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
Illinois260026
Indiana260026
Kansas260026
Kentucky260026
Louisiana260026
Massachusetts300030
Maryland260026
Maine260026
Michigan200020
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.

Note: Emergency Unemployment Compensation(E.U.C) remains expired and is not available in any of the states or D.C.  Extended Benefits(EB) are only activated during high unemployment period and is state specific.

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.

EB is activated only during high unemployment period in the State.

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. Jody Doyle says:

    How can I find out how much money I have left before my 26 weeks of benefits are up?

  2. Elisa says:

    Hiya. I worked for 11 years for Walgreens when my position was eliminated and I was given severance after they tried to fire me to avoid giving me the severance. I got my 26 weeks and its nearly my 1 year anniversary of this occurance, which I started getting unemployment in August though my actual ‘firing’ wasn’t till september. I currently work as an independent contractor for a ..well, phone chat hotline, we’ll say, and I am paid inconsistantly because the money I earn is entirely based on how many clients on a given day I happen to speak with(paid only by the minute). I’m fairly sure I cannot apply for unemployment again, or can I? Is there any kind of…Underemployment? I usually make around 600 a a month, but some months its just barely over 400, some months it can be several thousand.

    Thank you.

    • Martin says:

      Firstly, UI benefits are not revolving in nature. In the sense, if you’ve already received once to the extent of availability, you will not be eligible for it again.

      Secondly, contracted workers do not generally qualify for Unemployment Insurance.

  3. AJ says:

    Hi there, I received no letter in the mail regarding my benefits or their expiration for that matter. I am not angry, I am just scared… I am in NC, I have just collected my final week of UI benefits, is there any way possible to apply for extended benefits? what is the difference in the “tiers” I keep reading about? I keep reading about people saying they are on their “tier 1″ … I guess what I am asking is- IS THERE ANOTHER ROUND OF UI BENEFITS UNDER A DIFFERENT NAME OR IS THIS IT? I have a car payment, rent, utilities, groceries and gas like everyone else to pay for.. im looking at losing everything! HELP

    • Martin says:

      Well, there is no form of extension available as far as my knowledge goes.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for more information.

    • Lee says:

      This is bad information. There are NO EXTENSIONS past 12 weeks. That is all we get, 12 weeks.

  4. Lisan Rogers says:

    So frustrating. I am in Florida. Got laid off after 20 years. Just a shot out of the blue that I never even saw coming. Florida only awarded me 12 weeks. After 20 years of not missing one day all I get is a lousy 12 weeks. At my age 58 it is hard to even find something minimum wage. I can’t seem to find out about any extended benefits. How can I get an extension?

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  5. AK says:

    Martin, is there a way for you to answer questions without sounding so condescending to those who are struggling? You have a job and your tone is very dismissive, especially when you tell people actively looking for work to “rev up” their job search as if all they do is sit around, doing nothing, waiting to collect money they paid into that barely pays the bills. It is rude an heightens people’s anxieties and mistrust in the government.

    • Martin says:

      Hello AK,

      Firstly, please note this is not a government website. This is a private forum and we receive ten’s of questions everyday. Our point is to provide answer to the point to help claimants with their questions. If there are no options left or if the benefits have exhausted, there is no other way out and therefore, we suggest people to speed up jobs searches it is a permanent solution.

      Apologies, our intention is definitely not to be rude to people who write to us.

  6. lovework says:

    I worked and got up faithfully making minimum wage 4 years .. I got layed off …a year before I started the minimum wage job …I was layed off from call center and couldn’t find a job a year …I was making good money but minimum wage job is all I could get…..I don’t understand why state make it so hard for people to have a decent job and get unemployment ….

    • Martin says:

      Are you trying to apply for Unemployment Insurance and being denied for some reason?

      Please let us know.

  7. Jlsnowbird says:

    I am in south louisiana, the oil filed has been hit hard and unemployment is getting higher by the day.
    Is there extended benefit options for louisiana yet? I have about 4 weeks left.

