Unemployment Insurance Extended Benefits

Those who are obtaining unemployment benefits are also entitled to apply for additional extended  benefits under various state and federal schemes. Customary unemployment insurance lasts for 26 weeks.  When there are elevated levels of unemployment in your state,  you will receive an extension of benefits. A soaring level of unemployment is described as a rate above 6%. Your state will inform you about the unemployment extension when your traditional benefits are about to run out.

Want to know how long does this extension provide benefits in your State?

Benefits Extension by State – Available Weeks

The following table shows number of weeks of extension allowed in each state. Everyone will be eligible for UI benefits. EUC and EB benefits are determined based on the current unemployment rate in the State and subject to availability.

StateUIEUC EBTotal Weeks
Alaska260026
Alabama260026
Arkansas250025
Arizona260026
California260026
Colorado260026
Connecticut260026
Dist of Columbia260026
Delaware260026
Florida190019
Georgia180018
Hawaii260026
Iowa260026
Idaho260026
Illinois250025
Indiana260026
Kansas260026
Kentucky260026
Louisiana260026
Massachusetts260026
Maryland260026
Maine260026
Michigan250025
Minnesota260026
Missouri200020
Mississippi260026
Montana280028
North Carolina190019
North Dakota260026
Nebraska260026
New Hampshire260026
New Jersey260026
New Mexico260026
Nevada260026
New York260026
Ohio260026
Oklahoma260026
Oregon260026
Pennsylvania260026
Rhode Island260026
South Carolina200020
South Dakota260026
Tennessee260026
Texas260026
Utah260026
Virginia260026
Vermont260026
Washington260026
Wisconsin260026
West Virginia260026
Wyoming260026


UI: Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs offer the basic unemployment benefits to eligible workers who become jobless through no fault of their own, and meet specific other eligibility requirements.

EUC:  This is a 100% federally funded program that offers benefits to those who have exhausted regular state benefits. There are presently four Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits extensions available. Each Tier provides additional weeks of unemployment other than the basic state unemployment benefits.

EB: Extended Benefits (EB) are available to workers who have exhausted usual unemployment insurance benefits all through periods of high unemployment.

 

Unemployment Extension Tiers

As already mentioned, in the United States, there is a usual of 26 weeks of unemployment benefits, known as “regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits”. There are two programs for extending UI benefits.

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

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)

Important note: EUC benefits remain expired as of December 28,2013 awaiting an extension that is being debated to be approved by the Congress. These are not available currently.We suggest that you keep a track of national news in this regard for updates.

Unemployment benefits extensionA Tier of unemployment is an addition of a certain amount of weeks of unemployment benefits. There are presently four Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits extensions available. Each Tier provides additional weeks of unemployment other than the basic state unemployment benefits.

  • EUC Tier 1 offer up to 20 weeks or 80% of an individual’s maximum benefit amount from their original unemployment insurance claim, whichever amount is less.
  • EUC Tier 2 gives up to 14 weeks of 54% of an individual’s highest benefit amount from their original unemployment insurance claim, whichever amount is less. An individual must tire out EUC Tier 1 benefits so as to obtain EUC Tier 2 benefits.
  • EUC Tier 3 provide up to 13 weeks or 50% of an individual’s maximum benefit amount from their actual unemployment insurance claim, whichever amount is less. An individual must run out EUC Tier 2 benefits in order to receive EUC Tier 3 benefits.
  • EUC Tier 4 offer up to 6 weeks or 24% of an individual’s maximum benefit from their original UI claim, whichever amount is less. An individual must exhaust their EUC Tier 3 claim by benefit.

Extended Benefits (EB)

Extended Benefits are obtainable to workers who have tired usual unemployment insurance benefits all through periods of high unemployment. The basic Extended Benefits program offers up to 13 extra weeks of benefits when a State is undergoing high unemployment.

