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Unemployment Benefits Exhausted. What Next?

Author : Jeff

Updated : June 11th, 2019

Those who have exhausted their allocated state provided unemployment compensation will always have a question lingering on the mind. What do I do next? This question can be a great concern if you’ve not got a job yet. Generally, in most of the states across the country, the payout will be unto a period of 26 weeks.

The heavily dependent Emergency Unemployment Compensation or E.U.C as popularly known remains expired as of Dec 28, 2013 with no sight of renewal by the Congress. This scheme sponsored by the federal govt. provided additional weeks of unemployment compensation to the jobless who had drained their regular state provided benefits.

Prepare for It

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Remember, this may not really be end of the story. You may be eligible for assistance from other state agencies and non-profit organisations to help you make ends meet while you continue to look for employment.  Information regarding cash assistance, food and nutrition assistance, child care and more may be available in your state. Information regarding these programs will be available with the relevant authority in your state.

Don’t wait until you get your last check to start taking action. Here are a few pointers that will help you to buckle up, take stock and prepare for it.

The Frequently asked questions section will be a great help in guidance if you are still claiming benefits or looking forward to applying for unemployment insurance.

Make job search a “High Priority”

Remember, the UI benefits received were temporary. You cannot live on it forever. Make it a habit to spend as much time allowed applying to new employment opportunities. Look in your local newspaper, browse websites, lookout for networking opportunities like job fairs that could put you closer to that next opportunity.

The internet is the best place to scout for jobs.

Plan your household budget

If expired benefits have made a financial crunch more burdensome, food and shelter are the two most important amenities. Until you’ve found new employment, make it a rule that there is no more disposable income in your household. If cell phone, Internet, or cable isn’t absolutely necessary, cancel them, or seek out cheaper subscription plans or calling cards. The same goes for auto insurance.

Go back to school

Take courses at community colleges and attend professional networking events and seminars to brush up on your existing skills, and to learn others. If tuition is cost-prohibitive, seek out scholarship aid or register as a matriculating student. Branch out to learning different subjects or majors — uncovering a new skill set could lead to a successful career change. New education can also lend a competitive edge to older professionals facing unemployment, looking to compete in a younger job market.

Get professional advice

There are hundreds of advisory websites out there who will answer your questions in almost all areas of concern related to unemployment. Make the best use of these sites by either reading the articles, expert write ups or simply use our Discussion forum Q & A section to ask a question that is specific to you.

Always remember, it’s just not you out there undergoing this ordeal. There are thousands of jobless citizens fighting their way out of this temporary state. It’s very important that you remain optimistic and make best use of available resources.

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  1. I am in a unique situation. I would like to know if even though I work for a church that does not pay into unemployment, I have only been here a year and my job previous did pay into unemployment. Would I be eligible for unemployment benefits if I were laid off? This is in the state of Nevada. If so, how long do I have before that is NOT the case? In other words, I know that benefits usually go back 18 months. Would it be the same in this case?

    1. Leslee,

      As much as I am aware, church employees do not qualify to receive UI benefits. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  2. The unemployment office in Nevada doesn’t answer the phone. They have a recording that says they only take new claims on Monday, and Tuesday, from 8am to 4pm. But if you call at 8am, they tell you that the “Que is already full for the day.” How can that be possible if they don’t start accepting calls until 8am? No wonder unemployment in the United States is DOWN! They don’t accept phone calls after they tell you online that you “have to call to confirm your information” and then they don’t take the calls.

  3. I have called as soon as they open and they just say please call on the next business day I DID and you still didn’t answer

  4. Could you please provide a reference for the following statement in your article – please see below. Thanks.
    “You may also be qualified for unemployment benefits if:
    …You entered Commission-Approved Training and the job is not considered suitable under Section 20 relating to your availability for work, active search for work or refusal to accept suitable work”.

  5. If I exhausted all my benefits last year 2019 and my new benefit year starts back up in Jan. 2020 can I reapply? I still should have money in other quarters from my previous job.

    1. Yvette,

      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.

  6. Can i receive unemployment if my car broke down and i couldnt work cause i work outta my car and i couldnt afford to get it fixed so i ended up not working there anymore cause the car situation

    1. Willie,

      I can understand your situation. However, I am not sure if you can claim for voluntary reasons. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

      1. Hello,

        I have been unemployed since this past July. My regular unemployment benefits are running out. Can I apply for Emergency Unemployment Benefits after this claim expires? What can I do?

        Thank you,D. ANDERSON

  7. I filed my first bi-weekly claim today but it only took my first week. Are there only certain weeks I can file 2 weeks worth of unemployment?

    1. How strict are they on the school program being less than 2 years for CTB training extension? I have an interview next week for a Training Extension. I started school this week, I am set to finish just a few months over the 2 year mark. Finishing in May 2022.

  8. What if it’s an employer that is threatening over it being personal home life and nothing to do with work or the work place??

    1. Kelly,

      You can be eligible to claim if you resign due to hostile working conditions. Please make sure to check with the Unemployment Office before making a decision.

        1. Paula,

          A copy should be available on the department’s website. You will be able to download after logging in.

  9. I finally start new job on Monday. My work hours are 6;30-6:30pm.
    How can I file my last two weeks if I’m working

    Can I. Call Tuesday? What number?

      1. Hello, I live in the state of Pennsylvania, for reference. I was told on 1/9/2020 I am being let go because of financial issues my employer and office is having. With that, my employer said I can work for the next two weeks to give me time to find another job and if circumstances change they will call me back to work. My question is, Where do I go to figure out my quarter dollar amount earnings for my highest 4 out of 5 quarters. I’ve been with this employer for 7 months, started June 2019. Before that I was unemployed for 5 months and before that I was employed for years up until Feb 2019.

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