date is the Monday of the week in which the claim is filed.

*OC effective May 1, 2006 – June 23, 2008 26 weeks of regular UI
20 weeks of EUC-Tier 1
13 weeks of EUC-Tier 2
20 weeks of EB
14 weeks of EUC
(13 weeks Tier 3 and 1 week Tier 2)

93 weeks total

*OC effective June 30, 2008 – Sept. 8, 2008 26 weeks of regular UI
20 weeks of EUC-Tier 1
13 weeks of EUC-Tier 2
9-19 weeks of EB (payable up to 1/3/10)
14 weeks of EUC
(13 weeks Tier 3 and 1 week Tier 2)

73 weeks plus 9 – 19 weeks of EB based on last payable week

*OC effective Sept. 15, 2008 – Nov. 3, 2008 26 weeks of regular UI
20 weeks of EUC-Tier 1
13 weeks of EUC-Tier 2
14 weeks of EUC
(13 weeks Tier 3 and 1 week Tier 2)

73 weeks total

*OC effective Nov. 10, 2008 – Feb. 2, 2009 26 weeks of regular UI
20 weeks of EUC – Tier 1
14 weeks of EUC – Tier 2

60 weeks total

*OC effective Feb. 9, 2009 – June 22, 2009 26 weeks of regular UI
20 weeks of EUC – Tier 1

46 weeks total

*OC effective June 29, 2009 and later: 26 weeks of regular UI only

UI = Regular Unemployment Insurance Benefits
EUC = Emergency Unemployment Compensation
EB= Extended Benefits

November 23, 2009 at 12:24 am
(45) Tom L says:

The additional 67 weeks of benefits are currently provided under two separate programs that allow unemployed individuals to continue receiving benefits after running out of their regular state benefits. These programs are:

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) – providing 47 weeks of emergency benefits
Extended Benefits (EB) – providing 20 weeks of extended benefits.

It is important to note that each program has its own timeframes and deadlines, and therefore, not all claimants are eligible for the full 47 weeks of Emergency Benefits and the 20 weeks of Extended Benefits. See below for the breakdown of each program, and important information and dates related to each: (see chart on maximum number of potential weeks)

Emergency Benefits are provided under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Program. There are currently three (3) tiers of EUC, providing a total of 47 weeks of emergency benefits:

Tier 1 (20 weeks) – to be eligible for Emergency Benefits under Tier 1, an individual must:

Have filed initial claim for regular unemployment effective on or before Monday, June 22, 2009.
Exhaust regular benefits on or before the week ending December 27, 2009
Start claiming Emergency Benefits on or before week ending January 3, 2010.

Tier 2 (14 weeks) – to be eligible for Emergency Benefits under Tier 2, an individual must:

Have filed initial claim for regular unemployment effective on or before Monday, February 2, 2009.
Exhaust all 20 weeks of Tier 1 Emergency Benefits on or before week ending December 27, 2009.
Start claiming Tier 2 Emergency Benefits on or before week ending January 3, 2010.

Tier 3 (13 weeks) – to be eligible for Emergency Benefits under Tier 3, an individual must:

Have filed initial claim for regular unemployment effective on or before Monday, November 3, 2008.
Exhaust at least 33 weeks of Emergency Benefits (20 weeks Tier 1 and the first 13 weeks of Tier 2) on or before week ending December 27, 2009.

Because of timelines under the current federal legislation, some individuals start receiving Tier 3 Emergency Benefits right after exhausting Tier 2 Emergency Benefits, while others start receiving Tier 3 Emergency Benefits right after exhausting Extended Benefits. The reason for this is:

NOTE*****If you claimed at least one week of Extended Benefits by week ending November 8, 2009, you will continue claiming remaining Extended Benefits before you can start claiming additional emergency benefits.

If by week ending November 8, 2009, you had not claimed any Extended Benefits, you will then continue claiming any additional Emergency Benefits available to you, and will not be eligible for Extended Benefits.

** Note: The last payable week of Emergency Benefits is the week ending June 6, 2010.

Extended Benefits are provided under the Extended Benefits (EB) Program. There are currently 20 weeks of Extended Benefits available. However, to be eligible for any Extended Benefits, the individual must:

Have filed their initial claim for regular unemployment benefits effective on or before Monday, September 8, 2008.
Exhaust 33 weeks of Emergency Benefits on or before week ending November 1, 2009.
Start claiming Extended Benefits on or before week ending November 8, 2009.

** Note: The last payable week of Extended Benefits is the week ending January 3, 2010.

November 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm
(46) julie says:

it was wonderful to read today that our government is paying millions of dollars for some heathens in afghanistan not to raise poppies…thank you president obama.

November 23, 2009 at 1:01 pm
(47) Khris says:

I got layed off may of 2008, and just hit week 79 with unemployment benefits. In the state of Mass. were the unemployment rate just hit 9.2%.I have been told that I am eligable for up to 20 weeks and this would be “automatic” and I would not have to open another claim??? – thoughts or insight anyone

November 23, 2009 at 3:02 pm
(48) MassMan says:

Khris, did they happen to tell you when we will get a check? I’ve been on a starvation diet for 4 weeks, and what crumbs I have left run out tomorrow. There is a positive side, I suppose, I won’t be gaining any weight during the holiday season, this year.

November 23, 2009 at 4:41 pm
(49) Randy says:

There are jobs out there for some. You just can’t expect that you will get the exact job you want or the pay you used to get. Even when the economy turns around you will most likely never make the same money you used to. My advise is that you take whatever job you can instead of sitting around waiting for your benefits to expire. Eventually everyone will realize that they need to take whats out there, then there will be even more competition for the few jobs that are available. Beat them to the punch and take the job.

November 23, 2009 at 6:08 pm
(50) Diane says:

I been reading all this stuff about benefits. I was laid off in Oct. 2008. I have collected unemployment(NC) since then. My benefits run out in March, 2009. I have religiouly been looking for work, I hate not working. I am 57. No one wants to hire a female at my age. I was chosen for the Jobs Now program and if they will let me, I’ll go back for more training. I had gone back to school in 2003, OST certified and it didn’t do me any good. No one wants to hire you with no experience. Manufacturing is gone. I don’t know if I will be eligible for the new extension, I can only hope. I don’t expect to get the greatest job and best money but I need a job.

November 23, 2009 at 6:19 pm
(51) georgia says:

I filed last week for tier 3 extension in ohio. and they told me that i would get 14 weeks and to continue filing on the phone every 2 weeks until they get the computer system updated. Tier 2 extention was from the state where tier 3 extention is from the fed. goverment.This is why it is taking so long because the computers has to be all switched over. They also said that the first check I will get will be for all back pay. There was no time given when this will all take place. My heart goes out to all of you, and I guess that all we can do is pray.

November 23, 2009 at 9:22 pm
(52) Donna NY says:

I’m in NYC, got laid off from my job end of March. Despite the high unemployment in the NY area, my one UI extension runs out in January. I have been nonstop in job search and networking since fall last year. There are few marketing professional jobs in the area. I am facing losing my UI, facing losing my COBRA subsidy–and BTW, should I mention the job offer I got, was about to accept and then lost because the parent company of the company I’d be joining laid off 1200 people and they withdrew a WRITTEN OFFER? And BTW, the layoffs were DIRECTLY DUE TO ‘HEALTHCARE REFORM’ ACCORDING TO THE PRESS RELEASE.

I don’t understand why this administration is pushing ‘reform’ that will cost trillions, cause businesses to lay off more workers–and can’t move to extend UI and COBRA subsidy.

November 24, 2009 at 2:17 am
(53) sharevia says:

I say that nobody really know what really going on everybody saying different stuff and its confusion everybody basically what we all need to do is stop stressing over the new extension. Whenever its come which I hope it would be soon we all need to just pray to God to help everybody that is struggling and that things will get better and not worse we are here are going though it we just gotta hope for the better.I live in Atlanta ga and yet I still havnt heard from anybody regarding the new extension but I just know that it will be here soon but I hope for the better for everyone take care and always keep yo head up and keep faith into the lord.may God bless everyone.

November 26, 2011 at 9:28 pm
(54) Ms Barbie says:

Sharevia, I agree with you We just need to keep the faith and know that the Lord will provide for us, If we only keep the faith. Remember we walk by faith not sight. So even if we don’t know when the extension is comming just know that the Lord is still in control, Not the president or the goverment. I have been out of work since Aug 2010 and yes my benefits are out but I have not missed a meal yet!! And I know that the extension is on the way so I refuse to stress over something that I have no control over, I’m just gonna keep trusting the Lord. And I will keep everyone of you all in my Prayer. Be bless.

November 24, 2009 at 9:13 am
(55) kevin kelly says:

Why is it the Dems will not pass a pure jobless ext.Why is it this latest extension has 2 billion for unemployed and 33 billion in a carryback provision for Homebuilder speculators?Theyre getting their backtax refunds as we speak,and the rest of us have to hope and pray.

November 24, 2009 at 9:50 am
(56) ken says:

Diane and others I feel your pain.. I lose my extended benefits in Jan. and my cobra, I also am 62 and when I walk in for the interviews (2 i’ve had) they act startled when they see a 62 yr. old showing up for the interview. You see they can’t ask your age when they call in response to your resume. I don’t like handouts but I agree they should vote to extend the ARRA expiration deadline so all could get the equal number of weeks. Those who qualify for the 14+6 weeks will have benefits of 99 weeks. those of us who lose in Jan received the 26 week or the EUI for a total of 26 or 59 weeks. They passed the latest extension due to states with high unemployment rates but why do they feel we who lose our benefits in Jan are better off than those in Dec, who get the extensions..

November 24, 2009 at 10:34 am
(57) Ron (MD) says:

What are we to tell our creditors while we wait on extension update? My EUC ran out in early October. Haven’t had a check since. Told to sign up for welfare by UE office. Are we to give up everything, including our pride? All of our lawmakers will have a Thanksgiving meal. I will not. Enjoy Washington !

November 24, 2009 at 1:37 pm
(58) cheesphht says:

Now do you people understand that there is and was a conspiracy to overthrow the middle class of America all along? This is the result of ignoring the warning signs that were given right in front of you all along and voting for the same traitors that are responsible for America’s plight to an eco-tsunami in the next couple of years.

Look up Lindsey Williams and read or look at what he has to say that’s coming up next on the doomsday docket!

November 24, 2009 at 2:33 pm
(59) grace says:

I finally got through on the phone to someone at the employment department (edd) after several days of trying. I am on my first extension which will take me through the middle of January. I was kind of worried because it says on their web site that in order to qualify for the second extension if you do not exhaust your first extension by the 27th of December you will not qualify for the second extension. I was told that needs to be updated because it is not correct and it’s confusing a lot of people. she said I will receive something in the mail after I get my last check and as long as I am meeting all the qualifications as far as looking for work, etc. I will continue on to the second extension. She said the extensions are there to help all of the people who are unemployed, and as long as the extensions have been approved and you qualify you continue getting a check.

November 24, 2009 at 8:24 pm
(60) ken says:

Grace, Its like this. If you are/were one of those who used all Ui benefits and extensions by the end of Dec,2009 then you qualify for the last approved extension of 14+6 weeks. But for those whose regular 26 weeks of UI or those on extensions currently, they will continue to run until those weeks are exhausted then you get no more benefits unless congress approves the dec 27th. expiration deadline. So say for those on their first unemployment claim of 26 weeks and just so happens they finish their 26 weeks anytime after Jan, 1st. then thats it. You don’t even get to apply for the next extension called EUI of 33 total weeks. On my state employment website it clearly defines as of Dec,26th. it’s over unless congress votes to extend.

November 24, 2009 at 10:24 pm
(61) Sandy says:

I’m confused and need some help. I live in Kentucky. I have already recieved the first 26 weeks of regular unemployment and now on the 33 weeks. It ends Jan.3. What’s next if anything?

November 25, 2009 at 5:32 am
(62) prmaven says:

Can you clarify the extra 6 weeks for those in states with unemployment above 8.5%….I just received an e-mail from NELP saying that if the NAARP isn’t extended then we will not get the extra 6 weeks. So, my first question is this true? Secondly, if so, then why did they provide for an extra 6 weeks? Makes no sense!!

November 25, 2009 at 7:17 am
(63) Monty says:

Thank you, “(38) dan”, for posting a link to the open legislation in congress. I’m gonna post it again in case people overlooked the link:


You can verify how your gravy-train “representatives” voted on the issues before them.

November 25, 2009 at 9:41 am
(64) Mike says:

I understand the frustration that those people have that are having trouble getting the extensions that they need. Realize that my regular 6 month unemployment runs out in February 2010. I will get “nothing” beyond 26 weeks and will lose Cobra 65% discount I desperately need. I am over 60 years of age and landing jobs with benefits in this time is really bad. Please extend these programs congress or a lot of good people will lose it all.

November 25, 2009 at 9:53 am
(65) Mike says:

Lets all start doing crime!!! We need to eat!!

November 25, 2009 at 5:17 pm
(66) joe!!!!! says:

i started drawing unemployment at the end of july,2009 and got 20weeks and its about to end the 2nd week of dec,2009..so what kind of extends do i get? can anyone help me?

November 25, 2009 at 6:24 pm
(67) lsmft says:

Sen. Reid says no unemployment help until he gets his health care bill passed. He sets the order of the bills and he wants power. As the Pres. said earlier this year, there will be change and “all will sacrifice”.

November 25, 2009 at 8:09 pm
(68) mike says:

Has any one noticed that may be Obama is just another suit like all the former presidents before him. Do you really think he makes the decision on the U.S. position in the middle East. Follow the money people. We are spending Billions that end up in the pockets of the real decision makers pockets such as Martin Merrietta, General Dynamics and Haliburton Ect.. People you have been hood winked. Soon we all will be starving in this country unless the people wake up.

November 25, 2009 at 9:20 pm
(69) Monty says:

“(65) mike”, I think you are right.

Take a look at the booklet, _War is a Racket_, by the late retired U.S. Marine Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, one of only 19 people to be twice awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

His book was one of the first describing the workings of the military-industrial complex:


If Obama and his partyers on the gravy-train *don’t* approve of additional unemployment aid, it’s projected that over 3 million people will be without work come March 2010. He and the gravy train *WILL* approve of more aid.

No problem. They’ll just print more money.

November 26, 2009 at 3:18 am
(70) hurricane1951 says:

Thanks to all for the comments on the status of the unemployment benefits. It helps tremendously. To all those blaming the politicians, I think that enough blame is to be had on all sides and all politicians have e-mails. I have sent my share and will continue to send. You all have a lot to say

To cheesphht: What week of unemploymment is Lindsey Williams on? If your sending money to him stop it.

November 26, 2009 at 3:37 am
(71) D A says:

Let’s see:

Cheney worked for Haliburton….Cheney gets selected as VP running mate……Cheney gets millions of dollars in bonus on leaving Haliburton…..we go to war (how we got there makes one wonder!)….we have been at war for 8 years……the economy booms. When Republicans took over we were in an economic melt down after the Clinton administration. Maybe war is a racket! Interesting that Smedley’s book was in the early 1900′s. War was evidently always a racket from the beginning of time. I only read a synopsis. I need to get the rest of the book. He says how Capone only racketed in three neighborhoods while he racketeered on three continents. Really interesting thought!

November 26, 2009 at 12:21 pm
(72) mommy4nc says:

Im in NC and agree with the commenter that corrected “6 weeks from Nov. 18th”..it doesnt say that and common sense tells you they mean 6 weeks from when the extention took effect..stop making people feel worse and panic worse than they already are..this whole situation is hard enough..and for the ignorant people posting comments everyone eligible for an unemployment claim has to be out of work through no fault of their own so that handout speech you keep talking is bs..you better hope the shoe is NEVER on the other foot and its YOU who is in this predicament

November 26, 2009 at 5:12 pm
(73) jeff says:

i have asked this question once already and have not gotten any help..i know some people get like 79-99 weeks of unemployment for the past 2yrs..whats happens if u just started getting unemployment this past july and its about to run out the 2nd week of dec..do i get any of those extends? can anyone help me with this question????

November 27, 2009 at 5:07 am
(74) sandra dorsey says:

I think this entire country (usa) should do exactly what Belgium did years ago when they got tired of the BS of the government, crappy jobs, bad benes, crappy pay..

Everyone across the board are out of work anyway/losing jobs left and right and dont seem to be any improvements..
Everyone in the USA that are currently working/pay taxes should just walk off ALL the few jobs left in this country and bring this country to a complete stop..keep it like that for months..Everyone is losing their jobs, homes, and everything else anyway..
SOME danged this this country and these businesses in this country should know and realize that without the lil worker bee working their fanny off ..paying into the taxes..to support the President of the USA, the Senators, and all politicians, the military folks/their families, and all the freebees on welfare (that really dont need it) and those on SSI (and there are plenty on that that really shouldnt be..Disabled means not able to take care of oneself..bedridden..NOT with a twisted toenail or a bad dream)..
Without the lil worker bee supporting all the rich and lazy in this country..would literally bring this government, etc to its knees..
What do we have to lose anyway? Everything we have is being taken away as it is..

November 27, 2009 at 7:31 pm
(75) Monty says:

From a former Washington insider:

“I had been consulting for the government . . . Eisenhower, Kennedy, and now Johnson. And I had seen a lot of classified material by this time . . . and had been in a position to compare it with what was being said to the public. The public is lied to every day by the President, by his spokespeople, by his officers. If you can’t handle the thought that the President lies to the public for all kinds of reasons, you couldn’t stay in the government at that level, or you’re made aware of it, a week.”

” … The fact is Presidents rarely say the whole truth—essentially, never say the whole truth—of what they expect and what they’re doing and what they believe and why they’re doing it and rarely refrain from lying, actually, about these matters.”

-Daniel Ellsberg
(I’d always thought he was a hippie. No. He was the ultimate Washington insider:


One thing you can count on: Obama’s approval ratings are dropping. He does NOT want 3 million ANGRY laid off “lil worker bees” attacking his behind. Out of self-interest, he and the gravy-trainers HAVE TO extend benefits. They will print more money and increase the national deficit. NO PROBLEM. That’s been this administration’s answer to everything.

November 28, 2009 at 11:41 am
(76) joel says:


November 28, 2009 at 8:18 pm
(77) Kam says:

I bet it’s the Indians or Chinese who the government has updating all the unemployment systems software since that’s where all the IT jobs are going. Hopefully you’ll be able to understand the directions since they can’t speak english. Or as they say, “I having some doubts”.

November 29, 2009 at 1:51 pm
(78) SUSAN says:

I have been on Unemployment since Nov-2007. I HAVE COLLECTED ALL 79 WEEKS AND THAT EXPIRED IN SEPT-2009.

November 29, 2009 at 6:16 pm
(79) Jeric says:

Hi Folks, After someone runs out of the 26 weeks months. Which my 6 months runs out October 4. How many weeks is the next extension?Is it 7 or 13 weeks?

November 29, 2009 at 8:32 pm
(80) ken says:

I sent senator Reed an e-mail hoping he’ll get it, asking him to consider the ARRA extension and how those of us who lose our benefits in January are no better off than those who got the 20 weeks in December. Hope congress will consider. I can’t beleive they could pass extensions for those in December and thumb their noses and take away our benefits in January. Doesn’t make sense. people who get the extension of 20 more weeks can’t be anymore dire than those of us who lose them in january..I urge all to click on the http tag on joel’s number 73 line it will open to Senator Reeds address, please send him an e-mail…

November 30, 2009 at 2:22 am
(81) Beth says:

We’re in the Orlando area and my daughter has been out of work for a year and has been waiting for this latest extension since her benefits ran out in late October. Meanwhile, she needs $90/wk for meds. I’m a widow on SS and after rent and utilities there’s nothing left. We’ve been selling anything we can on CraigsList, which isn’t much, and having yard sales but if the unemployment checks don’t start soon, she’s going to end up in the hospital. I’m so stressed worrying about her and paying bills. I’ve been around a long time and never have seen things this bad. I already lost my house to a hurricane, then had to go through bankruptcy for medical bills, and now this…enough already.

The hell with the Health Bill, put the money towards getting people back to work first and then address healthcare.

November 30, 2009 at 9:48 am
(82) Sam says:

I have been unemployed since April 2007 when the factory I worked in Kentucky moved to Mexico. I went to school and will graduate in 2 weeks. My TRA was cut off on Nov. 7 without notice. The information about the extension came out in the local newspaper on Nov. 17. When I went to request a check, I was informed that the benefits had stopped. I have been looking for a job, but I am also 57. It is so hard to find a job at this age. What are we supposed to do? I have always felt like it was unfair for people 65 and over drawing full benefits of unemployment and receive full social security benefits. My daughter went to work part time while going to school and her benefits were cut off when she reached her BYE date because of a part time job. If you try to work and make any money, your benefits are cut off but you can draw full SS benefits and still get unemployment. How fair is this? This morning I went back to the unemployment office and they told me the same thing about waiting for a letter that they said will not be mailed out until approximately 2 more weeks. This is ridiculous.

November 30, 2009 at 12:26 pm
(83) fedupinNC says:

NC Unemployment EB Phone line states that there is a 6 week delay from November 18th. Why is that not 6 weeks from November 8? What did they do those 10 days? So we get a check what, Christmas eve? I’m so upset I can’t stand it. I don’t know what the hell to do. I’m on the verge of accepting a job in another state but don’t have money to get us there (company paying for relo but not transpo) I’m stuck. This is awful.

November 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm
(84) kevin kelly says:

Dear Fedupinnc how much money do you need?I can help.

November 30, 2009 at 3:37 pm
(85) penny2myname says:

I live in NC and have tried for weeks to get some sort of concrete information about when the latest extension payments will be disbursted. So far all I’ve gotten is more confusion and a lot of dead ends. I’ve called and emailed the ncesc and no one obviously knows what’s going on. I’ve read the other comments of six weeks from Nov. 18 and then six weeks from the time the extension was passed. Does anyone really know?

November 30, 2009 at 8:03 pm
(86) Patriot says:

2 co-workers and I are american veterans who were working for UPS. We were over the age for UPS to promote us so we joined the other 80% of UPS work force and unionized. UPS laid us vets off on the 4th of July just to show us and make an example to scare the remaining non-union work force back into hiding in their cubicles. UPS is sending American jobs overseas to China and laying off Americans so the CEO can get his 6 million dollar bonus again this year. The Chinese radical muslims are probably installing bombs in the aircraft during repairs since there is no security measures at their airports like we maintain here. They will set them off over your city is my theory. It is a lot cheaper to run an airport without security. Anyway, don’t support UPS sending American jobs to China! Voice your opinion shut UPS down…

November 30, 2009 at 9:42 pm
(87) keri drexel says:

How about if someone came in and told the president he was layed off and he had to live on unemployment and then his family has to suffer then. lets call a spade a spade. the government is all out for themselves and they dont care about the american working people. thats called politics

November 30, 2009 at 9:44 pm
(88) keridrexel says:

how about the president get laid off and let him sit on unemployment. oh no that would never happen. thats called politics. the government doesnt care about the working american people.

December 1, 2009 at 12:17 am
(89) fedupinNC says:

Pennytomyname – I talked to NC Unemployment today – it is 6 to 8 weeks from NOVEMBER 18 – so we are looking at the earliest possible check coming on Dec 28th or 29th.

Kevin Kelly – don’t tease me. It’s too painful.

December 1, 2009 at 4:33 am
(90) Roland (tx) says:

Can someone help me out. I am confused. I am goin to request my last payment december 27th 2009. Will i get the extension. What do i have to do?

December 1, 2009 at 9:54 am
(91) ken says:

I urge people go to line 73, click on the http address for senator reid and it will go to his e-mail page and fill it out and urge passing the ARRA deadline extension.. If you do not then don’t complain. I read democrats are addressing cobra and unemployment at the summitt this week.

December 1, 2009 at 4:26 pm
(92) m t sharp says:

I just left a message for Harry Reid. The liberals are amazing. People are starving to death and they are worried about Government Health Care.

December 1, 2009 at 4:58 pm
(93) ken says:

I left e-mails for harry reid X2 and nancy pelosi 1. My worry is they’ll ignore or won’t even read the e-mails. But all I can say is I can’t imagine how congress can be concerned about those losing benefits in December and acting to protect them but ignoring those 1 million losing in January and up to 3 million by March if nothing is done!! Would not make any sense. I mentioned to Pelosi that if unemployed people can continue on their extensions equally as the economy looks brighter it will help the economy grow, but if millions lose their unemployment in January it will certainly worsen any growth in the economy and even increase job loses and we will spiral deeper into a worsening economy..I am a conserative but I heard the republicans do not support any extensions beacuse it will drive us further into debt. My message to that stupid thinking is helping the unemployed is a necessity even if it leads further into debt. and should be their first priority, and focus on the other foolish spending on other debt programs. They need to learn on how to focus on a win win situation. supporting the unemployed is a win win and would help the economical outlook while trying to cap the other unnecessary spending programs. Unemployed people will not forget who helped them and who hurt them at election time!!!

December 1, 2009 at 5:32 pm
(94) Jenn says:

I have not been unemployeed in over 19 years and at times work 2 jobs. The company (that went under) for over 13.5 years, and some part time jobs on the side. I am planning to move after the first of the year to a much better state, but the extention info is not making any sense. My employement office told me to look in the mail on this Thursday for a letter telling me if mine is extended. If it is in the mail should they not be able to look it up and tell me something today, not make me wait. I have only had one extention. And it just ran out. Never drawn welfare, but I will go for everything if denided. I pay my taxes, so it will be my turn. Although it will be embaressing, I don’t care. Something has got to give!!!

December 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm
(95) cbr6864 says:

this makes no sense!! if your are getting extensions now you are ok. but if you dont use up regular unemployement and file before end of dec your screwed!

good luck contacting unemployement office! my benfits run out dec 4 i was told to wait until i requested a payment which would be dec 14. then they would mail me paper work. by then it will be late.

this is crazzy all they want to do is hide the real numbers!!!

December 1, 2009 at 7:59 pm
(96) Wanda says:

I found this article on HuffPost: UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EXTENSIONS: 100 Billion Safety Net In The Works…http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/01/unemployment-benefits-ext_0_n_375779.html.

Good luck you guys, I’m in the same situation, it has been 2 years for which I was on my job for 15 years until I was laid off and I’m still looking for employment.

December 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm
(97) cheryl says:

My question is are there any extensions for people whose benefits run out in Jan 2010

December 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm
(98) mike says:

Wake up people The fat politicians of our country are well aware that a national health care bill will never be passed. They have proved time after time that they don’t have a clue what they are doing. Do they really care? Hell no! They give the American people the impression they are working so hard to help you with this health care sham. They gave billions of Tarp money to the very people who have been skewing the public for years and not one bank that received it made any loans to the millions of small businesses that fuel this economy. That’s why we are unemployed. Why didn’t the government set up hundreds of branch offices of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and issue refinancing on mortgages and issues business loans direct to the public and eliminate the middle man bankers who they claim are to big too fail. Wake up people we have a corrupt and incompetent Govmt. Do they care that we are unemployed and starving? Hell no there pay checks are received every two weeks and on top of that we pay all there expences.

December 2, 2009 at 2:29 pm
(99) m t sharp says:

Amen brother you hit the nail on the head. They were chastising companies for giving big bonuses but our politicians who have run this country into the ground are still giving themselves big raises. It is a joke and every single one of them need removed from office and have all their money taken from them because they have not EARNED a dime. I have never been unemployed for even a day in my life and lost my job 2/2/09 and mine runs out first week of January and then it is only a one week pay. I can’t find a job and taking care of 4 kids on my own. I will not take food stamps and have maintained my bills because I live lean but until economy improves it looks like I will be out of luck. I hope they realize how stupid this is in time.

December 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm
(100) cbr6864 says:


sorry to say your out of luck as it stands now. your regular benifits must run out before end week of 27 of dec and you must apply before dec31 also you must have started your claim on or before june 22. and that is just to get tier 1.

all they are doing is cooking to books unemployement numbers will look great jan/feb because around 1 million people will be cut off!

December 2, 2009 at 2:39 pm
(101) Florida says:

I would like to know if anyone has went to to the website for eligibility for emergency unemployment please let me know what did it say when you typed in your SS# and pin number Its supposed to tell you if you are eligible for EUC benefits. I called unemployment office today I was told no one in Florida has received a letter yet she told me it could be the 3rd week of December before you even receive a letter that means we wil not receive a check until Jan 2010. I REALLY NEED MY MONEY! PLEASE HELP! GOD BLESS! I WILL KEEP PRAYING FOR EVERYONE! I HOPE THINGS GET BETTER!

December 2, 2009 at 8:21 pm
(102) m t sharp says:

Well 2/2/09 is before June 22nd so really what I need is for them to include the rest of us in this extension and we will be ok. I for one believe that they will and we will be ok in the end.

December 2, 2009 at 10:48 pm
(103) mass03 says:

Due to the complex nature of the procedures required to implement the program, interim measures have been undertaken to ensure that claimants are paid as quickly as possible. Eligible claimants who have exhausted all benefits prior to the most recent extension will be issued check payments based on this schedule:

First payment issued on December 15. This check will include payments for up to 4 weeks of benefits, including the weeks ending November 14, 21, and 28, and December 5. Claimants must be eligible for the most recent extension in those weeks and certify for those weeks.
Second payment issued on January 5 for 3 weeks ending December 12, 19, and 26.
The approximately 230,000 claimants who have not yet exhausted their first 59 weeks of benefits (26 weeks of regular unemployment insurance and 33 weeks of EUC – Tiers I and II) will not be impacted and will continue to certify for and receive payments weekly.

December 2, 2009 at 11:52 pm
(104) ken says:

WoW Mass03, Your right on, But be reminded as we certify and will continue to receive payments weekly!!!!!!!!
when they end Its over. We do not get the next tier of benefits such as EB or the latest 16+4 extensions. So for those WHO EXHAUST our 59 weeks drop off the scope of benefits unless congress act quickly to extend the ARRA that is unless you know better!!! I find it facinating I watched the public channel on house members voting on an issue and they voted to adopt a resolution to accellerate the voting on NAMING A POST OFFICE IN ARK…KNOW WHERE THEIR PRIORITIES ARE!!!

December 3, 2009 at 4:37 am
(105) Stephanie says:

I just checked out the Maryland Unemployment website and it is updated about the new 14 week extension!!!! The letters for us that qualify went out today December 2nd, so that means we will be getting this week, we open our claims early next week and get our money then too! It will be back dated to week ending 11/14, for those of you that get your money on the VISA CITIBANK card, the money is there within 48hrs of your call to re-open your claim, so we will have the money in time for Christmas! There is a catch, the website mentioned that the EUC benefits will fade out the week ending 12/26, which to me sounds like some of us will only get it till then, which is only 7wks. I don’t understand that, last year I was getting an extension during the year change and I just had to call and open a new claim for the new year and it help a 2wk payment up a week or so, I hope that’s all that will happen, but I am not sure, so make sure when you guys call and open the initial claim for the extension that you ask about that, so you don’t get screwed up in anyway! Good luck to everyone!

December 3, 2009 at 10:27 am
(106) cbr says:

the whole thing makes no sense for those of us on our regular benefits that are due to run out just after dec your screwed but if you have been collecting extension after extension your in the clear.

all the want to do is drop people off of unemployement. unstead of worring about EB the should have past something for those of us on regular benefits that are due to run out leaving us with nothing.

December 3, 2009 at 11:27 am
(107) Debbie says:

If you ask me I think everyone should be able to draw unemployment until the economy gets better.No one ask to be put out of a job. and it is going to continue to be hard to find a job for awhile until thangs can get better, when ever that maybe. and I feel that its wrong for the Americanpeople to have to go through so much HELL do to the fact someone was elected a second term and made life hell for everybody. And now the lower class people are suffering even more like if they wasnt be for. Its a damn shame America has come to this, and more of a shame that everybody wants to holla bout they “change” Obama. Obama didnt get us in this situation so dont go blaming him. He’s doing what he can do 1 step at a time. Its said people are lossing homes, cars, cant keep their lights on or nuthing hardly cause its so rough out here.Landlords dont want to hear you cant pay, light company dony want to haer you cant pay,they just want their money. If you ask me it need to be a law passsed on that. That noone should be evicted from their property due to the fact they cant pay due to the economy, noone should not have to have their lights cshut off due to the economy being the way it is. Like I said noone ask to be put in this situation, in so many people are suffering due to this and its wrong. and the people who seem to dont care all they care about is getting their money is gone have to anwser for it one day believe that. all I can say is pray for America cause its going to be awhile before anything gets better.

December 3, 2009 at 1:08 pm
(108) m t sharp says:

I am in the same boat as all of you but this problem we are having has nothing to do with George Bush. When the Democrats thought to just give a mortgage to anyone whether they could afford it or not and taught people to be irresponsible it put us where we are right now. The collapse of Fannie and Freddie lead to the collapse of housing which lead to the collapse of the banks and here we are. I was a 20 year mortgage banker. I never made a non conforming or high risk loan because I worked for a very conservative bank but 2/9/09 ended my run of never being unemployed for 20 years and I am 40. It is a tough pill to swallow and I watch our current president worry about being a CEO of GM and forcing banks to take stimulus money etc etc. Where there is suffering, there is government taking your liberties and your freedoms and becoming more and more powerful. This was all methodically planned out for many many years I just never thought I would be caught up in it. It’s sad for all of us normally useful citizens hoping and praying for a check that will barely get us by but at the same time beggeing for it otherwise we can’t eat. I share your pain everyone but we are all in this together. We need to all make as much noise as we can and not just sit and wait. Be active, call radio shows, write letters to the editor, contact your congressman and senator. People need to know that we are not just going to lie down and die.

December 3, 2009 at 1:51 pm
(109) m t sharp says:

Hey folks, there is hope. Today at the “showboat” job summit which is nothing but a pile of crap, one of the ideas was extending unemployment for the people that fall off the rolls in January. There will be over 1 million people including me and you that will run out of benefits. I can say that at least it’s on the table. I have a job summit for the government. Quit taxing small business to death and penalizing them for hiring and that will be the end of the high unemployment levels we see today. You have to have money to give jobs. The government needs to just waive all taxes to business for awhile and there will be a hiring boom you would not believe and we would all be back to work:)

December 3, 2009 at 3:47 pm
(110) kevin says:

To commenter 105 I have never before seen such ignorance about the causes of our current economic collapse.Keep your partisan lies to yourself as to not reveal your obvious delusion.

December 3, 2009 at 3:48 pm
(111) Tell-It-Like-It-Is says:

People are leaving comments here as if Bush and Obama were two completely different politicians… they are not. Please wake up! They are both puppets for the ruling cabal standing behind them. Of all the great minds in the world, why else would every new president staff their cabinets with the political hacks from prior administrations? Why else would we never have major changes in policy when a new president comes in? The obvious answer is that it is the exact same rulers with a different figure-head/puppet/president taking orders. Therefore, it is completely appropriate to blame Obama for the failures of Bush. They are one in the same.

December 3, 2009 at 3:57 pm
(112) Sandy says:

People are leaving comments here as if Bush and Obama were two completely different politicians… they are not. Please wake up! They are both puppets for the ruling cabal standing behind them. Of all the great minds in the world, why else would every new president staff their cabinets with the political hacks from prior administrations? Why else would we never have major changes in policy when a new president comes in? The obvious answer is that it is the exact same rulers with a different figure-head/puppet/president taking orders. Therefore, it is completely appropriate to blame Obama for the failures of Bush. They are one in the same.

December 3, 2009 at 8:05 pm
(113) ken says:

you are correct 105 and 106

December 3, 2009 at 9:04 pm
(114) fedupinnc says:

I am literally 2 weeks from possible eviction (only paid half on the 1st and promised the other half on the 15th) I don’t know where that other half is coming from. There is NOTHING. Oh and to qualify for emergency assistance it takes THIRTY DAYS for Family Services to investigate if you need EMERGENCY services. Because I don’t have small children, there is no urgency for my situation.

Christmas? Yeah, ho ho ho Unemployment. Thanks for everything.

I’ve sold everything I have to sell. I just don’t know what’s going to happen to me. This is what I get after working 25 years and never filing unemployment before this.

I’m very close to driving off a bridge. And no, that’s not a joke.

December 4, 2009 at 12:01 am
(115) jay b says:

It’s worse than you people know. I called my rep. here in michigan and was told the extention is only from Nov. 8- December 31. So if my math is correct that will only be 7-8 weeks. Unless the lazy democrats and Pres. Obama don’t act to extend it into 2010 that is all we will get. I don”t know if they will have time as they prepare to go on their well earned christmas recess. HA HA HA

December 4, 2009 at 12:09 am
(116) jay b says:

Maybe if we are smart next year we can send Sen. Reed and Rep pelosi on a permenant vacation. They don’t do anything except take away more and more of our freedoms. The GOP hasn’t done a great job, but at least they didn’t take over banks, car companies, and now they
are attempting to take over health care(scare). They also didn’t raise the national debt four fold and if they keep going people they will make the depression in 1929 look like prosperity!!!!!!

December 4, 2009 at 7:21 am
(117) KTKELLY says:

To 113 you have a right to your opinion but not to your own facts.I can remember the same problems now that we had during Reagan.Banking collapse.banking bailout.quadrupling national deficits.Get your facts straight,George Dumbya took a 5.6 trillion dollar surplus and gave us a 11 trillion dollar national deficit plus 2 wars unpaid for.Also all those bailouts for banks and auto comp. stated under Monkey Boy.At least learn the truth before you speak!

December 4, 2009 at 7:45 am
(118) m t sharp says:

Bottomline is we are all going to be ok in the end at least as far as unemployment goes. The new bill will get passed and eventually we will get money. The problem is and remains to be, jobs. I am not a Democratic and I am not a Republican. Both parties are a major part of the problem. I am a Conservative and always have been. I believe in freedom and limited government. Limited goverment means limited taxes on business. Don’t hate the people who make money, love them. A poor person has never given people jobs. I don’t think any of us want government telling us what do but we allow partisan politics split us. Come on you guys, I believe someday we will have to fight for our freedoms all over again. Obama is a Socialist and if you can’t see that then you aren’t paying attention and when you don’t pay attention, bad things happen. He is also a Muslim and you may want to be “politically correct” but there are not ANY good muslims. They ALL hate America up to and including Obama. We need to unite together and forget politics and keep it simple, FREEDOM. Every freedom they attempt to take away from us, we need to stand up and fight it. Health care needs to be voted down. One thing at a time people. The focus right now is Health Care. If it passes, the government now runs the entire economy and I don’t know about you but I don’t trust the Republicans or the Democrats to run my life.

December 4, 2009 at 8:14 am
(119) KTKELLY says:

You’ve been brainwashed by Fake News and what you said about Pres. Obama being a socialist and a muslim shows your true colors. I bet you also think Alaska Barbie will be our next Pretender and Thief.

December 4, 2009 at 8:37 am
(120) m t sharp says:

KT Kelley, now who is the one that has been brainwashed? Very sad, Liberals never have anything to say so they resort to non intelligent phrases like human garbage. Go back to your slumber and keep watching the mailbox for your check. There is no hope for you…..

December 4, 2009 at 8:41 am
(121) Job Search Guide says:

I know this is a stressful for everyone, but please don’t personally attack other people who post. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and everyone is concerned about unemployment.

So, as my mom would say, if you don’t have something nice to say about someone, don’t say anything.

Thanks very much.

December 4, 2009 at 8:58 am
(122) m t sharp says:

Point well taken and I for one will apologize for anything negative I have said. It is a passion of mine but what makes this Country great is everyone is entitled to their opinion. Once again my deepest apologies.

December 4, 2009 at 10:07 am
(123) KTKELLY says:

Its not about the negative things youve said,its about the lies youve repeated.Out of the last 29 years of Administrations the republicants have occupied the whitehouse for 20 years.So when you need answers to the question of what political philosophy has destroyed this country,take a look in the mirror.

December 4, 2009 at 10:19 am
(124) ken says:

As the top page of this site says James McDermott has introduced a bill HR 4183, It went to the ways and means committee for evaluation of the financial impact and IF approved I guess it will be submitted for votes. I am only guessing as to these formalities. I urge as many as possible to e-mail Harry reid, and Nancy Pelosi, and senator McDermott and voice your concern,and urge approval, If you can’t do that then you should not complain or whine!

December 4, 2009 at 11:17 am
(125) m t sharp says:

kt kelly please research how many of those years that the Republicans occupied the White House,and had majorities in the House and Senate? When you arrive that those answers please post them honestly. The President legislates nothing without the House and Senate…..

December 4, 2009 at 11:28 am
(126) KTKELLY says:

I knew that would be your response.Was it the legislature that lied us into war in Iraq,was it the congress that provided trillions for their friends in the banking industry?For someone that calls themself a conservative thats a typical talking point.Hey heres a fresh idea,how about thinking for yourself rather than repeating what your buddy beckerhead says.

December 4, 2009 at 11:41 am
(127) m t sharp says:

You’re in luck because until you answer that question I am out:) When having a political discussion you must be factual. I think the Republicans are just as much at fault as the Democrats. Conservative = Less Government. If you are for more government then I will never change your opinion and we will just be on opposite sides. Honestly though good luck to you in your job search and I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

December 4, 2009 at 11:52 am
(128) ktkelly says:

Government expanded at its most ever under Reagan Bush1 and Bush the sequel.I dont care what you think your party is for its the reality in their works.Fiscal Conservatism is a contradiction in terms!

December 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm
(129) Jimbo says:

I live in NC and I’ve gone through regular unemployment, Tier 1, Tier2, and extended benefits. I got my last check on Nov. 24th, do you think I qualify for the extension?? I have been searching every where but there is just nothing available as far as work goes. I have called the unemployment office and everyone I talk with knows absolutely nothing about it. As i read the bill I am eligible, but what is going on? You would have thought Moses would have been more prepared!!!

December 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm
(130) ken says:

WOW! i talked to a person who ran out of benefits in december and his office notified him he gets the 16+4 weeks BUT!!!!! he also gets an additional 13 to 14 weeks for some homeowners act!!!! So they get up to 6 months, but I guess it’s hell with you guys in January.You don’t need any help!!! If Jim McDermotts bill fails we in janaury who lose the remaining benefits are in trouble!!!!

December 4, 2009 at 2:01 pm
(131) Jimbo says:

Ken what state was that in?? NC is supposedly running way behind and we may not get extension till end of December Thanks for the info

December 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm
(132) cbr says:

Debbie says
“And now the lower class people are suffering even more”

how is that?? most do noy own a home so they have no house note, nost do not own a new vehicle so no car note. they get sec 8, HUD housing, reduced utilites, reduced daycare, free/reduced health care, food stamps, wic, chips.

its the middle class that is hurting with unemployment. when you dont get all the social programs. when you go from 50-75K to 21-22K your going to eat through you savings really fast trying to keep paying the house note alone!

“Its a damn shame America has come to this, and more of a shame that everybody wants to holla bout they “change” Obama. Obama didnt get us in this situation so dont go blaming him. He’s doing what he can do 1 step at a time”

do you have any idea how much obama has spent compared to bush?? the man has been in office for almost a year now what has he done that he pledged he would. teh man has done nothing to encourage economic growth outside of his group of friends that have become outrageously wealthy.

“If you ask me it need to be a law passsed on that. That noone should be evicted from their property due to the fact they cant pay”

i dont even have anything to say to that other than i bet you voted for obama didnt you.

December 4, 2009 at 3:09 pm
(133) sammy dean says:

Jay b said:

It’s worse than you people know. I called my rep. here in michigan and was told the extention is only from Nov. 8- December 31. So if my math is correct that will only be 7-8 weeks. Unless the lazy democrats and Pres. Obama don’t act to extend it into 2010 that is all we will get. I don”t know if they will have time as they prepare to go on their well earned christmas recess. HA HA HA

You interpreted it wrong. This is the timeframe for filing, not the timeframe solely for getting benefits. I you can file anytime between Nov 8 and Dec 31 you will get the full extension of whatever extension you’re on.

Just want to make that clear.


December 4, 2009 at 3:47 pm
(134) fedupinnc says:

Jimbo – I’m also in NC and in the exact situation you are – mine stopped the same day yours did. Drop an email so we can compare notes tangeemct@gmail.com will be happy to talk to you about it.

I THINK we are eligible but there could be a loophole. I saw on the Unemployment Stories page that a guy was told by NC that he didnt’ qualify cause he didn’t have enough months from his EB cause it used a different quarter to qualify him – omg I pray that isn’t the case.

When I called unemployment at first I was told “Oh no, that extension is for folks whose year ended but they still have funds to draw off off” I said “No Sir, this is for people who have EXHAUSTED their benefits. He replied “Sounds like you know more than me”

The way the voicemail at the EB office sounds, we won’t see anything till the week before or week after Christmas. I’m afraid that may be a little too late for me. I’m terrified.

December 4, 2009 at 4:11 pm
(135) m t sharp says:

(127) ken says:
WOW! i talked to a person who ran out of benefits in december and his office notified him he gets the 16+4 weeks BUT!!!!! he also gets an additional 13 to 14 weeks for some homeowners act!!!! So they get up to 6 months, but I guess it’s hell with you guys in January.You don’t need any help!!! If Jim McDermotts bill fails we in janaury who lose the remaining benefits are in trouble!!!!

I may be wishful thinking and I am down to a one week check on January 3rd or 4th but I can’t imagine NOT passing the glitch and the extension for all of us. If they want to see the economy completely collapse, just try not giving an extension to the January people and beyond and it will do just that.

December 4, 2009 at 6:28 pm
(136) cbr says:

yea yea we are all saved. if by saved you mean waiting around fro this bill to be passed. they are going to pass something they have no choice.

if they dont keep paying unemployment they know there will be riots, if they give out real unemployment numbers there will be riots. thats why they came out with thier new bs numbers!

lets see they claim we lost 11,000 (ya right) no one is hiring but yet unemployment went from 10.2 to 10 come on are americans really that slow? if they claim we lost 11,000 and we still went to 10% there must have been a lot of companies hiring!BS!

December 4, 2009 at 6:40 pm
(137) m t sharp says:

cbr, I couldn’t agree more.

December 4, 2009 at 6:55 pm
(138) ken says:

I hope I read right,on HLN for whatever its worth, the ticker at the bottom said congress moving to extend unemployment benefits. So hopefully they mean the expriation deadline! Because they already extended 16+4 weeks.we’ll see…..

December 4, 2009 at 7:24 pm
(139) 2four7 says:

i ask this question of Mr.Boles in the NC House of REPS.HR 4183 was introduced 12/2/09 to reauthorize ARRA and extend unemployment benefits out through March 2011. We need this past by Christmas. THE REPLY I GOT WAS I will forward your request to Jamie. Unfortunately the legislature has adjourned for the 2009 session and will not reconvene until May 2010.

December 4, 2009 at 7:27 pm
(140) ken says:

If 1.6 million NEW jobs were created and if the total of unemployed were 15 million that would be 11% of the 15 million even tho the 15 million is all of those unemployed including those collecting benefits and those who are not collecting. And if the 10% unemployment rate is roughly 6.5 million people (those collecting benefits) and the administration created 1.6 million jobs that would be 13% of the 6.5 million and the unemployment rate would be 8.9%…Otherwise who got the jobs created? If it wasn’t the unemployed????????? Do the math…

December 4, 2009 at 7:55 pm
(141) ken says:

Sorry, the 1.6 million jobs translates to 24% of the 6.5 million unemployed. who got the jobs? if unemployment dropped .2% of 6.5 million that is 130.000….who got the 1.47 million jobs.

December 4, 2009 at 9:40 pm
(142) Monty says:

(133) cbr and (134) m t sharp,

My thoughts exactly about the b.s. stats regarding the “decline” in U.S. unemployment from 10.2% to 10%.

If that’s true, then where are the job postings?

One thing for sure, I no longer believe anything the mainstream media says about our national economy.

Depending upon the numbers you choose, statistics can be manipulated so that they appear to support any general claim you’d like to make.

Until me and the guy across the street get decent-paying real jobs, I won’t believe the stats. we’re fed by the mainstream media.

December 4, 2009 at 9:57 pm
(143) Monty says:

Folks, every election, let’s try to VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBENT elected officials, whether Democrat or Republican.

No more “Lifers” in Congress, please. Having “Lifers” is just a recipe for entrenched, entitled corruption.

Let’s see how the congressional gravy-train feels about losing their own jobs.

America’s Founding Fathers never intended for our Congressional “leaders” to be LIFETIME CAREER POLITICIANS. Members of Congress were to be chosen from all walks of life.

(Personally, I like the idea of treating congressional work as similar to “jury duty”–an un-sought, temporary, civic duty performed by randomly-selected U.S. citizens from all types of jobs.)

Currently, we have face-lifted (think Nancy Pelosi) LIFETIME CAREER POLITICIANS with NO REAL WORK EXPERIENCE riding a gravy train for decades–a gravy train paid for by increasingly stressed middle- and upper-class taxpayers.

We need to do what we can to:

(1) Get real people in office, and then

(2) Get them out again after 4 years.

No more “Lifers” in Congress!!!

December 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm
(144) cbr says:

obama is the greatest man alive!! sure they spent millions on the job summit, but look at the results just one day later and unemoloyement drops to the best levels since December 2007!!

WOW how does he do it? it must be magic since no jobs were created and we still dropped from 10.2 to 10%. keep it up obama you sir are doing a great job!!

December 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm
(145) cbr says:

the sad thing is most people dont even know what the unemployment rate means. who cares if it dropped .2%! the unemployment rate is only the % of those who are unemployed who are seeking a job. it dropped by .2 because people are not able to collect unemployment any longer not because the ecomomy is getting better. this job summit was nothing more than a dog and pony show to make the masses happy.

December 7, 2009 at 10:19 am
(146) Amanda says:

I love how so many comments are about the rich not affected and they just get to spend money. Are you kidding me? The “rich”employ a lot of people, they pay the largest amount in taxes. They are feeling this Obama economy. The job summit was a joke, where were the small business owners? He had the union leaders not small business owners. Get the government out of the way, lower the tax burden on business and watch how the unemployment rate changes. I have been laid off from an executive position since Feb ’08 but I am not belly aching about how the middle class is getting screwed. There is not much one can do about it except vote people out of office for 2010 and continue in the job hunt. No one is addressing the massive job loss in white collar non manufacturing jobs. It is hard for all of us who have been laid off. Continue to network and maybe it is time to start your own business. This will end eventually, it just may take a few years.

December 7, 2009 at 10:42 am
(147) m t sharp says:

Amanda read comment 115. We are on the same page at least when it comes to taxes and government. I am a single father of 4 children and they don’t have a chance of becoming anything with the direction this country is heading in. It is sad to watch and what is worse is how many people are taken in by this and just don’t care. If we have the American Revolution today? We would still be answering to the King of England.

December 7, 2009 at 10:44 am
(148) m t sharp says:

PS…I was a white collar worker who lost his job……It’s affecting everyone. I am 40 years old and about starting over and about to start my own business. You hit the nail on the head on many levels.

December 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm
(149) cbr says:

Amanda says:
“I love how so many comments are about the rich not affected and they just get to spend money. Are you kidding me?”

i guess we have a differnt view on what rich means, banker’s bonuses are 40% bigger this year. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley said they stand to spend $35 billion combined this year on employee compensation.

i only wish i was suffering as bad as they are!

December 7, 2009 at 1:01 pm
(150) Amy says:

I am on Tier one benefits that run out the first of January because it is not a week before I do not get my extension but everyone else that was a week before does, somehow this is so not fair there are people who have been on it way longer than me, and the unemployment rate it worse than it was for them, are they going to extend it by the end of the month?

December 7, 2009 at 2:03 pm
(151) cbr says:

this was done for a reason they want you to drop off of unemployment so thier numbers look good next year!

December 7, 2009 at 4:04 pm
(152) Jeannine D says:

I get more confused every time I call my UE office and could use some help. Currently I am waiting to hear if I’m getting approved for any additional benefits as my claim year ended at the beginning of November.
I was told I will either be able to open a new claim for less money or continue the rest of my EUC (Tier2) benefits, if approved at all. I was also told I needed to have earned 2012$ in the last year to qualify to open a new claim which I obviously have not.
My question is – if I am able to continue my original claim and finish out my Tier 2 benefits what comes after that?

December 7, 2009 at 4:58 pm
(153) cbr says:

Jeannine D says

Tier 3 (13 weeks) – to be eligible for Emergency Benefits under Tier 3, an individual must:

Have filed initial claim for regular unemployment effective on or before Monday, November 3, 2008.
Exhaust at least 33 weeks of Emergency Benefits (20 weeks Tier 1 and the first 13 weeks of Tier 2) on or before week ending December 27, 2009.

** Note: The last payable week of Emergency Benefits is the week ending June 6, 2010.
Extended Benefits are provided under the Extended Benefits (EB) Program. There are currently 20 weeks of Extended Benefits available. However, to be eligible for any Extended Benefits, the individual must:

Have filed their initial claim for regular unemployment benefits effective on or before Monday, September 8, 2008.

Exhaust 33 weeks of Emergency Benefits on or before week ending November 1, 2009.
Start claiming Extended Benefits on or before week ending November 8, 2009.

** Note: The last payable week of Extended Benefits is the week ending January 3, 2010.

December 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm
(154) Jeannine D says:

Thanks cbr but I am still confused LOL

My benefit year ended before my Tier 2 had run out and I have no way to check how many weeks I had left.

Tier 3 is what the President signed into effect, correct?

It seems to me that the notes contradict the top statement but perhaps I am just reading it incorrectly. According to the notes I am ineligible since I filed my claim in Nov 08 plus I didn’t exhaust my 33 weeks before Nov 09 but according to the top part I just need to have my Tier 2 run out by Dec 27th.

December 7, 2009 at 6:10 pm
(155) THOR says:


December 7, 2009 at 6:13 pm
(156) cbr says:

it is very hard to get a clear answer!

what state are you in? depending on where you are some states will just have you continue (re-open) your first claim if there have been no earnings. then your tier II would keep going.

if you had any earnings you will have to file a new year, they will need to do a monetary determination and use a different base period and you will only get 26 weeks. as it stands now no claim after may09 gets any extensions, any extensions your on as of jan 1 2010 will be the last extension you get

December 7, 2009 at 6:23 pm
(157) cbr says:


if you really were making that then you and your wife combined were only making $105,000 a year or about $50,000 each right? so you should have plenty saved up as you seem to want to come across that you were making such a vast sum of money when in reality $50,000 a year just isnt that much today, especially depending on wher you live?

i still fail to see your point as im a commercial electrician and have made nore than $50,000 for some time now up until current. so with all your boasting of of how well of you are and how others are below you, you only served to make yourself look like a fool!

December 7, 2009 at 7:48 pm
(158) Jimbo says:

CBR what state are you talking about? Thanks Jimbo
This is the best explanation I have found it is from Pa but explains it pretty well.
Background: Regular PA unemployment compensation (UC) benefits provides up to 26 weeks of benefits for unemployed workers, based on their earnings prior to becoming unemployed.

Emergency Unemployment Compensation Tier I provides up to 20 weeks of federally-funded unemployment benefits for unemployed workers who exhaust their regular state UC benefits and are not eligible for a new regular state UC claim. The first week for which Tier 1 EUC was payable was the week ending July 12, 2008.

EUC Tier II provides up to 13 weeks of federally funded unemployment benefits after a person exhausts their EUC Tier I benefits and are not eligible for a new regular state UC claim. The first week for which Tier 2 EUC was payable wasthe week ending January 24, 2009.

State Extended Benefits (EB) triggered on in February 2009 and provides up to 13 weeks of federally funded benefits after a person exhausts EUC Tier II.

High Unemployment Period Extended Benefits (HUP EB) triggered on in August 2009 and provided up to 7 weeks of federally funded benefits aftera person exhausts regular state EB.

Both EUC Tier 1 and EUC Tier 2 benefits begin phasing out by December 31, 2009. The last payable week of EUC is the week ending June 5, 2010.

Changes Made to EUC Benefits – 11/6/09: On 11/6/09, the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-92) was enacted into federal law. The following information explains how this law expanded benefits currently available under the EUC, effective with the week ending November 14, 2009.

Tier I EUC: The maximum amount of Tier 1 EUC benefits available to claimants does not change. Claimants who exhaust their 26-week regular UC entitlement may continue qualify for a maximum of 20 weeks ofTier 1 EUC.

Increased Tier II EUC: The maximum Tier 2 EUC benefits for all EUC claimants increases by up to one more week. Claimants who exhaust their 20-week Tier 1 EUC benefits may now qualify for 1 more week of Tier 2 benefits, for a new total of 14 weeks of Tier 2 EUC. The new law allows states to pay the additional week of Tier 2 after the payment of Tier 3 benefits.

New Tier III EUC: A new Tier of EUC benefits, EUC Tier 3, is now available. Claimants who exhaust their Tier 2 EUC benefits and claimants who exhaust their state EB benefits may now qualify for up to 13 weeks of EUC Tier 3 benefits.

Continued Payment of EB to Claimants: As permitted under new EUC Law, PA will continue to pay EB and HUP EB, if in effect, to current EB claimants before any new expanded EUC benefits . When such claimants exhaust all EB and HUP EB, they will qualify to file for EUC Tier 3 benefits.

Trade Readjustment Act Claimants: If current TRA claimants qualify for more EUC benefits, their remaining TRA entitlement must be suspended until they have exhausted all such available new entitlement.

EUC Program Phase-out: EUC Tiers I-III have an expiration date. As of now, all EUC benefits are due to expire 12-31-2009. If you are already collecting EUC benefits that week, you may continue collecting the weeks for which you are entitled under that current Tier. You will be unable to begin the next EUC Tier after that week –the week of expiration. You may apply for EB, if payment under the EB program is still available.

Claimants that have a new regular UC claim for benefits effective on or after 6-14-09 that are eligible for 26 weeks or claimants with a 16 week claim effective on or after 8-23-09, may not qualify for EUC benefits under the current phase out provisions.

Regular EB is payable while PA remains in an EB Period. However, the last payable week of HUP EB is the week ending January 2, 2010. After that date, only regular EB may be payable if PA remains in an EB Period under the requirements the PA UC Law.

Who is Eligible for the New EUC Extension and How Will They Be Notified?

Those who exhaust their Extended Benefits (EB) in 2009, may qualify for the EUC extension.

Approximately 35,000 unemployed workers who have exhausted all their unemployment benefits may potentially qualify for the new EUC extension.

If you have exhausted all benefits, you will receive a letter in the mail with information and instructions about the new EUC benefits and when to claim the benefit payments.

If you are currently collecting state unemployment, EUC Tier I or Tier II, EB or HUP EB; continue to claim those benefits. You will receive instructions as you exhaust those benefits.

December 8, 2009 at 9:01 am
(159) Bettye says:

How do you survive after unemployment terminates. I have no relatives to pay my bills.

December 8, 2009 at 9:52 am
(160) ken says:

well looks like the end of december is near and no word on voting on extending the unemployment benefits extension into 2010 or 2011 guess they are only interested in the health care bill.Thanks Jimbo for the book you wrote. But you only GET a letter if you have an extension to qualify for. if no letter by now its over!!! person I know exhausted his benefits 3 weeks ago got his letter and they extended his benefits 14 weeks and 6 weeks ALSO since he is a homeowner he got 13 to 14 more weeks… FROM HIS LETTER… So again if no letter ,its over after your current benefits end! Unless they vote the extension also the 25.00/week is gone after dec 26th…..

December 8, 2009 at 11:08 am
(161) cbr says:


Jeannine D has came to an end of her benefit year she will either have to file a new claim if she has had any earnings or continue or re-open her first claim. sh ewill end up with one or the other. states like NJ just let you re-open claim. depending on how far along you are in the tier it might be better to try and get new claim as it pays 26 weeks but as it stand snow you wont get any extensions if you do

December 8, 2009 at 11:10 am
(162) cbr says:

i just called monday here in TX if your balance reaches zero on or befor dec 26 call dont wait for letter!

December 8, 2009 at 11:29 am
(163) K says:

I was just on the phone with PA unemployment … my claim will not exhaust until the week of Jan 9, 2010. The man on the phone told me that as of right now there is no news on an extended deadline. SO if my unemployment is not exhausted by:

DECEMBER 19th, 2009 …

… then I will not be eligible for unemployment once I run on out 1/9/10. He said that even if they do pass something that extends the date past 12/19/09 … I might have 3-4 weeks of NO payments before an extention kicks in and I start getting paid again. All of it a big IF…. and why is this so HUSH HUSH? My company just had its 3rd sweeping layoff and we are an international company – I have no hope of ever getting back in there either. There is nothing out there… PA UC has risen this fall and it’s just getting worse. Without an extension come late winter and early spring we will be in a full out depression that will rival that of the early 20th century. THANK GOD THE BANKS WERE BAILED OUT THOUGH – HOPE THOSE CEO’s have a GREAT HOLIDAY… since my son is getting 1 present for his birthday this week and 3-4 for Christmas and we are foregoing our holiday party this year. THE HIGHER UPS ARE SCREWING UP

December 8, 2009 at 11:30 am
(164) Jeannine D says:


It looks like I am back on Tier 2 – I have money pending in my bank – I’m on hold with UC now to find out when my Tier 2 runs out to see if I will make it in time for the next Tier or not. The information isn’t available (balance etc) on the UC website for me.

I am in PA, by the way.

December 8, 2009 at 11:46 am
(165) Jeannine D says:

Just got off the phone…it seems they are still reviewing my claim. If it’s been determined I made a certain amount of earnings between Nov 08 and Nov 09 I will be put on a new claim, if not I will be put back on the old claim and my Tier 2 runs out in 6 weeks from the beginning of Nov, I believe.

I’ve not made the amount of earnings they are looking for to qualify for a new claim.

December 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm
(166) ktkelly says:

I just recieved info from columbia sc that they are

December 8, 2009 at 12:06 pm
(167) ktkelly says:

I just recieved e-mail from south carolina office saying they are still updating the system.Once that is finished notification will be sent out.

December 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm
(168) Big Dan in Gastonia, NC says:

call local ESC office today, asked about new extension, they said nothing has mailed and no claims processed yet. the couldn’t give info if i even qualify. all of me benefits ended in April. Our local unemployment rate is around 15%. We are sinking…..

December 8, 2009 at 12:56 pm
(169) cbr says:

Jeannine D

it might be better if you end up back on old claim because you still might get extensions past jan10 if the senate gets going on this issue. i believe all the people being put on new claim may be out of luck as far as extensions go.

it kills me you turn on news nothing about cap and TAX, copenhagen treaty, or unemployment all you get is tiger woods who cares!!! it sas if they are putting this junk in teh news to distract people

December 8, 2009 at 8:28 pm
(170) m t sharp says:

Still talking about socialized health care and ignoring jobs and unemployment. Nice.

December 8, 2009 at 9:09 pm
(171) Shari says:

I am in the boat of regular PA Unemployment benefits about to expire…when I called yesterday to inquire I was told I was supposed to be looking for FT work. Well that is just great advice, as if I haven’t been doing that all along and with my PT job I still won’t have enough money to pay my bills etc. So what are we to do…we have to wait for Senate to make up their minds to extend benefits for those recieving regular UC benefits. I was only able to find a little PT job which acutally hurt my situation and I would’ve run out already and qualified for the Tier 1 and 2 benefits. And I thought I was helping my situation by showing my willinness to work and support myself. And now I will be way underemployed.

December 9, 2009 at 7:51 am
(172) m t sharp says:

If you guys want to track the new bill every inch of the way, here is a link.


December 9, 2009 at 10:04 am
(173) Teresa Setzer says:

I live in North Carolina. I have exhausted all of my benefits including all extended benefits as of October 10 2009. I have to file a new claim I guess it is like a regular claim. I have looked very hard for work. Nothing is out there. My claim says I am monetarily ineligabe. But I am still filing a weekly certification.They tell me I stand a very slim chance of receiving the latest extension. I am so confused about this. Could anyone give me a clear understaning about this I don,t know what to think about it.Or why am I wasting my time still filing a claim when I have nothing in my base period.Thanks for any info.

December 9, 2009 at 10:40 am
(174) penny2myname says:

Hi Teresa Setzer. I am in NC too and it seems to me that it’s all just a waiting game. My benefits exhausted the same frame as yours did. The only response that I ever get from ncesc is to wait on a letter for further instructions and they will automatically claim the weeks back from when the extension was passed if we’re eligible. I wish I had better news.

December 9, 2009 at 11:17 am
(175) ktkelly says:

170 and 171 if you exhausted your extensions you are eligble for this latest ext.That is why its called the thirdtier emergency extended benefits.This latest extension is for those people that have exhausted tier 1 and tier2.Do not take any info from your state as credible because they are confused.

December 9, 2009 at 11:31 am
(176) ktkelly says:

Let me add another piece of advice to you guys,Dont ever take the initial decision about your eligibility as final.Appeal any denial of benefits.What states are doing now is delaying implementation of this latest extension to force more people off the roles.They figure desperate people will do desperate things that would in turn disqualify them.Keep your chin up!

December 9, 2009 at 11:36 am
(177) ktkelly says:


December 9, 2009 at 12:04 pm
(178) Big Dan in Gastonia, NC says:

this is what the NC ESC sent to my in box…

As you know, there was a new set of extensions passed by the Federal
Government, however, the State of NC will need approximately 6 weeks
(from 11/18/09) to implement any new extensions. I would hope that by
Jan 3rd you are notified reference you extension status (right now
there is no was to verify when and who will set up on the latest
extension in NC, till after that date).
Good luck everyone.

December 9, 2009 at 12:11 pm
(179) Big Dan in Gastonia, NC says:

I just keep checking my debit card. the last time they gave some money to me in June. I had no clue it was on there, and then they sent a letter saying I had to file a claim….called them and they said the money had already been applied to the card.
I really hope it shows soon, on a payment plan with duke power and cant pay, oh s..t it’s gonna get cold and dark soon.

December 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm
(180) TS says:

When my claim run out in October they made me file for a new regular ui claim. Will this disqualify me from getting the new extension.Thank you

December 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm
(181) KKELLY says:


December 9, 2009 at 3:24 pm
(182) kkelly says:

I went to that site for tracking HR 4183 and I discovered that all the sponsors of the bill are DEMOCRATS,go figure;the party of no is now the party of hell no!

December 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm
(183) Tired of the blame game says:

My heart truely goes out to the senior citizens who are out there looking for work and getting denied.
As for the rest of you, give me a break. Stop playing the blame game and take responsibility. If you are healthy and have any kind of skills at all then, you can find a job. Trust me, they are out there. Of course, it’s not a cushy gig — you might have to clean bathrooms or belt out “Hi, can I take your order.” But, at least it would be a job and a source of income until you can find a position more in line with your career. Now, I can say all this because I was like you all. It’s funny how my family and friends all had jobs or found jobs with no problem but, with me, I was crying that I couldnt get anything and collecting unemployment. Truth be told, I put myself there. I’m the one who made a decision to ruin my credit and to not finish college. So no, I have to deal with it. I know now, that I will not get so lucky and find a position like the one I had before. Point is, suck it up and be prepared to take a 50% pay decrease and make sure you don’t ever put yourself in this position again. Unemployment benefits were never meant to last this long…so, get out there and get any type of job you can get and work yourself back up to the top. There is no conspiracy. If you really want to go that route then, fine. Suck up all the unemployment you can and then hit the welfare system but, just know, you truely suck at life…
Again, my heart does go out to the elderly who are having to fight for jobs out there and my rant is not directed at you.

December 9, 2009 at 6:56 pm
(184) cbr says:

Tired of the blame game

“My heart truely goes out to the senior citizens”
why thier house should be paid for by now and no kids to take care off?

“If you are healthy and have any kind of skills at all then, you can find a job. Trust me, they are out there. Of course, it’s not a cushy gig — you might have to clean bathrooms or belt out “Hi, can I take your order”

i take you dont own a house or your on some type of social aid (hud housing/food stamps) because when you have a house note $400 a week does not cut it. no there arent any jobs out there, service industrty jobs do not count. have you seen the latest BLS report we lost real jobs in construction and manufacturing these jobs pay around $50K they can not be replaced by a job at taco bell.

get a clue our economy has been destroyed by plan the jobs arent coming back!

December 9, 2009 at 8:41 pm
(185) Tired of the blame game says:


Actually, I had a VERY cushy job and made more than the $50k you speak of. My point is, people have to do whatever they can to survive. How long do you expect our Goverment to support you while you try and find that “50k job?” Stop complaining and get 2-3 service type jobs to pay your bills until the economy gets better. AND yes, the economy will get better in due time. I strongly suggest you get a job to pay your house note or you will be on the street. Although, according to you…that’s better than taking a service type job. Get off your high horse and start making a living again on your own. Or again, suck the unemployment dry and get on welfare.. Personally, I would work 3 jobs if I had to in order to pay my bills.

December 10, 2009 at 7:26 am
(186) m t sharp says:

I was once where you are 182 giving advice on what people should do in order to find a job. I have never been unemployed in my life and I am soon to turn 41. I have 4 children I raise on my own and receive a good chunk of money on unemployment because I made over 90k per year. Hmmm let’s see, I will take a job making 25k to 30k, lose it and watch my income evaporate to nothing? Get off your high horse and don’t make general comments. Until the economy improves, I can’t raise a family on 250 per week. On paper your comment sounds noble but from where I sit it was without thinking.

December 10, 2009 at 9:17 am
(187) cbr says:

Tired of the blame game

just because you make 50K doesnt mean you have an easy job im a commercial electrician and have made 50K-75K depending on overtime and time off.

i dont know about you but i have a savings account. you might want to get one! i would have to work 4 jobs to get what i was making. im going to tell you right now your full of shit! dont give advice to others on how they should live thier life when you know nothing about them.

m t sharp
is right on, on this one a job at taco bell or walmart would cost more than what i made. bottom line your not going to pay your house note with $8hr even if you had two jobs! this economy isnt coming back and im not going to play thier game by accepting a min wage job!

Tired of the blame game
its a rule of mine not to feed trolls good day to you.

December 10, 2009 at 9:32 am
(188) cbr says:

people please dont feed the trolls

IE…….Tired of the blame game

thank you

December 10, 2009 at 9:37 am
(189) m t sharp says:

CBR, I understand. Funny but aggravates me because I put a truck load of money in this system so they aren’t going to make me feel like they are giving me anything but MY OWN MONEY BACK. Ok, troll fed but now I will let it starve.

December 10, 2009 at 10:03 am
(190) cbr says:

m t sharp

i here you i posted another comment but i guess i didnt show up. this person is either a troll or hasnt a clue! there would be no point in getting a job at walmart i would have to work 3 shifts to make what i was. i for one am not going to play there little game and accept a low paying minn wage job at this point in my life! right now im living off of my savings and that joke of a check. all these people thinking we are just sitting around loving life on unemployment have no idea. i mean the unemployment checks all put together dont even cover house note. it is truely sad to see every thing you worked for go away.

these bail out were a joke they did nothing

we have spent to date 2.3 trillon
if we gave every working adult that 2.3 we would each get a little over $10,000 how do you think th eeconomy would be doing??

they have allocated $11.5 trillion i wonder ho wthey are going to waste the rest

CNN Money releases a handy visual showing how much money has been devoted to “economic stimulus


December 10, 2009 at 12:36 pm
(191) Jeannine D says:

So it seems the big hold up with my claim is determining whether they put me on the old or new. I do a small work at home job that they are calling a sideline business even though I do not own it. Now they’ve sent me a questionnaire asking me the same questions I’ve already answered over the phone. I don’t know if I should call them again or just send it back wait.

December 10, 2009 at 1:06 pm
(192) Ray says:

Hey I have read some of these comments,but I will tell you if it wasn’t for these benefits and extensions, I would not been able to put food on the table and keep a roof over my family.I am very thankful and hope to get back to work soon. Keep the faith people

December 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm
(193) m t sharp says:

Amen Ray, it’s a necessary evil.

December 10, 2009 at 1:31 pm
(194) cbr says:

@Jeannine D

why would you report it?

December 10, 2009 at 4:32 pm
(195) Melvin says:

What are you all complaining about? The BANKERS are getting their CHANUKA/X-MASS/KWANZA bonuses, and the Politicians will vote themselves some new PERKS. Eat your cat food and be thankful.

December 10, 2009 at 5:58 pm
(196) Shari says:

Thank you “Tired of the Blame Game” I have a PT job, as that is all I could get right now, and they have been cutting my hours each week so maybe you can tell me how I can pay my bills with $80 a week.

December 10, 2009 at 8:02 pm
(197) Michelle says:

Mine runs out january 3rd do you guys think there will be an extension for us

December 10, 2009 at 8:08 pm
(198) ken says:

House just passed omnibus bill that has several spending projects in it. Now it goes to senate for debate but the reps. have aphilibuster and 60 votes are needed to pass. I think it will .It includes the emergency extensions into 2010 or 2011 depending which bill they may pass. 4183 bill or s.2873..Sounds hopeful!!! before end of year!!!

December 10, 2009 at 8:11 pm
(199) fedupinNC says:

TiredoftheBlameGame -
Did you really think about what you said? One of my favorite posters on here is the single dad of 4 children. So he goes out and gets 3-4 jobs to pay his house note. 4 children. 2 of those 4 jobs will pay for the childcare he requires let’s not mention NOT seeing his children. So instead of single parent, they have no parent.

I have already lost one car, my savings is GONE. My mother in law died 3 weeks ago, the day before my last check and my husband lost 9 days for the funeral (he and his sister were 100% responsible for paying) travel & holiday (unpaid mind you) I live 4 miles from a bus line and all I want is a job. I would love to earn the 52k I earned before losing this job, but I can’t even find anything at 25 or 30k.

There are far too many factors involved before you jump on your soapbox and preach that we should get 3-4 jobs to pay our house payments.

My question for you is this: Is your life SO empty that you have to go on an Unemployment site to harass people when you apparently have a job? Why don’t you take all your wonderful success and ‘hard work’ and help mankind? Give a blanket to homeless person, pay a senior citizen on a fixed income’s electric bill, hold the door open for someone at the store. Do something NICE.

Despite the unknown, despite this feeling of fear I have, and despite feeling like I’ll never work again… I STILL don’t have the bitterness in my heart that it takes to be an unfeeling person to another living soul. Shame on you. Happy Holidays Tired of the blame game – I hope you enjoy your warm toasty house and holiday dinner. Oh, and I hope that paycheck continues because you NEVER know what tomorrow brings. I hope we don’t see you behind us in the unemployment line.

December 10, 2009 at 8:11 pm
(200) ken says:

House just passed omnibus bill that includes unemployment extension into 2010 or 2011?? Now senate must debate and hopefully pass. They are trying before end of year!!!

December 10, 2009 at 9:56 pm
(201) m t sharp says:

That is good news. Hey, no matter what our polical beliefs we are all in this thing together. We live and die together and some of you have kept me from losing my mind. It has been a tough year but making it by the skin of my teeth. Funny, at one time I watched my money grow and somehow became obsessed with it. I was wrong and I see that now. I pay my bills, I buy groceries and if I have 50 bucks left over I am happy. I mean legitimately happy. I used to drive a brand new caddy and now I drive a 1999 Crown Vic. Haha. My kids make fun of it but it gets me from point a to point b. I really believe I wasn’t truly living before, but strangely feel like I am digging in for a fight and things can only get better. Thank you guys for everything you put on here. I have developed many compulsive disorders since I lost my job and I clean and cook. I went from 240 pounds to 183 pounds since February (by design) and when I get tired some of you really keep me going and make me laugh:)

December 10, 2009 at 11:51 pm
(202) Mony says:

Does *ANYONE* know of *ANYONE* in any state who has begun receiving Tier III payments?

The only positive indication I personally have received was an automated phone message several weeks ago that told me to keep filing for unemployment even if my funds had run out.

Other than that, I am completely in limbo about whether or not this Tier III is for real or not.

December 10, 2009 at 11:53 pm
(203) A.P. says:

In MA I just started the latest unemployment benefit extension. I called and was told that the checks would be issued up to 4 weeks worth at a time(the weeks will be combined together) one check Dec. 15 then another Jan. 5-they told me when i called, this is because the new extension is NOT programed into the system yet and hopefully will be fixed by January check. They said to meantime still call in every week as usual. The only thing I still don’t get is: I was supposed to have a differant extension start last week which was supposed to be the last extension before this new one just signed into effect recently. Now, I was told that anyone about to start that particular extension will automatically be put on the newest one instead-losing up to 20 weeks of compensation. Other people used that extension and then got this newest one-I and (and i’m sure many others) just have unlucky timing I guess, so we get up to 20 weeks less than others did to find work? Do I have that right?My state’s website is not updated to say this, by the way-so it may come as unpleasant surprise to some people -especaily this holiday time of year.-sorry to run on like that…Now because this new extension is not in the system, my health insurance says that I am NOT on unemployment anymore and canceled me. I called and explained, but it was useless-the system says that I am NOT on unemployment. Shouldn’t they have been notified that this was going to happen? I am confused I think I should still have my insurance-since I really AM still on unemployment, no matter what the system says. Now I have no insurance. I am healthy, but you never no what will happen. Anyone else run into this problem with insurance?

December 11, 2009 at 12:08 am
(204) Monty says:

m t sharp:

You are a bright spot yourself!

I, too, drive a ’90s vehicle (1993). Whenever some college student makes a wisecrack about my car (as they sometimes have), I just tell them, “Hey, it’s paid for.”

Remember Ross Perot’s remark about “that giant sucking sound” of America’s jobs disappearing because of NAFTA? He was right on the money–just didn’t get the sucking direction right (China and India).

Obama had promised to close the “tax loophole” that made it easy and profitable for American companies to outsource manufacturing overseas.

I remember hearing one *tiny* peep about him trying to bring that up with Congress this year. There was absolutely no follow-up–just the one Yahoo! news article.

So, I wonder what incentive$ members of Congress get for crushing discussion of that “tax loophole” and for crushing efforts to bring manufacturing and IT jobs back to U.S. soil.

***In our lifetimes***, all of us saw America go from the most powerful, wealthy country on Earth to a debtor to former Third World countries.

We need to ask ourselves, “How did this happen?” Congressional Lifers sold our jobs overseas. That’s how.

Amanda (above) is right. In 2010, we need to vote out all incumbents. Let ***them*** feel the pain of job loss. Maybe they should pick up some “real” skills.

December 11, 2009 at 12:35 am
(205) Monty says:


If I were you I would call my health insurance company back and find out *EXACTLY* what documentation you need from Unemployment Benefits to prove to the health insurance company that you are still unemployed, receiving compensation, and should still be insured ***WITHOUT A LAPSE IN COVERAGE***.

December 11, 2009 at 12:59 am
(206) A.P says:

They were rude to me that I decided to try to call unemployment office first and ask them how I can prove I am still on unemployment before calling about insurance again. I couldn’t get through, every time I called today, I got a recording saying to call again the next business day. I will try again tomorrow. Oh, and my insurance is Blue Cross-it was done through the unemployment division, so they SHOULD understand what is going on with the new extension, but it doesnt look like they do.

December 11, 2009 at 6:05 am
(207) Thomas Peterson says:

I just got done looking at this stupid tier system and how stupid it is designed. I thought in the U.S. everybody was treated equal, but according to this system it isn’t true.
When a person collects unemployment for 70 weeks and gets 20 extra weeks, because he/she was on unemployment longer, then a person who started collecting unemployment 26 weeks ago and they are shut off. I read where EUC is designed to help the people in the worst hit states. When people who get the max EUC were at a 5.5% or 6% unemployment rate for the state. The people laid off 26 weeks ago or until now have an unemployment rate of 8.5 to 15% and because they were not on one of the tiers, there children go hungry, because of some bean counter in Washington.
How hard is it to come up with a system where everybody receives unemployment at the same time until times are better?

December 11, 2009 at 7:50 am
(208) TS IN NC says:

Good morning everyone. I was just wondering if anyone received a letter from ESC saying if they apply for a pell grant then they may keep receiving UI benefits. My EB ran out in october.I’ve been hoping to get the new extension but not a word yet. I have already applied for the pell grant and will be starting back to school in Jan,Does this sound like I stand a pretty good chance of getting the extension. Or just another tease.Thank you for any information.

December 11, 2009 at 9:24 am
(209) nc says:

i feel for all you people i really do not know who to blame , but some people really screw ”us” up . but we can thank god we were not those people we have no shame we are hard working americans and in judgement day we will have the truth keep postive pray and have a blessed christmas money they can take away jobs they can take away , but dont let them take away dream remember dreams dont die we kill them i am in the same boat i read all your e mails

December 11, 2009 at 5:53 pm
(210) Brie says:

Okay, so I’m on Tier 3 of the unemployment benefits. Never thought I would have to depend on this for so long. Right now, there is about $6k left for Tier 3 (emergency benefits) but, I got a letter saying my benefits would stop cold on Jan 2nd. How can that be when I have funds left in that Tier? After speaking with a REP at TWC they informed me that I would forfeit the rest of the money. Is there anything left after this Tier or am I just SOL come Jan? BTW, I’m located in TX. Has anyone else experienced this?

