Update July 31, 2014: There is currently no federal unemployment extension for 2014. The only unemployment benefits currently in place are state unemployment insurance benefits which provide up to a maximum of 26 weeks of unemployment compensation, depending on location.
New Legislation: Senate and House
Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both the House and the Senate that would renew Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) legislation that provided benefits for the long-term unemployed. EUC expired in December, 2013, and there are now over 3 million long-term unemployed workers who have run out of benefits.
Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Dean Heller (R-NV) have proposed the "Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014" to extend emergency unemployment insurance.
The Senate bill would restore federal extended unemployment insurance benefits for five months, but would not include retroactive checks for those who have run out of benefits.
In addition, Members of Congress Dan Kildee (D-MI) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) have introduced companion legislation (H.R. 4970) in the House of Representatives. This legislation also would extend unemployment for long term jobless for 5 months.
However, there are still no reports of action on either legislation and Congress is on a five week recess.
Check Your Eligibility: State unemployment benefits vary, so check with your state unemployment office for details on your unemployment eligibility.
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