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District of Columbia Unemployment Extension

Federally funded EUC has come to an end as of Dec 2013, unless further actions are taken by the Senate it will continue to be unavailable. For now, applicants are requested to depend on regular UI benefits given by the state.

EUC is also subject to unavailability as they depend on unemployment rates of the state. EUC is given only during periods of high unemployment.

Following are the tiers for EUC

  • Tier 1: allows up to 14 weeks of benefits
  • Tier 2: allows up to 14 weeks of benefits if the current unemployment rate in the state is higher than or equal to 6%
  • Tier 3: allows up to 9 weeks of benefits if the state unemployment rate is higher than or equal to 7%
  • Tier 4: allows up to 10 weeks of benefits if the state unemployment rate is higher than or equal to 9%

No other changes have been made to UI over the years. The eligible candidates will continue to receive up to 26 weeks of benefits.

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  1. DC unemployment is now over 6% why can’t I get an extension on benefits? I can’t find answers anywhere? I lost my “new” job to the corona virus. I’m going to be homeless this is crazy and frustrating

    • Ken,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

    • We understand this is a difficult time for you and your family. Currently, your state may not have activated “Emergency Funding” and thus, you may not get extended benefits. This shouldn’t deter you from applying for benefits online. Please visit your state’s official website for information relating to extended unemployment benefits. Find out more here.

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