How to File for Unemployment Benefits Extension

  1. Check your state’s unemployment extension qualification criteria. The rules for unemployment and unemployment extension are dissimilar in each state. Start exploring the unemployment extension eligibility criteria particular to your state. There are often two different unemployment extensions, one in state funded while the other funded by the government.
  2. Gather all personal information necessary; and reapply. Collect all of your information you needed upon primarily filing unemployment; your work histories, your reason of unemployment, and your social security number. In order to obtain an unemployment extension, go to your state’s unemployment website, or call the employment security department. Apply for your unemployment extension.
  3. Wait for the mail; the paperwork comes in the mail and your checks must keep coming. Once you have applied for your unemployment benefits, wait for the paperwork and the payments that will follow. Bear in mind that you can be inspected on your job search at any time; keep through job search records with reliable contacts to confirm receiving your application.

Responses

  1. James says:

    My benefits end 3 weeks I live in west Virginia am will I be able to get an extension

  2. robert egloff says:

    Benefits ran out in ME and then I moved to MA to attend a technical school which is approved by both states. Since I filed in ME can I file in MA now?? I left the Army to attend school full time.

  3. Monique says:

    Unemployment ran out this past week. What am I suppose to do? This is in the state of GA.

    • Adrian says:

      There is no extension available at this time.

      Please check on availability of additional benefits in your state by calling the labor dept.

  4. Laura M says:

    I live in NJ and am about to run out of my INITIAL benefits. Will there be an extension in August for me? Otherwise I will have a huge problem as there are no jobs

  5. bernard scharp says:

    I worked 32 years there was laid on dec 12 2012. collected unemployment til dec 28,2013. have not received any since had benefits over 3500.00 left been filing weekly since. not received anything at all.

    • Adrian says:

      Looks like you have exhausted the regular state provided benefits.

      Please contact the labor dept in your state to find out.

  6. John says:

    My 26 weeks unemployment benefits run out May 11 2014. Will I get any type of benefits after this???

    • Adrian says:

      The EUC(emergency unemployment compensation) would have given you extra benefits after the expiry of the state provided benefits.This scheme is currently unavailable awaiting extension from the congress.

      Please keep a track of national news and apply accordingly.

  7. chris says:

    My unemployment benefits will expire May 2014. Does the state of Illinois offer any type of extended benefits?

    • Adrian says:

      Extensions may become available by means of federally sponsored scheme called the emergency unemployment compensation(EUC) which remains expired now.

      Please watch national news in this regard as it may be passed by the Congress.

  8. Randell says:

    My unemployment ran out, I was told there not giving any more Exenstions,I live in a small town there are many choices,I gess im screwed

  9. Kimerly says:

    My husband has exhausted Tier 3. If the extension is passed in 1/2014, what happens? Will he still be eligible for additional unemployment compensation (Tier 4)? We live in St. Louis, Missouri. Thanks.

  10. Pat Campese says:

    NJ EUC unemployment benefits. I have a balance on my EUC benefits but my one year is up for my unemployment claim and I have to call to refile. I can’t call until the day I’m suppose to claim my benefits. Once I call to refile will I receive my benefits within two days as previous or does it have to be reviewed and approved again which can take weeks before I receive my benefits.

  11. justin says:

    my regular unemployment ran out so i went on ECU but instead of starting out on tier 1 they started me out on tier 2 , 3 weeks later they sent me a letter stating i ran out of tier 2 and there is no more ECU

  12. jason breedlove says:

    I recently receive notification that I’m going into tier 3 and my total unemployment is 3 weeks of pay. does unemployment stop immediately after those weeks or not? and if it does would I be able to re-file after the 3 weeks are up? how would I go about filing an extension?