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  8. Didi says:

    Hi!
    I agree…this is b.s. What about folks who have been working over 25 years? Other people received benefits for a couple of years. I need help now and there isn’t any. How can that be when money is contributed each paycheck for 25 years? I don’t think it has been fair. So what happens to me now? I lose my home and have to sell everything to struggle to live.

    Help
    Didi

    • Martin says:

      I can understand your frustration. For grievances, please speak to the labor authorities in your state.

  9. danny says:

    Its crazy that y’all expect us to work years then can’t even get any support when economey going down people getting layer off 80 dollers unemployment…now I got a job 2 days and still can’t get unemployment it sucks because if it wasn’t for people working there be no jobs and business wouldn’t make anything …no emergency unemployment for florida guess I have to deal and look for another job …

    • Martin says:

      Well, I can understand your frustration. Unemployment Insurance has always been temporary.

      Please rev up your job search. Best wishes!

  10. danny says:

    I worked 4 years retail got layed of and got 1 month of unemployment …exhausted my money now says reapply for rap benifits in 8 months …no job and have 2 kids

  11. Nan says:

    Does the state of SC offer extension after 29 weeks of original claim have been drawn out? Have worked all my life .Tx

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  12. Candy says:

    Hello- I still have $8,000.00 available after my benefits are over, I am approaching my 26 week mark is there anyway I can access the rest of the benefits or is that considered a extension?

    • Martin says:

      The available benefits will be paid evenly during the remaining weeks. Please call the claims center for precise information.

  13. Kyle Brannon says:

    I am in the state of Missouri and am 2 weeks from exhausting my unemployment benefits, how do I go about applying for an extended UI?

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  14. MsToni says:

    I am also located in the state of Texas and my UI have exhausted. I see all the comments and I feel so bad for what we all are experiencing. It’s hard to make it in this day. I really feel for people with children. I don’t know what this world is coming to but it seems like I’m in a dream because I was always able to make it. Relocating to Texas was the biggest mistake I ever made in my life. It is true that people are heartless and cold and won’t help folks out here who are jobless…. I’m speaking of those who do sit behind their desks with their jobs looking down their nose. I have began to pray and pray some more. I am at a lost and getting behind on bills. Don’t know what’s going to happen in the next month or two. My back is like up against the wall. I have always worked hard and now I just feel like I’ve been stripped of all my honest hard work. I guess all in all nobody here cares.

    • Martin says:

      I can understand your frustration.

      I guess the only advise I can give is to rev up job search and put the ordeal to rest by finding employment.

  15. Joel says:

    I guess I really only have a few question. Being natural born citizen in the United States of America, it seems like it is getting harder and harder for Americans to rely on THEIR country and the government running it for help. If I was in another country or came into this country, you can bet that the government would jump at the opportunity to help me, not being a US Citizen. It seems that our government is more concerned for other countries and helping them. Using my right to freedom of speech, I feel that soon we will no longer be The United States of America, but the States of all Countries United. We will have so many other countries here that all true Americans will be forced to move to other countries, then we can get the help we needed. What has happened to this country? We live in a place that there is less concern for our homeless, needy, elderly and even ones who need just a little help to get by. An example: I once lived in an apartment that was doing an audit to see where you fell as far as income. I was considered low income. I was working a full time job and supporting my children. I needed at one time to get some help for food and was told I made too much money. Go figure. Now how can our country put a limit of 26 weeks with no chance of any extensions on someone collecting unemployment. A lot of the jobs have gone to non citizens that we would apply for. Someone who works at a job for 20 years, gets laid off. Can’t find a job that pays even close to what you were making so that they can make ends meet. What kind of government would tell us that we cannot have any extensions because we have no more money???????? But gives immigrants 5+ years tax free living, housing and many other things that we as US citizens can’t acquire??? I honestly think that the government should be spending our money on something more important than letting immigrants into our country and setting them up with a lifestyle that most of us haven’t even had.

  16. kali says:

    I’m in the state of Texas…..ui has run out this month…..I have tried for jobs in Houston, where I live yet the competition is brutal……I’ve revised my resume and continue to look daily….even participate in the workforce work shops and stuff…..now I’m down to asking local charities for help at Times…..