December 11, 2009 at 9:54 pm
(211) cbr says:


that is just the way the bill was written. be glad you made it to tier 3 a lot of people wont even see tier 1 because of dec dead line.

lets just hope the senate gets something going

December 12, 2009 at 3:23 am
(212) Monty says:


Since it’s so hard to get a human when you phone Unemployment, I recommend calling Blue Cross again.

However, this time, *as soon as you get a human*, BEFORE YOU GIVE THEM ANY INFORMATION, ***GET THE HUMAN’S NAME AND EMPLOYEE NUMBER***. Say, “Before we begin, may I please have your name and employee number?” Read it back to them to make sure you have it correct. Verify that you’ve spelled their name correctly (most likely, they’ll only give you their first name.).

Make a pen-and-paper note of the date and time (EST, MTN time, etc.) of your conversation.

Then and only then, well-fed and adequately-coffeed, proceed with asking them about the documentation you will need to supply in order to have your health coverage reinstated without any lapse showing in that coverage.

If the human who answers gets rude to you during the conversation, you already have their name. If they hang up on you, as I have experienced, you can call back and ask immediately for a supervisor.

Expect to do this with *EVERY* human you deal with. It’ll be like climbing a mountain. Claw and document your way to customer satisfaction!!!

EVERY SINGLE TIME SOMEONE IS RUDE TO YOU, you will already have their name. Call back and complain articulately to a manager/supervisor.


And, as a taxpayer, it is your right and due to obtain the information which you will have to REPEATEDLY, POLITELY REQUEST.

You WILL get your coverage back!!!

December 12, 2009 at 3:29 am
(213) Monty says:


Yes, Blue Cross SHOULD understand what you need.

However, my experience with health insurance companies (I used to be with Aetna and, believe it or not, they are MUCH worse than Blue Cross–I call them sh*tna.) is that they will play dumb and make you do all the work.

Remember, they DON’T want to help you. They just want to collect premiums.

With health insurance companies, it’s ON YOU to force their hand.

Be like the Colorado River that carved the Grand Canyon. It may take time but, hey, you’re unemployed, you got nothin’ but time!!! Sink your teeth into Blue Cross’s jugular and DON’T GIVE UP UNTIL THEY GIVE YOU THE ***SPECIFIC***, ***CLEAR*** INFORMATION you will need so you can get unemployment to tell them to reinstate your coverage.

Good luck! Dig in your heels!!!

December 12, 2009 at 3:38 am
(214) Monty says:

(207) Brie,

As I understand it, the benefits that “stop cold on Jan 2nd” of 2010 are State Extended Benefits. These are state benefits, and differ from the federally-funded EUC benefits, of which Tier III (1+13 wks) and Tier IV (+6wks) are part.

Although you say you are already on Tier III benefits, I think that you actually are on State Extended Benefits. This is because, as of this week ending Saturday 12 December, only 5 states had successfully BEGUN to pay out Tier III.

So, it sounds like they’ll terminate your State Extended Benefits on 02 Jan 2010. At that time, your Tier III payments should begin.

December 12, 2009 at 11:17 am
(215) Tired says:

I’m so tired of fighting for the chance to survive, maybe that’s what they want, for all of us just to give up.
All my benefits had been exhausted in October. Then on November 30, my state said we could file for the new extension of 20 weeks (I live in a state with 10% unemployement)
When I went to my home page to file the first time for the extension, there was not 20 weeks of money there. After several attempts to contact the office, they said that all benefits for the extension will expire on December 31, 2009. Heck that’s only 1 month, 4 weeks………… what happened to the 20 weeks?????
They said the government had not approved anything past December 31, 2009.
Well if it wasn’t available until November 30, 2009 and not approved past December31, 2009 where the heck are the 20 weeks? Or at least the other 16 weeks that were approved.
What is going on??? Does anyone know? Can anyone explain in non leagelize terms?

December 12, 2009 at 2:40 pm
(216) A.P says:

I was told today by unemployment office that there was a mistake made by the last person I talked to and I am getting both extensions after all(good news), but that there is still nothing (so far) that they can do about my health insurance until the new extension is finally in the system.They said keep calling insurance company till they figure it out-but they are closed today. I am sure that if I keep at it, it will all work out eventually.

December 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm
(217) A.P says:

I was told by unemployment, that the reason that people getting new extension were not in the system(see my first post)was because the government put the wrong date on the paperwork-saying it expires Dec, ’09-ooops, BIG mistake if it is true. So, if this is the case, it may be the cause of your problem.

December 12, 2009 at 5:36 pm
(218) Dave says:

on the paper that i’m allowed for this new extension, total amount and how much i get a week only adds up to 10.79…weeks. i thought i was supposed to get 14 and then another 6? how did they get less than 11 weeks? i’m in ohio and it’s a high unemployment state. what the heck is wrong??

December 12, 2009 at 11:38 pm
(219) Monty says:


That is great news!!! Some good news for a change. Keep calling the health insurance folks and keep fighting for your benefits. “The squeaky wheel … “

December 12, 2009 at 11:41 pm
(220) Monty says:


A.P. could be correct about that governmental mistake, so don’t bum out prematurely.

You are not alone, remember. There are *millions* in our shoes.

Millions of unemployed people with “nothin’ but time” are a huge political force to be reckoned with!

December 13, 2009 at 3:00 pm
(221) fedupinNC says:

I got a new message when filing this week. Normally I get a message that says “You have successfully filed your claim for week ending ____ however your benefits have been exhausted, please call XXX for further info” and this week I got the following message:

The week for which you are trying to file, 12/5/2009, has already been claimed on another benefit year. If you need further information, please call the Remote Service Center at 1-888-737-0259.

any thoughts? This is for North Carolina

December 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm
(222) scared says:

i’m scared because i will lose my home in feb. 2010 if the extension is not approved in jan. my benefits expire jan.3 2010. i won’t be able to pay my rent or eat or anything!

December 13, 2009 at 6:42 pm
(223) cbr says:

senate passed $1.1trillion it appears the have money to spend. with all the wasted bailouts they should have given every working american $10,000. our economy would be going strong by now!

December 13, 2009 at 6:47 pm
(224) Tat says:

Can someone please help me? I am so lost. I lost my job, December 8, 2008. I’ve been on unemployment since then. I just went to file and received the message, “Your benefit year has ended.” No weeks to file. I went and applied for an extension but I don’t know that, that is what is needed. I am guessing I have used 51 weeks up to now or 52. Am I eligible for any extensions and why am I stopped dead in my tracks from doing any weekly certification?

December 13, 2009 at 6:52 pm
(225) Tatianna says:

I also live in North Carolina.. and am sooooo confused. I lost my job December 8th, 2008 and was approved for unemployment. I went to file my weekly certification today and received this message,”Your benefit year has expired.” No more weeks to file, and gave a number to contact..So I guess I have used 51 or 52 weeks?? What does this mean and why am I not entitled to an extension? Any help would be greatly appreciated. My heart goes out to everyone in this situation. I’ve never been out of a job. I am 46 and have worked all of my life. It’s very demeaning and depressing to be in this situation.

December 13, 2009 at 7:00 pm
(226) cbr says:

Your benefit year has expired, you will either get a new claim or re-open first one based on any wage earnings that you might have

December 13, 2009 at 7:07 pm
(227) Tatianna says:

cbr, I haven’t earned any income this entire year. Does this mean I continue on with my initial claim and regarding extensions, what does that mean to me exactly? Initial claim is 26 weeks, right? So I was on the first extension of 33 weeks when my benefit year ended? This is all so confusing.
Thank you for the quick reply.. I really appreciate your help.

December 13, 2009 at 7:41 pm
(228) cbr says:

call them ASAP they need a little push, if you had no earnings they will re-open your old claim. as far as how long this takes depends on the state your in.

December 13, 2009 at 7:44 pm
(229) cbr says:
December 13, 2009 at 8:30 pm
(230) Tatianna says:

cbr: ::::hugs::: Thank you so much..:-)

December 13, 2009 at 8:56 pm
(231) Mista Guy says:

I worked since I was 16 & I live in south east FL, after hurricane Wilma in 10-26-05 I applied & got 6 mos’s std(max u get in good ol FL is 275 a wk + now 25), then after my mom passed away 06-06-07 I re appied ,due to the fact we had a family business, I was able to have my wifes pay doubled to then have almost a supplement because who can live on 1100 a mo in southeast florida, soon after we closed our business after 30 yrs so now I really need this money anyhoo there was 6 months of bene’s, then in late summer 08 a new & 1st 13 wk emergency extention bush passed came in , then after that I did a whole new application, got my 1st 6 mo’s, then a 20 wk exention minus the amount I got from 1st late summer 08 i guess that was the 1st one, then I got 2 more 13 wk exentions 05-20-029 & 07-20-09 around feb they passed the extra 100 a mo so that made it 1200 a mo, well then in 10-20-09 I got another determination that i was eligible for 20 more wks which i am using my bal on that now , then they told me on the phone I will get the nov 6th extention when this runs out, I even said is this a mistake that i contionue to get money for almost 2 yrs strait well minus when it ran out from 12-07 – 07-08, plus evey other extention say for 13 wks it will say 1st name then last name on mail & printed on checks then when that bal runs out the next extention will say last name 1st then 1st name last which I have no cashing issues, I mean im not complaining ,my brother & fater are also are on fl ue benes but my brother got the 1st 6 mos then the 30 wk bush passed in nov 08 then he got 2 13 wk extentions then he was cut off & put on the states stadard EB not emergency passed by govenor where u have to go into the office for like job search activites,resume & interview classes,ect because when they refilled his account for 20 wks of state eb he got a letter stating its madetory to attend & his case worker says “oh ill call & tell them your not attending & u will be cut off” plus u have to fill out there goofy worksearch proof forms they send out to fill in detail the 2 places you “searched for work” per week & mail them in, where forever you just checked yes you looked for work as instructed, people think they send those to you 2 times a mo & have to get the worksearch forms in to them & so called verified before a pair of posted weeks is convertd into a printed check,but he gets them eary , I mean he gets his 2 wk chek then they send a form for those 2 wks & u send it back.its all so confusing all for 1200 a mo,thanks obama for a extra 100 a wk since he came into office & signing into law a couple tiers that seem to take a month or more to apply & restart your benes,southeast florida tri county,miami to west palm is high cost of living how can they give more to smaller states with lower taxes , its all a mess .All i can say is Ive been lucky where my determinations & extentions have just been applied automaticly, but for instace since this teir 3 has passed in past mo just this week my dads & bros check insted of going out on monday ,the day u post them like always have then they show on thurs then the one of 2 50$ separate checks come the next day,they werent sent till wends ( I called & they told me that it was the application of new extention switch over when they both has like 3 grand left in their balances,why didnt it wait till the balance was at 0, who knows) & showed up sat 3 days late I guess its better than 3+wks late like californias mess.hang in there fellow unemployed poor ppl happy holidays & god bless.

December 14, 2009 at 5:43 am
(232) Dave says:

that post by mista guy is hard to read. can anyone help me?

December 14, 2009 at 9:43 am
(233) anna says:

My heart goes out to every one. This time of year is hard to begin with. I’m 56 yrs. old and have never been with out a job till now. It’s been over a yr. now and I have filled out so many app’s it’s not fun. My son is 18 and out of school and he can’t find a job either. Doesn’t give much hope to our future. I hope each snd ever one of you try to keep the faith and you all keep letting the goverment know were here. We can’t be forgotten. We have spent our lives supporting them and there rich way of life and here we are trying to figure out how to buy xmas for our children and grand children, How many of them do you think are worried our sad that there xmas will be a bust. Yes they gave us another extention but what happens after that? Keep making noise and don’t let them forget us. Atter all this is a goverment that’s run for the people by the people so they tell us. god bless you all and marry xmas one and all

December 14, 2009 at 11:59 am
(234) kris says:

I would just like to say that they have launched satellites even sent space shuttle & crew to fix hubble in less time than to start sending out these new benefits. If your not the one hurting then you dont care.

December 14, 2009 at 2:07 pm
(235) Jimbo says:

Amen don’t tell me that the system should not be up and running by now!

December 14, 2009 at 2:33 pm
(236) kevin says:

I just want everyone from SOUTH CAROLINA that I was notified that the system has been upgraded and is being tested as of dec.14th 2009

December 14, 2009 at 4:46 pm
(237) kris says:

my benefits ran out at the end of sept. i’ve had a job since i was 12, now 34 never filed for UI benefits before this ,if it wasn’t for the pawn shop i would really be in trouble.worst thing is it will take probably 3 months to get my stuff back. i really dont know what im going to do about X-MAS for the kids if these letters & money dont get here soon.

December 14, 2009 at 6:09 pm
(238) Tatianna says:

Isn’t it horrible how they timed this with Christmas?? Amazing isn’t it? You can’t tell me they didn’t see this freight train coming.. and no, they don’t care that our children and grandchildren will not have anything for Christmas this year.

December 14, 2009 at 8:10 pm
(239) Jimbo says:

Why would they care about us at Christmas, they get that FAT Taxpayer check and think of their own Christmas! Have you ever spoken in person to these people? Makes you wonder who they know to get those jobs, it can not be education! I have worked for over 40 years and with all I’ve paid in taxes, you would think it’s coming out of their own checking account!

December 15, 2009 at 11:40 am
(240) Eagle in California says:

Good Morning. Good news, latest web update California EDD, posted 12/14/09, checks are in the mail. Confirm by calling your own check status using 24 hour number! Best wishes to all and hope for all a better year. Good luck everyone!

December 15, 2009 at 1:33 pm
(241) m t sharp says:

Hello everybody. Where is the current bill for the extension for us expiring in January? Does anyone know?

December 16, 2009 at 1:14 am
(242) Eddie Harris says:

Can anyone provide any information as to when will the extended benefits that were passed in November will be given to the unemployed who are waiting in Florida?

December 16, 2009 at 10:15 am
(243) n c R.E.H. says:

well as of today nothing in N.C. december 16 2009 i have used up every thing waiting for the nov 2009 ter i talked direct to a person that has always gave me good info at the employment office he sayed N.C. might not be up and running completely until the last week in december , about 18,000 have started getting there money all ready. i was told 99% i would get money . so americans hold on 5 states have started getting money ,S.C. IS SENDING OUT LETTERS SAYING THEY ARE TESTING THE SYSTEM NOW FOR PAYMENTS

December 16, 2009 at 10:24 am
(244) penny2myname says:

Hi n c R.E.H. There was a news report on just recently that stated the NC ESC will be sending out letters this week. Have you heard any information about that?

December 16, 2009 at 10:49 am
(245) Teresa Setzer says:

Does anybody on this site have any update information on North Carolina.There are alot of people in divers need here. Thanks for any info.

December 16, 2009 at 11:39 am
(246) Teresa Setzer says:

TS of NC.
I was just told by esc that it would be the end of December before letters go out. What news station was you listening to.

December 16, 2009 at 12:17 pm
(247) penny2myname says:

Hi Teresa Setzer. I’m sorry, I’ve read so many articles it’s getting confusing. Here is the link to the article that I read recently.

December 16, 2009 at 12:24 pm
(248) m t sharp says:
December 16, 2009 at 2:34 pm
(249) Bern in nYC says:

I hope this last bill passes. Per CNN Money we should have an answer by Next Wednesday. My benefits expired on Jan 3 2010, Per the NY state unemployemnt I do not qaulify for an extenstion. Something needs to be done. some many people are out of work and the same job posting are on the websites. And the said thing about all this is the max payment for NYC is 4405 a week and food stamps will not help you if you are getting that much. Can you believe this crap? We pay taxes and our goverment can even help us in a time of need.

December 16, 2009 at 8:16 pm
(250) Larry says:

it passed the house!!me and the three kids are praying!!!

December 17, 2009 at 2:09 am
(251) Helen says:

I started working from age 15 to 46 and I worked for over 31 years straight without a break. I was laid off in August of 2008. You would think by me paying into the system for 31 years that the system would take care of me in my hour of need. I will exhaust my 3rd extension in March of 2010. Even with all my years of experience, I still cannot find a job. This 4th extension is confusing the hell out of me.

December 17, 2009 at 11:24 am
(252) A.P. says:

Hi all,
Just wanted to let every one know that the extension checks are arriving(I am in MA). I just got mine today for up to the week ending 12/12. It actually didn’t take too arrive after they sent them out on the 15th.

December 17, 2009 at 1:55 pm
(253) lindsay says:

I have read all of these posts and i need to know if anyone has done an interstate claim? I got out of the Navy last year and have been looking for a job since then I filled for unemployment in June of this year. my husband was transferred to Hawaii and deployed this year and I came home to Kansas to find work since could not even get a interview in Hawaii, When I filed my interstate claim they stopped my checks and put me under review. I have not received benefits since beginning of November and am in a tight spot with cash i would have exhausted my benefits by the end of the year if they did not start this review but since they have I will not be eligible for the extended benefits and I am going into debt with no money, my parents are helping me and my children but, there is only a little to go around someone please if you have any advice I would greatly appreciate it. I am desperate and I have applied everywhere I hold medical certifications and the hospitals and nursing homes say I have not had enough experience to obtain a job at this time. Is there any relief for a vet!

December 17, 2009 at 8:54 pm
(254) cbr says:


your best bet is to re-up

December 18, 2009 at 9:37 am
(255) m t sharp says:

Two months? Really? How am I supposed to find a job in Ohio in 2 months? I am not saying that 2 months is better than nothing but why keep everyone worried and scared for the worst all the time. There is absolutely no jobs out there at all. I have searched high and low and just nothing especially this time of year and they give us 2 months?

December 18, 2009 at 11:53 am
(256) Teresa Setzer says:

TS in NC, I just viewed my claim profile and it says because I have nothing in my base period that I can’t receive anymore extensions because I have been out of work since october 07.Why is this I thought this extension was for the long term unemployed.But with no money in base period you just myswell forget it. Does anyone have any answer for this.Thank You

December 18, 2009 at 12:39 pm
(257) penny2myname says:

Hello Teresa Setzer. Go to this website and I’m pretty sure you’ll get the answers that you’re looking for.

December 18, 2009 at 1:31 pm
(258) dan says:

so with this two month extension.. I run out of tier 2 in NY on Feb 7th, this extension then moves me to tier 3 without complications, right? Its tier 4 that may be a miss

December 18, 2009 at 1:40 pm
(259) m t sharp says:

Ok, here is a question for anyone that can help me. I was laid off 2/2/09. I received my unemployment from work and currently on federal extended until January 3rd in which I get one week on the 3rd. What do I have left? I really do not understand the tiers. I believe I have only been on tier 1 since I started in February. Do I have anything left after the 3rd other than this measly 2 month extension? I live in Ohio and unemployment is 10.6 percent. It is important I know because I am raising children by myself on this check and cannot find a job. Can anyone please answer this for me. Please?

December 18, 2009 at 3:16 pm
(260) cbr says:

m t sharp

if you started on 2/2/09 you had (26 weeks) of regular benefits that would bring you to 2/27/09. then you would get tier 1 for (20 weeks), which would put you at 12/7/09. from there you would go to tier 2 (14 weeks) which should put you into march.

im no pro at the unemployment thing here so no one beat me up if im wrong.

December 18, 2009 at 6:46 pm
(261) m t sharp says:

Thank you CBR, you da man.

December 18, 2009 at 8:26 pm
(262) Anthonywoo says:

Hello all… I want to be clear about this mess :)

I filled for the first time 8/15/2009 – after working for the company for 3.5 years. Now the question is… with the current extensions in place today does this mean I am not eligible for any extensions? Also I live in WI. and unless it has eludeded me my benifit timeline seems to be a dollar amount…

Weekly Benefit Rate: $363.00
Remaining Benefit Amount: $2,178.00
Benefit Year Start: 03/29/2009
Benefit Year End: 03/27/2010

… so with my math I have 6 weeks left. Meaning thats only 24 weeks. The question is… is the benefit time dictated by the dollar amount? With my assumption that I will exhaust my benifits 1/23/2010 (no more money) when do I file for an extension? Clearly stated do I apply for an extension before there exausted or the week after. I guess I’m asking if I have to wait till the last minute?

That said… I want to remind you all (myself included) that any attitude of entitlement equals the same outcome… hence even us low/middle class folks need to be humbled. We are no better than the Corprates that laid us off with some of the attitudes displayed here. We need to try (as best we can) to have faith in God and the systems in place. We’d all be reading a whole different story (as other countries are) if our government was doing nothing. Most of us didnt get our jobs for the unemployment benefits… we should be greatful that we have some! I am in no way a political person so please save your insults about my ingnorance as I will admit to them. I am just greatful that we have what we have and I most certainly do not feel entitled… people are much less fortunate than we around this globe!

We need to be thankful to God, for life! Remember that if it wasnt for government we would not get unemployment in the first place.

Thanks for listening and for any help!! God bless you all!

December 18, 2009 at 8:48 pm
(263) shekera brown says:

I had exhausted my last 3rd unemployment benefits so now whats the effects on the tennessee computer glitch i already had apply for the fourth extended EUC08 Tier3 so when we receive our checks and the responding letter. I shekera from Nashville,TN

December 18, 2009 at 8:55 pm
(264) Shekera says:

effective date is the Monday of the week in which the claim is filed.

*OC effective May 1, 2006 – June 23, 2008 26 weeks of regular UI
20 weeks of EUC-Tier 1
13 weeks of EUC-Tier 2
20 weeks of EB
14 weeks of EUC
(13 weeks Tier 3 and 1 week Tier 2)

93 weeks total

*OC effective June 30, 2008 – Sept. 8, 2008 26 weeks of regular UI
20 weeks of EUC-Tier 1
13 weeks of EUC-Tier 2
9-19 weeks of EB (payable up to 1/3/10)
14 weeks of EUC
(13 weeks Tier 3 and 1 week Tier 2)

73 weeks plus 9 – 19 weeks of EB based on last payable week

*OC effective Sept. 15, 2008 – Nov. 3, 2008 26 weeks of regular UI
20 weeks of EUC-Tier 1
13 weeks of EUC-Tier 2
14 weeks of EUC
(13 weeks Tier 3 and 1 week Tier 2)

73 weeks total

*OC effective Nov. 10, 2008 – Feb. 2, 2009 26 weeks of regular UI
20 weeks of EUC – Tier 1
14 weeks of EUC – Tier 2

60 weeks total

*OC effective Feb. 9, 2009 – June 22, 2009 26 weeks of regular UI
20 weeks of EUC – Tier 1

46 weeks total

*OC effective December 29, 2009 and later: 26 weeks of regular UI only

UI = Regular Unemployment Insurance Benefits
EUC = Emergency Unemployment Compensation
EB= Extended Benefits

December 18, 2009 at 11:05 pm
(265) mikejames says:

is that including your wating week?

December 19, 2009 at 12:01 am
(266) N C R.E.H. says:


December 19, 2009 at 7:13 am
(267) n c R.E.H. says:


December 19, 2009 at 11:07 am
(268) m t sharp says:

I am with you. I luckily sold my house to the man my wife was cheating on me with and paid off all my bills and have no debts. I decided to rent and not get stuck with a house I couldn’t get rid of if I have too. My wife took everything else except for the kids of course. Funny thing, her boyfriend lost the house. He never made a payment.

December 19, 2009 at 12:15 pm
(269) cbr says:

what i dont get is the child support. i have an order for $875 for 1 kid they are taking 50% of my unemployment right now. before any one says it i went to court to try and get it lowered they didnt work with me at all. its just crazy she doesnt work or spend the money on my daughter.

all our govt wants is your money we are all slaves. the court told me flat out they dont care if i lose my houseand have no where to live! this whole govt needs to be brought down! our founding fathers did it so can we!!

December 19, 2009 at 1:49 pm
(270) kev kelly says:

Dear Teresa at 253 your claim for the first 26 weeks uses the base period to determine your eligibility and benefit amount.These last 3 extensions all fall under the federal emergency unemployment insurance to which you should be eligible for.Go down to your UI office and make a claim and after you receive an official determination if its a denial,appeal,appeal,appeal

December 19, 2009 at 2:01 pm
(271) kev kelly says:

To everyone,the latest extension til Feb. is whats called a stop gap temporary extension until Congress comes back from break.It will be the first order of business taken up after holidays,where Mcdermotts 8143 will be voted on.This 2 month stop gap is for the EUC and once you file before that date you are eligible for all 4tiers of EUC.It is not a question of the money.All four tiers will be there if you file before Feb. deadline

December 19, 2009 at 6:08 pm
(272) m t sharp says:

cbr…..Wow, that is a pile of crap. No way you should still be paying 875. You have a right to live and there is no way that it takes 875 for one child to eat. There is no justice is some cases. I have all 4 children and I get zero child support. She has a job and her boyfriend has a job and she just informed me that she is buying none of the children Christmas presents this year. She is a piece of work.

December 19, 2009 at 11:17 pm
(273) Juanita09 says:

Thank you Jason #28 for clearing that up. The economy was already in an economic downturn before Obama was elected in office and the president is doing everything he can right now to extend benefits and even create jobs.

December 20, 2009 at 4:01 am
(274) 007elevin says:

I was just told that my Soc. Sec. # is not on file and that I don’t have an active claim when in fact I do…is this the case with anyone else who attempted to file online?

December 20, 2009 at 9:55 am
(275) m t sharp says:

Please, please don’t hand me any Obama doing the best he can garbage. Everything he has done is the opposite of what makes the Economy pick up. Waive taxes on business for 10 years. We will all be back to work and the economy would take off. He is turning an “economic downturn” into a disaster that will destroy this Country.

December 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm
(276) cbr says:

you are right bush left us with a leaking ship all obama had to do was fix, but he decided to just blow the ship up!!

December 20, 2009 at 2:15 pm
(277) Betty Jo says:

has anyone heard of anybody getting the new money in North Carolina yet? Beside the 19k that are getting it with the EB option they used to keep those unemployed people .

any tier 3 yet?

December 20, 2009 at 2:38 pm
(278) Jeff S. says:

Can anyone on this sit leaving comments help me understand this? Reside in Georgia. I was laid off June 15 2009 and applied for unemployment on July 9, 2009 (received my first check in early August). I was too proud to go in at first and thought ‘d be rehired by another firm almost immediately. Anyway, my 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits are finishing up with my last check due the first or second week of January 2010. Am I going t be able to file a claim for extended unemployment benefits as soon as my regular benifits run out?????? Someone told me there was a deadline of the end of December to exhaust my regular benefits, and if I didn’t, I was out of luck with getting any extended benefits. I am still unemployed and don’t quite get why some people are getting tons of extra weeks of extended benefits but tat because I will miss the deadline by 2 weeks, I am screwed. Can anyone clarify for me? I also heard Congress may extend the filing deadline into 2010…?? Thanks

December 21, 2009 at 12:52 am
(279) sarah says:

I filed for unemployment Jan 30th.I was approved in Feb and received my regular unemployment benefits and one extension of 20 weeks.I had one payment left that I filed for and is showing as sent to my bank on the Ohio unemployment site. I never received any mailing about unemployment benefits running out or extensions but I get these messages. “No Weekly Claims can currently be filed”
” You have exhausted your Total Benefits Payable ” The last payment date shows as 12/19/09.I have tried to call unemployment several times unsuccesfully.Can anyone let me know if anything will be available? I thought I was eligible for more weeks because i depleted the 20 wk extension before 12/26.

December 21, 2009 at 6:12 am
(280) m t sharp says:

Jeff I believe you still would qualify for the original 20 weeks of federal emergency unemployment.

December 21, 2009 at 9:23 am
(281) Teresa Setzer says:


December 21, 2009 at 10:30 am
(282) penny2myname says:

Does anyone from North Carolina have any information about the latest extension? The only response that I can get out of the NCESC is a computer programming problem. It’s been well over a month now and still no information.

December 21, 2009 at 3:21 pm
(283) yvonne says:

Im confused and don’t know if this bill that passes with the extensions apply to me if anyone knows can u please advise. Im in Texas. Ive exhausted everything all tiers, state extended benefits, and I’m recieving from the last bill that was passed. Ive only recieved 7 weeks worth. I file my last week of HUP (which began on November 8th, 2009) on December 28th for the remaining balance of $12.00. My question is will I get the remainder 13 weeks or an extension once the bill is signed?? Any information would be greatly appreciated because I can’t get through on the phoneline to speak to a representative. I feel for everyone on unemployment, I know the feeling. Our newspaper employment section is only 2 columns. May god bless you all.

December 21, 2009 at 6:24 pm
(284) Mr Mike TN says:

As far as N.C. and T.N. unemployment info I got some news.
I live in TN but worked in NC. My girlfriend is drawing from TN I am drawing from NC.
T.N. is now letting you call in your unemployment vouchers if you were exhausted and waiting on newest extension. They told her she should start seeing checks next week.
My NC claim & extensions ran out for me 2 weeks ago and I was told today by NCESC that I qualify for the newest extension but it could be another 2 weeks (or more) before they get letters sent out and not to wait for the letters,, but I am to check NCESC website everyday and see if it allows me to file my weekly. They also told me it could be 2 to 4 more weeks before NC starts paying the newest extension but they hope to have it “up n going” before then.
Whats scares me is my NCESC tells me “Our records indicate that your benefits are exhausted for the benefit year ending 1/2/2010.”
And shows my info as::
Benefit Year Start: 01/04/2009
Benefit Year End: 01/02/2010
Active Issues: NO

I can just see how this will work, the computer wont like my claim due to me being already exhausted and now a delay in back paying the newest extension, plus I probably wont see the extension money till after my “end of year” So either I will never see any of the money or it be like when I first filed, 4 Months later they started paying my benefits.

Kinda funny.. TN uses very little “computer web based ability” as compared to NC unemployment system.
But little O’L TN got their new benifit extension program already underway!
But I wish the best of luck to everyone else!
I’m pretty good at gettin everyone elses BAD LUCK so maybe Ya’ll will get just the good luck!

December 21, 2009 at 9:02 pm
(285) Wiese says:


You should qualify for the next extension since the deadline has been pushed to the end of February.

Does anyone know about CA extensions? The 3rd was 20 weeks until they passed that last bill and now they say it’s only 13 – it doesn’t make sense…

December 21, 2009 at 9:06 pm
(286) Wiese says:


You should qualify for the rest of the weeks alloted since you didn’t get them all and they pushed the sunset to the end of February.

I would expect that another bill will have to get passed before the end of Feb to take care of eveyone who will run out again – I don’t see jobs coming that soon. It’s the republicans holding it up and only allowed the Feb deadline instead of another 6 months.

December 21, 2009 at 9:15 pm
(287) Wiese says:

Re Obama and tax cuts, here’s a cut and paste from an article:

“A major part of his package includes new incentives for small businesses, which account for two-thirds of the nation’s work force. He proposed a new tax cut for small businesses that hire in 2010 and an elimination for one year of the capital gains tax on profits from small-business investments. Obama also proposed an elimination of fees on loans to small businesses, coupled with federal guarantees of those loans through the end of next year.”

Keep in mind this is the 3rd year of this recession, and that we’ve been prevented from a full out depression. Obama has done the very same strategy that Reagan did and jobs were the last finally come around for Reagan, which is the same situation now, only on a much larger scale since things are far worse.

December 21, 2009 at 10:11 pm
(288) south carolina says:

the goverment was trying to pass this 2009 extention in 08/2009 it had 3 parts at that time in november one part was removed the three part are
1- 2009 extention
2-home buyers help
3-was acorn funding –check on the web about acorn –

there was a problem passing the bill because of acorn
the rep did not want acorn on this bill
the demc wanted it on
they were fighting over this while we need help
when acorn was removed in november the bill passed quickly
do you know who was is involved in acorn the president
once the bill was passed did any one make sure the states got the payments out on time [[ no ]]
maybe the 2009 extention would not have been in such a mess is the rep and demc were not having a isssue over acorn
and pay attention to the bill they could have had a lawyer look it over i sure no one study this bill
not putting blame on any one you make your own decesion
and that is the rest of the story

December 21, 2009 at 10:40 pm
(289) andie in illinois says:

hi, could somebody answer my question? i’ve been unemployed since 7/6/2007, was receiving checks (with a 6 month break) up until october of this year when all the benefits available to me were expired. do i qualify for this new extension and what should i do now- reapply or just wait for a letter? i have not received any letters yet. thanks!

December 22, 2009 at 1:58 am
(290) Puja says:

Will I get another new claim for unemployment?

I live in California My first unemployment extension expires in early Jan 2010, and my claim expires in early Feb 2010. My questions are:
Will my second unemployment extension start after my first extension expires or in Feb 2010?
Do I need to file for a new claim or will the unemployment dept take care of it? Does the State refuse new claim and on what grounds?
Also, will my weekly benefit amount remain the same in the new claim?

Also, I came across the following on the EDD (unemployment website). I do not understand the part about ‘must have worked and earned’ since I am unemployed from Jan-end 2009 and also do not understand the part about ‘during the benefit year of your original claim’. I am pasting the EDD info below. Please help

Requalifi cation Requirements: To requalify for another claim you
must have worked and earned at least (1) $1300 in one quarter, or
(2) at least $900 in your highest quarter and a total of 1.25 times
your high quarter earnings during the benefi t year of your original
claim. (In some cases, Workers’ Compensation or Disability
Insurance benefi ts may be used in place of earnings.)

December 22, 2009 at 11:16 am
(291) N C R.E.H. says:

i just this morning talk to north carolina ncesc i ask if they could set me up so i could start filling for my back weeks they told me no not until the computors are up and running i am waiting for the 2009 extention i was told MAYBE NOT UNTIL after THE FIRST OF THE YEAR BEFORE WE CAN FILE so if they do not have the biil passed to extend the 2009 extention before the first of the year , these are my thoughts [[[[[[ we might have to wait until they fix the 2009 extention this is a goverment issue. if north
carolina ncesc office down loads the wrong info because this is 2009 and this extention ends midmight 2009 the competor might not allow any payments at all for n.c. until the new bill is passed

December 22, 2009 at 7:36 pm
(292) lost in nc says:

I ust received a letter today (with a mailed date of 11/02/2009!!!!) stating that I’m monetarily eligible for Second Tier EUC benefits. Nothing has changed at the NCESC website, however. I still get the “your benefit year has expired” message. My last week of payments was 12/05/2009, and with the lack of specific info that we’re all getting, I have no idea what’s going to happen. It sure would help if NC was more forthcoming, and it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if the delay is intentional.

December 23, 2009 at 11:27 pm
(293) Jeannine D says:

So I got a letter saying I was not approved for a new claim due to insufficient earnings…in looking at the number they came up with they didn’t account for the total I have made over the past year – just the amounts I had stubs for and read to them over the phone. /bangs head on desk

In any case, on the phone 2 days ago I was told I was being put back on my original claim though my account online stills says it’s being reviewed. I guess I”m due to make another call in the morning to see what’s going on.

December 24, 2009 at 3:37 am
(294) raymcph says:

andie in illinois, I’m in Washington state and I don’t know how Illinois works, but I think you should contact someone by phone if you can. Here in WA. they’ve got things up and running pretty quickly I think. I was allowed to start claiming online for the week ending 11/14/09, finally got my first check on 12/02/09 for the Three weeks I’d claimed on. The only problem I’m having now is that I thought I’d be getting 14 wks plus 6 wks 20 wks total, but they sent a letter saying I only get 10.5 wks ?? I’m working on getting this clarified. But at least I finally have my weekly check coming in, so I’m grateful. I can’t believe what I’m reading on here. It shouldn’t take that much time to get our checks to us. Our Senators and Congressmen should all be canned the next election, we really need to clean house. No incumbants, no lawyers and no one with any corporate or political history or connections. It’s the only way we’ll get any real change. I voted for Obama but I’m a little disappointed, he seems to be more and more just another politician. I’m starting to refer to him as Uncle Obama, SADLY. Hang in there everyone, help is on it’s way. I hate to think of all your kids and what a hardship it is on them. That’s what makes the lack of concern by our elected officials a serious crime I think. God Bless and Protect You and Yours.

December 24, 2009 at 10:40 am
(295) Jersey Joe says:

anybody in North Carolina get money yet? NO….. This waiting sucks, awww shucks…redneck computers.

December 24, 2009 at 10:43 am
(296) NORMA says:

waiting in NC, Christmas eve and nothing, anybody from NC get anything yet, I dont understand the delay, anyone know why its taking this long?

December 25, 2009 at 7:37 am
(297) Big Dan in Gastonia, NC says:

Norma, The only they sent me was a reply email stating if i dont here from the bu 1/3/10 to contact them. I am very disappointed in this delay, but know it will come in soon. good luck to you. Merry Christmas.

December 25, 2009 at 11:43 am
(298) NORMA says:

Thank you DAN

December 25, 2009 at 12:27 pm
(299) Nate says:

coming from ohio the cutoff dates for all the tiers

• Must exhaust Regular UC benefits by 2/20/2010 in order to be eligible for Tier 1 (20 weeks).
• Must exhaust EUC Tier 1 benefits by 2/27/2010 in order to be eligible for Tier 2 (14 weeks).
• Must exhaust EUC Tier 2 benefits by 2/27/2010 in order to be eligible for Tier 3 (13 weeks).
• Must exhaust EUC Tier 3 benefits by 2/27/2010 in order to be eligible for Tier 4 (6 weeks).

December 26, 2009 at 3:34 pm
(300) NORTH CAROLINA says:


December 27, 2009 at 10:30 am
(301) Dan says:

I only have $100.00 left next week and I have been searchinging despartly for a new job. What can I expect next week and what if anything do I have to do to have my benefit’s extended into next year?

December 27, 2009 at 6:26 pm
(302) Mary from NC says:

I have read all the comments on this site. It appears that I am also in the same boat as every one else(the sinking one). I have also contacted NCESC and have been told all about the computer issues and about the “letter”. It is obvious to me that it will be after 01/02/10 before we really know anything. Maybe I should say that I hope that we hear something by then.

My last visit to ESC in November I met w/ a lady that looked over my work search records. During our conversation she explained that she would be retiring the following week and I said that I would like to fill out an app for her position. She asked if I had a bachelors or masters degree because to obtain work w/ ESC it was required. That answered a lot of questions as to why the computer programs are taking so long. My little associate degree wasn’t good enough. I am proud of my degree and I am also proud of the people that were able to obtain a bachelor or masters degree. After my consultation I decided that I would sit behind the computer, listen and watch. I didn’t hear or see one thing being done that a person with an 8th grade education couldn’t do.

I shouldn’t complain, I do have a roof over my head due to a friend being kind enough to take me in after my home was foreclosed and sold on the courthouse steps. My son and his wife were able to give the grandkids a decent Christmas with the money that his wife inherited from her mother who passed away. Her inheritance was a whooping $400.00. I couldn’t afford to visit them for Christmas. I now live in a rural section of NC and 3 households counted our change and came up w/ enough money to buy and cook Christmas dinner. We were blessed to have leftovers and each household carried something home. I feel that we were blessed.

Now we are going to have a health care reform shoved down our throats. Ofcourse Obama couldn’t be there. He had to spend Christmas w/ his family. 2010 is going to be an interesting year. Ringing in the New Year will not be with fireworks and a toast. Our fireworks would have to be the firing of shotguns or rifles but we need to hang on to our ammunition. As far as the New Years toast we will have a bottle of homemade wine which we will drink from our mason jars.

My prayers are w/ all of you. Hopefully all computer programs will be complete shortly and we will have some cash flow. Yet, be frugal, very frugal because by 2011 the USA may be a third world country. Sad, very sad.

December 28, 2009 at 4:10 am
(303) Monty says:

(299) Mary from NC:

Thank you for the slap upside the head. I began collecting Tier III and was so excited that I bought several expensive items I didn’t need (They were ***GREAT*** deals, but I can live without them.)

You’ve reminded me that, if it’s not for food, (necessary) clothing, shelter, or ammo., I should not spend foolishly.

Thank you.

By the way, I read that Obama, his family, and friends are renting several houses in Kailua, on Oahu HI, for their Christmas vacation. The rent for the house in which Obama is staying is $7,000.00 per day, just for that one house.

We had microwaved burritos for Christmas dinner, I feel Obama’s conspicuous consumption is like Marie Antoinette saying, “Let them eat cake!”.

December 28, 2009 at 7:40 am
(304) wolf says:

blame bev purdue she don’t care they knew the extensions were going to pass should have been ready as far as i’m concerned she needs to find a new job governor is not it more concerned about cons than about getting the money out before christmas will we get interest on the money lol

December 28, 2009 at 10:40 am
(305) Rob_NC says:

hello, can i leave a comment?

December 28, 2009 at 4:47 pm
(306) 26 year Veteran says:

I served my country proudly until that idiot Mr. Bush came into office and pist off the world with his stupid decisions of having a war in a country that had nothing to do with 911. all he did was give our money to his rich buddies with that war. I am unemployed because I refuse to represent those useless killings that he wanted us soldiers to do. I had a great career until he came in and mis represented what the US is all about. Then you have idots that make comments about The real president obama who is in there trying to clean up the mess that mr. Bush made. You complain to the only person qualified to save this country because of what he spend his money on? Mr. Bush was never in the white house. All he did was party. You will never see him. He and all his rich buddies got all our tax money somewhere living it up. They’re laughing at all you idiots who’s blaming President Obama for taking too long to clean up all the mess that they made. Wake up america!

December 28, 2009 at 5:12 pm
(307) Mary from NC says:

Yes, frugal is the word that we must abide by Monty. So you spent a few extra bucks on GREAT deals. I find that understandable. I will most likely do the same should I ever receive a check. It will be for the grandkids though and hopefully EBay will fill my request at a decent price.

Wolf, I agree w/ you 110%. Atleast Easley did fight for a federal extension. Perdue doesn’t have a clue. Often times I wonder what it would have felt like to be born w/ a silver spoon in my mouth like she did. Believe me, I no longer procure Perdue chicken at the local market. Yet, I do remember how to wring a chickens neck. Bev are you reading this?
Interest on the money? I agree…LOL.

Rob_NC, you certainly may leave a comment. Atleast we still have some rights. So let us hear from you.

Oh, oh, oh…everyone from NC remember to log on to the NCESC site and try to do a weekly certification or open a new claim. Also remember to read the PDF from 11/06/09 to see if there have been changes to it. I am being a smart mouth now…lol. Seems to me that NCESC has enough problems with their computer programs yet they want us to visit the site daily. Heck of a way to pass the blame back to us because we overloaded the servers.

As always, my prayers and thoughts are with all of the NC unemployed.

December 28, 2009 at 6:47 pm
(308) WaitinNC says:

Spoke with the ESC today here in NC, story from them is letters are still on schedule to be mailed this week if you are eligible. Keep your fingers crossed and good luck.

December 28, 2009 at 7:26 pm
(309) Dan From Gastonia, NC says:

i’ve read that NC had until December 26th to get all computer issues correct. check out nelp.org read the article dated 12/7, page 7…If I am reading correctly NC didnt have to flip the switch until that day because it is the last to file a federally funded claim, i suspect as others do that our ESC or Govt. has been holding this money to fatten their wallet. I’m flat out broke, in foreclosure, and feeling the crunch from all sides. I am very upset that rich people are in the position to pull my strings. I hope that we all hear something good this week.
Good luck to everyone

December 28, 2009 at 7:35 pm
(310) Abel Camacho says:

I still had about 3,000 left in extended benifits last month here in florida and then they tossed that out and started me on tier 3 emergency unemployment benifits 13 weeks worth,and then when thats done i start tier 4 euc which is another 6 weeks i believe.My question for you good people is when i exhaust tier 4 euc,will i get the remainder of my extended benifits that i had? In other words are they going to re-instate extended benifits for those that still had it prior to tier 3 being applied?

December 28, 2009 at 7:39 pm
(311) Mr Mike TN says:

Well lets hope NC NCESC get on the ball and gets those letters out ASAP!!
A few other sites that are posting about this very issue are stating that the “NC letters” will be in the mail by the 31st.
Then in about 2 more months NC will start getting around to maybe possibly paying the newest extension after they flash alot of smoke and mirrors to scare the natives.
NC’s new motto ” Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!!” (Wizard of OZ)
SIMPLY AMAZING that TN has already done it and has paid my girlfriend a little over $1000 in back pay from November’s extension start.
Its very frustrating knowing that I am EXTREMLY FULLY eligible for the extension and still robbing Peter to pay Paul to make my yearly Insurance payment.
But Im sure other have it far worse.

December 29, 2009 at 7:33 am
(312) marg says:

to kevin in south carolina. how long did it take you to get your checks started if they have started. my money ran out in november 26. o9 i went back and open a new claim. they put $6400 in. they know me to call it in every sunday. its been 4 weeks. i still havent gotten a check. i saw on the news where some people had gotten checks. i went back to the unemployment office they told me the same thing. its december 29th still nothing. send me some feedback

December 29, 2009 at 9:32 am
(313) Kevin says:

Dear Marg I received a check for the backdated dates to Nov.14 to Dec.18,which was 5 weeks.What you could try is to file your claim online at SC ESC.You can also monitor your benefit status.

December 29, 2009 at 9:40 am
(314) Kevin says:

I went down to file my claim on Friday Dec.18th and received a check on Wed. the 23rd.You will get all those checks.There are a lot of confused people working at these offices and sometimes they make untrue statements.Keep your chin up.I hope this helps you.

December 29, 2009 at 12:31 pm
(315) kim says:

Nc is something else.Unemployment ran out Nov 6,2009 And my husband ran out Dec 6,09 with benefits left in tier 2 and EB benefits and they have know answers.Well next week without rent money will be on the streets.I just wished someone can give us a answer beside you just have to wait and see if your getting a letter.

December 29, 2009 at 3:16 pm
(316) Mary from NC says:

To: 26 year Veteran. Are you 26 or did you serve for 26 years? First and foremost, thank you for serving our country. I understand that Obama is trying to fix the problems that the Bush Admin. created. Yet, calling us idiots due to us mentioning Obama, please understand that all the unemployed in the USA couldn’t help but note Obama’s holiday. It’s human nature.

Dan, thanks for leaving us the site. I took a look at it and sorta freaked when I saw that NC ESC is using COBOL. COBOL was released in 1959 and I know that there have been many revisions an add on’s to the program. I am in no way a programmer but I believe that there are many newer programs that could be used. Leaves me to wonder if someone is in someone’s pocket. By the way, you DID read it correctly. Regarding the foreclosure, have you read the notice on the NCESC site? It might help. Sad to say that it wasn’t available when I went into foreclosure. Foreclosure is one of the worst feelings anyone can have. It is gut wrenching. I will make sure that I include you in my prayers.

Kim, a friend of mine was in the same situation that you are in regarding rental housing. She printed a copy of her benefit eligibility to show her landlord and he is working with her so that she and her son are not on the streets. Maybe you should do the same. Just a suggestion.

I have just spoken w/ the remote service center for NCESC and all they could say is that I should have a “letter” in the mail soon. Same story I received on the 11th of December except that day I was told the “letter” would be here in 2 weeks. This appears to be a hurry up and wait situation. Yet, it didn’t take the state long to get the signs made regarding the workforce enactment. I noted one of the signs being put up on I40. There were 3 state trucks and about 10 men there. 2 of the 10 were actually doing the work while the other 8 stood around and watched.
Our taxes at work!!!!

As always, my thoughts and prayers are with all of us.

December 29, 2009 at 3:33 pm
(317) Mary from NC says:

I just read this on another site and thought I would copy and paste it for others to see.

Our programmers have been working feverishly to get the new extension implemented. Once the programming is ready for anyone to be paid from the newest extension program, everyone who appears to be in the population of eligible claimants will be mailed a letter to file a claim to determine eligibility. We had said this could take up to six weeks initially, and we are currently (as of Dec. 28) in that sixth week.

If eligible, that will begin their claim and they will begin receiving EUC08, Tier III benefits retroactive the week beginning Nov. 8. There is no priority of over groups who will be automatically transition onto the program.

Once we are ready, claimants will transition onto EUC08, Tier III after they exhaust EUC08, Tier II. We expect this to be a seamless process. At the beginning, anyone — whether just finishing Tier II, or already on EB — will have to apply to see whether or not they qualify.

Unfortunately we have no bearing on what other states are doing. We can only focus on what we can do. And our staff is working hard to get this extension implemented.

Larry Parker
Public Information Officer
Employment Security Commission of N.C.

December 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm
(318) MR in NC says:

I am in NC…my Tier II extension ended on Oct 17 after opened a new year on Oct. 4 which allowed me to collect the last 2 payments of Tier II. I have been without an income since and told that on Jan. 2nd legal process would start to forclose on my mortagage..I explained to him the hold up and he said he didn;t care “I just want my money NOW!” Never thought I would reach 44 years old raise four great kids and then end up in broke and homeless..all for trying to do the right things…So I guess I could find a job a Mcdonalds..part time is all those company’s offer..and forfeit the 3rd extension and still be put out on the street…So when..thats all they really need to tell us WHEN! will we get a check! Maybe I could at least sleep at night instead of pace the floors trying to come up with an idea that actually works for me…

December 29, 2009 at 6:01 pm
(319) Dan From Gastonia, NC says:

Hello to all of us!
This a email i received today from the Gaston County ESC.

I have been told they are running a program to determine who may be
eligible at the end of this month. It should generate letters to those
clients who are qualified (hopefully that will include you). If you are
told you are eligible, you can call the number provided in the letter,
and they may be able to backdate your claim to start 11/08/09. However,
due to the complexity of verifying every one in NC who is eligible for
the 3rd Tier extension, that date could change (but for now it is set
to start identifying eligible persons starting 12/31/2009, and could be
a several day process).

I think if we are proved eligible, we then have to file a new claim and wait again, then we only get weeks going forward, maybe no back money. We’ll see.

Again good luck everyone.

December 30, 2009 at 12:00 am
(320) Rob_NC says:

why are none of my comments showing up?

December 30, 2009 at 12:35 am
(321) FedupinNC says:

MR in NC

Why aren’t you on EB? When my 2nd tier ended I had to call them and they pushed a few keys and said that I was qualified for EB – I had to skip a week but then got it (a higher amount to boot) for 13 weeks. That ended Nov 22 and I’m also waiting to see if I qualify for Tier 3.

We have lost our home – nothing we could do. We are moving Jan 5 into my mothers home. The home I grew up in. I’m 45. I have 1 in college and 1 is a senior in High School that I need to leave behind so she can finish her last 5 months. I have to put most of the belongings from our 2500 sq. foot home into a 1000 sq foot basement (finished of course) I am VERY blessed I have somewhere to go and family that will take hubby, 4 cats and myself in without thinking twice. To complicate matters, hubby lost his job on Dec 14th. He’s in a holding pattern for UE but wants NO part of it. He wants a job NOW (welcome to the club huh?) Anyway, many more oppronities for us in MD and the unemployment rate here in NC is TWICE what it is there.

I wish you luck my friend and you will be in my prayers.

December 30, 2009 at 9:06 am
(322) GovBevPerdue says:

Oh hey i thought I heard my name. I’m working for you guys in NC (go heels!) and once i get back from india and finish the office fabric coordinates and redecorating I’ll be sure to look into some of your concerns. Thanks for electing me. I look forward to serving you all.

December 30, 2009 at 12:53 pm
(323) MR in NC says:

Hey there FedUpinNC, thanks for the input and good luck for you and your family…It may just be your exit from NC will lead you to an entrance to something better than you even hoped for…The reason I am not still collecting is tier II ended Oct 17…which would not allow ongoing payments for the new extension..so have to wait..I was although able to go online this morning and apply for the EB…that was one step closer…it wouldn’t allow me to do that till today…now i can wait again I guess…not sure what happens at this point..but my claim profile still says I am eligable for Extended Bebefits..at this poiint if it don’t pay back pay to the 16th of Nov…I am still facing some troubles..otherwise if it does than we will be ok…at least til the end of this and hopefully I will be back to work somewhere and put all this behind us..thanks again

December 30, 2009 at 1:36 pm
(324) Teresa Setzer says:

TS from NC. I just talked to esc again today and they said that they would start mailing out letters on the 3rd 4th and sixth of next week. They said only 30.000 letters will go out altogether. I ask the lady if that means only 30.000 will be eligable for the new extension. She said I don’t know what the criteria will be.It will be updated today and tomorrow in their system. Giving full information. This doesn’t sound good there are over 80.000+ that has run out of benefits.That means that not even half will qualify for it.If you have any other information let me know Thanks.

December 30, 2009 at 1:45 pm
(325) penny2myname says:

Hi Teresa Setzer. I got some different information. Letters are being mailed today. As soon as you get the letter you are to either go to your local office or call the Remote Services Center. All letters will be sent by the middle of next week. There are over 72000 letters that are to be sent and they are going to send them out in groups of (3). It’s either going to be distributed alphabetically, social security, or some other code. But, letters will start being received as early as tomorrow.

December 30, 2009 at 2:01 pm
(326) Teresa Setzer says:

Hey Penny,I hope yours is right.If not a lot of people will be in a sinking boat.But that’s what my local esc told me. But they don’t seem to know more than we do. Thanks for your replie.

December 30, 2009 at 2:30 pm
(327) penny2myname says:

I got my reply from the Raleigh office. Other unemployed people that I know of have been getting the same information that I have gotten. A lady told me that she called her local office in Chapel Hill and they told her that they are telling people to come in on Thursday to reopen their claims. I also called the hotline and the guy that i spoke with told me the same thing. Everything is on schedule for the extension to be paid.

December 30, 2009 at 2:49 pm
(328) cindy says:

i have 26 weeks, in tennessee the week ends on sat.
i am in my last week which will end on sat. JAN 2, 2010. i,ve been told THAT<S TOO BAD. if i would have expired benefits by DEC 31, 2009 i could had got and extension. i miss this by 2days! why do some get 33 wks some 79 wks???? and i get TOO BAD?
MY bye is JUL 3, 2010. i have worked for over 35 years never unemployed. first time on unemployment i quess i don,t understand the system and how they choose who get what and for how long.

December 30, 2009 at 3:20 pm
(329) Charlene says:


I think that we all should get together and startup on our own with a good Network Marketing company and show Washington, NC, SC TN, FL all the states just what we are made of. Hell show corporate America what they have lost. Take back our lives “Own Our Own Lives”. I went to a meeting the other week and there were several people there that were just like us and they got together as a group joined the company and some are now making what they were making when they got laid off except now they are their own boss. I don’t know about you guys but that really sounds great to me because I have applied so many places, more than once and I about tired of the rejections. Future headlines “Financially Successful Entrepreneurs who was once Unemployed due to the Economic Meltdown and who are now making more than they did prior to loosing their Jobs”… I heard its being done everyday people. They say that its over a million of us out there and movements are formed everyday why not us. I don’t know about you guys but I’d like a success story told about me in the near future. cjhalls@yahoo.com is gamed if anyone out there is…….

December 30, 2009 at 8:17 pm
(330) Kris R says:

The North Carolina NCESC.com website has changed its message on the home page, it says that they will be sending out the letters for us to file for the extension benefits on 12-31-09, but from what I understood you cant do it online or on the automated system it says it could mess up and delay payment further… check it out it looks like the same message but its not.. NCESC.COM

December 30, 2009 at 8:51 pm
(331) Teresa Setzer says:


December 31, 2009 at 12:31 am
(332) andrea says:

i would be grateful if somebody could help me understand the eligibility for the new extension- if i lost my job in JULY 2007, do i still qualify for the extended benefits? (i live in illinois) also, i am totally confused about all those “tiers”, whatever they are. it’s impossible to reach anybody at the dept. of employment security… i’d appreciate any help with this question!

December 31, 2009 at 6:11 am
(333) n.c. r.e.h. says:

i saw on website [[[[ do not try filing on line or by voice actvaction it will cause you a problem ]]]] i am not waiting for a letter in the mail i am calling this morning will let you know what happen later

December 31, 2009 at 8:17 am
(334) james says:

called ncesc this morning, they knew that i called yesterday and told me i would have to wait for letter. the rep seemed to be a little miffed that i called again today but iwas a different person i talked to yesterday. are they keeping tabs on who calls ? something really is not right with our employment security system.

December 31, 2009 at 9:22 am
(335) MR in NC says:

Well I filed online tesyerday and everything seemed to process fine…then they posted the updated notice indicated it would cause an error or delay…so I called this morning to remote services and she said everything was fine, to just start filing my certifications on each sunday. I asked about the back pay from Nov. 8 and she said she didn’t know what they were doing as far as that goes… I would just have have to wait and see what they would be doing about that…

December 31, 2009 at 10:19 am
(336) Rob_NC says:

has anyone in NC got their letter yet? I’m trying to file online every day and keeps saying benefits exhausted. I guess I will have to wait until the letter arrives.
Those of you who get the letter, please post it here and let us know what it says and what contacts or phone numbers are on it. I’m down to zero money and need it asap!

December 31, 2009 at 11:26 am
(337) Teresa Setzer says:


December 31, 2009 at 1:20 pm
(338) Dan From Gastonia, NC says:

to Teresa,
i have had similar problems with the past extensions. NCESC told that because my claim ended…when they opened another claim with another calendar year that I only qualified for 14 weeks of regular UI insted of 26. Then the extensions came along, since then they only say I get half the weeks as I would normally get. I think if and when I hear something about this new I’ll probably only get the 1 extra week for teir 2 and 7 for teir 3. North Carolina qualifies for an additional 6 weeks too. You should at least qualify for them. I hope it all works out, and we all can get out of this hole.

good luck!

December 31, 2009 at 2:02 pm
(339) Rob_NC says:

It appears NC is going to steal about half the funds that are coming from the FED to help the unemployed. I”m sure they’re doing this to get as much money as they can to fix the budget shortfall. We should all file a class action lawsuit against the state of NC.

December 31, 2009 at 2:08 pm
(340) Teresa Setzer says:

Thanks Dan,from Gastonia. My claim now shows regular active. Do you know if I will receive a letter for the other 6 weeks or will I have to go to the office.I hope your right.I will be going back to school next week.Hoping this will help.

December 31, 2009 at 5:53 pm
(341) WaitinNC says:

Well we haven’t got a letter yet BUT, and thank you Teresa, for giving me the idea of checking again…the status is back from exhausted to regular active and it let me go on and file for the weeks I had missed. Hopefully the state will have already ironed out whatever issues the 4th tier might be.

December 31, 2009 at 6:16 pm
(342) Rob_NC says:

I see some NC people are filing online now,and getting retro pay. I guess I don’t qualify for this extension because on the website it still says benefits exhausted. I’ll be under a bridge and freezing in a month I guess. Oh well atelast i get food stamps one more month.

January 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm
(343) RN2B2011 says:

To everyone who is waiting,
Good Luck to you and your family in 2010! I am also waiting to see what is going to happen but I am blessed to have a husband with a secure job that allows me to finish my degree in Nursing while taking on a PT job. I sometimes think of what it would have been like if I was not married and had to maintain on my own with two kids. I would be back at home with my mother until I could finish my schooling. I too had a really good job in which I was employed for 11 years and downsizing took that security away,however, I saw this a a blessing as it gave me the opportunity to pursue a career in which my heart was truly into. I can only say to keep your head up and better things will prevail. Again Good Luck and God Bless!!

January 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm
(344) Mary from NC says:

I have read through the latest comments. I filed or it let me file before receiving the notice about on line filing. After I filed I tried to do weekly certification and it showed exhausted. I tried again the following day and it says all weeks are current. So I will wait until I receive a letter. Once again it seems the programmers had to have made an error. It should have never let me file on line if there were issues. Or was this just a way to let the state procure more time? I can only assume that they have already collected 2 months of interest on the money. I am getting a bit tired of waiting. Just as everyone else is. What scares the hell out of me is what happens when these extensions expire? Employment isn’t on the rise and the few jobs that are available are being bombardied w/ apps and resumes. Employers can hire the cream of the crop, just like housing is a buyers market right now. Ah well….reckon we will cross that bridge when we get to it.

Certainly would be nice to get a good nights sleep instead of worrying. My friends I wish you all a Happy New Year but most of all I pray for prosperity for all.

January 1, 2010 at 8:32 pm
(345) CC says:

To Rob
The updated site says for people NOT to file on line or call in. The letters started going out on the 31st. Once you get it, a CSR will help get it filed for you.. Just be patient and if you exhausted all your benefits you will get it..ok I exhausted Nov 8th I have faith.. Bit I do think it will be 6 weeks before we get paid though by what the site says

God Bless

January 2, 2010 at 5:15 pm
(346) N.C. r.e.h. says:


January 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm
(347) Teresa Setzer says:

I just wanted everyone on this site to know that I received 2 letters today from esc.In the past week esc had changed my claim from a monetary ineligible claim to a regular active claim and also showed on my payment history that they had paid retro to Nov, the 15, 7 weeks of back pay. I called esc and they said that was correct but I only had one more week I could file this Sunday.It was going to be on a debit card. I said OK if that is all I qualify for. I thought everybody was suppose to get up to 20 weeks. When I got these 2 letters today one said I was not monetary eligible for euc and the other one said.In accordance with the unemployoment compensation extension act. To be eligible for second tier emergency unemployment compensation you must exhaust your first tier emergency unemployment compensation on or before Dec.31,2009.In which mine was exhausted back in October.It also stated that I had a right of protest if I believe this determination was not correct. I had 10 days to go to the local esc or mail in a protest with explaination.What I don’t understand is it shows the payments on my claim that is processed and is suppose to be coming on a debit card which I never used before it always was drafted into my banking account.Does anyne have an answer to this it does’t make any sense at all or are they still just jerking us around.Thank You

January 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm
(348) WaitinNC says:

I wish someone from NCESC would get on here and tell us wth is going on. My status went from Benefits Exhausted, to Active Claim, now back to Benefits exhausted. We got a weird 315 deposit on Friday to the Debit Card and it processed my claim for one week, I hope that will be deposited Monday. Who the crap knows anymore

January 2, 2010 at 11:12 pm
(349) N.C. r.e.h. says:


January 2, 2010 at 11:20 pm
(350) Dee says:


Everyone I am also hurting but remember don’t blame the President the Party of NO (Republicans) were the hold up in the Congress this is why we have not received our extensions. They have to pass it then the President signs it. He has kept us from a Depression and employment is the last to recover in this trying time.

I was impressed that I wrote the President and received a letter of encouragement and also called the Governor of NC to let her know that I could not get my calls through and heard from the White House before I could her from my state.

I got a response from NC ESC within 30 minutes, so to all of you I believe things are going to get better and I wish all of you the BEST OF LUCK 2010.


January 2, 2010 at 11:47 pm
(351) debbie fl says:

just so everyone realizes, alot of these problems have trickled down from the other democrat presidencies. Like Carter, Clinton, a home for everyone Clinton said, Pres
Bush ended up with this in their lap and it snowballed from there. Granted his admin should have realized what was happening and did something to try and stop it but what is happening now is not helping. WE NEED JOBS pRES OBAMA OR AT LEAST A WAY TO PAY OUR BILLS. THE ILLEGALS GET IT ALL AND WE WHO HAVE WORKED GET NOTHING!

January 3, 2010 at 7:36 am
(352) N.C. r.e.h. says:

some of you say do not blame the president he sent me a wonder letter of encourgment DID YOU GET ANY MONEY no all we have got is promises starting 08/2009 SOME THING IS MESSED UP HOW HARD CAN IT BE SOME ONE TO BLAME

January 3, 2010 at 8:30 am
(353) kevin says:


January 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm
(354) kris r says:

i received my letters from NCesc 1 says i dont qualify for euc the other says i qualify for 6.5 weeks, thats how much money the letter has max ben. amount. but it says for tier 2 euc. it doesnt say 1 wk tier 2, 13 wks tier 3, or anything about tier 4 anyone have any info???????

January 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm
(355) mikeb says:

amen…deregulation and massive tax cuts for the rich in the 80′s under Reagan… leading to mega wealthy businessmen and bankers control of government policy…leading to dissolution of the middle class….FDR helped create the 40 year heyday of the greatest middle class in the history of the world… only to have the country taken over by neo-con thugs who have methodically strove to dismantle the middle class and every FDR common man protection that had been put into place. If a republican were in office now, there would be no further unemployment extensions to be hoping for. They are the reason the legislation was held up for two months…causing thousands like myself to exhaust benefits for those 2 months that are not included in the retroactive payments if we ever get them….The republicans love to take a hard line on the people…cause divisiveness amongst the people…and give all the money to themselves with no compassion….There’s 16 million + unemployed with 3-4 million available jobs…thus there will be 12-13 million still unemployed regardless how diligent the unemployed are in trying to find a job….The republicans always imply there’s a laziness and incentive problem in extending unemployment…in reality, there are very few jobs!!! …unemployment is barely an existence, it isn’t a life…I have a BA and nearing completion of an MS-trust me I’m used to making much more and would much prefer more…The overwhelming majority of the unemployed would much rather have a job…Just wait til later this year when all the so called fiscally responsible congressmen and pundits push for the halting of extensions…The unemployment benefits that go immediately back into the economy will halt and even more will get laid off from the loss of spending/profits from unemployed. It’s amazing how those that vote for 800 billion in tarp for bankers without a seconds thought cry and scream over 10 billion to help the unemployed people who are hurting much due to those pathetic crooked bankers…You know what else…production is up in the country…employers are just getting more out of the employees they kept thus the margins are up as well….remember this: DEMAND creates jobs and ONLY DEMAND creates jobs…its not tax cuts…an employer will only hire enough to meet demand regardless of how much profit or tax savings they get. Put 12-13 million on welfare and demand will go down and more will become unemployed… but don’t think employers can’t afford to employ right now…such as due to tax burden bs…they are meeting production demand with less employees making them work harder and with tech advances and cheap outsourcing. The republicans have been in power for 28 of 40 years and there’s still people uninformed and misled enough to think that its the 12 (13 now) years of democrats that caused all the problems….yeah right! A HOUSE (nor country) DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF CANNOT STAND!

January 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm
(356) Kevin says:

Mike your comments were spot on but the people on this forum do not have the attention span to read all of what you said,let alone realize its accuracy.No what they obviously want by a majority of what their comments have expressed is another Rethuglican in the white house and a majority in congress,so they they can destroy even further the fabric of civil society.They have learned 0 from the last 8 years or the last 30 for that matter.I am not saying to vote for dems but in no way on earth should this Repub.Party ever be restored to power ever.

January 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm
(357) Teresa Setzer says:

Has anyone received a letter in the mail from esc like this.

Monetary Determination

In accordance with the unemployment compensation extension act, to be eligible for second tier EUC you must exhaust your first tier euc on or before Dec.31. 2009

It goes on to say that I can have 10 days to protest the determination.

My last extension was back in October. I was on EB then which I thought that was the last tier. So why would I be getting a letter like this.Does this sound like I qualify or disqualify for the new extension. I’m confused. Any information would be helpful. Thank You

January 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm
(358) Michael says:

Just abit confused like all us Americans on umemployment. I live in Las Vegas and our numbers are running over the 10%rate for unemployment. I lost my job December 8, 2008 and was approved for 26 weeks of benefits effective Jan 4,2009. After those benefits ended i was approved for Tier I and Tier II which gave me an additional 33 weeks of benefits which became effective July 5,2009. Those benefits will run dry the last week in Feb 2010.
My question is Will i be eligible for the Tier III for an additional 20 weeks of benefits ? At this point in my career i have been in the food and beverage industry for over 25 years in Vegas and unfortunatley i’m over 40 and have no luck in finding a position anywhere in this town. It is definitely a young persons world and pretty much need that young persons look to work for the resorts out here. Not blaming the young people for my situation i love the younger generation they rock but for us kids of the 80′s were starting to feel the effects of getting older and not being as suitable for positions in the resorts in Las Vegas.
So if anyone has any info on the Tier III extension for Nevada i would surley appreciate it.
Good luck to all of you…

January 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm
(359) Dan From Gastonia, NC says:

Nothing in the mail yet from NCESC, nothing has changed on my claim profile, still says benefits exhausted. My brother is in the same boat, nothing has changed.
I hope there are more letters to be mailed…..did anyone get a letter with a phone number to call to open a new claim for this new money, if so please post it…North Carolina…please. I will call to see if I even qualify. I did get tier 2 benefits..thanks.

January 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm
(360) penny2myname says:

Hi Dan from Gastonia. The new phone number that people are calling now is….
My profile still states “benefits exhausted” also. I’m waiting to check the mail tomorrow and if nothing, I’m calling. Some have already called without the letter and got their claims up and running again. Good luck to you.

January 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm
(361) james says:

thank you pennytomyname, i just called the # and there is a recording that says it is the emergency hotline. i will call first thing tomorrow at 8.

January 3, 2010 at 8:54 pm
(362) Dan From Gastonia, NC says:

Thank you, I hope you here something good this week, something has to give.

my hard luck story got even worse today, our car froze up last night, when I finally got it thawed out something broke, now it’s pouring water out. Now i’m stranded Dan in Gastonia!

good luck to you too.

January 4, 2010 at 10:47 am
(363) Rob_NC says:

I’m stranded to DAn. My radiator cracked and is leaking yesterday mornng when I cranked it. I was going to buy some antifreeze before the cold hit, but didn’t have the money! Now this morning I called ESC number above and got my claim rolling, and still haven’t got a letter yet. She said I get the first 4 weeks manually entered by her and that the last 4 weeks I will claim online this Thursday. Finaly some good news! Now i have to buy a radiator, which wouldn’t have happened if the state had been faster with all this!

January 4, 2010 at 11:58 am
(364) Kathy in Sac says:

It’s January 5th and still no unemployment check (3rd Tier, 13 weeks). I haven’t rec’d any $ from unemployment since Oct. 31, 2009–even though CA EDD web site says checks were sent out December 15th! I finally got a letter saying I qualify and heard on Thursday they were going to put my check in the mail on Saturday (though I don’t know if they really mail on Saturday!).

The CA EDD is so messed up and the web site isn’t admitting that they haven’t sent all the eligible people their checks yet. Thought I’d share. Any other CA horror stories out there?

January 4, 2010 at 12:05 pm
(365) Ryan says:

Ok here it is. The government extended the benefits in Novemember. Payments didnt start going out until mid December. They extended the extension to people for the end of February 28th to qualify for this extension. Myself i qualified for my benefits but only 14 weeks even when my state has an unemployment rate of 10.4% why its cause they screwed up the law again. The law states after Feb 28th you cannot transfer over to a new tier and this new extension is 14 weeks + 6 weeks which puts the 6 weeks in a new tier. So even tho they did extend benefits for 20 weeks with states with an unemployment rate of 8.5 or higher nobody will qualify for it cause you have to exhaust your other tier before transfering to the other tier before Feb 28th. So nobody will qualify for the extra 6 weeks that was such an issue to begin with. My question is how do you screw up emergency unemployment benefits???????????? Good job law makers good job thats our tax money working for us.. LMAO… They all need to be kicked out of office and NOW

January 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm
(366) MRinNC says:

Actually Ryan….If yo are getting paid from Nov/15/09 14 weeks puts you in the middle of February ,,..which in turn you will still be able to rollover to tier 4…we are all trying figure out what has already been put in writing…its just taking them a long time to process this…which keeps us in suspense with questions…and in fear we are going to be able to pull out od our individual situations..

January 4, 2010 at 12:26 pm
(367) Dan From Gastonia, NC says:

I spoke with a rep today, he manually had to enter my info for the last 8 weeks. you know the 5 questions they ask each week….did you work, get retirement money, and so on.
the troubling part was he said they was no money in my account earmarked for tier 3 benefits, but the supervisors review all claims. He did file claims for each week back to 11/15/09, and said if I qualify i’ll get a lump sum payment and to begin filing online starting this Sunday. I called the number that is list above, it took about 1 hour to get through.

good luck!

January 4, 2010 at 12:55 pm
(368) Ryan says:

My benefits ended Dec 17th so i should still qualify for my 20 weeks 14+6 but cause i exhausted my benefits so late i miss out on my 6 extra weeks even tho when all this was passed the law was for me to get 20 cause my state was over 8.5%. So now i get penalized cause of them even tho its them that told me i would get it due to the law but now i dont get it cause of the way its writen. Thats BS… Plain BS… I will miss it by what 2 weeks?????? That is just wrong

January 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm
(369) Randi says:

Does anyone know what’s going on with the NJ extension? They’re website still says Dec 21 as the cutoff to receive an extension and I’ve been trying to call all day, but it’s been busy.

Any info would really help.


January 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm
(370) N.C. r.e.h. says:


January 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm
(371) Dan From Gastonia, NC says:

N.C. r.e.h…..
I feel for you, I know a bunch of people who are smarter than most of the people that work for ESC, and their out of work.
When i was finished with the claim guy, I handed the phone to my brother, he was told he’d get money this week. In my case he said there was no money for me. I do not think the workers have all the info, this guy said to me he only had info on how to file a claim, no info on who qualifies!! Man, this is frustrating, I’d really like to get this behind me and find a job.

good luck!

January 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm
(372) Ryan says:

Basically what they did was extend the cutoff date from Dec 27th to Feb 27th so people can qualify for the 14 weeks but everyone and everyone who exhausted there benefits after NOVERMBER 21st WONT QUALIFY FOR THE EXTRA 6 WEEKS OF BENEFITS CAUSE ITS A NEW TIER AND YOU CANT TRANSFER TO A NEW TIER IF YOU BENEFITS END AFTER THE CUTOFF DATE. They knew what they were doing trust me. Basically pretty much everyone will get 14 weeks and a very very very small percentage of people will actually see the extra 6 weeks…..

January 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm
(373) Dan From Gastonia, NC says:

i’d be happy with 1 week right now!

January 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm
(374) cantcatchabreak says:

is there anyone with any good news in NC?

January 5, 2010 at 6:22 am
(375) N C R.E.H. says:

[[[[[[[[[ NO GOOD NEWS ]]]]]]]]]]

January 5, 2010 at 8:56 am
(376) Betty Jo says:

Nothing good yet, in NC….this is sucking big time. I cannot get a half intelligent person to speak with. Lord, help us!

January 5, 2010 at 9:13 am
(377) Dan From Gastonia, NC says:

I checked my claim this morning, changed from benefits exhausted to regular claim, however no payments were made. I clicked the file your weekly certification and it states my 1st week to file is over 4 weeks old and to call the remote service center, I thought this is what I spent hour and a half on the phone for.
I am thinking the state is putting up these road blocks to try to keep as much of this money for themselves, i wonder what happens to this money when the feds release it? does it just go into a huge pool and the state collects the leftovers. that would be a shame, NC recently jacked sales taxes to almost 8% tax the crap out of us for everything.

January 5, 2010 at 11:16 am
(378) NCESC says:

Dan, the NCESC has an in house proprietary algorithm calculating that approximately 65% of potential eligible claimants won’t seek out the end-user responsibility of filing the claims due them. In other words, the state is banking on not giving out about 35% of the Fed’s money to the states recipients. The leftovers of the money unclaimed will be delegated for other programs and budget shortfalls.

January 5, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(379) N C R.E.H. says:


January 5, 2010 at 2:19 pm
(380) N C R.E.H. says:


January 5, 2010 at 3:57 pm
(381) LARRY says:

Im On tier 3 in ohio they have my claim so messed up they say my claim is broken and have to reopen my claim every other week and have to call in every other week
and takes me 2 days to get through.anyone else having this prob. in ohio???Who are these people???Im dumb and clueless can I have a job working for gov.???Noooooo I cant even get a job at a lemonade stand right now!!!!!!

January 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm
(382) kris r says:

ATTENSION NC people i got my letter on saterday had to wait until monday, called ncesc and it took about 10 minutes to reopen my claim to get the tier 3 benefits. then you have to wait 3 days so they can pay your back payments then you can file your weekly certification to get caught up… now this is what they said ,so i guess i will find out for sure on the 7th……

January 6, 2010 at 1:32 am
(383) cc says:


When did your benefits exhaust? and how long have you been unemployed..???
Im worried since I havnt got a letter. I have been out of work Since Jan. 2008 and exhausted my benefits Nov 8th. My year ends April 2010..Im so confused , not sure if I qualify… NC ESC is no help

January 6, 2010 at 9:34 am
(384) cc says:

Still no letter, I got tired of waiting so called the number above to the Emergency extention hotline.. They reopened my claim and manually filed for 4 weeks back and said to go online on Sat to file the other 4 weeks. Then start filing on Sundays as I prev did in the past. But my sister called this morning and they told her only 8 weeks was approved !!!! so im lost again.. I thought 14 weeks was approved and some states an additional 6 weeks?????? This is such a head ache

January 6, 2010 at 10:43 am
(385) kris r says:

my benefits ran out on september28,09 i have been on unemployment since march08. i had used up all extensions, i got my letters on dec.31 called monday and they reopened my claim and i just checked this morning and it shows they have paid me 2 weeks so far, but they told me to wait it could take 3 days to get all my back payments to nov.8. after i get all my back pay up to 3 weeks ago then i can start filing weekly cert. online.

January 6, 2010 at 10:47 am
(386) kris r says:

as far as the 8 weeks being aproved that might be how many weeks they are behind on payments, they owed me 8 weeks back pay, but one letter said i would only get 6.5 weeks.

January 6, 2010 at 11:41 am
(387) kris r says:

one thing i noticed was when they reopened my claim for these extended benefits is my benefit year changedfrom march09 to march10, it changed to nov.09 to nov.10 dont know whats going on there. just giving info as i get it

January 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm
(388) Dan From Gastonia, NC says:

called ESC Monday, they reopened claim and manually entered the 8 weeks that NC was behind. Yesterday my claim changed from benefit exhausted to regular claim. Today a payment was made for 7 weeks, not 8. My claim has gone back to benefit exhausted. I haven’t received a monetary determination letter yet, I suspect i’ll get that today, will more than likely say that I only qualify for these 7 weeks. I dont understand why I haven’t ever received the whole amount, I had same thing with teir 2 only got half. I guess i’m on the wrong end of the stick again!

I suggest to anyone in NC dont wait for a letter…oh yeah, got that letter yesterday, after i opened a claim!

January 6, 2010 at 12:45 pm
(389) WVH in NC says:

I have Exhausted all Extended Benefits, Tier 1 and 2 as of September 09. I have been waiting and reading all the comments, so I decided today to take a chance and call. I got through after about 10 minutes. I was told that my claim was re-opened, and the weeks of Nov. 14-28 were being processed. On Friday I have to go in and process Dec. 19-26. Then on Sunday I need to file again. So it looks like I am only getting 6 weeks, but won’t know for sure until Sunday to see what weeks I’m filing. Either way I am thankful for 1 week.

January 6, 2010 at 1:08 pm
(390) Charlene NC says:


I apologize if this comes through twice. I received an error comment.

I was wondering if anyone knew if they were going by last names or how the process was? I ask because in some of the statements from people that are having success if perhaps (fingers crossed) if your last names are at the beginning of the alphabet? Surely something needs to be done about this slow process. I think it says nothing good about our system. I’m glad for those of you that have had success. I will continue to call but I just can’t seem to get through. Since Monday I’ve been getting a busy signal each time and believe me I’ve called that number many times.

January 6, 2010 at 1:16 pm
(391) WaitinNC says:

ok NC peeps, more computer glitches… per the lady at the ESC we spoke to this morning, there is another glich in the computer system, for some reason, even if you’re approved for T3 extention, have received a payment AND have had your status go from exhausted to active, it’s switching those people BACK to exhausted. She said they are working to correct it and hopefully it would be by the end of the day, but she didnt sound hopeful about it.

January 6, 2010 at 1:48 pm
(392) Mandy in OH says:

Does anyone have a clue when or if Ohio has paid anyone on tier 3 yet? I have 7 weeks of claims that say pending, but no payments, and anytime I call (over and over for hours trying to get through then at least an hour on hold) I get told that they have not made any payments to anyone on it yet, is the truth??

