Unemployment Extension

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Extended unemployment benefits were available to unemployed workers who had used all state provided benefits until 2014.

Those benefits, known as an unemployment extension, provided additional weeks of unemployment compensation for the long-term unemployed. The amount and duration of benefits was based upon the state unemployment rate.

Types of Unemployment Extensions

In times of high unemployment, the unemployment extension included two types of extended unemployment benefit programs:

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  • EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation)
  • EB (Extended Benefits)

Extended benefit programs were funded by the Federal government, but administered by the states. If an unemployed worker was eligible to continue receiving benefits, he or she would get them through their state unemployment office.

These programs were expensive to fund and administer, but they provided a safety net for the long-term unemployed during periods of high unemployment.

Both of these unemployment programs were allowed to expire by Congress in December 2013.

Current Extended Unemployment Benefits

There have been no federal extended unemployment benefits in place since 2013. 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 your location. State benefits vary, and some states provide fewer weeks of unemployment for laid-off workers.

Many states have reduced the number of weeks of unemployment they provide, and they amount of weekly or bi-weekly compensation provided.

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So, it's important to check carefully on the benefits you are entitled to receive if you lose your job. Here's how to calculate your unemployment benefits .

Legislation to Renew Extended Unemployment Benefits

Bipartisan legislation was introduced in both the House and the Senate in 2013 that would renew Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) legislation that provided benefits for the long-term unemployed. However, EUC expired in December 2013 and there has been no action in either the Senate or House to renew extended unemployment benefits.

Extended Unemployment Benefit Programs Prior to 2014

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) provided additional weeks of benefits for workers who have used all their state benefits. This program included four tiers of EUC unemployment benefits.

Each tier provided extra weeks of unemployment compensation in addition to regular unemployment benefits. When an unemployed worker had utilized the benefits included in Tier 1, they would move to Tier 2, then Tier 3 and Tier 4. This program expired at the end of 2013.

Extended Benefits Program (EB)

This program provided benefits to individuals who used up both regular state benefits and Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) in locations where the state unemployment rate had increased over a period of time. This program expired at the end of 2013.

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