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Arizona Unemployment Extension

Though emergency unemployment compensation is a national initiative, no all states succeed for all levels of the extensions. Federal extensions to the benefit period run out at the end of calendar year 2013. The Arizona Department of Employment Security (DES) can offer 37 weeks of extensions for a total of 63 weeks of benefits to its claimants. Know more about unemployment extension.

You must meet the eligibility requirements and apply separately for the extensions. If approved, the extensions will allow you to obtain additional weeks of benefits at the same compensation rate as your regular state unemployment.

To collect unemployment extensions, you must have already exhausted your regular 26 weeks of unemployment benefits from the DES. Your base period – the first four of the last five full calendar quarters before you initially filed for unemployment – must have at least 20 weeks of full-time, insured employment.

After being permitted for unemployment extensions, you must remain able and available to work a full-time job while carrying out an active job search for a new full-time position. 

Questions & Answers

  1. Paula says:

    I am so unclear on this. I started receiving unemployment benefits on 1/3/14 (Tier 1?). I have two weeks left of the initial amount approved. I have looked for a job every day, to no avail. At this point in time, am I not able to file for any extension at all?

  2. Raul says:

    im about to exhaust my 26 weeks of unemployment benefits…do i have an extension? or they gonna stop sending the checks …im in Phoenix,AZ

  3. KJK says:

    To poster #1, I too had $400.00+ left in my extension which I thought I would get that and then it would end. This does not make sense and I have a feeling that State of AZ illegally kept money that was already allocated to us. I have tried to phone my congressman (republican) Paul Gosar, but he has an answering machine and doesn’t return calls. It seems like AZ is scamming us.

  4. LET THE PRESIDENT USE HIS PEN says:

    I HAD ALMOST $ 2000.00 ON DECEMBER 28,IN MY UNEMPLOYMENT THAT WAS TO HELP ME,IT IS GONE NOW,THIS GOVERNMENT IS READY TO DONATE OVER FIVE BILLION DOLLARS TO PEOPLE WHO DO NOT EVEN LIKE US,WHILE PEOPLE HERE IN AMERICA ARE DENIED UNEMPLOYMENT TO WHICH WE HAVE CONTRIBUTED.THE PRESIDENT IS USING HIS PEN ON THE WRONG LEGISLATION,PEOPLE ARE IN SERIOUS TROUBLE,INCLUDING ME

  5. Shannon says:

    I just thought I heard unemployment extentions were approved by the state. Does anyone know if true? 4/3/2014

    • Adrian says:

      It has been voted for by a majority in the senate but not yet approved by the house.

      Please keep a track of national news in this regard and apply for EUC when extended.

  6. frances collette says:

    i need to know ,was my employment befits extended,i believe i am in tier 2,but not sure
    12535 west st moritz ln el mirage az 85335

    • Jessica says:

      Hello, I dont work for any government office, just trying to get information on current unemployment info. I saw your question. If your on tier 2 you cannot apply for anymore benefits until congress votes to approve an extention. I am also waiting but my claim is still open to allow me to file, If yours is letting you still file weekly claims do it, I was told to keep filling on the open claim. It will show the next day under disqualifications or it will say benefits exhausted. As soon as congress approves benefits they should send you something letting you know what to do next. They are expected to approve it this coming week on Thursday. Good luck to everyone out there looking the job market is really ruff right now!

  7. kelly says:

    I am in az,I just exhausted my 1st tier
    of extended benefits. How do I get the next tier?

  8. Kimbra Dear says:

    I have applied for extended benefits almost a month ago. you sent me some question about the school I was attending and sent it back. never heard anymore. tried to do my weekly claim, but was unable to. so I applied again. what the hell is going on. can’t reach anyone. always busy or get a voice sayiny can’t get through do to too many callers. I need help now.

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