Update March 7, 2014: Republican Senators have introduced legislation (S.2097) that would extend unemployment insurance benefits for the more than 2 million workers who have run out of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired in December. If passed, the legislation would extends federal unemployment insurance benefits for five months, allowing for retroactive benefits.
There is also Democratic legislation (S. 2077) pending which would provide for a 6 month extension.
In addition, President Obama has announced an initiative to encourage hiring of the long term jobless. Here's a list of companies that have pledged to encourage the hiring of unemployed workers.
Also, here's a list of where to get help if you're out, or about to run out, of unemployment benefits.
Important: Some states have advised claimants to continue filing, others say they will file for you if EUC is extended, and others won't let you file. Your state unemployment office may provide notification saying no further extension benefits can be paid. However, that doesn't mean that there isn't a chance of benefits being continued for 2014. Check your State Unemployment Office for details.
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Update March 4, 2014: Senator Harry Reid filed legislation today to extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired in December. The bill is S.2077, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014. This proposed legislation includes a 6 month retroactive extension. News reports indicate that there may be a vote next week.
Update February 27, 2014: Reports indicate that the Senate is working on legislation that would renew Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) for 6 months. If passed, benefits would be retroactive. Hopefully, this will be bipartisan legislation that can be agreed on and voted on soon.Updated February 12, 2014: Legislation which would extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits was voted down in the Senate last week. It was short one vote needed to pass. A date has not yet been set for another vote, however Majority Leader Harry Reid has said that it will be voted on again - "When the Senate returns, we will revisit the issue of extending unemployment insurance benefits. I want to be absolutely clear: This issue is not going away. We are one Republican vote away from restoring this lifeline."
Update January 29, 2014: President Obama spoke about the need to renew expired Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits during the State of the Union address saying "I’m also convinced we can help Americans return to the workforce faster by reforming unemployment insurance so that it’s more effective in today’s economy. But first, this Congress needs to restore the unemployment insurance you just let expire for 1.6 million people."
Update January 23, 2014: Legislation to extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired at the end of December 2013 has been voted down in the Senate. However, a motion to reconsider has been approved. Senator Harry Reid has indicated that the legislation to restore extended unemployment benefits will be voted on after the Senate recess next week. The earliest date would be January 27th.
Update January 14, 2014. An unemployment extension has been, unfortunately, voted down in the Senate. However, there is a motion pending to reconsider. Democratic lawmakers have said they will be moving as quickly as possible to move the legislation forward.
Update January 13, 2014. A Senate vote on extending unemployment benefits has been postponed until Tuesday, January 14 while negotiations over proposed legislation continue.
From a news release from Senator Dean Heller: "We continue to negotiate in good faith, and we are all encouraged that we are making progress on a package that could pass with bipartisan support. The proposal includes (1) a three-month extension of the temporary federal long-term unemployment insurance program; (2) a repeal of the recent cuts in the military retiree cost-of-living adjustment included in December's budget agreement; and (3) offsets to pay for the unemployment extension and restoring military retiree benefits within the budget window."
Update January 10, 2014: A Senate vote on extending expired unemployment benefits has been postponed until Monday, January 13.
News reports indicate that the legislation could contain a 9 month extension of federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) through November 15, 2014. However, what is included in the could change depending on negotiations to find a bipartisan approach that can pass both the Senate
Update January 7, 2014: The Senate voted 60 - 37 to move forward on legislation that would provide for a three-month extension of benefits. There should be a vote on the bill later this week. If passed in the Senate, it will then go to the House. This is very good news and a step forward for those supporting the renewal of expired unemployment benefits.
Update January 6, 2014: The vote in the Senate to continue expired unemployment benefits for 3 months has been postponed until tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 10 am EST. This will allow the Democrats more time to try to get the 60 votes needed to approve the legislation. If the legislation is passed in the Senate, it would then go to the House to be voted on.
Update January 2, 2014: A bipartisan bill will be introduced by Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on January 6th which would provide for a 3 month unemployment insurance benefits (Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired on December 28th. A vote is expected early next week. The legislation would then need to be passed in the House to be approved.
Update December 12, 2013: A budget agreement has been reached in Congress. However, it does not include an extension of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program which expires on December 28, 2013. Congressional Democrats and the White House are continuing efforts to pass an extension in separate legislation.
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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