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Old 02-09-2010, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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This link was posted in another employment forum - and patially states that State EB are expiring at the end of this month.

This is the first I've heard of anything like this being said. I have a feeling it's just an additional factor to add to the scaremongering hysteria regarding extension deadlines running out. While we all know it's an important issue, hysterics doesn't really help.

I was under the impression that State EB is dependent on the UE rate in that State etc.

Does anyone here have any insights into the state EB expiring as stated in this article ?

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Old 02-09-2010, 12:17 PM
 
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This link was posted in another employment forum - and patially states that State EB are expiring at the end of this month.

This is the first I've heard of anything like this being said. I have a feeling it's just an additional factor to add to the scaremongering hysteria regarding extension deadlines running out. While we all know it's an important issue, hysterics doesn't really help.

I was under the impression that State EB is dependent on the UE rate in that State etc.

Does anyone here have any insights into the state EB expiring as stated in this article ?

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Every state is different in regards to Extended Benefits, and if there is an expiration date on them. Some states do have a cut-off date, others tie their cut off dates to the unemployment rate in their individual states. Pennsylvania uses their unemployment rate to determine when to trigger EB and when to end it.
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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Ok, thanks - that's what I thought - so the blanket statement in that article that "State EB are expiring at the end of the month" really is just scare tactics. It kinda contradicts that anyway when it goes on to say "and fed funding for the State EB will cease in the fall".
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:36 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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This link was posted in another employment forum - and patially states that State EB are expiring at the end of this month.

This is the first I've heard of anything like this being said. I have a feeling it's just an additional factor to add to the scaremongering hysteria regarding extension deadlines running out. While we all know it's an important issue, hysterics doesn't really help.

I was under the impression that State EB is dependent on the UE rate in that State etc.

Does anyone here have any insights into the state EB expiring as stated in this article ?


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This is an issue that always irritates me about NELP's public "rallying cries" -- they much too frequently generalize and oversimplify, getting many people unnecessarily riled up.

Extended Benefits (EB) is an unemployment insurance extension program that is traditionally 50% funded by the states and 50% funded by the federal government.

Effective February 2009, as part of the stimulus bill, the federal government began funding 100% of EB benefits. That 100% funding was due to expire on December 31, 2009 -- but it was extended for two months through February 28, 2010.

After that date, states that trigger EB or High EB will be responsible for paying 50% again -- unless Congress extends that funding deadline again. It is the 100% funding for EB that is expiring -- not the EB program.

In order for EB to become active, most states have to have an unemployment insurance rate that has averaged certain levels -- for example, in New Jersey, the rate must average 6.0% over a three-month period for EB; 8.0% for High EB.

So technically, EB itself has no expiration date -- it is, as you stated, triggered on and off by the state's unemployment rate. Once those triggers are met, it is up to the states to provide EB or not -- a decision that is often based on the state's ability to fund its share of the program.
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