Unemployment benefits are extended through this year, meaning that federal extended unemployment insurance will continue this year. Under the unemployment extension, unemployed workers one out of four tiers of benefits under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation will move to the next tier. Workers who are collecting their benefits under the Extended Benefits program will continue to receive benefits.

Moreover, unemployed workers presently collecting 26 weeks of unemployment benefits will be able to move the federal unemployment compensation program as soon as they have exhausted their benefits. This does not include a tier of 5 of unemployment for those who have exhausted their state and federal benefits.

The basic extended benefits provide up to 13 additional weeks when the state is undergoing high unemployment. There are some states that have enacted a voluntary program up to additional 7 weeks of benefits extension during very high unemployment periods. In addition to the unemployment benefit extension, there could be additional benefits funded by the federal government, which include Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits. The extended benefits that you could be eligible will depend on the state you are in and the date when you became unemployed. Check out the unemployment office of your state to determine if you qualify for the extension.

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