January 7, 2010 at 11:46 am
(393) SYE in NC says:

I am also living in NC and have exhausted all of my benefits by the 2nd week of November. I have been unemployed since December 19, 2008 and haven’t had luck finding a job that will work with my schedule. I am a single mother of one and also taking care of my mother, who became a paraplegic back in October due to a back surgery gone wrong. I can only work certain hours a day which doesn’t help my job hunting because most jobs want you to be flexible when it comes to their scheduling shifts. So I’ve been struggling with money just like the rest of the people in the world who are unemployed. Basically everyday I have been checking the NC ESC website for any updated news about the tier 3 extension. Its just the same message, it will take up to 6 weeks from November 18th to update the system for all eligible unemployment claims. Everytime I called their 1-800 number, it is always busy. But I just keep dialing the number until I get through. I’m basically being told the same thing everytime, it looks like I am eligible for the tier 3 extension, we are just updating the computers and won’t know for sure until the letters go out. After crying and praying, I finally got a notice in the mail from unemployment but it was for tax withholdings from my unemployment checks. I figured well maybe they have finally updated the system and its finally showing in their system that I am eligible instead of being potentionally eligible. So I spoke with a worker this morning and he did say that I was approved for the extension but for 6 1/2 weeks and to start claiming on Monday morning. I thought that the extension was for 14 weeks but 6 1/2 weeks is better than nothing. I read somewhere that the weeks are not retroactive and I was kind of upset about that. But like my mother always told me, just pray about what you need and leave it in God’s hands. I’m finally taking her advice and it has been working. Since when is the mail delivered at 8 in the morning? My mail doesn’t get delivered until maybe around noon. But something told me this morning to check the mailbox and surprisingly the unemployment envelope was right on top of the stack. I am hoping that I will be approved the remaining 8 weeks after the 6 weeks are up. The worker told me that there is another extension being worked on and we’ll receive yet another letter in the mail if eligible. So I will leave it in God’s hands and hope for the best.

I know that we are ALL going through troublesome times, whether its financially or healthwise, etc. Just hang in there. If you need to cry, pray, and hope for the best. Good luck to all!

January 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm
(394) ktkelly says:

Sye that was a very heartwarming testament and Id say GOD bless you,but he seems to already have.I hope things work out for you and your family.

January 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm
(395) SYE in NC says:

Thank you Ktkelly. I’m glad that you found my story touching and I wish you the best in everything as well.

I did receive a few notices in the mail yesterday afternoon stating that I wasn’t monetarily eligible for Emergency Unemployment Compensation due to lack of wages last year. That’s because I was unemployed and collecting benefits. Today I finally received the Tier 3 extension letter. I have been calling the unemployment hotline all morning and its been busy. I finally got through and waited on the phone for 15 minutes, the phone rang twice and it hung up. So now I’m still calling to see if I can get through. I just want to be sure that it states in their system that I am getting benefits for the next 6 weeks because these letters are saying that I’m not. But I’m trying to stay positive and hope for the best. After reading so many stories on the site from people going through a rough patch, I said a prayer for them. No one should have to deal with these issues alone and we all deserve blessings from time to time.

January 11, 2010 at 1:06 am
(396) Monty says:

NC people:

You guys have a genuine complaint. It looks to me like most states have finally come through with Tier III, and that NC and, possibly, OH, are the last.

This is INEXCUSABLE! People’s lives, self-esteem, homes, and sanity are being jeopardized by the incompetence of the North Carolina Department of Unemployment.

The inadequate computer programs they are using in NC are a lot like the inadequate dikes that burst in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

I suggest that you all draft a group petition to the Governor of North Carolina describing the problem–that every other state in the US of A has its citizen receiving Tier III, *except* NC and, possibly, OH.

Get the name of the head of NC Unemployment. Their head should roll. They, and every manager “down the food chain” to the head of the computer programming department deserve immediate termination.

People’s lives are at stake. This has made me so angry.

You all are wonderful examples of grace under terrible pressure. I could not handle myself as well, were I in NC.

God bless you and keep you!

January 11, 2010 at 11:48 am
(397) Charlene NC says:


For those of you that haven’t received your letter. It looks like you won’t. According to Raleigh all the letters have gone out to all who are eligible for the extension. Also said was that they use a formula when determining who is eligible. I don’t have to tell you guys that I was just dealt a very bad blow because I haven’t received a letter. Please pray for all of us that find ourselves in that category. AND if there are any out there that have been told differently please respond.

January 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm
(398) WVH in NC says:

@ Charlene,

I still have not received a letter yet but I did call last Wed. and they filed 4 weeks for me, I filed four weeks on Friday and this last week on Sunday. I did not wait on a letter, she asked if I had received one I said I had not been to the mailbox everyday, its too cold, but the recording says if you think you’re eligible a rep. will assist you. 8 weeks have been processed on the site, only four deposited into my account. Don’t give up hope…in Sept. 09, I received EB that exhausted in Sept. 09. I was told I would only get 6.5 weeks….just checked, 8 wks been deposited into my account! When I filed yesterday, it said I have 2 wks or less remaining.

January 11, 2010 at 6:55 pm
(399) WaitinNC says:

we are STILL vicitims of some stupid glitch here. I’m not sure how long it’s supposed to take, last week they said they’d have it fixed, now today they’re saying hopefully this week. I’m about to the point of giving out this ladies direct extention to the bill collectors. The mortgage company called 5 times today alone, after I spoke to them last week and explained what was going on.

January 12, 2010 at 8:37 pm
(400) Tiff from Illinois says:

Does anyone know how Tier two and Tier three work for Illinois residents?

I have not received my letter yet. The suspense is killing me wondering if I will continue to receive EB…

The waiting sucks :-(

January 13, 2010 at 7:27 am
(401) Monty says:


Here is the web site for Emergency Unemployment in Colorado.

Some of the information (such as filing on “CUBline”) will be irrelevant to non-Colorado-residents.

However, my IMPRESSION is that the timetables and definitions of Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III benefits should work for all states, since these are FEDERALLY-FUNDED benefits:


I hope that this will help. It sounds like everyone should keep receiving payments who has been laid off through no fault of their own, who is able to work, who has been looking for work, and who has been filing for unemployment payments.

The only difference is that some states seem to have really poorly-run, CHAOTIC Unemployment Departments, that put out confusing information on their web sites, and that have badly-designed computer programs for setting up payments to those who qualify.

I hope that this Colorado site helps, if not, please ignore.

January 14, 2010 at 6:02 pm
(402) Joe in NJ says:

Looks like NJ just updated their site. Confirmed benefits to July 10, 2010

January 15, 2010 at 1:50 am
(403) Monty says:

“”None of this will seem quick enough if you have a loved one who’s trapped, if you’re sleeping on the streets, if you can’t feed your children . . .”

Barack Obama on the delays getting Tier III payments to America’s unemployed??? No . . . wait . . . it’s Barack Obama addressing (for the third time in as many days) the difficulties of getting the “***initial*** $100 million” in aid he pledged to *Haiti*.

Do you think Haiti will take care of us when our economy goes belly-up with that massive deficit???

Way to take care of your own, Obama.

January 15, 2010 at 5:33 pm
(404) Mary from NC says:

Larry Parker
Public Information Officer
Employment Security Commission of N.C.

I had posted this earlier. I don’t know whether it will help anyone or not. I have not received any letters from NCESC. As I stated earlier, I opened a claim prior to the notice of DO NOT OPEN a claim online. Thusfar, I file electronically weekly and it shows up as EB with no active issues. I have no earthly idea what the folks at the remote service center are doing. Every time I call I get the same reply…wait. I am receiving weekly benefits. Oddly enough all my benefits were exhausted in Nov. 2009. The letter that I get will most likely say,
WAIT,WE MADE AN ERROR, YOU OWE US! If it happens that way I will return my certificate stating that I would not do harm to myself or others. This is a certificate that I had to sign via my psychiatrist after NC ESC drove me crazy.

Look out Bev. Should I receive a letter stating that the state made an error, I will be on your doorstep the next morning along w/ a following of folks that the “system” has driven crazy. I WILL be sure to post should it come down to that.

My Prayers are with all the unemployed.

January 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm
(405) john says:

Could some nice person out there explain Tier 1..tier2… tier3 to me. In Illinois we have REG. (first 26 wks) EUC08 (next 33 wks) then EB (next 20 wks) but thats it. No talk about an extension thru Feb. 28 and absolutely no talk about any extension thru June 10th… Please help me try to understand what the government passed in DEc. 2009?????

January 16, 2010 at 3:38 pm
(406) JON of MICHIGAN says:

Forget about any future extension, we are spending the money on Haiti! Not to say that people shouldn’t care. Haiti has been one of the most conrupted government in the world. Much of that money will never reach the people and now since 72 hours have passed, few if any will ever be pulled out of any rubble. Where is China and the EU. Haiti was a French Colony.

When are we going to stop foreign imports into America and Wal*mart. These imports and Free Trade helped caused this mess. Without people working mean less tax dollars for all the states and nation.

I live in the third world state called Michigan, and one of the most depress areas called Port Huron. It was once a blue collar victoria community that Thomas Edison grew up in. Now its empty factories and a empty downtown. It never had those high paying jobs from the auto companies. Most of the jobs were 8-13 dollar a hour jobs in many of the plastic plants and auto fabric plants. Most of the plants are now gone, many overseas. Stimulate money, hmm. It’s going to build a new bridge plaza to Canada. So we can process those imports faster. Not to mention the 400 Trash semi trucks that dump Canadian Trash in our landfill. At less we didn’t get sewer waste like downriver Detroit. But nobody can stop it, “it’s free trade!”

One day, I can young American children in our landfills ripping Chinese E waste and computers apart for there gold. Why wait, China is starting early with lead toys.

Both political parties have failed us! We need to elect anybody but the Republicans and Democrats. That will be when real change happens in America. Port Huron needs to declare a disater and get world aid! How about your community. We have over 25 percent unemployment and we are a normal middle America city and county with a 140,000 people.

January 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm
(407) Monty says:

Ditto. Jon of Michigan. You speak the truth.

Vote out all incumbent Senators and Members of Congress! Get rid of that Obama-spendthrift-egomaniac.

Obama’s only good for hemorrhaging money (1) to Big Banks, (2) to people who foolishly took on too much debt by buying overpriced houses they couldn’t afford, and now (3) to a corrupt, terribly-organized overseas country which was colonized by Europeans.

Who’s helping America’s heartland???

Who’s helping family farms in foreclosure???

It’s not P.C. to help America’s family farms. The media doesn’t give it enough knee-jerk liberal publicity.

Down with incumbents in Congress!
Down with Obama!
Down with the mainstream media!

It’s time for the Libertarian cause and Ron Paul. Let him into the next presidential debates, for God’s sake!!!

January 18, 2010 at 5:20 am
(408) Me in OH says:

what gives? i started my claim all the way from mid-november, and now after this last week, i only have one payment remaining according to remaining balance. ummm, i thought we were to get 14 weeks? am i missing something? i only got 10 total after this new week. please can someone explain? i don’t know but 10 weeks is NOT 14.

January 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm
(409) John-Nc says:

NC is picking and choosing who gets the bloody extension I got my letter and said I did not qualify for Tier 3 and 4 this is BULL NC said I did not make enough money HELLO I have been unemployed since oct 08 I ran out the first week in Jan I emailed Senators Hagan and Burr this is Horrible .. my wife and I will be facing eviction and her car taken from her because we can not live on her salary alone. NC is so screwed up They pick the people they want to get this extension

I sent a protest letter to them the next day after I received a letter. so I am waiting on the answer from them I am sure I wasted my time but these stupid people need to help us we all need money we need to survive, Our lives are at stake here. Creditors call all the time Get in Line.. I am sure this is the same for all out there. God help us. I am tired of this stress. This country needs to take of us NOW not later.

January 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm
(410) kt2kelly says:

Monty at 404 If you got your wish and Ron Paul was President he would abolish the labor dept. and do away with unemployment insurance all together.Please pay attention.

January 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm
(411) chrisss says:

I just ran out of regular state UC the first week of january. What am i eligable for now? this is all so confusing? From what i understand, everyone that has been collecting since June is safe and the people like me that just ran out are screwed? Help because i dont understand at all.

January 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm
(412) ME in OH says:

what gives? i started my claim all the way from mid-november, and now after this last week, i only have one payment remaining according to remaining balance. ummm, i thought we were to get 14 weeks? am i missing something? i only got 10 total after this new week. please can someone explain? i don’t know but last time i checked 10 weeks is NOT 14.

January 18, 2010 at 10:46 pm
(413) UnemployedinFL says:

I’ve been unemployed since March 2009. I started training through worksource for a new career and graduate at the end of this year. I am actively applying to every job posting and calling companies to see if they’re hiring. No job yet. Does any one know how long FL gets unemployment benefits? My first extension runs out on the 26th of January. Please help.

January 19, 2010 at 7:34 am
(414) Digital Nation says:

i opened the window and in flew a duck

January 20, 2010 at 12:53 pm
(415) steph says:

I just ran out of my regular unemployment benefits last week, does this mean I can’t get any extended benefits since I didn’t run out before 12/31/09

January 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm
(416) ME in OHIO says:

what gives? i started my claim all the way from mid-november, and now after this last week, i only have one payment remaining according to remaining balance. ummm, i thought we were to get 14 weeks? am i missing something? i only got 10 total after this new week. please can someone explain? i don’t know but last time i checked 10 weeks is NOT 14. please someone help!

January 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm
(417) Charlene says:


Perhaps this will help some. I went to my local office because they said that I didn’t qualify and according to the description they gave of who would qualify I did qualify. So the local office manually entered the first couple of weeks for me and when they did that the system then went to active status. I never received a letter but I was tired of waiting especially after Raleigh said that all the letters had gone out. So I would suggest to all that if they haven’t received the letter to go to your local office and see if they will help you like they did me. The system stinks I agree because today it went back to Benefits Exhausted….. Go Figure.. We all should get together and start up on one of these Multi-Level business that has a great product. :o ) Anything is better then dealing with our government.

January 23, 2010 at 4:42 am
(418) joe says:

who pays for unemployment extensions? the employer or the gov?

January 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm
(419) matt says:

To me it don’t do anygood for them to pass another extension, the states is not going to give it to us until we have lost everything, the president need to get on the states and make them release the money. Thats the problem, in ga they claim they don’t no anything thats not true.

January 23, 2010 at 11:57 pm
(420) Hortencia says:

Question, I hope someone could answer it. If my working hours have been reduce from 38 to 23 or 13. Could I get unemployment compensation or help? Thank you.

January 25, 2010 at 11:37 am
(421) Tiff from Illinois says:

Dear John: (402)

Monty was very nice to help break down the difference between the various Tiers. He was also able to provide a link to a website to give a better visual as well.

FYI. Don’t pay any attention to the state because it really just breaks down the meaning about the various Tiers.


I was also able to retrieve a direct line to the Illinois Unemployment Information Benefits Line for Illinois residents asking questions about the Tiers and how long they may even have left. The number is 3127935280.

Hope this helps :-)

January 25, 2010 at 11:44 am
(422) Tiff from Illinois says:

Dear (417) Hortencia:

Yes, you can receive benefits while still working; especially, if your work hours are continuing to get lower and lower.

I have experienced that as well, and I was able to receive unemployment benefits while I was employed as full-time; but worked only part-time with less than 25 hours weekly.

I would just also check with your State Laws too. But this is usually general information that is universal no matter where you live. I have plenty of co-workers whom are currently on this as well.

Good Luck and hoped this helped! :-)

January 25, 2010 at 12:03 pm
(423) Frank D says:

I was layed off in feb.2009. My first extension of 20 weeks expired Jan. 16th,2010. I’m being told there are two 13 week extension and one 20 week extention available to me if I do not find work. Is this True? Very confused. FTD

January 25, 2010 at 8:34 pm
(424) Steve says:

Thought I would drop in to say how poorly this continues to be handled. I know a lot of you have also been unemployed a while, I have been unemployed since July of 08. That’s a year and half, I couldn’t imagine hitting July again and it being two years. Anyway, My current benefits will run out at the beginning of March. Because of that and the fact the presidents signed extension on January 22nd only extends claims to the end of February I cannot claim the final extension if I need it. Great that benefits were extended at the end of November, but so many people will not be able to claim them because of the initial recovery act.

January 26, 2010 at 6:20 am
(425) husky67 says:

did every one get the retro pay in nc i didn’t since i reopened my claim online i guess nc needs a little more intrest on our money. boy bev purdue needs to go, sorry she has on another vacation with our money

January 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm
(426) unemployed in ohio says:

Obituary from The London Times

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;

- Why the early bird gets the worm;

- Life isn’t always fair;

- and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;

I Know My Rights

I Want It Now

Someone Else Is To Blame

I’m A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

January 27, 2010 at 6:21 pm
(427) Ms San Jose says:

Doesn’t anybody here understand that Obama is trying to clean up the mess that Bush made, and this is the thank he gets. He walked into a big mess and we haven’t heard him complain because what is that gonna do right. So people let the President do his job and take a while to clean up a big mess and we all should know this man.

January 28, 2010 at 12:42 am
(428) singlemomof 3 says:

I am a single mom of three children on the last extension. I have no family to lean on for help, so when this last extension runs out, I will not be able to pay my rent or put food on my table. I have lost our house and we are now living in a small two bedroom apartment and I sleep on the couch.

I have been out of work since 2008 and have sent out 1,009 resumes and have only had 8 interviews and no offers. I am either over qualified or under qualified. I am willing to work doing anything and still unable to find work. Right now the unemployment is the only thing that is helping keep a roof over our heads and food on the table.

I would give ANYTHING to work again and be able to provide again for my family, till then does anyone know if IL is implementing the additional six weeks of benefits from the last tier?

January 28, 2010 at 10:45 am
(429) adam efthimiou says:

I have been working everyday since I was 13 years old I am now 30, I have 17 years of solid work history and have never filed for unemloyment in my life. I didn’t even know such a thing exsisted. When work was slow times were hard and when work picked up it was good, unfortunately I have been out of work for almost 2 years now and a friend had mentioned unemployment benefits to me so desperate as I am I filed only to find out I cant recieve benefits because I’ve been out of work too long As if my 17 work history means absolutely nothing, some system we got here. I’m sure I’ve paid my dues to unemployment yet i can’t receive them when I desperately need them because I didn’t file sooon enough. If there is any other help I can get I would greatly appreciate it, MY email is nyberg29@yahoo.com

January 28, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(430) Mr. San Jose says:

Dear Ms. San Jose (424):

You are an eternal optimist and positively delusional if you seriously believe Obama is going to clean up this “mess”. Obama is protecting the financial thievery by the Bush-Clinton Crime Family and their associates.

Are you even aware that Obama managed to double the federal deficit in a mere 8 months? Where do you think that money went?

Obama further supported “bailouts” which have all but destroyed the US dollar. To date, 144 banks have failed since the start of the recession. Banks have been incapable of providing loans to industry. That’s a major factor why people keep losing their jobs.

The country is beyond bankrupt; it’s insolvent, and there’s no incentive for the banksters to improve it for the common folk.

January 29, 2010 at 12:52 am
(431) Mary in CA says:

In May 2008 I became seriously ill and had to leave a full time job where I had worked for over 13 years. Collected State Disability for 1 year, then after waiting for 3 months (15 months not working) was told that I could return to work.

Former employer had filled my position and did not have openings for even part time work. Applied for Unemployment and collected for 3.5 months. Now I receive a letter that I do not have earnings in excess of 40 times my weekly benefit amount to receive the extension on my regular claim.

So this is what I get, after working for 35 years (of which 8 years were active duty military). Can’t apply for welfare or WIC because I own a home, which is now in foreclosure status while the bank lets us continue to occupy until we have a buyer. All the while I ‘m looking for a job.

Don’t know what my daughter (12) and I are going to do. This just sucks!

January 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm
(432) D says:

Ms San Jose, you sound like your quoting Obama. You are best to not differentiate yourself by parties, and continuously assume that the party that you side with is “the good guy”. Realise that Bush, Clinton, Obama, and Bush Sr. have been doing this. It is not a single parties fault. This government is terrible. Get over your Obama worship.

January 29, 2010 at 3:10 pm
(433) ktkellt says:

Why the hell do you include Obama in your group??She should of said that the destruction of the working middle class started when Reagan started his tax cuts for the rich continued by Bush and Bush.Now we have trillions that would otherwise be used to keep our economy running along in offshore accounts that our corrupt IRS(go after the little guy)wont seize.

January 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm
(434) ktkelly says:

Who ever you are at 427,heres a new idea;try to post some facts in your next comment.
Its a wonder how ya all omit the Clinton years of Surplus that was squandered by monkey boy and friends.Stop hiding your hatred of our black(he has a white mother)president in your lame concern for this country

January 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm
(435) ktkelly says:

And another thing,stop defending corporations and rich people who stack the courts and create loopholes for themselves and become even richer.They do not need your support,they already have your future in their pockets

January 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm
(436) SteveT says:

Anyone blaming Democrats for their unemployment benefits problem:

Look at the recent Senate proposal to extend unemployment benefits for ALL of 2010. It’s sponsored by Kristen Gillibrand of New York and signed by 30 other Senators. Everyone of them a Democrat!

January 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm
(437) John. says:

America will be destroyed if the current unemployment extension date of Feb 27, 2010 does not get pushed backed through all of 2010 & 2011

January 29, 2010 at 8:21 pm
(438) D says:

Its simple, the Dems want your freedom and some money, and the Republicans want your money and some freedom. That pretty much leaves you broke and with dwindling rights, which is where were at right now. People can go back and forth on the facts of who spent what and who signed what bill but where the hell does it get us? You are wasting your time memorising facts that serve no more purpose than memorising baseball stats. I would say 85% of our government wants your rights, money, property, your first born, and damn near your eternal soul. Why do they take so much and give so little, BECAUSE THEY CAN, and we let them. So instead of arguing about who did this right and that wrong, voice your opinion to those whom need to know that you are not going to accept their blatant disregard for you human and constitutional rights. Or keep living the lie that you have become accustomed to. 430 remember that you only have half the facts and the other half lie on the other side. That why I say government reform, and I mean the whole god damn thing!

January 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm
(439) Robin says:

I have been out of work since May 2008. My life will depend on yet another extension. As of right now I have benefits through April 2010. Crossing fingers for either more benefits or many more higher paying jobs ;) .

January 31, 2010 at 6:28 pm
(440) Amelia says:

If our country ever makes it through this economic disaster, half of us our going to have a nervous breakdown just trying to relax! It’s a yo-yo when it comes to figuring out unemployment, even a rocket scientist couldn’t do it! Then let’s add the mountain of mortgage companies that DON’T participate in Obama’s plan and rely upon the non-existant information that is given out my UI, god help you if you can’t show 6-months of benefits because extensions don’t last that long. Honestly, I’ve been on UI for 1 year and I have a constant head ache. I cannot find a job, full time, part time, in my field, or even another. Can’t even flip burgers cuz I am a professional, not a high school kid. It’s sad. It would be nice if they plan for change had some longevity to it – not a stupid 7, 13, 14, or 20 weeks dependent upon what state you just happened to live it. Let’s face it, not all industries are equal.

January 31, 2010 at 9:09 pm
(441) Tennesee says:

I am just wondering if there is any help for people who are losing there initial benefits in march 2010

February 1, 2010 at 10:57 am
(442) any hope in NC says:

WHere can we contact to get some actual concrete information as to my current situation? I am getting nowhere with the local office. I have been unemployed since August 2008. I was told that I had to file a new claim after a full year. SO I did. Was that true? Did I really have to file a new claim? Subsequently my benefit got cut almost in half. I still had half of tier 2 and once Obama passed tier 3, I had tier 3, but….because I filed a new claim I was not able to get any of those benefits. SO now, my 2nd claim has ended (3 weeks ago), and I don’t qualify for any other extensions because I didn’t make enough money! Well duh! I was unemployed! Now they give me the run around saying that MAYBE I might be able to get some of the benefits from the tier 2 that I had not used up on my first claim. Well does anybody know if this will happen or if this can even be possible? I am going crazy here trying to find work and am afraid of losing my house and car etc. Please let me know if you have any info that might help me. I am in western NC. Thanks

February 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm
(443) unemployed in ohio says:

Wow! I had no idea that so many people were in the same boat! I was feeling very alone until now, at least that is one good thing, I guess. I’m not sure that complaining about who made this mess is going to solve anything..I feel the pain of unemployment, BELIEVE ME! At the very least, you should be sending e-mails to your congressmen and women. I have sent emails to my congress people & you should too! The link is at the top of this page. Call whoever you can, send letters, e-mails etc.. etc…Don’t stop pushing for the help we need, it only takes a few to really get results. Obviously, if things continue the way they are, the unemployed voices will be the majority, not the minority. So, start yelling to the right people. We voted for these individuals who are making the rules for us to live by, let them know what is going on before we end up on the street & in food lines. We need each other in this, so stop the bickering at each other! This is a really bad time for all of us, so offer SOLUTIONS!! Trust me, if this boat tips over, we are all going to drown! If that happens, can you say that you did anything to help keep it afloat?

February 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm
(444) harleycharlie says:

help i am going to run out unemployment insurance end of feburary whats next????????????????

February 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm
(445) raul licon says:

I worked a two week try out job in oct 2008 after being laid off sept.2000. I was told I needed to file a new claim sept 2009.I was into my 3rd week of 2nd extension.Now that my payments do not end before late Feb I am being told I will not qualify for the balance of extensions. I would have collected benifits for a longer period of time if I did not take the two week trial job .BEWARE !!!

February 1, 2010 at 11:36 pm
(446) Goergoa says:

I can’t believe they don’t tell us unemployment benefits are about to end. It’s sickening. We’re left in the dark, no support from our politicians. We’re left to guess. It’s an emotional roller coaster, they’re putting us through.

Jeeez, you’d think we’ve been through enough. But no, we’re the Rodney Dangerfield of America: we get no respect!

February 2, 2010 at 8:57 am
(447) unemployed in ohio says:

Right now, we are at the mercy of the rulemakers in congress. There are sites that alllow you to tell your situation to Obama and his constituents. I have done that twice now. All I can tell you is to keep calling your state agency & get someone who is informed on the matter. All these tiers can be confusing, however, you need to bypass your local office if they aren’t giving you straight answers. You should have numbers to your state office, thats where you should call. If & when your benefits run out, make an appointment with your welfare office to find out if you qualify for food stamps, as well as cash & housing assistance now that you have no income at all. I know that seems awful, but what choices do you have at that point? You just gotta do it. Also, make calls to your morgage lender and any other bills you have. Tell them what has happened, in many cases car lenders will give you a 2 month waiver.At least these options will buy you some time. Trust me, they are willing to help because they are seeing it everyday!! Hope this helps!

February 2, 2010 at 9:33 am
(448) ktkelly says:

There is a site called Unemployed Friends that has a e-mail form letter for your specific state and also a very good place to find out information on current bills in Congress.Check it out.

February 3, 2010 at 4:10 pm
(449) Lori - CA says:

I’ve been looking for work since late 2008…and I’m about to exhaust ALL of my 99 max weeks in March. Right now I’m almost at the end of the first 14 weeks — waiting to be then notified of the last add’l 6 (for CA). At that point, if I still haven’t been hired, I will have NO INCOME AT ALL, once these 99 weeks of benefits ends. I see that there is talk in the Senate about extending the other unemployed so that everyone will qualify for the 99 week maximum, but my question is WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE OF US WHO EXHAUST ALL 99 WEEKS? IS THERE NO HOPE FOR EVEN A SHORT EXTENSION? Or possibly even an extension that would include a smaller weekly benefit check? Even if I had to take 1/2 of my weekly benefit check, it would be better than NO income at all. ANY info that anyone has about there possibly being ADD’L WEEKS added for those of us who may end up exhausting the 99 week maximum…would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!

February 3, 2010 at 7:48 pm
(450) TOM says:

enough is enough enconomy sucks and the politicians know it. People it is time to stop the deadlines exhausting these benefits before they start. We need an extension that will allow the economy to pick up. Untill we are back to work it just not going to happen. The poiticians need to do the right thing and extended the unemployment long enough at least till the end of the 2010 year so we can have a lifeline to look for work otherwise we are headed for disaster if we are not already there.

February 3, 2010 at 11:28 pm
(451) CA says:

Lori -

As of this moment, there isn’t any legislation that would add a new Tier 5 (which is what both you & I need). My benefits also expire in March, and it’s frightening, because there so few jobs. I call recruiters, but there are so many people applying to the same position, it’s almost unreal.

It’s really hard to believe that it has come to this. Our politicians seem to have no heart, no sympathy, no understanding of the seriousness of the matter. They take a small uptick in GDP and think everything is going to be OK, but we’re losing jobs to other countries at a rapid clip. There’s a wage war going on out there, and the developing economies are winning. IBM, for example – layed off 20,000+ people last year, and moved the jobs overseas.

Our leaders think there won’t be ramifications, but there will, and it won’t necessarily be quantifiable.

February 4, 2010 at 8:25 pm
(452) Jeffrey says:

At least some people are extended thru march 2010, I recieved a letter in the mail yesterday and said I have 1 week left, ( was supposed to get 6 more if our state fell into that category,8.5%, wis. is at 8.2). wtf, don’t these people know that things are pretty bad out there. what is .3% anyway, 10 to 20 more jobs lost. come on, give us a break. I worked for 38 years straight, and never relied on anybody’s help for anything. I have been unemployed for almost 2 years now, the company I worked for closed the doors without warning putting 35 people out of work. I worked there for the past 10 years. I have a disabled wife who can’t work and a house i’m afraid is going to leave us if this extension doesn’t get passed. now that the people of this country needs help, and jobs, nobody’s doing a damned thing to get it going. SO, lets give big money to banks who sit on it and collect intrest or insurance companies and auto companies, instead of the people who are eventually going to pay it back. this country needs an attitude adjustment, and quickly.

February 5, 2010 at 1:34 pm
(453) unemployed in ohio says:

Just so you are aware, this notice was sent to me today from unemployedworkers.org (their link is at the top of this page):
“First and foremost, the Senate is ready to introduce a bill that would extend the federal UI programs (EUC, EB and the extra $25 per week) and the COBRA subsidy through the end of May. We are disappointed that it’s not a longer extension and are not going to stop calling for the program to be extended through the end of the year, but this is good news in the short term because it keeps the programs up and running, and guards against 1.2 million people losing their benefits in March alone. The new NELP analysis, released on Thursday, shows that almost 10 million workers will prematurely lose out on their federal benefits if the program is not extended through the year.

Senate leadership is hoping to get the bill to the Senate floor next week, have an expedited debate, and pass it in enough time to get it over the House of Representative so that both Chambers of Congress can pass it before they recess on February 12. This will ensure that the state unemployment offices keep the programs up and running without any interruption.

The Actions You Can Take
We want to make sure that no procedural games or delaying tactics slow down the passage of this bill. Those in favor of the bill need to know that they cannot let anything derail it, and those who are not supportive need to know that NOW is not the time for games or delaying – this bill must pass. Therefore, EVERY Senator needs to hear from his or her constituents one way or another. Make your voice heard by participating in our Action Alert here. Please share this action alert widely with your friends, family and other networks of people concerned with the plight of the unemployed.

The Message: Your Senators need to know:
1. It remains important to extend UI and COBRA through the end of 2010 because we all know that unemployment will remain high throughout the rest of the year;
2. While this bill doesn’t go far enough, at least it keeps the programs up and running – they MUST pass this next week, in time for the House to do the same. You will not accept any procedural maneuvers or games from either party that result in any failure to pass this Bill in a timely fashion;
3. There is NO BETTER economic stimulus for the communities in which you live and that the benefits you receive and spend will both save and create jobs.

Day of Action – next Wednesday, February 10th:
In addition to using the link provided above, we are working closely with the Jobs for American Now coalition, http://www.jobs4americanow.org , to organize a National Day of Action to call for a year-long extension of UI and COBRA. We will be posting information on this website and sending you an email with all the information you need to take part in that Day of Action. The over 60 member organization will be working to mobilize unemployed workers and constituencies from around the country and we hope the over 20,000 of you who are members of this website will lend your voices to the campaign.


The President’s Budget
In other news, on Monday, the Obama Administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2011 (October 1, 2010 – September 31, 2011). In that budget, close to $50 billion million is allocated for UI benefits extensions, and also allocated funds necessary to cover the 15-month COBRA subsidy for workers who lost their jobs prior to January 1, 2011 http://www.treas.gov/offices/tax-policy/library/greenbk10.pdf . Although the funding for the extensions should have been greater for the measure to last through the end of the year, the President’s budget signals This signals strong support for unemployed workers and the extension from the Administration and now puts the burden on Congress to do the right thing.

New Housing Legislation
Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is also working hard on behalf of unemployed workers. He introduced the Homeowners’ Relief and Neighborhood Stabilization Act, which would provide $3 billion in loans for the unemployed and underemployed who are struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments. You can find out more about this bill by clicking here

New Debit Card Protections
Finally, many people have begun receiving UI benefits via a prepaid debit card over the last year or so. In general, NELP believes that this is a good option for many workers, especially those who do not have bank accounts, but that workers should be given a choice of whether to get benefits via check, direct deposit, or debit card, and if the debit cards are used by states, then they need to contain adequate consumer protections to make sure that the banks issuing the cards don’t charge unfair fees for the services offered. We have partnered with a few other organizations to help design a bill introduced by Congressman Sander Levin (D-MI), H.R. 4522, The Benefit Card Fairness Act), that would make sure these cards are used only voluntarily and would have adequate consumer protections. You can find the full text of the bill at this here.”

NOTIFY YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPS PEOPLE!!!!The fact that only 20,000 are doing the work of millions on this matter is inexcusable!

February 5, 2010 at 2:15 pm
(454) Nathan says:

I REALLY hope that congress moves with a sense of urgency for the unemployed AMERICAN worker, the same way they moved to supply the Haitian’s with ridiculous amounts of money.

February 5, 2010 at 7:41 pm
(455) tom in ohio says:

This next extention if any needs to be till the end of the year. Enough of the 13 here 7 here bit. The economy is not getting better. Say it enough you will beleive it.

February 5, 2010 at 9:46 pm
(456) unemployed in ohio says:

If you really want to see something crazy regarding the unemployment numbers in our country, go to this website and click on the “play” button under “Geography of a Recession” map.The map will reveal the unemployed numbers from Jan. o7 to Nov. 09. You will be shocked!

February 7, 2010 at 8:48 pm
(457) tom says:

Thank you you unemployed in ohio for this information. This is sad that EB benefits were cut and people did not realize this. And I found out that most people started tier 3 on Nov 8th 2010 I talked too. How did this happen when all the people did not get laid off at the same time. I know for a fact either the systems is messed up or the people running it is. We do not have time to worry about these type of tactics at ODJFS. The rate of unemployment is worse now since 2009. We need jobs and benefit extensions to the end of 2010 and stop 6 weeks, 13 weeks and taking benefits from us.

February 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm
(458) Russ says:

Has anyone heard about any new extention of unemployment in massachusetts? My benies end at end of month and ill be homeless with 2 kids and a dead beat mom!

February 8, 2010 at 11:34 pm
(459) CA says:

In Congress, it’s decision time on long-term unemployment benefits – February 9, 2009


Contact your representatives!

February 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm
(460) michael rhodes says:

if they dont put another extinsion on unemployment every one on it needs to go to washington and camp out in front of the white house!its our house anyway.lets go camping im game how bout you!

February 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm
(461) Melissa says:

After exhausting my second claim, it makes no sense to me why I am now not entitled to extended benefits off my newest claim because I must go back and finish the 6 weeks left from my first claims extension. By the time those weeks are used, I will have missed the Feb. 28th deadline. Putting a timeline on this is ridiculous, when we have worked long enough to open a claim but then cant get the extensions for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 9, 2010 at 7:56 pm
(462) Danny in OHIO says:

I have a question that I noticed going around about EB state benefits which I found is absolutely might be true. I was appoved for EB benefits in Sept. I called ODJFS because I was not sure where I was on EB still or next Tier 3. They said Tier 3 but what was funny is that my remaining balance from EB was still going down and no adjustment was made back to what I was approved for in the Tier 3 benefit claim. I was still pulling down from EB remaining balances. This shortened my Tier 3 claim. Has anyone check their claims to see if Tier 3 was still claiming EB remaining balances ? Thanks

February 9, 2010 at 8:29 pm
(463) danny in Ohio says:

Just to add to my comments I just taked to a couple of freinds who are laid off and in tier 3 benfits also. Their claims never got adjusted to tier 3 benefit claim they are pulling from remaining balances from their state EB claim. People you should look at this and make sure you are not being shortened if so you need to call ODJFS because it looks like a very large screw up on their part not adjusting to the correct amount of benefits when tier 3 took over they keep pulling from EB remaining benefits. This is why people have been shortened on the benefits. Check yours and see..

February 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm
(464) Vickie in OHIO says:

Well…I started receiving 20 weeks of state EB with week ending 10/10/09…then received a letter dated 12/16/09 stating that state EB were expiring and needed to be transferred to the 13 weeks of emergency extended unemployment. Well, what they did was backdated the emergency extension back to week ending 11/14/09….so therefore I actually only drew 5 weeks of state EB…..lost out on 15 weeks…I had called the number that was on my letter since the office where I normally call have you on hold forever and do not return phone calls…the gal I spoke to there (actually in Columbus, OH) said the reasoning for this was because the state of OHIO is broke and is NOT paying anymore benefits. I guess then what I don’t understand is why does it state on the Ohio unemployment webpage that Ohio EB was extended thru 2/27/2010? I called again last week to see if I’ll be entitled to tier 4 and the gal told me I would be….but that is all of the extensions at this time. Guess I don’t understand how some in Ohio are drawing state extended EB and others are not. Something is not right!

February 10, 2010 at 11:25 am
(465) jim in ohio says:

Well it apperars people are just asking to be treated fairly on the EUC to Eb and back to Tier 3 benefits and this did not happen people it is good you are check on this. And why would you receive a determination pdf in the system in december when most people was receiving these befenfits early november. I will tell you why because most people were receiving benfits they trusted the source and when it was too late they fianlly found out they had been reduced in benefits. Also the is no dought we are going to get even farther in a recession because republicians are not going to try to govern this country right. I am not say democratics are perfect by no means but this president is not going to get us out of this mess in the short period he has been in office. Give him a chance even if he spends alittle. It takes money to make money that is how it always works. And if you are opening your ears and listening as well as tracking past votes you would be on the street right now if republicans was in office. Check the votes on unemployment bills and see how many voted to provide yo u a lifeline very few. I think it is time to clean house starting with Republicans and then if this president does not make ground it is time for democratics to go. Clean it all out it is getting entirely rediculus of the same old politics it is time to goovern and get theis country moving forward.

February 11, 2010 at 10:31 am
(466) dick in ohio says:

This is the first time on this site and I see the comments from Tom, Vicki etc. I am working part time but i will tell you I maybe off the system but this job i have will not pay my rent and other bills I have. My employer even if i get full time which is not going to happen I could not make a living. These types of issues are going to continue if we let the system corrupt america. I have talked to many people in about 1 out of every 5 has been laid off this is a shame and are from different states. Most of them who are laid off the ODJFS will not allow them to continue calling in their claims even if they are not receiving benefits. This is why it appears things are picking up. People you need to contact your state representatives and not give up and let them know of this issue. I know you are frustrated but your frustration is going to hurt you even worse because the systems wants you to be so you just fall off and make it look like things are really picking back up. Prove to these people in government that these false claims of business picking up are not going to be continuing and the actual issues are not going to be going away until we get full time permanent living jobs to pay our neccessary bills to live. And get rid of these temp part time gov job boards. Sorry i so frustrated as well. Good Luck

February 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm
(467) johnny says:

looks like they threw adding the EUC extension this out of the bill. I have 4 weeks left on my regular state UI, so it looks as I stand I am SOL-No advancing to Tier 1 or EB. I have been sending resumes left and right no responses. Why did they only extend the deadline for only 2 months in DEC!!! Seems like something so important as this they just over look, same with this HAMP program I am going through getting my homeloan modified. with a 9.7% unemployemnt rate! come on!

February 11, 2010 at 10:23 pm
(468) Marc in Maine says:

Yes, the bipartisan jobs bill that included extensions for unemployment compensation has been tossed out. Harry Reid wants a simpler bill, so you can all thank him for this one. Still no work for me but I should just barely squeeze into tier 2. If you haven’t hit any of the tiers then your benefits run out on the 22nd. There’s going to be a lot of people losing their homes if we don’t get an extension quick.

“The original bill had won support from across the political spectrum, from President Barack Obama as well as conservative Republicans in the Senate, offering the promise of a rare bipartisan package in a Congress that has been gripped by partisan fights.” “The bipartisan agreement is off. But Democrats say they now have a package focused solely on creating jobs”

Right, focused on “jobs,” just not on helping those who don’t have one.

Spotted it here http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100212/ap_on_bi_ge/us_congress_jobs

February 11, 2010 at 10:36 pm
(469) EC says:

I’m in Calif, unemployment rate is 12.5%. I’m at end of my first 26 weeks and screwed because the Calif. website says that no claimants are eligible for ANY extensions if they filed their claim after August 16, 2009. I filed mine on August 23. I should have asked my company to lay me off two weeks earlier!!!! That is twisted. If the US has so much money to help other countries, why aren’t they helping their OWN people? I feel for people who have been out of work longer than I have, but I have bills to be paid too! I hope they give the extension, but even then, I don’t even know if I would be eligible. Getting through to the Unemployment department is not possible.

February 12, 2010 at 2:54 am
(470) Blaine7 says:
February 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm
(471) unemp says:
February 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm
(472) Cheryl says:

A Youth-Led Jobs Revolution

By Leo W. Gerard and Fred Redmond

On Feb. 1, 1960, when four African American college students sat down at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., they ignited a youth-led movement to challenge racial segregation and injustice in the South.

The freshmen refused to stand and eat at the F.W. Woolworth counter as the policy of that time required. They were denied service but remained in their seats. The manager left the students alone hoping they would eventually leave.

He assumed wrong.

The following morning, 23 other men and women joined them. Within a week, the demonstration reached at least 1,000 people. Students in other North Carolina towns launched their own sit-ins. Within two months, the sit-in movement spread across the South. Within six months, the Greensboro Woolworth lunch counter was desegregated.

The “Greensboro Four,” as they were known, began a wave of nonviolent protests against segregation across America. The sit-ins came just as the demand for civil rights grew into a mass movement, one that changed our nation forever.

The involvement of young people in that movement—along with religious, labor and other community leaders—cannot be underestimated. Young people stood together to fight for a better future. They forced America to change for the better, to change for them.

Five decades later, it’s time for America’s youth to lead another revolution, one that forces the nation to solve the critical civil rights challenge of this time: good jobs to enable all America to thrive into the next century. Good jobs provide health insurance. Good jobs create strong communities. Good jobs support a high-quality educational system for all children.

Consider this: Of the more than 46 million uninsured Americans, 13.2 million are young adults—the fastest growing segment of citizens without health benefits. Hispanics and blacks are disproportionately impacted: one-third of Hispanics and one-fifth of blacks are uninsured compared to 13 percent of whites.

Behind the sobering statistic of 10 percent nationwide unemployment is this harsh reality: 20 million workers ages 16 to 24 were jobless last year. That’s more than 50 percent of all people in that age group. Unemployment rates for blacks and Hispanics are double that.

Sisters and brothers of the next generation, it’s time for a revolution. It’s time to stand up and be heard. It’s time to mobilize online and in the streets. Together, let’s tweet, facebook and text. Let’s rally, vote and, where necessary, sit in. Let’s lead the civil rights movement 2.0.

Let’s do more than celebrate Black History Month. Let’s respect that history by emulating the leadership and courage of the Greensboro Four, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., A. Philip Randolph and so many other giants.

They all knew that justice began with economic justice—that equal opportunity for everyone to work hard and provide for their families and communities would mean a better nation. They knew that good jobs provided a pathway to a better life, including racial harmony. They all knew that justice—as righteous as it obviously was—wasn’t going to happen without coordinated, sustained and organized action.

They knew they had to do something. And they did. This generation of activists went on to become America’s business owners, politicians, educators, doctors, lawyers, preachers and, yes, labor leaders who helped build this country and the middle class.

It’s time for another youth-led revolution.

If America is going to be prosperous, its young people must have the same opportunities we did, as our parents and grandparents did. Together, we need to revitalize the middle class and American communities. We need to make unions relevant to the workers of tomorrow and ensure opportunities for youngsters to grow and thrive.

At the United Steelworkers (USW), we believe manufacturing is the great equalizer, just as it was during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. But get the old, inaccurate, smoke stack-blowing stereotypes about manufacturing out of your head.

We’re talking about new, high-tech, clean, efficient and world-class manufacturing. The making of wind turbines and solar panels to power the clean energy industry; hybrid and electric cars; components for iPhones, laptop computers and other electronics; materials for energy-efficient office buildings, homes and roads. Parts needed for high-speed rail, modern schools, updated water lines, sewer systems and other infrastructure that’s costing us money and precious time in the fight against global warming.

When America invests in manufacturing, everyone benefits. Check this out:

Every manufacturing job supports five more jobs, compared to just one job supported by a service sector position.
Manufacturing jobs pay an average 10 percent to 50 percent more than service sector jobs.

Creating 2.5 million new manufacturing jobs would mean at least $100 billion for the American economy over the next decade.

Domestic manufacturing is the green economy—it’s among the cleanest, most efficient and productive in the world.

Factories in places like China do not have to follow environmental or health or safety rules, putting their workers and our environment in danger. The influx of imported toxic toys, poisoned dog food, tainted medicine, malfunctioning cars you’ve been hearing about? Cheap imported goods have a high price tag.

Manufacturing post-World War II and after the civil rights movement created the black middle class, and manufacturing’s demise has been devastating to black families and communities. African Americans working in manufacturing declined from 23.9 percent in 1979 to 9.8 percent in 2007, the largest drop of any group.

Black workers who belong to unions earn wages that are 12 percent higher, about $2 per hour more, than those of their nonunion counterparts.

In fact, most union workers earn more than nonunion workers. More importantly, they have a voice to help win health care, stronger safety and health protections and retirement security. Just as Wall Street shareholders are entitled to a share of profits, the hard-working employees who help businesses succeed should get their fair share as well.

America needs a youth-led revolution for manufacturing.

Imagine the opportunities. Think about the difference in your lives, in your communities. America needs you in this fight, and you need to be in this fight.

As North America’s largest industrial union, we vow to be there for you, with you. Let’s work together to mold our proud grassroots traditions of getting things done with your generation’s emerging online- and technology-based mobilization that was such a force in the 2008 elections.

Let’s honor Black History Month in a way that would truly make the Greensboro Four and so many other heroes proud. Let’s begin a revolution.

Leo W. Gerard is president of the United Steelworkers and Fred Redmond is USW’s vice president for human affairs. This is a cross-post from The Huffington Post.

February 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm
(473) unemployed in ohio says:

Not sure what that is about..? I think many new manufacturing jobs is what Obama has in mind anyway… but that is going to take time, long term it may work putting people back to work, regardless of color. But many on this site do not have the luxury of time.. myself included. Many cannot see three or four years down the road because the looming threat of losing unemployment benefits are a much greater and realistic problem right now. Retraining the unemployed/underemployed also takes time.. hard to do when you don’t have a home or a car because no money is coming in. Let’s be practical and focus on the here and now, there are no jobs out there right now, otherwise, people would be working and unemployment rates would not be at 10, 11, 12%.

February 15, 2010 at 10:25 am
(474) penny2myname says:

Hi all. I’m in North Carolina and just received my last Tier 3 payment last week. Now my claim says benefits exhausted. I was under the impression that it would be an easy transition to receive the (1) Tier 2 payment and then the remaining (6) weeks from Tier 4. I called the NCESC and a representative told me that there is no Tier 4. With obviously that is BS because it clearly states Tier 4 (6 weeks) on the NCESC website. Does anyone else from NC have any insight on what’s going on?

February 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm
(475) unemployed in ohio says:

Dear Penny in NC:
Did you you call the local dept or state dept? If you called your local dept of unemployment, you probably got a newbie.. call your state #. If their website says there is a tier 4 then you should be eligible for it. Make sure to check the cut off dates on the site too.

February 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm
(476) Jared Brison says:

I am very confused. I am receiving my tier 2 benfits in ohio i still have around 7 weeks left and a balance of $2,000. Today was my benfit year end date( its been exactly on year since my unemployment began)…it now says to file a new claim and shows no more weeks can be filed…but yet i should still ahve 7 more weeks and 2,000 more dollars…will the system fix this problem or what?>.i know of another person this happened to?…SOMONE HELP

February 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm
(477) kevin k says:

to the person who said taking down the middle class is RIGHT!!!! , DO NOT VOTE FOR ANY REPUBLICAN NEOCON!!!! they are the ones doing this , and they will not help obama to get help to us!!! , I too lost a good job that allowed me to live and be a home owner for a while till my job was outsoarced! now I live with my mother and miss being on my own! WE MUST HAVE OUR VOICES HEARD! WE NEED GOOD PAYING JOBS AGAIN!!!!!!!

February 15, 2010 at 11:35 pm
(478) kevin k says:

oh and dont support any of the tea baggers ether , THEY ARE REPUBLICAN NEOCON SUPPORTORS ALSO!!!!!!!! , AND THEY ARE NOT MIDDLE CLASS SUPPORTERS!!!

February 16, 2010 at 12:13 am
(479) frustrated! says:

It’s frustrating for me because I haven’t (and currently will not) receive 1 federal extension on unemployment benefits, and am due to run out the first week in March of 2010. People that were laid off earlier than me will be able to file for extensions. I don’t think they should cut off all extensions at once, it’s unfair and we’re still in just as an unstable job market as we were a year ago. SHAME ON OUR US CONGRESS AND SHAME ON THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA! BOO BOO BOO!

February 16, 2010 at 10:40 am
(480) AlexisB says:

Is there anyone who has begun receiving tier 4?

February 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm
(481) unemployed in ohio says:

Yes, I have just filed for my last tier. (4) What do you want to know?? I am in Ohio.

February 16, 2010 at 5:51 pm
(482) david in ohio says:

If Eb could have been left alone and transitioned over to fed benefits and not shortened and let the benefits take their course then maybe we would not be in this mess and maybe some people would have found living jobs Since these lifeline benefits are ending you bearly can feed yourself and if these run out it will look like everyone suddenly got back to work. Everybody ending with Tier 4 if there is one and you might not get the 6 weeks as described because of the other lifeline benefits were taken away why not the last Tier. This rediculus people if you have to keep filing then this is what you will have to do. Unemployment is not at 9.7% we know this it is a number that if you see it enough you beleive it. Keep calling your reps and hound the hell out of them until they get thing going if not tell them you get someone in who can if this keeps up you want a job to support yourself and family is this asking too much. Tell them get rid of these phony bills and extend unemployment until the end of 2010 with no short comings or ending earlier unless you find employment. Enough is enough of the games. Good luck to all in Ohio and other states.

February 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm
(483) Jim n Ohio says:

I ran out the tier3 this past week, called unemployment, they said just to keep filing like usual and everything should be ok…

February 16, 2010 at 9:37 pm
(484) merry says:

I lost my job May 2008, and have applied at so many places you would not believe. I JUST WANT A JOB!!

My favorite candy has always been YORK Peppermint Patties, I refuse to buy them now, in 2009 YORK closed the plant in the US and moved it to MEXICO, we (Americans) need to unite and support each other.

Please pray that we all get through this mess, oh also, my income was half of my families income, we are being foreclosed on and need to be out by March 16th.

February 17, 2010 at 12:48 am
(485) To ktkelly (431) says:

“Who ever you are at 427,heres a new idea;try to post
some facts in your next comment.”

Hm, perhaps you should worry about yourself and follow your own advice.

“Stop hiding your hatred of our black(he has a white mother)president in your lame concern for this country”

Oh sure, it’s always about racism, isn’t it? I don’t believe anything in the post you reference remotely indicates hatred for the black race. If you honestly believe racism has anything to do with concern over Obama’s clear inability to serve as the nation’s president, you’re an ignorant boor. The bloke’s partly Indonesian, anyway.

Also, kindly learn to use English grammar with a bit more authority than a grade schooler. You’re welcome.

February 17, 2010 at 8:10 pm
(486) maurice says:

my unemployment has run out my lights will be going off i cant pay rent i was denied unemployment and i am attending technicle college now i dont have the gas to go back and fourth to college the is going to be bad for all workers that been laid off

February 17, 2010 at 8:45 pm
(487) Lydia .OHIO says:

JARED ,I’m in a same position as u are .Have no clue what is going on ,did not receive any payments for a month ,when I check it just shows “pending ” status ,..
Please ,If anyone knows what is going on ,please Help

February 17, 2010 at 8:53 pm
(488) lyly -OHIO says:

JARED ,I have a same problem.Did not received any payments for a month now,when I checked it says “pending ” and that is it .I’m on my wits end ,can’t pay my bills .,have a child in college and husband whose job is not looking promising ,I just do not know what to do .Trying to find a job for a year now ( I’m medical coder ) ,NO LUCK so far…
If anyone know what is going on with these benefits please HELP

February 17, 2010 at 10:29 pm
(489) Monty says:

Career incumbent Democrat and Republican politicians have lined their pockets year after year and sold American jobs overseas via a “tax loophole”.

Didn’t Obama promise to fix the “tax loophole” that sent our jobs to India, China, Mexico, etc.? Where did *that* promise end up?

At any rate, I believe that many of us are Libertarians but don’t know it.

The Libertarian stand is for (1) minimal government, and (2) strict adherence to the Constitution of the United States of America.

*IF* Libertarians were granted a word in edgewise in presidential debates, Americans would understand that Ron Paul’s message is Libertarian. Ron Paul would have made a much better president than that quasi-socialist, “Spendulus Package” Obama.

I also wonder whether Obama’s Secretary of the Treasury, Geithner, ever paid the more than $35K in back taxes he owed at the time of his appointment….

The American worker has been so shafted.

February 18, 2010 at 11:19 am
(490) Harsh Truth about our Economy says:
February 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm
(491) Broke In NC says:

Has anybody in NC received tier 4 benefits yet? I only was eligible for 7 weeks of tier 3, wondering if I’ll get 3 of the 6 weeks for tier 4??? Anyone heard anything. Been on Hold with NCESC for 45 minutes.

February 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm
(492) Broke In NC says:

well, 55 minutes on hold finally talked to a rep who told me that Tier 4 has not been enacted yet in NC…..NC will do whatever it takes to make a dollar off the back of someone else, they are more than likely sitting on the money.

February 19, 2010 at 8:21 am
(493) Jim S says:

I was forced to appeal my EUC denial because my employer failed to properly report my income. I won my appeal last month, and the referee ruled I am to receive my benefits. BUT it’s been 2 months since I received my last regular UC check and I was told I may have to wait another 3-4 weeks before payments (retroactive to Jan 2) resume.

I find it unsettling that my former employer FAILED to report employee income quarterly as required by state law, but I am the one getting hosed.

February 19, 2010 at 10:24 am
(494) Ray says:

I read so much how it’s infair that some get 79 weeks while those recently laid-off are not eligible for the full benefits. My regular pay was 4 times the unemployment benefits before I got laid off. Given the choice, I would prefer to make 4 times the UE benefits from 2008 till now than settle for 1/4th of my salary collecting UE. For those who claim they’re deprived and lost their jobs recently, weren’t you making regular income while we were collecting? SO how were we better off than you? You should have made more and saved more than those who started collecting UE earlier. Take some time to do the math. Add your income and compare vs UE benefits in the same period. What’s better?

February 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm
(495) Michigan unemployed worker says:

I am so disappointed in the lack of concern for unemployed workers. This extension should have been passed at the beginning of this year, it was obvious there would be no economic changes by February 28, 2010, which is when the extension ends.

The Senate needs to get on this NOW!! As they relax in the comfort of their warm homes, parents are trying to figure out how to keep their gas and lights on through the end of the week.

February 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm
(496) Monty says:

(492) Michigan unemployed worker,

My thoughts exactly. Here again is the link from the “Feb 1 Update” at the top of this page:

Here’s how to contact the Senate (from the National Employment Law Project):

I’ve sent emails to my House and Senate Reps three times via this link–it can’t hurt.

Each time, I’ve personalized the ‘Subject” line, and the beginning of the message reminding my ***elected public servants*** that they were voted into power, and that, come election time, the many unemployed will remember whether they do or do not help us NOW in our time of need.

It can’t hurt!!!

February 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm
(497) Monty says:

(492) Michigan unemployed worker said,

I am so disappointed in the lack of concern for unemployed workers. This extension should have been passed at the beginning of this year, it was obvious there would be no economic changes by February 28, 2010, which is when the extension ends.

Yeah, but those knee-jerk liberals in power sure acted fast about throwing money off-shore to Haiti, see “US Aid to Haiti Tops $450 Million”:


It wasn’t that easy to find a site that gave an estimate of the aid America has sent to Haiti. I’m sure it’s much more, but the press is keeping mum to keep Americans from rising in revolt.

February 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm
(498) Monty says:

I’ve felt the following for a long time. Our “elected public servants” don’t care:

(487) Harsh Truth about our Economy says:

February 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(499) Mike in Ohio says:

It is a shame that all your officials are worried about is elections. Same old story I hope we learned something way back from other elections. It is time to clean house and stop thinking this is going to make a difference. We gave tax break to companies before enough of this, we ship jobs still across seas, the businesses took away retirement benefits from people who supposedly locked and earned it away from them, people earn less today than years ago, cars are just as high as they were before. If you think these things are changing for the good you better wake up. You voice needs to be heard clean the house out, congress, and the government let us start new. They want change will give it to them. Be smart it does not matter which individual you are for you need to make them do what they say they are going to do and follow them through. Insurance as whole is taking over this country. Healthcare is doing things inside those comapnies that you would not want to know and you are footing the bill. This has to change people if this does not get changed you deserve what you get. The unemployment rate is worse than 2009 and now your being cut off the lifeleine beacuse they know how bad it really is. What till the repubicans get in you think things were bad when Bush got done wait till this happens. I am not a Democratic or Republican I look and support what right for this country not what poitical points I want. Good luck on getting an unemployment extention it is not going to happen. These people only want a job and for you to pay taxes no matter at waht expense. Good luck to everyone it is time to wake up young and old..

February 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm
(500) Chris says:

Thank you for this site. You have the most current information. Today I received a determination letter saying I do not qualify for benefits and my claim status is on hold. This seems crazy because I am on week 6 of tier 2. I read on your site that this letter was a result of a pending vote to extend benefits. Nowhere on the Kansas Unemployment site explains why everyone is getting this notice. The website is always behind and it is impossible to call and ask questions. Thank you for getting the much needed information to the unemployed.

February 20, 2010 at 7:17 pm
(501) george in ohio says:

I see this CPAC group with Glenn Beck before a close supporter of the republican party now stating he is a neutral supporter. What a hypocrit? He said that he liked Dick Chaney and how he operated? And now he is neutral. He also does not support unemployment for the less forunate as he. It is a shame that these people lose sight of where they come from. These type of people need a good thump on their head and removed from the main stream. They need to lose their job and be pulled back a few notches and see really what struggly families are going through today. It a shame our country has our own people thinking this way. When it comes to war these people are going to run.

February 21, 2010 at 5:53 am
(502) Monty says:

I might be wrong, but I think I read today that the jobs bill and its associated additional funding for EUC is stalled in the Senate due to partisan politics.

The Democrats crafted the jobs bill in secret, when they had their 60-vote filibuster-proof “super majority” and could afford to ignore the Republicans. The Massachusetts special election for Ted Kennedy’s replacement reduced their super majority to a simple majority of 59, and now the Dems *need* Republican support of this jobs bill, into which the Republicans had no input. The Republicans want input, and the Dems say no.

The U.S. Senate are a bunch of spoiled kids who just can’t comprehend that ***it’s not about _them_***. It’s not about “making history”. It’s about regular people losing their homes and pride ***through no fault of their own***.

Right now, it doesn’t look as though *any* of those Senatorial fat cats on the gravy train is even entertaining the idea of QUICKLY separating a bill for additional EUC funding from the rest of the legislation. That, I think, is what the National Employment Law Project (NELP, at the top of this page) is trying to get them to do, so you and I can do “luxurious” things like pay the rent or mortgage, eat, and take our children to the doctor.

Although the House passed the bill, those Senators are too interested in their egos to be able to empathize with jobless Americans who want to work, who have no prospects, and who live EUC check to EUC check for the brief periods when those checks are available.

As yet, there has been no single, lucid voice in the *Senate* (again, the House passed the bill weeks ago) telling everyone to cut the krap–that this is a question of people keeping their *homes*!!!

REMEMBER THIS, next November. REMEMBER THAT OUR ***SENATORS*** failed us in our darkest hour. REMEMBER that and turn all those crooks out of Washington. They don’t deserve to hold office.

February 21, 2010 at 5:54 am
(503) Monty says:

(497) Chris,

DITTO!!! Thank you for this site!!!

February 21, 2010 at 7:50 am
(504) Ron allen says:

Give more money to the banks so we can pay them overdraft fees ! ! ! Al the while they’re doing WHAT with the money we the people have paid in to the government ” ALL OUR LIVES ” !
It’s NOT like any of our utility companies have had any compassion to ease the tension either ! All the while congress is rich w/ not a care in the world w/ the money we give them ! ! ! What’s WRONG w/ this picture !

February 21, 2010 at 6:41 pm
(505) terry in nj says:

Jared in Ohio, After collecting 52 weeks of unemployment I was not able to get the remaining 7 weeks of the tier 2 benefits. I kept getting the notices to call up and claim the benefits but after going through the prompts I would get a message stating that the benefits could not be paid at this time. I called the NJ state unemployment office and spoke to an agent and was informed that after 52 weeks you must file a new claim. If you have enough money (work credits) to collect on a new claim then you will be paid from the new claim. If you do not then you will collect the remaining money from the first claim. The only problem is that with the new claim your weekly benefit amount might be smaller than your original claim since it is based on your earnings during the new base year. Also when you file the new claim you should make sure that the start date of the new claim is the day after the end date of your first claim, otherwise you will not receive any money for the period between claims. You should probably contact your unemployment office and speak to a claim agent to help you.

February 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm
(506) John in Ohio says:

I have seen the comments and apparently some of you have contacted the ODJFS and your state rep about being shortened on EB instead of properly phased over to FED Tier benefits. I think your words maybe working I was told today from some friends that they were re-adjusted occordingly and maybe the system or the problem was fixed during their tier 3 to Tier 4 benefits. I say keep an eye on your benefits this is a must and make sure these are adjusted properly once a benefit is transpodes over or benefits change to tiers. Also keep on your state Reps these benefits are ending and we need an extension with no timeframe before you can even start them. With the economy and job placements we need a extension to at least the end of 2010. Good luck job hunting..

February 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm
(507) Marc in Maine says:

Ok so I am confused and would appreciate any help from anyone who has gone through this. My benefit year will expire somewhere in the middle of my tier 2 claims (as must happen to everyone who is collecting/collected tier 2). I understand that you are then sent a notice that your benefit year has expired.

Do you have to apply for a new year then or do you continue on with the tiers and either way do your benefits decrease? Because that’s what scared me. I’m barely surviving now looking for work, if my benefits drop I’ll be pretty much dead. So for anyone who has already gone through this please answer. I appreciate your response.

February 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm
(508) joshua james says:

It’s a blessing to have unemployment in the first place! I don’t think they had it in the great depression! But I am just about to run out of my first 26 weeks in Michigan and there are no jobs! So the Government bails out the banks! And they intern rip us off with there foolishness!….. I wonder if they don’t continue unemployment benefits, what will happen to people stability!… I don’t want to live in a cardboard box!……But Congress is nice and comfortable! Why should they care? Many people got a year or more of unemployment…… Shouldn’t I be granted the same privilege?

February 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm
(509) Chris (Ks) says:

I was on week 6 of tier 2 when I received a notice on Friday saying “Your claim is not entitled, a letter will be mailed to you”. Anyone know what this means? Why would I get kicked off in the middle of a tier?

February 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

The Senate once again ignored the needs of the people, and passed a jobs bill, which provides taxe breaks usable down the road for small business.

They just don’t get it, The Jobs Bill as late as Saturday included Extension of Unemployment Benefits set to expire Feb.28, 2010 for Millions of Americans.

Now Mothers won’ be able to pay their rent or mortage, fathers won’t be able to pay their childrens tuition and families will not have money for food, medical needs and other human needs, while they continue to seek employment.

I can upon all Americans for flood The US Senate with telphone Calls for Action Now by The US Senate to Extend Unemployment. Call 202-224-3542 Today.

If you have a Facebook or MySpace page, pass this information and The Senators Telephone Number to your Page Friends 202-224-3542

February 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm
(511) Tanya says:

OK!! I recently talked to my local unemployment office(Florida) and was told the following:
My last claim is the 9th of March. Since I have not claimed all of the amount by the 6th of March then I am not eligible for the next tier.

Just got off the phone with the US SEnate and they said that they are attempting to extend it by 15 days by the end of the week. Asked her to be a little more specific, does that mean that we get 2 more weeks to claim or does it mean that we can file for the next tier and she wasnt sure. Gues we will have to wait and see. Thats our government for you!!

February 23, 2010 at 7:06 pm
(512) Leslie says:

Has anyone heard that if the two week extension is not passed that some may be cut off in mid-tier?

Even if they are on a tier that payments will stop?

Any insight will be appreciated.

February 23, 2010 at 7:14 pm
(513) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

It looks like the 15 day extension is now 30 days which, if passed, would go into effect on March 1.

However, I believe the legislation would extend benefits for those who are running out of extensions at the end of the month, rather than adding new weeks to those who are running out all together.

This is a stopgap measure to ensure that the extended benefits program doesn’t expire on 2/28, while a longer term extension is being legislated.

February 23, 2010 at 7:18 pm
(514) 44mx says:

The long-term unemployed need a “NEW” tier — an extension to the end of the year will not help.

February 23, 2010 at 8:47 pm
(515) Macadoo1976 says:

Comment# 508- Tanya- who did you call? what did you say? I wasn’t able to get to my Senators today to do the ‘call to action’.

So what does this 30 day extension mean exactly? I’m in PA and my regular first 26 weeks ends 2/26. If it goes into effect March 1st, does that mean that I would only have the State EB and not the Tier 1 EUC? The State EB benefits (although I am thankful for them) is an exercise in how humiliated you can be.- being forced to mail in a paper with signatures of where you interviewed/went to is just degrading. It’s what they make the criminals on work release do. On top of that, my UC office told me that I had to take ANY offer, even if it was less than my UC- so i’m up the proverbial creek if i have to move to the State EB and not get the EUC.

February 23, 2010 at 11:35 pm
(516) Monty says:

The following post is worth copying and emailing to everyone you know. It was orginally posted by, “(423) unemployed in ohio”:

Obituary from The London Times

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;

- Why the early bird gets the worm;

- Life isn’t always fair;

- and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;

I Know My Rights

I Want It Now

Someone Else Is To Blame

I’m A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

February 24, 2010 at 1:52 am
(517) Monty says:

HURRY! Read it now before Obama’s army of censors takes it down

(Tue 23 February, on YAHOO! News),

“Wall Street bonuses shoot up 17 percent in 2009″:


“NEW YORK – Wall Street bonuses climbed 17 percent in 2009 to $20.3 billion as many of the investment banks that were bailed out at taxpayer expense reported blowout profits….”

February 24, 2010 at 4:45 am
(518) Monty says:

Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

“However, I believe the legislation would extend benefits for those who are running out of extensions at the end of the month, rather than adding new weeks to those who are running out all together.”

Sorry, Alison, I don’t understand what you were trying to say in your post (510).

What does the Jobs Bill that just passed mean for someone who will have exhausted Tier III Extended Benefits at the end of this February (and who lives in a state whose residents don’t quality for Tier IV)?

Thank you again for your low-key ownership of this forum.

February 24, 2010 at 12:36 pm
(519) Big Dan in Gastonia, NC says:

this is a copy of a emailed sent to me from NCESC concerning 4th tier benefits. I have exhausted all of tier 3, only received 7 weeks of that. Get a load of this crap…. Clearly they have no clue what they doing…my original weekly benefit was $250 a week, they only gave me 1/2 weeks benefit. I am disgusted by NC ripping off the poor, hurting people. read on…

The Tier 4 is actually just on add on to Tier 2 benefits, which increased Tier 2 benefits from “50%” to “54%” from your original claim, which was the $110.00 check (plus $24 stimulus add on) posted on 02/17/10.

dan wrote:
> North Carolina qualifies for a 4th tier of extensions, I have exhausted tier 3, when will I begin receiving the 4th tier? My claim says exhausted, and will not let me file a weekly claim. Please provide me some info as how to go about getting this 4th tier of benefits.

February 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm
(520) penny2myname says:

Hi Big Dan in Gastonia NC. I am also a resident in NC and have exhausted the tier 3 benefits. After I exhausted it a few weeks later I was able to file for the 1 week from tier 2 and after that whenever the program has been implemented for tier 4, I should begin receiving that. Try emailing this lady from the NCESC. She gives you a response very fast and she’s very helpful. Here’s her email address. Jane.Green@ncesc.gov Good luck to you.

February 24, 2010 at 6:19 pm
(521) John in Ohio says: says:

Well I was wrong after my friends received EB Ohio benefits stated on their bank account and thought that these shortened benefits that was to be phased over to fed and the mistakes were caught and corrected this was not the case the amount was re-adjusted again. It is a shame that this is happening but it is. Well I feel sorry for a determination of benefits does not mean you get them. Can government stop being so ovious on what they are out to do to america and the american people. Well it will get better wait till the party who started this mess gets back into office. They will finish what they left off. Wise up people clean it all out and forget the parties.

February 24, 2010 at 9:15 pm
(522) Monty says:

At the top of this page, Alison Doyle said:

“There is no news, to date, on adding an additional tier of benefits for those who are already collecting extended benefits.”

I guess the money for Tier V and up has already been sent to Haiti!

February 24, 2010 at 10:35 pm
(523) justin says:

So people who are already on extended benefits wont qualify for any additional extensions?

February 25, 2010 at 7:05 am
(524) Monty says:

(520) justin,

I think Alison is saying that, if you’re *already* collecting Tier III or Tier IV benefits, there’s no news about a Tier V.

However, if you’re on Tier I or Tier II then, I don’t know.

February 25, 2010 at 9:22 am
(525) Job Search Guide says:

That’s what it seems like. From what I understand, there has been no discussion of extending benefits for those who are already on the last tier and will run out of all benefits…

What they are discussing now it an extension for those who run out of benefits on 2/28, because the original extended benefits package (which was passed last year and extended in December) is going to expire.

February 25, 2010 at 7:56 am
(526) Larry says:

Im In Ohio and on teir three My benifits are ending this week and with three kids dont really know what im going to do,but Im Very Thankful to God And Gov for carrying me this far..Im putting my Faith in God he will carry me through:)

February 25, 2010 at 11:33 am
(527) Big Dan in Gastonia, NC says:

to penny2myname…thanks for the email info, I’LL post again when and if I get a reply.

Good luck to you as well.

February 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm
(528) Big Dan in Gastonia, NC says:

penny2mymane….I got the answer back real fast, thanks..read her reply to me..

The UI payment that you received on 2/17 was for the small percentage that the new legislation added to EUC08, Tier II. It was for 4% of the duration of your original UI claim. In your case, 4% of 14 weeks was .56 of a weeks. Therefore, .56 of $197.00 was $110.00. Of course, you also received the $25.00 that comes with every weekly payment.

When we have EUC08, Tier IV programmed, up, and running, it will be for 24% of the duration of your original UI claim. In your case 24% of 14 weeks will be 3.36 additional weeks. Our current estimate for Tier IV is 3 to 4 more weeks. Of course, with testing involved, anyone’s guess is as good as our IS people’s.

I hope that this answers all of your questions. If not, send me another message with more specific questions. I will attempt to ensure more training for your local office contacts by copying in our Employment Service Deputy Director.

Jane W. Green
Director of Constituent Services
Employment Security Commission

February 25, 2010 at 2:49 pm
(529) penny2myname says:

Hi Big Dan in Gastonia NC. I’m glad you got the answers that you were looking for. Out of all the NCESC reps that I’ve dealt with, Jane is the only one that gives a quick and accurate response. I’m glad I could be a help to you.

February 25, 2010 at 5:44 pm
(530) ktkelly says:

Republicans Kyle and Bunning are holding up any extensions because they want a repeal of the estate tax for billioaires and millionaires;so they can leave their wealthy estates to their survivors,tax free.
Nothing like holding the unemployed hostage to ensure the riches for their donors

February 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm
(531) john in Ohio says:

Well it looks like we are only going to get 1 month based on republicans views are these poiticans nuts. Like most of the unemployed will have jobs in one month. People you better wake up and get hold of these people who continue to put this country last and for their special interests. And on this Health care summit if you watched it today republicans no dought do not want insurance companies to be held responsibile for wrongful doings. If reform does not happen your children, including you will suffer. Go ahead and continue to ignore it. It will be to late if it is not already. I have to say I do not spend much time watching TV anymore because all you see is AARP or some kind of insurance adverstisement. This is getting absolutely ridiculus in this country.

February 25, 2010 at 6:56 pm
(532) Gary says:

Isn’t it ironic that the same people that are holding the unemployed of this nation hostage have stable positions with no term limitation, that also allows them to vote themselves annual raises.

In the 21 months of my unemployment, I’ve applied for more than the required jobs, offering to relocate anywhere in the continental U.S. for the right position, completed training (at my own expense) to re-tool my skills for a job, been continually misled and deceived by recruiters that don’t bother to read my resume, and promised positions that never materialized.

What has congress done in that time? Bailed out a bunch of corrupt bank executives that hold their board meetings in Barbados or other resort locations, and that give ineffective workers huge bonuses.

Somehow the logic of all of this escapes me.

February 25, 2010 at 9:48 pm
(533) William Jack says:

Hi, please help me understand as I never collected unemployment until this past July. My UI of the first 26 weeks is ending this coming week. If this extension bill is not passed, I can not even get tier II benefits, am I correct?

February 25, 2010 at 10:37 pm
(534) Maureen says:

Is anybody watching C-Span seems like the House passed the extension but, the Senate Kentucky Rep. Bunning turned it down. Explain does he have the final say ???

February 26, 2010 at 2:56 am
(535) yvonne says:

I hope we get the benefits extended, but we shouldn’t blame our president, he is just trying to clean up the mess that the former president left behind.

February 26, 2010 at 7:27 am
(536) Job Search Guide says:

As of last night, Senator Bunning, Kentucky, was the holdout against approving an unemployment extension. The National Employment Law Project is suggesting calling your Senator, as well as contacting the Senate Republican Leadership, Senators McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-2541, and Kyl, (202) 224-4521. Senator Bunning’s number is (202) 224-4343.

February 26, 2010 at 9:09 am
(537) cathy bryant says:

Hey why are you people, breaking down president obama, president bush left us in this mess. I don`t see anyboby breaking him down. if it wasnt for president obama. we would have not gotten the fourth tier. so give the man credit.

February 26, 2010 at 10:29 am
(538) john says:

Nice! I hope they get something figured out, news flash unemployment is far worse now then it was in 2008 when they introduced this bill. What gets me is we can spend 500 billion a year in Iraq, Bail out these backs. but now its time to belly ache about 10 billion dollars to help your own citizens who are out of work.
Lesson this unemployemnt extension should of been extended for the whole year with a much stronger bill to put us all back to work. I was unemployed 23 weeks ago now I have 3 weeks left with no options after that. I have work 50 plus hours a week at the same job for the last 15years, biz closed. Never been on unemployement. I would be gald to take any of the senators jobs, that I can do a much better job then any of these Bozos.
Obama at least he is for the people, if it was up to him soley this deal would of been done.
God Bless America!

February 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm
(539) Alison, Job Search Guide says:

Everyone – Please – this is a tough and stressful situation already, please don’t make it worse by adding negative personal or general comments about other people who post. This isn’t the purpose of this discussion and they will be deleted. Thanks so much for your cooperation.

February 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm
(540) jimbo says:

#530 If your claim balance is consumed before the deadline this month, you will get the first tier of extension benefits (20 weeks). If you were furloughed in July last year, your claim should have expired last month provided you didn’t work since your layoff. As matters stand, further (appropriate) legislation will be needed for you to obtain the second tier.

#536 Don’t forget forced vaccinations. The H1N1 hype sham is far from over. Americans are going to have their hands full within the next year or two.

February 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm
(541) William Jack says:

#537 Jimbo, Thank you so much! I did work a couple of weeks and I did a couple of freelance gigs… I am trying to work but both of those employment opportunities did not work out. On Sunday I will claim the last of my 26 week unemployment from the state. Do you think I will still be eligible for the first tier even if the vote doesn’t go through? I am just trying to stay in the present and not worry yet.

I aslo did something today which I have never done for any cause but #533 left the phone numbers of the three Senators numbers and I called all 3. One I spoke to someone, one I left a message, and one either keeps ringing or is busy all the time. So thank you #533.

February 26, 2010 at 6:04 pm
(542) tom in ohio says:

I am sorry to sound rude but thank God I am working but this is the first time I think on this site. It is a shame that republicans or if it is democrat would block a lifeline for people who put them in office making 180,000 or more just because of deficit they and others created. You would think the american people would be top of the list when they need a hand up. You can now see these type of government people care only for themself. People continue to file and change these types of tactics in washington. It is a shame that if we were at war people in our country just beacuse of their politcal views would go against their own people. It is time to look at the facts and put these people out. Good luck to everyone and keep on your representatives and keep filing to show them the true numbers are not going away until good fulltime jobs come back.

February 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm
(543) AnGiE says:

Thank you to the GREAT Senator Bunning from KY who blocked the extension, he doesn’t give a hoot, he has a paycheck coming in… but, hey why not give how many more millions to AIG!!

February 26, 2010 at 8:48 pm
(544) jimbo says:

In reply to #537: Hi William Jack, thanks for your note. From my information, 2/21 was the deadline for filing for tier 1 (for additional tiers the deadline is 2/28). Since you are currently on your base UI retaining a claim balance, you presently would not be eligible for an extension. However, hang loose, as it appears a more reasonable extension package is in the works.

February 26, 2010 at 9:38 pm
(545) Skrewy Louie says:

Hello Everyone!

I am terribly disturbed by the events that happened today in Congress. 99 senators voted to approve the 30 day extension of the Extended Unemployment Benefits, however one objection by Republican Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky killed the deal. And when Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon begged him to drop his objection, Bunning replied: “Tough sh*t!”

Please remember that this is a serious issue when while in a public office, a senator used his powers of a congressman, to retaliate against other senators, at the cost of unemployed americans, all for petty things such as missing his basketball game. For the sake of your fellow americans, some like I who volunteered to serve in our nations armed forces, why wouldn’t you vote yes to keep them feed and out of the freezing cold? How do you enable the unemployed to survive and look for jobs where there are no jobs? Certainly not by taking away there bread and butter. But for Senator Bunning (who by the way, was a professional baseball player and was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame), it was without consideration for unemployed americans to say the verbal remarks he is used today in regards to the position he took when he voted against the extension of EUB. Shame on you!

My friends, I live in Los Angeles, and the unemployment is so bad that now many employers who would pay you top dollars to sit and babysit their retail stores are now only offering employment on a commission basis only. We’ll as a salesman, I can’t sell big ticket items to people who don’t walk in the store, and most of us, including myself, can just barely afford food. So I emphasize with all of you. My 3rd extension doesn’t end until mid May, but I still pray for all of you who will lose your benefits next week because some blockhead moron from Kentucky missed his basketball game.

If any of us would have pulled the same stunt, they would have fired us and placed us in a lock –down ward undergoing a psychological evaluation.

Good luck to you all and God Bless!

February 26, 2010 at 11:05 pm
(546) CarlaB says:

“…Bunning vowed to fight the extensions as long as they add to the deficit, though he acknowledged they will probably eventually pass…”

“…Bunning said his only objection to the bill is its impact on the deficit. He proposed paying for the extensions with unspent money from the massive economic recovery package enacted a year ago, but Democrats objected…”

“…I believe we should pay for it,” Bunning said. “I’m trying to make a point to the people of the United States of America…”


February 27, 2010 at 12:04 am
(547) marg says:

The people of Kentucky need to send Senator Jim Bunning to the unemployment line!

February 27, 2010 at 2:32 pm
(548) Kim says:

I have 2 kids and cant find a job anywhere. I am even trying to go to school and change carreers for some glimmer of hope of getting a job but that is going to take another year. So what r we suppose to do with no car, no food no home to live in ?? I am sure Bunning is resting easy in his multi million dollar home and driving his lexus to work while we are eating ramen noodles and woried we r not going to a warm place to sleep!

