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. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Angela coley says:

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

  5. 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.

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