    How can a determined person like myself survive? When all avenues become extinguished?… I’m not lazy and I try to follow the formula….do I just wait and see if the government will help us???? Seems one-sided when it comes to the administration….they help millions who..well…didn’t come honest….but what about us?? Why can’t we. “(The people)” get a pin swipe??…..I’m not fussing nor trying to be rude but it is what it is and it’s irritating… I work hard, invest in my 401k and save….
    What about us??

    What do I do????

    • Martin says:

      Well, I can understand your frustration. There are thousands who are undergoing the same ordeal.

      Perhaps, you can widen your job search ambit and look for jobs outside. Also, the best way to apply for jobs is online.

  17. Chris says:

    This is lovely. I’ve had friends that have received UI for years. I know legislation changes but it’s ludicrous that I’ve had it for 6 months, and now must tremble at the thought of not having it, with child. My story is much to detailed to simply post in online, but I need help.

    • Martin says:

      Why don’t you speed up your job searches and use online resources to do so? UI benefits are temp relief anyways.

  18. Jessica says:

    I’m about to rub out of my 26 weeks of unemployment in WV, are their other weeks I can apply for? I’m extremely nervous because I can’t find anything on the website.

    • Martin says:

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  19. kimmie says:

    Can you apply for unemployment benefits from your home residence if you worked in another state?

  20. Casey says:

    In Alabama are EB offered at this time?

  21. LC says:

    Thanks Martin for the information and responding to the questions.

  22. Bonnie Carr says:

    My unemployment just ran out in Miami I moved to Wisconsin when I got laid off. I cannot find a job here its been 4 months can I re apply in Wisconsin?

  23. jill murphy says:

    If Illinois is at 9% unemployed, at what % does an extension get approved for people who have exhausted regular benefits(26 weeks)

    • Martin says:

      Well, the decision to extend benefits will be taken by the state authorities in accordance with many factors.

      You can contact the Unemployment Office in your state for further information.

  24. D Rick says:

    10s, wow, how do you do it? Sorry, just taking an easy jab. EUC is expired, but what about EB, and how do you find out?

    • Martin says:

      You can find out by either visiting the official website of the Unemployment Office in your state or by calling them by phone.

  25. Angela coley says:

    My benefits have exhausted after 16 weeks and I’m in nc am I eligible for an extension

  26. martin sucks says:

    martin you suck and sound very robotic or just dont have a soul, the people on here are desperate and all you can say is
    “There is no extension available in any state. The EUC remains expired. Please contact the state authorities for further details” have some compassion for people or show some sort of sympathy dude, you suck at your job!!!

    • Martin says:

      Hello Mister Cuba,

      If my sympathy could offer any financial relief to you, I am happy to offer sympathetic answers. This forum receives 10s of questions on a daily basis and our motive is to provide precise information to help claimants/jobless workers.

    • Jimmy Johnson says:

      Because Martin didn’t say what you wanted to hear, he sucks ? Maybe your attitude and overall outlook is the reason that you are unemployed.

      • Teri Poole says:

        My benefits in Texas are about to exhaust, I was laid off on January 3rd 2016, yes I job search but for my experienced field they only want to pay $10 an hour! I can’t afford to live on that , my amount for unemployment is almost exhausted, are there no extensions in Houston with all the Oil and Gas layoffs

        • Martin says:

          The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

      • Patricia Finney says:

        Well Martin see if you have the answer to this question. emergency unemployment compensation has expired and there’s nothing to replace it and we’re waiting on some sort of legislation to pass would it be on the federal level or the state level? I am in Florida and I received unemployment benefits for 13 weeks barely three months I had money left over from when I was laid off the first time and I was told that those benefits had expired well excuse me for going and finding employment before I used the money allotted and where did that money go to that’s the question? And another question who can we contact to ask about the unemployment emergency compensation bill? Which I’m sure probably wouldn’t even pass until I’m of retirment age.

        • Martin says:

          Please speak the Unemployment Office in your state for further information. I do not see any light to this tunnel of extension in benefits.

          You can speak to the Governor’s office with regard to the bill, although, this is a federal issue and not sure if it will have an impact.

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