Congress Votes on Extending Unemployment Insurance Benefits– Again

US congress has implemented a 2012 unemployment benefits extension in the highest unemployed states in the country. Nearly overshadowed by debates, Congress is wrestling with how to increase the unemployment benefits that are about to expire. This emergency unemployment compensation is certainly a necessity and has been extended by Congress nine times since they were first passed in June, 2008.

It didn’t come as an easy task for Congress to agree on as many people believe the extended benefits for unemployed restricts people to hunt for work. The Republicans think that the job training plan would allow the employees to continue to receive their benefits while temporarily working with a company.

According to most studies made, the extensions have increased the number of Americans who became re-employed by 1.3 percentage points in January 2011 by reducing the share who excited the labor force.

Congress looks for unemployment extension for the states that need it much more than others. For example, unemployment in Ohio still high and it  has nearly 787,000 unemployed. Ohio would have seen its benefits fall to 23 weeks from the standard 26 weeks as of 2012 if the extension was not pushed for.

Senior supports both parties and predicts that the emergency benefits for the long term unemployed will be extended. But the lawmakers are still deciding over how long and what strings needs to be attached to an extension. The debate is paralleling the fight between Republicans and Democrats over extending a payroll tax holiday that also lapses at year’s end. The parties are in disagreement over how to cover the cost of that tax-break extension in the current fiscal environment.

Democrats rallied to call attention to the impending drop of the unemployment benefits which have allowed the long-term jobless to collect income support for up to 99 weeks. They argued that it would not be fair to allow the compensation to lapse while unemployment remains high.

According to an estimate provided by House Democratic staff, if Congress does not take necessary action, nearly 6 million people will lose benefits next year. House Democrats have introduced legislation earlier this November that would extend the insurance program through 2012. An extension of unemployment insurance squeaked through in December as the Democrats and the Republicans decided to extend up to 99 weeks of benefits through 2011.

  1. I have been working as an hourly employee for the last 4 months. Currently the board of the nonprofit agency came to me and told me that I had to file a 1099 or go to part time or find a new job. I have a scheduled time that I report to work. What are the laws here in Florida about who can receive a 1099

  2. I am unemployed and currently going to a community college. How can I apply for federal assistance?

    1. Carol,

      If you’re able and available for full-time employment, you can directly go to the website of the Unemployment Office and apply.

  3. I have worked in AZ since March 2016. However, I moved lived and worked for my employer in CA since 08/02/1982. Can I apply for Cali unemployment benefits?

    1. Robert,

      You should be applying from the state where your employment was based. Employers generally remit unemployment taxes to the state where the employee is based.

  4. I have been trying for over a month to file and I still do not seem to be able to do it, but I finally got to the correct place, I think.

  5. Cumberland NJ Unemployment Center kept me on hold for 2 hours; I finally had someone answer my call, after providing my information and question regarding the status of my NJ Unemployment Claim the representative disconnected my call.

  6. Excellent list of things to help execute better. Even taking 3 or 4 of these that one does not currently utilize could help immensely.

    1. How did you calculate the total weekly Illinois benefit of $1495? Also, why isn’t Washington and Minnesota listed in your top 5 states with the highest paid unemployment insurance compensation?

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