Unemployment Extension - How to get it
It was agreed tentatively that the federal unemployment insurance would be extended for another 13 months. Therefore people who lost their jobs and have been living on the unemployment payments will continue getting the benefits through next year, up to 99 weeks in states with high unemployment rates.
If this extension legislation is passed and approved by the Congress, then there are many people who will benefits out of this program:
- For those unemployed workers currently collecting 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits, there will be an opportunity to move into the federal unemployment benefits program after they used all the state benefits.
- For those workers under the Extended Benefits (EB) program (living in high unemployment states, getting 13 to 20 weeks of additional benefits), this extended benefits will be continuing.
- For those workers under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) - collecting one of four tiers of benefits (ranging from 34 to 53 weeks), there is a chance to move to the next tier.
- However those who have already exhausted all state and federal benefits won’t fit into this agreement this time.
For the qualification, you might want to check with your local unemployment office or their website for more details about requirements and benefit payment processes.
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Typically you can't get by on unemployment benefits, as it is not enough to live on. However, in addition to unemployment compensation, there are a variety of other resources available for individuals who are either collecting unemployment right now or already out of the benefits.
As part of government assistance programs, you could apply one of the following:
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: previously called welfare and each state has this program, helping with food stamps, financial assistance, job training and searching.
- Food Stamps: help low income families and individuals buy food.
- Medicaid: provides medical benefits to low income people with no medical insurance
- WIC (Women, Infants, and Children. It is a supplemental nutrition program)
- Additional Federal Benefit Programs such as Dislocated and Laid Off Worker Program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and HUD Public Housing Assistance Program.
Some specific eligibility guidelines are required, so you better check to make sure you are within the range.
Check out unemployment statistics and how to collect benefits