Unemployment Extension

Posted: September 2nd, 2010 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

With jobs still hard to come by in the aftermath of the recession, many people find that the normal 26 weeks of unemployment benefits are not sufficient to last them until they can find a new job. Fortunately, the stimulus bill provided for extended unemployment benefits, which have been renewed several times by Congress (although republicans filibustered the last renewal for some time).

  • Extended unemployment benefits were authorized by the┬áTemporary Extended Unemployment Compensation program in 2002-03, which remained in effect through June of 2010. The Emergency Unemployment Compensation 2009 Program provided for unemployment extensions, as follows:
  • Tier 1: Up to 20 weeks of benefits, in every state
  • Tier 2: Up to 14 additional weeks of benefits, in every state
  • Tier 3: Up to 13 additional weeks of benefits in states that meet one of two requirements: either a 13-week insured unemployment rate of at least 4%, or a 3-month seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate of at least 6%.
  • Tier 4: Up to 6 additional weeks of benefits in states with either a 13-week insured unemployment rate of at least 6%, or a 3-month seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate of at least 8.5%.

Added up, this is 53 weeks of unemployment extension, added to the base 26 weeks to prove 79 weeks of total unemployment benefits; this was temporarily reduced back to 26 weeks until the republican filibuster of the Unemployment Extension 2010 act was overcome, extending eligibility and granting an additional 20 weeks to bring the total to 99; this extension applies through November. A proposed Tier 5 would add yet more weeks to the states that are hardest-hit, but there are no immediate plans to bring it to a vote in the senate.


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