February 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm
(549) Kim says:

Another thing where does say in the constitution that 1 DUMB A** can control millions of lives? For what? He claims the reason he doesn’t want to approve it cause he doesn’t want to add to the Deficit. What?? we r trillions of dollars in debt what another couple of million and cutting off unemployment isn’t going t ofix it so let us have it. Obama set back 49 million for unemployment so why not give it to us. It is all ready bad, but we will give Haiti money and now we r proabally going to give Chile money but let’s not help our own people from living on the streets ok? They will approve a travel to the US bill to promote traveling to the us why? so other countries can laugh at our homeless and a government that doesn’t care about our own people? I think this is wrong and I will actually say if they don’t approve this to the end of the year then this country really sucks! But br sure to give our money to the ilegals and the other people out there, OK? God bless America, no it’s more like DAMN AMERICA . R men and women r dying fro a los cause but lets not do nothing about our own ok? We need them here , protect us from the jerks like Bunning, he is the enemy!

February 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm
(550) john says:

I am unemployed and Bunning is not all at fault here. But his choice of words and behavior was in the wrong. I truly think and extension will be past next week, Bunning dose not want people out on the street IMHO-but there has to be a fall guy and Bunning is it.
Now I feel the blame goes more on Harry Reid, this guy is a complete idiot he is the one who striped it out of the Jobs bill in the first place knowing this is EUC is expiring 28th. House passed it with the extension and I am sure in a close battle the Senate would of passed it too.
So what dose Reid do for a good chuck of the week, sits with Obama chatting about heath care reform, while his dumb A$$ should of been working on unemployement extension. Oh and Obama BTW should postphoned his heath care chat-so Reid can get this done and fix his error. I have been on umemployement for 20 weeks and if stands will not be able to advance to teir on unless this gets passed. but now we will probaly have to issue blank check to Chili ect with this earth quake.

February 27, 2010 at 6:35 pm
(551) CarlaB says:

Bunning: My Obstruction Of Unemployment Extension Made Me Miss My Basketball Game


February 27, 2010 at 9:45 pm
(552) Gloria says:

Wow what can we do to stop this crazy man from Kentucky that obviousely is oblivious to the financial crises going on in this country right now. I guess he has a job gets paid well by tax payers and has great government insurance so who cares about the peoples money that brought those great benfits to him.

February 28, 2010 at 2:16 am
(553) Scarlet Fever says:

Horrible times, horrible unemployment rates and not because people don’t want to work! Businesses are closing, laying off and this includes large corporations!

I had to take a job with NO benefits of which I was glad to accept. Unfortunately I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer so now I’m on disability/mediaid. Fortunate there in that way but my cancer is terminal, just can’t get a timeline from the Doc. I worked all my life, paid in, 3 jobs overlapping to raise my daughter alone via a deadbeat dad/x.

There are those than look for the loopholes in any government system (supplier) for shelter, food and welfare money. There are the majority that work hard all their lives and companies in the last few years go belly up, lay off, close. I’m 47 years old and have never seen such high unemployment rates from every State! Even smaller businesses are going under because everyone is holding on to the money they do have in fear of what’s to come. Stimulous? HA All the money we send to other Countries, all the money for other’s wars? I was shocked that Chili after the earthquake said they appreciated but not need any help! What? Wow! A Country beyond the U.S.A. can take care of their own for a change? This is a first? Not that I am not human and care but the great American U.S.A. always comes to the rescue of other’s outside our own Country and yet we have people homeless, starving, families loosing their homes etc…. I always believed that before you can help anyone else you must get yourself straight and that includes the once great U.S.A. Stop the extention of unemployment? What are they trying to corrupt those to rob, steal, more crime as alot will do to take care of there own?

It’s fend for yourself these days! Also there is no such thing as retirement, if you have a “nest” egg so to speak you will loose it when your retired if you even can retire at a decent age of let’s say 70. I say this because the health care will break you and your immiediate family before any other benefits will kick in!

I say take care of the United States of American tax paying Citizens before we wire billions of U.S. Tax dollars to other Countries less fortunate! In return for these actions all we get is hire taxes, insurances premiums etc….

So to Uncle Sam, were really seeing you as Uncle Sam from H*ll that you and your buddies in Political stance have deemed us! Keep taking your perks though as it’s all about you and your power!

February 28, 2010 at 6:04 am
(554) Monty says:

(551)Scarlet Fever said,

“…diagnosed with stage 4 cancer …my cancer is terminal, just can’t get a timeline from the Doc…I worked all my life, paid in, 3 jobs overlapping to raise my daughter alone via a deadbeat dad/x.”

Scarlet Fever,

Doctors’ prognoses aren’t always set in stone. You and I have both heard of people beating the odds.

Raising your little girl alone despite a deadbeat dad means you’ve got the strength to do ANYTHING.

Thank you for sharing your story. You are in my prayers, young lady.

February 28, 2010 at 10:45 am
(555) Randy says:

So I am a small employer. In the past three years the government employment insurance has paid out a total of $200 for workers that used to work here. I am in the top rated tier.

This year the insurance rose 300%. That’s not a typo. I literally know people who do absolutely nothing to find work yet unemployment benefits are paid the first 26 weeks by the state and the next 99 weeks by the federal governement. Folks, that’s about 2 1/5 years!

Gee whiz!

February 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm
(556) tom in ohio says:

We have to get our facts straight first of all Bunning in Kentucky wanted to get to a college game this is why he blocked it did you watch him? Stop playing around to protect your political party. And as far as crying on this small business man talking about how long the american people been on unemployment believe me we would work for them to make them money if we could but our books always have be open. Lets try opening their books for a change and see the real profits. Stop this back and forth you know the real truth why the economy has got this way shipping jobs across seas, etc. Good luck to everyone..

February 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm
(557) Doe in NC says:

Well, After yesterdays earthquake. Heres goes our money again. Obama saying we will help you. I say anyone getting unemployment dont donate! I cant afford it, I cant get it back and they damn sure not gonna give me an extenstion for it. Give up the money that I cant seem to live on anyway. I am trying to pay my important bills like lights, telephone, gas and car insurance and rent. Oh yeah forgot food. Thats why I go to Dollar general and Dollar tree and hopefully the store employees keep an eye on Expired food so that dont kill me first. I try to find coupons to use but since I cant afford the Sundays Paper I come across very slim chances of getting the good coupons. But then again who can afford Name Brand coupons? I have four more weeks of Unemployment. I dont know what to do. Last time I went to strip club looking for work I wasnt thin enough. Well, with Unemployment going bye,bye I will have good diet to go by this month its called ” Starve yourself to make the food last longer”. And I am sure I will be thin enough then.

February 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm
(558) tammy says:

does the unemployment extension affect people who are currently receiving unemployment benefits or is this for opening new cases?

February 28, 2010 at 3:56 pm
(559) Alison, Job Search Guide says:

The extension would be for people who are currently collecting unemployment, but are going to run out because the extended benefits that were in place expired this weekend.

February 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm
(560) William says:

The notion that our economic meltdown is the fault of “Republicans” or some nebulous “corporate greed” is a fantasy. Toxic mortgage assets precipitated this economic failure, and those toxic assets stem directly from the Federal government mandating that lenders give mortgages to people who, by all objective criteria, were unqualified to receive them. You can thank Barney Frank, Christopher Dodd, and Jimmuh Carter for setting this stage over the past 30 years. Last time I checked none of them had a (R) next to their names. Do you not remember Bush raising the issue of Fannie Mae in 2005, only to have Barney Frank dismiss those concerns as unfounded?

If you force lenders to give billions of dollars in loans to people who are demonstrably unlikely to pay them back, and those same people then start defaulting on those loans, you can’t blame anyone but the government for sticking its meddling hands into the mortgage business. “Corporate greed” my a**. You Obamatons were probably the same ones whining about stringent credit history requirements for borrowers being “unfair” and now you actually try to pin the blame on the lenders for simply doing what the Federal government made them do against their own better judgment. Ridiculous.

February 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm
(561) jimbo says:

If they do (as they should) extend UE benefits, they ought to stop playing games with these one or two month extensions because, quite honestly, the need for Congress and the Senate to meet so frequently over the status quo is preposterous. They ought to extend the benefits at least 6 months and reconvene then.

February 28, 2010 at 4:58 pm
(562) kaydee says:

What are those of us who are now using the six weeks extension for hard hit states suppose to do. I certainly hope and pray that they extend the benefits for those who can still use the other tiers but what can we do to get more help. They are not even considering us at this point but there are still no more jobs to be had out there than there was a year ago.

February 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm
(563) Dave in Ohio and working says:

The unemployment needs to be extended for those more than 6 months it needs to be at least one year. These 6 weeks, 12 weeks is not going to do it. Everyone I talked too who is on it or barely working right now and in poverty says this and this is fact. The people in America make america and in order to get this country back they need a hand up until this economy gets back. the jobs offered are only short time not fulltime perm. The only ones prospering is the contractors or small business owners using experience people as the tool for their pockets. We need fulltime perm hiring with good paying jobs to pay taxes and allow them to afford our goods. Until we smarten up just small businesses in the country will not do it. Good luck to all and do not get discourage on the these people making you feel bad on what they and the governemnt caused in this country!

February 28, 2010 at 6:01 pm
(564) judy says:

the people in government are out of touch with the rest of us and we lost a giant when Kennedy died

February 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm
(565) A Zimmerman says:

Here it is, Folks! Write Senator Bunning directly at his office and tell him what you think of his decision! Let him know while he missed his basketball game, we’re all missing our lives the way they used to be. What a SELFISH and IRRESPONSIBLE man!

February 28, 2010 at 11:34 pm
(566) jimbo says:

In reply to #562 – look on the bright side. Bunning’s denial provides the opportunity for a more substantial and needed extension package to be passed. What good is another 30 days, anyway?

March 1, 2010 at 12:03 am
(567) Stephen says:

When you have imbeciles like Jim Bunning holding up UI benefits that will effect millions of Americans and hasten us into poverty it is time he’s thrown out of this country. I heard the Taliban is hoping Jim Bunning will join them so to find out if he has other ways to hurt as many Americans as possible.

March 1, 2010 at 9:26 am
(568) Cindy says:

I am so sick and tired of this country picking on the working class. We are the one’s that keep this country going and pay the high salaries of the people who are supposed to be looking out for our best interests. And what happens when we are down? They push us down even further. I have contributed to the system my entire life (31 years working) and never took a dime from unemployment or anywhere else. The abuse of power and the waste of money that goes on everyday has to stop. Why doesn’t our government start looking at the abuse of the WELFARE SYSTEM. I don’t ever see that being cut yet there are generations of families who have never contributed a penny to the system colleting lifetime benefits. IT IS DISGUSTING. And don’t forget all the aid to other countries or the illegals that take our jobs and give NOTHING back. It is out of control and we are in serious trouble. But of course, who will pay the price? The working class. It makes me sick. At least our current president has tried to help us out.

March 1, 2010 at 11:14 am
(569) kaydee says:

The bill they are talking about right now will only help those people who have not used tiers 2,3, and 4. The tier 4 is the extra six weeks for hard hit states that passed in Nov. 09. Are they considering anything for the people who have used up the first three tiers and are now using the extra six weeks?

March 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm
(570) jimbo says:

#565 Cindy – You make some good points. Here’s a bit of information that Americans should know about:


March 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm
(571) CHRIS says:


March 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm
(572) Phil in Ohio says:

I just wanted to pass this along on what I am seeing on the TV that makes me absolutely sick to my stomach. I am working part time and can not pay my rent but I can eat. I seen on csnbc or another cable network that they had someone on stating that everyone should find jobs by now when we have not even come out of this economy down fall. These media people are a joke. Do they actually think you can live on what little you get on these benefits. We have a society now that does not care about humanity. All they care about even if you can not live is just to take anything. If you could do this you would. If jobs were so plentiful we would be there people are not going to not look for work. Get your facts straight and stop using politics as best interests and views or do not report it.

March 1, 2010 at 8:30 pm
(573) CHRIS says:


March 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm
(574) cbr says:

Without Congressional action, Extended Benefit payments will end on February 27, 2010. We will continue to pay benefits remaining on current Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) claims. Please continue to request payment every two weeks as scheduled in case the deadlines are extended.

this is what texas is showing my question is what are Extended Benefits are they tier 1-3 or are they the something else.

sorry if this has been addressed

March 1, 2010 at 11:25 pm
(575) Allie says:

I’m afraid that a lot of jobs aren’t coming back, because so many of them have been outsourced or lost to technological advances. Every time I start daydreaming about a new career path, I look into it and quickly find out that it’s no longer an option for an American citizen. Now it’s all done by computers or by someone over in India.

March 2, 2010 at 12:24 am
(576) Doe in NC says:

Heres Burns looking like he’s big and bad. And dont want any press asking him questions.


March 2, 2010 at 7:08 am
(577) Barney says:

The “War” did not begin on 11 September 2001 but around 1916 when the UK and France secretly planned to divide the Arab lands among themselves during World War I.


March 2, 2010 at 8:09 am
(578) burnning sucks wind says:

Tough s–t to Bunning. Another reason why the Republican Party is dead or should be. These arrogant SOB’s are just afraid to lose the money they receive from prostituting themselves to corporate power. Let Bunning go back to whatever backwoods, redneck friends he has waiting in the wings


March 2, 2010 at 11:53 am
(579) CHRIS says:


March 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm
(580) SHIRLEY says:

This is the concern on healthcare. If these doctors would quit milking the Insurance Companys, then the Insurance companys would not hike the Insurance up. I worked in a factorie here, then got laid off. The Insurance Company raised the Insurance on the employees, there deductable is now 5000.00 per person, then they raised the weekly payment on there insurance if they have health problems. I think it is getting out of hand. I think they need some healthcare for people who can afford it.

March 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm
(581) John Sturgill says:

I’ll believe the answer you wanted on tier 1-3 is this. Tier 1 was the orginal extension by the government of 20 weeks. Tier 2 was a 13 week extension by the government… in Illinois its referred to as EUC-08. a total of 33 weeks.
Tier 3 was a 13 to 14 week extension signed into law by Obama on Dec. 22nd. All states that had a unemployment average over 8.5 at that time also recieved a 6 to 7 week extension that I believe is called tier 4…
I have read that depending on when you filed has something to do with how much you will be entitled to… JES

March 2, 2010 at 3:02 pm
(582) CHRIS says:


March 2, 2010 at 3:07 pm
(583) John Sturgill says:

I should have read your question closer. Extended Benefits (EB)are benefits that was given to many by the State Government not the federal.. After you exhusted Tier 1 and 2 (33 weeks) you could get a EXTENDED BENEFIT of 20 more weeks. So it’s not really a TIER at all…. JES

March 3, 2010 at 6:40 am
(584) Monty says:

(571) cbr,

(580) John Sturgill is right. You get as many as 20 weeks of State Extended Benefits (SEB) if you live in a hard-hit state like Michigan or California. Other states’ residents qualify for as many as 13 (I think) weeks.

SEB has different rules than your “Tiered” federal unemployment.

In Colorado, the minimum number of weekly job applications was doubled, and you had to physically check in at the Workforce office every two weeks. You might want to make sure you know *exactly* what your state would like for you to do, so you don’t get shafted.

March 3, 2010 at 7:59 am
(585) Chuck says:

576 Chris we owe more then other countries owe us so its not as simple as collect what countries owe us, If China did that to us we would be bankrupt

March 3, 2010 at 8:53 am
(586) sdcloke says:

Since it appears you are in CO, I have this question for you; I exhausted Tier III last week on Sat I received an automated call telling me to keep filing my claims “as congress is working to extend EUC benefits”. I also received a letter 3-4 weeks ago stating that I may be eligible for State Extended Benefits (SEB), but when I looked at the web site it said the SEB would not be paid after Feb. 27. Was that because the funding was going to expire? or was it just a coincidence?

March 3, 2010 at 9:48 am
(587) Shawn_willis2001 says:

I was wondering does this extension include people that have exshuasted all their tiers or just the people that still had tiers left prior to the feb.28,2010?

March 3, 2010 at 10:03 am
(588) Cora says:

I was wondering the same thing as Shawn….Is this for people that have exausted all their Tiers? It seems like the aspect of the long term unemployed hasn’t even been considered or discussed. Will the 30 day extension apply to long term?

March 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm
(589) verypoor says:

I received my last payment of the last tier (4), on 2/16/10. I called Maryland unemployment this morning and I asked if I would be given the 30 day extension passed by Congress. She told me my benefits had exhausted and then asked me if I would like to have her put me in for this new 30 day extension….???? Yea…….hello…so of coarse, I said yes, but she could not tell me if I was eligible or not!!!!! She also said that because it was so new that they did not really undersand how these benefits would be paid or exactly who was eligible!!!!!! On their website it states:

“The United States Congress has extended the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Program. The current extension is for 30 days while a longer extension is considered.

With the 30 day extension, claimants who will exhaust their first 26 weeks of Maryland unemployment insurance (UI) benefits through the claim week ending March 27, 2010, will now be eligible to file for EUC benefits. Claimants will receive notification in the mail that they are eligible to file for these benefits. Claimants who are currently receiving EUC benefits will continue to receive them at this time.

We will provide updated information concerning the continuing extension of the EUC Program, as information becomes available.

The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is committed to ensuring that you receive all benefits to which you are due and we will continue to work with Congress to extend the EUC Program. ”

I have no idea if I am going to recieve these benefits or not. I went back to school and I am a single parent who is desperatly holding on! I have worked since I was 14 years old and have never been without a job. Its taking its toll and even hard to concentrate on final exams and stuff when I am worried if bills will be paid! I am a believer….so I try to remind myself God only puts in front of us what we can handle. I pray for all the unemployed and their families.

March 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm
(590) ktkelly says:

This extension is a filing deadline ext.and will allow those that exhaust tier 3 and those that will exhaust their regular benefits,to collect these benefits.Those that filed for tier 3 or tier 4 before the last deadline of feb.28 should have still been receiving those benefits without disruption.

March 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm
(591) JT says:

I’m on Tier one euc right now, and it expires on march 21st for me,and before this was passed,it said if i diden’t exhaust it by feb. 27th, i would not be eligible for tier two only state extended benefits. since now that it is extended for 30 days,am i now eligable for tier two than?

March 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm
(592) Linda says:

I live in Nebraska, and I contacted my State office for unemployment. I asked them what steps need to be done for this “new” extension. My last week to claim was the week of 2/13/10, thus giving me a last check on 2/17/10. They told me that it will only apply to those that have NOT EXHAUSTED their current claim. HOW DOES THAT MAKE ANY SENSE WHAT SO EVER. IT’S A “FEDERAL EUC”!!!!!!!. Infact, here is there actual word for word given:

At this time, the extension is only for those individuals that are eligible for an extension and have not already exhausted the current second extension of benefits. I know Congress is still looking at another extension, but that may be a few weeks before they make a decision.

Just doesn’t make any sense at all, I now believe that they just MAKE UP their own rules with each new FEDERAL EXTENSION, not doing it the way it is suppose to be done. And most of all, why not extend it for the whole year, why bother doing it every other month, that is more a waste of time and money then anything at all.

March 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm
(593) ktkelly says:

JT the answer is yes,because if you exhaust whatever phase you are in during that deadline timeframe,you are eligible to move on to the next tier.It means you have another 30 days of breathing room.I am pretty confident the Dems will extend this til the end of the year and also add at least a tier 5 or extend the tier 3 program that was issued to all states by 26 weeks

March 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm
(594) JT says:

Thanks KtKelly.. Another question i was wondering. when my year is up (april 24th) am i still eligible to keep collecting the tier two or does it stop, and do i have to refile again? also what happens when my year is up and i have been totally unemployed yet,how do they calculate how much your going to recieve bi-weekly if there is no 4 quarters of work that they can go by from me since i haven’t worked,do i still keep recieving what i’ve been recieving the past year?

March 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm
(595) ktkelly says:

JT,you are actually on tier 3 EUC and you will be able to collect that in its entirety.Once that ends;if there is not another tier added onto the EUC program,you will be able to collect your EB benefits,since that is a state run program.EB benefits can be collected,when no other federal benefits exist.There is also a tier 4 for eligible states with high percentages of unemployed.

March 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm
(596) ktkelly says:

When you are paid under a federal program like EUC,your weekly benefit amount will equal your weekly benefit amount you received under regular unemployment benefits because the federal gov. pays rather than your state gov.

March 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm
(597) Alison, Job Search Guide says:

Just to clarify, the unemployment extension that has just been passed does not include a “5th tier” or any benefits for the long term employed beyond the federal extensions already in place.

The best thing everyone can do is contact your Senator and Member of Congress and urge legislation that will provide more coverage. The National Employment Law Project has a form you can use to easily encourage action:


March 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm
(598) ktkelly says:

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation is a federal program that only deals with extensions,so when your benefit year ends in April and your receiving an EUC benefit,this will reflect your same benefit amount you receive under regular jobless benefits.When your on EB benefits,you follow your particular state law for that program.Usually your state will notify you of what you need to do to move from one program to the next but stay engaged and keep your head up.

March 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm
(599) sdcloke says:

(589) Linda

The reason for the 1 month extension is a “stop gap” legislation to buy some time to put together a more comprehensive bill.
There is a bill co-sponsored by Sen. Baucus (D Mont.) and Sen. ____ (D Nev.) that will extend benefits though the end of 2010.
That bill ONLY EXTENDS BENEFIT EXPIRATION DATES there are no provisions for added benefits or “Tiers” for the long term unemployed, those people who have or will exhaust all of their EUC benefits will begin dropping of unemployment roles @ a rate of approx. 1.2 million/ month!

That is the way it is, unless the bill is changed.

March 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm
(600) cbr says:

can some one please help me figure this out im on tier 1 right now and should use all my benefits at end of april which means ill miss the tier 2 cut off date of april 3 2010

does this mean that this is it because i cant for the life of me understand how some are receiving almost two years of unemployment. if that is the case the whole thing is screwed up as it seems if you recently lost your job your screwed but if you have been collecting for some time now you will still be able to collect

March 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm
(601) tcs says:

This is a great forum and thank-you all so much for all the information. Now, I’m not sure what tier I’m on? My benifits ended this week and my year (embarrassingly as I’ve always been a hard worker) was up jan 15, so yes, I’m confused if I will be included in the new bill after the 30 day extention. I also want to say I wish the best for everyone and God Bless all of you.

March 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm
(602) sdcloke says:

I’m sorry I was drawing a blank when I posted my last comment.
The bill extending benefits until the end of 2010 is sponsored by Sen. Baucus (D Mont.) and Sen. Reid (D Nev)

March 3, 2010 at 7:47 pm
(603) Monty says:

(583) sdcloke,


1. If you received an automated call telling you to keep filing, please do so. I hope you will agree with me that CO has, so far, been on the ball with taking care of its unemployed. If you got a call, it means you have more money coming!

2. At one time, at least, my understanding was that State Extended Benefits (SEB) expired on Feb 2, 2010, regardless of the number of weeks paid out to a payee.

I stopped keeping track of SEB after hearing that. Subsequent legislation may have reactivated SEB, however.

–> I recommend calling the “Workforce Center” in the county in which you reside, and asking to speak with the “Employment Center Manager”. *THEY* and their staff are the ones with whom you will interact for your SEB claim, anyway. I think they will know better than anyone else whether or not SEB is still alive.

They should do right by you. If they do not, please let us all know here on the site.

March 3, 2010 at 7:50 pm
(604) Monty says:

(552) Randy,

Are you hiring?

If so, let us long-term unemployed, who *would* like to work, know so we can all apply at your company!

March 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm
(605) Nikki says:

i exhausted my benefits february 20 and should’ve started received what i guess was tier 2 (13 weeks) i know the bill was passed tuesday for a month extension. am i supposed to call the esc office nc or should i just be patient and wait for it to kick in by itself…its so confusing.

March 3, 2010 at 9:36 pm
(606) Jason says:

Please can someone clarify what the hell is going on here?


if I am incorrect can someone please clarify.

My 26th week of regular unemployment ends next week, will I get an extension?

March 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm
(607) Roger says:

I hope everyone on unemployment understands that this new Extension passed on March 2nd, 2010 ONLY extends benefits for those who lost their job BEFORE August 2009.


The only way we are going to get extensions is if congress adds a new Tier of extended benefits, or Tier 5. I dont understand why nobody in the media is explaining this!!!! it is so important. this bill only helps a small fraction of the unemployed, it does nothing for those that lost their job after August 2009!!!!!!

March 3, 2010 at 11:46 pm
(608) Monty says:

Hello, all.

REGARDLESS of whether you think you are or are not eligible for Tier blahblahblah or State Extended Benefits, I think it is VITAL THAT WE ***ALL*** KEEP FILING FOR BENEFITS. Even if we are working part-time, KEEP FILING.

DON’T FADE AWAY into the background. The government would love nothing more than to be able to brag that “the number of Unemployment Claimants DECREASED by blahblahblah percent”. Don’t let that happen!!!

KEEP FILING NO MATTER WHAT!!! (Well, unless Congress starts bringing good jobs home from overseas.)

We all need to pressure our elected “representatives” to CLOSE THE TAX LOOPHOLE which makes it advantageous for American companies to outsource top jobs, and to outsource manufacturing.

Until I hear the president and Congress making loud noises about closing the tax loophole, I don’t see an end to chronic unemployment.

March 3, 2010 at 11:54 pm
(609) sdcloke says:

Thank you for the reply, I believe you are correct about the Feb. 2 SEB ending date. Unfortunately, I now live in AZ, (well, always have and work out of state for the most part) and collect benefits from CO. Thank God, because weekly benefits here max out @ around $220/week from what I have heard!

March 4, 2010 at 12:00 am
(610) sdcloke says:

I agree with Monte… If you keep filing at least you will still be counted instead of dropping off the list of the unemployed

March 4, 2010 at 12:08 am
(611) sdcloke says:


I apologize for misspelling your name in past posts.

March 4, 2010 at 12:13 am
(612) WOW says:

Roger, that’s horrible. My 99 weeks are up soon, and it’s a nightmare out there. I can’t sleep, as many others out there…..

Anyway, I really feel for you. That is unfair!

I’ve said this before, we need 125,000 jobs a month just to keep up with population growth. So anything less than that, won’t put a bloody dent in the 8 million that have lost their job since the recession began 2 years ago.

And they want to pretend that all is wonderful, and not extend benefits? UNREAL.

March 4, 2010 at 1:23 am
(613) Kim says:

Well, my last week on tier 4 is next week, so I guess that is it for me! They are really ignorant (congress), can they not see that if they shut everyone off, the economy will get worse than ever? For years, employers have been paying FUTA and SUTA taxes for each employee, so there should be no issue at all. Each state alone should have enough to pay each person for years, but of course they used the money, and now they need to get it from somewhere else. I have struggled along making it on my 217 a week by straggling bills every month, but I got a letter just yesterday they were going to start foreclosure proceeding on my house! All I can even say to them is I can’t make another payment unless they extend unemployment again, and they sure don’t care, they all have a job!

March 4, 2010 at 1:44 am
(614) Michele says:

Hello, I was wondering if someone could please help me. I live in Oklahoma. I just used my final 26 weeks of starting my UI. I tried to call the UI office waited 2 hours never got through my question is since my benefits are exhausted am I eligible to file for Tier 1 benefits. Thank you very much for any help with this confusion. Michele

March 4, 2010 at 2:56 am
(615) Roger says:

If your unemployment claim started AFTER August 20, 2009 you will not be getting an extension and your unemployment will expire… The bill that was just passed in congress on March 2, 2010 was ONLY TO HELP SOME PEOPLE ON EXTENDED BENEFITS. This bill was not passed to help the majority of those on unemployment, BUT THEY DID NOT TELL US THIS WHEN PASSING THE BILL. And to add insult to injury, they only passed this extension for 30 days.


What is wrong with this country. If i lose my house i’m going postal….

March 4, 2010 at 3:09 am
(616) Roger says:

People please keep in mind Congress is fully aware of what they are doing. They are playing dumb, and intentionally letting 100′s of thousands of people slip off of unemployment for 2 reason: 1. It makes the unemployment numbers look better. 2. it saves the ALOT of money.

Each state is finding it harder and harder to get funding for unemployment, and some states have already went bust. The only thing they feel they can do now is start dropping claims, and that is what is happening with these bills that are being passed. CONGRESS FULLY KNEW THAT OVER A MILLION PEOPLE ARE GOING TO LOSE THEIR BENEFITS IN MARCH BUT DID NOTHING TO STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING.

Please understand the bill that was just passed only helps a small portion of the unemployed. Something is drastically wrong with this situation. Congress is definitely up so something fishy here, any one else see this?

Do you realize the Democrats could have passed the unemployment extension without Bunning’s support? They had 59 of the 51 votes needed to pass it, but did not have “unanimous” support of 60 votes, all that was wanted was the irrational senator from kentucky’s vote, Jim Bunning. but no, the Democrats decided to let us go another night with no sleep wondering how our kids are going to eat next week, how we are going to pay our rent 2 weeks from now, and only have 1/2 the rent saved from the last unemployment checks we received.

Something is going on here people, and i dont like what I see.

March 4, 2010 at 7:04 am
(617) sdcloke says:

I would like to wish everyone who has posted on this site good luck and god speed on finding new employment. When you do find new employment please never forget about this experience. I know it is very easy to become complacent when everything is coming up roses. I mean how many times did you think about the unemployed or about yourself becoming unemployed before this happened. I have read some very informative posts here and you may want to include the link when writing your congressmen, if you choose to do so.

March 4, 2010 at 7:58 am
(618) dmrw2625 says:

Is there anyone out here from NC? I haven’t received any payments for over a month now. Has Tier 4 started? They said I qualify.. Is there a number I can call? Thank you.

March 4, 2010 at 8:48 am
(619) dking says:

I’m on my last tier in Florida. Has anyone heard about more tiers being added? Have been out of work since 2/08 and see no hope of getting one in the near future. We need help from the goverment and NOW PLEASE! I will be losing my house, car and not be able to feed my family real soon if we don’t get more tiers and help. Good Luck Everyone.

March 4, 2010 at 9:50 am
(620) JAMES says:

Can anyone help me? If your on EUC,and your year end claim is up,like mine is in april (and im still fully unemployed) ,but i’ll beable to get EUC till june 27th,do i have to submit a new claim again in april, or do i keep collecting the EUC to it runs out in june? And also if you have been unemployed for your whole claim year when your claim year is up, but your still collecting EUC yet,do you still get the same amount that you have been collecting bi-weekly for the past year,or is it less cause my year is up and i have been still unemployed,so how do they calculate that on what they give you? or doesen’t it matter if your year end claim is up and your on EUC,that you still keep getting the same amount no matter what until the EUC totally ends that i have to go to state extended benefits?

March 4, 2010 at 10:34 am
(621) Michael Turner says:

quit helping other countries out first help the usa out of the mess the Bushes screw up this country so bad it will take 10 years to straighten out.we need the unemployment benefits package and the hell with other countries problems eartquake Helpppppppp the people of The USA is #1

March 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm
(622) AR says:

I contacted Durbin’s office regarding using the exisiting stimulus money to fund extending tier 4 –the response from the staffer was, “had not heard that one – will pass your message along to the senator.

My hope is this, the hoopla from getting the 30 day extension is beginning to die down — and people like Ralph are realizing that the Democrats did not give a good explanation as to why the exisiting stimulus money was not used.

Maybe the republicans can use the same tactic the Democrats used on them — let them say that the long-term unemployed did not benefit from “your” extension, so we (republicans) propose that we do “care” about the long-term unemployed, so we are requesting that the “exisiting” stimulus money be used to further extend tier 4. Since you (democrats) care so much about helping the “long-term” unemployed, I am sure there will be no objections, right?

This strategy would definitely put some of the repubs who are up for re-election in a better light.

March 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm
(623) Yvonne says:

Im in Texas I have been exhausted all tiers available to me, including emergency extended benefits and all that. My last day to file is the 8th of March and at that it is only 83.00 dollars. Does this extension apply to me??

March 4, 2010 at 8:06 pm
(624) Stephen says:

I have to correct what has been mentioned several times by other individuals commenting on this website regarding those that filed and began receiving unemployment after August 2009. My unemployment (26 weeks) ends on 14 March 2010. I filed and started receiving unemployment after August 2009 (second week of September 2009). I have recently been extended for an additional 20 weeks under Tier 1. I live in New York and those who filed for unemployment from 18 May 2010 -21 September 2010, will receive an addtional 20 weeks of EUC under Tier 1. Consequently the extension DOES effect those who filed and started receiving unemployment after August 2009.

March 4, 2010 at 8:19 pm
(625) CarlaB says:

Yvonne, are you on tier 4?

March 4, 2010 at 8:24 pm
(626) Stephen says:

I’m not on Tier 4. This is my first extension (Tier1). Hope this updated information helps others.

March 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm
(627) Carol says:

I served 14yrs in the military and got out Jan 09. I filed my claim 24Jan09 and have used up only Tier 1. I sent an email to EDD (CA) to make sure that I was eligible for Tier 2; was told yes that it would kick in automatically. That was in Jan which was when I received my last check. Took a week of calling before I got thru and once again I was told that yes I was eligible and they would send out the paperwork; there had been a problem since I was military. Today I received a letter stating that I’m not eligilbe for UI benefits anymore because I didn’t make $1300 last year from a job. Am I wrong in thinking that these Tiers are for people who haven’t found a job? How am I to make $1300 if I didn’t have a job? I am a single mom of two who gave 14yrs of my life to this country but yet I don’t know how I’m going to pay my rent, buy food, or pay for the utilities next week because I am dealing with people in the Government who don’t seem to care. What is wrong with our country?

March 4, 2010 at 9:59 pm
(628) Monty says:

Our elected “representatives” don’t care about us. They only care about big corporations and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey who donate BIG to their campaigns.

We must, NO MATTER WHAT, KEEP FILING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT!!! Keep those numbers up!

Keep contacting your “representatives”. Many of those self-interested scum will be up for “re-election” this November. We can use that as leverage (and then shove ‘em out the door anyway, come November).

Congress is trying to play dumb, “If we ignore the unemployed, they will go away”.


March 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm
(629) Mommyof2 says:

Anyone in Massachusetts here? Did you get your check this week?

March 5, 2010 at 7:34 am
(630) Diane says:

Yes, I got a check this week from MA. Called today because that check exhausted my unemployment tier and was told it would take 3-4 weeks before I got another check if I was eligible because they have to input info into the computer because of the lapse caused by the Senator. So depending on where you stand, you will see this weeks check but then have to wait for a bit for any others.

March 5, 2010 at 11:59 am
(631) CarlaB says:

Is anyone contacting their House and senate representatives in regards to adding additonal weeks to tier 4 and removing the percentage requirements?

There are many who are finding out that their states do NOT qualify for tier 4 — remember, in order to qualify for tier 4 your state’s unemployment rate must be 8.5% and higher.

March 5, 2010 at 12:01 pm
(632) Jerome says:


My unemployment ends in 4 weeks,end of march..this will make 1 yr on unemployment for me and end of tier 1(esc office said)…but they wont tell me if ill draw another extension or not…i know other ppl draw thru tier 2,3 and 4..but i dont know if i will meet that…can someone give me some insight, break it down alittle more easy to understand..yes or no, and how many weeks..and what i need to do? thanks

March 5, 2010 at 12:57 pm
(633) CarlaB says:

Jerome, I think the next tier would be state “EB” –I also think it is federally funded, so I am not sure if it is available at the moment.

However, since the temporary extension passed, you should be able to go to tier 3 — currently, unless they extend the extension to Dec. 2010, you won’ be able to go to tier 4 — since the current deadline is only until April 5th — and remember, you can only receive tier 4 if your state’s unemployment rate is 8.5% or higher.

I am not 100% sure on this, so I suggest you contact your DOL for confirmation.

March 5, 2010 at 1:19 pm
(634) Jerome says:


Thank u, what is DOL and how can i contact them? Also, if i do get state funds, will the amount change? i live in NC..i think the rate is above 8.5 but not sure, you may know? if i go to tier 3 as u said i should be able to, how many weeks is that and is the amount less? thanks for ur help, its hard to understand how this all works clearly.

March 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm
(635) CarlaB says:

I understand how all this can be confusing.

I don’t have the number, but I think the NC unemployment website is http://www.ncesc.com.

Tier3 is 14 weeks and tier4 is 4 weeks. Keep in tune to see if the senate passes the year end extension, because as it stands, you would have exhaust tier3 before April 5th in order to go to tier 4 – and that’s not likely since you have not started tier 3 yet.

Also, confirm your state’s unemployment rate — because if you are able to get it, you don’t want the NC unemployment office to try and pull a fast on you (smile).

March 5, 2010 at 2:19 pm
(636) CarlaB says:

@Jerome, I forgot to add — if state EB is available, then your amount should not change.

March 5, 2010 at 2:48 pm
(637) CarlaB says:

From the Georgia Unemployment website…

On March 2, 2010, President Obama signed legislation to extend the timeframe of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and full funding of State Extended Benefits (SEB) through week ending April 3, 2010. The new bill did not add more weeks of benefits, but extended the period of time someone could file for EUC.

State Extended Benefits (SEB): SEB provides up to 20 weeks of additional benefits to individuals who have exhausted all regular unemployment insurance (UI) ) and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tiers of EUC on or after February 15, 2009. Individuals who exhaust 4th Tier EUC benefits must apply by completing an online SEB application.

Individuals that established a State Extended Benefits (SEB) claim on or before November 6, 2009, and meet all other eligibility requirements, will continue to receive benefits under the SEB program. These individuals will not be eligible to receive additional EUC until SEB is exhausted.

March 5, 2010 at 3:34 pm
(638) CarlaB says:

Oregon Senate also passes unemployment benefits extension bill

By Michelle Cole, The Oregonian

February 05, 2010– It seemed like deja vu in the Oregon Senate Friday morning, when lawmakers passed a bill extending emergency unemployment benefits to 18,600 Oregonians who have either run out of benefits or soon will.

Senate Bill 990 provides benefits to unemployed workers using $19 million from an emergency fund created by the 2009 Legislature. The fund is projected to pay two-to-six weeks of benefits per recipient.

The House passed nearly identical legislation Thursday with House Bill 3655. Leadership is expected to pick one that will move forward to Gov. Ted Kulongoski.

With more than 215,000 Oregonians out of work, lawmakers returned to Salem this month vowing to address the state’s struggling economy. The Senate voted unanimously Friday for the unemployment benefits extension.

“Oregonians — our state — is suffering,” said Sen. Diane Rosenbaum, D-Portland.

Republicans agreed. But a few argued during floor debate that extending unemployment benefits doesn’t help create jobs.

“This is compassionate and intelligent,” said Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day. “It is not job-creating.”

To that Sen. Bill Morrisette, D-Springfield, responded that the $19 million would go right back into the economy.

“I think these unemployment benefits will create jobs at the grocery stores and gas stations,” he said.

Under both the Senate and House bills, the extra emergency benefits would become available to unemployed workers in Oregon 14 days after one of them becomes law.

– Michelle Cole

March 5, 2010 at 3:59 pm
(639) Jerome says:


Thanks again makes alittle more sense now…looks like i should get atleast a 14 week extension..thanks again!

March 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm
(640) CarlaB says:

Jerome, you’re welcome.

I am going to continue praying for ALL to get tier 4 — and for additional weeks to be added — so ALL long-term unemployed will receive benefits until the economy turns around.

May the Lord continue to bless you and yours and sustain the unemployed.

March 5, 2010 at 5:18 pm
(641) Jerome says:

Amen, ty!

March 5, 2010 at 9:20 pm
(642) Vickie in OHIO says:

So, I’m on my 3rd week of tier 4….will I be entitled to the 30 day extension? I lost 15 weeks of the State EB….I still don’t understand how some are still drawing the Ohio State EB when I was told by the unemployment office that the State of Ohio was broke and was no longer paying any EB benefits….and they still have it on the website that it was extended also? Am I missing something somewhere?

March 6, 2010 at 3:28 pm
(643) Phil in Ohio says:

I am not on unemployment I work part time and all I can do is eat and pay my utilities. I am in a business that associates with people everyday. The poltical people who govern needs to extend this for at least 1 year and stop the game playing. At least one out of 3 I talked to is unemployed. Contact your representative and stay on them and keep filing this is the only way this will happen and tell them to stop putting end dates and shortening benefits as well as changing the percentage rate of the nation unemployed. The only way this is actually going to change is when permanat fulltime work comes back to pay taxes and on goods and services. End of story . Good Luck..

March 6, 2010 at 3:41 pm
(644) shane says:

I’m on tier 1 EUC,and it will exhaust on march 21st,and before this was passed it said if i diden’t exhaust my tier 1 EUC by febuary 28th i am not eligible for tier 2 benefits only state extended benefits..With this extended for 30 days now,am i now eligible for tier 2 EUC?

March 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm
(645) Sally Gillem says:

My benefit year ended in 1st week in January…then i started receiving benefits under EUC..now today I get a letter saying I was overpaid from weel1 till now…what is going on? The letter also stated I could put in an appeal..for WHAT? why was i getting the money if I wasn’t suppose to get it? I am so confused..

March 7, 2010 at 8:38 am
(646) shawn says:

Carla i was wonder would i qualify for state extended benifits? I stay in georgia,i don’t have any tiers left and i have had state extended benifits back in august of 2009. Would i have to reapply for the state extended benifits?i am alittle confused. thanks!

March 7, 2010 at 9:12 am
(647) CarlaB says:

Shawn, good question.

The “wording” from the website implies that once you have exhausted tier 4, then you can apply for SEB. However, it also states that no “new” weeks have been added (99 weeks is the current max.– so, in that case, it would stand that only those who have NOT applied for SEB previously, are the only ones who can apply (those who have had SEB before and are exhausting tier 4 would already be at the 99 weeks limit).

If this is the case (I’m not saying it is), then that needs to be CLEARLY stated and defined on the web site, otherwise, it may lead to false hope for many.

March 7, 2010 at 9:19 am
(648) CarlaB says:

To all those who are about to exhaust their benefit totally — below is a letter that is being to sent to senators, congressman, etc., regarding creating a “new” tier 5:

To: Sen. Harry Reid

Mr. Reid,

Thank you for standing up for the millions of Americans who really need this bill passed. I have been unemployed for over a year and cannot find a job. The passage of H.R. 4691 will help my wife and I continue to keep food on our table, pay our creditors and keep a roof over our heads.

I have several friends and family who are also drawing unemployment and we feel that Congress should amend H.R. 4691 with the following.

This is what the unemployed citizens of America need their elected officials to do. We need an amendment to P.L. 111-92. The amendment should be,

(1) amend and add a Tier V
with 20 weeks of unemployment
for all 50 States.

(2) amend and extend dates to
for all Tiers in the bill
until December 31, 2010.

You can “edit” this message to fit YOUR situation, however, in whatever you do, PLEASE do SOMETHING to make an effort to contact your state senator, congressmen, and all the others across the country.

The unemployed need to speak – because no one else is going to speak for you.

March 7, 2010 at 9:30 am
(649) CarlaB says:

In regards to the latest extension and “EB” — below is an excerpt of what is currently listed on Florida’s website:

This week Governor Crist signed a law that extended Florida’s Extended Benefits (EB) program until February 27, 2010 for certain eligible unemployed workers who had exhausted all state and EUC benefits.

* The agency is notifying potentially eligible Floridians by mail. This includes those who received EB prior to November 8, 2009 but still have EB available on their claims after exhausting EUC Tiers III and IV.

* Payments for up to eight weeks will be made retroactively.

* Those who believe they may be eligible for EB may apply online beginning March 9, 2010 at http://www.floridajobs.org or by mail or fax using the application they will receive from the agency.

I suggest that everyone check their state’s website for updated information on this subject — or, contact your state unemployment office for clarification and confirmation.

March 7, 2010 at 10:12 am
(650) Dean says:

Here’s a post I found on an Arizona business publication website/blog — it’s in response to Senator Kyl’s view that the unemployed are “lazy”, “unproductive” and “unmotivated” citizens of society


Below is the website/blog post:

From: CherylB

I would also like to add that just like you have “unemployed” people who “milk” the system – you also have “employed” that do the same.

We have all heard how “lazy”, “unproductive” and “unmotivated” the unemployed are – however, I also remember working with some “lazy”, “unproductive” and “unmotivated” people at my former place of employment. You know the ones, they come in at 9:00, take a coffee break at 10:00, get on the internet until 12:00, go to lunch until 2:00, take afternoon break at 3:00, do actual “work” until 4:00, pack up their desk at 5:00 and get ready for tomorrow to do it all over again.

The point I am trying to make is that most unemployed people WANT to work – many people need this extension because it will enable them to survive, while providing them an opportunity to broaden their job searches to other states.

I recently found a job after two years of being unemployed. I had to travel to another state (Texas) because of the lack of jobs in my state of Ohio – I had one interview on a Monday and another on Tuesday – I slept in the airport and freshened up in the restroom – I didn’t care, I was desperate to work – just like so many other unemployed people out there who have yet to find a job. There are so many people who have been without a job for so long that it has begun to affect them emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Although, I have been blessed to find a job, I will never forget what these last two years have been like for me – and because of this, I will now and always fight for the rights of the unemployed.

March 7, 2010 at 10:45 am
(651) CarlaB says:

Dean, this is a great letter — thank you so much for sharing.

March 7, 2010 at 11:00 am
(652) CarlaB says:

From the Texas unemployment website:

On March 2, 2010, President Obama and the U.S. Congress extended the deadline to qualify for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and state Extended Benefits (EB) from February 27, 2010, to April 3, 2010. This change will allow more long-term unemployed recipients to qualify for the federal extension of benefits.

The extended deadline will affect claims as follows:

• If you run out of your regular Unemployment Insurance benefits on or before March 27, 2010, you can apply for EUC Tier 1. This extension provides up to 20 weeks of benefits. TWC mails you an application after you exhaust your regular benefits. You have until September 4, 2010 to collect the benefits on your EUC claim.

• If you run out of EUC Tier 1 on or before April 3, 2010, you may be eligible for EUC Tier 2, which provides up to 14 weeks of benefits. If you exhaust Tier 1 by the deadline, TWC will automatically add Tier 2 benefits to your claim. You have until September 4, 2010 to collect the benefits on your EUC claim.

• If you run out of EUC Tier 2 on or before April 3, 2010, you may be eligible for EUC Tier 3, which provides up to 13 weeks of benefits. If you exhaust Tier 2 by the deadline, TWC will automatically add Tier 3 benefits to your claim. You have until September 4, 2010 to collect the benefits on your EUC claim.

• If you run out of EUC Tier 3 on or before March 27, 2010, you may be eligible for state Extended Benefits (EB), which provides up to 20 weeks of benefits. If you exhaust Tier 3 by the deadline and have not already received EB, TWC will automatically add the state EB to your claim. TWC can pay EB through the week of April 3, 2010.


Extended Benefits (EB) pays up to 20 weeks of benefits or 80 percent of a regular UI claim, whichever is less.

Applying for Extended Benefits
You do not apply for state EB. TWC adds state EB to your claim automatically if you exhaust all available regular and EUC benefits on your most recent claim by March 28, 2010, and you have not already received EB.
Note: Continue to submit your Request for Payment, as required.

• Your most recent regular claim must have exhausted regular benefits and any available EUC benefits by March 28, 2010.
• The last week Texas can pay state EB is the week ending April 3, 2010.


March 7, 2010 at 11:01 am
(653) CarlaB says:

Per my previous post…

PLEASE NOTE: The state of Texas does NOT qualify for tier 4 benefits due to not meeting the minimum state eligiblity requirement of a 8.5% unemployment rate.

March 7, 2010 at 11:08 am
(654) Dean says:

FYI…Tom Delay was on CNN this morning and stated that the unemployed do not seek work nor do they want to work.

If you have not already done so, please start contacting your senators and congressmen immediately and push for a new tier 5, so you can “sustain yourself (and your family) while seeking a new job.

The unemployed’s voices need to be loud enough to overshadow the insensitive and stupid remarks made by those like Tom Delay and others (i.e., Senator Kyl-AZ).

March 7, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(655) fredox says:

We need tier 5 unemployment or 5 million will lose benefits by June. It is all ready starting to happen with long term unemployed. Please if you read this contact your reps and tell them to take action.

March 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm
(656) Jerome says:


• If you run out of EUC Tier 1 on or before April 3, 2010, you may be eligible for EUC Tier 2, which provides up to 14 weeks of benefits. If you exhaust Tier 1 by the deadline, TWC will automatically add Tier 2 benefits to your claim. You have until September 4, 2010 to collect the benefits on your EUC claim.

That is where i am at, i will run out of Tier 1 the end of this month. so i should auto be put in for Tier 2? no wait or delay in checks? Again i am in North Carolina..if that makes a difference..i cant make sense out of the http://www.ncesc.com website

March 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm
(657) CarlaB says:

Jerome, at the end of the month is before the new temporary deadline – so you should be good to go.

March 8, 2010 at 10:58 am
(658) Car Czar Consulting says:

Email your 5 politicians in less than 1 minute.

Our battle has just begun.

We need more Tiers and/or more weeks added to existing Tiers.

Neither H.R.4691 or H.R.4213 will help the 15 million unemployed who have already exhausted all Tiers.

WE NEED EVERYONE’S HELP to get more Tiers added and/or more weeks added to existing Tiers.

Please keep calling and emailing your congressmen and senators to finish the job.

I suggest increasing existing Tiers to 26 weeks each.

And, those who exhaust all Tiers should be able to get food stamps AND cash assistance even if they don’t have any kids, when applying for public assistance.

Go to the following links and modify your closings as I have or in any way you see fit.
Links automatically send emails to Prez, V-Prez, your Senators and Rep.

Your Closing:
Increase existing Tiers to 26 weeks each. Sincerely,

Your Closing:
And cash assistance for those without kids. Sincerely,

My e-mail messages were sent to:
President Barack Obama (D)
Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)
Senator George LeMieux (R-FL)
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL 25th)

March 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm
(659) Phil says:

A couple of my friends have three weeks left on this last bill of Tier 4 in Ohio. Are they working on a longer bill this last one as most of you know is not going to get most people back to work especially in Ohio by then. I am working at least part time for now the politicans need to extend this for at least one year and stop the 1 month, 2 months deals.This will give time for people to look and maybe jobs will come back and people will drop out the system if things pick up. Forget what these republicans think the last word I heard from them and I do not even watch them anymore is they said people need to find work to pay taxes. This not what people just work to do. We do not work just to keep those people in great benefits and 180,000 salaries.

March 8, 2010 at 6:58 pm
(660) CarlaB says:

Phil, if you look over the previous posts, you will see posters urging others to contact their senate and congressmen to either add additional weeks to tier 4 or create a tier 5.

You are going to have make your voice heard.

March 9, 2010 at 12:50 am
(661) Kim says:

I am from Iowa, and although I lost my job in October, it took me until February to begin receiving benefits. But, I got backpay for 3 weeks of January too.

So there are many people out there who have received 50+ weeks and I’m on my 8th week and worried about running out soon. I think I have 5 weeks left, which leaves me at running out approximately mid-April.

Does anyone know about Iowa and if in this state I will be eligible for any tiers of extension…I am worried.

March 9, 2010 at 6:57 am
(662) CarlaB says:

Do you know what tier of benefits you are on? If you got laid off in October, it sounds like you are on the 26 weeks original UI.

March 9, 2010 at 9:30 am
(663) CarlaB says:


I have contacted the United States Department of Labor & The Georgia Department of Labor regarding SEB & EB benefit eligibility requirements:

Per these agencies, an individual can only claim SEB & EB benefits ONE time. If you were taken off SEB or EB during your claim and put on EUC then, it is possible that you may have a SEB & EB balance left — in order to confirm this, you will need to contact your local unemployment office.

This bears repeating — Even if a bill is passed to extend current benefits to the end of the year, it WILL NOT help those who have exhausted all their EUC benefits (tiers 1, 2, 3 & 4) and their SEB & EB benefits – I Repeat, an extension of year end benefits (in its current form) will not help you.

For those who are about to exhaust tier 4 and have used all their SEB & EB benefits, It is IMPERATIVE that you contact your state senators, congressmen, Reid, Pelosi, Obama and the media regarding adding additional weeks or creating a new tier.

…and above all else, PLEASE PRAY

March 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm
(664) shawn says:

wow,thats not a good thing at all. i guess theirs going to be alot of disaster over this. people hoping that the senate will pass a bill for extending benifits for the unemployed will be heart broken.

March 10, 2010 at 10:05 am
(665) Dave says:

Can someone help me understand? I live in MASS I am on my first tier of EB will I be able to collect after this tier runs out. Move on to tier 2?

March 10, 2010 at 10:10 am
(666) angel says:

I have sat here an read every single comment that has been posted from day one. I have been out of work since September of 08 and have received every extension that has come out. I will say this…. there is NO need to point blame and anyone because we will never know who the real blame is. All we can do an a people is continue to do what we must do to take care of ourselves and continue to pray and ask God to lead us and not only us but that He touches the heart of the “king”. I know it’s hard literally living from pay check to pay check but we can not afford to make ourselves sick and stressed out over something that we really hav no control over. I am at a point where I can not cry anymore and I don’t think it’s fair to my daughter to see my have a mental breakdown. All I can do is do what I need to do to take care of her and continue to trust and believe God for a breakthru.

I pray each of you survives and I know that we will get the breakthru that we need. Let’s try to focus on the positive. You all be blessed!

Also, to those of you who have posted links to various sites thanks because it really does help to get some sort of understanding.

March 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm
(667) ktkelly says:

There is no tier 5 and that means the really long term unemployed are doomed to homelessness,hunger and hopelessness.I can see where Harry Reid has changed his language on how he describes the long term unemployed.Before it was those exhausting the Emergency Tiers and now it is those who exhaust their initial 26 weeks.Did you all catch that folks?This is how they eliminate us from the rolls of the unemployed and even our existence as jobless.
I suspect the this months job figures will look great because of the census jobs and that will be that.

March 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm
(668) TODD says:

I 100% agree with you ANGEL!! My shop closed up back in may 2009 after I was there for over 27 years since i got out of high school and its tuff,but i try really hard for my wife and kids sake to stay positive,and because i am a Christian, My only hope is to keep praying and trusting God that he will help this all workout for me if i stay faithful to him !!!! I pray for everybody to do the same! I will pray for you all!!

March 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm
(669) DEB says:

KtKelly, What does that mean for me? I’m just starting on tier 2 euc,am i still eligible for all 4 tiers? when my first claim year is up on may2nd,am i still eligible for all 4 tiers or do i have to re-file a new claim? I have not been employed since my first claim.. If i am still eligible for all the tiers after my year is up, will i still recieve the same as what i have been getting,or do i get less because my year is up? Thank You !!!

March 10, 2010 at 2:07 pm
(670) ktkelly says:

DEB,your fine,the senate is gonna pass legislation called the tax extenders bill 4213 which will allow you to collect your EUC tiers until Dec.31st of this year.I was only talking about those,like myself whose Emergency benefits have been exhausted.Currently there have been 3 EUC tiers created and a 4th for eligible states with high unemployment like mine in SCarolina.

March 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm
(671) DEB says:

ktkelly, Thank you for that info.. But after my year is up in may for my first claim,do i still have to re-file a new claim again or does it stay extended since im on euc? #2, will i stay recieving the same amount that i have been recieving after my first year claim is up or does it go lower cause i have not worked for that whole entire year claim? Thanks !!! PS: I’m so sorry to hear about your situation..I will pray for you and the rest !!!

March 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm
(672) ktkelly says:

Deb,your benefit amount will stay the same and you should be notified by mail with instructions when moving from one tier to the next,Depending on your state.You stated your already on EUC,so you should move from tier to tier without problem.
Thank You for your prayers

March 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm
(673) sdcloke says:

“ America touts itself as the land of the free, but the number one freedom that you and I have is the freedom to enter into a subservient role in the workplace. Once you exercise this freedom you’ve lost all control over what you do, what is produced, and how it is produced. And in the end, the product doesn’t belong to you. The only way you can avoid bosses and jobs is if you don’t care about making a living. Which leads to the second freedom: the freedom to starve. ”

— Tom Morello

March 10, 2010 at 4:02 pm
(674) Bob says:

Can someone explain this to me?

My benefits were due to run out Feb 28th and I got the mssg that my balance was zero. Then a week later (mid Feb) I got a notice saying I was eleigible for Tier 4 and I was able to continue filing. Whats weird is days later I got a notice saying I was elegible for Tier 2.

Any idea whats going on there?

March 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm
(675) CarlaB says:

Bob, because of the recent legislation, you are entitled to “one” week from tier 2. After that, you will go directly to tier 4.

March 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm
(676) fredox says:

Long term unemployed are being thrown under the bus to bring down unemployment percentages.

March 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm
(677) CarlaB says:

I hope my post does not offend anyone because this is not my intent.

It is IMPERATIVE for all the unemployed to educate themselves on how the unemployment tiers & process works (if you are educated I am not speaking to you).

The reason why this latest passage currently does not benefit the long-long-term unemployed, is because the people who were calling were not knowledgable enough about the tier/deadline process to intelligently request new weeks. The calls received in senate offices were NOT for WEEKS — but instead, just to extend tier 4 deadlines – which is why you have the bill you have before you.

So, now you have many, many people who have JUST come to the realization that this new bill does nothing for them.

I am not trying to be judgemental, however, I am saying that is important to educate yourself in all areas of the unemployment/tier process.

For those needing a tier 5, you need to continue to call senators and congressmen, do not stop now! Keep calling — Senators Schumer, Boxer & Durbin are key contacts for this issue.

March 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm
(678) fredox says:

I am well aware of how UI tiers work. I know that in MA we get 79 weeks…not 99 weeks. I know I want and need a job. I also know that if you stop filling every week you are not counted. So, long terms must keep filling whether you get a check or not. if you do not unemployment numbers will fall and you will get sh** on again.

March 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm
(679) jeff in Ohio says:

I am recently a viewer of this site and I do work part time but I was on unemployment. I disagree on some of the posting on this new bill recently pasted if this is what you are talking about. This is incorrect to say people on tier 4 will not get their benefits. EUC, or federal extended benefits. The legislation extends deadlines for this program from February 27, 2010, to April 3, 2010 only. So if you are on these tiers you Must exhaust EUC Tier 1 benefits by 4/3/2010 in order to be eligible for Tier 2 (14 weeks).Must exhaust EUC Tier 2 benefits by 4/3/2010 in order to be eligible for Tier 3 (13 weeks).
Must exhaust EUC Tier 3 benefits by 4/3/2010 in order to be eligible for Tier 4 (6 weeks) for everyone from ODJFS. Eb I repeat was not phase over from Eb benefits to Federal tiers correctly it kept pulling from the remaining Eb benefits which shortened your benefits. We need a tier 5 for at least one year things are no better than it was at the end of 2009. Does anyone know the new bill legislation to extend unemployment for everyone that is in the senate now ? Good luck and stay on your Reps.

March 10, 2010 at 6:20 pm
(680) CarlaB says:

Jeff, the bill currently in legislation does not address or benefit those who are in need of a tier 5.

Here is the next bill slated to be introduced by the Democrats. I would suggest to continue calling reps to see if a tier 5 could be attached to this bill.

Democrats set to unveil $100B jobs legislation


March 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm
(681) ktkelly says:

Ya know this bill the Senate just passed can have a tier 5 amendment added to it and if it passes, it can go to conference comittee and then to Obamas desk to be signed.

March 10, 2010 at 8:30 pm
(682) CarlaB says:

EVERYONE Go to http://tinyurl.com/y9dwtzt VOTE on how long unemployment benefits should be extended. This is on MSNBC’s website which is good that we are getting the attention but so far there’s 7000 voters and so far Indefinitely is leading by a few % pts so lets show MSNBC there’s THOUSANDS & THOUSANDS of us.

March 10, 2010 at 8:36 pm
(683) Vickie in OHIO says:

Is anyone in Ohio being paid the Ohio EB??

March 10, 2010 at 8:45 pm
(684) Kristin says:

Great. Just flippin’ great! All my calls and e-mails to reps, all my friends & concerned family members’ calls & e-mails to reps….. & they pass this bill which helps maybe half of the people that are unemployed!!!It won’t help me and those like me. The ones who have been looking and trying to find work & can’t find it… does congress think the long term unemployed are more likely to find jobs than short term unemployed?? Do we (long term unemployed) have some magic wand or wonderful insight about where the jobs are just because we have been without a job longer??? I don’t get it. I just don’t get it. No jobs means no jobs. We just lost our good jobs sooner & not later, so I guess that makes us more expendable…? Someone please clue me in because I am at a total loss here. I could be wrong, but now they (congress) just leveled the playing field.. eveyone gets the same # of weeks now, or thereabouts. 99, so now noone can complain that (wah wah wah) I didn’t get my 99 weeks like those other people… that’s not fair… (wha wha wah) Give me a break! What’s not fair is now the long term unemployed are ready to head straight off a cliff. Being unemployed & receiving unemployment is the absolute worst, and those of us that are at the end of tier 4 can agree with that…. however, I never complained that I was eating ramon noodles, cuz it sure beats having nothing to eat at all.

March 10, 2010 at 8:46 pm
(685) tominohio says:

How can unemployment an bill pass and some can get it and some can not get the benefit. I have not heard of this. I was told from ODJFS when a bill pass and are signed for your qualifying state everyone is entitled to that bill determination if you are still on the current process and is active. I am confused on this new bill it has to be a Tier 5 inclusion in order to include most of the majority or it is useless.

March 10, 2010 at 9:01 pm
(686) CarlaB says:

tominohio, all this bill does in its current form is extend DEADLINES. It does NOT add weeks or tiers.

That is why you need to start contacting HOUSE
members (that is where the bill is currently right now) to add a tier 5.

Also, just a note, if you have claimed SEB or EB once, you CANNOT claim it again (some of the updated state unemployment websites are misleading) – unless the law/reguirements change.

March 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm
(687) tominohio says:

Thanks Carlab I understand this but the new bill extends unemployment through dec 31 2010. Most people who were considered in the recession long term era are about to run out as phil said. Read the dates on the recent bill for 30 days. It is not going to matter anyway unless everyone is extended. The bill is useless this is from the horse mouth. Everyone better get extended tiers aka tier5 , tier6 in the current bill and make sure it ends on dec 2010 or there will be another surpise you will deal with. Good luck

March 10, 2010 at 9:19 pm
(688) CarlaB says:

Thanks. I know I read the bill. That’s why I have been posting so much because some people who are on tier 4 don’t realize that an extended deadline to December will not help them.

Another surprise some are finding out is that not everyone is eligible for tier 4. You can only get tier 4 if your state is at a 8.5% unemployment rate or higher.

March 10, 2010 at 10:04 pm
(689) fredox says:

The tier 5 thing needs some more press. Post it on your facebooks and my spaces get your friends involved. The MSNBC poll (http://tinyurl.com/y9dwtzt ) , spread that link. Looks like they are fishing for a story. All the players in the UI offices and most government people knew the numbers of unemployed who would be losing benefits. How could they not see 5 million unemployed slip through the cracks by June (if the numbers posted above are right).
Well a tent city in the mall in D.C we can bum change from the tourist, get a hot dog, and go raise hell in the museums.

March 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm
(690) Phil says:

Tom is right the new bill today in its form is not going help anyone unless the tier 5 , 6 is inserted. with economy Ohio has results today that some cities has raised their unemployment to almost 14% but it did not reflect on any of the news repeorting changes of unemployment in Ohio. I work part time and just make enough to feed myself and talked to people everyday unemployed. Ohio and other states need unemployment extend for at least 1 year till the job market comes back and stabilizes if not there will be an esculation of issues if this does not include the long term extention. Most people who are on long term are on tiers anyway. Contact your reps to make them include the tier 5 , 6 to extend this until dec 31 2010. And forget the 99 weeks this was when the recession started we are not over it yet. Good luck..

March 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm
(691) CarlaB says:

This was posted on another site:

The House may force this bill into a conferene committee with their Senate counterparts to iron out the differences. In fact, the new Ways and Means Chairman, Rep. Levin, said so here:


“And newly ascended Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin (D-Mich.) said Tuesday night he “wouldn’t be surprised” if the House forced a conference committee on the extenders bill to iron out the major pay-for qualms.”

March 10, 2010 at 11:06 pm
(692) mike says:

Thank God for the NRA

March 11, 2010 at 12:17 am
(693) fredox says:


March 11, 2010 at 12:41 am
(694) fredox says:
March 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm
(695) ParentJobNet says:

Add this along with that $15 billion job bill and you might see a possible increase in people applying for unemployment insurance.

March 11, 2010 at 5:37 pm
(696) Shirley in Florida says:

My unemployment ends Friday March 12. I file on Tuesdays. I just got off the phone with the unemployment office in Florida. I am currently on Tier 1. He told me because of the month extention that was just passed I do qualify for tier 2. This will be 54 percent or 13 weeks. He said if they do not pass another extention that will be all for me. I was laid off in April 2009.

March 11, 2010 at 9:00 pm
(697) CarlaB says:

Yes, Shirley. This is true. The current temporary deadline is April 5th. In order to qualify for tier 3, you would have to exhaust tier 2 before April 5th.

The bill (HR 4213) the Senate passed this week is now in the House. The House is currently reviewing it for additional amendments before going to the President’s desk for signature. Until the President signs the bill, it is not law.

March 12, 2010 at 11:58 am
(698) Mike says:

It is a shame that your elected officials keep ploying with people who has paid taxes before and because of their error in judgement those people have to take the hit. I do not care how many weeks people have been on unemployment if the justifying fax are there. We were in the heart of a recession when the 99 weeks were introduced this does not mean this is a cure or over. Those people were in the heart of this problem do not cut them out to make it look like the numbers are getting better if you actually want things to get better tackle the issues that the government created jobs etc. Stop playing with those people and extend the unemployment for a 1 year and extend the tiers. If things are getting better as the fake stock market says you will see it out your front door.

March 12, 2010 at 2:56 pm
(699) fredox says:


interesting new forum

March 12, 2010 at 5:03 pm
(700) Alexis says:

I just wanted to make sure that everyone here was aware that bill HR4213 – that was passed by the senate earlier this week, is NOT law yet.

It has not passed the House or been signed by the President. At this time, UI benefit deadlines have NOT been extended to the end of the year.

March 12, 2010 at 5:05 pm
(701) lilbear68 says:

congress better keep the unemployment goin till they figure out how to bring back the jobs they allowed to go overseas for the past 20 yrs
and while ya think about that ask your self ‘when was the last time a bill came outta congress that actually improved the avg workers standard of living

March 12, 2010 at 6:08 pm
(702) rob says:

i guess ther would not be anothe extention that bad for me cause i been collection fot over 1yr 3 month and i hae not been able to find a job. i fell we r not going to get any better until 2011 were job r going to kick back again

March 12, 2010 at 7:32 pm
(703) CarlaB says:

I have read post where posters have mentioned they are Christians with Faith — which is great, however, “Faith without Works” is dead.

For those who are about to exhaust tiers 3 & 4, you must start calling your congressmen to let them know that you need additional weeks or a new tier.

I have contacted:

Congressmen – John Lewis, David Scott, Lynn Westoreland & John Linder.

Senators – Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Harry Reid & Dick Durbin.

From these offices, I was informed that HR4213 is not even on the RADAR screen for passage. The immediate focus now is healthcare.

People, if you don’t make your voices heard you will not receive anymore benefits after you exhaust your current tier.

April 5th is at hand — this is an urgent message for:

–Those who are about to exhaust tier 4

–Those who will not exhaust tier 3 before April 5th – you will not be able to go to tier 4

–Those who are about to exahust tier 3, but don’t qualify for tier 4 (remember, tier 4 is ONLY for those states that have an unemployment rate of 8.5% or higher)

The staff members from the offices I contacted stated that their phones have NOT been ringing in regards to a new tier or additional weeks – this should NOT be.

Please start calling.

March 12, 2010 at 7:51 pm
(704) Craig says:

If your politicians pass this bill without extending this for at least one year for the long unemployed till the jobs come back to a stable unemployment rate the country will be in a world of hurt without these people paying taxes and contributing to our services and commodities we are going to go into deeper recession. This absolutely to vote on a bill without extenstions for those people incorporated in the bill. What is happening they think with these thousands of people not on the systems the unemployment will be at 4% to 6% which will make things look great. Hound the heck out of you congressman and representatives to show them their politics is not going to take this away only the truth and jobs.Good luck

March 13, 2010 at 10:45 am
(705) craig says:

To add these so called electives are going to be going on a long recess so you need to get on them hard. They know jobs and the economy has not gotten better so we need positive long term action.

March 13, 2010 at 11:37 am
(706) Dean says:

In regards to a request (and a need) for a new tier, I contacted the following House members office staff, to find out how many calls they have received regarding this issue:

Below are the house members contacted:

Gene Green – Texas
John Lewis – Georgia
Marsha Blackburn – Tennessee
Henry Brown – South Carolina
William DeLahunt – Massachusettes
Leonard Boswell – Iowa
Lynn Jenkins – Kansas
Andre Carson – Indiana
Aaron Schock – Illinois
Connie Mack – Florida
Eleanor Holmes-Norton – DC
Diana DeGette – Colorado
John Campbell – California
Susan Davis – California
Gabrielle Giffords – Arizona
Mike Ross – Arkansas
Robert Aderholt – Alabama
Ron Kind – Wisconsin
Marcia Fudge – Ohio
Larry Kissell – North Carolina
Gary Ackerman – New York
Brian Higgins – New York
Bill Owens – New York
Carolyn Maloney – New York
Harry Teague – New Mexico
Dennis Rehberg – Montana
John Linder – Georgia
Lynn Westmoreland – Georgia

From the above list, I was told that either their office had received very few calls or no calls at all – with the latter being the majority.

While I may even believe that a few may not have been telling the truth, I still believe that most were.

What is it going to take to get people to call?

March 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm
(707) CarlaB says:

Unemployed man relies on accumulated points to keep a roof over his head.

Homeless Man Lives off Frequent Flier Points
Free Nights at Hotels Keeps Jim Kennedy Off the Streets

The recession has led a lot of Americans to find creative ways to survive. For Jim Kennedy, an unemployed 46-year-old California man, that’s meant using his 1-million-mile-plus stockpile of hotel and airline points to keep a roof over his head.

Since being kicked out of his foreclosed home on Jan. 17, the former corporate development manager has relied on all those miles accumulated during years on the road to find a place to stay — a Holiday Inn Express here, a Hampton Inn there and a Motel 6 in between.

Full Story & Video: http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/unemployed-homeless-man-lives-off-frequent-flier-hotel/story?id=10075366

March 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm
(708) BV says:

Okay so I’ve read about 90% of these 704 comments and I still question the tier thing. I am currently on tier 2 EUC that is due to run out at the beginning of May (2010) and was told by the massachusetts unemployment office that I would not qualify for tier 3 because my tier 2 benefits did not end in time. From reading these other comments it almost seems each state is doing there own thing. Some say you automatically qualify, others say you qualify if don’t run out of what tier you are on and Massachusetts is telling me I have to run out. Should I be eligible for tier 3 benefits or not.

March 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm
(709) CarlaB says:

BV, are you aware of the current temporary passage deadline? The deadline is for April 5th.

At the present time, HR4213 that would extend tier deadlines to December has NOT passed.

Since you will not exhaust tier 2 until AFTER the April 5th deadline, you will NOT go to tier 3.

HR4213 was passed by the senate on Tuesday, however, it must also be passed by the House and signed by the President before it becomes law.

This is why you see so many posts asking people to push their local house members to pass this bill.

March 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm
(710) CarlaB says:

BV, another FYI – tier 4 is not for every state. Only states that have an unemployment percentage of 8.5% qualify.

In the event that HR4213 gets passed, I just wanted to make sure you understood that tier 4 is not an automatic tier – you/your state have to qualify for it.

March 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm
(711) Fredox says:

States that DO NOT qualify for tier 4

March 13, 2010 at 2:27 pm
(712) CarlaB says:

Thanks for posting, Fredox.

March 13, 2010 at 5:10 pm
(713) charlie says:

This is great information but the reason some of these states are apparently low is people are not filing their claims or have been given a reason not too. You must contact your representives and stay on them to show true numbers. Also these people who govern this bill are going to recess very soon this bill must be corrected for the long term tiers or expansion before they go on break or most people are out of luck then the numbers will look great to the market and the lying politicans. Keep filing and keep the people who govern honest..

March 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm
(714) Fredox says:

Up to date unemployment numbers by state

state populations

this has a lot to do with the states with low unemployment. Got to keep claiming stay counted.

March 13, 2010 at 9:40 pm
(715) phil says:

Thanks charlie you are right. People have fell off the systems or quit filing or told they can not file. In order to make your voice heard keep calling your congressman and tell him the situation you fell under. I know everybody gets tired of hearing this but it is a must.

March 14, 2010 at 12:33 am
(716) fredox says:

look at population figures for states that have low unemployment.

March 14, 2010 at 12:40 am
(717) fredox says:

You are welcome Carla. Here are some more links.

Up to date state unemployment numbers found here.


state population numbers here.

March 14, 2010 at 1:14 am
(718) fredox says:

Your welcome Carla :)

March 14, 2010 at 2:06 am
(719) Author BJ Lee says:

Fact: Once people run out of unemployment they will be forced to go on welfare and food stamps and public housing.
Fact: There are so many people on welfare now who really cares if tehse rolls grow even more?
Fact: Welfare is seen as a Good Thing and we spend trillions of dollars on it every year.
Fact: As long as you are on UEI everyone will attack you and think you can snap your fingers and get a job that isnt there.
Fact: Once you are on welfare you can relax. It never runs out. It goes on forever and ever. You will have accepted an inevitable fate.
Fact: Lawmakers HATE those who have worked and draw insurance.
FACT: Lawmakers love lazy asses who do nothing and drain the system of welfare and will continue to feed them like little baby robins with love and tenderness.

March 14, 2010 at 2:23 am
(720) Author BJ Lee says:

FACT: This is all part of the New World Order seeking ONE world government. The plan is to opress the working class time and time again, placing the blame for these messes squarely on the shoulders of the innocent, while patting themselves on the back and bailing themselves out with billions of dollars while diverting attention away from themselves and blaming (and sticking us with the bill) those who really had nothing to do with it. They ship all our jobs overseas and rebuild countries like Iraq. Didn’t you listen when I said all this ten years ago? Now it is too late. Wake up and smell the coffee. You are being controlled and manipulated and theres nothing you will ever be able to do about it. You will be poor and they will be Super rich. That has been the plan all along. Am I making sense yet? I have been called crazy and imbalanced at times, but when you lose your job and your house and your retirement, maybe one more person listens. Oh, I wish I WAS WRONG!!!

March 14, 2010 at 9:15 am
(721) ktkelly says:

BJLee, I think that scenario you described is dead on.I have always said that this very system that has been undermining our democracy for the last 30 years was a planned agenda by a shadow control system that shifts all the wealth from the bottom 98% of the people to the top 2%.If we examine this a little closer we will see how massive debt that is a result of bailing out the ultra-richs multi-trillion dollar schemes on wall street,leave them with trillions in false profits,while leaving the masses with unsurmountable debt,that could never be repaid,thus keeping us all in a control state.

March 14, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(722) fredox says:

Fact: Once people run out of unemployment they will be forced to go on welfare and food stamps and public housing.

I made too much money in the last year on unemployment to qualify for any of the above.

March 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(723) fredox says:


Please go here and do this……….

March 15, 2010 at 11:32 am
(724) jim says:

These people who govern are going on vaction very soon if this legislation does not get revised it will be too late. If this does not get updated in this current economy these poiticians know it is as worse today as it was at the end of 2009. Good luck to all and may God help us all..

March 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm
(725) unemployed in ohio says:

Dear Fredox (720)
Just wanted to say thanks for the website you posted! I signed and passed it along to others! Anyone who visits this site should do the same. We need voices to make ourselves heard. SIGN THE PETITION BEFORE CONGRESS SHOVES US UNDER THE RUG!!

March 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm
(726) adrain williams says:

I have been unemployed for 1 year and I have faith that the Lord will take care of our economy’s problem even in our time of need

March 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm
(727) fredox says:

Your welcome unemployed in Ohio, and Carla. Here are a couple more sites that are fighting with us that are worth a look.




If you have FB check this group out as well

99 Weeks Unemployed (99WU)

March 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm
(728) BV says:

Thanks CarlaB. I just needed it all clarified. I have contacted the senators. Now I guess it’s time to contact the rest. And Adrian Williams, you are right as long as we keep trusting in God he will never fail us.

March 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm
(729) CarlaB says:

Amen, BV. I remember how he didn’t fail us when we needed tiers 3 & 4, and he won’t fail us now.

March 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm
(730) fredox says:

Your welcome keep you heads up!!

March 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm
(731) JB says:

E-Mail these people as much as possible if you want changes. Tell them to add teir’s 5&6!


Please do it.

March 16, 2010 at 2:52 am
(732) Monty says:

@(720) fredox,

Thanks for posting the link. Anyone who hasn’t signed the petition, please go to the link in “(720) fredox”, above.

Also, KEEP FILING FOR BENEFITS!!! Even if you’ve no more money in your UB account, please remember to KEEP FILING. LET’S KEEP OURSELVES ON THE GOVT’S RECORD BOOKS!!!

CarlaB, you go, Girl!!! :)

March 16, 2010 at 6:38 am
(733) Yolanda in Arkansas says:

I live in Little Rock, AR Please help us with a tier 5 unemployment extension. I am a single mother and no one is hiring us in Arkansas. Please help us pay our mortgage and put food on the table.

March 16, 2010 at 8:46 am
(734) Sandy says:

I’m with you Yolanda!! My tier 4 is running out and no oneis hiring in FLORIDA!! They need to pass tier 5!!

March 16, 2010 at 9:12 am
(735) fredox says:

Your welcome Monty :)

March 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm
(736) CarlaB says:

Please read:

The following states’ TUR triggers will expire on March 13: Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia, and absent additional state or Federal enactments, the EB payable period will conclude on April 10, 2010. Please note that Idaho and Pennsylvania had their TUR triggers sunset but they currently meet the IUR trigger criteria to remain “on” in the EB program, so their EB periods would continue until they fail to meet the criteria to be triggered “on”.

The following states’ TUR triggers will expire on March 20: Arizona, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Ohio, and Virginia, and absent additional state or Federal enactments, the EB payable period will conclude April 17, 2010. Please note that California, Nevada, and Wisconsin had their TUR triggers sunset but they currently meet the IUR trigger criteria to remain “on” in the EB program, so their EB periods would continue until they fail to meet the criteria to be triggered “on”.

Emergency Unemployment Compensation
Based on the most recent unemployment data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on March 05, 2010, the seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate for the 3-month period ending February 2010 for the Virgin Islands fell below the 6.0 percent threshold for a high unemployment period and will cause the Virgin Islands to conclude their payable period in the third tier of EUC effective March 27, 2010.


March 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm
(737) Bill says:

My tier 4 benefits recently were exhausted last week. I got a message saying “I spoke with someone today at the ESC and they told me I should be receiving a letter regarding tier 5 next week. Is there any hope for me? Is there hope for any of us?

March 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(738) AlexisB says:

Bill, did the person actually say “tier 5″?

And you are sure you have exhausted tier 4?

March 16, 2010 at 1:07 pm
(739) c says:

Bill, yes…as long as you believe and have FAITH in GOD, there is HOPE…don’t lose your HOPE or FAITH. I don’t care what this situation looks like.

In times of doubt…and when you think a situation is over and “DEAD”…just remember the story of Lazurus. Jesus could have healed him while he was sick, but instead Lazurus died, and Jesus raised him from the dead – this was done to show the POWER of GOD.

Just like GOD displayed his power then, he will display his POWER NOW for the unemployed.

March 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm
(740) shelly says:

I find it funny but it does not surprise me that these numbers of unemployment are lowering when I have several friends in around several states to verify this. Check it yourself if you have them also. These numbers are made up and are not the total numbers of unemployed. These numbers seems like calculating census populations per state cap. The true numbers are the unemployed not population speak the truth from the BOLS. I realize this is all you have to go by but do you trust your Government number? I work part time and talked to people everyday coming in and out socializing. If the unemployed does not do something about most of the false claims you will be left out. The economy is not getting better most of my friends are working just part time and their employers feedback to them is that they are not looking to hire full time workers probably anymore because they can get more working them part time. The day of an american dream is probaly gone on the way these business owners think. It is also my understanding from a state source rep if unemployment does not get extended by next week we will be in trouble if we are not already. This source said these government officials are starting to leave and go back home with their high paying jobs and big homes the tax payer put them in. You must file your claims everyone if can not you must let your government officials know this is why they numers of unemployed are lower. Unempoyment must be extended for at least one year if the recession is over the people will drop off the systems by then then if not the true numbers will still be there. May god be with all of you looking for work to support you and your families.

