Back in the late 2009 and the earlier part of 2010, more or less two million people feared of losing their unemployment benefits. While the amounts of unemployment benefits differ slightly from state to state, it was estimated that two million lost their benefits. Today, there is a program called the Unemployment Extension. Known as Emergency Unemployment Compensation, the Unemployment Extension is a government program that helps states in providing additional unemployment benefits to people who lost their jobs without their faults.

Because of the present economic state in the US, many people are having a difficult time looking for work. Depending on a person’s unemployment rate, unemployed persons are offered unemployment insurance extensions. A worker who is unable to find work for an extended time can move through four additional tiers of extension of benefits before their unemployment benefits is cut off. The unemployment extension has been extended up to this year, meaning that benefits are extended up to 99 weeks for those states with high unemployment.

Under this legislation, unemployed workers can collect one of the four tiers of benefits, which range from 34 to 53 weeks under the EUC or Emergency Unemployment Compensation. Furthermore, unemployed workers who are presently receiving 26 weeks of benefits can move to the federal unemployment compensation program the moment they have exhausted their state unemployment benefits.

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