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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 the 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.

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.

Extended Benefits (EB) – Program Ended

Under federal law, as of 2019, EUC benefits are no longer available.

Extensions for collecting UI payments are in effect only during periods of high unemployment and only if the state or federal government take specific action to provide extended benefits.

  1. Are you guys going to extend based on covid 19??? Cause I think you should. Arizona is only state that hasn’t done any extensions.

    • We are sorry to hear about your difficulties. There is a huge shortage of staff across all unemployment offices due to a massive surge in UI applications. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response. Your state has activated the ‘emergency funding’ program authorized by the federal government. We recommend you to apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official website.

  2. My unemployment ran out 6 months ago. I only had the normal 26 weeks. Is there any Arizona extensions available at this time?

    • 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.

  3. So I take it since its been two years since they voted on the euc, that by now it must have failed. The question becomes what as citizens do we do to get congress to hear us or to get the vote reevaluated as quickly as possible? The standard 26 weeks is insufficient time to gauge work related searches, as long as the individual is dedicated to find work and still unable to this should be taken into account.

    • My unemployment will be running out within the next week or so. Can you tell me how to proceed with Arizona Unemployment Extension?

      Thank you for your assistance!

      • Sharon,

        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.

    • Rick,

      That is correct. We keep a track of various legislations in the country and the extension seems to go nowhere. Perhaps, you can create a petition online ( and get like minded people to sign. Once you gather a significant number of signees, you can present the same to the Governor.

    • As far as I am aware, there is no extension available in any state.

      Please call the Unemployment Office in your state to confirm.

  4. My unemployment runs out in two weeks and although I have submitted lots of job applications, the possibility of getting a job soon seems unlikely. What benefits, if any, does the State of Arizona offer to compensate for the cash loss of my benefits?

    • That’s why the unemployment rate is so low because they don’t offer EUC benefits when you run out. So basically it’s to bad so sad but people are not finding jobs. I am 3 weeks away from my unemployment benefits in the State of Arizona and apparently I have a bachelors degree with student loans that are deferred, but unable to find a job, even jobs that only need high school diploma are not calling me back. That’s a major setback on The State of Arizona. Then when you used to work for the state, as I did they have a “non rehire” list even though it says “re hire able” in your personnel file. It’s all corruption and it won’t change as long as Governor Ducey is in there. Look at what’s all over the news about the prisons and nothing is changing and no one is saying anything.

    • Please note there is no federal extension available.

      You can call the Unemployment Office to inquire about availability of state-sponsored benefits.

  5. My benefits are going to be running out in a couple weeks. I have been trying to read up if they have approved the extensions. Can you give me some more info on this please.

    • Please note there is no federal extension available.

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

  6. 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?

  7. 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

  8. 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.


    • My unemployment has ran out and recently my kids dad left us and we have an apartment so rent is due the 1st. I managed to pay electric Nd rent last month but I was given 15.00 what am I suppose to do

      • Celina,

        Please reach out to your state to check for availability of extended benefits and also to inquire about job connect and training programs.

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

    • 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.

  11. 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

    • 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!

  12. 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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