March 16, 2010 at 1:28 pm
(741) jim says:

There is no Tier 5. Bill, kindly verify your facts for accuracy, as such errors are ultimately inconsiderate to those in need. As for there being “hope” for you, try taking charge of your life and losing the “victim” attitude. Good luck.

March 16, 2010 at 2:46 pm
(742) Yolanda F says:

There is no need to be rude. We are all in the same boat here that is why we are on this page…Bill, just keep your faith in God and pray and contact your representatives and hope that another tier does become available.

March 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm
(743) fredox says:
March 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm
(744) fredox says:
March 16, 2010 at 9:41 pm
(745) kathy says:

I have read several post on this issue and have to comment on some of the new media post which I know some people who have jobs and work out in america today. The economy is not any better than it was in December 2009 I agree on this. Jobs offered are only part time if you get them. You can not make a living on most of the full time jobs offered less the part time offered employers know this this is why they are offering these positions. Now I see that the job less in the US is at 9.7% and less people are applying for unemployment insurance fell which is a absolute lie. People if you think that government is telling you the truth we must be really dumb. I guess if they say it enough we will believe it. It looks like from what I have seen that you really need to keep on your congressman and your government everyday if you have too if not they are slowly going on vacation one at a time. The news shows nothing on people surfing or running out of benefits the media has totally removed it like it has suddenly disappeared. Make your voice heard and tell them it is not going away until good jobs they shipped across seas come back to our country. So keep on them and good luck job hunting..

March 16, 2010 at 10:10 pm
(746) fredox says:

They new this was going to happen in January. Hence, they should have stared working on tier 5 then. As for the press I truly do not know WTF they are not all over this.

March 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm
(747) CarlaB says:

Law Would Require Drug Test For Unemployment Assistance

By Nancy Badertscher
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Toccoa legislator is sponsoring a bill to require random drug testing of recipients of unemployment compensation benefits and other government assistance.

HB 1389, sponsored by Rep. Michael Harden, would require that the cost of the drug test be paid by the recipient or deducted from his or her benefits. Failing the drug test could result in a loss of benefits.

Harden’s proposal calls for the Georgia Labor Commissioner to conduct annual random drug testing of unemployment benefit recipients.

Those testing positive for use of “marijuana, dangerous drugs, or a controlled substance” would be tested a second time, according to the bill.

Anyone failing a mandated second test would lose their benefits — and the ability to apply for benefits — for two years.

Refusing to submit to drug testing also would make a person ineligible for benefits, according to the bill.

Georgia unemployment rate currently is 10.8 percent, the highest on record and among the highest in the United States.

Harden could not be reached Tuesday night for comment.

March 17, 2010 at 9:09 am
(748) unemployed in ohio says:

who can afford drugs?? Good Grief!

March 17, 2010 at 11:24 am
(749) CarlaB says:

Below is a new bill being introduced – other than the deadline, not sure how this bill differs from HR4213:

Chairman Levin Introduces the Continuing Extension Act of 2010

Provides a 30-day extension of unemployment and health benefits
March 16, 2010

By Lauren Bloomberg 202-225-8933

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander M. Levin (D-MI) introduced H.R. 4851 the Continuing Extension Act of 2010. The legislation extends critical unemployment and health care benefits, ensures that Medicare beneficiaries can continue seeing their doctors and extends other programs set to expire at the end of March.

“While the economy is showing signs of recovery, families are still finding it difficult to make ends meet,” said Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander M. Levin (D-MI). “This critical bill ensures that millions of Americans who have lost their jobs do not also lose the unemployment and health care benefits as they look for their next job opportunity. The legislation also ensures that millions of Medicare beneficiaries and members of the military and their families can continue visiting their doctors by preventing a drastic cut in the Medicare payment rate for physicians.”

Summary of the Continuing Extension Act of 2010

I. Extension of Unemployment Insurance Programs – Extends Federal Unemployment Programs, including the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program, through May.


March 17, 2010 at 11:40 am
(750) yolanda says:

I was reading about the new jobs bill that was passed by the senate and it stated:

“In addition to the hiring tax incentives and highway funding, the bill extends a tax break for small businesses buying new equipment and modestly expands an initiative that helps state and local governments finance infrastructure projects.

A far larger measure that would extend health insurance subsidies and jobless checks for the unemployed is in the works but has hit slow going. That measure has passed both House and Senate but is hung up as the rival chambers wrangle over how to partially finance the legislation, which also would extend a variety of tax breaks for individuals and businesses.

As a result, it may require a third temporary extension of unemployment benefits, which would otherwise expire at the end of this month.

The Senate vote comes as the House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to vote on a bill Wednesday that lawmakers hope will generate jobs through infrastructure spending and tax cuts for investing in some small businesses. The bill would exempt long-term investments in certain small businesses from capital gains taxes, and would expand the Build America Bonds program, which subsidizes interest costs paid by local governments when they borrow for construction projects.

The bond program would be extended through June 2013, at a cost of $7.6 billion. The entire bill would cost about $17 billion over the next decade.

Much of the bill would be paid for by limiting the ability of multinational corporations to avoid U.S. withholding taxes by shifting assets among foreign countries. The bill would also make it easier for the federal government to withhold payments from government contractors that owe back taxes.

March 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm
(751) unemployed in ohio says:

I will applaud another extension, if it gets passed before people lose their homes. But another 30 day extension…?? COME ON!! I am really tired of worrying myself to death every time another 30 days is up..! My face hasn’t been this broken out since high school. Why can’t they give us the security of a 24 week tier 5?

March 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm
(752) fredox says:

30 Days?? that isn’t enough to catch up on the bills we already have. Furthermore, by the time we get a check the 30 days will be up WTF that make 0 sense.

March 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm
(753) jill says:

The reason these 30 days extensions are done is because the minute it looks like the numbers go down by people not filing claims or told they can not things look great and delaying the true issue at hand. Look at the Dow 7 or 8 days it looks like money being poured into the systems. Where is it coming from ? I tell you where NO WHERE. You can make them look anyway you want them too. We are going into spring then summer and the same old song and dance again it looks like everything is starting to look good again. But the truth is the same old politics as usual. Things are not any better people working harder if they have a job for less and the employers putting strangled holds on what part time jobs if any are offered. Come on government do what is right for a change if you in fact stimulating the economy extend long term for at least one year so people can afford to continue to look for work and then these people who need a small lift can find gameful employment. Stop the undermining saying people are lazy they just want an american dream of living. if this keeps up maybe we need a bill to reduce their salaries to minimum wage working in the house and senate. I think this would provide the changes needed and they can see how the real life lives. Good luck to everyone and get something done by next week or we are in serious trouble since they are slowly going on recess.

March 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm
(754) CarlaB says:

I just spoke with the assistant legislative director for congressman Sander Levin’s office. He said that the “new” temporary extension has just passed.

He also said that Sander Levin pushed through this measure because the Republican and Conservative parties were going to let the April 5th deadline expire until they could resolve HR4213 – which at this point could take weeks.

Sander Levin and Charlie Rangle had tried to push an amendment through to add 6 additional weeks to tier 4 in this current extension to at least provide those exhausting tier 4 more time to find a job – however, the measure was shot down by the republicans.

He advises to continue making your voices heard and supports the idea of contacting all media both large and small.

This was the first time I spoke with someone who actually showed feeling, emotion and disgust as to what is happening to the unemployed.

March 17, 2010 at 4:12 pm
(755) fredox says:

Thank you Carla for one keeping this thread going, and for the updates..I have started a Press campaign of my own using a Press release I found on the 99ers FB page. I have spread this to all my local news out lets…….and Michele Moore for what it is worth. I have also sent this release to just about every talking head I could think of, even Mr. Sitandspin Bill O……Keep the pressure on folks.

March 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm
(756) cindy says:

This is absolute shame that when the 99 weeks were introduced we were in the heart of a recession. Now we here that the 10% or over unemployment has went to 9.7% this is a disgrace. Do these politicians beleive if something is throwed out there that magically it ends at a wave of the magic flute. This recession is not over more and more states in the cities are loosing employment. We need to tell the people who govern if they stop thinking of the people who paid taxes before just beacuse they threw a smal bone out to fix the issues then maybe they are not the people for change anymore. We have had enough stop the 4 weeks here etc just because spring and summer is here and everthing looks brighter in thier numbers. Tell them it is not going away no matter what until jobs come back. We have had enough of the politics the past few legislations between both parties.

March 17, 2010 at 7:45 pm
(757) jerry says:

First time on this site. I have 4 friends on unemployment long term all on tier 4. I am in retail sales which is not doing very well working part time. I noticed from talking to people there has been no information that people has drop off the systems in the media or courage of people loosing their benefits in this economy. I have noticed false numbers saying that people have found jobs one month we wer at 10.8% unemployment and not at 9.7% which is absolutely false. Where is the coverage is that the intial view that the conomy is better it must be because we are going into spring or summer again and that jobs suddenly appeared. Come on america wake up get in touch with the media on the false claims also make you voice heard. Unless you get good jobs back that the government ship out of the country the economy will never recover. And the high paying people who govern stop labelling the americans as lazy just because there are not any jobs to be found. Maybe these so called lazy people need to put a bill in to reduce your high salaries to min wage then you would know how a real american lives. Keep up the contacts whether it be media or president or your govern officials. We need wide spread coverage to show this type of problem is not going away until jobs come back to every state who needs them. Not contract but fulltime permanant jobs.

March 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm
(758) CarlaB says:


I read this earlier from another board: posted today at 6pm

live on CSpan senator Bernie Sanders is the first senator to finally bring up the 6 million long termed unemployed that have run out of benefits. He is stating that something needs to be done and done fast.

someone got a reply back from Pelosi’s office saying: that any new extension or any new tier will not even be considered until after the Easter break

Nothing is confirmed. An ammendment was proposed by Sanders but no one knows yet what’s in it.

This is where I read it: http://unemployed-friends.forumotion.com/unemployed-long-term-f66/bernie...

March 18, 2010 at 8:52 am
(759) CarlaB says:

Per my previous post, I contacted Senator Sanders office to say “thank you” for initiating an initiative to help the long-long-term unemployed – below is his contact info for anyone else who would like to do the same:

Washington, DC Office
(202) 224-5141

Vermont Office
(802) 862-0697


March 18, 2010 at 10:59 am
(760) cindy says:

Thank you carlB. I have read other post also there has not been any courage on CNN and other major networks which is true since the last month bill was past as if it looks like everything has just gotten better. It must be past on to them as well not just Cspan. Now again the same politics as we are aware of jobs claims are down. These are for new claims not long term unemployed. We must get these facts right to produce correct numbers. Good luck to everyone

March 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm
(761) jimbo says:

The politicians are not trying to solve the unemployment crisis. They are merely managing it, blowing the occasional smokescreen to keep the masses appeased, as they further the agenda to incapacitate the middle class of America. The only way to resolve this hopeless fiasco is a revolution by the people.

March 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm
(762) CarlaB says:

Below is a video of Senator Bernie Sanders on the Senate floor commenting on:

-The econonmy
-Long-term unemployed
-NO jobs
-Out-of-touch politicians & CEO’s
-The uninsured
-Wall Street and more…

(Sander’s starts at 249:58 on counter time clock)


March 18, 2010 at 2:19 pm
(763) JT says:

Does anyone know if there going to try to extend the cobra subsidy insurance coverage longer than the 15 months we have now,cause alot of us will be running out on that really soon, and most of us won’t beable to afford health insurance anymore either?? ANOTHER UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM!!!!

March 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm
(764) CarlaB says:

JT, that should be included when bill HR4213 is passed.

March 18, 2010 at 3:36 pm
(765) CarlaB says:

JT, sorry…I spoke too soon:

Senate to pass jobs bill without Cobra and unemployment benefit extensions

The larger portion of the bill that would extend unemployment insurance benefits and the Cobra subsidy to the jobless to the end of the year is now in doubt. Reid is apparently daring the GOP to vote against this paired down version. Again, according to ABC News, He is virtually daring his colleagues on the other side of the partisan aisle to oppose a measure with the word “jobs” in the title at a time when unemployment remains stubbornly high.

As a result, to restore these benefits, it will require a third temporary extension of unemployment benefits, which would expire at the end of this month.

FULL STORY: http://www.examiner.com/x-31324-SF-Career-Coach-Examiner~y2010m3d17-Senate-to-pass-jobs-bill-without-Cobra-and-unemployment-benefit-extensions

March 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm
(766) CarlaB says:

Now with another possible “third” temporary extension & no COBRA benefits in the new bill — a new tier or additional weeks will almost have to be added.

Please try to contact Senator Bernie Sanders office thanking him for standing up for the long-term unemployed — and also expressing that in light of these latest developments, a new tier or additional weeks are needed now more than ever.

March 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm
(767) CarlaB says:

Unemployment Extensions Needed For Benefits, Not Just To File For Unemployment


March 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm
(768) KutDaCHekks says:

i got my eb from may 09 till last week of august 09. obama signed bill in november. and i qualified for high eb. my last check is april 3. will i qualify for the new extentsion? i live in nj

March 18, 2010 at 8:36 pm
(769) FriendlyWolf says:

For those of you who need to extend your benefits beyond 99 weeks and therefore need to add another tier (Tier V)–please go to the site below to see the names of Senators we are calling to support an additional extension for the long term unemployed:


March 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm
(770) CarlaB says:

KutDaCheck, it looks like you should be going to tier 4 — and that will depend on your states unemployment percentage – it has to be at least 8.5%.

March 18, 2010 at 11:30 pm
(771) Monty says:


Thank you for staying informed, taking the lead, and for sharing on the latest unemployment news.

I, for one, have learned a lot from your posts, and have just now emailed a thank-you to Senator Sanders using the contact information you supplied in:

Post “(756) CarlaB”, above.

You go, girl!

March 19, 2010 at 12:15 am
(772) Monty says:

Dear Everyone,

I URGE YOU ALL to read posting:

“(759) CarlaB”,

and to view Senator Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vermont) address to Congress.

It’s a well-researched, POWERFUL speech which deserves to be spread around the internet.

Thank you, CarlaB!

You are going a long way towards keeping us informed.

March 19, 2010 at 12:16 am
(773) KutDaChekks says:

CarlaB. My last check was in august 09. i didnt receive anything until november when obama signed bill. For states with high rates. nj unemployment rate was 10.1. Now my last check will be on apr. 2 2010 will i qualify for new extension?

March 19, 2010 at 5:32 am
(774) Monty says:

Another Change.org (thank you, Issa Decker!) petition for us all to sign regarding the need for Tier V benefits:


I say, sign every petition we can — Congress just doesn’t see the urgency!!!

March 19, 2010 at 8:50 am
(775) unemployed in ohio says:

Well, done Monty! Another signature to add! Hopefully it is not falling on deaf ears.

March 19, 2010 at 10:54 am
(776) CarlaB says:

Schauer Introduces Jobless Extension

The Enquirer • March 18, 2010

U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, D-Bedford Township, today
introduced a bill to extend unemployment benefits
through the end of the September.

A jobs bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday did
not include a benefits extension, but a larger bill
approved by the House in December did.

If Congress doesn’t extend jobless benefits by
Sunday, approximately 130,000 people in Michigan
will exhaust their benefits in March and another
150,000 will lose benefits in April, according to a
release from Schauer’s office.


I just spoke with Eddie in Senator Schauer’s office, he said that the proposed bill (per the Battle Creek Enquirer story) is for those who will exhaust tier 4 benefits – this extension is for the long-term unemployed to receive benefits in addition to what tier 4 currently offers.

The bill is currently in committee for review and the Senator is pushing HARD to get it through.

His motivation? If nothing is done to provide additional benefits to those who exhaust tier 4, in Michigan alone it will equal a catastrophe, as Michigan’s current unemployment rate is almost at 16%.

Please call your senator (and others) to let them know that you need them to support Senator’s Sanders & Schauer in their initiative to assist the long-term unemployed.

And, if during your senate calls you receive a response that the senator “does not support this initiative”, then make sure you ask, WHY NOT?

Then you make sure you also let the senate staffer know then you will NOT be supporting them (senator) come re-election time.

Make these phones ring NON-STOP.

The strategy of some in DC is to keep passing these temporary extensions to “confuse” the unemployed – let them know you are not “confused”, you are “disgusted!”

March 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm
(777) RPM10 says:

I hate to make all you people that have almost exhausted your 99 weeks of unemployment unhappy, but I’m fairly positive that there will be no extension for you. If you have’nt found a job in a year and a half, then thats because you havn’t put any effort into it. Any new extension that will go into congress will be for only the people that are just starting to exhaust their regular unemployment. Go look for a job today and get off your computers. The sooner that you come to terms that it’s only up to you from here on out, then the quicker you will find something.

March 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm
(778) CarlaB says:

First, please ignore the post from RPM10 – don’t waste your efforts in arguing or giving place to this type of ignorance.

Secondly, my previous post should have read “congressman” Schauer not “senator” – I apologize for that mistake.

Lastly, this was posted on another board:

As a retired unemployment staff representative, there is one other thing you can mention in your calls.

For all the senators and congressmen who say that there is NO money to pay for a new tier — ask them do they know how much money it cost each unemployment office/state to print new letters each time they keep passing these darn temporary extensions? Letters, postage, stuffing, envelopes and not to mention the extra staff to handle calls!

March 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm
(779) jimbo says:

RPM10 – in this ridiculous game of musical employment chairs, statistically, there are nearly 6 individuals out of work for each available job (which may be worse as I don’t believe publicized statistics). To make matters worse, 125,000 jobs are given each month to foreign workers, and thousands upon thousands of retirement age are still working, consuming more prospective job availabilities for the younger generation. It’s not that people aren’t putting effort into job-searching; millions are breaking their tails trying to find work. I agree that people need to take responsibility for the future, but there’s simply too much control over what people are able to do for themselves nowadays.

March 19, 2010 at 9:06 pm
(780) Monty says:

I am re-posting CarlaB’s recommendation to watch Senator Bernie Sanders comments to the senate floor. Sanders presents several IMPORTANT, SCARY FACTS which I didn’t know.

Sen. Sanders mentions (my poor paraphrase) that there are fewer jobs in America now than there were in the year 2000. However, since then, 12 MILLION new workers have entered the workforce.

You don’t even need to do any math to see what is happening to job applicants in this kind of environment!

Without additional benefit tiers for the long-term unemployed, this country is going to bottom-out.

Here, again, is CarlaB’s extremely worthwhile post “(759) CarlaB”:

(759) CarlaB says:
Below is a video of Senator Bernie Sanders on the Senate floor commenting on:

-The econonmy
-Long-term unemployed
-NO jobs
-Out-of-touch politicians & CEO’s
-The uninsured
-Wall Street and more…

(Sander’s starts at 249:58 on counter time clock)


IGNORE trolls who, desperate for attention in their empty lives, seek to put us down in our quest for help for the long-term unemployed.

IGNORE nay-sayers and follow the advice of the late Sir Winston Churchill in his October 29, 1941 address to students at Harrow School:

“Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up.”

I had to look this one up. Yup. Churchill used that many “nevers”.

What do we have to lose? Keep those phones ringing!!!

March 19, 2010 at 9:12 pm
(781) Monty says:

Here is another Change.org petition advocating further benefits for the long-term unemployed:


I say, do EVERYTHING YOU ***POSSIBLY*** CAN to communicate this information to the gravy-trainers in congress. Remind these fatcats that only those who support us in our time of need will get our votes!!!

Sanders and Schauer are on our side, and they will get our votes!!!

March 20, 2010 at 4:47 am
(782) Denver says:

Hi! One of the long term unemployed here. Well, I must say the news reporting and brouhaha regarding the benefit extension (that didn’t extend benefits) sure had me confused.

So my last benefit check arrived two weeks ago. I didn’t realize until today that was it! I have rent money for Apr, but that is all.

I never thought I’d be homeless . . .

March 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm
(783) cheryl says:

There is no sense in the heart of a 99 weeks recession and now apparently its over where are the employed jobs? Infact we and current workers who complain about the people who have exhausted the weeks I have one question. You do not think that the unemployed would like your job ? Stop the fighting you sound like republicans trying to protect special interests on the healthcare reform. Healthcare needs reformed and you know it. If it does not your deserve to get what is coming to you and it is. The politicans need to get a one year extention and if the economy is picking up they will drop out of the system but this president has not had enought time to accomplish anything due to the grid lock of republicans and you know know it. This is why the nation has become divide and people argue amongst each other and get nothing done. It needs to stop or we are headed in the wrong direction and have been for sometime. Good luck i hope everyone finds good fulltime employment.

March 20, 2010 at 6:40 pm
(784) CarlaB says:

I hope that this media information is helpful to some of you:

. Media Contact Information

abcnews support@abcnews.go.com
Al Franken frankenal@hotmail.com
Alan Colmes colmes@foxnews.com
Bill O’reilly oreilly@foxnews.com
brian williams@msnbc.com brian.williams@msnbc.com
Chris Matthews chris.matthews@msnbc.com
countdown msnbc countdown@msnbc.com
crossfire cnn crossfire@cnn.com
Dateline NBC Dateline@NBC.com
editorCharlotteObserver opinion@charlotteobserver.com
EditorGuardian editor@guardianunlimited.co.uk
EditorTheStar oped@thestar.ca
hardball hardball@msnbc.com
Imus@msnbc.com Imus@msnbc.com
Jim Hightower info@jimhightower.com
Joe Conason jconason@observer.com
Meet the press MTP@NBC.com
Michael Moore mmflint@aol.com
Michael Moore news@michaelmoore.com
msnbc news World@MSNBC.com
msnbc tv viewerservices@msnbc.com
newsweek Letters@newsweek.com
newsweekweb WebEditors@newsweek.com
nightly@nbc.com nightly@nbc.com
Paul Krugman krugman@nytimes.com
PBS newshour newshour@pbs.org
Sean Hannity hannity@foxnews.com
Today@NBC.com Today@NBC.com

ABC News
77 W. 66 St., New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-456-7777
General e-mail: netaudr@abc.com
Nightline: nightline@abcnews.com
20/20: 2020@abc.com

March 20, 2010 at 9:02 pm
(785) larry in ohio says:

thanks carla b for all your great info i seen on the ohios unemployment page that the end of the tier dates have changed from 2-27-10 to 4-4-10 which still dosnt help me i think? i am on my second tier that ends on 4-21-10 or around there

i wish they would extend our benefits cuz i need about 9 weeks to modify my mortgage but if i get the 9 weeks i am sure they will change the requirements

i just dont understand why some get the full 99 weeks and others only get around 60 weeks like myself ?

any ways i am thankfull to have found this site

any info would be appreciated ok thanks

March 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm
(786) CarlaB says:

Larry, you are welcome.

Hopefully by the time you exhaust tier 2, both the congress and the senate will have passed a new extended deadline which will allow you to complete the remaining tiers (3 & 4).

The reason some unemployed are not able to apply for all the tiers is because of the “imposed” deadlines. These imposed deadlines are hurting both the newly and long-term unemployed.

March 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm
(787) CarlaB says:

Also, I hate to keep repeating this but it bears repeating, tier 4 is NOT automatic – it is a “trigger based” tier – you can only qualify for this tier if your state’s unemployment is above 8.5%.

With that being said, for those who are contacting their senate and congressmen for additional weeks – please indicate that you want a “new” tier instead of additional weeks added to tier 4 – this way, ALL unemployed benefit from it – not just those with high unemployment rates.

Because if additional weeks are added to tier 4 only, then it will still carry the same eligibility requirements – which will hinder many from being eligible to receive it.

March 21, 2010 at 12:59 am
(788) larry in ohio says:

hi carla b i dont know what state you are in but in ohio we are way over 10% so i should qualify for any extentions i hope

i have been mass emailing as many senaters, congreassman, vise president and the presedent as i can… i only got responses back from sherrod brown and betty sutton only thing i got from her is a proof that she got my email

i think we need to start protesting at actual official offices to be seen and heard

i dont know about others but i do have some free time, but we would have to do it in shifts because we all know that we have to keep applying for all these great if any jobs out there..

i will start calling these senators and etc.. on monday, but i heard that they are going on vacation?

and i think if they dont agree to a tier 5 we should strongly advise them to reconsider or we wont re elect them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but i guess that dosnt matter to that senator bunning or what ever his name is? if i lived in that state i would protest at his work , home or ( i am sure he has atleast one neighbor that dont agree with him)

here is what email i got back from senator sherrod brown

Thank you for getting in touch with me about Unemployment Insurance and for sharing your personal story. I understand the dire circumstances that many unemployed Ohioans are facing through no fault of their own.

I have been fighting to ensure that Congress extends Unemployment Insurance, particularly for high unemployment states like Ohio, before coverage expires on April 5th. This issue is currently being debated by Congress and I will continue working hard for a long-term extension through the end of 2010. Additionally, I support a Tier 5 and am working with other Senators to determine how many weeks would be feasible and how to pay for it.

To apply for unemployment or to learn more about Ohio Unemployment Benefits, you may wish to visit http://unemployment.ohio.gov/.

Thank you again for reaching out to my office on this topic that is vital to the strength of Ohio’s economy and workforce.


Sherrod Brown
United States Senator

Stay connected with what’s happening in Congress. Sign up here for regular updates on the issues you care about the most: http://brown.senate.gov/newsletter/landing

March 21, 2010 at 5:47 am
(789) Brian says:

CarlaB thank you for all the information you’ve given me. I live in Arkansas the rate that i know of is 7.8%. I didn’t get the tier 4 benifits. Would i possibly get a tier 5 if it passed? Thanks again

March 21, 2010 at 8:30 am
(790) fredox says:

Im back had to borrow $100 to get my phone and internet back….deeper in the hole go figure….

March 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm
(791) CarlaB says:

Brian, yes you will be eligible for tier 5 – those fighting for tier 5 are asking that it not have any “requirements” attached to it.

I saw this on your state’s website:

EUC supersedes all other types of supplemental benefits. For claimants who are eligible for EUC and are currently receiving benefits under the Trade Act/Training Assistance programs, you will be taken off those benefits and put on the EUC claim. You will continue on the EUC claim until you have received all benefits on that extension or the sunset date, whichever comes first. If you still qualify for the Trade Act/Training Assistance claim once the EUC benefits have exhausted or the sunset date is reached, you could return to the Trade Act/Training Assistance claim.

Per the above, would you be able to file under the Trade Act/Training Assistance claim? Since I don’t live in Arkansas, I did not know all the details/requirements.

I am praying that you do qualify — so that this may be a bridge for you until a tier 5 is created.

March 21, 2010 at 8:40 pm
(792) CarlaB says:

“…extending weeks of aid to this nations displaced workforce, a lifeline in the form of providing additional weeks to the long-term unemployed…”


March 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm
(793) CarlaB says:

The link below provides a “Summary Chart” outline of the proposed healthcare bill – including how much the penalty will be for INDIVIDUALS who DO NOT purchase healthcare and employers who do not provide healthcare for their employees:

Chart: Highlights of Health Care Bill


March 21, 2010 at 9:27 pm
(794) CarlaB says:

This article is about how Part Time employment and Census Bureau jobs and what effect they could have on unemployment.


March 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm
(795) Kevin says:

I’m a 34 year old father of three, and a provider for a family of five. I first felt the affects of the recession in early 2009 with a 10% pay cut. This was a temporary solution to a long term problem. In addition to the pay cut I saw my weekly hours cut from 40-45 to just barely 28-30. We hardly are what you would call a middle class family, and financially earn just above poverty. We get by on a paycheck to paycheck basis and struggle on though. I did not claim unemployment out of pride, and broken promises from my employer. It was not until Sep. 2009 that I was “officially” laid off and began collecting benefits. I started looking for work everyday. Usually sending out 8-10 applications/Resumes daily This task has gotten some what daunting with all the rejection and unanswered calls. Why hire me when there are 8-10 other canidates that can do the job better? Unfortunately, I am only eligible for the 26 weeks of unemployemnt that are allowed by my stste unless the extension bill can be passed. I had wanted to attend classes this Spring to possibly make myself more marketable to future employers but, with no source of income coming in, it looks like it’s McDonalds or Walmart for me.

March 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm
(796) CarlaB says:

Kevin, when do you exhaust your 26 weeks?

March 22, 2010 at 9:53 am
(797) CarlaB says:

Regarding the upcoming break for represenatives & senators — they only have one day off officially for Easter — the remaining time will be spent in their home state offices — this allows them time to catch up on their district business and re-connect with constituents.

This should also be a good time for the unemployed to contact their representatives LOCAL & DISTRICT OFFICES to voice your request/demand for a tier 5!

This is also a good time to contact the newspapers that service your house representatives districts and communities — so your reps cannot only HEAR about a need for a tier 5, they can READ it too!

March 22, 2010 at 11:41 am
(798) Mel7676Ohio says:

I will receive my file for my final week of tier 4 on March 28. When I talked to the unemployment office about the EB extension they keep telling me different things, like one said I might get one week of eb since the deadline right now is April 3rd. But the next person says I won’t get it, even though I established benefits for it in October 2009, but was taken off of it and put on tiers, I have a 4000.00 balance left, it they pass the new extension will I be able to collect on it?

Please help me with this…..thanks so much

March 22, 2010 at 11:55 am
(799) CarlaB says:


Twitter Campaign to Congress – Extend ARRA and a Tier V!

The daily TWEET:

Washington indifference CHANGEs long term Unemployed from Jobless to Homeless http://tinyurl.com/yfpqk7d

TWITTER MEDIA CONTACTS LIST – lists over 2000 media contacts

March 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm
(800) Mary says:

First time on this site a friend told me about it. I am working and I have several friends unemployed. I am concerned how come with the rising unemployment rates posted on CNN, CNBC or local news no one has heard of an unemployment extenstion for the long term ? This recession is not over ! it appears the politicians have ignored these people even when website are trying to post this information and people are trying to contact their congreessman and representatives. This will be an absolute shame if this does not get done millions will be left out without a lifeline so they can afford to look for employment if the so call recession is over.

March 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm
(801) FriendlyWolf says:

hmmm this is the third time I tried to upload this–I think the comment box takes a limited # of characters…so I will put this in two comment boxes.

Here is a form letter and addresses of reps to campaign for extended benefits that is posted on Craigslist. Feel free to taylor this letter to your own situation if you wish. Every voice counts !!!

Contact Your Elected Officials For A Tier 5 (United States)

Sample Script (Feel free to use this script or your own words). Introduce yourself and state the reason for your call. It is a rarity that we can reach Congress members directly. Please leave a message if you are transferred to their voicemail. Take note of any information given to you by the operator OR taylor this as a written message:

“My Name is__________. I am writing in reference to an extension of an additional tier for federal unemployment insurance. Can you please relay the message to Senator _____________ that this issue is a very important and cannot wait until after the April break. Thousands of unemployed Americans are losing their benefits daily and it is important that Congress extends the weeks available to the jobless until more jobs become available. Thank you for your time and I strongly ask for your assistance on this issue.”

Contact the United States President

Barack Obama Web Contact: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

Leadership of the United States House of Representatives

1. House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer, Phone (202) 225-4131 Web Form: http://hoyer.house.gov/contact/

2. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Phone (202) 225-4965 or (415) 556-4862
Web Form: http://www.house.gov/pelosi/contact/contact.html

List of United States Members of United States Congress, Democrats & Independent

1. Akaka, Daniel K. – (D – HI) Phone (202) 224-6361 Web Form: akaka.senate.gov/email-senator-akaka.cfm

2. Baucus, Max – (D – MT) Phone (202) 224-2651 Web Form: baucus.senate.gov/contact/emailForm.cfm?subj=issue

3. Bayh, Evan – (D – IN) Phone (202) 224-5623 Web Form: bayh.senate.gov/contact/email/

4. Begich, Mark – (D – AK) Phone (202) 224-3004 Web Form: begich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=EmailSenator

5. Bennet, Michael F. – (D – CO) Phone (202) 224-5852 Web Form: bennet.senate.gov/contact/

6. Bingaman, Jeff – (D – NM) Phone (202) 224-5521 Web Form: bingaman.senate.gov/contact/

7. Boxer, Barbara – (D – CA) Phone (202) 224-3553 Web Form: boxer.senate.gov/en/contact/

8. Brown, Sherrod – (D – OH) Phone (202) 224-2315 Web Form: brown.senate.gov/contact/

9. Burris, Roland W. – (D – IL) Phone (202) 224-2854 Web Form: burris.senate.gov/contact/contact.cfm

10. Byrd, Robert C. – (D – WV) Phone (202) 224-3954 Web Form: byrd.senate.gov/contacts/

11. Cantwell, Maria – (D – WA) Phone (202) 224-3441 Web Form: cantwell.senate.gov/contact/

12. Cardin, Benjamin L. – (D – MD) Phone (202) 224-4524 Web Form: cardin.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

13. Carper, Thomas R. – (D – DE) Phone (202) 224-2441 Web Form: carper.senate.gov/contact/

14. Casey, Robert P., Jr. – (D – PA) Phone (202) 224-6324 Web Form: casey.senate.gov/contact/

15. Conrad, Kent – (D – ND) Phone (202) 224-2043 Web Form: conrad.senate.gov/contact/webform.cfm

16. Dodd, Christopher J. – (D – CT) Phone (202) 224-2823 Web Form: dodd.senate.gov/index.php?q=node/3130

continued in next message……..

March 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm
(802) FriendlyWolf says:

I pulled this off of Unemployed/blogspot. For a list of contact information of Elected Officials and a sample script to call by telephone OR taylor to a written letter please check out this Craigslist post–Every voice counts !!

Check out:


The writer states” I put this list way out in an area of Craigslist so that it should not bother anyone. It should be fairly printer-friendly. Print it out, please make some calls.

Taking action is the way to go…

March 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm
(803) CarlaB says:

This was posted on another board – people are getting serious about this:

My cell number is 440-310-2315 and my email address is: eighteenspeedpete@gmail.com

I want to go daily to the local FOX 8 news station here in Cleveland Ohio until they begin reporting on the plight of the long-term unemployed- us- and get the word out what the “unemployment extensions” contain. For a day- better for like a week or two- I’m up for it! Are you? I am willing to drive in a 30 mile (or so) radius for gas money, I have a van and several people could sit on the floor.
Please post below with support and ideas for our signs~! Call me or write- I would like to begin on Wed or Thursday, but would like to consistently picket for several days at the least. I don’t know if you need a permit to picket- it would be on public sidewalks and is highly visible from the highway.

I’m looking forward to meeting you!
FOX News Channel 8
5800 South Marginal Road
Cleveland, OH 44103-1087

March 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm
(804) sherly says:

I hope we finally get heard on the Locals, CNN, CBS, CNBC very soon if not this will a transparent thing. You need to let the governing people know this is not going away no matter what their fake numbers are or how they tweeak the systems. Until we get back to low uemployment americans have had enough. This is reality and true numbers ans stop the game playing anymore. We need real additional long term extention to allow the people to afford to look for work. Otherwise its time to put in a bill to reduce their pay as normal day to day workers or kick them out of office. This is not the change they talked about.

March 23, 2010 at 10:51 am
(805) KutDaCHekks says:

CarlaB. My last check was in august 09. i didnt receive anything until november when obama signed bill. For states with high rates. nj unemployment rate was 10.1. Now my last check will be on apr. 2 2010 will i qualify for new extension?

March 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(806) CarlaB says:

KutDacheck, not unless they pass another temporary (or long term) extension.

March 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm
(807) CarlaB says:

Message from NELP:

Friends -

Here we are again – the deadline is approaching for the UI and COBRA programs to end, and Congress has yet to fully reauthorize the program. After the success in the Senate a few weeks ago, where they extended the filing deadline of the program through the end of the year, we have experienced some setbacks and are, again, hoping to pass another 30 day extension of the filing deadline.

Here is what happened: although the Senate passed a year-long extension of the filing deadline, it did so as part of a larger bill containing “tax extenders,” provisions of the tax code that lapsed at the end of the last year that the Senate wanted to extend into 2010. The problem is that those extenders were offset with revenue raising measures that the House had already set aside for the health care bill. So the House could not pass the Senate version of the bill, and late last week, passed another 30 day extension of the filing deadline of the UI and COBRA programs so they wouldn’t lapse. The plan is to then deal with the longer extension of the filing deadline once the Health Care bill fully clears Congress.

The Senate is planning to spend virtually the whole week working on Health Care – although the House passed the Senate bill last night, they are now turning to some “fixes” the House has passed in addition to the bill, and hoping to do it in the context of the Budget. Unfortunately, this will take up virtually all of the floor time this week and then both Houses are on recess until April 12. Thus, the Senate HAS to pass the 30 day extension of the filing deadline via “unanimous consent” which doesn’t mean that everyone in the Senate needs to vote for the bill, but that everyone in the Senate needs to agree that it should have a vote. ONE Senator can hold up the whole process – that’s what we saw Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky do a few weeks ago. Senator Reid of Nevada tried to move the extension last Friday, but was blocked by Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona who stated that because not all Republicans were on the floor, he would not agree to the vote. He expressed optimism that the bill would pass this week and we need your help to make that happen.

We cannot afford to let one rogue senator block this bill – the program lapsed just for a short time a few weeks ago and states were able to keep things up and running. But because of the Congressional recess, if the programs aren’t reauthorized THIS WEEK, they will lapse for at least a week and the state agencies will not be able to keep things running as smoothly this time. That will lead to delays in people getting their checks.

All of you should contact your Senators and DEMAND that they extend the filing deadline of UI and COBRA this week so that the programs don’t lapse. But in particular, if your Senators are Republicans, it is especially important that you contact them and make it clear to them that they cannot play games with this program and with your lives.

Visit our new action alert to get in touch with them, and have your friends and families do the same – the time is NOW – you must act so that the Senate knows that it too, must act NOW.

What does this mean for you?
-This new 30 day extension of the filing deadline does not add additional weeks of benefits to the UI program
-This new 30 day extension of the filing deadline will permit individuals that exhaust regular state benefits after March 28, 2010 to move on and collect federal benefits
-This new 30 day extension of the filing deadline will permit individuals that exhaust a tier of federal benefits after April 4, 2010 to move to the next tier of federal benefits already in law

March 23, 2010 at 6:10 pm
(808) CarlaB says:


Thank you for getting in touch with me about Unemployment Insurance and for sharing your personal story. I understand the dire circumstances that many unemployed Ohioans are facing through no fault of their own.

I have been fighting to ensure that Congress extends Unemployment Insurance, particularly for high unemployment states like Ohio, before coverage expires on April 5th. This issue is currently being debated by Congress and I will continue working hard for a long-term extension through the end of 2010. Additionally, I support a Tier 5 and am working with other Senators to determine how many weeks would be feasible and how to pay for it.

To apply for unemployment or to learn more about Ohio Unemployment Benefits, you may wish to visit http://unemployment.ohio.gov/.

Thank you again for reaching out to my office on this topic that is vital to the strength of Ohio’s economy and workforce.


Sherrod Brown
United States Senator

March 23, 2010 at 8:06 pm
(809) unemployed in ohio says:
March 23, 2010 at 9:07 pm
(810) AlexisB says:

Unemployed in Ohio, thanks for the post…however, this video is dated 3/5/10 and is not referring to the current extension situation.

Not trying to be rude, just don’t want anyone mislead.

Speaking of mislead, please remember that the bill to temporarily extend benefits to May 5th has passed the House but NOT the Senate — this bill is NOT LAW.

March 23, 2010 at 9:40 pm
(811) Scott says:

If your out of work vote “HERE” If your out of work vote “HERE”


March 23, 2010 at 9:46 pm
(812) Scott says:

If your out of work vote “HERE” enter your zip code and send the pre formatted letter



March 24, 2010 at 10:29 am
(813) bambi says:

go to change.org type in 99ers and sign today, help yourself!!!

March 24, 2010 at 11:45 am
(814) Zach says:

Hello everyone. I am employed part time in retail and I have two friends on long term unemployment. I have concern for the unemployed. I have seen where a one month extension was passed sometime ago and there has been absolutely no media coverage on local channels, CNN, CNBC,NBC. You here constant talking in the real market of people who deal with you on a daily basis and how bad the economy still is. Are we going to leave these people no lifeline and try to hide this? People are loosing their lifelines everyday but no reporting of this since the last debate of 30 days extension. I noticed a few people talking about the media courage on this site and others along with postings of website but it appears there is no wide media courage. I noticed there was talk of maybe something happening today or tomorrow and hope it does because more and more businesses are downsizing from local and some media reports. I noticed that a bill was passed just to extended the dates this will not do anyone any good because most people are already in site to loose their benefits with no increase in jobs. We have now made a step with healthcare it is time to work on extending the unemployment for at least one year, create jobs so these people can support themselves and their familes and stop the delay tactics by republicans and recently democratics and do the right thing. Good luck to everyone…

March 24, 2010 at 11:49 am
(815) CarlaB says:


GOP Refuses TARP Funds for Unemployment Extensions Kills Approved Senate Bill


March 24, 2010 at 12:25 pm
(816) billy says:

The chinese is right the people who govern gop of the american country will be the party of downfall. We will not even have to fire a shot. These delay tactics party of (NO’s) that has been going on needs to stop especially in this economic times. Why do we continue to put up with this. This is not the time for this. This is what is coming to us in november if we make it happen we will be in a deeper recession and we deserve to get whats coming to us if it happens. People need to be on Reid and he needs to get off his rear and do something even if he delays his vacation.

March 25, 2010 at 12:08 am
(817) FriendlyWolf says:


Here is another petition to sign–to add an additional tier…


March 25, 2010 at 7:23 am
(818) john says:

since this unemployment extesnion was passed, I have yet received a payment, even though they granted me 14 week extension. Anyone having same problem

March 25, 2010 at 11:23 am
(819) Michael says:

I have read several post and like this site very much but I agree with alot of the post the word is not getting out on the TV like CNN, NBC, Locals and CBS etc. The only thing I have seen is that today unemployment has fallen which we all know these numbers aare not accurate. Are the media just going with the status quo ot is this because of the healthcare issue. I think long term people unemployed with no lifeline would be high on the list. This is not going away if people have not quite filing or contacting their elected officials as many have said.

March 25, 2010 at 12:07 pm
(820) We The People have been had says:

This bureaucratic game-playing is fast growing old. The government is not concerned for the well-being of the common people in the slightest. They force an insane health insurance reform which will only serve to tax people and corporations into oblivion, eventually leading to the loss of even more jobs. They’re more concerned with preparing for civil war when Americans come to their senses and realize they’ve been had.

March 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm
(821) Upset says:

I just called Senator Reid’s office up and was told there would be no ruling on unemployment until AFTER their SPRING BREAK!!

March 25, 2010 at 4:25 pm
(822) Lawrence says:

This really sucks!!! I am unemployed also, I really think it’s time for our government to show how much they really care for us american people in need of help at a time like this, I’m starting to feel like a second class citizen being put on the back burner.

March 25, 2010 at 7:42 pm
(823) OhioDude says:

Don’t hold your breath for a Tier 5 to go thru for a while even if at all. I’m sure that the politicians will wait to see how much foreclosures go up followed by the local news stations filming people on the street with their kids. Bottom line is there is no more jobs available to the people with High School degrees and College 4 year degrees today s there was over a year ago. Ohio 10.9% unemployment can’t go down until companies start hiring again or new business comes to Ohio. Have you heard anything positive about that ??? No… Long term unemployment is here in Ohio and will stay. Politicians will come and go. Unemployment will stay here for years.

March 25, 2010 at 11:59 pm
(824) Mid American Unemployment Rep says:

As a current employee of an Unemployment Agency, I hear all of the horror stories of the unemployed daily. I have been in your shoes, most of us have at some point. We understand your complaints, we would love to help you, BUT it does no good for you to funnel your complaints and frustrations about the Federal Extensions to the Customer Representatives at your unemployment offices. We can NOT do anything to assist you with getting more benefits or extra tiers and we are not allowed to give any kind of advise on what you should do to pay your bills. All I can say is rather than taking your frustrations out on someone that has probably been yelled at and cursed at for 8 hours, you need to contact your legislators. We can not predict what the Federal Government will do. It is their money and we have no more insight into their thinking on these issues as you do.
The worst part of my job is telling people they have no more money or that they can’t file for their next extension due to the cut off because their current benefit doesn’t run out until after the deadline. We know this is a hard situation to come to terms with. We know that you are depending on this money to pay your bills and to feed your families, but our jobs are to follow the laws we are given by the Federal and State Governments. Just like everyone has to follow laws, we as an agency have to follow strict laws in regards to how money is paid and who is/isn’t denied and why.
Again, I stress that you contact your local legislators and let them hear your stories. Let them see that you are looking for work and doing what you can to overcome the hardships of being unemployed; but that having your benefits cut off will do nothing to change your outlook on finding new employment.
I know there has been talk about offering tax breaks to companies that hire people that are currently unemployed. I don’t see how this will positively affect the situation. Those taxes are used to fund the Unemployment Trust Fund. Those taxes go towards paying you each week and paying for us to answer the phones and assist you. I don’t think that is a solution at all, especially with some states struggling with their quickly depleting Trust Funds as it is.

March 26, 2010 at 12:34 am
(825) christine says:

I live in bankrupt California where the UE rate is staggering (I believe, as many do, that it is realistically around 20%). What has become of this country? How could UE in these distressed times be shoved under the table. People have to wait until congress returns from Easter break before talks resume on our lifelines. We live in a country whose values are similar to countries we are at war with. A disgrace! Shame on you Pelosi, Boxer & Feinstein for turning your backs on the UE here in CA.

March 26, 2010 at 12:44 am
(826) christine says:

One more thing to add, Obama, with his eloquent rhetoric, could at the stroke of the pen, sign an executive order to get the lifeline going. I will not waste my time and vote again at any level for any party. All self-serving bats that really don’t care about people they were elected to serve.

March 26, 2010 at 3:40 am
(827) Bernard says:

Why is this not getting any coverage on the news? My friend and I have the same occupation/same pay-construction and he recieved more in his ecu account. Now that April 5th is approaching my extension ends the 3rd week of April! I hope they do something fast or they will have another foreclosure on the market. Emailed Legislature today. I am glad they will be able to enjoy their Easter break! I could carreless about healthcare I need assistance to keep food on the table and a roof over my families head. Tried food stamps too and they denied me! If they think I have money I wish they would let me know where it is! Unbelievable people can be on welfare all there life but a blue collar guy who needs help and looks forward to goiing to work everyday can’t get help-Geeeeez!

March 26, 2010 at 7:06 am
(828) Monty says:

@(823) christine,

I agree with you.

If Obama et al. *really* cared as much as they’d like us to believe, Tier V would already have been forced through, tacked-on to the healthcare reform package.

With but *few* exceptions (Bernie Sanders of VT is one), ALL of our congressional “representatives” have proven to be self-serving egomaniacs.

All politicians care about is lining their pockets and making their political opponents look bad.

FYI: With everyone ***ALREADY*** blaming the Republicans for congress’s failure to extend unemployment benefits, the Democrats have ZERO INCENTIVE to push for such benefits and to thereby ***appear*** to be even more fiscally irresponsible.

Why should Democrats push to help us out if the Republicans ***ALREADY*** look bad to the unemployed?

Many of our congresspeople are career politicians–jobs for LIFE! (unlike…ahem…you and me)

Remember, come November, to give ‘em all a taste of what we’re experiencing.

Let them feel the “joy” of cleaning-out their workspaces and of having nothing to go to the next day.

Also, no matter what, keep filing for Unemployment Benefits!!! Keep our numbers up!!!

March 26, 2010 at 7:14 am
(829) Monty says:

@(818) Upset,

Remember, come November, how Reid’s office made you feel when they told you *their* decisions on *your* lifeline would have to wait until after Reid’s Spring Break.

That’s today’s equivalent of, “Let them eat cake!”

Reid, “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”

March 26, 2010 at 7:37 am
(830) Monty says:

@(823) christine,

You might try just voting out all Senate and House incumbents! Please don’t abstain!

Since Congress doesn’t listen to us, the only power we still have over them is that of kicking them out every two years!

Even if the old crooks are replaced by new ones, it will reduce the chances of the old crooks enjoying lifetime careers at the helm.

Strom Thurmond was a U.S. Senator for ***49 years***. He died in office. No one should have lifetime power like that!

I know a guy, “Ted”, who once had a summer job as Strom Thurmond’s driver. Ted partied like a rock star. You have no idea.

When summer ended and Ted returned to college for more debauchery, he said, “Congress is the only institution in the world cooler than (my frat.).”.

I wish that I could communicate to those who don’t know “Ted” ***EXACTLY*** how DAMNING that statement about Congress is.

It means they are partying like rock stars at our expense, and making their own rules for everything.

March 26, 2010 at 9:44 am
(831) TIMOTHY1 says:


March 26, 2010 at 10:54 am
(832) CarlaB says:


“…The program also includes assistance to help unemployed homeowners keep paying their mortgages.

…includes three to six months of temporary aid for borrowers who have lost their jobs.

And there will be additional payments designed to give banks an incentive to reduce payments or eliminate second mortgages such as home equity loans — a problem that has blocked many loan modifications…”

full story:

March 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm
(833) fredox says:

Epic fail!!!! 1:22 PM on day before break and no news on anything to help….emergency funding could be used and done in a day on legislative side. Hope the fat cats eat and drink so much they puke on their $1,000 shoes….sorry angry day

March 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm
(834) KIP says:

I hope every one of them will rot in hell. Their souls have been sold to special interest groups and they have no concern for the common people who they are supposed to represent.


March 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm
(835) Kim sale says:

government makes
their high paid dollars people on unemployment
depend on this money to pay bills and eat our creditors won’t wait for the senate to come off
their 1000$
break the gov don’t care for the lowclass and
middleclass familys

March 26, 2010 at 7:13 pm
(836) jacky says:

It is shame that these high paid politicians call the unemployed lazy when they created these issues. This is another tactic to make you feel bad. Forget it it is time to lower their wages to min wage working for us because it appears we only get min efforts. The they only want a bill for 30 days this is ridiculus they know that we need a longer term extenstion at least one year because there are no living jobs out there. And now the republican parties are on the say NO tactics when people who paid taxes can not find work because of being in the heart of a recession. We are not out of it! Stop the lying you see it everyday out your back door. If we vote these type of people back in we are asking for more worse consequences than the previous president when we got in this mess. These tactics are not going to change the people that could not find work they are still going to file and contact them until they get off their rears and vote on what is important. They would rather vote on a name of a post office than people suffering today. Now they think these delays will make jobs suddenly appear and gives them time to adjust the nation rate of unemployment again by fake numbers. It is time to tell them it stops now. If the republicans continue to block it is time to clean them out entirely because we are not going to send them to washington just to fill their pockets and call themselves conservatives when they spend as much as the other party. When it comes to the american people you will have record of what party stand for them or against them in a crisis and not just for power.

March 26, 2010 at 8:05 pm
(837) Brenden says:

The suicide rate is going to sky rocket the next couple weeks. My local news has been covering this kind of topic, its really sad and the governments fault. I have been out of work 13 months and NOT BY CHOICE just like everyone else. I spend hours everyday looking for work! I cant go out and have fun because my unemployment just covers my bills. Though the republicans feel were on some long vacation……

Are the Republicans that dumb and think were ENJOYING being on unemployment. I worked my butt off normally doing 60 hour weeks and getting paid for 40!! I would be more than happy to go back to my old job and work 80 hours and get paid for 40! At least my life would be normal again. Republicans need to go, they are only for the ones with money and corporations!! The rest of us that are COMMON AMERICANS they don’t give a crap about!

I have enough left in my claim for two more checks, and hope to god they get this taken care of before my moving into tier 3 because I don’t see any jobs coming my way right now. :(

For all you who are running out now and might have a wait. I am so sorry… We all know that fear too well. I hope for a speedy passing of the extension and all of us to get back on our feet soon!

March 26, 2010 at 8:21 pm
(838) Brenden says:

I love that the Pentagon wants 33 billion more for the war, on the news today. That will get a yes vote on the first try, though us Americans will be in the cold for 2+ weeks.

March 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm
(839) shellyinOhio says:

Jacky you had some typos but you are Right! This will be the case after their break they will vote on a one month extension to keep delaying and playing these games on unemployed. These are Repubicans schemes just like ain the past. But unemployed are wise to this now. Soon you will see the nations rate in all states to be at or below 8.5% this will close the deal for false claims these who govern this country. It use to be 3% to 5% before the recession. We are not even close in most states. It is time to stop the game playing about we will increase in deficits and sticking the people who could pay taxes if they were working. Until we can help the unemployed and find living jobs and help them with a temporary long term extension at least 6 months or 1 year. Now its time to call the people who govern and say enough of the 30days extension and delay tactics your wise to thier practices. This is not going to go away in 30 days it did not before just because we will be going into summer. We need to see that employers are hiring and not for 30 days. We need long term employment and extention then people will drop out when they find work. Good luck to everyone!

March 27, 2010 at 5:26 am
(840) Monty says:

(834) Brenden said he thinks the suicide rate will skyrocket. I hope not!!!

0. We must hold our heads high!

1. These days, there is NO STIGMA ATTACHED TO BEING POOR!

2. At least, survive long enough to VOTE ALL INCUMBENTS OUT OF OFFICE!

3. KEEP FILING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT! Keep our numbers up!

4. “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up.”

- U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, October 29, 1941, at Harrow School

March 27, 2010 at 5:32 am
(841) Monty says:

As (823) christine says, above,

if he *really* cared, Obama could “make it so” right now. today. He could drive forward further unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed.

It’s not just the Republicans. All but one or two of our elected “representatives” simply don’t find us important.

Look at how hard Pelosi clawed and scratched to get that healthcare bill passed. See her clawing for us now?

I don’t think so.

Remember, in November, to VOTE ALL INCUMBENTS OUT OF OFFICE.

March 27, 2010 at 11:55 am
(842) Jim says:

If we vote the current administration out as some people are saying we are asking for more trouble. The current administration only gets numbers. If you want them to act them you need to make them forget about the NO party and act. Majority will rule in some cases. But make sure you know what your talking about instead of playing the name game on the wrong party. Has anyone paid attention to who’s blocking the extentions ? We are really confused. Well if that is what you want this is what you’ll get ! Another contiuation of the last presidency. I thoght people were watching the congress, sentate etc. Not just the same old, same old.

March 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm
(843) garyinOhio says:

I agree with Jim. People are confused and not watching and playing the name game on the wrong party. The last 30 day was stalled , delayed, what ever by the republicans along with this one. If you want democratic party to forget the republicans on this you need to talk to them on this. Do not hold then accountable for the way the republicans vote. The democratics have gotten tired from the last administration of the same NO politics for power which hurt this country. Now they waited and waited for close to over a year and half to get the republicans onboard to work on the healthcare bill, jobs etc. and were tired of waiting and pass the healthcare bill with them. If you want the same you need to get on thoer butts about it and stop the blame game until you know that democrats are the party of NO, delay etc. Until then get your facts rights or it will get worse because of the anger. Watch ,look and listen. For now you need to contact the politicans and tell them you expect better results when they return beacuse you are monitoring their votes, delay tactics. Healthcare has passed it is time for jobs, more jobs, and a long term 6 month or longer extention. Good luck to all finding work ..

March 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm
(844) Joe in NJ says:

If The Dems wouldn’t have passed this Health reform Bill, then The Republicans would be voting for our extensions so not to upset anyone in the coming elections in Nov. Now enough people just want to get change in congress and the Repubs will get back at the Dems and vote against anything they throw out there. I am on Tier II and may miss the next cut, so to me the jobs issue should have been addressed before Health Care. Most people on this forum will not blame Obama and Peolsi/Reid for wasting this Whole past year.

March 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm
(845) rrr says:

it’s not fair , everybody should got 99 weeks jobless benefits and i can’t find a job but only got 46 weeks jobless benefits and how can i pay the bills?????

March 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm
(846) ktkelly says:

Joe,you obviously do not know the kind of people these Rethugs really are.If you’re hoping for the Rethuglicants to do something for the other 99% of this country,you’ll be waiting forever because history tells me,they have never done anything for us and I’m sure they’ll stick to that strategy.

March 27, 2010 at 9:59 pm
(847) Monty says:

Again, since the Democrats know the unemployed are *ALREADY* angry with the Republicans,

the Democrats will think they already have our votes.

They will have ZERO incentive to push for anything on our behalf.

March 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm
(848) Monty says:

@(840) garyinOhio,

I understand what you’re saying.

However, I am not confused about the status of unemployment extensions, etc. The state of Colorado, ***thankfully***, has some extremely kind, dedicated employees in key positions who have gone out of their way to answer my questions.

I’m no fan of the Republicans either. Unfortunately, Republican inaction doesn’t necessarily make Democratic action correct.

Currently, politically, we have few places to turn for help:



March 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm
(849) Monty says:

This is a great, but depressing article. I have to remind myself to be grateful that I’m not living in Sudan or Somalia.


March 28, 2010 at 12:16 am
(850) jill says:

I am not trying to take side but if your angry at the democrats for passing the healthcare bill instead of the unemployment extension you very well know that it would have been delayed anyway. What happened on the 30 day extension with Bunning ? Have we forgot it already ? What about the NO republican votes before on extensions. It should not matter what bill or bills was passed before the unemployment extention. These people are to govern the nation and think enough about what is important and stop the delays. The republicans and you know it would have stalled this anyway. History proves it. Look at who stalled it before and who stalled it this time! You need to let the democratics know you will not stand for republicans blocking and doing this and you need action now or it will be the democratic seats if something is not done. You have had enough of the delays and stall tactics! We need jobs and a long term lifeline until jobs return back to a stable economy.

March 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm
(851) sprizlady says:

We need to watch what we are posting from the media. As we all know media is not intermediate they are out there to one side the issues. Do reasearch into the media company and you can find out their discriminating factors. This is why our democratic insite has been challenge because we tend to believe what we read more and more. The foreign countries if you have happened to read some of their post on american views say we have become more ignorant due to taking the first information that media present without reasearching the facts.

March 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm
(852) lanah says:

Jill,, I am blaming the democrats this time because they knew it would be blocked. Why would they wait until the last day , knowing that it would be blocked. The larger proposal passed the Senate on March 8th or something like that and was rejected immediately afterwards. The democrats did nothing about the 30 day extension until the last day. To me that’s just as irresponsible as blocking the bill.

What happened? NOW both Rep’s. and Dem’s are on vacation while the rest of are left waiting to find out if we are going to even get UI passed the 26 weeks. I don’t think either side cares. How hard would it have been to work an extra day or two to iron out the differences? When I did have a job I HAD to work ovedtime or delay vacations in order to get something done. Why can’t they?

March 28, 2010 at 6:09 pm
(853) Jim/Ohio says:

The only way you can fight this battle, is to let it be known, that if they don’t support our cause we will VOTE All INCUMBENTS OUT OF OFFICE…regardless of their political affiliation; period. Separately, we are nothing; collectively we are a force to be reckoned with!

March 28, 2010 at 8:14 pm
(854) kelly says:

If you vote the democrats out you might as well be prepared to have a lengthy recession that will continue. And it is defently coming to you. If you are going to vote people out you need to vote the long term politicians out. They are the leaders of the NO parties you are angry about. It appears no one has the facts or is looking on who BLOCKED the bills. Again and people who have looked at the facts it is on record look and listen and seen the process go through as very few apparently has . Forget your anger it is going to cause you worse harm than good in next elections because if the minority who govern gets in you are going to get a continuation of the last administration. You need to refocuse and contact the majority and let them know we will not stand for them waiting on republicans to come onboard and continue to block bills because of their continued anger over past bills that was past to affect the american people and who are unemployed. You expect them to take matters in their own hands if not their will be percusion next election. This is not the changes we expected and were presented during campaining. Go9d luck..

March 28, 2010 at 8:41 pm
(855) charity says:

First time on this unemployed website. I am part time worker like most and was on unemployment for almost one year and a half. I have noticed people are getting very angry and it understandable but we are very unclear on who we think is stopping the extensions. There are a few post that are correct if you put away your anger and have followed the people bloccking or delaying or whatever you will find that it is the republican party. So before you jump off a bridge without a parachute you should contact your officials since the healthcare bill has been pasted and let the majority know you are not going to stand for this type of change. It is time to stop the delays no matter who it is.

March 29, 2010 at 2:49 pm
(856) Dave says:

I want to start by saying that you people who blame the Republicans for not passing the new extension for EB must be living in a fantasy world!! We all just watched how the Democrats past one of the most hated pieces of legislation in the last century. They did it with NO republican support and with close to 30 of their own members voting against it. 60% of the public was against the bill but they managed to pass it anyway. What does this tell you?? Come on you can figure it out…………….THATS RIGHT!! It means that they can pass just about what ever they see fit. They (democrats) can pass this extension very easily even without the support of the Republicans. They(democrats) have an almost unbeatable majority in both the Senate and the House. So you angry liberal gimme gimmies thats are posting on this website please get your facts straight. The only thing that the Democrats have been interested in for the past 6 months is OBAMACARE. Next it will be imigration reform or even cap and trade but surely not an extension to unemployment benefits. They (Democrats) want the appearance of the unemployment rate going down. How could they do this if they(Democrats) give an extension to benefits? This means that all you people (me as well) that should be dropping off the rolls (which would lower the appearance of people without jobs) will remain on unemployment for an extended period of time. Which in turn will make the unemployment rate stay at a higher level. This will make the Obama administration look like they are not creating jobs which in turn hurts Democrats…Can you see where Im going with this? So what did we learn? #1 republicans have very little power over what is happening in congress and even if they wanted to stop the extension really cant as long as the democrats dont want them to. #2 the appearance of the unemployment rate going down (through people dropping off the unemployment rolls) helps the Democrats not the Republicans

March 29, 2010 at 3:46 pm
(857) Issa says:

In desperation, I wrote a letter 2 weeks ago to our leaders and posted it on change.org. What I found is that there are at least 3,522 people as desperate as I am. They managed to find the letter in the absence of publicity. They’ve signed and some have sent me their heart wrenching stories via the site. We need to do more to help. Congress is out this week so let’s concentrate on sending our stories to the media. They can be just a few sentences like the ones sent to me. They still make me cry.
This is how you can find the media:

This is how you can sign my letter. The letter is sent out in real time. Every time someone signs it, it is emailed to everyone designated.



March 29, 2010 at 4:28 pm
(858) Christy says:

Well it appears the republicans are at it again. I am close to friends in other government municapalities and it appears they are up to the lazy comments again. It appears they were talking to reporters commenting as they were walking by on the long term unemployed and they were stating that the dely will get more people more motivated to get off their lazy butts and we should be seeing some changes in the amount of people unemployed when we return to washington. Hoew can this be? And you say the republicans are not the ones cause the delays and issues? It is a absolutel shame that people beleive that republicans are for the working people. Check your history! And as far as the healthcare bill if you think the insurance companies do not need regulated your living in fantasy world. Wait till you run into a major issue or have to have several tests. I have several friends working for them and you would not believe the things that you are paying for inside the comapnies. But if you continue to believe that we did not need some start of reform you are lost in the media and in your own world. Check your facts at the door and not your anger. Just like the the minority officials said younger generations are easily persuaded to convince than the people who do the reasearch and have the facts.

March 29, 2010 at 5:16 pm
(859) harry says:

Christy and others are right. That’s what I like about this site people are doing their research before anger these days and not letting the negative media and false information affect them without following these processes and officals governing. I agree that there should have been republican support on major legislation of healthcare but if you followed it this was not going to happen with the minority. Just like long term extension as others apparently has followed. Then saying that bills that are being passed are not just being passed to pass them by incubents is joke. This was part of the campaign during voting for president. And noting has been done in major legislation with both parties since the president took office. This is rediculus paying all these politicians millions and great benefits to do nothing especially the party of NO’s. So if you want this to be partisan then you need to contact the majority and tell them you are tired of the waiting game (delays etc) from the other minority. If you want to wait for it to be bi-partisan for long term unemployent benfits extention you are going to be waiting for a long time. History will repeat itself like the 30 day extention and someone said several times on this site. It is time to come to reality and tell the minority along with the incubents when they get back we will not stand for no more delays. If the incubent has to do the same as the healthcare bill for longterm if they can so be it. We will waiting for Hell to freeze over before the party of NO to get anything done on long term unemployed. This is a fact wake up America!

March 29, 2010 at 7:31 pm
(860) leslie says:

I agree Harry. And I have seen alot anger of our current president on this site which is not all of his faught. This man came in to a major, major downfall of this country. I am very angry as well but I know that it is going to take at least 4 years to get back on track in the job market. I think people thinks this is going to be an overnight accomplishment but your dreaming. But I do agree with some of the comments you must tell the current officials that govern when they return on break they need to be voting on this long term extention immediately do not wait on the minority to play delay tactics if you have to treat this like the healthcare bill as partisan bill with no bipartisanship so be it. We the unemployed will stand behind you on this one. It needs to be extended for at least one year until the jobs come back and we all who want to work can. Good Luck to everyone..

March 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm
(861) ktkelly says:

The new jobs number will be out Friday and most economists are predicting about 200,000 jobs were added in March.So I kind of think that this delay may have been premeditated.From my perspective,this news will only play into the hands of the Tier 5 deniers.I am a True Blue Liberal who is starting to think this is all the beginning of the strategy to end the EUC program altogether.

March 30, 2010 at 1:12 am
(862) jimbo says:

#853 Dave – as you pointed out, Congress can pass whatever bit of legislation it pleases without giving a hoot on what the citizens think. That unfortunately is a characteristic of a dictatorship, and exactly the direction this country is headed.

March 30, 2010 at 5:02 am
(863) Monty says:

Whether Democrat, Republican, or Independent–almost all of our current congressional “representatives” care about one thing only–getting reelected.

Anyone who thinks that Obama or most members of congress “care” about the electorate is hopelessly naive. They do what they do in order to APPEAR re-electable.

There are certain things even the media cannot spin:



March 30, 2010 at 5:15 am
(864) Monty says:

@(853) Dave,

I think you’re right, Dave, especially in saying, “republicans . . . even if they wanted to stop the extension really cant AS LONG AS THE DEMOCRATS DON’T WANT THEM TO”

The way in which Obamacare was rammed-through is proof that, if the democrats really “cared” about the unemployed, we’d all have 99 weeks plus Tier V benefits to count on during these rough times.

Fact is, congress gets great free health care, fancy lunches paid for by lobbyists, fat salaries, all kinds of benefits.

Congress lives so high that members of the House and Senate can’t remember when they last worried about putting food on the table.


“The term ‘congressional stagnation’ originates from the theory that Congress has become stagnant through the continuous re-election of the majority of incumbents, preserving the status quo.”-Wikipedia entry on Congressional stagnation in the United States

March 30, 2010 at 6:04 am
(865) Monty says:

And we really MUST appreciate how different our current administration is from that of George W. Bush:


March 30, 2010 at 8:00 am
(866) unemployed in ohio says:
March 30, 2010 at 8:50 am
(867) Dave says:

So republican Coburn blocked the bill from passing through congress. ONE I repeat ONE congressman stopped such an important bill from passing. Like I said in an earlier rant If the democrats wanted this to go through they would not let ONE measly republican stand their way. When OBAMACARE was being pushed through congress there were a hundred measly republicans trying to stop it and thirty something “top of the food chain” democrats trying to stop it. Congress was voting on Sundays and on holidays even on Christmas Eve!!!! And now a measly republican stands in the way and POOF the democrats cant pass this bill and they need a vacation. Do you people actually believe if OBAMACARE was still on the floor waiting to be passed that congress would have taken their two week vacation?? I think not!! OBAMACARE was a priority WE ARE NOT. Christy and Harry I was not ranting because i want a bipartisan bill I could care less. I was just saying that “If the democrats can pass a totally partisan bill as large as OBAMACARE” then they surely could pass an extension to unemployment benefits, Right?

March 30, 2010 at 9:51 am
(868) ktkelly says:

The healthcare bill was passed with 60 votes in the Senate on Christmas Eve—–58 Democrats and 2 independents.Only the changes were passed with a simple majority with reconciliation
Get the facts right!!

March 30, 2010 at 10:08 am
(869) Dave says:

I am not debating how OBAMACARE was passed what I was saying was that the Democrats took the time to vote on Christmas Eve when they should have been home with their families. But cant take the time to push a vote for an extension to unemployment benefits. Your in denial, you dont want to believe that the democrats dont really care about passing this bill!! And if you had read the past 10 postings you would have noticed that I wasnt saying that the bill was passed with a simple majority on Christmas Eve.

March 30, 2010 at 11:23 am
(870) ktkelly says:

I am saying that I was finally starting to realize that maybe the Dems and the Pubs were in cahoots with each other to put an end to the EUC program and Coburn was just the one willing to stand in the way.My comments in the past may have been a little partisan but I am slowly getting to the point where you are.
Forgive me if I attacked you,it was not my intention.

March 30, 2010 at 11:49 am
(871) hazel says:

It appears we are not reading and reasearching the facts. As others have said if you think that the current administration should be partisan on a new long term extension instead of waiting on republicans then you should tell them when you contact them. If you think they should be bi-partisan this is where you are at now Delays, etc. I know peoples angry and so am but read your lost in the media etc. and get your facts straight. I am not attacking you on this as well but what happened before and which party voted NO , blocked etc. on other legislations. Healthcare is over and needs adjusted etc.. It’s over. It is time to get the unemployed back to work but they need a lifeline to keep their head above water. Again as well as it was spoken on this site and others. Contact your officials and tell them no more delays !

March 30, 2010 at 1:41 pm
(872) phil says:

I have read a few of the post and inside a few of the post people I know are frustrated on the majority wanting them to take control and pass a long term extenion but this is not democracy. The majority waited on a major bill and tried this and now that they took it in their own hands it partisan. So now I read that the democratics should have passed an extension but people want republicans to be involved or they don’t want them to be involved because they know of the waitng games, tactics etc. You can not have it both ways people ! If you want majority to take the ball and run instead of working with the minority you need to TELL THEM. This is getting so ridiculus as told to you by ovious people who have track legislation votes or tactics that if you track them most all votes were NO by minority officials. I am in the same unemployed status now and we would have not had the first extension from the minority if it was not for the majority. I think we all need to support and ell the majority we have no time for delay’s as told time and time again but people still want to say it is the majority doing this. I do not know if we suddenly have blinders on or we are very frustrated as I wanting a bill to pass as well. But as history does not lie if you wait for this minority elected officials to support a long term extension you are going to be waiting a long time because mid elections are coming and the are going to do everything to stop this from deficit to etc. It is time for the people to let them know its stop here. The people are not going to stand for anymore of the non-working together especially the unemployed trying to look for work.

March 30, 2010 at 4:23 pm
(873) Stephen says:

I’m in need of come assistance and/or clarification. I live in New York and noticed that my “Maximum Amount Payable” doesn’t equate to my the entitled 46 weeks (26 + 20 Tier 1) when multiplied by the “Weekly Amount” I am receiving. I’m short by 7 weeks?

Has anyone experienced this situation and if so, did the Unemployment Office rectify the error in their calculations? I don’t want to be short-changed what I am entitled to and I can’t get a “live person” to speak with on the phone.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

March 30, 2010 at 4:34 pm
(874) Stephen says:

I apologize for the grammatical error. I am in need of “some” assistance. Please excuse me.

March 30, 2010 at 5:00 pm
(875) Stephen says:

CarlaB…It appears as though you may be the subject matter expert regarding unemployment, which is what we all need on this website.

I’m in need of assistance. I live in New York. I just realized that when I recently received approval for a Tier 1 extension, the re-calculation of the total “Maximum Amount Payable” doesn’t equate to my entitled 46 weeks (26 + 20 Tier 1) when multiplied by the “Weekly Amount” I am receiving. I’m short by 7 weeks?

Will the Unemployment Office rectify the error in their calculations? I don’t want to be short-changed what I am entitled to and I can’t get a “live person” to speak with on the phone.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

March 30, 2010 at 8:06 pm
(876) OhioDude says:

Well it is official today. No Tier 5 for now, maybe down the road after the crime rate and foreclosures go thru the roof. The ODJFS reminds us 99ers of the websites that have a job for all of us. They are many to choose from, no need for a Tier 5. Got a 4 year collage degree – plenty of jobs. Got a high school diploma – plenty of jobs. Thank you Replublicans for hindering the needy. I imagine on the gates to heaven if there will be a sign just for the Republicans. Were full, to many people who died from no health care and malnutrition due to people not able to afford it. Enjoy your time here on Earth Republican politicians with your free health insurance and lifelong benefits that were paid for by the people that died. Your benefits are of no use here at the entry gates.

March 31, 2010 at 2:02 pm
(877) Betty says:

Could someone explain to me. I am on my 2nd extension, and actively looking for a job. I was just told that I would only receive one week of benefits for the week ending 3-20-10, even though I have a balance left on my 2nd extension. I have not received the check, nor have I received a letter explaining. I was told verbally by the unemployment office in California that I am to file a new claim. Where will this leave me in receiving extended benefits. Has anyone out there had this same situation?

March 31, 2010 at 9:34 pm
(878) Arkansas says:

Please somebody help we in Arkansas are in desparate need for a new tier we ran out in Feb 10 we only had up to Tier 3 and our senators and legislators could care less they have adjourned until Jan 2011.
If you all in Washington don’t help us we are left to dry I am a single black mother and have not had a job since Jul 08 noone will hire me. I apply to about 20 jobs per week and alot of those are for the same ones posted earlier. This is a very hick state so you can only imagine. Please someone help my son and I keep a roof over our heads and put some groceries on the table.

Left to dry up in ARKANSAS

March 31, 2010 at 9:36 pm
(879) Arkansas says:

Arkansas only had up to tier 3. OUR EXTENSIONS ARE OVER AND STILL NO JOBS. We need a new tier 5.

April 1, 2010 at 9:36 am
(880) carolinOhio says:

We know the economy is still very bad. The jobs are not out there for the people whom sacrificed to earn additional skills because of the amount of people still unemployed. We need to call the majority officials which I know has been said millions of times and keep the local news, CNN, CNBC and those news channles aware of the amount of unemployed people needing a longer term extension until jobs come back to a stable unemployment rate before this recession. Ohio has just lost more jobs in the cities as well as others. And people need to continue filing.

April 1, 2010 at 3:16 pm
(881) Jim/ohio says:

To OhioDude: What did you see or hear that made it official?

April 1, 2010 at 8:59 pm
(882) OhioDude says:


It was on the internet yahoo top stories telling how people in Ohio can go to such and such websites to search for jobs. The article also said that people who lost their last Tier (The 99ers) can apply for food stamps. Everybody knows the job situation her in Ohio, therefore, these websites are no going to do any good. I like to see somebody pay their utilities and rent/house payment with food stamps. The lack of jobs in Ohio is not going to change for a long time. These republican politicians whine about where the money is to pay for continued unemployment. I like to see them get by on about 33% of the normal take home pay. Then you have to pay for your own insurance or the Hospital will take your home if you have equity in it to pay on your bill.

Picture this: The middle class guy loses his house, the rich dude buys it at an auction and turns around and rents it to a person who has been on welfare for half their life. The government pays the rich guy the rent for the long-term welfare. The welfare family lets you rent your own (previously owned) garage with cash under the table in order to have a roof over your head.

April 2, 2010 at 6:06 am
(883) Monty says:

It’s not over ’til the fat lady sings. Don’t give up on Tier V.

If you decide to apply for food stamps, STILL KEEP FILING, keep the phones ringing.

You might take a peek at the following depressing, but informative article about long-term unemployment in America today, and the pitfalls we must avoid:

“How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America”


The following section is cut-and-pasted from that article:

Christina Romer, the chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, said last fall, ‘By mid-2010, fiscal stimulus will likely be contributing little to further growth,’ –>adding that she didn’t expect unemployment to fall significantly until 2011<–. That prediction has since been echoed, more or less, by the Federal Reserve and Goldman Sachs.

The economy now sits in a hole more than 10 million jobs deep—that’s the number required to get back to 5 percent unemployment, the rate we had before the recession started, and one that’s been more or less typical for a generation. And because the population is growing and new people are continually coming onto the job market, we need to produce roughly 1.5 million new jobs a year—about 125,000 a month—just to keep from sinking deeper.

Even if the economy were to immediately begin producing 600,000 jobs a month—more than double the pace of the mid-to-late 1990s, when job growth was strong—it would take roughly two years to dig ourselves out of the hole we’re in.
. . .

In November, 19.4 percent of all men in their prime working years, 25 to 54, did not have jobs, the highest figure since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the statistic in 1948.
. . .

"A few of the solutions—like more-aggressive support for the unemployed, and employer tax credits or other subsidies to get people back to work faster—are straightforward and obvious, or at least they should be.
There are rational commentators out there.

It may take an unreasonable amount of time, but there will come a point when Congress has no alternative to listening to and to acting upon the advice of those rational voices.

April 2, 2010 at 3:48 pm
(884) CarlaB says:

@Stephen, I apologize in my delay in responding to your question.

Have you already begun tier 1?

April 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm
(885) Cheryl B. says:

To add on to “Monty’s” statement — it ain’t over until GOD says so…and with HIM, it’s never over.

April 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm
(886) Cheryl B. says:

Here is a post from another UI Board — I think the message is good for all the Unemployed to hear:

For those who are experiencing panic & anxiety attacks — you can replace these feelings of fear by focusing on the promises of GOD — “I will never leave you, nor forsake you” — keep saying this until the fear goes away, and trust me it will.

One of the prayers I stood on when I unemployed was Isaiah 8:12-13

“Do not fear that some plan (i.e, UI discussions) conceived behind closed doors (i.e, senate doors, congressional doors, chamber doors, etc.) will be the end of the you, All you need to do is fear the Lord your GOD and fear nothing else.”

I am a living witness that the Lord takes care of his children. The position I am currently in was “created” in a company that had laid off over 200 people prior to my job acceptance.

When you begin to feel hopeless and want to give up, don’t…keep your eyes on the Lord and not your circumstances.

Remember, Peter could walk on water as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, it’s only when he took his eyes off Jesus and began to look at his circumstances did he begin to sink — and it’s also worth remembering that even when he began to sink, Jesus grabbed him by the hand, pulled him up and saved him.

For some of you, the Lord had to let you get to such a low point in order for you to realize that you cannot put your faith in man (Reid, Durbin, etc.), your faith needs to be on him –

–and when you put your faith in HIM, then he will touch the heart, mind, soul and spirit of those in the congress and senate, to give you whatever you need

April 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm
(887) Cathy says:

Second time for a two year layoff out of five. First time 6mos uia. This time I have no 401k or savings left. I owe the Irs for the 401k from last time. I just turned 60 and its all done but the shouting. I am in Michigan, and it is bad. I hold everyone who buys Cheap Chineese Crap at dollar stores or Wallmarts guilty of treason. If it’s not Amarican DO NOT BUY IT until jobs come home or we are out of this. People you do not need 35 pair of 5$ pants. The toys and dishes are so contaminated with lead you are killing your families.. Stop this insanity and Shop American food and products ONLY!! PLEASE!! If you can’t drink the water in Mexico, how can you eat the food grown in it! i an not anti Mexico or China. Just take care of your own first.. I hope the Congress enjoys their Easter break. Stuff that Turkey Boys.

April 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm
(888) harol says:

You know it is just like clock work on our government. Someone just said not long ago that when these governing officials are off for the so called going back to their states to talk to their people that the economic outlook would look promising or somewhat better when they return. Now they are claiming that we have gained jobs and the national average is still 9.7%. First of we were at 12 to 14 % in december, january and now for february and march still at 9.7% when cities in Mich, Ohio have lost thousands of jobs. As someone said we are going into spring and summer our usual some jobs may come in but what I have done reasearch lately to find is that most jobs are temporary and hire more replacing full time workers. How can you live on these types of jobs that if you can find one if you are single less married. Does governemnt actually think the working person is stupid? We know as it was said many times the economy is not any better that it was in december of 2009. Holiday help was release in retail and if jobs come back as many that are still unemployed are not going to be enough to get back to a normal unemployed level in this country this year. I have a few freinds in other states Mich, Ohio and they have ran out of their tiers. And I have talked to several that are frustrated and have given up filing. Why would you do this DO NOT stop filing unless your state does not allow you to file. If this is the case you need to let the majority officals know that this is not acceptable and is not right to conclude a somewhat correct and accurate rate of unemployment and come to a conclusion that the economic outlook is somewhat better. These are false an inaccurate numbers. We need a extended long term extension for the long term unemployed till jobs are obtainable and stop the comments on people who have worked and are trying to get back to work. It is not our fought jobs went across seas and were lost. I am going to contact my officals and let them know where is the news on exenstion for unemployed all we have seen is the numbers but where are the jobs and why are they not getting the correct information on unemployment claims. All unemployed should be counted period! Good luck everyone.

