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Extended Unemployment Benefits


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Update June 18, 2014: Federal emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) extended benefit programs expired on December 28, 2013.  There are currently no extended unemployment benefits in place for 2014 unless Congress acts to renew them. Here's information on action to restore unemployment extensions for 2014, and what you can do if you run out of unemployment benefits.

Extended Unemployment Benefits

Definition: Unemployment insurance is compensation provided to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. Unemployment provides compensation for a specific period of time or until the worker finds a new job. Regular unemployment provides benefits for up to 26 weeks, based on the weeks you have worked in your claim year.

Extended Unemployment Benefits, which provide unemployment compensation for a longer period of time, are available to workers who have exhausted regular state unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment.

Federal Extended Benefits

In addition, there may be additional benefits funding by the Federal government, including Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits.

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tiers

Here's information on the tiers of extended unemployment benefits that are available and the maximum number of weeks of unemployment benefits that are available for unemployed workers.

Extended Benefits (EB) Program

The Extended Benefits (EB) Program provides an additional 13 to 20 weeks of benefits to workers receiving unemployment insurance in states that have a specific unemployment rate.

Collecting Extended Benefits

All extended unemployment benefits are paid through the state unemployment system. So, check with your state unemployment office for information on what benefits you are eligible for and how and when you will receive payments.

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