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Old 10-27-2010, 10:44 AM
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I am currently at about 65 weeks of unemployment. I just received another extension this week but then heard that the 99 week extension ends on Nov 29th. My new benefits assigned this week will run through to the end of December, or does it. Will it cut off on the 29th? What happens after that? Will my benefits end for good at the end of Dec or will it continue because I have been unemployed for so long. This is quite terrifying. I have applied for jobs every week since being laid off.. to every job I am qualified for and many that Im not too. I have only gotten one reply and it happened this week. Im not to hopeful that it will lead to something for me. I mean, what are the odds? Could use any information! Trying to get through to unemployment is a special kind of torture and near impossible.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 10-27-2010, 05:33 PM
Location: Wisconsin
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You will be able to exhaust all benefits of the tier you are on after the November 30 expiration. After that, Extended Benefits may be paid, depending on your state. Most states are not paying Extended Benefit much past the first or second week of December. Checking your CT website I see nothing one way or the other about whether or not EB will be available after you have exhausted the EUC tiers.

You might want to read this:
Originally Posted by diorgirl View Post
There has been continuing confusion about eligibility cut-off dates versus expiration dates for federal unemployment benefits. In summary:

(1) EUC Tiers/Eligibility cut-off dates - The most recently passed federal legislation extended the eligibility cut-off dates for the EUC Tiers to the end of November 2010. The latest you can move from regular benefits to Tier I is on or before Sunday, November 21; that means you must exhaust your regular benefits no later than Saturday, November 20. The latest that you can move from one Tier to the next is Sunday, November 28. That means you must exhaust your current Tier on or before Saturday, November 27, because Sunday, November 28 is the last day you can start a new Tier.

(2) EUC Tiers/Expiration date - The expiration date of the EUC Tiers program is different than the eligibility cut-off dates. The expiration date is the last day on which benefits will be paid by the program -- currently that is April 30, 2011. Typically, the expiration date is about five months after the eligibility cut-off dates -- which gives anyone who starts the longest Tier (20 weeks) on the last eligible date enough time to collect all 20 weeks, assuming you collect your full benefit each week.

(3) EB/Expiration date - At this time, EB is 100% federally funded through December 4, 2010. This December 4 expiration date is the EB equivalent of the April 30, 2011, expiration date set for the EUC Tiers. Many states discontinue EB when the 100% federal funding expires; other states revert to the traditional funding split of 50% federal/50% states, and continue to provide EB.

(4) FAC/Expiration date - The FAC program was not extended by the recent legislation, so you must have filed your claim for regular unemployment benefits before the end of May 2010 to qualify for the $25 weekly FAC payment. If you are already collecting the FAC, that program will expire on December 11, 2010 -- no further FAC payments will be made after that date.

The eligibility cut-off dates and expiration dates I have noted above are all current. For these dates to be extended, Congress must enact new legislation with new dates.
If the EUC legislation is extended, EB probably will be available in your state. That is another up to 20 weeks of benefits depending on your state's employment rate:
Originally Posted by diorgirl View Post
The three-month average unemployment rate triggers for Tiers III and IV in all states are:
• EUC Tier III - up to 13 weeks (state must have a three-month average unemployment rate of at least 6%).
• EUC Tier IV - up to 6 weeks (state must have a three-month average unemployment rate of at least 8.5%).

The unemployment rate triggers for EB can vary from state to state. However, most states opt for the following three-month average unemployment rate triggers:
• EB - up to 13 weeks (state must have a three-month average unemployment rate of at least 6%),
• High EB - up to an additional 7 weeks (state must have a three-month average unemployment rate of at least 8%).

Many states also require that EB is funded 100% by the federal government as one of the criterion for offering these benefits.

You should check your state's DOL website for the specific EB requirements that are in effect in your state.
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