April 2, 2010 at 6:33 pm
(889) AlexisB says:

Obama to Crush Economy with Massive CO2 Taxes as Early as Next Week

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is plotting a new massive job-killer that the American people can’t afford

Abandoning all loyalty to the democratic processes this nation holds dear, President Obama has made the decision that getting energy tax legislation through Congress with the approval of the American people is just too much of a pain to bother with. Instead he will have the EPA declare as early as next week that CO2 is a dangerous global warming gas and will start regulating its emissions immediately.

Obama’s promise to open up vast stretches of ocean on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico to energy exploration is simply a ruse to soften up the public for soon to be announced draconian regulations.

Similar to how Obama used the $50 million dollar study on healthcare companies competing across state lines to sell ObamaCare as a bipartisan bill, his recent decree allowing energy companies to explore (not drill, not produce energy from … just explore) new stretches of ocean for oil is also meant to be a trivial, yet impressive enough sounding carrot for conservatives right before he stuffs his Marxist trash down their throats.

House Minority Leader John Boehner responded to Obama by saying “At the same time the White House makes today’s announcement, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is plotting a new massive job-killer that the American people can’t afford.”

Every American who doesn’t live in a technology adverse commune in California will now pay even more of their hard earned cash to the federal government for absolutely no good reason.

Put simply, it means $8 for a gallon of gas and 2-3 times higher electricity bills. It also means the loss of millions more sorely needed jobs as businesses are hit with higher operating costs and the transfer of whatever remains of our manufacturing sector to China where energy is cheaper and they aren’t so concerned about CO2.

In the first week alone, American businesses estimated that ObamaCare will cost them $14 billion. By most estimates this latest Obama nightmare will be far more expensive and may literally destroy the economy in less than 20 years.

All because of climate science that has been clearly exposed as inaccurate and untrustworthy. Obama may or may not be a communist plant sent to destroy America, but he sure is acting


April 2, 2010 at 6:55 pm
(890) jill says:

My question is we have seen finally numbers of unemployed on CNN,CNBC, Locals etc. but what is this administration going to do about the long term 6 month, 1 year unemployed ? This has not been on the news a one month extension does not take away millions of job losses. It seems to me things are being hidden or swept under the rug. This administration if kept on their toes by the unemployed and media can not keep hiding. We must face the fact that most of the unemployed is not going to find work in two weeks. The unemployed must keep filing and stay on them to extend a 6 month to year extension until living jobs come back in reality not numbers.

April 2, 2010 at 6:58 pm
(891) Anthony says:

I have three more weeks of unemployment benefits before I will have exhausted what I paid into it over the years.

I was laid off in October of 2008 and cannot find employment anywhere. I spent 4 hours today in an unemployment office trying to find out what I need to do to get an extension and not one person could tell me.

When I left, it was my understanding that if Congress does not pass an extension when coming back from their Easter vacation on April 12th, that at the end of the next three weeks I will no longer have any income.

I only get $329 per week, which just covers my monthly expenses, and should I lose that, I will have to seriously consider selling my home just so that I can continue to eat.

The republicans have caused this devastation and continue to block millions of us from getting the most basic of human needs.

April 2, 2010 at 7:01 pm
(892) Jim/Ohio says:

To OhioDude: Hey man thanks for the information. I feel where your coming from. I’m in the same boat. I live in Richland County; we have one of the highest unemployment rates in Ohio. I’m 46 and it doesnt look to good from where I’m sitting either. The only good thing is that my wife is working and thats more than alot of people can say! Good luck, Again thanks!

April 2, 2010 at 7:12 pm
(893) carlainohio says:

Anthony your fortunate to be getting $329 and hope the best for you and others and you are right apparently you have done your homework republicans have stalled these extensions even if they are one. I know people that only get $200 a week and have a small home paying $700 rent. If offiicials think we like this their nuts. Some of my friends have had very good paying jobs and took lower wages which resulted in the $200 a week when laid off that they were making $700 week working. But we need to let the majority know this has to stop in order for us to get back to work in this continue recession of jobs we need a lifeline to search otherwise it will bigger issues. If we are so called coming out of it then wee need a 6 month to 1 year long term recovery extention. This is why we must continue to file even if we have no more money and you need to make sure the majority stops the delays from the minority and take over if they can not get a bipartisan bill and stop the one month drag bills on the unemployed.

April 2, 2010 at 7:13 pm
(894) Anthony says:


Americans are the most apathetic, whiny, lazy people on the planet. We are the most easily led, ask the least questions, and have lost any guts we had to demand that the officials we elect do what we elected them to do.

The republicans have put us in the situation the country now finds itself in economically, yet the ratings for lying, greed, evil people like Limbaugh, Beck, Palin, and so many others have never been better.

If Americans want things to get better, they had better wake the hell up and realize that should the republicans win many of the mid-term elections, we have only seen the tip of the iceberg.

I was laid off in October of 2008 and have sent out over 800 resumes and cover letters, yet have had only 2, YES…ONLY 2, interviews. All of the years that I paid into the system to make sure I could continue to have an income should I ever lose my job is abouot to be exhausted in three weeks time.

Yet, Congress went on their Easter vacation without passing an extension and will not take the matter up again until April 12th, after millions have lost their income. Should Congress not act to see to it that people like myself, who are trying to survive on a measly $329 per week, continue to get funds until we can find employment, I will have to consider selling my home just so that I can eat.

America is NOT the greatest country in the world. The government of the U.S. does not take care of its people, and the vast majority of Americans are too afraid, lazy or apathetic to demand to be treated with respect and to receive the most basic of human needs.


April 2, 2010 at 9:52 pm
(895) OhioDude says:

Lets face it…

The average working middle-class people did not allow US jobs to be taken overseas. Politicians screwed us. The small company I worked for in Circleville, OH, (13-1/2 years) employed approx. 130 people back in 2005. The owners, who were from Michigan, sold it to a company out of California. This company that purchased us told us from the very beginning that what they do is buy small American companies and outsource the production to Asia, therefore, reducing cost of machined components and increasing company profitability. This small company in Circleville, OH, now employees on half of the original employees.

Ask Sears where most of their batteries are manufactured ??? In MEXICO.

America allows Asian vehicles to be imported into the USA for sale, however, China does not allow America to export vehicles to their country. Unless this has changed in the past few years.

Why did RCA in Circleville, OH, close. Asian technology for flat screens was already developed, therefore, RCA investors closed the picture tube factory and either China or Germany purchased the existing technology. This is my understanding ???

GE in Circleville, Ohio, ask for Resume’s to be submitted via the local One-Stop Ohio Job Services. People held out hope that they would be hired, even I interviewed in the top 100 applicants and never heard another thing from GE. A person in my nursing class works there and said not only did they not hire anybody, they laid off some people. Why did the make a public announcement to accept applications. PUBLICITY to fool the public that GE is still here, therefore, hoping to increase sales in a company that is doomed to close in the next few years because the components can be made in MEXICO cheaper. The components will probably be in American boxes for sale with a mark made in MEXICO labeled on the component.

Who comes out ahead financially in this country ??? The executives who sell out for big paychecks deposited in their account while the middle-class Americans lost their jobs after years of dedicated service.

The people who have not reached their 99 weeks of unemployment will get it theirs extended within the next month or so due to political pressure while the ones who have reached the 99 weeks will probably not get anymore benefits. I hope they do because I’m one of them.

Let’s all FACE the REALITY OF IT. Unemployment will be very high for the next few years, house foreclosures will increase. Meanwhile the people who have lost their unemployment after the 99 weeks will drop off the statistics, therefore, making it look like the number of Americans collecting unemployment has gone down because now we are just a SSN on a Census form.

April 2, 2010 at 11:35 pm
(896) Monty says:

RIGHT ON, (886) AlexisB!!!

I vote independently and am neither Republican (greedy do-nothings) nor Democrat (greedy, controlling egotists interested in only their “legacy”).

Please realize that, if the Democrats REALLY wanted to “help” us, they could force through any legislation, just like they did with Obamacare and now with cap-and-trade.

PLEASE DON’T BE FOOLED. The Democraps don’t give a $HIT about us.

The ONLY POWER we have is to VOTE ***ALL*** INCUMBENTS OUT of office, come November.

This means being willing to vote for people with low name-recognition.

BE WILLING TO VOTE FOR NAMES YOU DON’T RECOGNIZE. If they don’t perform, you can just vote ‘em out again in 2 years.

***IF*** we chicken-out and continue to vote for incumbents, we will CONTINUE TO have $HIT for government. I MEAN $HIT!!!

I, for one, do NOT want to see Congress and the Pres. continue to force legislation that will economically cripple this country.

What the H$%# is going on??? I thought we lived in a democracy.

King Dictator Barry O. is the worst president in the history of the United States. Next to King O., Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon look like shining stars.

UNSEAT CONGRESS in November 2010!!!

April 2, 2010 at 11:59 pm
(897) Stephen says:

Yes, I started receiving Tier 1 unemployment extension monies two weeks ago.

To reiterate, I live in New York. I realized that when I recently received approval for a Tier 1 extension, the re-calculation of the total “Maximum Amount Payable” doesn’t equate to my entitled 46 weeks (26 + 20 Tier 1) when multiplied by the “Weekly Amount” I am receiving. I’m short by 7 weeks?

Will the Unemployment Office rectify the error in their calculations? I don’t want to be short-changed what I am entitled to and I can’t get a “live person” to speak with on the phone.

Thanks for your help.


April 3, 2010 at 11:07 am
(898) CarlaB says:

If you are unable to get a “live” person on the phone, then I suggest you go directly down to the unemployment office to speak to a representative in person.

Tier 1 was mandated by “Federal” law — and it clearly states 20 weeks — which is also printed on the NYC Unemployment web site.

I will be praying for you — let us know how all goes.

April 3, 2010 at 11:13 am
(899) AlexisB says:

US Department of Labor announces availability of $1.8 million to assist women in non-traditional occupations

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $1.8 million in funds for up to six Women in Apprenticeship and Non-traditional Occupations grants.

“In the America of the 21st century, the role of women in the workplace should be defined by their training and abilities, not their gender,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “These grants recognize that women can — and do — excel in a wide range of professions, from construction and manufacturing to science and engineering. The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to helping all women gain the skills and on-the-job training that will lead to their long-term success, and I am pleased that today’s announcement brings us closer to that goal.”

The grants, jointly administered by the department’s Women’s Bureau and its Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Apprenticeship, will support preparatory apprenticeship opportunities for women entering the construction industry and other non-traditional sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, transportation and green jobs. Grant funding also will support the training of Registered Apprenticeship sponsors, employers and labor unions to improve recruitment, selection and retention strategies for women in non-traditional occupations.

Eligible applicants include community-based organizations that form a consortium with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program sponsor in targeted industries. Organizations must demonstrate their experience in either directly providing or securing job training services, and providing placement and support services to women. Registered Apprenticeship programs will be responsible for placing women in employment through apprenticeship programs in the targeted industries.

The solicitation for grant applications is published in today’s Federal Register. Please refer to the notice for specific eligibility requirements, the closing dates for applications and other submission requirements. It is available at http://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/SGA-DFA-PY-09-03.pdf.

For more information about Women’s Bureau programs visit http://www.dol.gov/wb.Visit http://www.doleta.gov to learn more about the range of Department of Labor employment and training programs and initiatives.

For more information on applying for a WANTO grant, please see the Toolkit for Potential Applicants, and the guide to applying for ETA grants at http://www.workforce3one.org/page/grants_toolkit and http://www.doleta.gov/sga/applyinggrants.cfm.

April 3, 2010 at 3:20 pm
(900) jackie says:

It is a shame that we see day in and day out now that unemployment rate is at 9.7% when it was around 12 to 14% in december. Does the government think we are stupid that we gained 3 to 5% job growth by then in the winter months. Retail sales were down and if jobs were created it was only retail part time and these were drop in january. We need to let our majority of elected officials know these tactics are not working so stop the false and unofficial claims on the unemployed. This is an absolute shame that we had to put up with a stall and delay tactic for a one month lifeline and then after a few weeks later they had people believing this recession of jobs was over. Most employers hiring if they are dropping their full time and taking on more part time work and this is going to be the trend without any full time outlook. Who can live on this less the full time work to keep a roof over your head. It is time to take a stand and let the democratics know when they return this is the top of the list that we need a job recovery unemployment extension for the long term and stop adjusting the numbers to make it fit their views. We need actual numbers of the UNEMPLOYED and stop the adjustment of the national average if the make it 8.5% they might as well make it 15.5% because the average is usually 3 to 5% no higher. We are not stupid. If they think as a country that 9.7% is okay to deal with and forget those people these people can make a difference in November. it is time to be partisan if they can not get the other side to agree on a 6 month to 1 year job recovery extension for the long term unemployed.

April 3, 2010 at 5:54 pm
(901) tlc says:

Someone needs to ask them. How did we get in this mess to begin with? They helped the people who got us into this mess, but the hell with us and lets go home to our cozy homes and enjoy the Easter holiday. Some of us won’t have our homes,apts soon. They are playing this game and it’s called, lets make them suffer before anything is done. Remember most of these politicians were lawyers before, so they are heartless to begin with. Why is it some people have received 99 weeks and others who have received a year less like myself getting cut off at the same time? I hope and pray for everybody who is going thru this stress.

April 3, 2010 at 6:00 pm
(902) AlexisB says:

Employers Out To Sabotage Jobless Claims


April 3, 2010 at 7:50 pm
(903) Cheryl B. says:


New Media/Online Communications Advisor

Southern conservative member seeks a New Media/Online Communications Advisor. The individual (working under the Communications Director) will be responsible for expanding new media/online communications outreach. In particular, this individual will be responsible for managing (and developing content for) the member’s website, twitter, and facebook page.

This is a newly-created position. As such, this new staff member will have wide latitude to work on 1) improving and expanding the existing new media/online presence of the member and 2) pitching new opportunities for new media/online outreach. The ideal candidate is creative, flexible, and eager.

Candidates must be able to successfully multitask (including special projects, as assigned) and have excellent writing skills. Knowledge of and experience with a variety of new media/online communications platforms is essential. Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and any other relevant material you deem necessary to caphillopening@gmail.com.

April 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm
(904) OhioDude says:

Relax TLC,

Anybody who is in the middle of a Tier below 99 weeks will get further unemployment after the Easter break. I predict at least a week before May it will get approved. Remember though, you will end of reaching the 99 weeks max. before you know it. No way is the unemployment levels going to fall below a “true” 9.5% level until the year 2012. However, the statistics will probably show it at continued lower levels as people fall off the unemployment status even when they are still looking for a job.

P.S. Learn to speak Chinese… you will need it.

April 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm
(905) tlc says:

Yes, I will learn to speak chinese. They actually own Yosemite. Not too many people know it, but we owe them, so they now own it. I think the smartest thing we can do is not vote for a former lawyer in any election.

April 4, 2010 at 2:56 am
(906) jimbo says:

It is time to vote the long term elected officials out especially they have been the government to long and made careers out of it. What happened to short term limits ? It is alo time to reduce pay and benefits to normal pay (minimum wage based). Elected Officials will know what it is like to work then ! See how many go for these jobs then ! This will show them how hard it is to really retire instead of becoming millionaires and being crooks making thousands of dollars when they should be working on bills to clean up this country instead of tearing it down.

April 4, 2010 at 10:33 am
(907) heartfuljoy says:

Why don’t we just allow more illegal immigrants in OUR country? We pay for their healthcare, their rent, their children’s education and give them max foodstamp benefits. Todays Americans are the minority.
Oh and let us not forget the foreigners that Our government subsidises in business.
I would like for those who make Our nations decisions to just explain to me why WE don’t count. Americans are a fast dieing breed, with no true rights in our own country. The decisions are made by congressmen and women who vote in their own healthcare benefits, salary and we allow it to happen.
It is time for the American people to stand up for Our rights and send letters to our congressmen and women and say enough is enough. Put them on the unemployment line and tell them to go through what we do for even a month and see how long they can pay their mortgages and buy food for their families. They wouldn’t last two weeks on the max unempoyment benefits, much less long term as so many of Our nation’s umempoyed are forced to do.
Just my opinion, take it and 25 cents and you can’t even buy a cup of coffee.

April 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm
(908) sally says:

It is really sad that we are told that unemployment is now for 3 months has been 9.7%. Which we know during winter months and people dropping out of the systems are not even close on this unemployment number. We have had really no talk about people loosing their homes, not being able to pay their rent or necassary needs since the one extension or recently and if a longer extension is in the works. Nothing has change finally media such as national news and local has talked about the unemployed and jobs but why has there not been any talk of extending the lifeline to the longterm unemployed ? This particular issue has been shoved under the rug on a one month extension and now delaying it for a two week recess. The president needs contacted and he needs to let know people are running out or out of their lifeline. What is he going to do about a longer extention lifeline until people can find employment. You know if the true numbers come out which we know are not going to happen but if some talk comes out that they will have to work on the problem of providing some releif because of the impact it is going to do then they will try another one month which will be totally ridiculus with the current job market and the amount of people out of work or under employed. Not all people received 99 weeks because of state triggers and minipulations. If jobs are coming back and as the president said it would take 4 yrs. to at least see some stablization why don’t they extended long term recovery unemployment extention for at least for one more year so the unemployed will have a lifeline to look for jobs and pay their necassary needs rent etc. No one is asking for a handout some of these people have paid taxes for years and we need back in the market otherwise the impact will be more than ignoring the truth.

April 4, 2010 at 3:10 pm
(909) CarlaB says:
April 4, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(910) Job Search Guide says:

Just in case it’s of help to anyone, the Census is hiring hundreds of thousands more workers. They are short-term temporary jobs, but they are jobs. Here’s some more information on how to apply:

2010 Census Jobs

April 4, 2010 at 6:50 pm
(911) CarlaB says:

Coburn, “we’re gonna extend 99 weeks to 103 weeks…

…but NELP says, no…


April 4, 2010 at 9:30 pm
(912) EV says:

The real question is what happens to all those who exhaust their 99 weeks of benefits? My gut says they move to other social programs…..food stamps, medicaid, etc. So we just move them from one social program to another but in the process force them from their homes and increase the level of indignity they suffer. Somehow this seems to be counterintuitive and not the actions of a civilized society. It’s not as if employers are hiring.

April 4, 2010 at 9:38 pm
(913) Deanna says:

Wait til the post office goes to 5 days like they are proposing. They will be laying off thousands! Unemployment % will be even greater….

April 5, 2010 at 1:44 am
(914) Dwayne says:

A lot of comments here…whew! I’m in the same boat as a lot of you…laid off permenantly and wondering if I will ever get back to work. We need jobs, not schooling or careers. Many of our careers went away, so what good is starting another career? So that we can see those careers vanish too? Also, I agree with whoever thinks that our Congress isn’t taking this seriousl enough if they can leave for easter egg hunts and leave us hanging. Throw them out and let’s start fresh.

April 5, 2010 at 3:27 am
(915) Monty says:
April 5, 2010 at 8:56 am
(916) Monty says:

(855) Christy and (856) harry:

I don’t recall any politician saying they are against health care reform per se. What people oppose are:

1. Pelosi’s Obamacare bill AS IT IS WRITTEN, and

2. The methods used to write and pass the bill–closed-door sessions, no C-SPAN access, and ultimately disregard of wide opposition from the electorate.

During the Feb 25 Blair House Health Care Summit, Republican Paul Ryan listed reasons that Pelosi/Obamacare AS WRITTEN will tank the U.S. economy.

Obama had no substantive response to Ryan’s damning, thoroughly-researched remarks. All Obama could do was say that he was decreasing support for Medicare ADVANTAGE, rather than Medicare in general.

If you are interested, and you should be, the video can be found at the link below.

NOTE: I had to open and close the browser several times before the video would play. It is WELL worth your time:

Paul Ryan’s speech from the Blair House Health Care Summit in the
C-SPAN Video Library
“White House Health Care Summit, Part 2
Feb 25, 2010″


At 49:20 into Part 2,

Joe Biden is winding down, and yields the floor to Paul Ryan.

After Ryan, Obama completely avoids Ryan’s larger challenge about the real cost of the health care bill, and changes the discussion’s focus to Medicare Advantage.

No wonder our country is in such decay. Along with Bernie Sanders (Independent, VT), Paul Ryan seems to be one of the few senators with a brain.

April 5, 2010 at 11:10 am
(917) heartfuljoy says:

Unfortunately, voting congressmen out won’t hurt them financially. They receive their full salary, even after only one term in office, until the day they die. What’s wrong with this picture? They will never know the hardships that the American people are going through.
They don’t pay into social security, nor do they draw it. They feel they are above the average joe in America. What ever happened to equal rights for All American people. Immigrants, both legal and illegal are aforded more rights than us as Americans in our own country. God help us in the years to come.
Yes, the us census is hiring and even though it is not permanent it is a job. Take advantage of it, and apply.

April 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm
(918) CarlaB says:


Obama administration to give $3,000 for moving
expenses to homeowners who complete a short sale

Government aims to help more “underwater” homeowners


April 5, 2010 at 4:52 pm
(919) Ohio Dude says:

Was able to file for my 100th week of unemployment after midnight, however, checked and it was denied.

Got home and their was a letter stating that my unemployment was about to run out and it gives websites for jobs to look for. Yea, right…

Advised me to apply for food stamps now that the unemployment has ended.

April 5, 2010 at 6:37 pm
(920) KellyinOhio says:

When congress returns we should not accept nothing less than a 6 month long term recovery extension period. There are too many people unemployed to blame them for this crisis. We should stand together on this and communicate to out electives everyday if we have to on this. The jobs if you can get one will not even pay your rent less food on the table even if you have a further education and the amount of people unemployed or under employed. It will take at least this additional time to see a small improvement if the economy is actually job recoverying. We need no more delays people already are off the systems and are not accounted for trying to survive till fulltime support jobs come back.

April 5, 2010 at 8:01 pm
(921) jill says:

How would these folks like to go with out food or gas? My family and I live on my unemployment due to a brain injury and a stroke so it’s not like I’m leaching off the system. Get back to work and give us our benefits back please.

April 5, 2010 at 9:43 pm
(922) CarlaB says:

I know this is not long-term, however, it may be a good way to get your foot in the door of a potential employer and keep your resume active…

Georgia Department of Human Services To Create 20,000 Jobs Using Federal Stimulus Funds

ATLANTA (GA) – The Georgia Department of Human Services announced today that it will use more than $200 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as an incentive for private- and public-sector employers to hire 20,000 Georgians this summer.

“We have a unique opportunity to put Georgians back to work, reinvigorate Georgia businesses and spark an economic recovery across our state,” said B.J. Walker, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services. “While some states are using federal stimulus funds primarily for social services, we will use ours to put Georgians back to work.”

The department is offering huge incentives to employers under two programs, TeenWork, which seeks to hire 15,000 teens this summer, and Jobs for Georgia, which will provide incentives for employers to hire 5,000 adult workers.

Under the TeenWork program, employers can hire youths aged 14-18 at a 100 percent subsidy paid by the state. Jobs are available June 1 to July 31, and applicants must come from homes earning less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $66,000 for a family of four.
The Jobs for Georgia program will provide an 80 percent subsidy, with employers paying only 20 percent of the workers’ wages. Adult workers must have at least one dependent child and a current household income of less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

“These jobs will provide opportunities for youths to learn essential new work habits, and will give adults an opportunity to learn new skills,” said Commissioner Walker. “And it gives employers strong incentives to hire.”

GDHS will also use the federal funds to help families facing one-time emergencies, such as trouble with rent payments, mortgage and utility payments. The department has also set aside funds for child care to ease the path back to employment for working parents.

Employers can pledge jobs and prospective employees can apply for jobs at http://www.jobsforgeorgia.org, and http://www.georgiateenwork.org.

April 5, 2010 at 10:57 pm
(923) CarlaB says:


Here’s the link of U.S. Senators that are up for election this year and retiring.


April 5, 2010 at 11:19 pm
(924) CarlaB says:

Survey Shows Record Number of Americans Ready to Leave the U.S.

In a survey of readers on March 22, 2010, InternationalLiving.com found that nearly 96% of respondents said they are more likely to move out of the United States than they were last year.

More than 500,000 readers of the company’s free Daily E-letter were asked a single question: Are you more open to moving outside the United States than you were 12 months ago?

A stunning 95.6% of those who responded said they were now more willing to make the move and leave the U.S.

“We suspected from record attendance at our global conferences this year that something big was happening to attitudes in the U.S.,” said Jackie Flynn, publisher of InternationalLiving.com.

“The economy is faltering,” said Flynn, “unemployment is at record levels, the health care debate nearly caused a civil war, and there are real wars being fought on two fronts in the Middle East. The cost of living is going up so fast that people are being priced out of their retirements. It’s no wonder our readers are getting serious about moving abroad.”

One such reader is Elaine Yakos-LeBron, an advertising executive in her early 60s from Washington D.C.

“I attended an InternationalLiving.com conference several years ago, after my husband died,” said Yakos, “but when I got back to the States, with the economy down the tubes, I was lucky to keep my job and not be laid off. I dropped anything to do with moving or buying abroad. I just focused on work.”

But then, Yakos said, she decided to attend the InternationalLiving.com Ultimate Event V, held this past February in Quito, Ecuador.

“After losing over a third of my money in the market,” she said, “I’d had enough. I told my financial advisor that he should be ashamed of himself for making more on my money than I was.”

Yakos was impressed with what she learned at the InternationalLiving.com conference. She also realized she wasn’t alone in looking for options outside the U.S. Nearly 400 people, mostly Americans, were there with her.

Along with attending the conference, Yakos spent some time touring Ecuador. It wasn’t lost on her as she was driving along Ecuador’s sunny Pacific coast that there was four feet of snow on the ground back home.

“I don’t have deep pockets, and I’ve been hit by the downturn like everybody else,” said Yakos. “But I’ve always wanted to live where the weather is great and I can hear and see the surf. I learned that I can do that in a place like Ecuador because it’s so affordable.

“After the conference I went to Manta and made a deposit on a condo overlooking the water. I’m a little nervous, but I’m also excited. I now have a lovely place to vacation, and when I do get ready to retire, I’ll have the life I want.”

Elaine Finnegan, InternationalLiving.com events director, said Yakos’ story isn’t unique, and that record attendance at global conferences and seminars so far in 2010 bears out the survey results.

“At our Ultimate Event in Ecuador last February we had the largest crowd for any event in our 30-year history,” said Finnegan. “Nearly 400 people just like Elaine Yakos-LeBron flew all the way to Quito for a four-day conference about living and investing abroad. That’s unprecedented, yet it seems to be continuing.

“We’ve already broken last year’s attendance record for our Live & Invest in Panama event coming up April 18-20,” said Finnegan. “For the first time, we’ve actually had to cap registrations. Our International Real Estate Investment Forum in Toronto June 3-5 is already half full, and we haven’t even started advertising it yet.

“There seems to be a groundswell of discontent in the U.S.,” said Finnegan, “and we’re seeing a record number of people who are ready to vote with their feet and get out while they can still afford to do so.”

For 30 years, InternationalLiving.com has been providing current, actionable information about how to improve your quality of life and lower your cost of living by living and investing abroad. InternationalLiving.com hosts global conferences and seminars, publishes daily e-letters, maintains an extensive informational website, and produces the monthly International Living magazine with the help of contributors and correspondents around the world. See http://www.internationalliving.com for more information.

April 5, 2010 at 11:39 pm
(925) unemployed in ohio says:

Hang in there everyone!!

Unemployment benefits expire as Congress debates extension

Lawmakers are likely to take up the issue when they return from spring break next week. The sticking point is how to pay for an extension.

By Clement Tan

April 6 2010

Reporting from Washington — As unemployment benefits expired Monday for tens of thousands of jobless workers, Democrats and Republicans renewed their haggling over whether to vote for an extension when Congress returns from its spring break next week.

The complete article can be viewed at:

April 5, 2010 at 11:44 pm
(926) unemployed in ohio says:
April 6, 2010 at 7:57 am
(927) Monty says:

(922) unemployed in ohio’s post (link is above) underscores the IMPORTANCE OF CONTINUING TO FILE even if your unemployment account balance is zero:

Those described as discouraged — who are available and want to work but have stopped looking for jobs —

can affect the data significantly because of how the government calculates the jobless rate.

They are considered part of the labor force and are counted in the official unemployment rate –>only if they are looking for work<–.

So dropping out can deflate the (unemployment) rate, and resuming a search can inflate it.

April 6, 2010 at 9:14 am
(928) kathy says:

Thank you monty. I knew this was part of our problem we have to keep filing if some states say you can not you need to contact the president directly he knows only what his employees is reporting and goes by their numbers on data not the full and correct reality numbers. Since his direct people can not get or suggest a larger lifeline we need to go to horses mouth and let him know he is not getting the right information and let his elected officials know it is not going away just because some of them think by benefits being exhausted that suddenly jobs are appearing and people find work. If these people do not have some money to look for work how can they look for work. We need a long term recovery extension for at least 6 months if it is true that jobs are coming back. We do not have time for these one month extensions and wait for two weeks for it to pass in house and senate and turn around and have to vote on another one for delays etc. We will not accept any less than a 6 month extension so we can afford to pay maybe our rent and provide us a lifeline to continue to look for employment. Good luck to everyone.

April 6, 2010 at 9:52 am
(929) Cheryl B. says:

I just contacted a ministry in regards to a FINANCIAL MIRACLE for ALL the unemployed — I need at least two to stand in agreement with this prayer.

congress, the senate and the president have failed the unemployed, but I know the LORD will not.

April 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm
(930) Jesse says:

I read all these comments about the government not extending unemployment. I’ve been out of work for over a year and I am about to run out of unemployment insurance extension compensation this month. I just want to say im GRATEFUL I have been helped this much and for this long. Every little bit helps, and i have 4 kids and a wife that is putting the food in the table. Folks’ you are not the only ones with problems!!!

April 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm
(931) Judi says:

Hi folks,have been reading all the comments.Iam
long term unemployed & am 55+.Have now reached end
of tier V.Cannot find even part time job as of yet.
Those of you on Tier 1-4.Don’t worry.Congress will
extend you guys.It is us who need Tier 5,are SOL at
this point.Thanks, Monty, As of 4/3 was in system.
Cut of was 4/4.Should I still try to file each wk?

April 6, 2010 at 1:54 pm
(932) mm says:

vote all those old sob lifers out put new blood in the houses make them sweat like we the unemployed did screw the tea party the coffee party we are the new UE PARTY man i hate not have-n- a JOB… JUST TO MANY GREEDY PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. why did the manufactured jobs leave the country. if they would haved stayed here we would have got raises to pay for the goods produced here, but oh no bush and his boys wanted to help the super rich companys pocket more profit. every thing leads back to free trade theres no other reason. ross was correct years ago so blame your life and my life on free trade make the companies come back here remember MADE IN AMERICA i do you do but YOUR KIDS WILL NEVER unless we kick those lifers out of the houses GO EU PARTY 2010 PEACE GOD BLESS

April 6, 2010 at 2:08 pm
(933) Judi says:

The American people have been screwed out of
everything.Billions are sent to other countries
along with our jobs.Now we need help and the
priority should be us during these terrible times.
How in the hell can we work when there are no jobs.
Speak up everyone.Fight for your rights.
God bless all of us.

April 6, 2010 at 11:19 pm
(934) Monty says:

(928) Judy,

Hell yeah!!! Please keep filing, as long as “they” let you. I ran out of Tier 3 (no Tier 4 in my state) weeks ago, yet have continued to file biweekly, online (that’s what my state requires).

I think, as long as you file you will be counted as one of the unemployed. The Senate and House will not be able to sweep you under the rug as “no longer unemployed”.

You are not alone. There are hardly any jobs out there. What I see around town are numerous “FOR SALE” commercial property signs, and “FOR LEASE” signs in many office windows.

Keep looking and filing. One of two things will happen: (1) you will get a job, or (2) the Republicans will quit bluffing and be willing to provide for Tier 5. To me, that’s the Bottom Line.

It’s cruel of the Democrats not to push this legislation through. They could if they wanted to. They are benefitting from the stupid Republicans’ partisan behavior, so the Dems are just fine with a stalemate at our expense. Both sides are crooked S.O.B.s. I am neither Repub. nor Dem.

April 6, 2010 at 11:55 pm
(935) unemployed in ohio says:

Hey Monty (924) – I know that it underscores the importance of continuing to file weekly/biweekly. I thought that was obvious. However, it is to date one of the better articles that points to those “that have stopped looking” and why those numbers change significantly from what the media would have us believe!! No one should stop filing when their benefits have ended. duh.

April 7, 2010 at 12:18 am
(936) Monty says:


The person who helped me at Colorado unemployment told me that, IF YOU STOP FILING for unemployment when your account balance reaches “zero dollars and zero cents”, your unemployment account expires (something like that) and will probably NEED TO BE REACTIVATED if, subsequently, Congress approves further benefits.

Continuing to file your claims will not only keep our numbers up; it will save you the inconvenience of having to contact someone to reactivate your account if further benefits are approved.

April 7, 2010 at 10:04 am
(937) judi says:

FYI EVERYONE,On Friday, April 9,on CNN,John King
show is devoted to the unemployment extension
issue and taking Comments of what Americans think
about us receiving extension.PLEASE E-Mail him
your opinions.This is good opportunity for us to
be heard. Monty, thankyou.I will take your advice.

April 7, 2010 at 10:11 am
(938) judi says:

FYI EVERYONE, Friday evening, April 9 on CNN, the
John King show:E-mail him your opinions of the
unemployment extensions.The show is devoted to that
issue.This is our change to speak up.On CNN yesterday they were asking people to e-mail to
him on Friday.
Monty, thanks buddie for the advice.Will keep filing.Iam praying for all of us.

April 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm
(939) Please help us in ARKANSAS says:

Please help us no one is hiring us black women in Arkansas

April 7, 2010 at 9:15 pm
(940) CarlaB says:

Federal Trade Act to extend unemployment benefits and training for Samoa pulp mill workers


April 8, 2010 at 9:15 am
(941) Joe in NJ says:

Has anyone in NJ received a message after calling in for benefits as follows?
“Your payment is unavailable at this time, but you will be credited for your two weeks claimed”
I am in the middle of Tier 2 at the present time, so the extension issue shouldn’t be stopping my payments until my tier 2 is completed.

April 8, 2010 at 11:34 am
(942) Fredox says:

Going to start the pastry party…..woot

April 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm
(943) jimbo says:
April 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm
(944) CarlaB says:


Executive Assistant
Murphy Putnam Media

Job Description

The managing partners of a major Democratic political media consulting firm are seeking an assistant with excellent communication skills. Job duties include: client consultation, strategy, writing and general office coverage. Email resumes to kaskew@murphyputnam.com

April 8, 2010 at 12:59 pm
(945) CarlaB says:

A video ALL unemployed should watch…


April 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm
(946) CarlaB says:

NOTE: The message below is from an unemployed poster from another UI Board:

PLEASE BE AWARE on accepting these “Temporary U.S. Census” jobs

My name is Monica from Michigan and after what happen to me today, I swear, I am on the brink of giving up. This is my story and PLEASE BE AWARE on accepting these “Temporary U.S. Census” jobs. If you get sick, even for 1 day, this could be the end result.

Story Link on Ann Arbor Newshttp://www.annarbor.com/community/news/government/us_census_temporary_workers_have_no_lead_way_on_illnesses/

If possible, please feel free to comment on the A2 (Ann Arbor News) Story Link. That is the only way this story about US 99 Weekers, will be told. They say WE are LAZY, they say WE are not WILLING to WORK. That is just BS and WE DESERVE to HAVE a TIER 5!!

April 8, 2010 at 2:56 pm
(947) CarlaB says:

@Joe, sorry to read about your disruption in payments.

I have read other posts where other states also did not pay their claims — i.e., Georgia, California, etc.

I know that Georgia’s system was down last weekend due to upgrading — not sure if this is the case with your situation.

My guess would be that many states are preparing for congress to return next week and either extend deadlines or add weeks — the past “nickel & dime” extensions have wrecked havoc on the unemployment office computer systems, I think they are trying to be “proactive” this time because just like us, they don’t know what to expect from Congress.

I still BELIEVE that “additional weeks” will be added — because at this point, a 30 day extension will not help most.

April 8, 2010 at 3:03 pm
(948) CarlaB says:


Here is a link for jobs at Caltrans in California. Hope this helps someone, most of these may require experience. There is an Accountant Trainee position.


April 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm
(949) Nhenry says:

I’ve been looking relentlessly for a job since being laid off in Dec 08. I’m like many other unemployed individuals who are not just sitting at home waiting to collect a check. I miss doing what I enjoyed best which was going to work every day and making and honest living. Everyday I’m online emailing my resume, but what the law makers seem to not understand that for every job that gets posted there’s at least 400 to even more people trying to get that one job. The senate leaders don’t ever have to think about ever being unemployed, little people such as myself and I’m sure others would agree have to be the one’s to worry, were not born with silver spoons in our mouth. I get calls for interviews but unfortunately never get the job, I’ve dumb down my resume so that I can get even a sales job, they wont hire because I’m over qualified. I thank the government for the extentions because if I never had that my son and I would have been homeless a long time ago

April 8, 2010 at 11:18 pm
(950) James says:

Can Anyone help me,im confused? My benefit year end claim is up on april 24th. Im on tier 2 now till june 26th.Do i still have to re-apply for a new claim on april 24th, even though im still unemployed and only on my 3rd week of tier 2 (euc benefits) or not? Thank You!!!

April 9, 2010 at 2:25 am
(951) Monty says:

(934) and (935) judi,

You are most welcome!

We must be tenacious like Churchill (but not too tenacious . . . I broke out in shingles one week ago . . . hahaha!!! Can laugh about it now, since I’m finally on the mend.)

April 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm
(952) CarlaB says:

IMPORTANT – Please Read:

33 states out of money to fund jobless benefits


April 9, 2010 at 9:20 pm
(953) judi says:

James, NO you do not have to re-apply.Just call
in to umemployed when this extension runs out.
Continue to file your weekly claim for now.At the
end of each extension you must call in to receive
a new extension.

April 9, 2010 at 9:30 pm
(954) judi says:

Monty, Sorry about the Shingles.It is nerves.
I did application online for little 20 hr week
shoe store job.My gosh,was terrible test, then a
300 question personality quiz.Is crazy.No wonder
ppl having harder time getting work.This only adds
to making it worse.Then I heard the test for census
workers just as crazy.I don’t know anymore.Feel like
giving up but won’t.All I need is part time job.
It looks impossible and I have good work record.
Now will see what congress does on Monday.Lets all
pray.Things so bad out there.You almost have to know
someone to get a little job anymore.Get well,Monty.
We just have to all hang in there & keep trying.

April 9, 2010 at 9:35 pm
(955) judi says:

Monty, I take it you are in Colorado.What part?
Iam in Bullhead City Arizona but worked in Neveda
in casino in Human Resouces ( of all places).
Try finding job in Bullhead or Nevada now.Is a real
tough thing.Most of jobs are part time if their is
one available but is a sea of people applying.
Just for 8 bucks an hr.Unreal.

April 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm
(956) Sarah says:

Boo Hoo for those that have only collected 72 weeks and are out. I have run out with only 26 weeks and there is no extension for my group that were lucky or unlucky enough to be a later unemployed person.

April 10, 2010 at 7:19 am
(957) Diana says:

I have been on the phone to Dc and state reps for weeks. My benefits will not expire until April 12th to late for the April 4th deadline. I was told that when they resume on the 12th to expect them to move the dealline for cutoffs. If this does not happen I will be homeless in 30 days.
I met someone today, she was getting unemplyment, free housing, no dependents, food stamps and college money. I almost fell out. I said you are getting what? I qualify for nothing. The big 50 bucks Obama gave out was enough to disqualify thousands from getting food assistance. By 12.75
I worked straight for 21 years, raised 3 kids with no benefits or assitance. I was laid off twice in the past 2 years.
SO this next week should say a lot. Call all of your reps-ALL of them. Keep your faith, I am loosing mine and having a hard time with keeping my chin up. Not being able to get food has made me sick because there is nothing to eat. Electric turned off again this week.
We can give trillions to everyone else,,doesnt make sense.
Well, if this does not get extended. I will be the one diting in front of the White house holding a big sign

April 10, 2010 at 4:18 pm
(958) CarlaB says:


Federal Employees Terminated due to Credit History

Did anyone read about the associates terminated due to their credit history? 64 employees were terminated here in Cleveland from the DFAS, for having poor credit ratings. One associate was there for 17 years another for 33 years. A total of 64. It’s important to remember that they not only extend benefits but adjust current law so that we are no being denied positions because of our credit.


April 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm
(959) CarlaB says:


I am reading from other boards from Florida unemployed posters who are only receiving “four” weeks of tier 4 — which should be “six” weeks…and they are not being given any explanation.

April 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm
(960) CarlaB says:
April 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm
(961) CarlaB says:
April 10, 2010 at 10:59 pm
(962) kristin in ohio says:

Republicans suck. Democrats suck. I am so sick of both parties keeping wall street afloat with “emergency funds.” The trillions of taxpayer dollars used as bailouts for the “too big too fail” corporations. All these congressional folks playing the back & forth game… it is absolutley ridiculous! I’m not buying any of it from any of them. They have us all so confused by the political finger pointing at each other, meanwhile the american worker is slowing going bankrupt! They got us not knowing whether to scratch our watches or wind our asses!It’s all smoke and mirrors folks! This 2 party system needs wiped off the map! They are all corrupt, self-indulging, opportunistic thieves! I have been following the arguing on the EU blogs…silently listening to the “get rid of the Republicans” arguments, and the “No, get rid of the Democrats” arguments.. People!! 96% of incumbents are re-elected!! The 2 party system running this country is not a democracy. It isn’t even a “republic for which it stands.” It’s a hegemonic sesspool of greed, arrogance, and self-servitude.

April 11, 2010 at 3:29 am
(963) Thack says:

The fact is that republicans have always fought every initiative that was meant to help working people. They fought unemployment insurance, social security and medicare. Phil Gramm did away with the Glass/Steagal Act that kept investment banks out of the mortgage business. The never ending desire of republicans to kill any kind of meaningful regulation of business is the very reason we are in the mess we are in.

When the top 1% of American earners hold 80% of everything there is to own in the country, you can see why they don’t want to pay for the mistakes they make that bankrupt the taxpayers.

They just back a truck up to the Federal Reserve and drive off with trillions of dollars. Most people don’t even know that. They think the $700 billion bail out was the only money given to Wall St. We taxpayers are on the hook for all of it.

Bush’s Treasury Department was simply an arm of Goldman-Sachs. Check the heads of the department. Every major position taken by GS.

April 11, 2010 at 12:30 pm
(964) Jenny says:

I don’t understand how the extension works for the state of Illinois. I was laid off in October 2009, received my first unemployment check at the end of November. Because I didn’t exhaust my regular benefits of 26 weeks before the March 27th deadline, I’m not even eligable for the tier 1 extension? How is this fair??

don’t get me wrong, I have great sympathy for those who have been unemployed for longer than I have, and I feel they deserve any help they can get. But why am I going to get cut off when I have been on UI for a shorter period of time?? Shouldn’t I be allowed a few more weeks when people who have been on it LONGER are still getting extensions? The system seems backwards to me.

I hate this. I have been busting my ass to find a job. I have sent out countless resumes, been to job fairs and all of the programs my local office offers. Ihave spent countless hours hitting the pavement, walking into every business I pass to look for work. I’ve applied at fast food joints only to be told I’m over-qualified.

If I can’t get an extension, how will I pay my bills? Keep a roof over my head so I can continue my job search?

April 11, 2010 at 3:36 pm
(965) jimbo says:

#959 Kristen – I couldn’t have put it better myself. I liken the two party charade to the left and right rails of a railroad…looking down the tracks, they converge on the same point.

April 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm
(966) unemployed in ohio says:

jenny — (961)
We are the huddled masses… the ones left out. Do you really believe that Congress cares if we lose our homes??? They all went on break for 2 weeks… many went on extravagent expensive vacations to lovely beaches somewhere far away… in la-la land, where thoughts of the unemployed do not exist. They are disconnected from the working class. Some more than others, but disconnected nevertheless.

April 12, 2010 at 4:37 am
(967) Penney says:

Well, I see even though the new extension passed I got screwed. It ends and all must be exhausted on April 3rd for my tier. well guess what mine was exhausted on April the 4th. Tell me that was cool. No better yet tell my 3 kids and my wife. We have little food, no money for rent, and even worse. The congress have their paychecks while we have lights and water cut off and still cant find a job, even McDonalds is not hiring. They laid people off. This is getting out of hand,. Somebody do something and do it quick!!!

April 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm
(968) Rob says:

Motion for cloture on H.R. 4851, and to move bill forward passed 60-34 in favor.

April 12, 2010 at 7:48 pm
(969) CarlaB says:

When the average “working” person reads “headlines” like the one below, they will not dig deep into details, all they will read is that the “unemployed just got more benefits, so why are they complaining?”

Extension of jobless benefits clears GOP roadblock
The Associated Press


April 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm
(970) JamieA says:

I thought that todays vote would be to decide to extend benefits, and now I see it has passed. Now what I’m learning is that this vote didn’t really mean anything, because it is LIKELY to be turned down later this week. I am so confused! This Friday is my last week to claim benefits before I am out of tier 2. I was hoping that this vote would ATLEAST pass another 30 day extension so that I can claim tier 3. Does this bill mean that I WILL qualify for tier 3, or am I SOL?

April 12, 2010 at 8:54 pm
(971) American Worker = Unemployed says:

I live in Florida and have been unemployed since around Christmas of 2008, I have exhausted all tier 4 benifits as of March 6th, 2010 and was wondering how this vote effects me. I have become so tired and frustrated with the lack of jobs and the fact that some people act like your asking for a hand out when it comes to unemployement INSURANCE benifits. Will there be a tier 5 created that I can receive benifits from to keep me and my family in our apartment until the job market turns the corner? Why isn’t anybody creating a long term extension…do they want to see family’s homeless and standing on a street corner begging for food?

April 12, 2010 at 9:01 pm
(972) omg says:

Can someone tell me when you think we will recieve these benefits? I know nobody really know’s. At least two weeks? My rent will be a week over due next week at this time.

April 12, 2010 at 11:58 pm
(973) Tom says:

I have been unemployed for some time now,and applied at many places where I do qualify,and am able to do the work involved,and I do understand that in this country,we are EOE,you see it everywhere,but in the state of PA,this is just a lot of BS.Im 57 years old and although I am experienced and able to perform a job,they tell me that I am not experienced enough.I would rather hear them tell me Im too old. Ive been in the construction field 22 years,but that dosent matter in PA.here your just too old to work.I just lost my unemployment benefits,like many of you have.I recieved only 170/week not much,but I was at least getting something,and yes at Thanksgiving I had Turkey McNuggets.With that being said,we need to push for another extion,so we can get through these tough times.

April 13, 2010 at 9:28 am
(974) crystal says:

Has anyone heard of the idiots voting on a one month extention for the unemployed. Do these idiot politican realize that people have exhausted their unemployement already for over a month or longer this bill is not going to do any good. I am working part time and maybe laid off soon and I do not know what the future may hold. I do not want to sound greedy but these officials have been off two weeks and was debating on maybe a month extention then. This is rediculus that we let these type of delays and tactics go on in washington they need a one year extention or at least a minimum of 6 months if the jobs are coming back. We now know we have lost thousands of jobs and reported that unemployment real numbers are at 16% to 17%. Are we going to let these politicans continue to do the blame game on the problem they caused on the unemployed? We need to let them know we do not care about the bickery or now wanting to control the deficit or whatever road bocks they are trying to doing now. Get a longer term recovery extention done for 6 months or longer so we can afford to find work or they are going to be in the same boat we are done and tired of the same old washington politics. In order for us to pay taxes and live we need a lifeline to keep or heads above water. No more one month extention tactics when it over before they start and they will have to vote on another extend it out so people do not have to worry and can look for work. And stop the lazy name calling enough is enough. Unemployed people are not stupid!

April 13, 2010 at 9:55 am
(975) phillip says:

Why is unemployed letting these type of dragging their feet go on. These elected officials who have returned for two weeks come back for a one month extension! The unempoyment rate has gotten worse, gas prices on the rise and contiuned washington political ploys. We all need to call and let the returned governing officials this bill needs revised and is not good enough, change it to one year or at least 6 months and stop the fighting on how to pay for it, find ways to get people back to living work or else. Or work for minimum wage like the real american does and come down to reality. I am calling today to voice my concerns if we let this go on nothing is going to get done but this type of ploys trying to frustrate us thinking that jobs to support us will suddenly appear for all that is looking for one. These policans thoght everyone was lazy and jobs would suddenly appear on their two week break, idiots listen to the people who experience daya to day issues on this and stop the fighting. You paid the banks etc. and do not care about the american people on your own soil. Do the right thing listen to the millions who are trying to get back to the working class so they can pay taxes. Good luck to all that has had enough of these delays!

April 13, 2010 at 11:08 am
(976) Judi says:

To American Worker, Iam in exact same shoes as you.
Was to my understanding a Tier V had not been
included in new pkg Congress voting on right now,
but there have been Senator’s working on it.Iam
also confused if a Tier V will be included.Iam
now SOL & no job in sight.I keep trying.I quess
we have to wait & see what happens. Maybe Carla
knows.She has been so helpful.

April 13, 2010 at 2:41 pm
(977) yolanda says:

We are using up all our savings through no fault of our own I lost my job in Jul 2008 and have not found a job yet. We need a tier 5 in Arkansas.

April 13, 2010 at 3:19 pm
(978) cindy says:

It is a shame on Cspan today that there were americans stating that because of the government involvement in the loss of jobs, economy, bank bail outs that the unemployed has to be always the one that take the hit. Americans who have living jobs can pay their debts are attacking the ones who have done the right thing even went to school are told to if they can get a job even if they can not pay their debts. If they could get a job to pay their debts they would. I would like to know what is wrong with these people ? These type of people forget what and where they come from. The society today even if they stick by the rules should not be shoved under the rug. These people do want to work and make a living just like them but to down grade them just because the jobs to provide shelter and food to feed them is not there you turn against them. It needs to stop we will all be in this boat and your politcal group will not save you just because of your beliefs. We are in a crisis that the unemployed did not create and just because we are the lucky one making a living does not mean the uemployed are bad because of the problems your government created. Just like the president said when running for president it will take at least one term to see any type of a job or economic recovery. So stop the games, name calling and do what is right to help or people get back to work extend unemployment for at least another year. It will take at least that long to see any additional recovery job numbers because of the large comapny losses in this country to Mexico, China etc. Maybe by then we will rebuild and people who can find living employment will. Good luck to all and God Bless!

April 13, 2010 at 4:19 pm
(979) Judi says:

Yolanda,I was laid off Oct 2008.Have now exhausted
all benefits.Finding work has been impossible.Many
think there should be a Tier V and morally there
should be.Is not our fault we cannot find jobs.
There are very jobs out there.Our govement should
at least feel a moral obligation to the long termed
unemployed.Call you Senator or Congressman.

April 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm
(980) Ed says:

I worked at Gerards Bakery in Longmont Colorado for 5 years. I was a shipping and receiving supervisor, but over time had been trained in a total of 6 different positions. We had 2 other bakeries open in California and North Carolina. One day I hear that we just got a new 9 million dollar account. Then they tell us there is a mandatory meeting the next day. After this news, many of us thought we’d all be getting bonuses. Instead, they told us that the bakeries were all closing and they would not pay us any money owed for time worked or vacation. They owe me $3000 which I’ll never see. That was a year and a half ago. I’m out of unemployment now and these senators don’t have the guts to pass any real extension. This 30 day extension crap has got to stop! Pass something long term. I’m sick of stressing out everytime an unemployment tier runs out.

April 13, 2010 at 8:59 pm
(981) Judi says:

Ed,So many of us in your shoes.We need a Tier 5.
Still have not heard a word on new or newspaper.
It shows how important the umemployed are to
Congress, knowing ppl need to feed their families.
We are all stressed out at it is and they make it
worse with this month to month crap.I think it is
one purpose.We are the little (once middle class)
working American.No Big deal.They get their
pay checks and that is all they care about.Leaving
us hanging and not knowing what we can depend on
or not depend on his terrible.All of us are waiting
to hear something.Hang in there Ed.You are not alone.If you here any news be sure to put in on this
blog as we all are sitting tight right now.No jobs
here in Bullhead City. Az.Is very bad here.

April 13, 2010 at 8:59 pm
(982) CarlaB says:


Baucus added an amendment to the bill today to extended the exhaust dates 60 days instead of 30 days. So if passed that will get some past memorial Dayunemployment benefits through Memorial Day.

April 13, 2010 at 10:09 pm
(983) CarlaB says:

In regards to a tier 5, I truly believe that a new tier or (at the very least) additional weeks will have to be added, because these temporary extensions will not benefit most in the long or short term.

In addition to the temporary extensions not being a long term benefit, there are also people who will not even get an opportunity to receive tier 4 because their state does not meet the minimum requirements (my prayers truly go out to them), so something has to be done.

To all those who did not go through the battle of getting tiers 3 & 4 passed, all I can say is that it took perserverance and much needed PRAYER.

I am not ashamed to say that after watching the congress and senate perform (and treat the lives of the unemployed like a game) last Sept thru November, I got down on my knees and prayed for a MIRACLE and it came.

Watching the events of the last two days reminds me of the whole experience all over again.

I know people fax, call, email, etc…however, it does not seem to be getting through…while I am not discouraging anyone from doing this, I will simply say that PRAYER needs to be incorporated into any works that you do.

The reason I keep emphasizing prayer is this — if a person(s) can leave and go on vacation/break and and not care that their actions will cause millions to go without food, shelter, etc. — then this lets you know that you are truly dealing with an “evil” that only prayer and intercession from the Lord can handle.

April 14, 2010 at 10:10 am
(984) JAMES says:

CarlaB, I 100% Agree with you there!! That is all we got left to do! I do it on a daily basis, Because God can only soften there hearts and minds to wake up to us hurting people!! So whether you believe or not,(Just Pray) and watch the results happen!!!!

April 14, 2010 at 11:25 am
(985) billy says:

I am sorry to everyone unemployed I have been there and maybe soon from the business I work in. I have several friends laid off some ran out of benefits and have been for close to two months.The delays caused them to be behind on their debts and they still have not found a living wage jobs. These delays by these governing officials have to stop we are still in a economic downfall no matter what the dow numbers are. Until we see good jobs back which will not be for a while these unemployed need a longer term recovery extention for at least till the end of the year 2010. enough of the one month increments these end before they pass the bills and people have to go back worrying about their lifeline running out. These so called doctors, lawyers etc. need to be voted out of office governing this country they only think of themselves and convince voters they are doing the right thing for the average person. The unemployed that is trying really hard everyday needs to not accept no more tactics by these governing people. We need normal people who have been through day to day issue like the working class. I will fight for my friends and others to get a long term recovery extension tier 5 or what ever it takes for at least one year so these people have lifeline to get back to work when living jobs come back. Good luck to all..

April 14, 2010 at 11:35 am
(986) judi says:

Carla,Yes, shame on Congress for letting the
umemployed to rot while they go on vacation.They
piddle around while ppl going without food and
being evicted.The ones with little kids are really
suffering is even worse yet.They don’t seem to care.
Thankyou for keeping us informed.Iam praying with
you also.Prayers can move mountains if we all pray

April 14, 2010 at 12:31 pm
(987) CarlaB says:

United States Senate Committee on Finance
Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 10:00 AM
215 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Using Unemployment Insurance to Help Americans Get Back to Work:

(Video of Hearings)

April 14, 2010 at 1:57 pm
(988) Rhiannon says:

Hello all, I am a single parent of 2 children that recives no wealthfare or childsupport, and just wanted to share with you all that I lost my job due to a catastrophic flood and have only been unemployaed since August 10, 2009, I enrolled in college and started classes September 2, 2009 full time. I have had to struggle because our wonderful “system” claims I make to much off unemployment to recieve any financial help and we qualify for very little food stamps, my school used to offer more help and funds for low income and single parent families but the government cut funding for that, so I am basically racking up debt living off student loans and last years income tax refunds to feed and house my children and bust my rump to do the best I can at school, and it is frustrating that our government insist on cutting education and funds to make people in our community more educated and healthy [healthcare reform is another issue =( ] leading to more productive people and a better economy. I guess they are too busy worrying about there six figure salaries and vacations to Hawaii while I struggle and beg my landlord not to evict us. Yet I keep pushing on to succeed and maybe make a difference for us all someday. We need a government designed to care about the people as a “whole”, someone that has struggled and knows where the average Joe has come from, a person driven with passion and love for life and the well being of people in their society not the system of people we currently have driven by greed, lies, and selfishness. Thanks for reading and take care all =)

April 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm
(989) CarlaB says:

The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School Seeking Teachers
New York


April 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm
(990) Dave says:

Rhiannon-I dont know what your state has for rules but MASS does not allow you to go to school full time and receive unemployment at the same time. So what ever you do dont tell them you are enrolled or they could take away your benefits. Because you are not available to work if you are going to school. You might want to check that out.

April 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm
(991) Terry says:

My husband was laid off from his job in February 2008. He had a temp job for a few months and that helped extend the unemployment, but he is has two more weeks left. This man is 60 years old, and has worked hard all of his life. He served his country in the Air Force and when he got out, he decided to get his undergraduate degree. He worked a full time job, a part time job (sometimes 2) and went to school. When he completed the undergraduate, he worked full time, and part time and got his Masters in Public Administration. All the while he was a wonderful husband and father. He has completed HUNDREDS of job applications and he will take anything. He cannot get an interview. This is tearing him up inside and when I come home from work, he sometimes says that he feels like he is losing his mind. Instead of Washington playing party politics, they should think of something other than the power they are amasing for themselves and get this country to work. My husband doesn’t want to collect unemployment, he wants to work!!

April 14, 2010 at 11:11 pm
(992) CarlaB says:

Tomorrow at 8:00a.m., hundreds of unemployed across the country will be having a “Prayer Vigil” in their homes asking the Lord to do the following…

-Protection and shelter for those who have become homeless
-Provide financial provision for those who have already exhausted their benefits
-Healing and restoration for families who have been torn apart by financial stress
-Unharden the hearts of those in the House and Senate
-Extended deadlines and additional weeks for ALL the unemployed
-Job opportunites

For those who want to participate, please feel free to add to this prayer list.

April 14, 2010 at 11:56 pm
(993) unemployed in ohio says:

Well… if God is working in mysterious ways..he may be making small steps with the congressional conservatives because GEORGE Voinovich from Ohio was the only Republican that voted for the bill on 30 day extension this evening. AND he is about as conservative as they get! It doesn’t help us exhaustees, but it helps many others.
By the way, good link above by CarlaB to the Senate Finace Committee on unemployment! Watch it if you have some time… it is a little lengthy, but hopefully will shed some light on the seriousness of our plight to those in Congress!

April 15, 2010 at 12:36 am
(994) unemployed in ohio says:

If we’re going to get weeks added, they will originate here at the Senate Committee on Finance.

Ask for an increase beyond the already existing 99 weeks, FOR EVERYONE WHO BECAME UNEMPLOYED THRU NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, regardless of individual State Unemployment Rates.

Please also request;
Aggressive help to become re-employed. Inform them of any reason you think you haven’t become employed yet. Such as age, loss of home or transportation, geographical location, lack of funds to properly network your talents, changes in the way you have to apply for jobs, criminal background checks, employers checking your credit history, etc.

Please also request;
Our need for them to allow us the option to defer any new regular benefits, as submitted by Senator Jack Reed in S.AMDT.3434 to HR4213. This keeps our UI benefits from being decreased due to new benefit years until all EUC benefits have been exhausted. And also allows us to receive EUC on any benefit year that ended on or after May 1, 2007.

Please also request;
Our need to receive Emergency Unemployment Compensation until we become employed regardless of the length of our original State Unemployment Compensation claim.

Please also make them understand that you have been hit the hardest and the longest by this recession/depression. Make them understand that people who have been recently unemployed haven’t even scratched the surface of what you’ve been forced to endure.

I personally went thru a period of at least 12 months without any EUC or EB after my State UI ran out. Thank God I only had myself to worry about.


You need to read:
Testimony of Mark Zandi Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics Before the Senate Finance Committee

Also read Member Statements and Witness Testimony at the following link.
Using Unemployment Insurance to Help Americans Get Back to Work: Creating Opportunities and Overcoming Challenges


Free Fax sites that you can use to fax Senators! It works.
by bergcycles1 Today at 8:40 pm
Below are three fax services that allow you to send two FREE faxes (per service, per day) via your computer. That is SIX FAXES a day you can send to our elected officals regarding adding weeks to the extension:




To send questions, comments, or concerns to members of the Senate Finance Committee or staff, please
call (202-224-4515),
fax (202-228-0554) or
write to:
The Honorable Max Baucus
Committee on Finance
United States Senate
219 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Chuck Grassley
Ranking Member
Committee on Finance
United States Senate
219 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Note: Due to security precautions taken by the U.S. Senate, outside mail is delayed 7-10 days; therefore, whenever possible, you may also consider faxing your letter(s) to 202-228-0554.

April 15, 2010 at 9:57 am
(995) jill says:

With all these delays and people running out of benefits no should be accepting less than at least a one year exention or you are wasting your time. I am sorry to sound this way but these people are delaying this to may it look like the number are decreasing so they can say the outlook looks god now. Do not let them fool you now the people know the outlook on jobs out there if it was better the 99 so called weeks would have us employed. We need a 1 year long term extension for all period..

April 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm
(996) APRIL says:


April 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm
(997) ToddS says:

To April,

Are you kidding your worried about Christmas. I have received 26 weeks of unemployment benefits and now nobody can move to the next tier of benefits because of these cold hearted bastard republicans and your worried about xmas. I think you need look at the big picture because without an extension none of us will have homes to have christmas in.

April 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm
(998) Jennifer says:

Christmas shouldn’t be your concern. How about those who need to eat and keep a roof over their heads? Think about what is really important right now, because materialistic things shouldn’t be a priority. Everyone wants to be able to give their kids everything they can, but food in their bellies and clothes on their backs trumps presents, sorry!

April 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm
(999) American Worker = Unemployed says:

CarlaB , so the extension has passed but what does this mean for me the person who has exhausted all benifits though Tier 4? I live in Florida in the Tampa Bay area where the unemployement rate last week was 12.6%. I actually talked to a hot dog stand vendor today about a job and he told me he had nothing for me. This is what it has come down to, trying to get a job at a hot dog stand.
I have going without an unemployment check now for 5 weeks and the bills are double what we are taking in (my wife is working at a retail store making $8 and hour) we have enough money to pay our rent but not our power bill or anything else, 20% of my wife’s check goes right back in the gas tank so she can keep the only income we have. Our son is finishing 1st grade and I just hope we can stay in our place until he at least finishes school but things are looking bad for us right now. We keep praying that congress opens their eyes and realize “We the People” are suffering and they need to do something permanant to fix this mess. The only thing I can do is keep trying and praying, I wish I could have taken a 2 week Easter break or could go to past Memorial day without stressing out about where we will be living. 18 months ago we were talking about saving for buying a house, now we just are trying to figure out how to live day by day. We will get through it and we wont forget those who stood around and watched the suffering and blocked help to people who needed it the most, we will vote and only vote against those who did nothing..thats the only certain thing I know will happen for us right now and am looking forward to November. The Unemployed Party is who the politicians should be worried about come November not the Tea Party or the Independents. Everybody who has lost their job or knows someone that has and it has affected your family should register to vote and and show the people who work for us but don’t care about us the door. Thats what we are going to do.

April 15, 2010 at 10:10 pm
(1000) SM says:


April 15, 2010 at 10:14 pm
(1001) SM says:


April 15, 2010 at 11:39 pm
(1002) Ron says:

What The Heck is wrong with our government? I have been out of work for 20 months. I am on the state of Illinois 13 week extended benifits which i feel are the last of my benifits. After those 13 weeks are over, where does the 7 weeks come in if you can collect up to 99 weeks? What happens to the people that have been on Long term unemployment? Why are they not helping us with a extension until the end of the year too? I feel with all the stress i have been under since all this started that my thinking is all out of whack, anybody able to give me a better understanding of all this and what it means for the long term unemployed?

April 16, 2010 at 8:20 am
(1003) Kristin says:

It means fight… fight like your life depends upon it. (since it probably does)
Call, fax, e-mail all your reps and senators.There are many many links on this page if you scroll through. I have faxed Max Baucus twice today already, and will continue to do so everyday until additional weeks are added. Many feel that additional weeks will be approved at some point, just not sure how long we can all hold on for that to happen. Obviously, it will not happen this week, but Congress goes on another break in 6 weeks! We cannot let the long term unemployed die out there, so if you haven’t been calling, e-mailing, and/or faxing your reps — DO IT NOW!!!

April 16, 2010 at 10:31 am
(1004) James says:

Can anyone help me out with this??? Why do i keep reading the house and senate both passed a long term extention till the end of the year,but its still not into effect yet. What is holding this up and it just keeps only getting passed month to month?? Please help me understand this?? THANKS !!!!

April 16, 2010 at 11:13 am
(1005) tim says:

The reason why their doing this is to frustrate all the unemployed thinking that you are not looking for working. Who in their right mind wants to be on unemployment it does not even pay most peoples rent, mortgage. It is time for the actuall number of people to say eneough is enough. We need a clear and consis long term recovery for all, not deadlines dates and just to pass a bill. We need a 6 month to 1 year exention the president if given the right information now knows and said during his presidency it will take at least 1 term to any possible job recreations in this downfall. So is time to let the elected officials know we need this now..

April 16, 2010 at 11:19 am
(1006) joe says:

Call Your Reps, posting here DOES NOTHING. We need benefits at least till the end of the year. More Tiers and not just 3 weeks…..Maybe we should cut the war so we have money for our OWN people. So Call, Call Call and e mail too!

April 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm
(1007) victor says:

in response to #717 so true and my i add crime will and is
going up not to mention depression cant afford meds
suicide theft sell drugs time to take what you need no
matter what it takes we are pushed to the max gov. if we get no help god help us all i em 49 had my own paint corp
10 years had to drop it when the construction market fell
now cant get work mopping floors i think prison or death would be better plz tell me im wrong

April 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm
(1008) Janet says:

I don’t mean to be rude, but some of these posts are almost impossible to read. #1002 and #1004 are perfect examples. Punctuation, spelling and grammar should be checked before you post. Honestly, if you can’t type a legible post on this message board, how will you ever land yourself a job? I can’t imagine what your resumes look like, and it could be part of the reason that many of you are unable to find work.

So my advice to you is to get involved with the educational programs that your local unemployment office offers you. They are free, so take advantage! Several of you could use the help, and it may well be the answer to why you are having trouble finding work.

Sitting around praying and posting on boards is not the way to a new work opportunity. Use the resources offered to you and take the time to better yourselves. Even if you get emergency benefits, they WILL run out eventually. You can’t be on unemployment forever. It’s time to take responsibility for your own lives, instead of continuing to rely on the government to bail you out.

April 16, 2010 at 7:32 pm
(1009) TG says:

I’d like to post this comment on behalf of the majority of unemployed folks out there. We are not lazy, ignorant or uneducated. In fact, quite the opposite. Most of us have worked since the first day we were eligible to do so under law; in my case, I’ve been working without stop (including during pursuit of my undergrad degrees) since the age of 15. I never took vacation time and always, always worked. I’ve been out of work for a bit now and am thankful for the help I get from my government and my family. At age 44, I’ve moved in with my family — dogs and birds alike. Like many, I’m not sitting at home on my butt waiting for another check in the mail. The check helps but I’m out there networking, applying, applying and applying. I lost a 6 figure job and just to dispel any misnomers out there…I’ve applied for coordinator positions and minimum wage jobs JUST to have a job. Nothing so far. So, for those who wish to post rude comments, please keep them to yourself. You may find yourself on the unlucky end of this coin someday and will require the kindness of family and strangers. I hope not…

April 16, 2010 at 7:34 pm
(1010) ulises says:

to janet

im pretty sure that all of us who are unemployed would gladly take responsibility of our own lives if our great government would provide us with enough decent paying jobs for all of us.the last thing i want to do is rely on the government and their extension games.i’d rather bust my butt and know for certain that my paycheck will be there on payday

April 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm
(1011) ulises says:

well said tg.i was working for a global company and they decided to move operations to mexico.laid off all 250 of us just like that.i do miss working and the challenge that my job brought me.now i feel that as long as im out of a job,im no good even though deep down i know that aint the case.

April 16, 2010 at 11:24 pm
(1012) tlc says:

I called tonight and found out I do not qualify for this new extension. FYI you 99 weekers. just so you know, I have been on unemployment for 1 YEAR and not 2 like yourselves and I’m not getting anything unless a 5th tier comes along, so my heart does not bleed for you! Sorry!

April 17, 2010 at 4:13 am
(1013) bj says:

Don’t be ignorant. only those who have worked and had their companies pay into unemployment insurance qualify for UI payments. Ignorance is not bliss!

April 17, 2010 at 4:52 am
(1014) tlc says:

Huh? I really don’t think I could have collected for for a year if I didn’t work. Who’s ignorant?

April 17, 2010 at 10:51 am
(1015) johnnny d. says:

Attention everyone who is a 99er, there is now a petition to sign for the 99ers that got left out of this and every other extension that was passed. I heard there was around 20,000 signatures up from 5000 last monday. So please go to unemployment benefits for the 99ers and sign up. This has to be addressed now or it’s too late. We need your support.

April 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm
(1016) judi says:

#717 & #718 Are correct.We are on our way to a
One World Goverment.I also saw it coming for many
yrs.It is all planned out.Break the backbone of
America (the workers).Get rid of middle class and
they will destroy the rich also.We are on our way
to becoming a 3rd world nation.Our Grandkids will
not know America as we have nor will they have the
opportunities and freedom that we knew.Have you
noticed how Walmart is preparing with their great
Value food.Pretty soon ppl will not get full
social security 1/2 in cash, 1/2 in food stamps
and then they will tell us what we can buy or not
buy.The big step was to wipe out our jobs.We are
losing our freedom folks and I think is to late to
get it back.I live in AZ.See choppers in sky training from 4 different countries.Was even in the
newspaper.What is going on? If we rebel they will
bring in military from other countries to control us.No control of borders either.Cartell killing
Americans on the borders and our goverment is
allowing it.Someone making a bundle in the dope trade other than Cartell.I have been everywhere
looking for work.There is none.In 12 weeks my
unemployment is over period.I just want to work.
Never has it been this bad in my lifetime.Getting
a job was never an issue, now it seems impossible.
Forget the gas,new shoes or anything eles.Can’t
afford anything now.Wake up you guys.When your
unemployment runs out, so do you.They want it that

April 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm
(1017) Kristin says:

Wow! I check this site when I have time.. not pleased with the recent posts by some. If those of you that think unemployed Americans are responsible for no jobs, then you should be outside with the tea parties right now, not here posting negative comments and fueling fires. I am so sick and tired of hearing how unemployment is our fault…people that say and believe that are really the uneducated and ignorant ones. I don’t care how well you can spell or type…maybe you should get your facts straight!!
Fact: 15 million people are unemployed in this country.
Fact: 122,000 jobs were created in construction in February (that leaves 14 1/2 million without)
Fact: UI is a benefit.. we have paid into it in order to get it… just like Medicare.
Fact:The deficit was in the trillions before any recent extensions for UI benefits even started. Billions went to banks, foreign aid, failed auto industry, and earmarks.
Fact: People cannot collect UI unless they are actively seeking employment that is documented each week.
Fact: 40% of long term unemployed no longer have EUC or EB.
Fact:We are in the middle of the greatest recession since the Great Depression.
Fact: There are 5.5 people applying for every 1 job in the market. (this includes McDonald’s positions)
Fact: UIB is only for those people who have lost their jobs through NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. In other words, they didn’t quit their jobs, or lose them because of incompetence or illegal conduct.

Did I miss anything??
So unless you have encouraging and/or vital points to the contrary of these facts, then keep your eyes and ears closed, keep your head in the sand, and stay STUPID!! Noone on this blog wants to hear your opinionated and uninformed rantings!

April 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm
(1018) Carol says:


YOU did not pay into Unemployment – your employer did, so it is NOT like Medicare. Right now the state (= your employer) and the Federal Government are paying unemployment. Nothing was ever taken out of your paycheck to fund unemployment.

April 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm
(1019) kt2kelly says:

Carol,you do know that the first 26 weeks of every claim is paid by the state UI system and in 41 states,there is a payroll deduction for unemployment insurance deduction.I think thats where Kristen was coming from.As far as the connection or resemblance to Medicare,it is somewhat comparable as they both are deducted from your paycheck to pay for the people already collecting from both systems.

April 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm
(1020) Tom says:

Fact: People cannot collect UI unless they are actively seeking employment that is documented each week.
(post made by Kristin #1014)

Really? While we all know it’s required, they sure aren’t regulating it well! I know several people that are on unemployment, and while all of them are actually job-hunting and documenting their searches, not one of them has EVER been asked to give proof of their work search. NEVER, in six months. Which makes it really, really easy for some people to sit around collecting checks while doing no job hunting whatsoever. THAT it what is wrong with the system!

Maybe if they started to actually enforce the mandatory job search in order to collect, it would make it more difficult for deadbeats to scam the system. Maybe it would get those who think we are all just getting a free ride off of our backs.

Let’s face it folks, the system is a joke. To those that are busting their butts to find work, I hope things get better for you. For those who collect while sitting with their thumbs up their butts, P**S OFF.

April 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm
(1021) jimbo says:

I am sorry but I do not know what state you live in but some states already have this in place active job search list and proof you have to give the UI before you receive benefits. This is not something new it has not been activated yet for all states. But besides this is rediculus do people really think with what small benefits you get you would not want a fulltime job! Come on ..

April 18, 2010 at 1:05 am
(1022) kristin says:

I figured some would want to split hairs over the facts….First, if I can rebutt Carol’s response. THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO MONEY. WE SUPPLY THE GOVERNMENT WITH THE MONEY IT USES IN THE FORM OF TAXES.
Every single aspect of our lives is Government subsidized!!!! I have paid taxes all my life, so does that mean I should complain and have a tea party if I feel that old people are bleeding the country…? Should young people band together and march the streets if they don’t want to pay taxes that help the elderly? …… hmmmm. That is what people are basically saying when they complain that the government should not extend UI. UI is our money!! Not the government’s money!
So where is OUR money used in this country? You think any tax money doesn’t affect/help you??
Think again!
The largest chunk of tax dollars, 22 percent, goes toward income security that includes Social Security, welfare, disability payments and unemployment insurance. The next-largest expenditure, 20 percent, goes for health care that includes Medicaid and Medicare. A significant 42 percent of American tax dollars is spent on entitlement programs.

Public safety, including national defense and local police, fire, prison and court costs make up another 20 percent of taxes.

Then comes education. About 74 percent of taxes spent on education goes toward elementary and secondary schools, with most of the rest paying for colleges, and the remainder for public libraries. Overall, education accounts for 16 percent of our tax dollar.
Again…. get your facts straight or go away!

April 18, 2010 at 10:39 am
(1023) V. Donahue in Chicago says:


While I appreciate your knowledgable posts on the current situation in this country, your attitude is getting really annoying. This is a public message board, and everyone is entitled to state their opinion whether you like it or not. Take the high road and ignore what you consider ignorant. Get off of your high horse and quit calling people stupid, stop demanding they not post here. Acting like this makes you no better than the ignorant ones posting drivel.

Seriously, knock it off. Stick to posting your facts :)

Ok so in response to the guy saying the states don’t check work searches, I don’t know what state he is in but here in Illinois they haven’t checked my work search in 6 months. I have a good 15 pages of my work search (yes I have been busting my booty looking for work BTW). They haven’t asked for it, ever. All I do each week is certify online and I get my checks. I also know people who have been on unemployment a lot longet than I have, and they say the same thing. So the system is definitely screwy. I’m sure there are tons of people who, while they probably lost their job through no fault of their own, are sitting back taking a vacation and living off of their benefits. Mostly people with no kids or homes I would assume!

April 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm
(1024) smb says:

Did anyone in NC get a message that they have exhausted their benefits when applying today for the next tier. I had finished tier 3 last week and NC has tier 4 and I thought that the extension that was just passed was retro to April 5th. Are the Systems just not updated?

April 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm
(1025) CarlaB says:

@smb, since the law was just passed, it may take a day or so for the system to be updated.

April 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm
(1026) CarlaB says:

Let’s all be mindful to stay focused and in prayer for tier 5.

There were many prayers that created a longer temporary deadline than most thought would pass…and it was done within a week.

Let’s use the same prayers and FAITH for tier 5.

PRAYERS do change circumstances and situations.

April 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm
(1027) unemployed in ohio says:

V in chicago-
Never saw u post before… please don’t get on the cases of those responding with good solid facts that are on here to help. Guards are up, and kristin was responding to posts from earlier that started the name calling. This site is called “unemployment extension news,” not “let’s bash the unemployed.” She has valid points.
In regards to your post about the UI job searching not being checked out… an audit can occur at any time for those claiming benefits. Just because it has happened yet, doesn’t mean it won’t.

April 18, 2010 at 10:55 pm
(1028) D Wesley says:

I got “laid off” Feb 19th 2009, after 13 years of service, I have found no jobs in my area that even compare to the unemployment I have qualified for, I have been working since I was 14(about 24 years) and this is the first time I have ever drawn. When I went in last week for my evaluation, or what ever they call it, they said I have 1 week left to draw. I have no leads or any income potential that would be even vaguely similar to what I have been earning. Why do they wait until you have 1 week left to tell you that you are done? I know people that said you can draw for 92 weeks, but I guess I am the loophole cause I drew for like 60 weeks and now I am out. I paid in for 26 years, hiw does this pay my bills? Should have had a choice and used that money to open a savings account. I guess my house will be on the market soon. We didn’t get a choice when they decided to send Billions over to Afghan and Iran to fight the terrorist, but we can’t get help here in the land of the free. Yea we are free, free from debt, a house and free to live on the street with my wife and 5 children. How is this right? You pay in for 26 years and get help for a year if the economy bombs. Guess you will see me at walmart saying “Hi, welcome to walmart”

April 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm
(1029) OhioDude says:

No Tier 5 expected for months if any…

Called ODJFS today and their is no plans for now of creating a Tier 5 according to them. They said they were told just to keep allowing people to file even though it will be denied.

If you look like your going to lose your home and can’t pay bills, may as well just prepare for it.

If you do not have a current 4-year degree, your only hope is to get back in school and apply for Federal Pell grants (up to $ 5,500.00 you don’t have to pay back) and loans (you have to pay back only the interest during the duration – 6.5% – while you are in school, which will pay for books and misc. expenses such as housing, etc.). This is the only was I’m surviving for now along with food stamps.

The politicians will promise you anything to try and get re-elected in the mean time for the November ballets. After that, don’t expect any more empty promises on a Tier 5.

Basically, your on your own until you find a job. The only ones that won’t be hurt by the unemployment are the rich and the people that already get free housing via the government. I’m sure over the next year or so, most government provided welfare housing will be filled up and “only” community provided shelters that are not full will be available.

I hope I’m wrong, however, don’t see much in the way of getting back to a normal life until around 2012 thru 2014.

April 19, 2010 at 3:17 pm
(1030) OhioDude says:

See – I saw this on Yahoo Top Stories when I got back in the house:

This is only the beginning of what will happen over the next couple of years:


Originally Published:Monday, April 19th 2010, 10:50 AM
Updated: Monday, April 19th 2010, 11:40 AM
Robert Hess is out as head of the Department of Homeless Services.
Robert Hess is out as head of the Department of Homeless Services.
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Mayor Bloomberg is replacing the head of the Department of Homeless Services as the number of homeless on the streets and in shelters continues to surge.

Robert Hess took over the agency four years ago after a successful stint in Philadelphia and vowed to “fulfill the mayor’s commitment to ending homelessness as we know it within five years.”

Since then, homelessness has surged as the economy tanked – and critics say Hess’ plans to change homeless prevention efforts failed the people who needed them most.

Bloomberg pledged to reduce homelessness by two-thirds by offering new carrots and sticks to help the homeless live on their own.
Many of those who got out of shelters were unable to keep their new apartments, however, and ended up needing more city help.

New York counts more than 36,000 people in the shelter system, and had no place for all of them on some cold nights last winter when the number of homeless broke records.

That doesn’t include an estimated 3,111 sleeping on the streets, up 34% from last year.
Hess is leaving to take a job with the Doe Fund, the nonprofit that helps down-on-their-luck New Yorkers get jobs cleaning streets and sidewalks.