  13. Richard lee Oates jr says:

    my unemployment is getting ready to run out i am to recieve my last pay on 8/13/2013 and have not found a job can u send a form or let me know what i need to so to file an extension thank you

  14. timothy says:

    I WAS GIVEN AN EXTENSION ON MY UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ,& WHEN I WENT TO CLAIM MY BENEFITS IT WENT THROUGH BUT DID NOT HAVE AN AMOUNT ,SO I WENT TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE IN MY TOWN/VINELAND NJ, ANY THEY TOLD ME MY BENEFITS WERE FINISHED,THEY JUST TOLD ME THAT WHEN I WENT INTO THE OFFICE ,I NEVER REC’D A LETTER TELLING ME OF THIS,AND THE YOUNG LADY WHO ASSISTED ME COULD NOT GIVE ME A PRINTOUT OR LETTER STATING THIS ,SHE JUST SAID IT BY WORD OF MOUTH,SO AFTER 9 &1/2 YEARS ON MY JOB, I AM NOW WITHOUT ANY INCOME…!!!!

  15. edwin lewis says:

    are there any kind of extended unemployment benefits available in Tn?

  16. Matt Allan says:

    Hi,

    I live in Nevada, do you know if I can apply for extended benefits ?
    I have about 6 weeks left on tier 4, do I wait and apply once my benefits are exhausted ? Who would I contact or how would I obtain the form ?

  17. ADESINA TAYO SEGAR says:

    I have already file for and use up my Emergency Unemployment Compensation but have not been able to find a job yet can i file for a exstendstion on it. The state I live in is Sc.

  18. Jeanine Dotson says:

    IM trying to file for an extension on my unemployment but cant fund the application for it.

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Jeanine,

      You will be informed by the unemployment office when you exhaust regular state benefits. You can contact them and they will be able to help.

      • Susan says:

        I went there and I filled out an application and I have been told that I will get a call from someone. that was since March, but no one called. whenever I go there I get the same answer.
        As if they do not work and only collect their paychecks, since they keep their jobs.
        if you know who is the higher authority to go to, please send me a link or a phone No. I definitely will file a claim against them.

  19. Susan says:

    I collected unemployment benefits, and I have been told that they are exhausted in March 22′ 2013. That was tier four. I asked about the EB, I have been told I took all.
    So, where is the relief to the unemployed people who can not find a job. I am looking for a job in the US and Internationally. I would go anywhere just to save my family.
    Advices are welcomed!

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Susan,

      It is unfortunate that you are unable to land a job. You seem to have received maximum benefits from the unemployment office. Extended benefits (EB) will not be available unless the unemployment rate of the state is abnormally high.

      You can go ahead and receive some job training or take up courses which will put you in the field which has short supply of man power. Hope this helps.

  20. Barbara says:

    I got my last UE check for the period ending 12/31/11.
    I have been employed all this year but I am getting laid off
    in 2 weeks.
    Will my claim be considered an extension or a new claim?

  21. Regina says:

    I received notice that I exhausted my unemployment compensation (26 weeks). I sent in the forms sent to me. Can you let me know the timeframe for a reply. I am actively and aggressively looking for employment. Are benefits decreased after 6 months?

  22. Bon says:

    My benefits start in april of 2012 and my 24 weeks are up at the begining of Septerber 2012. I am in Virginia, is there an extension available to me?

  23. Jonathan Payne says:

    Please send me an EXTENDED BENEFITS Application. thank you

    • kathy says:

      You can download the form we cannot send it to you. Federal unemployment extension in your browser and you can locate e form. I think ere is a link to the form on the PA unemployment website.

  24. Kathy says:

    My unemployment runs out on 08//11/12! and I still have not found a job (I look for work diligently). I need to file for an extension, according to my research I can apply for both State and Federal Unemployment assistance according to the current unemployment rate of 6% or higher. I would like to get the ball rolling now – before my current benefits expire. My creditors will me very upset if I’m unable to pay them on time. I don’t know how to get these forms nor how to complete them or where to send them.
    I need help. Who do I contact?
    Thanks for your time.
    Katherine Reinwald
    505/954-1115
    505/670-4909
    kreinwald6@gmail.com

    • rashmi says:

      As per your datas you will be able to get the benefits till november do not worry by then you should be able to get the job before that as you are diligently looking for work so do not stress yourself and search for good job since you have long time to run out the benefits.

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