Update December 10, 2013: A budget agreement has been reached in Congress. However, it does not include an extension of extended unemployment benefits.
News reports indicate that Congressional Democrats are expected to continue efforts to pass an extension in separate legislation.
Here's information on the legislation which would extended unemployment benefits for 2014.
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Update November 16, 2013: Extended unemployment benefits will not be available in 2014 unless Congress passes legislation renewing the federal legislation that extends the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program.
The National Employment Law Project (NELP) reports that if Congress does not reauthorize the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, more than 2 million unemployed workers will lose federal unemployment benefits 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.
In addition, the Obama administration is asking Congress to extend emergency jobless benefits for long-term unemployed workers into 2014. According to news reports, Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council, speaking at the Washington Ideas Forum said "With an unemployment rate of 7.3% we need to raise the emergency unemployment insurance and push for extensions to 2014."
Extended Unemployment Benefits for 2013
Here's information on unemployment benefits for 2013, including regular (state) unemployment insurance (UI), extended unemployment compensation (EUC) and extended benefits (EB) that will be continued under the same program that was in place in 2012.
Here's an overview of the tiers of extended unemployment benefits, qualifying factors for tiers to be available, and the maximum number of weeks of unemployment that is available for unemployed workers.
Important: Check your State Unemployment Office website for details on who qualifies for extended benefits and when and how benefits will be paid or check this list of state unemployment extension websites to go directly to the information for your location.
Qualifying for Extended Benefits
Unemployment extension benefits vary based on the state unemployment rate and your claim date. Check your state unemployment office website for details on who qualifies for extended benefits in your state, how many weeks you are eligible for, and when and how benefits will be paid. Check the "Extended Benefits" section for information.
Federal Extended Benefits
In addition to state unemployment compensation, there may be additional benefits funding by the Federal government, including Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits.
All federally funded unemployment benefits are paid through the state unemployment offices.
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tiers
Unemployed workers are eligible for additional weeks of unemployment benefits provided by federal government. There are currently four tiers of unemployment which provide additional weeks of unemployment compensation for eligible workers.
Here's information on tiers of extended unemployment benefits, the weeks included in Tiers 1 - 4, qualifying factors for tiers to be available, and the number of weeks of unemployment benefits that are available for unemployed workers.
Eligibility is based upon federal guidelines and the unemployment rate in your state, as well as the date you became unemployed. Check your state unemployment website for details on what benefits you may be eligible for.
State Extended Benefits
Extended Unemployment Benefits are available to workers who have exhausted regular unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment. There are triggers (calculations based on the state unemployment rate) that determine when a State will extend benefits.
The basic Extended Benefits (EB) program provides up to 13 additional weeks of benefits when a State is experiencing high unemployment. Some States have also enacted a voluntary program to pay up to 7 additional weeks (20 weeks maximum) of Extended Benefits during periods of extremely high unemployment.
How to Collect Extended Benefits
When a State begins an Extended Benefit period, it notifies those who have received all of their regular benefits that they may be eligible for Extended Benefits. You may contact the State Unemployment Insurance agency to ask whether Extended Benefits are available.
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