It has traditionally been close with Mayor Bloomberg and in 2008 sent workers to testify in favor of extending term limits so he could run again.

The new commissioner will be Seth Diamond, the executive deputy commissioner at the Human Resources Administration. The mayor is scheduled to announce his appointment at a Monday afternoon news conference.

April 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm
(1031) Arlene says:

I know that OhioDude does not mean many any harm and is just reporting facts as he sees them…however…

…to all that are standing on faith, do NOT receive this…and continue standing…

…this is nothing more than a way to steal your peace and rob your joy…

…the enemy feeds off fear…

…many never thought that there would be tier 3 or 4…

…many never thought there would be an extended deadline to June 2nd…

…and lastly, for all who are able to read this board, then you have lived enough to know that the Lord has brought you through many trials…this one is no different…

…I don’t care what the newspapers, radio or television report…

…the Lord is not bound to any of these things…he will create what you need if you just put your faith and trust in him…

April 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm
(1032) Sayin says:

Its not just a Tier V that is needed. Let’s be broader – it’s also a Tier IV for some states. So please stop focusing on just a Tier V. The state I live in only has 3 tiers. And we need to have ALL states given a Tier for whichever Tier is needed for that state to be extended. Instead of saying we need a Tier V, say we need Additional Tiers. I just spoke to a congressman’s office and was told that NO plans have been made for an additional tier (for my state which has an unemployment rate of something like 7.7 percent unemployed). This means that those of us who have exhausted all of our unemployment benefits are now left on our own and good luck to us. I cannot find a DECENT paying job ANYWHERE. I am working for minimum wage right now – and my hours are scarce each week with this minimum wage job. I never made this little money except when I was 15 years old while on a work program in high school (yes I have been working since I was 15 and I am now over 50). I am either OVER qualified or UNDER qualified. Its ridiculous. I can’t survive on this amount of money. So what do we do? We can’t find jobs, at least not now, and until we can, we should be compensated for it through unemployment benefits. And for those who say that we are not held accountable for our job search – we most certainly are – they can audit you anytime they want. Until this economy gets back on the right track, those of us who have lost our jobs and have been unable to find another job SHOULD be compensated through unemployment. Stop giving to other countries – give to your own first!! Call your congressmen and women and start letting them know how you feel – and write them Emails. It’s necessary to do that and it is also necessary for Congress to add another Tier (not just a Tier V, but a Tier for each State) to help out the people who need it.

April 19, 2010 at 9:00 pm
(1033) CarlaB says:

Amen, Arlene.

In addition to praying for additional weeks and a tier 5, I will also pray that the Lord strengthen those WHO…

…are emotionally drained from stress
…have lost hope
…are having thoughts of suicide or any other mental anguish disorder
…need financial provision and restoration
…desire full-time employment

Thanks again for your inspirational reminder.

April 19, 2010 at 9:07 pm
(1034) CarlaB says:

@Saying…I understand and sympathize with your frustration.

The reason many are praying and pushing for a tier 5 is that it would benefit the majority of the unemployed as a whole.

If a push was made to just re-adjust tier 4 and change the requirements, it still would not help those who have exhausted all benefits.

A tier 5 would not only help those who have exhausted all benefits, it would also help those like you who did not qualify for tier 4.

While I agree several tiers may be needed before it is all said and done, many are working to at least get tier 5 activated with enough weeks to allow time for as many as possible to secure full-time employment.

April 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm
(1035) Sayin says:


So then let me get this right. What you are saying is that by getting a Tier V – the Tier V would also cover states that only have Tier III by also enabling a Tier IV to be added to that state with only a Tier III if a Tier V is granted?

April 19, 2010 at 9:58 pm
(1036) CarlaB says:

@Saying…your comment is quite a “tongue twister” (smile).

If tier 4 was “re-adjusted”, it would not benefit the majority of the unemployed who have exhausted all benefits.

While I am in total agreement that all should receive tier’s 1 through 4, it was those in the senate and congress who made the decision to attach state “requirements” to qualify.

At this point, I guess people will have to decide which battle to choose — either fight to get the 6 weeks of tier 4 by requesting that the requirements to qualify be lifted — or, fight to get a new tier with NO restrictions for at least 13 to 20 weeks or longer.

When tier 5 is created, those who did not qualify for tier 4, will automatically go to tier 5.

The more I am typing this, the more I realize that the Lord is capable of doing both.

I will pray and stand in agreement that not only will a tier 5 be created, but that the restrictions on tier 4 be lifted also.

April 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm
(1037) OhioDude says:


I think that the Fed is going to look at unemployed % state by state. Ohio is currently at a 11.0% unemployment rate, which is why we even made to a Tier 4.

A state with 7.7% unemployment “might” not qualify for a new Tier unless the numbers get higher.

All you can do is hang in there and hope that a new Tier goes thru.

Until the vast majority of people currently on unemployment in each state start maxing out the current maximum weeks available (99 weeks in Ohio), I don’t see anything being extended until late in the year.

I’m sure there will be more info. later in June as to what may or may not happen for the people that are currently at the max. weeks in their state.

I fear this is just the beginning of what will eventually be the collapse of the middle class in the USA.

April 19, 2010 at 10:16 pm
(1038) Arlene says:

I also would like to extend my offer of help to anyone who begins to feel (or already feeling) that there is no hope.

I will pray for you and with you — there is nothing wrong in seeking help and support. I do not judge anyone – because what may be “bearable” for one person may be unbearable for another.

I feel sorry for those who feel ashamed for seeking help — there is no shame in seeking help, the shame is in not getting it.

April 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm
(1039) Sandra says:

Does anyone know about state seb in Georgia? I exhausted my iv tier on April 3rd.

April 20, 2010 at 4:23 am
(1040) Monty says:


You KICK A$$!!! You are right when you say,

“…this is nothing more than a way to steal your peace and rob your joy…

…the enemy feeds off fear…”.

There are slums in Kenya where women run the risk of getting raped when they leave their shanty to defecate outside.

Think of Somalia. It’s hell.

This is still America. God is testing us.

April 20, 2010 at 4:25 am
(1041) Monty says:

“What does not kill me, makes me stronger.”

- Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, 1888

April 20, 2010 at 10:36 am
(1042) Joy says:

Don’t know if it is like this in all states, but in Ohio, yes, emergency unemployment benefits were extended until Nov. 6, 2010, which SOUNDS great. BUT, it is all determined by the date your “tier” ends. I am in tier 2. In order to get tier 3 benefits, I must use up tier 2 benefits by May 29th, but mine run out a week later, so that will be it for me unless Congress extends EUC again. So if I was laid off a week later then I was, I would be ok. Someone I know was laid off 2 months before me so is now in tier 3 so will be keep on receiving benefits. Does that make any sense? I will drop off the radar along with others in the same situation and no one will know, since news reports that “unemployment was extended thru Nov. 2010″ and that SOUNDS great but is not really true for everyone. I lost a professional job after 27 years, found another but they cut my hours down to 19 hrs a week before I faced another layoff. Originally I started looking in my field, the financial sector, but am now applying at convenience stores, thrift stores, a cemetary, just any job where I could work again. But still have not been hired. I just applied at Walmart, where the job available was minimum wage, at 0 – 24 hours a week. No work at all some weeks. How can anyone survive on that? Probably I won’t even hear back from them. I am single and live alone. Lost my house, bills out of control, credit destroyed. Like so many of you on this board. And I am scared. This is America, we should not live in fear for our security, our future, like this.

April 20, 2010 at 11:22 am
(1043) jerry says:

Joy: You and I are in the same boat employers although we keep hearing tax breaks for employers this is not going to help. This has been going on and on for years. most not all employers take these breaks and run and only work people part time. I hear this all the time how can you work and pay your rent ? Utilities ? Insurance ? ETC. ? On partime less a minimum wage job even a small above minimum wage job with cost of housing and increase of services. If people think these small unemployment benefits they have offered to the unemployed people keep them going they are stupid. I sure they appreciate the small lifeline and I would. But most people I know only make a little above $200 week. Employers today are knowing that if they keep you on part time, work harder they can get just as much out of you working like this. It is an absolute shame that you can not work and be offered a living fulltime wage in todays society for hard working people. If we continue this way all people will reap this type of politics and tactics. Until people stand up for what is right for the working person and people stop attacking each other for political gain instead of what is right this country. We need to stop the same old story that people want someone to give them something this is rediculus. Most people just want to make a good living while working hard and providing for their families. Good luck to you and hope everthing works out for all..

April 20, 2010 at 11:30 am
(1044) cindy says:

Im! in rhode island, lost my job at the end of 2008,every body said go into medical i whent for MA found nothing you nead experience,whent for CNA,graduate again,looked for job you nead experience unenployment said you cant have this last extention what to do? stop sending money to other countries.

April 20, 2010 at 11:57 am
(1045) judy says:

Cindy, Iam running into same thing even for little
part time jobs.If you have no prior experience
they will not hire.There is no training type of
anything.Even with your schooling forget it.
Employers can afford to be so picky now with so
many out of work.Is very terrible out there.
Iam worked all my life.Never saw anything like this.
Good luck.I hope you get a break.You deserve it.

April 20, 2010 at 12:42 pm
(1046) tbd says:

@ Carla,

Can you tell me why I was unemployed at the beginning of 2009 and am getting cut off after 14 months? A year less than the 99 weeks? I don’t qualify for the new extension. After reading some of the posts I think people think they will receive 99 weeks and thats not true, it’s 14 months even in a high unemployment state. Those tiers do not equal to 2 years. Also, there’s news today about the economy getting better, but nothing about the 1 million that were dropped off unemployment with no way live. Nobody (reporters) are reporting this huge crisis.

April 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm
(1047) Joy says:

Jerry: Thanks for your support. I really appreciate this board and the comments. To those who are unemployed and hurting, just know that you are not alone. Sometimes it sure feels that way. People who are working don’t understand what we are going through. Friends still call to go out, but they don’t understand that this new life as a poor person doesn’t allow the luxury of going out to lunch or for a drink or to a baseball game. Or even the gas to get there.

Keep contacting your state representatives (I send emails thru Congress.org but phonecalls are better). Thank you for the prayers, and good luck to all.

April 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm
(1048) CarlaB says:

@tbd – I am sorry to hear about your situation.

Can you give me more details about what tier you are on? What state you are in?…etc.

April 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm
(1049) Michael says:

I spoke to someone @ NC’s ESC in Raleigh, & they said if the major updates they are doing go through with no glitches, payments should start on Monday. That is what they are hoping for, they tech ppl is working around the clock they said, so keeping our fingers crossed.

April 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm
(1050) OhioDude says:

Be “VERY” careful about accepting temporary jobs and part-time work because of the following:

Working just 1 day in a week is considered an entire week when it comes to unemployment.

Therefore, if you try to file for a new extension even if your job was just short term, the new Tier or current Tier will be based on your wages for the latest job if it was for 16 weeks to 20 weeks.

A friend of mine worked only 15 weeks and the state told her she would get half on the unemployment she was receiving originally. They also said she was overpaid in the current Tier and she had to pay the state back the difference.

She appealed and won because the state thought she worked over 16 weeks.

THE BIGGEST “CATCH 22″ OF THE UNEMPLOYMENT SYSTEM. Work for very little to survive or accept help from family or friends until the next Tier is approved so that you can still get the full amount of your unemployment.

April 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm
(1051) tbd says:

@ carla

Thanks. I live in Massachusetts. Unemployed since Jan 09. Benefits ended March 20th last month. When I called the unemployment office on Friday they said I exhausted tier 4. I also wrote to mike@layofflist.org and asked him why some people get 2 years while others a little over a year.

This was what he wrote: It’s simply a matter of first laid off gets longer benefits than recently laid off in an unwinding recession. It’s an unfair system that is confusing and cumbersome.

I hope this helps people, but I still don’t understand why people are being dropped after a year on unemployment because afterall we are still in a recession?? So, who can I and people like myself and the people in the tiers being dropped like flies now yell to? By the way Carla. I have been reading your posts for months and want to say you are wonderful and I thank God for you and will pray for you. I pray for all the people with children as I don’t have any and cannot imagine what you are going through. There’s no news articles, media reporting on this, this week?

April 20, 2010 at 7:50 pm
(1052) Joy says:

OhioDude, thanks for the good information (post 1047). I’m from Ohio, too, and a while back called Unemployment to find out how benefits would be affected if I got a temporary job. I was told whatever I made for the week, to subtract it out of my current unemployment earnings for that week. I noticed they didn’t offer up any other information, I had to ask questions before getting anything from them (red flag). I asked if I could re-file and get the current amt after the temp job was up. They said yes, as long as you weren’t fired from the temp job. To me that meant if you take a two month temp job and they decide they only need you for one month, your benefits might be stopped. She never mentioned a time limit of how many weeks you could work. Temp positions sometimes turn into full-time work so you’d think The Powers That Be would encourage it. I just felt like they weren’t telling me everything, so be careful if you chose that route.

April 20, 2010 at 8:52 pm
(1053) OhioDude says:

Hang in there Joy,

I’m sure that all people on current Tiers up to Tier 4 will keep getting their unemployment extended. Especially if the unemployment hangs around the 11.0% area in Ohio. I’m single and 45 years old and never collected unemployment until Jun. of 2007. I can’t imagine what it would be like to worry about having kids to support thru this. Cutting out things like activities, movies, etc. is not so bad unless you have kids that have to do without.

The only reason I’m surviving right now is that my house payments are not to high, cut out my cell phone use after my 2-year contract expired, in June dropping my DirecTV and going to use the rabbit ears for the local channels.

Sign up for classes toward a degree, like I did, at a local university and take a minimum of 6 credit hours per quarter to get loan money. My Pell grants should kick in this year, which will pay for tuition and books and the loans help for misc. expenses. I have a 2-year major completed in Electronics and I’m now going for a 4-year degree in Nursing. At least our “great” political powers can’t allow companies to take nursing jobs overseas like they have all the production, etc.

Why do you think you talk with a guy from Europe or India when dealing with a DELL computer problem – cheap labor.

Why do you think that the automotive industry has India take care of most of their purchasing contracts (GM is very big into this) – cheap labor.

The battery that comes from Sears does not last as long as it used to in past cars – All made in MEXICO.

I worked for a company that puts dot-matrix codes (markings) into parts for identification (automotive companies and their suppliers). I KNOW WHERE MOST OF THE PRODUCTS IN YOUR VEHICLES COMES FROM. It is not here in America.

RUSSIA said that this country would be taken over without 1 gunshot being fired. It has already began.

Owners of major companies take as much money as they can get without any regard to the American public and choose the cheapest labor (outside the USA) they can get and the government has allowed it for years.

April 20, 2010 at 11:41 pm
(1054) CarlaB says:

@tbd — in regards to my posts, you are welcome — I am glad to know I have been of assistance to others because I am here to “serve.”

Regarding your UI benefits, you mentioned you have exhausted tier 4 — how many weeks have you exhausted in total? And, does MA have State Extended Benefits (SEB)? If so, then you may be entitled to that, which is usually 13 to 20 additional weeks.

April 21, 2010 at 10:05 pm
(1055) girl withabrain says:

Um what sort of dip does a 60 day extention oh does that pay my rent for two months then I’m homeless with a child. I say all of congress has their pay check cut 3/4!!!!! They are devoid of understanding of the economics apparently. If I do not have my unemployment I will HAVE NO WHERE TO LIVE! DO YOU HEAR ME YOU government IDIOTS!

April 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm
(1056) Monty says:


I got an email on the 18th from “The 99ers need a Tier V added to Unemployment Benefits”, and am pasting it here for those who haven’t signed the petition, or who didn’t receive the email.

It will be pasted in 3 parts:

Part I:

You have received the following message from the creator of the petition ‘The 99ers need a Tier V added to Unemployment Benefits’ on Change.org

Update about ‘The 99ers need a Tier V added to Unemployment Benefits’ on Change.org

The petition is now at 15,206!
This is long letter, but stay with me. I have a lot of information to share.

Good news. The 99ers were actually talked about on the Senate floor last week. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this and some other ‘chatter’ started when we

reached 10,000. This is a link to Senator Shaheen’s speech to the Senate: /www.c-spanvideo.org/congress/?q=node/77531&appid=597991845

Numbers do count! We’re finally getting a little attention, and we have to keep it. I started this petition because I was told by several Senate staffers that there was no political will to create a Tier 5. They said they weren’t hearing from us that there was a need for one. They weren’t receiving many calls or emails. I guessed that maybe we were each separately depressed and overwhelmed. My dad was a union organizer, and I learned from him that we only have strength and energy when we join together. I don’t believe for a minute that it was a coincidence that Sen. Shaheen chose to speak to the Senate just after we tied up the senate switchboard on Monday. (Next comes the fax machines!)

April 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm
(1057) Monty says:

Part II:

Many petitioners have sent me messages about how they’re afraid their calls aren’t listened to or don’t count. Well, they are listened to, but not right then by the 18 year old intern answering the phone who isn’t allowed to say anything useful for fear of foot-in-mouth disease. All the calls, emails, and faxes are counted every day by issue, and the numbers sent to the D.C. offices. Each office staff meets everyday in D.C. and discusses them. The messages you leave and write are discussed every day. It would be political suicide not to do this regularly.

Sen. Shaheen chose one such message to read to the Senate, and that poor woman may well have been shocked to learn she counted. So, a call, email, or fax where you say you support a real extension of benefit weeks for the 99ers gets tallied. If you specifically ask to leave a message or write one like, ‘this should extend to the end of the year because I’m going crazy with the continuous uncertainty,’ the intern writes it down and passes it up to the aide working on the unemployment issue to be discussed at the meetings. (You often have to ask for them to write the message down, but they will.) Messages left on answering systems are also listened to.

And, if you write in an email or fax how not having the benefits is affecting you and your family, it will get the most attention. It will be read for sure and probably brought up at the meeting. This is the only way they have of finding out what’s going on because they’re not mind readers.

We have to keep the Senate’s attention while Senator Baucus is drafting the next unemployment bill that was mentioned in Sen. Shaheen’s speech. I believe that the amount and number of weeks of benefits he writes into this bill will have a lot to do with how ‘persuasive’ we are in next few weeks with calls, emails, and faxes.

April 21, 2010 at 10:44 pm
(1058) Monty says:

Part III:

Here’s the plan:

1. We have to continue to remind the Senate that we are large in numbers because they lose focus easily. However, their nightmare is that we’ve become organized.

Put on your calendar that Friday, April 30 and Monday, May 3 is FAX YOUR RESUME TO CONGRESS DAY. The free fax numbers you can use, the targeted senators’ names and fax numbers, and the rest of the information is here:


2. Many people have never sent a fax this way so we should all prepare for the big day by testing it out this week and sending our personal messages to those listed on the M.A.Y.D.A.Y. site. Faxing on this day is best, but f you can’t figure out the fax by Resume Day, paste your resume to an email. You can’t add attachments to the senators’ emails. You have to go to each of their sites to email them. (google them).

3. You don’t have to be a 99er to sign. Get your family and friends to sign, too. Tack a note with the link on bulletin boards, grocery stores, etc. Not everyone knows how to surf the net, so they don’t find us. If everyone finds 1 person, we’ll have 30,000 next week!


NOTE: Some newer people who haven’t received an email like this from me have asked when the petition gets sent out. It is sent to the signers’ senators and representatives and those I designated EVERY time someone signs the petition!

EVERYONE: Fax, emails, calls. We have to keep reminding them of how many there are of us.

REMEMBER THE SUMMER RECESS FOR CONGRESS BEGINS IN JUNE. We need to get this passed before they leave, and the Republicans are sure to filibuster again. This is the “fierce urgency of now.”

Free number to Senate switchboard: 1 888 245-0215

The Democrat leaders to ask for are: Senators Reid, Durbin, and Shumer

The Republican leaders are: Senators Mitch McConnell, Kyl, and E. Canter

Also ask for your own senators. You can find out their names by typing in your zip code here: http://www.opencongress.org/people/senators

We’re going to get these additional benefits!


April 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm
(1059) Monty says:

(I’m posting this a second time. The first time I tried to post, Part III didn’t show up, and IT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT PART!)

Part III:

Here’s the plan:

1. We have to continue to remind the Senate that we are large in numbers because they lose focus easily. However, their nightmare is that we’ve become organized.

Put on your calendar that Friday, April 30 and Monday, May 3 is FAX YOUR RESUME TO CONGRESS DAY. The free fax numbers you can use, the targeted senators’ names and fax numbers, and the rest of the information is here:


2. Many people have never sent a fax this way so we should all prepare for the big day by testing it out this week and sending our personal messages to those listed on the M.A.Y.D.A.Y. site. Faxing on this day is best, but f you can’t figure out the fax by Resume Day, paste your resume to an email. You can’t add attachments to the senators’ emails. You have to go to each of their sites to email them. (google them).

3. You don’t have to be a 99er to sign. Get your family and friends to sign, too. Tack a note with the link on bulletin boards, grocery stores, etc. Not everyone knows how to surf the net, so they don’t find us. If everyone finds 1 person, we’ll have 30,000 next week!


NOTE: Some newer people who haven’t received an email like this from me have asked when the petition gets sent out. It is sent to the signers’ senators and representatives and those I designated EVERY time someone signs the petition!

EVERYONE: Fax, emails, calls. We have to keep reminding them of how many there are of us.

REMEMBER THE SUMMER RECESS FOR CONGRESS BEGINS IN JUNE. We need to get this passed before they leave, and the Republicans are sure to filibuster again. This is the “fierce urgency of now.”

Free number to Senate switchboard: 1 888 245-0215

The Democrat leaders to ask for are: Senators Reid, Durbin, and Shumer

The Republican leaders are: Senators Mitch McConnell, Kyl, and E. Canter

Also ask for your own senators. You can find out their names by typing in your zip code here: http://www.opencongress.org/people/senators

We’re going to get these additional benefits!


April 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm
(1060) Monty says:

Having trouble getting Part III (the MOST IMPORTANT PART) to display.

April 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm
(1061) Monty says:

Part III:

Here’s the plan:

1. We have to continue to remind the Senate that we are large in numbers because they lose focus easily. However, their nightmare is that we’ve become organized.

Put on your calendar that Friday, April 30 and Monday, May 3 is FAX YOUR RESUME TO CONGRESS DAY. The free fax numbers you can use, the targeted senators’ names and fax numbers, and the rest of the information is here:


2. Many people have never sent a fax this way so we should all prepare for the big day by testing it out this week and sending our personal messages to those listed on the M.A.Y.D.A.Y. site. Faxing on this day is best, but f you can’t figure out the fax by Resume Day, paste your resume to an email. You can’t add attachments to the senators’ emails. You have to go to each of their sites to email them. (google them).

3. You don’t have to be a 99er to sign. Get your family and friends to sign, too. Tack a note with the link on bulletin boards, grocery stores, etc. Not everyone knows how to surf the net, so they don’t find us. If everyone finds 1 person, we’ll have 30,000 next week!


NOTE: Some newer people who haven’t received an email like this from me have asked when the petition gets sent out. It is sent to the signers’ senators and representatives and those I designated EVERY time someone signs the petition!

EVERYONE: Fax, emails, calls. We have to keep reminding them of how many there are of us.

REMEMBER THE SUMMER RECESS FOR CONGRESS BEGINS IN JUNE. We need to get this passed before they leave, and the Republicans are sure to filibuster again. This is the “fierce urgency of now.”

Free number to Senate switchboard: 1 888 245-0215

The Democrat leaders to ask for are: Senators Reid, Durbin, and Shumer

The Republican leaders are: Senators Mitch McConnell, Kyl, and E. Canter

Also ask for your own senators. You can find out their names by typing in your zip code here: http://www.opencongress.org/people/senators

We’re going to get these additional benefits!


April 21, 2010 at 10:56 pm
(1062) Monty says:

Part III a :

Here’s the plan:

1. We have to continue to remind the Senate that we are large in numbers because they lose focus easily. However, their nightmare is that we’ve become organized.

Put on your calendar that Friday, April 30 and Monday, May 3 is FAX YOUR RESUME TO CONGRESS DAY. The free fax numbers you can use, the targeted senators’ names and fax numbers, and the rest of the information is here:


2. Many people have never sent a fax this way so we should all prepare for the big day by testing it out this week and sending our personal messages to those listed on the M.A.Y.D.A.Y. site. Faxing on this day is best, but f you can’t figure out the fax by Resume Day, paste your resume to an email. You can’t add attachments to the senators’ emails. You have to go to each of their sites to email them. (google them).

3. You don’t have to be a 99er to sign. Get your family and friends to sign, too. Tack a note with the link on bulletin boards, grocery stores, etc. Not everyone knows how to surf the net, so they don’t find us. If everyone finds 1 person, we’ll have 30,000 next week!


NOTE: Some newer people who haven’t received an email like this from me have asked when the petition gets sent out. It is sent to the signers’ senators and representatives and those I designated EVERY time someone signs the petition!

April 21, 2010 at 10:59 pm
(1063) Monty says:


If ANYONE else has received the email I’m referring to from Issa Decker, PLEASE post the “Here’s the plan: … ” part of the email for me.

For some reason, this blog OFTEN censors out what I post.

April 21, 2010 at 11:12 pm
(1064) Monty says:

Part III (URLs removed):

Here’s the plan:

1. We have to continue to remind the Senate that we are large in numbers because they lose focus easily. However, their nightmare is that we’ve become organized.

Put on your calendar that Friday, April 30 and Monday, May 3 is FAX YOUR RESUME TO CONGRESS DAY. The free fax numbers you can use, the targeted senators’ names and fax numbers, and the rest of the information is here:

[URL removed.] You will need to do a Google search for “M-A-Y-D-A-Y S.O.S. FAX ATTACK”. Scroll down the page to the link, “Jobless Unite Tier 5 To SURVIVE!!!!”, which should look like, “joblessunite.yolasite.com/m-a-y-d-a-y.php”.

2. Many people have never sent a fax this way so we should all prepare for the big day by testing it out this week and sending our personal messages to those listed on the M.A.Y.D.A.Y. site. Faxing on this day is best, but f you can’t figure out the fax by Resume Day, paste your resume to an email. You can’t add attachments to the senators’ emails. You have to go to each of their sites to email them. (google them).

3. You don’t have to be a 99er to sign. Get your family and friends to sign, too. Tack a note with the link on bulletin boards, grocery stores, etc. Not everyone knows how to surf the net, so they don’t find us. If everyone finds 1 person, we’ll have 30,000 next week!

[URL removed.] Go to Change.org. In the turquoise bar at the top of the Change.org page, click on “TAKE ACTION”. Next, click on the “Top Petitions” tab for “Today” or “This Week”, and you’ll see the petition for “The 99ers need a Tier V added to Unemployment Benefits”.

NOTE: Some newer people who haven’t received an email like this from me have asked when the petition gets sent out. It is sent to the signers’ senators and representatives and those I designated EVERY time someone signs the petition!

EVERYONE: Fax, emails, calls. We have to keep reminding them of how many there are of us.

REMEMBER THE SUMMER RECESS FOR CONGRESS BEGINS IN JUNE. We need to get this passed before they leave, and the Republicans are sure to filibuster again. This is the “fierce urgency of now.”

Free number to Senate switchboard: 1 888 245-0215

The Democrat leaders to ask for are: Senators Reid, Durbin, and Shumer

The Republican leaders are: Senators Mitch McConnell, Kyl, and E. Canter

Also ask for your own senators. You can find out their names by typing in your zip code here:

[URL removed.] Google “opencongress.org”. Click on the “Senators” tab, then type in your zip code.

We’re going to get these additional benefits!


April 21, 2010 at 11:21 pm
(1065) Monty says:

Whew!!! FINALLY able to post this VERY IMPORTANT ACTION message.

Everything in the Part III post, above, is cut-and-pasted from Issa Decker’s email, EXCEPT for the three short paragraphs starting with “[URL removed]“.

I was unable to post to the blog with Issa’s URLs in there, so I hope my instructions are clear enough for people to find the links using Google.

April 21, 2010 at 11:30 pm
(1066) Monty says:

We must ALL support Issa Decker’s, nay, *OUR*


on Friday, April 30 AND Monday, May 3 *ONLY*

The free fax numbers you can use, the targeted senators’ names and fax numbers, and the rest of the information is here:

[URL removed.] You will need to do a Google search for “M-A-Y-D-A-Y S.O.S. FAX ATTACK”. Scroll down the page to the link, “Jobless Unite Tier 5 To SURVIVE!!!!”, which should look like, “joblessunite.yolasite.com/m-a-y-d-a-y.php”.

April 21, 2010 at 11:39 pm
(1067) Monty says:

(991) unemployed in ohio, above, *WAS* able to post the URLs for the free fax sites.

Go to post 991, then scroll down to:

“Free Fax sites that you can use to fax Senators!”

April 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm
(1068) CarlaB says:
April 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm
(1069) NC Girl says:

I live in NC and got a message that I have exhausted my benefits when applying today for the next tier. I had finished tier 2 April 6 and NC has tiers 3 & 4 and I thought that the extension that was just passed was retro to April 5th. When will the systems be updated?

April 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm
(1070) OhioDude says:

NC Girl (1006)

I think people in the middle of tiers were just able to keep filing for now. You may have to wait until early June for the chance to get in the next Tier. It is going to take a lot more than 18 Billion to extend tiers until the end of the year.

I exhausted my 99 weeks as have many others and I doubt if anything over 99 weeks will ever be given out. ONLY time will tell.

Eventually everyone will run of tiers and the government may just say that’s it. Live as best you can to get thru this and start all over from scratch when jobs all available again around 2012 to 2014.

April 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm
(1071) CarlaB says:

Here is a story from cnn/money.com website regarding those who have exhausted ALL benefits — the 99er’s…


April 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm
(1072) CarlaB says:
April 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm
(1073) Joy says:

Wow, the cnn/money story was really ugly. I think everyone who thinks the unemployed enjoy being out of work and are not looking for work should be laid off work for say three months with no income. See how long it takes them to get a job (which of course they won’t). Love how it mentioned that people “could relocate” to get a new job. If you can’t pay your mortgage or bills, how can you afford to move elsewhere. They just don’t have a clue.

April 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm
(1074) kellyr says:

It is a shame that one day the unemployment is loosing jobs the next day we are gaining. If the government and media believe this kind of false information will suddenly see the unemployed suddenly go away they are wrong. Reality will have to sink in. Stop posting false numbers on the DOW and unemployment and start posting the truth. The jobs that are out their are contractor jobs temporary and part time very few if any every week. Most large corporation have went out of the country and there is not enough small businesses picking up the mess the government left behind. I work part time and my employer said they do not look to get back to full time status because they are getting the work out with the current status. This is why people are loosing their homes because of this type of tactics. So if just get a “job” no matter if you can make your rent, feed yourself is what we listen too everyday just to pay taxes we are headed for more trouble now and in the future if we continue to think this way in this country education or not. Americans need to stand up and stop being robots to the government.

April 23, 2010 at 9:22 pm
(1075) Joy says:

For those who haven’t seen the PBS documentary “Close to Home” on the unemployed, here’s the link. Really good.

April 23, 2010 at 9:30 pm
(1076) Joy says:

Sorry, the link didn’t work. Let’s try this again (also is on pbs.org/Frontline’s website). “Close to Home”:


April 24, 2010 at 11:16 pm
(1077) Fredox says:

A friend I met on the unemployment blogs has started a paltalk channel so we can express. This is a good format to vent, discuss ideas, and share stories in real time voice. If you need any help PM me, and I can get you going. Here is a link to paltalk free download and where to find us.


The channel is under social Issues & politics/tier 5 to survive

April 25, 2010 at 1:06 am
(1078) richardraw316 says:

hello all,
i live in indiana, i have been on unemployment for 14 months. i have all 4 federal tiers, what i want to know is why after adding up all four tiers why i only got 38 weeks. i am now on the emergency state extension and runs out tomorrow. i have been looking for work since i was laid off and have had no luck. now i cant even pay the bills or put food in the house. even if i added all of my unemployment, federal, and state weeks together i still come out a lot less that 99 weeks. please let me know if you can tell me whats wrong. thank you and good luck to all.

April 26, 2010 at 4:03 pm
(1079) CarlaB says:



Senator Gilibrand is having an open “chat” tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 P.M. She is asking for questions in the comment section. Currently there are about 45 “comments” and not one of them deals with unemployment issues! Go to this site and FLOOD the comment section with questions regarding our situation!!!

April 26, 2010 at 4:07 pm
(1080) CarlaB says:

Georgia’s “Unemployment Work Program” – “great program” or “slave labor”?


April 26, 2010 at 4:49 pm
(1081) CarlaB says:

National People’s Action

Carolyn Daly-Brink, New York City Central Labor Council, (917) 705-4740
Eddie Vale, National AFL-CIO, (202) 637-5018
Jane Yoo, National People’s Action, (212) 245-0510

Everyday Americans Demand Wall Street Accountability, Good Jobs and an End to Predatory Lending Practices

On Thursday, April 29th at 4:00pm over 10,000 people will bring Main Street to Wall Street. Working families and community groups will be calling for Wall Street accountability, the creation of good jobs now and an end to predatory lending practices…

Full story: http://showdowninamerica.org/news/press-release-over-10000-people-march-wall-street-april-29/041510

April 26, 2010 at 8:23 pm
(1082) Joy says:

From an article in the St. Petersburg, FL Times on “How to Fix the Economy”. Someone wrote in their suggestion:

“There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force … pay them $1 million apiece severance with stipulations.

They leave their jobs. Forty million job openings — unemployment fixed.
They buy new American cars. Forty million cars ordered — auto industry fixed.
They either buy a house or pay off their mortgage — housing crisis fixed”.

Tweek this a little, make it age 55 and $700,000 (hey, you can buy houses cheap now) and this just might work.

April 27, 2010 at 8:37 am
(1083) ktkelly says:

40 Trillion Dollars??

April 27, 2010 at 8:47 am
(1084) Lee says:

i live in fl.i have been unemployed since may,2008.i just received my last Unemployment check in the first week of april.yes! im a 99er.i never in my entire life ever once collected unemployment not even a week,ever! i was always able to find employment within a week.There is absolutely no jobs here.central fl unemployment is currently 15.5% this is insane.our government is to blame for outsourcing are jobs overseas & BOTH parties are responsible.Well,since i received my last check.someone told me to go to the “Day labor” pool & that with your drivers license,SS card,you can register & work today,pay today..well i have been working a few days,but they dont even have steady work! WTF..is going on! i am working with professionals that are digging ditches just to eat & get by,but its not even 40 hours! What is worse is i could not even work today,because i do not have the gas money to get to work today.i wanted to work today,but could not make it.i literraly do not know what i am going to do.i barely have enough food here to last the end of the week.i only needed like $10 bucks to get me thru my next days of working.i have a paypal email account.If anyone would like to help,here is my email –> leevipent@yahoo.com go to paypal & see the “Send money” link.I hate my life right now & i dont,nor do i want a huge sum of money…i would be happy right now,just for money for gas,or lunch…god bless anyone that reads this & pray for me please..thank you…

April 27, 2010 at 8:50 am
(1085) Lee says:

i live in fl.i have been unemployed since may,2008.i just received my last Unemployment check in the first week of april.yes! im a 99er.i never in my entire life ever once collected unemployment not even a week,ever! i was always able to find employment within a week.There is absolutely no jobs here.central fl unemployment is currently 15.5% this is insane.our government is to blame for outsourcing are jobs overseas & BOTH parties are responsible.Well,since i received my last check.someone told me to go to the “Day labor” pool & that with your drivers license,SS card,you can register & work today,pay today..well i have been working a few days,but they dont even have steady work! WTF..is going on! i am working with professionals that are digging ditches just to eat & get by,but its not even 40 hours! What is worse is i could not even work today,because i do not have the gas money to get to work today.i wanted to work today,but could not make it.i literraly do not know what i am going to do.i barely have enough food here to last the end of the week.i only needed like $10 bucks to get me thru my next days of working.i have a paypal email account.If anyone would like to help,here is my email –> leevipent2@yahoo.com go to paypal & see the “Send money” link.I hate my life right now & i dont,nor do i want a huge sum of money…i would be happy right now,just for money for gas,or lunch…god bless anyone that reads this & pray for me please..thank you…I UPDATED THIS,I PUT THE WRONG E-MAIL ON THE PREVIOUS ONE!!!!!

April 27, 2010 at 10:38 am
(1086) LEA -OHIO says:

my tier 3 is not going to expire by MAY 29,is this means I can collect tier 4? (ohio has it ) Also is anyone knows how State extended benefits works for OH? I’m not goig to able to apply for these because it says last day to claim is JUNE 5 ,my tier 3 is running off JUNE 15? .Its horrible in here jobwise I do not know what to do with 2 children ,1 in college…

April 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm
(1087) CarlaB says:

JEC Hearing on Long-term Unemployment

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, will hold a hearing, titled “Long-term Unemployment: Causes, Consequences and Solutions.” The hearing will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2010, at 2:00 p.m., in room 210 of the Cannon House Office Building.


April 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm
(1088) CarlaB says:

From the Unemployed Friends Board…

Here are links to SPEAKERS / Presenters at the meeting – besides contacting Congressman Maloney maybe start calling, emailing and faxing the presenters your stories!!

Lawrence Katz
Email to his assistant at Harvard
E-Mail: eunverz@fas.harvard.edu
Tel: 617-496-4798

Till Marco von Wachter / Home Page
Email: vw2112@columbia.edu

Phone: 646-265-8724 (World Wide)
Office Phone: 212-854-5712
Fax Number: 212-854-8059

Diane Furchtgott-Roth
Link to her page with email that goes directly to her office
Phone: 202.974.6450

April 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm
(1089) CarlaB says:

From the Unemployed Friends Message Board…

Since Fall 2009, I have been one of the faces of the jobless who has appeared on several segments of ABC News.

This morning, I telephoned Betsy Stark, the journalist who, last year, did several segments on the national UE situation and the lack of action/slow-footed legislation in the Senate. She was not aware that at least 6 million of us have exhausted all benefits with no job prospects in sight, and that the US Congress has proposed no legislation to alleviate this problem.

Ms. Stark, however, startled me with her own news that she has lost her job as of this week. She said she would pass my information to another journalist. I didn’t get a chance to tell her about our cyber-march on Friday and next Monday.

She did an excellent job chronicling our situation, as well as on other features, and I’m disappointed to learn that she has joined our ranks.

April 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm
(1090) CarlaB says:

@LEA — you should be fine for advancing to tier 4.

In regards to SEB, I feel confident that another extended deadline will be in place for you to qualify for these benefits.

I say a prayer for you and your children that the LORD provide a bridge for you until you can secure full-time employment.

April 27, 2010 at 5:27 pm
(1091) CarlaB says:

Economy Needs Unemployment Benefits Extended
Las Vegas Sun


April 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm
(1092) Issa says:

Thank you everyone who has signed the petition! Also, don’t forget the fax attack Fri, April 30 to Mon, May 3. Send free faxes of your resumes to Congress. You don’t need a fax machine. All the information is at http://joblessunite.yolasite.com/whats-new.php

If we all take these kind of actions in unison, we’ll get their attention! I send weekly action letters to the petition signers.

April 27, 2010 at 8:30 pm
(1093) Fredox says:

A friend I met on the unemployment blogs has started a paltalk channel so we can express. This is a good format to vent, discuss ideas, and share stories in real time voice. If you need any help PM me, and I can get you going. Here is a link to paltalk free download and where to find us.


The channel is under social Issues & politics>tier 5 to survive

April 27, 2010 at 11:33 pm
(1094) Fredox says:

“Advocacy For The Long Term Unemployed”

Our Mission Statement:

To work for the rights of all long term unemployed, who are by definition within the context of this association, any U.S. Citizen who has exhausted all existing Federal and State unemployment benefits.

Our goal is to influence public policy for the purpose of creating an extension of unemployment benefits that would extend beyond the current ninety-nine week maximum as is now allowed by Federal law.

The desired extension would remain in effect until the National Unemployment Level returns to 8.0%

I would ask all of you to join in, and to find others who are in support of our cause to also join us. PLEASE NOTE, all that is necessary for membership is your first name and the first letter of your last name. Be assured, at no time will you be asked for donations in any form. I am also not asking you to do any more then you are right now. What this will allow for is when you make calls, send faxes, write e-mails, contact the media, etc. you will now be able to say you belong to a “specific group”. No longer will you be looked at as just one person with a concern, but the perception/reality will be that you are part of an organized and united front of many, who are determined to effect change and have the numbers to do so (think re-election of our Senators, Congressmen).

Myself, Paladinette, and another member, who has created a “real time” forum for the discussion of our need and right for a tier 5 extension are creating a petition of sorts, that will be sent to all major newspapers (letters to the editor), and other media outlets. Think of the power this document will carry when it is shown as having come from an organized group carrying hundreds of signatures of its membership (more info on that document to come soon).

Please consider how important and how powerful this will be, at this critical time when our elected officials are working tword finalizing the extension dates of unemployment benefits. I would ask you to please consider this for your future and the future of millions just like you (myself included). All that need be done on your part is to send me, “G”, a private message via this site that you wish to take part, and again all that is necessary for membership is your first name and the first letter of your last name along with a valid e-mail address in order that you receive confirmation of your acceptance. No other personal information is required. OR send the required information, along with a valid e-mail address in order that you receive confirmation of your acceptance to: mailto:afltu5@verizon.net. You shall receive your confirmation within twenty-four hours.

April 28, 2010 at 11:18 am
(1095) tom says:

8.0% unemployment is still unexceptable when we averaged 3% to 5% as a nation. What happens when we reach 8.0% everyone looses. I am not for hand outs but we have lost sight of managing living jobs in this country and I with others are tired of it. We continue to play robots to part time work the out come will be worse. It is time to stop the bleeding and falsifying numbers to show results. Action and reality with eyes open shows progress.

April 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm
(1096) Fredox says:

250,000 per month for the next 3 years consistently need to be created to bring unemployment back to 8%….fact…

April 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm
(1097) CarlaB says:

Some states such as Florida just passed an emergency five-week unemployment bill to offset the losses of federal benefits but as we see those five weeks will mean little if the federal government does not come through with longer-term assistance…


April 28, 2010 at 7:16 pm
(1098) kkelly says:

The only way to add the substantial number of jobs to bring our nation back to full employment, is to bring back our manufacturing that originated here, before it became customary to race to the bottom,no matter the cost to America,based on nothing more than GREED!
Manufacturing saved us during the Depression and manufacturing is the only way today.

April 28, 2010 at 9:51 pm
(1099) Jackie says:

KKelly: You hit this on the the head. We have lost so much manufacturing this country can not survive on just buying from china and other countries. We used to make all types of product during the depression to help us get out of that mess. It is a shame that it always goes back to the working person about greed you never see the owners of companies being forced to open up their books when this comes up. We would be shocked at their take home pay but this is never brought up. Before this mess started unemployment I think somebody already said this though if you have kept up it should only be 3% to 5% max. They are making it 8.5% to draw unemployment in states what happens when this hits it’s mark we do not get any help if living wages jobs are still not back ? We can not and will not get enough small businesses to hire most of the people unemployed. Even if they would they will not provide living wages. They complain if they make 2 million dollars and have to pay 12$ an hour to someone.
People are trying to work part time as I but employers are going keep hold of this because they get more out while making big profits. We are going into a deeper pit when everyone finally catches on to what is happening. Good luck…

April 28, 2010 at 10:38 pm
(1100) Monty says:


Please read the post, “(1089) Issa”, above!

Remember this Friday’s (April 30) AND this coming Monday’s (May 3)


April 29, 2010 at 11:57 am
(1101) richardraw316 says:

hello all,
i live in indiana, i have been on unemployment for 14 months. i have all 4 federal tiers, what i want to know is why after adding up all four tiers why i only got 38 weeks. i am now on the emergency state extension and runs out tomorrow. i have been looking for work since i was laid off and have had no luck. now i cant even pay the bills or put food in the house. even if i added all of my unemployment, federal, and state weeks together i still come out a lot less that 99 weeks. please let me know if you can tell me whats wrong. thank you and good luck to all.

April 29, 2010 at 12:07 pm
(1102) CarlaB says:

@richard316, You say you have exhausted ALL tiers of benefits and only come out to 38?

I would definitely look into that.

How many weeks did you receive for the following?

Initial UI Claim:
Tier 1:
Tier 2:
Tier 3:
Tier 4:
State EB:

If you received all the weeks available, this certainly does not add up.

April 29, 2010 at 8:55 pm
(1103) CarlaB says:

From the Unemployed Friends forum…

Los Angeles Times: ’99ers’ dread future without jobless benefits


April 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm
(1104) Monty says:

(1098) richardraw316,

If you are like me, I would sometimes forget that UIBenefits were paid every *two* weeks. It’s all too easy to forget this. Could the following be the case:

38 checks * 2 weeks per check = 76 weeks of UIB

99 – 76 = 13 weeks for State Extended Benefits

If this is not the case, I’d phone your UI office and request an explanation.

April 30, 2010 at 2:31 am
(1105) richardraw316 says:

well lets see.
UI = 18.37
eeuc = 38.22
eb = 14.7
the weird part is my neibor is also unemployed, he made more at his job than i did, so his ui total is like 2000 dollars more than mine. but i get paid more weekly than he does. he is 307, mine is 324. we have both been unemployed for the same amount of time and he is on tier 2. and i just ran out of all my benefits. just does not seem right. let me know if i just made a mistake. thank you all. and may god bless all of us with tier 5 asap.

April 30, 2010 at 5:29 am
(1106) Monty says:

Are y’all FAXing Pelosi, Reid, Baucus, Durbin, POTUS, VPOTUS, Press Sec. Gibbs?????



April 30, 2010 at 6:07 pm
(1107) CarlaB says:
April 30, 2010 at 7:11 pm
(1108) SharonC says:

I am in NJ and was laid off in December of 2008. I got mu full original claim, plus I was into Tier II, when applying for my weekly claim on line, I was told my claim could not be processed, that I had to call. I was told since a year was up, they re-evaluated my claim. Since I had worked a part-time temp job from march-Sept of 2009, I was eligible to open a new claim. Now, that claim is running out, and because the “extended benefits” expire June 2, do I not have anything available to me and was I screwed by them starting a new claim and not letting me continue with the tiers? My claim expires June 5th. I am no where near 99 weeks, so does anyone have any advice? I called NJ UI office and they weren;t sure, they thought maybe I would pick up where my 20008 claim left off.

April 30, 2010 at 9:31 pm
(1109) CarlaB says:

Great link for Administrative Jobs in the metro-Atlanta area…


April 30, 2010 at 10:10 pm
(1110) CarlaB says:
April 30, 2010 at 10:21 pm
(1111) CarlaB says:

NELP’s Position on Aid to Those Exhausting all Federal Extended Benefits (April 28, 2010)

“…As the recurring fights over reauthorizing the existing Recovery Act’s program of federal aid to jobless workers drag on, we have heard from many who now face, or will soon face, exhaustion of all benefits…”

“…What is NELP proposing?
The menu of programs we urge includes job creation targeted to those out of work the longest—because what unemployed workers want most is jobs, and NELP is a key member of the Jobs for America Now Coalition (http://www.jobs4americanow.org/ ) which is leading the fight for emergency job creation for the unemployed. In addition, we are working for mortgage foreclosure assistance; affordable health care; income support; and other assistance. Income support could take many different forms such as additional weeks of unemployment benefits, but would all have the same impact on the long-term unemployed – a continued safety net in this difficult economic period. We are pushing and will continue to push for these things, but we want to be candid with you: This is an uphill struggle —and Congress has to hear from you. NELP and other advocates cannot create the political will for these kinds of support without massive support from the unemployed…”

Full Post: http://unemployedworkers.org/sites/unemployedworkers/index.php/content/blog

April 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm
(1112) CarlaB says:

“…What happens to these families when they have no money for food, no money for their rent and no money for their health care?” “It’s a problem that nobody around here wants to talk about…”
–(Representative Jim McDermott)

Full Story: (BLOOMBERG) http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-04-29/more-than-a-million-in-u-s-may-lose-jobless-benefits-update2-.html

April 30, 2010 at 11:34 pm
(1113) CarlaB says:

@Sharon, the first thing I would do is go down to the unemployment office to check on that “eligible for a new claim” status – it sounds like you may not be getting a fair deal with that.

In regards to the 99 weeks. I am from the original group that started with the additions of tiers 1 through 4. The reason many are not receiving the full 99 weeks to date is that these extended benefits were passed in phases.

Originally, tier 1 & 2 did not have deadlines…you automatically went to the next tier after you exhausted the previous one.

The first deadline attached was with tiers 3 & 4 – deadline was originally 12/2009 – but was later extended to 2/2010 (because the house & senate realized that since the bill was not signed until November, no one could exhaust all the benefits by 12/2009).

Tier 3 was first introduced in August and was not signed into law until November — because of this long gap of no benefits and no jobs, is how the long-long-term unemployed population began.

Now, with so many unemployed (the new & long-term combined), is how we have arrived at these temporary extended deadlines.

The problem with all this is that the economy has not caught up with the unemployed population — so it is imperative that additional weeks be added, jobs created so people can get back to work.

May 1, 2010 at 1:50 am
(1114) Monty says:

I misspoke. The MAYDAY FAX ATTACK is taking place THIS Saturday AND Sunday, in addition to Friday 30 April and Monday 3 May.

Issa Decker says:


May 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm
(1115) American Worker = Unemployed says:

CarlaB, I had not heard about the 5 week unemployemnt extension Florida passed until I saw it here on this site. I have exhausted all benifits through Tier 4……am I eligible for these 5 weeks? I cannot get through to my state unemployemnt office to find out. Things are desperate for and this would be a lifesaver for us. Some how all of my benifits were exhausted after 64 weeks of unemployment. I might have a job (part-time) starting in a few weeks but I dont know how we are going pay our bills before then….any information is appreciated. Thank you for everything you do and I have been praying everyday for the last few weeks and it has actually helped me cope with our situation.

May 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm
(1116) CarlaB says:

@American Worker – the latest information I have read is that the bill will be signed Monday. I would continue checking the Florida unemployment state website for updates.

I am glad to read you are praying — all that I do (on this board and elsewhere) I do for the LORD, my steps are directed by him – I am blessed to be a blessing.

To all, once you get back on your feet (and you will) remember what this experience has been like for you, so when you run across someone in an unfortunate situation, you will show compassion, concern and understanding.

As for me, this has been one of the most humbling experiences of my life – one I will never forget.

May 3, 2010 at 2:10 am
(1117) unemployed in TX says:

I will get about 90% (whats left of my payments)of my usual payments on Sunday May 30, for the 2 weeks before May 30. Does that mean that I can go to Tier 3 then b/c my payments did expire by May 29 since the pymnts were for the periods of May 16-May 22 and May 23-29.

May 4, 2010 at 11:46 pm
(1118) MAllison says:

So nothing new? My tier 2 expires the beginning of July, so I guess I’m out of my rental home come August.

May 5, 2010 at 8:21 am
(1119) Deanna says:

I heard Congress is supposed to vote on extending Federal extensions through the end of the year at the end of this month (May). Hopefully it passes and everyone will move on to their next tier. Not sure if a 5th tier is included in that vote or not. I am thinking it isn’t.

May 5, 2010 at 7:06 pm
(1120) CarlaB says:

Baucus moves on biz tax package
May 4, 2010

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus signaled Tuesday that he will move ahead soon with a small business tax package…

To get where he wants to go, Baucus must still navigate several hurdles.

To appease the House, which wants to preserve its Build America Bonds investment, Baucus may agree to move that provision over to a separate tax extenders and unemployment insurance bill still being negotiated by Democrats…


May 5, 2010 at 7:13 pm
(1121) CarlaB says:

Reid hammers Republicans on Wall St. reform delay

“We have to finish this legislation. We have provisions that are expiring at the end of this month that are extremely important,” Reid said, citing tax extenders and unemployment benefits. “But we can’t get to that because of what’s going on here.”


May 5, 2010 at 9:44 pm
(1122) CarlaB says:

Please take a moment to pray for the unemployed … many have lost everything.

For the mere fact that we have a roof over our head, a computer (or access to one), electricity and internet, means that we are more blessed than a lot of others.

Tonight, I am going to humble myself before the LORD and ask him to create additional weeks for all unemployed quickly.

Many of those who drowned in the Tennessee floods were children of homeless parents living in “tent cities” … it’s time for some serious consistent heartfelt prayer.

May 6, 2010 at 11:37 pm
(1123) CarlaB says:

Maryland gets $127 million for Unemployment Fund

The U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday that Maryland will get $126.8 million in federal money because it expanded the number of people eligible for unemployment benefits.


May 6, 2010 at 11:50 pm
(1124) CarlaB says:

Nationwide insurance to fill 1,400 jobs, including 600 in home state of Ohio


May 7, 2010 at 4:04 am
(1125) Shannon Cloke says:

@ Monty
I too have been working closely with paladinette and I think what we all need is central site to pool our resources, if we get broken up in too many factions we will never be heard. A celebrity advocate wouldn’t hurt either e.g. Bruce Springsteen. Thank you for posting the links.
my question is; you and I both advocate to keep applying for benefits after they are exhausted, but I have heard from several people who say their unemployment web sites and automated phone systems will not allow them to do that.

May 7, 2010 at 4:22 am
(1126) NICK0628 says:

I have been unemployed since march 2008. I cannot count how many resumes I have sent out. Yet still here I am 26 months later and still have no job. I was forced to give up my vehicle as I could no longer afford to keep it. I also ended up having to File Bankruptcy. Thank god I am married to someone that has a stable job and we had another vehicle. I live in the state of Florida and jobs here are horrible. I am definitely a firm believer in the fact that the longer you are out of work the harder it is to get hired somewhere. My unemployment ran out approximately a month and a half ago and I don’t know what I am going to do. I have never previously been on unemployment and my life has gone to shambles. I have no job prospects and do not know what to do any more! I have sent e-mails to the unemployment office on numerous occasions with questions and they have never bothered to send me any response!! No one seems to know the answer to your questions even when you get someone on the phone. I feel every-one’s pain and may god bless us all to get through this very tough time.

May 7, 2010 at 10:38 am
(1127) CarlaB says:

The Recovery Act made a total of $7 billion available in UI modernization incentive payments to states that include certain eligibility provisions in their UI programs


US Labor Department announces release of $126.8 million in unemployment insurance modernization incentive funds to Maryland


May 7, 2010 at 10:50 am
(1128) CarlaB says:

This is what a poster from Unemployed Friends suggested for the The U.S. Bureau of Labor live web chat about unemployment issues on May 11…

Listed on the link to article of topic,I sent mine today
by eagleluver Today at 10:42 am

I’m not waiting another day & I can do again on 11th also. When click on link will see next link to voice questions now, before the 11th,so why not ,WE ALL start today,maybe they will realize how serious this is………My question I sent is below.Those that like stats can really give them an eye full since so many seem to relate to that more….stats are not always right, we know for sure jobless rates are Not down!!

To receive an answer to your inquiry, enter the following

Email address:

Full name:
need for Tier 5 to Survive

Enter your question in the box:

We keep hearing jobless rates are down ,they seem to have forgotten us 99ers they have no jobs or unemployment,we need the extension to survive. Is the Tier 5 going to happen,broken people need to know just how broke we are & most can tell you how many pennies are in their pockets! Our pockets are empty & it seems the government does not mind to try & break our spirits too, we won’t give up!!!

May 7, 2010 at 10:54 am
(1129) CarlaB says:

The Recovery Act made a total of $7 billion available in UI modernization incentive payments to states that include certain eligibility provisions in their UI programs



May 7, 2010 at 11:16 am
(1130) CarlaB says:

President Obama, economic team, to address latest unemployment report


May 7, 2010 at 11:31 am
(1131) CarlaB says:

Don’t mean to bombard the board – For the long-term unemployed this is “crunch time”, so I am just trying to get as much available information posted as possible.

In addition, I am running across too many 99er’s who are just crying “woe is me” without putting any action into play (i.e., phone calls, emails, etc.) expecting others to do the work while they just sit back and take a “see what happens” stance –so I am hoping that these posts will make them realize that they have to do “something” in order for “something” to happen.

The above comment is not directed at any one person, group or forum/board — this is just a generalized statement I am making based on interactions with individuals online and in person – Thanks

May 7, 2010 at 1:21 pm
(1132) unemployed in ohio says:

I agree. I have run across many who are not taking any actions for extension of benefits… ie calls, faxes e-mails. Not sure what to make of that or why these folks are sitting back waiting for something to happen. It just doesn’t work that way. Although, many have lost electric, cable, phone, and internet now. Perhaps that is what Congress wants… for people to just fade away into the shadows of poverty.

May 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm
(1133) CarlaB says:

@unemployed in Ohio, I agree — this is why I am working so hard to get others involved so that we may prevent others from losing basic needs.

May 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm
(1134) Skrewy Louie says:

Hello everyone and God Bless our country and each and every one of you.

It’s time that we let those in public service become aware that while our senators and congressmen continue to operate in dilly dally mode, many Americans end up paying for so called temporary 30 day and 60 day extensions so that a solution can be solved. This trend of temporary extensions began on December of 2009. Nearly six months later, nothing has been resolved. This is more like a long term extension which amounts to political feet dragging and government waste.

When I was employed, I got paid to produce. If I didn’t produce, I was looking at counseling, reprimand, suspension, demotion, and termination. I got paid to be “performance driven”. I got paid to make it happen because its well put, action speaks louder than words! So why do these morons in congress just go along unproductive in the nations capital for weeks and months only to (Once AGAIN) go on another 2 week recess while millions of Americans starve to death? My boss would have given me a vacation alright…The kind that comes in the form of a Termination Letter.

I remember (and I actually thought it was kind of cool) when president Obama first took office that he just kept riding everyone in congress to hurry up and give him that stimulus program so he could sign it and put it into law. It gave many of us those desperately needed unemployment extension tiers which we got. Now the president “pressured” congress to get health reform going. OK, so health reform is another issue. But do you see where I’m aiming at? When you and I do all this calling, faxing, and emailing our senators and congressman about giving us more unemployment extension tiers (which I strongly condone we keep doing), they get into these little hissy fits amongst themselves and then, WHAM, we get socked in the face with congress going on recess, and “ lets do another temporary extension until we come back from vacation”. But when Obama leans on them about issues which he wants resolved right away, it may take a while and a lot of leaning on the presidents part, and yes he pisses off a lot a congress people while doing so, but it does get done.

I agree with CarlaB, we need to keep bugging these people to give us extra tiers as if our lives depend on them, BECAUSE OUR LIVES DO DEPEND ON THEM! So I bug them as if someone owed me money, because if they did and I needed the money, guess what, I’m going to keep bugging. Don’t be bashful or embarrassed to keep bugging them. Remember that when election time comes about, they don’t hesitate to call you at all hours of the day or night to campaign for your vote.

But now I say, its time to let our president know what we need, and to ask him to lean on congress on our behalf because congress isn’t performance driven. If Congress was performance driven, many Americans would not be living under a bridge without food or water. We need to keep bugging Obama to lean on congress for us because congress isn’t desperate to give us the tiers we need.

We could at the least start with Tiers 5 and 6, each for 20 week apiece, with no eligibility dates attached like these other Tiers.

Well, I’m going to now write a letter to the White House via snail mail, in my own handwriting. I don’t want to be a hypocrite, after all, action speaks louder than words. 

May 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm
(1135) CarlaB says:

Self-Employment Instead Of Unemployment

“The state of Oregon feels that giving people unemployment benefits in a town where there are essentially no jobs is an expensive exercise in futility. So the state is getting unemployed workers into a special program to try to start new businesses instead…”


May 7, 2010 at 6:58 pm
(1136) CarlaB says:

From the Unemployed Friends Forum…

Senator LeMieux – Unemployment Situation not an Emergency!
by DesperateInRI Today at 6:48 pm

Senator LeMieux explains why our unemployment crisis does not meet the Federal requirements of “Emergency” defined in the Budget Act of 1974, he also quotes from the dictionary.

Good stuff in this article from Reid, Sherrod Brown and Schumer, though.


May 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm
(1137) NICK0628 says:

I have been self employed in the past. When the economic downturn started it was next to impossible to get any business. I was forced to stop my business and sell my tools as I could not get any work to sustain making the job worthwhile. When you give a potential customer a very fair quote on a job, and they look at you as if you were robbing them it gets very old. What a lot of people don’t understand is that you as a self employed person also have costs for time and materials and cannot afford to work for free. I would love to be able to work for myself again but that is unrealistic until our overall economy improves dramatically.

May 7, 2010 at 10:44 pm
(1138) CarlaB says:

Disaster unemployment assistance available


May 7, 2010 at 11:01 pm
(1139) CarlaB says:

How long should benefits last?

Heather Boushey (Center For American Progress):

“First and foremost, we’re in an economy where there’s more than five workers seeking every new job opening available. So the idea that somehow if we cut off folks’ benefits or give them fewer weeks that they would just magically find jobs, even if they moved, is really just a fallacy…”


May 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm
(1140) Jennifer says:

They really don’t explain everything to you when you are laid off i have been on unemployment for 1year & 5 months i only have 3 and 1/2 months left to go..i am going to go back to work part time..but not enough money to cover the bills. what do you do? what is going to happen when a lot of people can not get any benefits ? I am very worried. I am going back to school and i have payed for all my school cause TRade Act will not pay for transfer. The 2 year programs will not help that many people with jobs. Those fields will be full and most only pay 30,000 to 40,000 a year..most less than this..The Rn is the only one that will pay good and have job security. IS IT TRUE YOU HAVE TO PAY BACK TRADE BENEFITS ? I have not used mine yet i have 9 and 1/2 years to use them..I was told they are good for 10 years..All i can do is pray that i can make it each month..EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON: EVEN IF THE REASON IS UNSEEN!! there are a lot of us in this boat..so hang on everyone it will get better in time !

May 7, 2010 at 11:25 pm
(1141) JENN says:

I need a sugar daddy…running out in 3 months !!

May 8, 2010 at 9:47 am
(1142) CarlaB says:

From another unemployed poster/forum.

Below are my results from contacting senators and congressmen regarding tier 5:

Comment: Have been overwhelmed by phone calls for additional weeks. Durbin will fully support any measure that will allow additional weeks – especially in light of the oil spill and the unemployment that will result from it. Suggests that unemployed need to continue calling, emailing and faxing not only their senators, but congressmen, media, US Labor department, Senate Finance Committee and the US Labor Department.

Chambliss (Georgia Senator)
Comment: Has received phone calls regarding additional weeks, not aware of any support for it.

Comment: Have received many phone calls, emails and faxes regarding additional weeks – feel that something will be done, but not in the form of a new tier, more so along the lines of adding weeks to existing program.

Comment: Bombarded with emails and calls regarding additional weeks. Told to remember that Schumer was of the ones that initiated additional weeks and still stands by this. Believes that this message is beginning to get through to other constituents – suggests continuing to “bombard” senate and house with phone calls and emails. Feels more strongly that additional weeks will be added, but not a new tier – due to BP Oil Spill because the jobs created to clean up the spill will not replace the permanent amount of loss businesses and jobs.

Comment: Yes, have received numerous calls, emails and lately very many faxes. Boxer will support her constituents.

Comment: Supports all initiatives for additional weeks as Michigan has been very hard hit in terms of unemployment and will continue to push for it as the unemployed of Michigan have made their voices loud and clear. Strongly suggests that the unemployed continue to contact their senators, congressmen and the media – the media in the last few days has gotten the attention of many in DC.

Brown (Sherrod)
Comments: Strongly supports additional weeks – will do whatever is necessary to get it passed. Suggests that unemployed continue to call and email their senators and congressmen and don’t let anyone tell you it doesn’t matter because it does. Target those who are up for re-election.

Lewis (John) Georgia Congressman
Comment: Has not received many phone calls or emails regarding tier 5 or additional weeks, but would support any measure to pass it. Suggests that more Georgians need to call.

May 8, 2010 at 9:54 am
(1143) Joy says:

From Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey:

In April, the number of unemployed persons was 15.3 million, and the unemployment rate edged up to 9.9 percent. The rate had been 9.7 percent for the
first 3 months of this year.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for whites (9.0 percent) edged up in April, while the rates for adult men (10.1 percent), adult women (8.2 percent), teenagers (25.4 percent), blacks (16.5 percent), and Hispanics(12.5 percent) showed little or no change. The jobless rate for Asians was 6.8 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) continued to trend up over the month, reaching 6.7 million. In April, 45.9 percent of unemployed persons had been jobless for 27 weeks or more.

The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was about unchanged at 9.2 million in April. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut
back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.

May 8, 2010 at 5:50 pm
(1144) unemployed in ohio says:

I really have to wonder what these politicians are doing with these unemployment numbers! The Washington Post quoted Obama saying that the unemployment numbers have increased in April from 9.7% to 9.9% despite having created 260,000 new jobs in same month. Obama says this increase in unemployment #’s is good because those who “had stopped looking for work” are now looking again….?
Who is getting these jobs??? What and where are these new jobs???? I am disappointed in these political games they keep playing. All it does is mess with our heads.

May 9, 2010 at 5:17 am
(1145) Monty says:


“MSNBC wants to hear from those who have been unemployed for more than a year…please tell your story at this link:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37000773/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/

Please tell them you plea for a TIER 5….this is a great opportunity for the Main Stream Media attention we have been praying for!!!”

May 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm
(1146) CarlaB says:

Just wanted to pass this along…

I have received messages from several unemployed who will begin a “Pink Slip” Campaign next week.

They plan on sending emails to senators and congressmen to say they will give them their “pink slips” in November if they do not get additional weeks or tiers

Their slogan: “Don’t let what happen to Bob Bennett happen to you”

May 9, 2010 at 8:31 pm
(1147) JIMMY says:

unemployed in ohio : If you want to know and have not been keeping track of the jobs created for Ohio since this downfall and various states the increase are temporary or contract short term jobs. Jobs that Ohio has lost from large businesses are not going to return because of the way our government handles tariffs of Foreign countries and labor. It is cheaper for them to send product to us instead of product to them. There is no equal trade as we should all know by now. Small businesses are going to hire but are using the experience employee and only paying them small wages not living wages even if they make close to millions. Until we get smart all people here on american soil to say enough is enough we should get paid a salary to support your living basic needs if we continue to think that minimum wage salary we will have the oppotunity to make more on hard work this is a thing of the passed with todays thinking. The way most employers think today is no matter what education or training they are going to use those people to gain for their wealth only. People need to think if hard work and dedication show no results we need to wise up. People work to live and based on where you live you train through jobs, education to make a good living not just to pave the way for the employer. It is time for change stop the tactics . We need new tiers for at least one year if things are improving and get rid of most contractors and temp agencies. These are needed for additional income they hurt fulltime job creations. The unemployment numbers are increasing forget the fake numbers as well. We are all wise to this by now. Good luck to all.

May 9, 2010 at 8:48 pm
(1148) Ormond says:

Our hearts go out to everyone. I just wanted to point out someone who was able to help in the area of unemployment with regard to people who I know. I wish everyone the best.
Keep the faith no matter how bleak it looks right now.

May 10, 2010 at 7:17 pm
(1149) CarlaB says:

From The Unemployed Friends Forum…

This is THEE best news Ive heard for our fight for t5. A Personal response today from none other than Max Baucus. All must Read.

by bergcycles1 Today at 6:50 pm

Notice he puts how he likes to hear from his people back home. Every time I write a senator. I always put that Im from their state and also look up the Zipcode. I think they have a better chance of reading your letters if you put that you are from their state. Anyways-

Dear ***:

Thank you for contacting me regarding extending unemployment insurance benefits. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

I recognize the difficult economic environment jobless workers are facing, and the need for another extension of unemployment insurance. The American economy has already lost many jobs this year, and the unemployment rate is approaching ten percent nationwide. As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, I will continue to work to create new jobs by crafting policies that will spur economic growth. Rest assured, I will also continue to work to ensure that those who have been affected by the current economic downturn are given the support they need to get through these hard times, and to get back on their feet. I am reviewing proposals to provide additional weeks of unemployment insurance to those have run out of weeks.

Thanks again for getting in touch. It is always good to hear from folks back home. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future regarding any issues that are important to you. You can also visit my website at http://baucus.senate.gov/ for more information on current issues that affect Montanans.

(personal signature)


Additional week proposals! OMG! We’re doing it!

May 11, 2010 at 11:21 am
(1150) CarlaB says:

Hilton Hotel Offers “Work At Home” Reservation Agent Opportunities


May 11, 2010 at 11:54 am
(1151) debbie-OHIO says:

I’m currently receiving TIER 3 benefits which are going to expire JUNE 22 .Is this means since my benefits are not exhausted before MAY 29 th ,I’m NOT going to qualify for TIER 4 ( tier 3 has to be exhausted by May 29,mine is NOT) and STATE EXTENDED BENEFITS ? It says “The last payable week of Ohio EB is the week ending June 5 th 2010″
I appreciate any answers ,this is so sad and I feel horrible to be in a situation like this ,… I’m not trying milking up benefits ,I APPLY every single day for a money that is more than a half from what I was making and still nothing !!

May 11, 2010 at 12:06 pm
(1152) debbie -OHIO says:

last sentence should be “less than a half “,sorry TYPO MISTAKE
I wish it was MORE than a half from what I was making ,that would be a blast lol

May 11, 2010 at 5:48 pm
(1153) Joy says:

Debbie – OHIO: Yes, your benefits will end since you won’t be able to advance to the next tier IF Congress does not extend unemployment benefits again by the end of the month. I live in Ohio and am in the same situation as you. My tier 2 benefits end the first week of June, which means I can’t move on to tier 3 unless benefits are extended. Contact Sherod Brown and George Voinovich and tell them your story and demand extended benefits. I received a letter from Voinovich saying they were working on new job creation, but he didn’t say anything about extending benefits again (even though that was my question). I didn’t hear back from Senator Brown yet. Good luck to you, and to all.

May 12, 2010 at 8:55 pm
(1154) Jerry says:

Does anyone know what long term unemployment recession bill for new tiers or extend tiers is in congress right now if any that they are soon to vote on and when ? How long is the the bill to extend these tiers for ? Sorry, I have not read through all the sites replies or entries. I have lost track. Thanks

May 13, 2010 at 6:36 am
(1155) Tim says:

Did you hear….. that the First Lady Wages War On Obesity?? Well, I guess the idea here is to start with the poor, unemployed first. Give them no money and they shall slim down! WE NEED JOBS not a diet!!!

May 13, 2010 at 9:58 am
(1156) CarlaB says:

FYI…The Ways & Means Committee Have Reconciled the Unemployment Extension Bill and passed on to the House of Representatives…


May 13, 2010 at 11:12 am
(1157) Joy says:

http://www.Senate.gov lists the bills currently on the Senate floor. Nothing YET on unemployment benefits extension under “Active Legislation”. Nothing at all adding tier V that I could find.


Senate is off for the holiday from May 31 – June 4th.

May 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm
(1158) American Worker = Unemployed says:

Well, after 7 days of no power (thank GOD for HEAP) i can now leave a comment….where is the news about a creation of a Tier 5? We are now 13 days late on our rent and are now selling jewerly to get money for basic things.
I called my state unemployement office about the 5 week extension that Florida has put in the budget and they said I am eligible for it but it seems only if and when Govorner Crist signs the bill. When i asked when he plans on signing it they told me it should have already been signed and he is stalling because of politics. Don’t you just love leadership? Could be out of a place to live by June 1st and have tried everything to get a job, nothing!

May 13, 2010 at 4:15 pm
(1159) kennava thompson says:

I worked for 10 years at the same company and boom out the door we went. all 300 of us jobless,that was 2 years ago. I went back to school got a diploma in medical billing. Sounds good right? NOT Now I need experience before antone will hire me. What do I do now, unemployment runs out June 2,2010 I do’nt live beyond my means, no credit cards, house pmt is only$643.00 per month.plus other housing expenses. The state says FIA agencies will help low income, I tried that. I made too much money. If you make over 1162 per month they won’t help with anything.Yet we have to have auto insurance, so no driving. What do we pay state taxes for? I never get back close to what I pay in.The federal gov’t isn’t losing anything financially, yet they make it sound like it’s coming out of their pockets to extend benefits. It is not the peoples fault our economy is in this mess.The government is suppose to be BY the people and FOR the people. I sure hope something is done for those of us that are in this mess, and I hope someday those who have never been in this situation get a taste of it like when the stock market crashes again

May 13, 2010 at 4:59 pm
(1160) KutDaChecks says:


Tier 5 update: Dems want to pass claim deadline extension through 2010 by 6/5. Then they’ll try passing week extension soon after.

Post by bergcycles1 on 4/26/2010, 4:55 pm
This is the overall consensus that Ive recieved from numerous Senator responses. Levin/Sanders/Sherodd all support passing tier 5 after June 5th deadline. But they do say that it will be hard to pass with repubs blockades. We all need to keep getting the word out by faxing/emailing all Senators, everyday.

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May 13, 2010 at 9:46 pm
(1161) CarlaB says:

From The Unemployed Friends Forum…

US DOL certifies approximately 7,300 workers in 15 states as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

by flowergirl Today at 9:16 pm

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 7,300 workers from companies in 15 states — Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin — are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.

Read entire press release on link below.


May 14, 2010 at 5:55 pm
(1162) CarlaB says:

REMINDER: For those who OWE the IRS and are on UI or have exhausted benefits – please contact your local Taxpayer Advocate Office.

You can file for a “reduced” monthly payment or a “temporary suspension” of payments.


May 16, 2010 at 1:38 am
(1163) Diane-Ohio says:

First-time blogger here. Anyway, I’ve finished Tier IV and will finish 8 weeks of State EB on June 5th. The PDF states ‘The last payable week of Ohio EB is the week ending June 5, 2010′. My payment stub shows the remaining value as if I will receive the full 20 weeks of EB, but I was under the assumption I would only receive payments until June 5. I would call the unemployment office, but have had major misinformation in the past, and different answers each time I called, so I’m a little gun-shy. I would appreciate any information.

May 16, 2010 at 9:01 am
(1164) kt2kelly says:

Diane,the amount of weeks you collected on your initial claim for UI,as in the first 26 weeks,is the amount of weeks you should collect on your states EB. Ex.:if you have a partial 50% claim and Ohios EB benefit runs 20 weeks;your benefit would run 10 weeks.
Does that help?

May 16, 2010 at 10:14 am
(1165) Diane-Ohio says:

I don’t know if my concern was clear. I received 79 weeks of benefits so far.
This is how ODJFS has broken down the benefits:
26 weeks original
13 weeks Phase I – Tier I
7 weeks Phase II – Tier I (thus, 20 wks TI)
13 weeks Phase II – Tier II
1 week Phase III – Tier II (thus, 14 wks TII)
13 weeks Phase III – Tier III (thus, 13 wks TIII)
6 weeks Phase III – Tier IV (thus, 6 wks TIV)
(Total 79 weeks)

Then, Ohio is eligible for 20 weeks Extended Benefits. So, starting week ending 4/10, my “remaining benefits” on my payment stub stated that it is equal to the amount of 20 weeks (which I started receiving w/e 4/17). This would take me out to week ending 8/28.

So, my payment stub shows that I have remaining benefits thru 8/28. But, the ODJFS UC State Extended Benefits FAQs states ‘The last payable week of Ohio EB is the week ending June 5, 2010′.

So, I don’t know if my benefits end 6/5 or 8/28.
And I apologize if I misunderstood anything, this is very stressful. Thanks for trying to clear things up.

May 16, 2010 at 10:03 pm
(1166) Joy says:

Diane – Ohio: The US Dept. of Labor website says that the EB payable period ends June 5, 2010 for 13 states, including Ohio. So no Ohio EB benefits will be payable after that date, unless another extension goes through. I live in Ohio, too. There are too many people looking for too few jobs. And the government is just playing games with us.

May 17, 2010 at 5:51 am
(1167) Amanda says:

Hello, those of you who take the time to read this, I hope it finds you and your family in the very best of health and spirits.

My husband worked for an Electrical Company here in NC 1 week shy of his four year anniversary. Went in on Friday the 9th of Jan 2009 and his boss said “thats it were done” NO WARNING or HEAD’S UP! My husband and I have 3 young children 9, and two 6 year olds, one which has speacial needs. We were able to get Medicaid for our children but that is all, and WE ARE TRULY GREATFUL FOR THAT!!

My husband filed his claim on the 9th of Jan 2009 for the first time ever. He went the (i beleive to be correct) 1 week waiting period before he was able to start collecting benefits. He files his Weekly Cert. every Sunday. VERY BLESSED he was approved to collect benefits, as I have no idea what we would do.

Well today is May 17th 2010,(MY SONS BIRTHDAY…so that is a 10 year old and two six year olds) and I have called the local ECS office with no luck nor anyone wanting to try and help me to understand the process of UE and the Extension programs:( VERY RUDE….I KNOW THEY GET ALOT OF ANGRY CALLERS, BUT REALLY NEED TO BE THANKFUL THEY ARE STILL AMONG THE AMERICANS THAT ARE EMPLOYED! The last thing I was told is that my husbands benefits will exhuast the 1st week of June (lady spoke as if she herself was unsure)?

I know there are soooo many different post on this site, and alot of helpful tips. IF THERE IS ANYONE THAT WOULD BE WILLING TO HELP ME AND E-MAIL ME ANY INFORMATION REGUARDING THE FOLLOWING….

1.) Will my husband collect anymore weekly payments after the first week of June 2010?

2.) Does he need to stop filing his weekly cert after first week in June?

3.) Is there any other type of help to allow him to collect anymore benefits?

Any help or advise would be helpful, and we are greatful. We are trying to prevent loosing our home, and my husband made alot of horrible choices years ago, that had him in and out of jail and has had NO LUCK at all gaining employment being a felon. ITS VERY TRUE…EVERY ACTION HAS A REACTION, and one day it will for sure catch back up with you:( I DO BELEIVE ONCE ANYONE HAS SERVED THERE DEBT, THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO START OVER AND NOT BE HAUNTED BY THE PAST. It saddens my heart to see how he blams himself and choices that he has made as he feels like it is all his fault and THE MAN/FATHER should be able to provide for his family.



May 17, 2010 at 11:44 am
(1168) Joy says:

Link with phone nos. and email addresses for TV Station News Directors for different states. The media needs to step up with more coverage on the unemployment crisis.


May 18, 2010 at 10:13 am
(1169) Joy says:

Roll Call blog states that Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said he will block the extension of unemployment benefits through the end of the year unless it is paid for. The House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on the extension bill.

May 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm
(1170) Vicki says:

Block extensions? Coburn has a job and can feed his family, pay his mortgage, kid’s college, pay for his car and so on. This country is falling apart. We need unemployment extensions to LIVE, we need jobs. I’m a teacher in NY and I have no job, despite YEARS of schooling. Teacher candidates, choose another profession as teaching the children that will one day run this country is becoming impossible to do. NYC is laying off more teachers and guess where those excessed teachers are going? Long Island! We need to pass any bills that will provide food on the table for millions of people. Don’t let America turn against itself.

May 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm
(1171) tom says:

When will we get it through our heads that a majority of republicans are not for the working americans. These idiots think once a recession hits and they vote on a 99 week lifeline that suddenly the job issue will go away. Their government created this problem and now when they see it is a real problem they want to ignore it. Guess what american people are not going to let this go. Some of us are tired of the same old stuff. It is time to do the right thing create good jobs get rid of the massive temporary contractors and temp agencies they have been creating for years stimulate the private sector for permanant fulltime good paying jobs. Stop the republican blockages and extended unemployment for 6months to one year. You spend to throw money away to foreign countries why is the hard working people of america who pays or paid taxes always put in the rear when politicians think now is a time for deficits reductions? It stops now or the party of NO’s need to go if we put them back in we deserve to get what apparently is coming to us. Hopefully america wakes up and actually does reasearch on who is trying to help this country and who isn’t. Tier 5 needs to be addesses now with no more short 1 month extensions and not the last day of a long political breaks which I believe is next week. It has been too long that congress has not taken responsibility instead of the states. We need an answer to TIER 5 and stop worrying on mid elections and typical republican ploys and democrats trying to wait to get republicans onboard. They are just not going to do this. It is time to clean government out if they are not going to work for us. Good luck to all and I hope we all find good paying jobs to support our families..

May 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm
(1172) phil says:

Great job: Tom, Your are right if we do not start to get something done and started it now we will not get it done by next week. By the way do you get long vacations like congressman ? What gives them the right to judge us when we put them in office to support the people and the country? We do not make 180,000 a year to set back and block or say NO when they feel like it. It is time to work and do what is right. TIER 5 recovery extension is needed for at least 6 months to 1 year. President obama said it would take at least one term to get something going in private sectors. Until then we need a lifeline to keep or heads above water..

