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July 27, 2014 Update: Federal Unemployment Extension. Unemployment claims in the United States hit an eight-year low for the week ending July 19 when they dropped by 19,000 to a low of 284,000, according to the Labor Department. Historically, unemployment applications are often volatile during the month of July due to plant shutdowns.

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July 24, 2014 Update: Senators Jack Reed and Dean Heller are still committed to fund the unemployment extension despite approaching 2014 elections, fiscal crisis and resistance of Republicans. Regretfully, they are running out of time, as Congress is about to leave for a 5-week break. Meanwhile, despite declining unemployment figures, almost 60% of Americans believe that the economy is in decline.

July 20, 2014 Update: Applications for unemployment assistance dropped to 302,000, a decline of 3,000, over the previous week, according to the Labor Department. Currently, the unemployment rate is 6.1 percent, representing a 5 ½-year low. The four-week average for unemployment applications dropped to 309,000, the lowest level since June, 2007.
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July 22, 2014 Update: Feds recently announced 6.1 percent unemployment rate, which is lowest since George W. Bush was president. But what is the true nature of the unemployment rate? A record 92.5 million people are out of the work force, the cost of gas and food are at all-time sustained highs as is the stock market, and the failure to extend federal unemployment insurance benefits has a downward effect on the unemployment rate, making it look better than it actually is. Also can look at where jobs have been created, which, for the most part, aren`t in high-paying sectors... (Continue reading)

July 7, 2014 Update: Federal Funding Available for College Course. Pell Grants Give Up to $5,500 for Training.

June 20, 2014 Update: Unemployment Offers Opportunities for New Jobs Training.

May 27, 2014 Update: Unemployment Drops as Lawmakers Debate Benefits Extension.

May 24, 2014 Update: Federal Lawmakers Continue Wrangling Over Unemployment Extension

Latest news regarding the extension. For those who were not certifying for federal extension benefits due to going back to work, school or other situation but still had a remaining balance left on a federal extension claim, they have to reopen their claim if they are in need of extended benefits. The EDD recommends submitting a claims online to reopen their extension claims.

13 months jobs added in the US in May 2014

Employers added more jobs in June.
Reported in July of 2014, 288,000 new jobs were created in June. The unemployment rate decreased to 6.1%. Non-farm, seasonally adjusted employment grew to an all time high 138.8 million. Unfortunately, many of high paying manufacturing jobs have been replaced by lower paying service jobs. Also, the long-term unemployed (out of work for 26 weeks or longer) find it extremely challenging to return back to work, as employers perceive their skills as outdated. Millennials and women over 55 years old are the most impacted with the highest and longest unemployment rate across all gender and age groups.

Total US Employment in 2014 (non-farm, seasonally adjusted) in May 2014

Unemployment Rates for States (non-farm, seasonally adjusted) in May 2014




Federal tiers are determined by the state`s unemployment rate where the unemployed individual chooses to file for benefits.
US employment is 113,000 jobs short of its highest figure in Jan 2008. Do you feel that the economy is back to normal? Share with us your opinion.

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See how many weeks of unemployment benefits are available in your state

Benefit Extension: Your eligibility and the total amount of weeks for compensation are the major changes in the 2012 legislation bill. Congress has permitted States to administer drug testing for unemployed individuals seeking an extension of benefits if they were previously laid off due to the use of drugs.

In order to obtain the full 73 weeks of State compensation update, most states still require an active job search, as was the case in 2012.


State requirements of unemployment will vary, relying heavily on the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate.

Extension of Compensation
*Individuals who have collected all regular State benefits are those who can seek eligibility for the new unemployment bill, by starting with 13 weeks of federal extended benefits, referred to as extended Federal benefits or the "EB" Program. The EB Program is also relies on the state`s economic status to determine lengths & amounts.

Check the update page for legislation revisions throughout 2013.


After utilizing your Extended Benefits for 13 weeks, unemployed individuals can continue receiving benefits through the EUC (More on Emergency Unemployment Compensation). 2013 Extended benefit lengths are determined by which tier the individual falls into. The new Senate bill of December 2012 is comprised of 4 separate EUC tiers (each tier defines how long your extension will last).

Passing of the New Legislation Bill:



Federal Tiers Structure


(63 Weeks to 73 Weeks)

Details of the new enacted tiers, and a comprehensive benefit calculator is available to claimants. These changes were enacted on June 1, 2012 (prior to June, all tiers remained the same for claimants as was the case in 2011 for 99ers. It is important to note that in 2013, there is no tier 5 (99 weeks was reduced to 73 weeks). The 2013 legislation terms for the bill are as follows:

Extended Benefits For 73 Weeks

(UNTIL END OF 2013)
  • Tier 1: 14 weeks
  • Tier 2: 14 weeks
  • Tier 3: 9 weeks
  • Tier 4: 10 weeks (when your State is 9% or higher - if your State is losing extended benefits, then you are entitled to 16 weeks of unemployment insurance.
  • Depending on the date you lost your job, you may qualify for a different tier structure.
Changed Tiers Implemented Until August
(TO AUGUST OF 2012)
  • Tier 1: 20 weeks
  • Tier 2: 14 weeks IF state rate passes 6%.
  • Tier 3: 13 weeks IF state rate passes 7%.
  • Tier 4: Six weeks IF state rate passes 9%
New Extended Tier Plan (EUC)
(SEPTEMBER `12 - DECEMBER `13)
  • Tier 1: 14 weeks
  • Tier 2: 14 weeks IF state rate passes 6%.
  • Tier 3: 9 weeks IF state rate passes 7%.
  • Tier 4: 10 weeks IF state rate passes 9%

Maximum Amount of Weeks For Collecting (2012-2013)

Here is an overview of the maximum lengths this year:

  • FROM MARCH TO MAY: 99 WEEKS
  • FROM JUNE TO AUGUST: 79 WEEKS
  • FROM SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER: 99 WEEKS


Initial Claims (by State)


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Unemployed individuals are welcome to check the news update section for the latest legislation revisions to all State benefit plans.