Unemployment benefit is compensation given to those workers unemployed without their fault. Regular benefits usually run up to twenty-six weeks. Extended benefits are given for a longer period of time and available for those who have exhausted their regular benefits during high employment. The extended unemployment benefit program gives additional thirteen to twenty weeks of benefits in states that have high unemployment rate.

All extended compensation is paid via the state unemployment system, thus you have to check the unemployment office of your state for information on the benefits you qualify and when and how you will receive them. Keep in mind that not everyone who qualifies for regular benefits may qualify for extended benefits. The unemployment office of your state will inform you of your eligibility for extended compensation.

The weekly extended unemployment benefit amount is the same as the amount received for your regular unemployment compensation. The total amount of extended insurance you receive may be lesser than thirteen weeks or twenty weeks. It is important to be aware of the requirements in order to qualify for the extended compensation program. Find out if your state provides extended benefits and make plans ahead of time when you are about to run out of your regular unemployment compensation.

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