May 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm
(1173) Scottswife22 says:

YOU all read it right, there are NO more benefits, while the senators, and congressmen get fatter, and go on their vacations, we the little people lose everything! My son had to move back in, and unemployment was our ONLY income, that we LOST due to tier 4 running out back at the END of MARCH. NOW those of you that were lucky enough to have checks until June is getting ready to join us 99er’s and wander where you are going to get the money to pay your rent or feed your kids. I have cut, budgets as much as I can there is nothing more to TRIM. I hope all the senators enjoy their memorial day break…. NOT!!!

May 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm
(1174) Susan says:

I do not understand why the government is dragging their feet when it comes to a Tier 5 unemployment extension?!?!?!? There are so many people who have exhausted their savings and are trying so hard to find work that our only hope is help from our own government. America is always there to help other nations and the immigrants that live in this country, but what about the Americans?!?!?! We should be first on their agenda. We need help…Please stop dragging your feet and get started on given us a Tier 5….

May 20, 2010 at 11:26 am
(1175) Mandy says:

I finally am getting call backs.
Going from a General Manager to driving an hour away to interview for a janitors position. I don’t mind the work it’s the drive seasonal jobs are just opening up they are NOT giving us enough time. I live in northern Michigan. I own a home I can’t just leave though I would love to. I now owe more then my house it worth. That’s only 35,000 not like these half a million houses some people have. The area is sinking fast we just need till the end of the year for unemployment!

May 20, 2010 at 5:24 pm
(1176) American Worker = Unemployed says:

Attention anyone who has exhausted all of their unemployment through Tier 4 in Florida. You need to go to Floridajobs.org and click on the link on the right side of the page saying “file for extended benefits”. You then fill out a generic application and then click the correct processing buttons where it then has you claim all your eligible weeks since you last exhausted your benefits. I found out today by calling the Florida Unemployemet office
and she told me Govorner Charlie Crist just signed this extension this week. You could be eligible for up to 14 weeks of benefits depending how long ago you exhausted your Tier 4 benefits and this goes through June 5th. The unemployemnt customer service person told me the June 5th deadline is because something should be done by congress on the federal level by that date concerning further extension of unemployment for the long term unemployed. Thank GOD for this…I have been praying for something and staying positive while looking for a job I just hope that other states follow Florida’s lead and do something for their citizens to. It says this will help around 107,000 people in Florida that have exhausted all their benefits. GOD bless and good luck to everyone who has struggled through this like me and my family has…stay strong and stay positive..only good things can happy with that. Here is the link for anybody to read about this extension.

May 20, 2010 at 9:18 pm
(1177) Joy says:

May 20, 2010 U.S. Congress News Release:
Washington, DC – Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) will today release legislative text of the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, legislation to provide critical tax cuts and support for American workers through the end of this year. Provisions included in the legislation would:

Extend eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits, COBRA health care tax credits and other critical programs that families and communities depend on through December 31, 2010;

Provide tax relief to businesses and State and local governments to help them invest and create jobs;

Provide important tax cuts to put money back in the pockets of working families;

Help restore the flow of credit to enable small businesses to expand and hire new workers by extending small business loan programs;

Expand career training programs for Americans who are looking for work;

Ensure that seniors, military service members and Americans with disabilities continue to have access to doctors they know and trust; and
Close tax loopholes for wealthy investment fund managers and foreign operations of multi-national companies.

May 20, 2010 at 9:34 pm
(1178) tamar truesdell says:

i realize that there many people who really need un-employment benefits, but i also know many who go on just enough job interviews and will only interview for jobs they want to satisfy the requirements and continue to receive benefits from taxpayers. if you have gym memberships, take trips to las vegas, get HBO tv, have an employed spouse and so on, you shouldn’t receive benefits. this just plain fraud. it is time for the government to put a stop to this. i am tired of paying for dead-beats.

May 21, 2010 at 5:20 am
(1179) ev says:

I had HBO but got it stopped, cant really go to Vegas since i have no money to gamble, Gym membership?? that atually went first…I’m no expert, but im not sure i know anyone whos first reaction to their first unemployment check was “WOW, im set from this big wad of dough im getting every 2 weeks!!” well mine was 1/3 of my previous paycheck so do the math, my family is down to basic necessities in my apt, I’ve sent hundreds of job applications to no avail, I am physically, mentally, and morally drained..and to top it all off, . i can still be stereotyped as a deadbeat by my fellow (employed) peers…Life is good aint it. BTW my wife was recently laid off also…good times!!

May 21, 2010 at 7:34 am
(1180) jessi says:

Ditto… We want to work! If you are employed right now – Thank God for it~~Judge not lest you be judged! Instead of labeling people deadbeats, use your energy on lifting up your fellow American!! Most of Americans are one paycheck from disaster! If the roles were reversed, I would want you to have the bare necessities as well… That’s about all unemployment does is cover the BARE necessities…

May 21, 2010 at 11:42 am
(1181) jerry says:

I would like to know who can make it just to live less go on vacation and other mentioned activities on Unemployment? If these people are getting this kind of money from unemployment what jobs provide them when this is calculated and does not even provide enough for someones rent. And if you are married you should still receive what you as an an individual are entitled to if you lost your job through no fault of your own. This is joke if you had two incomes and one lost theirs through layoff etc. You must be insane to think you should not get unemployment if your married what is wrong with people who think this way. This is only right to the people who want to work and lost their jobs through downsizing etc. to support them or their families while they return to a new position.

May 21, 2010 at 7:36 pm
(1182) Barbara says:

Tamar, you need to get your facts straight. Most of us do not like living on UI. It is not enough to buy groceries and pay rent much less go on a vacation or have a gym membership. You need to back up and show a little compassion. You could be in this like this in a blink of an eye. A lot of us have no husband or wife to back us up. Or, our mate is laid off too. You are sad that you would cast stones at other. Shame on you!!

May 21, 2010 at 9:28 pm
(1183) kevin says:

I have been unemployed for 11 months now. I have owned 3 business during my lifetime and have been working for someone else in the manufacturing sector for the last 7 years. I have never been unemployed in my life and felt that with over 25 years of business experience I would have no problem finding a job when i was laid off in June of 09. I was so very wrong. My wife has been working as a nanny and as of the first of May has now also become unemployed. I have some ongoing health issues and will soon also run out of Cobra coverage which is going to be devastating for I don’t know where I am going to turn to maintain my health. The only debt we have is our home but without my wifes income we are realy going to struggle to keep the bills paid. I am preparing to go to school to get a degree in nursing but with my unemployment benefits running out in August it will take God’s intervention to make it. It will take at least 2 and 1/2 years to complete school and without income Im not sure if I am going to be able to take on school. My wife and I are people of faith and know that God will meet our needs but this is the hardest thing I have ever had to go through in my life. God help this country

May 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm
(1184) Guest says:

Sounds Like Someone is a little Jealous, And Would Like to go Fishing At Lake Mead, or maybe Place this weeks Check on Black, Or maybe on the Come Line? Wow So Much to do here in Las Vegas While waiting For My Job To come back. Whew, This is so Fun !

Anyway here is a great site, to find out loads of info, It was just updated TODAY.


Oh And by the way, Even the unemployed are tax Payer’s So Stop sounding Like Scrooge in thinking that the World is revolving around You aloan, when if fact the amount of taxes you cheerfully give is in fact most likely only a Molecule in the light of things.


May 22, 2010 at 2:53 pm
(1185) jackie says:

These numbers are not even close in some of the states because of the uaccountability of the lost UI. Before posting understand what is happening to make the numbers look and look out your back door or front or talked to people walking in and out of the grocery. You will then get your facts. Sounds like american fighting americans GUEST your just what the foreign countries want. They do not even need to fire a shot as they said on the way people like you think. Good luck to all that has still some humanity!

May 23, 2010 at 8:17 pm
(1186) phil says:

Jackie you are right. What or who calculates their UI. I bearly break 200 a week. My rent is 650 not counting other main expenses. I have not seen a thing since the 60 day extension. Most people have to be running out that was on 99 weeks and we have not even got out of this based on creating living wage jobs. What does the government think 99 weeks of magic and suddenly everyone is working ? This is typical washington. It needs to stop and we need a one year recovery extension period. President obama said it would take 1 term to see any results and the unemployed can not wait for one term they need help with a longer term lifeline until they can find gamefull employment. Obviously there is still problems that the government created and they need to help the people who pay their salaries period. My question is why there has not been nothing on about this issue lately ! Do they think it suddenly goes away look at the states still loosing jobs like Mich, OHIO etc. Stop throwing numbers out there when people loose UI. This is not helping the situation. Good luck to all and keep on the politicians as I will do. Something needs passed by this week or they are back to same old waiting on Republican routines.

May 24, 2010 at 9:06 am
(1187) Joy says:

The government uses the Census to obtain economic, social and demographic information. If the government wanted real numbers on unemployment, they could have included questions in the Census such as:

- Are you employed?
- Are you unemployed/underemployed but looking for work?
- Are you unemployed but unable to work/retired/not looking for work?

Real numbers from the people

May 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm
(1188) jerryr says:

Nice job Jackie,Phil and joy! But why don’t we want true, real numbers about the unemployed ? Because reality would set in then.

May 25, 2010 at 9:42 am
(1189) Laid off in Kansas says:

I just called our Kansas contact center for UI and they told me there is NO TALK of any further extensions, and I should quit filing my weekly claim. Wow.. I have know Idea how we are going to survive .. :(

May 25, 2010 at 12:06 pm
(1190) valp. m says:

Laid off in kansas,

KEEP FILING…..anyway. They want you to stop so the numbers drop off for UI count….keep filing….I have read on blogs here their was a petition
signed with over 30,000 signatures to presentto congress to add weeks to existing tiers…. God willing it will work. In the meantime KEEP CALLING & FILING

May 25, 2010 at 12:08 pm
(1191) valp m says:

KEEP FILING…..anyway. They want you to stop so the numbers drop off for UI count….keep filing….I have read on blogs here their was a petition
signed with over 30,000 signatures to presentto congress to add weeks to existing tiers…. God willing it will work. In the meantime KEEP CALLING & FILING

May 25, 2010 at 4:03 pm
(1192) Cheryl says:

From The Unemployed Friends Forum…

by unemployed123 Today at 3:44 pm


In bill 4213 there is going to be some federal funding attached to the bill and it is in conference cmte right now, so she could not tell me the amendment number.

The federal funding will go to the states and it will be up to your state to determine how it wants to spend the money for up tp 3 social programs.

More benefits for those that have expired Tier 4 is one of the options the states can choose to spend the money…

May 25, 2010 at 4:27 pm
(1193) Cheryl says:

From the Unemployed Friends Forum…

by Jersey Man on Wed May 19, 2010 12:14 am
New ‘labor’ package being worked up with L/T Unemployed Provision


The Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee (Max Baucus) had mentioned in a letter to a constituent that they were reviewing proposals for ‘additional weeks’ of unemployment insurance. As I looked into it further last week and made a call to a senate staff member they confirmed that a new jobs package was being designed with a provision for the L/T unemployed (those who have exhausted). This jobs package is one that has not been revealed yet nor has been put on floor for discussion. That was said at the end of last week. Today, I spoke to another staff member from same office who further confirmed that they were anticipating the Senate Finance Committee to reveal a jobs package sometime between now and Thursday and that they were expecting there to be a provision for the L/T unemployed. She mentioned the media has not picked up on it because it hasn’t been revealed to them yet. They intend to do that soon (she expects between today and Thursday).

May 25, 2010 at 5:47 pm
(1194) Cheryl says:

In the midst of all this speculation and anxiety…please don’t forget to PRAY…

…Continue praying to the LORD to move on behalf of the 99ers…

…Move that tax extenders bill to cover the 99ers…

…and most importantly, Pray for those who can no longer pray for themselves…

…pray for those who are homeless and that the LORD move quickly that they too came inside again to a roof over their head…

…pray for parents who can no longer feed their children…pray the LORD strengthen them…

…remember, as recent as a day ago there was not any movement on HR4213 let alone a tax extenders bill … the LORD is moving…please KEEP PRAYING…and pray that he move quickly…

May 25, 2010 at 6:03 pm
(1195) Bart says:

Ya! keep filing like suggested by

1188) valp m

May 25, 2010 at 6:12 pm
(1196) Bart says:
May 25, 2010 at 6:22 pm
(1197) Bart says:


For Immediate Release
May 20, 2010 Contact: Scott Mulhauser / Erin Shields (Baucus) (202) 224-4515
Matthew Beck (W&M) (202) 225-8933
Baucus, Levin To Release Joint Legislation To Create Jobs, Extend Tax Cuts for Families and Businesses, Support Americans Looking for Work

May 25, 2010 at 9:18 pm
(1198) Cheryl says:

The Struggle Of The 99ers: Tell Us Your Stories!


May 25, 2010 at 9:34 pm
(1199) Job Search Guide says:

As far as unemployment stories, we have well over a 1000 right here on the About.com Job Searching site and they are heartbreaking:

Unemployment Stories


May 25, 2010 at 9:50 pm
(1200) Jackie says:

Laid off in Kansas: This is type of tactics our government has been doing for awhile now. You need to contact your congressman on this it is a down right shame with no living jobs our government is hiding the true numbers by telling you to stop filing UI. If something does not happen and washington does not start coming out with true facts then I guess the people will show them. We have had enough of the games and focus on the people who provided them with large salaries. Then I think it is time to clean washington out !

May 26, 2010 at 1:27 am
(1201) Laid off in Kansas says:

Thanks so much for everyones input.. I will defiantly keep filing (and pounding the pavement) looking for work. I don’t think Washington realizes what a “week or two or three” means to us who are about to loose everything! I’m calling my senators office tomorrow asap! Good luck to everyone as well!

May 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm
(1202) Joy says:

Come on, folks, join the “1 Million Jobs” campaign. Click on the link below to send a “job application” (not a real one) to Congress, telling them they need to take action on the unemployment crisis NOW! And please pass on this link!


May 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm
(1203) bart says:

10 Million Jobs screw 1 million.
That only reduces so that they can cut every poor basturd off exstended benifits

May 26, 2010 at 7:04 pm
(1204) Bart says:


For Immediate Release
May 26, 2010 The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act: Support for Out-of-Work Americans and Families in Need
As we work to create jobs and get our economy moving again, it is essential we maintain the support programs families and communities need to help them get through these tough economic times. The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act extends several provisions to ensure American families and communities continue to have access to the support they depend on.

•Unemployment Insurance – This bill extends eligibility for unemployment insurance through the end of this year, so families and communities can continue to receive the benefits they depend on as Congress works to create jobs. Without this extension, eligibility for federal benefits will expire at the end of May and workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own will lose the benefits they depend on to pay the rent and put food on the table while they look for work.
•Additional Help for Americans Looking for Work – This bill continues full federal funding of extended unemployment insurance benefits to ensure states can continue to provide unemployed workers with 13 to 20 additional weeks of benefits. The bill also extends the Additional Compensation Program to continue providing unemployed workers with an additional $25 per week to make ends meet in this tough economy.
•Elimination of the Penalty for Part-Time Work – This bill allows workers who take part-time jobs while they search for full-time work to continue receiving benefits at the level of their full-time job if the part-time work is terminated.
•COBRA Health Care Tax Credit – This bill extends eligibility for the 65 percent COBRA tax credit to help workers who have been laid off maintain their health insurance while they look for work.
•Support for Needy Families – This bill prevents a reduction in the Federal Poverty Level from taking effect through the end of this year so low-income families struggling to stay afloat in this tough economy may continue to qualify for the assistance they need. Without this bill, the reduction would take place because the economic downturn caused a decrease in the average cost of goods, which triggered an automatic reduction in the federal poverty level. Eligibility for vital safety-net programs is tied to the poverty level. So, without this bill, families could lose assistance such as Medicaid, food stamps and home heating assistance even though their income does not change. Likewise, the bill also ensures that families don’t lose their eligibility for these programs when they receive tax cuts.
•Assistance for States – This bill extends the federal government’s increased contribution to states for Medicaid through June 2011. The bill also extends other critical safety-net services, including wage-assistance for employers to hire new workers, that are made available through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families through fiscal year 2011. The additional assistance for states was originally made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and without it many states would be unable to fund Medicaid and other services families depend on.
•Housing for Needy Families – This bill will provide an infusion of approximately $1 billion in capital funds and $65 million for project-based vouchers for the National Housing Trust Fund to provide communities with funds to build, preserve and rehabilitate affordable rental homes available to very low income households, including unemployed Americans, veterans and elderly and disabled Americans on fixed incomes.
A complete summary and more information on the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act is available on the Finance Committee website at: http://finance.senate.gov/newsroom/chairman/release/?id=1a5f41d1-7639-441c-aace-8ad824bb6733.

May 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm
(1205) Joy says:

Bart, I know you’re angry and sick of all this, but we all are. This group is trying to help us be heard by Congress, and we need all the help we can get! So far Congress and the media have done a good job of ignoring us and our plight, no matter how many times we’ve contacted them as individuals. 1millionjobs.org made the news, which is a good thing! Your or my contacting our senators would never make the news, obviously. Maybe Congress will start to listen if they receive an organized petition or whatever it takes which shows how many of us there are.

May 26, 2010 at 9:47 pm
(1206) John says:

I have been looking for work forover 2 years now even moved to another state looking for work with no luck. All 99er’s out there should rise up and vote out every person in washington that has been in office more the 1 term, they should also be made to use the same medical coverage we do and pay into social security like the rest of us, then we would see how fast the get on the ball and do something to help us while we fight for good paying jobs, any job for that matter. I have been writing, calling, and emailing since April and I have yet to get a response from anyone in Washington!!

May 27, 2010 at 2:57 am
(1207) Laid off in Michigan says:

I think Congress should be ashamed of themselves… There are alot of unemployed people that are not unemployed by choice but by force. I have been laid off going on 2yrs. I was in the education field and as you see its getting worse and worse. They are closing majority of the schools here so how am I and 100′s of other teachers able to find employment in the field that we worked so hard to get into???? We didn’t ask to be laid off!!! We just went to work one day thinking everything was ok and then finding out that it was not ok… And for those of you that think that YOU are PAYING US UNEMPLOYED WORKERS out of your pockets, YOU TOO SHOULD BE SHAME!!!!! Please remember that most of us that are unemployed had jobs that we worked at for many years and probably more years that you will see at your employer. WE paid OUR unemployment out of the money we earned for years and we have money in the pot to recieve!!!!! Most of you are driving cars that majority of the Unemployed workers worked their buts off making, most of you that still have jobs work in buildings that most of these unemployed workers built. So stop saying that you are tired of us living off of you because your not paying for US!!! our money has been there and has collected enough interest!!! To all of the 99ers and all of the others that are unemployed, Keep your faith in God and continue to Pray for more jobs, more benifits, and that things will change for the better!!! Let your voices and concerns to continue to be heard!!!

May 27, 2010 at 3:28 am
(1208) Laid off in Kansas says:

I was reading your post and I wanted to ask you if this means they will be adding more tiers to those of us who have exhausted every extension possible, ie to help “the 99′ers. I thought it sounded like that, but I can’t sleep or keep trying to figure out what to do so I could be wrong. My utilities man is coming tomorrow to shut me off. So I can’t really think very clear. I just need some light at the end of this dark tunnel until I find ANY job. You know what I mean?
Also, this press release that you posted, is that something congress is working on? You might now know.. and thats ok, I just can’t get any answers from senates offices or federal numbers I have called. Thank God for this site! Try to take care,
Laid off in Kansas,
PS: I am 29 years old and married for 5 years with a 2 year old.. who would have thought.. …things would take this turn..??… I had an awesome job right out of college with a cellular phone carrier making very good money.. and they went under. So this is what I’m left with.. tt youall later THANKS FOR LISTENING! lol

May 27, 2010 at 3:33 am
(1209) Laid of in Kansas says:

Bart and Everyone: This is what our Kansas Dept. Of Labor website posted today.. it looks like they ARE NOT adding tiers..!!?? Every thing I read is different!! AHHHHH

Latest News

EUC application deadline approaching

The current deadline for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) is the week ending on or before June 2, 2010. For Kansans, that means individuals receiving regular state benefits would have needed to exhaust those benefits by the week ending May 22 to establish an EUC claim prior to the deadline. Those individuals currently receiving EUC Tier I or Tier II benefits would need to exhaust those benefits on or before the week ending May 29 to move on to the next EUC tier prior to the deadline.

Congress is currently considering legislation that would extend the EUC application deadline through December 2010 – H.R. 4213. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R. 4213 on Wednesday, May 26. If it passes, the measure will move to the Senate. It is hoped action can happen in both houses prior to Congress’ week-long Memorial Day recess.

In the meantime, the Kansas Department of Labor is holding applications for EUC Tier I that are effective May 23 or after until it is known how Congress will act.

The EUC program in Kansas provides up to 47 additional weeks of benefits for the unemployed through three separate tiers in the program. The EUC application deadline impacts not only an individual’s ability to enter the EUC program, but also the ability of individuals to move from one tier in the program to the next. The legislation being considered by Congress does not create new benefits for individuals who have already exhausted all three tiers of EUC benefits available in Kansas. It simply extends the deadline by which individuals can apply to receive the existing EUC benefits.

In addition to the EUC application deadline, the legislation would extend through December 2010 the Federal Additional Compensation Program (FAC), which provides an additional $25 a week in unemployment benefits. That program is scheduled to phase out at the end of this month. The legislation also extends full federal funding for the State Extended Benefits program (EB) through December 2010. Full federal funding for the program is scheduled to phase out at the end of the month, after which funding would be split evenly between the federal government and the state. In addition, the proposed legislation would extend eligibility for premium assistance for COBRA benefits for individuals terminated on or before December 31, 2010. The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 created a 65 percent COBRA health premium subsidy for up to 15 months for workers who were involuntarily terminated. Under current law, the COBRA premium assistance program will expire for individuals terminated after May 31, 2010.

Keep watching our latest updates for more information as it becomes available.
Last updated 05/26/10

May 27, 2010 at 6:08 am
(1210) Jason MD says:

Hello All,
I hope someone can provide me with some clarification. I filed my original (UI) claim in Maryland to establish a Regular (UI) Benefit Year. During that time my benefits became “Exhausted” because of my very low wages.
However, I received a letter from DLLR with instructions to call the Claimant Center to apply for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC). So, I did. Everything went smooth. Next week I filed my continued claim via the internet and got a check. (Awesome)
Well, unfortunately I’ve been unemployed for exactly a year now and my original Benefits Year is “EXPIRING!” this SUN MAY 30, 2010 According to a letter received this Monday.
It says to call the Claim Center within 14 days (after the expiration date) to establish another (UI) Benefits Year. However, after doing some research Maryland requires that you have at least earned 10X your base wages during the Benefit Year (BY). I did NOT, so I am CERTAIN I will not qualify for a second regular (UI) benefits year.
Now, I know folks that have been “totally” unemployed for a much greater period of time and they are still receiving some kind of UI/EUC/EB income. Not sure, where I fit into the whole picture, or if I am even eligible.
My questions are:
1) I still have an existing (EUC) balance. Would I still be entitled to receive that money even if my “BENEFIT YEAR EXPIRES” How does this work?
2) Also, the extension for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program will end June 2, 2010. How would that affect those with an expired benefit year with remaining EUC balance ?
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Congress will pass the new extension before they go on recess for Memorial Day. ..

Thanks for all your help!

May 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm
(1211) God is First says:

I live in NJ. and find it impossible to understand the benefits. I have been unemployed since Aug, 2009 and have exhausted by intitial 26 weeks and am in Tier I. With all the extensions and talk I can not determine when my current benefits will be exhausted Tier II and III? Is there a tier IV? When and if the extension is granted before Congress leaves for the summer will there then be aTier IV? Unemployment in NJ is over 9%. Beginning in June more than 2,500 teachers will be laid off due to getting the budget in order.

Can someone explain the tiers to me in easy to understand language? And does all this happen automatically or am I to be pro active with my benefits? Tier I happened automatically.

Although my last payment for week 26 was only $8 since that was what was left in my account and then the next week I got my regular payment with Tier I. I ate peanutbutter sandwiches for a week and turned the heat off to get by.

What about Cobra benefits. I took them when I initially became unemployed but now I don’t have them. Can I resign up for them even thought I stopped the benefits?

Lost in New Jersey

May 27, 2010 at 6:22 pm
(1212) tod says:

Has anyone heard that Pelosi said there would be no extension of Tiers to 9 weeks long term unemployed ? This is an absolute shame as unemployment is rising more people loosing jobs and the unemployment rising these politicians are just going to not provide a lifeline to these people. Did they think 99 weeks living jobs would suddenly appear for the ones looking for one. What if we took the 180,000 to 200,000 plus dollars suddenly away from them this November. I think it time to remove Pelosi if this his her thinking. We bailed out banks etc. and the small amount of lifeline provided to the unemployed is just a portion compaerd to these pirates. If this is the case Pelosi does not think anything about the unemployed as the republicans did when they kept blocking UI. I think we need to contact her and let her know this is not going to stand when the economy is not any better than it was at the end of 2009 and we are loosing jobs everyday as well as the unemployment numbers have not decreased no matter what numbers she has received. If she and other democarts do not get onboard and tackle this issue and face the facts that the unemployed still needs at least a one year extension until jobs pick up when have no choice but to remove them from office. American workers can not keep getting hit on washington’s screw ups!

May 27, 2010 at 10:59 pm
(1213) Joy says:

Jason – MD: Call your unemployment office to verify this information (you need to do this anyway to continue the extension), but it looks like
once your first year is up, you will be required to re-open your claim if you are still unemployed.

If you had any income during your base period, you may be re-qualifyed for a new claim (this is where the “10x” formula you mentioned comes in). If you didn’t make enough (or didn’t work), they will put you back on the tier you are currently on and extend your expiration date for another year.

Here is the link I took this info from:


Good luck!

May 27, 2010 at 11:33 pm
(1214) Cheryl says:

“…Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) offered a deficit-neutral short-term extension, but Democrats rejected it and vowed to return to the issue after the recess…”


May 28, 2010 at 1:23 am
(1215) Joy says:

God is First: You are right, understanding the tier system is very hard! I’ll try to explain…

First, New Jersey has regular 26 wk benefits, then 4 tiers, then Federal-State Extended Benefits (EB), then High EB (in NJ but not all states).

SO, first you received regular benefits of 26 weeks, which you said you went through.

If you are now in Tier 1, you can receive up to 20 weeks or 80% of your maximum benefit amt. from your original claim. Once you are through tier 1, AND IF THERE IS ANOTHER EXTENSION, then you can go on to:
Tier 2 – up to 14 weeks or 54% of an individual’s maximum benefit amt.
Tier 3 – up to 13 weeks or 50% of an individual’s maximum benefit amt.
Tier 4 – up to 6 weeks or 24% of an individual’s maximum benefit amt
EB – an additional 13 weeks or 50% of an individual’s maximum benefit amount
High EB – an additional 20 weeks or 80% of an individual’s maximum benefit amt (again, not in all states but in NJ)
Now the confusing part. Before you can move on to the next tier, you have to go through the tier you are in BEFORE THE DEADLINE DATE SET UP BY CONGRESS. Currently the deadline for people to move from one tier to another is May 29th. Congress is now working on extending it to the end of the year.

My tier 1 benefits end the 2nd week in June. If there is another extension, I will be able to go to tier 2. If an extension is NOT passed, since I cannot move on to tier 2 by May 29th, I won’t be able to collect anymore benefits after the second week in June. (Which sucks)

If this happens to you, people in some states may be able to obtain Federal-State Extended Benefits, but many states need to extend their deadlines before you can move onto EB.

From what I read, in New Jersey, the EB program ends when New Jersey’s total unemployment insurance rate averages less than 6.0% over a three-month period. The High EB program ends when New Jersey’s total unemployment insurance rate averages less than 8.0% over a three-month period.

I’m not sure about your COBRA benefits, but they may end once your unemployment benefits end.

May 28, 2010 at 10:19 am
(1216) fred says:

I find it funny that suddenly during this pass few months the media CNN, CNBC and our elected officials think that our economy is now better. While unemployment continues to rise and this is reality our elected officials threw out a 99 week Emergency plan of UI during their start of their administration. Job losses still continue month to month since 2010. During this time of start of their administration they created Recovery and reinvestment act which just put the same people back to work or kept their jobs. I know this is a facted I checked this with local and other state contacts. Now since we have come to the end of UI and delays by republicans and now democratics because they actually know we are in a crisis of jobs, economy they want to stop UI. This is not the change americans wanted. With unemployment numbers erratic why would you stop the lifeline for individuals when the numbers of unemployment are so HI. This should only happen when our economy shows a stabilization back to normal unemployment numbers. Deficits can wait until all people who want jobs have them. As these people get back to work they can contibute to paying taxes it only makes sense. What happens now to millions with no lifeline ? They can not afford to look for work they loose their home etc. These people do not want handouts they WANT TO WORK. If the governemnt would have not created this problem we would not be in it. And where is President OBAMA on this either he is not getting information correctly or outside world is not bringing this to him in his visits to states or emails. Where is the media CNBC, Local news etc. If the millions let this go we deserve to get what others had said on this site coming to them. I am one of few working part time and in a system as others that I work for an employer that will probably never hire me for fulltime. They can get more out of part time help than fulltime without paying a living salary, benefits said by the president. This is our business strategy building in this country now. If americans do not stop the bleeding now and get on the elected officials to support the unemployed we are headed for disaster if we are not already in it. This administration neededs to stop worrying just about oil spills we have a economic crisis that is going to explode if UI does not get a Economic recovery extension for at least one year to get people back to work if in fact jobs are coming back. Why do we have millions still out of work if we have good jobs out their? I will tell you why they are still out of work there are not enough living jobs for these people. Your governemnt has failed and is continuing to fail. Good luck to all and stay on the Pelosi, Media coverage and the President as well as your local representatives.

May 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm
(1217) Joy says:


The House’s approval extends the unemployment benefits deadline through November. However, IT STILL HAS TO GO TO THE SENATE FOR THEIR VOTE. It will be taken up in the Senate after lawmakers return June 7 from their Memorial Day recess.

It does not add new tiers.

May 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm
(1218) 968214 says:

I know this is wishful thinking but maybe they are looking into adding weeks another way, and or calling it something else (not tiers) any more or getting away from the tiers. I am so shocked to think that they would do this to so many people who are actively looking for work, they know their are not enough jobs, even the low paying jobs are really hard to get. We do not choose to be in this situation. Bring back the jobs, please do not cut us off, this is our life line, good luck to us all.

May 31, 2010 at 11:35 am
(1219) ktkelly says:


May 31, 2010 at 10:21 pm
(1220) Ed B says:

Bad news for all! Go to the link below to see Nancy Pelosi’s comments on a 5th tier of emergency unemployment, it looks like an impossibility. I have not received any assistance for 10 weeks now, and in Colorado we missed out on an entire tier so I only received a little over 70 weeks of assistance. Having 10-24% unemployment are not normal circumstances. They need a tier 5 that goes for 6 months or so, until things start getting better! It’s not like when my unemployment ran out that suddenly jobs started hiring. I hope Pelosi misspoke, but this will show you what she said :

June 1, 2010 at 6:59 pm
(1221) egodiot says:

$enator$ do not give a rat’s a$$ about the 99′ers of any political affiliation.

it’ll pass if they want the votes in november.

g.o.p. or not.

and we’d have the funds NOW, if the g.o.p. monsters hadn’t sacked all the fed cookie jars for their oil wars.

June 1, 2010 at 7:01 pm
(1222) egodiot says:

a seven plus 3 day holiday weekend/week?

what a job, what great perks.

shall we just eat cake?

June 1, 2010 at 8:09 pm
(1223) mike says:

it is honestly a complete embarassment to an american!!!this country is such a joke no wonder why were the joke of the world…these corrupt,lying,rotten,scumbag snake officials should all be injected with some nasty flesh eating disease and left to rot period….we have money to send everywhere else though banks,wall street,OTHER COUNTRIES are you kidding me how long does congress take to act on that???vote these s**tbags out of office and put them on a unemployment claim and see how they like it …don’t worry people karma is a nasty thing and what goes around comes around and they’ll have there day…..

June 1, 2010 at 8:14 pm
(1224) MsEaine says:

It’s June 1, 2010 –> Jobs here in MD are still at there lowest point! I have been looking to no avail. I can only hope that legislation will approve this unemployment extension because people have children to feed, bills to pay. How are we suppose to do all of this when government wants to help everyone else except the citizens of the United States of America? We don’t want handouts we need help in this horrible economy!

June 2, 2010 at 3:53 am
(1225) bart says:

Friends –

Last Friday, the House of Representatives finally held a vote on HR 4213, the bill that at one point, contained an extension of the filing deadline for federal UI programs (Emergency Unemployment Compensation, Federal Additional Compensation, and the full federal funding of Extended Benefits) through the end of the year, and an extension of the COBRA subsidy also through the end of the year. Unfortunately, over the course of the last two weeks, however, that bill was stripped down on many occasions, taking out and paring down programs left and right in order to satisfy the ever-growing concerns over the budget deficit.
What’s most disturbing is that comments from a number of members of Congress made it clear that too many in Washington are wavering in their commitment to helping families survive this terrible job market. So more than just this extension is at stake – it’s the very commitment of our nation to helping the unemployed.

As a result, by the time the bill hit the House floor for a vote, the extension of the UI programs only ran though the end of November, and the COBRA subsidy was dropped altogether. And the Senate recessed on Thursday night, so they were not around to pass this bill later on Friday or over the weekend, so yet again, we are facing at least a temporary lapse of the federal UI programs and COBRA subsidy.

All of us at NELP are devastated by the recent turn of events, in particular, the growing belief that Congress can EITHER work on job creation and supporting the unemployed OR reducing the deficit. We do not believe this is an either/or choice and NELP is going to be working very hard with our allied organizations and all of you to re-shape the dialogue and help convince Members of Congress that focusing on the jobs part of the economic recovery is the BEST way to deal with our deficit problems.

Before telling you about what comes next, we want to provide a bit of information to answer questions many of you must be asking:

· If you are ALREADY receiving the COBRA subsidy, you will be able to keep receiving it, at least through the end of this year.
· If you are in the middle of a tier of EUC, you will be able to finish that tier. However, you will not be able to move on to your next available tier of EUC unless Congress extends the filing deadline again.

· If your state permanently participates in the EB program, and you are currently receiving EBs, you will also continue to receive those. The states with a permanent EB trigger are: AK, CT, KS, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, RI, VT and WA.

· Finally, if you are in a state that permanently participates in the EB program and your EUC tier ends before Congress reauthorizes the programs, you will then start receiving EBs.

So, what’s next? Well, Congress is on recess this week, so there will be no official activity on the bill this week. But this is good – it gives all of us time to start fighting to improve the bill in the Senate. NELP will be leading the charge to get the COBRA subsidy put back into the bill before the Senate votes on it, so that those who are newly unemployed in this still-terrible job market can have a better chance of being able to maintain their personal health insurance for themselves and their families. And we know there are going to be problems with a number of Senators who are uncertain about their support for the bill for a variety of reasons (for example, some think it’s still too expensive, others are upset about things that were cut, and still others don’t like some of the tax provisions that are in unrelated parts of the bill).

So this week, it’s very important that all of you contact your own Senators with a consistent message: abandoning the unemployed will NOT help cure the deficit problems, it will only enhance those problems. The job market is still in really bad shape and they CANNOT abandon the unemployed when unemployment remains close to 10% and job creation is not yet consistent or robust You can use this link . . . . to make your voices heard.

We will likely be asking you to take action on a number of occasions over the next few weeks, and we will send you updates as frequently as we have new information to share.

Members of unemployedworkers.org are THE most motivated and responsive group of people out there – each time we send you requests to take action, over 50% of you do so, a return rate that is practically unheard of by other groups engaging in on-line advocacy. Your voices are being heard and can effect policy in ways no one else can do, so please stay motivated and please take action whenever you can.

If you have additional questions please visit our Ask the Expert Page where you can find answers to commonly asked UI questions, you may send us your questions directly using our benefit question contact form.

As always, thanks for everything that you do.

Your friends at unemployedworkers.org

June 2, 2010 at 7:02 pm
(1226) John says:

I continue to write, fax, and email my Congressmen, Senators, and even The President on this issue of Tier 5 for weeks now and I still have yet to receive ANYTHING back from any of them.
I will be voting out ANY and ALL Incombents in November!
I may be homeless by then, but I CAN and WILL vote them out!
We should all keep on them about Tier 5 and act now and in November.
Good luck and God bless to us all

June 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm
(1227) Gary says:

Get to work you lazy worthless liberals. Quit living off the res tof us hard working Americans. You make me sick.

June 3, 2010 at 12:13 am
(1228) Bart says:

Here is the list of the real welfare group! Wake up Gary! Moron alert blind like the rest of Americans
1. Business
2. Bankers & Banks,
3. Military whores
4. US Gov Cops,Judges, Lawyers, Destroying families to make a profit so that they can keep a job. Making up false crimes to get Fedral Funding

FED GAVE Banks Access to 23.7 TRILLION DOLLARS NOT $700 Billion!


Wal-Mart Wants You Dead: How Wal-Mart Screws it’s Employees.

Sequence of Parallel Actions by Hoard of Lawyers
And Judges Blocking Publicizing of
High-Level Corruption




DynCorp and Halliburton Sex Slave Scandal Won’t Go Away
Halliburton, DynCorp lobbyists stall law banning human trafficking and sex slavery


Judges jailed for taking bribes from private juvie prisons to send kids to jail


June 3, 2010 at 8:42 am
(1229) Unemployed in Michigan! says:

Gary…if I could get to work I would! I have been laid off for almost 2 years. We are facing losing everything thing. My unemployment just ran out and we will not be able to make the bills and barely be able to put food on the table. It is not like we are living it up vacationing etc. Being laid off and barely being able to make ends meet has put a huge damper on our marriage…we are on the verge of divorce.

I send out about 35 resumes a week. I have had 3 interviews in 2 years. I never hear back from resumes and I do not hear back from interviews. I am reapplying to jobs that I have already applied to 2 or 3 times. If the job posting is still out there, I apply again.

What else are we supposed to do?

June 3, 2010 at 9:03 am
(1230) Dillon says:

Don’t let Gary get to you Michigan. I’ve been laid off for quite some time now to. I also understand that Michigan is hit hard with a high unemployment rate as well as many other states. The near future is not looking good either for any of us.

What is sad, and Gary has full right to be upset, is that more than half of the unemployed ARE working the system the best to their abilities which leaves a negative persona of the ones actually looking for jobs. All lot of us that are unemployed payed into this while we were working so Gary needs to understand that as well.

I am a journeyman in the sheet metal industry and have been laid off for over a year now. Three days a week I make my rounds to all the different union contractors looking for work and still get smoke blown up my butt each time. The famous words I always here is “We should have something in a couple weeks”. I guess I should have asked what year those couple weeks fall into.

I realized that my current career was going nowhere so I decided to get back into school. “Unemployed in Michigan” just think if you would of done that if you knew you was going to be laid off this long. You could of had an Associate’s degree. I urge everyone that is unemployed and read this to make us of unemployed benefits like “dislocated worker” and other programs that help with education assistance. You can qualify for grants, even though they won’t put much of a dent into school loans, it’s still better than nothing.

Good luck everyone with your job searching. God bless.

June 3, 2010 at 11:26 am
(1231) Joy says:

Just wanted to bring this to everyones attention in your job searches. Beware of scams when applying for jobs online. I’ve run across two so far, and both were for jobs posted on my states unemployment website.

The first was for a job at an insurance agency. They asked for money upfront. NEVER PAY FOR A JOB. It’s a scam.

The second was for a work-at-home data entry clerk. They sent an email asking all the usual questions, “why do you want to work here” etc. which seemed legit Their next email said I got the job, but asked what I knew about sending money by wire transfer, and said I would have to send a “practice run” wire transfer. I called the company, and was told the person sending the email didn’t work there, they just used that company name to get bank information.

Unbelievable that people are preying on the unemployed. Just be careful.

June 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm
(1232) melissa says:

Gary, you’re an idiot. And I say that as a full-time, tax paying individual. My husband though has been out of work for a year and a half and works his butt off applying for jobs and sending out resumes. He has a 4 year degree in PR and Marketing and a Masters in Education and STILL can’t find a job. That includes teaching OR in an office. He looks everywhere. We have paid taxes our entire life. We are a middle class family with two small children. So, no, there is a RECESSION going on. THAT’S why people are out of a job. Fortunately I am able to work, and have security in my position, THANK GOD! But for you to be so judgmental and stupid makes me wonder how YOU still have a job. I hope this extension goes through, because we also need the income. Our bills are from a two person income. We need two incomes to pay them. This whole situation is unfortunate and I really hope things start turning around soon!

June 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm
(1233) johnny says:

Wait till gary looses his job and sees what his government has done to American jobs! Stop the political views and come down to reality. Wake up and stop using one sided politics as the future. The good lord is for all men not just the wealthy. You come in this world with nothing and you go out the same. Remember at the end of time you will meet your maker!

June 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm
(1234) Bart says:

Deflationary Depression and Purging To Come

Posted By admin On June 3, 2010 @ 4:08 am In Money Watch | No Comments

Bob Chapman
International Forecaster [1]
June 3, 2010
What now that stimulus packages are ending, money set to plunge, market control by insiders has to end, Fed doesnt need a monopoly, bond sales down, still high expectations for gold.

We believe an inflationary depression began in February of 2009, and little has changed. Since then factory output has increased, as have inventories and other outward signs, such as retail sales. We believe that one-year spurt is ending, unless a new stimulus program is put in place. This past week we saw a $78 billion addition to unemployment benefits and Larry Summers has said they need an additional $200 billion. In order to keep the economy going sideways a total of another $800 billion will be needed. The Fed may have cut back the creation of money and credit to zero, but it is still dishing out trillions to domestic and foreign banks, which can only affect the domestic economy in a residual way. The key is real personal income. Including government programs it has fallen $500 billion over the past 16 months. In addition real unemployment remains at a high of 22-3/8%. That is U-6 less the birth/death ratio. This terrible dilemma is a first and is surprising in as much as government addition to income has gone past 18% for the first time ever. We expect that part of the reason for both situations is the perpetual drag of free trade, globalization, offshoring and outsourcing, which has continued unabated.

There is no question that the $800 billion stimulus has come to an end. During the past 16 months $200 billion of that $800 billion has shown up in consumer spending. The rest has raced through the economy and the result is a budget deficit in the vicinity of $1.8 trillion.

Over the past several months we have seen a decreasing number of new unemployed, but last month those official figures rose. That to us was the signal that the growth in employment had ended as well as the mini-recovery. We will know better the situation when May’s figures are released. The small increase in non-farm payroll tells us our appraisal of offshoring and outsourcing is correct. We predicted the effects of offshoring and outsourcing in 1967, but, of course, no one was listening.

Small business’ contribution has been zero. Many of these businesses are failing and most cannot get loans. We expect that condition to persist indefinitely, which means job stability is nowhere to be seen in the immediate future. In spite of bogus government figures the economy is not growing and won’t grow. Unless the system is totally purged in a classic way there will never be any recovery.

Sooner or later the deflationary depression and purging will come. The economy is stagnant and that is with an $800 billion stimulus program and $2.3 trillion in spending by the Fed, some of which had to have entered the economy. Just think of where we would be without both additions. With stimulus, over the past year, we have only seen an average of 2.38% growth. This is certainly a very weak “recovery,” especially in view of the tremendous amount of money and credit injected into the economy.

As a result excessive spending is over. Over 70% of Americans expect to be savers and to lower their credit card balances; that is those who are still employed. We see consumers back at about 70% of GDP. Without stimulus we see much lower figures; with stimulus only 68% at best can be maintained.

Manufacturing is climbing yet employment in the sector is stagnant. That means people are working much harder to keep worker productivity at a very high abnormal level. This is all well and good, but who will buy the products produced? Exports did well through March, but we have to believe the much stronger dollar will make US exports at least 15% more expensive and those of the euro zone 15% less expensive. Exports make up 20% of GDP.

Even with auto and appliance incentives sales are still under the weather. We have also just seen an end to housing purchase incentives. All indications are we are headed toward a flaccid economy without major stimulus. Business will find out again how dangerous it is to listen to your government. The residential housing inventory is again going to build this time to a real three-year inventory overhang. We expect 20% lower prices over the next year. These are not the things recovery is made of.

As we look forward we see money supply plunge to the same levels of the 1930s. This is the same thing the Fed did between 1929 and 1933. We have zero interest rates, but they really only help the large borrowers and those with AAA ratings. In the first quarter $300 billion was removed from the economy, or a contraction of 9.6%. By the way that proves the upward move in gold and silver have not been the result of anticipated inflation, but by other factors, such as Europe’s problems. We cited the fall a year ago of European M3 and M4 like figures, and as usual, no one was listening. We, as you can see, have had the same result in the US. These reductions obviously were well coordinated. In addition, the assets of institutional money market funds have fallen at a 47% rate, the sharpest drop ever. Part of this Fed move is for banks to raise capital asset ratios as the Fed removes and overpays them for their toxic assets, which the taxpayer gets to pay for. That in part is why banks won’t lend to small and medium-sized companies, and this is why there cannot be a recovery. The banks, Wall Street, and insurance companies are selectively being bailed out, irrespective of the consequence to the US and European economies. Unfortunately, we are following the path of the “Great Depression.” That means gold and silver are being purchased in a flight to quality. Yes, we believe inflation is on the way in bigger numbers, but unless things change dramatically it won’t be long before that inflation is overcome and deflationary depression takes hold.

As you have seen the titans of banking and Wall Street savaged the market on 5/6, and again are in the process of doing so, to convince Congress not to audit the Fed and to give it tyrannical monopoly powers to run America. Congress is being threatened. They are being shown the power of the Fed and its owners, if they do not do what they are being paid to do. It shows you the power of Goldman Sachs, which controls 72% of all NYSE trades and can move the market at will by front running all orders and by restricting all credit into the system. Isn’t this what derivatives are all about? They totally control all markets and it has to end. That is why you have to unseat almost all the incumbents in Congress and the Senate and bring this monopoly to an end. The Working Group on Financial markets” has to be disbanded and “Executive Orders” have to be terminated. The “Imperial Presidency” has to end if we are to continue to have a democracy. How can you have markets recovering every time they fall, as if by magic? You cannot have manipulation of markets, as we have experienced in gold and silver since 1988. We wrote our first article on the subject in August 1988 in the “Bull & Bear,” which David still publishes. How can we continue to have SEC authorized rule breaking by allowing naked shorting?

How can we allow corporations to carry two sets of books and mark assets to model? What is wrong with American businessmen and our representatives? They allow this to go on supposedly for the better good, as they stuff their pockets with cash. Now they want to allow a Federal Reserve monopoly, what is wrong with these people? What has happened to our country? The Illuminists who run our country from behind the scenes do whatever they please and it has to stop. Our country has become the laughing stock of the world, as Europeans and Asians, as well as Latin Americans rush to buy gold and silver. They cannot get rid of dollars and euros fast enough. Obviously some people are waking up, but not more than 2% of Americans. In Wall Street and banking if you do not roll with the establishment you get destroyed. Look at what we have had to put up with for 50 years. Look at what happened to Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and countless others who you have never heard of. Most people on Wall Street know what is going on, but they won’t talk about it. They do not want to be ostracized or run out of business. We as well can assure you Wall Street and banking owns the SEC, CFTC and most of the House and Senate.

It was a year and one-half ago we told you that $800 billion in stimulus wasn’t enough. That is now proving to be the case. Get ready for another liquidity barrage, called quantitative easing. It will also mean real interest rates will rise again. The backbone of most all nations of the world is debt not gold, silver or a basket of commodities. Greece is being blamed, but all told, 19 nations are on the edge of bankruptcy. In fact, central banks in these countries are among the biggest speculators. In the euro zone countries cannot print money so they sell bonds in spite of the rules of the bailout. Many are having a hard time selling bonds. Thus other nations are secretly doing so.

There is talk of another Northern European currency backed by gold. If that happens the dollar will fall because it won’t be able to compete. Those in the southern tier will have to return to their own currencies and do as Argentina did ten years ago. Those long dollars do not get too comfortable. The corporatist fascist corrupt model will fail because it is already bankrupt, as will many other countries.

Last week was another mixed week for most markets. The Dow fell .06%; S&P rose 0.2%; the Russell 2000 rose 1.9% and the Nasdaq 100 rose 1.6%. It was a week of “Hail Mary” finishes. That is averages reversing in the last hour of trading. Broker/dealers rose 0.2%; cyclicals 1.7%; transports 2.2%, as consumers fell 0.5% and utilities 0.1%. High tech rose 1.2%; semis 1.9%; Internets 1.7% and biotechs 1.1%. Gold bullion rallied $37.00, the HUI 5% and the USDX rose 1.7% to 86.78.

Two-year T-bills fell 1 bps to 0.75%; 10-year notes 5 bps to 3.30% and the 10-year German bund 2 bps to 2.68%.

Freddie Mac 30-year fixed rate mortgages fell 6 bps to 4.78%; the 15’s fell 3 bps to 4.21%; one-year ARMs fell 5 bps to 3.95% and the 30-year jumbo rose 5 bps to 5.64%.

Fed credit fell $15.3 billion to $2.324 trillion, up 11.6% ytd and 12% yoy. Fed foreign holdings of Treasuries and Agency debt jumped $9.6 billion. Custody holdings for foreign central banks rose $111 billion ytd, or 9.3% or 12.6% yoy.

M2, narrow, money supply rose $43.9 billion to $8.573 billion.

Money Market fund assets rose $5.2 billion to $2.849 trillion. Year-to-date funds are off $444 billion, after a 1-year decline of $940 billion.

The House passed a bill on Friday that would end a tax break for executives of investment funds, leaving hedge funds, private equity firms and venture capitalists scrambling to ease the effects of the bill before it is taken up by the Senate next month.

It seeks to change the tax treatment of “carried interest,” which is the portion of a fund’s investment gains taken by fund managers as compensation. Under current rules, carried interest is taxed federally at a rate of 15 percent because it is treated as a capital gain. That contrasts with the tax rate on ordinary income, which can be as high as 35 percent.

So, it appears that wise-guy welfare might be repealed. However, wise guys made one of their best investments ever by bribing Congress with hundreds of millions of dollars. In return, wise guys garnered tens, if not hundreds, of billions of dollars in compensation.

Companies sold the least amount of bonds in a decade this month as concern Europe’s sovereign debt crisis will slow the global economy drove up relative borrowing costs by the most since the aftermath of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.’s collapse. Borrowers issued $66.1 billion of debt in currencies from dollars to yen, a third of April’s tally and the least since December 2000.

Yields on junk bonds rose to the highest since December relative to Treasuries. Spreads widened 27 bps yesterday to 724 bps, the highest since Dec. 9. That’s up from a low this year of 542 basis points on April 26. High-yield debt has lost 4.6% in May, on pace for the first drop in 15 months. ‘We’re seeing high yield under a lot of pressure here,’ said Nicholas Pappas, the co-head of flow credit trading in the Americas at Deutsche Bank. ‘There is a flight to quality to solid investment-grade companies.’ The percentage of corporate bonds considered in distress surged this week to the highest since 2009 as investors dumped debt of the neediest borrowers. Some 17% of junk bonds yield at least 10 percentage points more than Treasuries, up from 9.2% last month. The jump is the biggest since the distress ratio rose 11 percentage points in November 2008.

The U.S., Spain and Greece are among developed nations whose borrowings put them in a ‘ring of fire’ amid sovereign debt concerns, said Pacific Investment Management Co.

The Netherlands has experience with controlling water: 2,000 miles of dykes preventing the sea from flooding the country’s nether regions have taught the Dutch a thing or two about hydroisolation and spillover control. Unfortunately, as the last 40 days or so demonstrate so amply, neither the US nor the UK have the faintest clue how to stop the GoM oil spill which is now entering into the realm of the surreal. Which is why it may be time to learn from those who do know something about the matter. Zero Hedge has received the following proposal from Van Den Noort Innovations BV, which asserts it can get the GoM oil spill under control within days, and it doesn’t even involve nuking the continental shelf.

The US ISM Manufacturing index fell to 59.7 in May from April’s 60.4; remaining above market expectations of a decline to 59.0. The Prices Paid index fell to only 77.5 from last month’s 78.0, an upside surprise on an expected fall to 72.0.

Construction spending in the U.S. rose in April by the most since 2000 as demand related to the end of a tax credit spurred builders to break ground on more houses. The 2.7 percent increase brought spending to $869 billion, after a revised 0.4 percent gain in March that was more than previously estimated, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. Economists projected no change for April, according to the median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey.

Sales boosted by a government incentive of as much as $8,000 helped reduce the number of unsold new houses in April to the lowest level in more than three decades, spurring housing starts. While government construction also increased for a second month, spending may be limited by tighter state and local budgets.

June 3, 2010 at 4:14 pm
(1235) Cheryl says:

Chairman McDermott Announces Hearing on Responding to Long-Term Unemployment

“In announcing the hearing, Chairman McDermott stated, “Our first step to respond to long-term unemployment is obvious — continue the emergency federal unemployment programs to prevent millions of workers from losing their benefits. If we can afford wars, tax cuts, and bank bailouts, then we can certainly afford to maintain programs for workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. But we also need to think about additional steps to help those trying to return to work. An increasing number of Americans who have worked hard and played by the rules are now finding themselves with no job, no savings and no support. We must not abandon these workers and their families.”

June 3, 2010 at 5:10 pm
(1236) Pat B says:

I have worked all my life. In High school, I worked part-time. In college, I worked full-time and was a full time student. Now, I have worked the past 15 years since. I lost my Job last June. I am coming up on the end of my second extension the end of this month. I talked to my local unemployement office. They said at the moment there is not extensions available. So, I replied, are you saying at the end of this month I will recieve No more benefits? They said “Yes.” Im am not that old or that young either. I have worked hard all my life. It appears I will not be able to recieve more benefits? I am only about half way to 99 weeks. I am aggressively seeking employment even if It is lower paying and I am over qualified. I am lucky to get 2 interviews a month. Over half are scams, ect.

So what can I do? Come July 1st no more benefits for me? I have done a yard sell 3 times this year, sold the bedroom TV’s, tapped out the small savings I had last year, and I certainly do not go out anymore. Date night with the fiance? Well, that is a $1 a week movie rental and maybe bar b que of got dogs from the local 99 cent food store. Did I say Fiance? Yeah, well, for financial reasons, the wedding keeps getting postponed.

Not to cry the blues. I see many here are experiancing rough times as well.

What am I suppose to do come July 1st when extension are no longer available to me? Is anyone else’s current extension ending after May 30th?

Thanks for listening, I better go submit my resume to more and send it again to the others previous.

June 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm
(1237) Barney says:

Here is the link! Yes with $1,200 a month in child support I live on 200.00 for food, car insurance, etc items in my car. The camp ground closes in the winter so I park in my parents yard last winter. I will park at my sisters this next winter if UI tier V is addressed for longer-term NO work period just lies, lies, and more lies! America is broke


June 4, 2010 at 11:52 am
(1238) Bill says:

I have heard alot about this site. I know this has been said many times but today 6-4-10 the unemployment numbers came out and the nations unemployment numbers are 9.7% from 9.9% these numbers said are not all the figures due to non-filing (out of benefits) and census part time work etc. When is the governement going to post correct unemployment numbers. I was told from a source they will never do this even if they could it would be frightening if America knew the correct numbers. We are loosing more jobs everyday and nothing being done about the true millions who will soon loose the lifeline because of a longtime failed government. I just want to make a living working and the government knows with the unfair trade deals etc. this is why american fulltime good jobs even if you have a higher education are very few and far between. The long term needs a new tier or extended weeks for at least a year of UI. If the so called jobs are coming back America will see it if not it is time to remove and clean out Washington. I have worked for 20 years and not seen it this bad. If you can get a job in Mich., Ohio it is only part time and not enough to pay the rent. Washington needs to extend the lifeline until the unemployment numbers are at a normal rate period. Good luck..

June 4, 2010 at 5:50 pm
(1239) haley says:

Bill your are right. This congress and senate has got to do something. The repulicans put on months and months delay tactics and now the democrats are playing games it is time to stop. They know it is not getting any better right now so they know the long term can not find jobs to live on so they are delaying. Stop the dealys and do what is right so people can get back to work and be viable in this poor economy. Extend it for at least a year as it was supposed to be done months ago as needed. If jobs return unemployment will go down and stop posting false numbers as many have said. Good luck to all..

June 5, 2010 at 5:09 am
(1240) Monty says:

(1232) Cheryl,

Thanks for your post!

Here is a link to the full article, entitled, “Chairman McDermott Announces Hearing on Responding to Long-Term Unemployment”:


June 5, 2010 at 11:02 pm
(1241) Denver says:

The only republican “hold up” is a weak insistence that additional compensation be paid for. The dems weakly respond by no voting to “pay” for it.

I’ve been out since 6-4-08. Because I left my prior job voluntarily and because I didn’t have 5 quarters in my last job, I completely missed out on the first 26 weeks. My next check is my last, except for some pennies.

Good luck to all

June 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm
(1242) Jim says:

I could careless on what republicans or democrats who think just about politics. We have a major situation we have lost more jobs this week in Ohio, Mich, IA and other cities and people have been and it is increasing now we turn to look for jobs on the street. Pelosi stop the bull and the government needs to extend the unemployment benefits for all for at least one year for ALL it is getting out of hand. Forget the budget we are already in trouble. Whether your working like me part time as many others or not. We could be next it is only right! The unemployment numbers are not correct as we all should already know if not we are absolutely lost. It is a must for the unemployed and employed people not to stay on these officials this week to make sure ALL get some lifeline to continue to get out of this recession we have ecountered that has been going on for sometime. It is worse not better! The censes part time work changing the numbers does not help unless these were fulltime permanant jobs. Stay on you elected career officials to do what is right if we are coming out of it it is only right thing to do!

June 7, 2010 at 12:05 am
(1243) Laura says:

we need to take buses to washington, pillows and blankets and sleep on the lawn in front of the white house!

June 7, 2010 at 10:35 am
(1244) Sassy Sally says:

The economy is skating precariously on the edge of a second dip—this time into a depression

Private sector employment was up an insignificant 41 thousand, only one fourth the pace of the prior two months. Retailers are again cutting employment, as consumers turned pessimistic, flee the malls. Making worse a stock market panicked by European debt woes, the President claims his policies are working.

Google: cnbc Morici: Time Is Running Out for President Obama

Darn it ..We need this economy to turn around so we can go back to a Normal Life again !!! ..A job, going out again to resturants, Movies, Shopping ..That would be great to go back to “Living” again

June 7, 2010 at 10:46 am
(1245) ktkelly says:

Your comment sounds a little selfish!

June 7, 2010 at 11:46 am
(1246) Joy says:

I agree with you, Sassy Sally. It would be nice to “go back to living again”. **sigh** Those of us whose lives have been on hold, or whose lives have been turned upside down, know what you mean.

June 7, 2010 at 6:17 pm
(1247) John says:

As I have said before, if Washington does not step up and help us with tier5 we should vote out EACH and EVERY incombent there no matter which party they are with!
Enough is Enough we need a hand up until things get better, not a hand out. I have worked a full time job since I was 17, now at 44 with 3 kids to raise I have been active for over a year now trying to find full time employment.
Good luck to us all!

June 7, 2010 at 6:53 pm
(1248) RobCA37 says:

I use to just go to work, enjoy the time with my kids, hang with friends and family, talk about how blessed I was, and any worry was not associated with how to put food on the table, find a job, or just keep my sanity. It is ridiculously consumming, degrading, and wrong to be in this situation. The fact I am writing a comment on this board is more of a way to blow off steam than anything else.

The perfect statement question is: “When do I get my life back?” I would do anything just to have somewhere to go everyday. Boredom set in so long ago I make up games and activities to keep sane.

I kill myself daily looking for work by hitting the pavement, phone calls, research, networking. It’s just insanity to believe that a repititious action like looking for work will have a different result in time.

I know Congress is playing chicken with my life, and in the beginning that would set me off, but now it’s gotten to be so commonplace I just can’t read about it anymore. How are you going to care when you live with colored glasses?

I have an Excel sheet from the beginning of my search and I am now at an astonishing 4,863 resumes sent without employment. According to the math with the 22 months I’ve been looking that equates to sending out 221 resumes a month, 51 resumes a week, and 7.29 resumes per day. That’s what my MBA has provided for me!

The big question is when we all do find work again, how in the hell are we suppose to dig ourselves out of this debt? Unemployed for a couple months happens, unemployed for 2 years pretty much stops the future from happening.

June 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm
(1249) NCgirl says:

I feel everyone’s pain! My benefits ran out last week! I have exhausted every last dime, and still can’t find a job! I have been out of work since Oct. 2008. I have managed to find some work but it’s only 8-9 hours a week. I have put in countless applications, and sent out countless resumes, with no results! I have emailed and called my senators, congressmen and the president! Nothing! I am trying to go to school, but I have been so stressed out about finding a job and providing for my 6 year old daughter, my grades are suffering. School isn’t gonna do me any good if I can’t afford to keep my internet on, seeing as it’s all online. I am here in NC by myself. I have no family here, and my daughter’s father wants nothing to do with her. I have thought about moving back to Ohio, but there are no jobs there and I just can’t afford it. I just don’t know what to do anymore!
How can anyone say that there are jobs to be had? Just the other day I was at the ESC office, and there were a mess load of people there, filing for unemployment because they were just laid off! It’s a sad sight to see.
Good luck to everyone trying to survive these hard times. I am praying more than ever now, for some good news about the extension, or for more jobs to become available.

June 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm
(1250) Jeff says:

It’s time to take the trash out. Vote these incompetents out. This means you too Mr. Obama. Your lack of action to preserve the American way of life has earned you a 1 term presidency. Too bad we had to wait to get you into office to realize you were nothing but smoke and mirrors!

June 8, 2010 at 11:02 pm
(1251) NCgirl says:

This is what is posted on the ESC website for NC…

Date: 6/3/10
Overview of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation
(EUC) and Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) Program
Phase-out Period:
The EUC and FAC programs are scheduled to begin phasing out during the week of
June 2, 2010. The existing phase out schedule for these programs will impact
claimants currently filing benefits as follows:
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC):
• EUC Tier I provides up to 20 weeks of additional benefits to claimants exhausting regular benefits, or whose
regular claim expired after May 1, 2007. The last week to apply for EUC Tier I benefits is the week of May 23
– May 29, 2010.
• EUC Tier II provides up to 14 weeks of additional benefits to claimants who exhaust Tier I benefits with the
payment of the week ending November 6, 2010, or before. The last week to apply for EUC Tier II benefits is
the week of May 30 – June 5, 2010.
• EUC Tier III provides up to 13 weeks of additional benefits to claimants who have exhausted both Tier I and
Tier II benefits with the payment of the week ending November 6, 2010, or before. The last week to apply for
EUC Tier III benefits is the week of May 30 – June 5, 2010.
• EUC Tier IV provides up to 6 weeks of additional benefits to claimants who have exhausted Tiers I, II and III
benefits with the payment of the week ending November 6, 2010, or before. The last week to apply for EUC
Tier IV benefits is the week of May 30 – June 5, 2010.
Filing Note: Claimants can continue to file for weekly benefits from the EUC Tier that they are on, until those benefits
exhaust, but no later than the week ending November 6, 2010. The current deadline for EUC programs is June 2,
2010, meaning that no new EUC claims can be filed established nor moved to additional tiers after that week.
Continue to file your weekly certification until your current benefits are exhausted. You may file online at
https://www.ncesc.com or by calling 1-888-372-3453*.
Federal Additional Compensation (FAC):
• The FAC program implemented in February 2009, which pays an additional $25.00 per week to individuals,
is being phased out.
• Those claimants filing new claims for regular Unemployment Compensation (UI) benefits after May 29,
2010, will not be eligible for the FAC benefits.
• The last payable week of FAC for those claimants currently receiving FAC benefits will be the week ending
December 11, 2010.
Extended Benefits (EB):
Claimants who exhaust their regular Unemployment Insurance, or current EUC Tier, during the phase out period may
file an Initial Claim to determine their eligibility for Extended Benefits. The number of weeks currently payable from
the Extended Benefits program is 80% of a claimant’s regular Unemployment Insurance eligibility up to a maximum of
20 weeks.
Note: Interstate claimants are eligible for EB in the same manner as any other claimant if the State in which
you are a resident and North Carolina are both in an EB period. If either state is not in an EB period, two
weeks are the maximum.

June 9, 2010 at 1:06 am
(1252) bart says:

Keep filing this you must do no matter what. This recent update does not include the recent discussion about tier IV

June 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm
(1253) jim ohio says:

ill bet if unenployment was high in irac . they would give them all the money or extentions they needed. are own county will help other countys before they will help thier own.. thats sad. look at all the cash we gave other countrys and we cant even get a little help in are own. sad day 2 be a american.

June 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm
(1254) darlene larry says:

i has been out work sent 2008 and still have not found anything yet well now my benefits has run out how an i going to live with no income i can,t get social security until i turn 62 please help and give more unemployment benefits to those that has exausted all extension

June 9, 2010 at 5:16 pm
(1255) dollsweet says:

thats why we cant get any where now because we wont stick together help us get our lives back on track i have work all my life all i as for is a little help more extension please dont make me begg

June 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm
(1256) NCgirl says:

I called my local ESC office this morning. They told me that they are still waiting for Congress to pass Tier 5, but it was doubtful that they will. They also told me to keep filing until the system wouldn’t let me so that my file stayed up to date. This way, if by the grace of God they did pass Tier 5 there wouldn’t be any delay on receiving the benefits. Good luck to everyone!

June 10, 2010 at 9:02 am
(1257) Cheryl says:


I contacted the House, Ways & Means office yesterday regarding the hearing today to address the Long Term Unemployed – I was told that this hearing DOES address the “99ers” – the hearing will be live on the committee’s website and Cspan-2.

Jim McDermott had an article in the Seattle Times yesterday regarding the long term unemployed – in addition, he was on the Ed Schulz show where he made mention of the 99er’s.

This is the first time that I can recall that the 99er’s have actually been acknowledged.

My belief is that prayers have gone up and are now being answered.

So for those who have exhausted all benefits and those who are waiting for an extended deadline, have hope and faith that this may be what ALL have been waiting for.

June 10, 2010 at 9:53 am
(1258) Cheryl says:

As Long-Term Unemployment Deepens, 99ers Look for Answers

“Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, have indicated they might be willing to extend unemployment benefits beyond 99 weeks…”


June 10, 2010 at 10:40 am
(1259) barry says:

Here we go again the government is starting this again. We have loosing jobs everyday in Ohio, Mich. and other states. I know because I have friends and relatives in these states along with the local news reporting within a week on this issues. Now today 6-10-10 the government says the jobs have plummte to a 17 month low. Why are the american people letting this government continuing to lie about the true numbers? Things have not gotten better in the job market! We have have increase of part time contract GOVERMENT JOBS, temporary part time jobs these jobs will not support you. The unemployed losing their lifeline everyday and now things are picking up, of course it is. I am going to keep contacting my representatives for my friends and family members and for the unemployed laid off. I only work part time until july and will be laid off. We have a major OIl spill now for over 60 days the DOW has been erractic and those numbers are being played with it has got to stop. We have to put americans back to fulltime permanant jobs. Until then where has been the media CNN, MSNBC, local news they have dropped off reporting on the millions unemployed and dropping out of the systems. This is a major crisis that must be addresses until these people can find a job to pay rent and neccassary needs. This is absolute shame the goverment is delaying and ignoring this major issue. It has to stop now if Americans do not get action on this we are in for a major meltdown. Next month it will look like unemployment will be 3 to 5% again which it is not even close. I think we need to let washington know they have not concentrated or focused on this major issue for months now. It is time to get back on this issue immediately.

June 10, 2010 at 10:49 am
(1260) tiamo4ever says:
June 10, 2010 at 10:51 am
(1261) barney says:

Amen! Lets keep coming back to “NELP” & 99′s on facebook even if this passes. Hard times coming!

June 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm
(1262) Cheryl says:


Targeted policies to combat very long-term unemployment

Proposal 1

UI benefits limits should be extended beyond 99 weeks– for at least 13 additional weeks in those states that continue to have double-digit unemployment rates.

Proposal 2

Redirect half of the ARRA/WIA training funds to the very long-term unemployed to provide stipends for attending community colleges.


June 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm
(1263) jack says:

This is some information and it is great to propose 13 weeks but this is not going to be enough under this economy. Governemnt can not keep doing this in small increments to put millions back to work and keep going back to the drawing board. This needs to bee a long term recovery project. Not keep throwing out bits and pieces. It is time for a long term addition if jobs are returning unemployed will reduce if not people will see the true numbers.

June 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm
(1264) jessica says:

my benefit yr started dec 09 and ends in dec 2010. i only have 378 left and my payment is a BIG 128 a week. I have never goten unemployment before so i am quite confused. will i get an extension? also if you move from counties do you only have to update your address on the website?

June 10, 2010 at 7:37 pm
(1265) Joy says:


From the information you gave, it sounds as though you have 3 more weeks left, unless the unemployment bill which is now in the Sanate is passed. If that happens, you should be able to collect benefits through Nov. Otherwise just the 3 weeks. I can feel your pain and panic, my benefits end next week. And yes, let your employment office know your new address just in case they need to mail you something. Good luck to you.

June 11, 2010 at 10:16 am
(1266) j11637 says:

This is what I sent to the hearing:
Title of Hearing: Hearing on Responding to Long-Term Unemployment
Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA),
Chairman of the Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support of the Committee on Ways and Means,
Mr. President, Senators and Representatives:
Please, we are now begging of you, stop ignoring the American people who are reduced to poverty. We did not create this depression but we are living it, everyday. We need help. We need right now. Not in November. By November many people, like me, will be homeless and hopeless. People who were fully employed, paying taxes, and raising families are now paying the ultimate price. You are deliberately failing us by ignoring our most basics and urgent needs. As of today, there are still no plans to add additional weeks of benefit to existing tiers or/and a tier V to keep us from becoming increasingly destitute.
Hundreds of thousands people have lost or will lose all financial support in the incoming days. I, myself will receive my last benefit check of $275 by June 15, How long do you suppose my wife, children and myself will survive?
These benefits are simply meant to keep food on our tables and a roof over our heads. No luxuries, just the basics. How long will it be before we become part of the sad statistics and become another American homeless family when we cannot afford our electric, gas bills, rent or mortgage? How about food? What do I tell my wife and children when they are hungry? Yes, homelessness and suicide is in the increase, does anyone care in Washington? How many tragedies will you need before addressing this issue? Please, read the news around this country. This is the result of your own doing. You will have blood on your hands.

We have money to help the rest of the world when a catastrophe strikes, how about starting in our own backyard for a change and take care of the American people first? It is not only a national catastrophe, but a modern tragedy that should be getting your undivided attention.
I am an American citizen, 58 years old. My story is the common story of many people in this hard economy. In August, 2008, I was working in a good company. I was offered a good position as IT Desktop Support, but at the beginning of October, recession hit hard the company. About 20 people, 30% of the people working there, including myself, were lay-off. At beginning, I was not fear. I was struggling with this issue since I start to work in Information Technology in 2003, only getting small contracts and projects, just to survive to that date. But I did not see the wave, the terrible Tsunami that will hit millions of people across the country in just few months.
I started to receive Unemployed Benefits in 10/19/2008 and, at the same time I started my search for jobs, not for a good job as I had, instead for any kind of job. I will let you know what I got in all this long time:
-In 01/2009 I got one week of work as Pc Technician, for the installation of the computers for the 2010 Census. I applied to be a Census worker without luck.
-In 04/2010 I got one week of work for a small project.
-In 05/2010 I got two weeks of work, to replace a person that quit for another better job, for a small project of two months. Unfortunately the person was back, two weeks later, and I was layoff again.
That is all I got, just 4 weeks of work, in more than a year and half of unemployment. In the meantime from 03/09 to 11/2009 I was attending to school, yes with 57 years old, in order to get new skills, knowledge and certifications in the Information Technology field. I got them. Now I have more certifications, skills and knowledge than ever. But now I am feeling two things:
-First, I feel that I am been discriminated by my age. Well, I feel not, I am sure of that. As I told you before I am 58, almost in few days, 59 years old.
-Second, the most common answer that I receive when I apply to jobs in these days is: “Sorry, you are overqualified for the job”.
So, what does these two things means? Does that mean that I am useless as a person, because I am old? Does that means that I waste my time and money going to school to be more prepared for the job market? I do not believe that. I cannot believe that. I feel healthy and ready to work, but I think that the actual economy do not believe as I am.
I am telling you all this, in a way that you understand that I want to work, actually I been fighting to do it, to get a job. I need the benefits and the new Tier V, but I do not want it. All that I want is to work. But in the meantime I, and millions of people like me, need to survive in one way or another. That is why I am begging you:
Please, do not end benefits until there are actually jobs for us, any job. As of now, there is still only one job for every 6 unemployed workers.
We, the people, the unemployed, are begging you.

June 11, 2010 at 10:49 pm
(1267) Joy says:

First the Senate left for a week’s vacation at Memorial Day without getting their job done (extending unemployment benefits). Now they’re taking another 4 days off, still without getting their job done. If I had taken a vacation without finishing my work, I would’ve been fired. But I did a good job and was laid off. What is wrong with this picture???

Maybe all the unemployed people should run for Congress. You get paid a lot, get a lot of perks, work short hours, take a lot of vacation time, finish your work whenever you feel like it, and just ignore the important stuff. Oh yeah, you can fight with each other all the time and disagree with your boss, too, and it’s perfectly alright.

June 12, 2010 at 12:27 pm
(1268) Jimmy says:

This is why people get into politics to make a career job out of it. If Americans can not see through the voting of politicans in office today and start holding them accountable this country will go under. We are not going to be able to buy or sell. We are as the foreigners have said a one sided political based country in todays thinking. Only worried about one thing what side might get me more profit instead of worrying about what is right for humanity. What is right is not to provide a lifeline for millions in an economy that has not recovered and a government that pushs fake numbers to make you beleive things are getting better. But the truth is the people who work and see what is happening in the outside world know. If your representatives are ignoring you now they know it is bad. They are now stopping UI claims to amke numbers look great. Slowly changing and reducing the numbers\percentages of the Unemployed. But this can change if people stand together working or not and stop fighting each other but get back on this issue and work together to get good working jobs.Good luck to all..

June 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm
(1269) kt2kelly says:


June 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm
(1270) inarmsinIndiana says:

Everyone keeps asking how can our government do this to us? Well that’s why they created the oil leak. To take everyones attention away from the issues like UE, or jobs. Think about it. With all of the technology in this country, and we don’t have the intelligence to stop an oil leak. REALLY! Why did our government give Haiti 800 Mil. I lost my only source of income last part of May 2010. I lost my job a year ago. I have a 15 year old son, live in Northern Indiana, and search relentlessly for a job. My sons biological father lives in a 500 thou house, and doesn’t want to pay child support. The Indiana judicial system is based on the good ‘ol boy system and give in to him. I think its time we all package up our bills, and send them to ALL the government officials in Washington DC. I want to think they’re good stewards of the country they are suppose to watch over, and its citizens. My faith lies in a higher power. In Indiana we have also seen where National Oil is leasing Sunoco gas stations to Yemens, cheaply. Where else in the world can an non citizen actually own a business like that, and be successful. Lets hope that the senate pulls their heads out, and admit that there are no new jobs, they’re jobs that existed before, just in a different capacity.

June 13, 2010 at 12:44 am
(1271) Theresa says:

My husband was laid off last month with no warning after 30 years with the same company. Previous employees recieved a severance but not him, because he and one or two other employees were laid off it was considered a pocket layoff not a company wide lay off. What is the diference between two or three laid off at the Solvay Plant to the 4 or 6 laid off in October at the same plant? They are all now jobless! It shouldn’t legally matter. All employees in the past have gotten one week per year worked severance pay up to two years with some with paid health insurance up to two years. We get nothing! Now we have to live on $330 a week unemployment which is peanuts to the $70,000 he made last year. He worked a lot of hours and years to make that much money and worked his vaction time around the companies needs he’d take off a Fri. and Mon. to avoid them being without a colorist, he had 5 weeks vacation but we never planned one because they needed him most of the time except for Xmas.Who wants to work on home repairs or go on vacation during Xmas when the family live close? He never took sick days or personal time and spent two years away from home two weeks at a time every month and spent up 36 hrs. at a time working because the plants ran non-stop shifts, he wanted assure the compounding plant employees didn’t waste an expensive product. A lot of workers didn’t take enough pride in their work to make sure machines were clean etc. which would have cost the Company thousand of dollars in losses on a single startup if he wasn’t at the plants. Travel was never in his job requirements it was an extra sacrific we made for the Company. SOLVAY is claiming all the color work will be done in Belguim. Why hasn’t the Government protected the Americans from this? Chaney, Bush’s and their buddies have gotten rich off their so called war which has put our country into a depression. We aren’t there yet it is going to get much worse. They were giving our young people a $25,000 sign up Bonus for joining the Armed Forces so that our young can be sent to another country to die while these people get richer by making sure their partners got the contracts to run the war effort. It blows my mind that two 18 year olds boys I know joined because it was too much money for them to pass up. They may die without every being in love with someone or ever having known what it was like to make love. Yes, they were both sweet shy virgins! How can these greedy men sleep at night allowing our young risk death when they haven’t had a chance to live? Too bad their children don’t need the money. Most of the evil f—- responsible are old, already rich and have had too long of a life. Why hasn’t Obama gone after the people that have gotten rich of our Taxes and Country and make them return all the profits made of their war effort or make them sit in prison.These people were directly responsible for creating the disaster in our Country and Iraq. They started this mess without any any plans or thought on what would happen to both countries. They saw the power they’d have with the Countries oil and the Riches it would be made for them. They never thought about anyone else because they can afford to own homes in several Countries without our worries over money and health insurance. They did have a plan on who the suppliers needed to support the invasion would be and they made sure the buddies got the contracts to provide them. They allowed the country of Iraq break out into kaos with hospitals, libraries and all the important places and things needed to provide a foundation for building a Government. They made sure the oil fields and lines had troops to protect them from the start. I think we need the old hippie types that lived off their parents money once again to rise up and fight our Government because the average American is too busy trying to survive. We push our children to get a college education but now the parents are losing their jobs so what chance will they have if we don’t get involved and force change. I think it’s too late unless all the billions of dollars stolen and made are taken back from all of the Companies and people behind our Countries downfall. If they left money to their children take it back, none of them should anything left to their net worth. We may not have anything in the end so why should they? Most of us need both parents working to pay monthly living expenses. We can no longer afford for a mother and wife to stay home with the little ones if we wanted. The head of the house may be working 60hrs. a week and no longer gets to come home to a spotless house with a nice hot meal on the table because the other parent is working long hours too. This has contributed to the decline of family remaing together. Too much stress and responsiblities on couples to survive a marriage in a lot of cases. They fight over money and who should do what in the house to help out and never have the time or energy to enjoy each other to remember why they are doing it in the first place. It is all a crying shame!!!!!!

June 13, 2010 at 1:04 am
(1272) Jacky says:

Kendra and Kim if you think the tax cuts Bush inserted it did not help the middle class only the higher income people. It is a shame people like you beleive that being called a conserative saves the world. All politicians spend period. No matter who you vote in washington will change them ! It is easier to fill their pockets from the american people than help you. So if you think anyone is going to help you continue to fight against your own because this is what the Foreign countries knows and have prodicted people who care only for political parties not humanity. Jimmy you were right ! People are running scared and did not listen to any thing during elections and as bad as the previous administration was people have blinders on thinking that they gave tax breaks etc. in reality you got nothing. Bush will go down as one of the worse presidents period. As mentioned if you listened and kept up with the damages the previous administration has done it is going to take at least one term people to see any movement in this economy. So if you want miracles from washington this quick you might as well dream because it is not going to happen in this mess. I am not saying Obama is doing a great job but if we do not see change by four years it is time for change to something else. But if you expect it right now you might as well put all republicans back in office and continue where we left off because the party of NO career politicians is what you want you will get it. Good luck to all who do not think politics is the only thing in life..

June 13, 2010 at 1:18 pm
(1273) steve says:

i only got 26 weeks of unemployment no extentions no nothing . i have worked for the same company for 10 years . and after 10 years i only got 26 weeks . cause i claimed my last check on may 30th . why cant i get my 99