Unemployment benefits are extended up to this year, which means that the federal unemployment insurance extension will continue through this year. Under the extension, unemployed workers who have exhausted one out of four benefit tiers under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation could move to the next tier. Workers who collect their benefits under the Extended Benefits program will continue get benefits.

Furthermore, unemployed workers currently collecting 26 unemployment benefits weeks will move to the federal unemployment compensation program the moment they have exhausted their benefits.  This is excluding a tier of 5 of unemployment for people who have exhausted their federal and state benefits.

The basic extended unemployment benefits provide up to thirteen additional weeks when a state is undergoing high rate of unemployment. Some states have enacted a voluntary program up to 7 additional weeks of benefits extension during high unemployment periods. In addition to the extension, there may also be additional benefits funded by the government, including Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits. The extended unemployment benefits you may be eligible depends on your state and the date you became unemployed. Find out from your state’s unemployment office to determine if you are qualified to receive the unemployment benefits extension program.

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