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March 18, 2019 Update: Federal Unemployment Extension. A new study showed that rebuilding a mental attachment to your work in the morning is essential for improved productivity and boosted engagement during the day. Over 3 million Americans are working in the fastest growing Green Energy sector of the US Economy. In the wake of the longest running stretch of US economic growth, analysts voice mounting concerns about a potential recession in 2020. The new number of unemployment benefits claims increased by 6,000, to reach a total of 229,000. The four-week moving average decreased by 2,500, to reach 223,750. Insured unemployment grew by 18,000 to reach 1.78 million. More news

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March 10, 2019 Update: February`s national unemployment rate decreased to 3.8%. US Employers added 20,000 new jobs: Professional Services +42,000, Wholesale +11,000, and Healthcare +4,000, while Construction lost -31,000 jobs, mainly due to unusually generous snowfalls throughout February. The overall consensus is that the job market is slowing down, and we will not see significant improvements in the labor market in 2019. Hourly rates increased 11 cents in February at an annualized growth rate of 3.4% - the sharpest growth in a decade. The US labor force participation rate remains flat at 63.2%. The weekly unemployment claims decreased by 3,000, to 223,000. The four-week moving average declined by 3,000, to reach 226,250. Insured unemployment fell by 50,000 to reach 1.76 million. More news

March 3, 2019 Update: February`s US unemployment rate forecast is 3.9% with approximately 250,000 new jobs created by US employers. Some economists predict an economic slowdown with annual GDP growth falling below 2% in 2019. Bernie Sanders promotes raising the minimum wage to $15. New immigration policies have made it more difficult to bring new workers to the US. However, the overall effect of this measure on the US economy is immaterial since this program involves only about 300,000 foreign employees or 0.2% of the US labor force. The number of unemployment claims increased by 8,000 to reach 225,000. The four-week moving average decreased by 7,000 to 229,500. Insured unemployment rose by 79,000 to reach 1.81 million.
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March 2019 Unemployment Update

Latest March 2019 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, 20,000 new jobs were added to the US economy in February of 2019

US Economy created 20,000 new jobs in February of 2019

Reported in March of 2019, 20,000 new jobs were created in February of 2019. The unemployment rate decreased to 3.8% with a total of 6.2 million unemployed (down 300,000). February`s unemployment rate among population segments were as follows: for Asians 3.1% (flat), Whites 3.3% (down 0.2%), adult women 3.4% (down 0.2%), adult men 3.5% (down 0.2%), Hispanics 4.3% (down 0.6%), African Americans 7.0% (up 0.2% in February and up 0.2% since February of 2018), and teenagers at 13.4% (up 0.5% since January and down 1.0% in the past 12 months). Non-farm, seasonally adjusted employment decreased by +255,000 (-251,000 in January) to reach 156,9 million. The number of long-term unemployed decreased to 1.3 million (up 19,000) in February or 20.4% of all unemployed (up 1.2%). The unemployment rate in February decreased for short- and mid-term unemployed.

Total US Civilian Population by employment type and population segment in February of 2019: total US population 328.4 million, 156.7 million working, of which 26.3 million working part-time, 70.1 million children, 89.8 million students, retired or on disability, 5.3 million want jobs, but unable to find it, 6.5 million officially unemployed.

The Real National Unemployment Rate decreased to 7.0%. There are currently 5.2 million (down 32,000 since January) individuals who want a job but are not considered unemployed and for this reason, are excluded from the official unemployment figures.

Employment Metrics Most of the employment metrics moderately improved since March 2018. Fed increased interest rates 4 times in 2018 to 2.50% but has lowered forecast for this year. The US Prime Rate is now 5.5%. Economists foresee an economic slowdown in 2019. Most of the month-over-month job gains took place in Professional Services +42,000, and Wholesale +11,000 offset by losses in Construction -31,000 and Retail -6,000 industries. In the past 12 months, Professional services added +535,000 new jobs, Healthcare +518,000, Hospitality +397,000, Transportation +268,000, Construction +255,000, Manufacturing +225,000, and Government +161,000, while Retail lost -90,000 and Wholesale -30,000 jobs since February of 2018. Average hourly earnings rose by 11 cents in February of 2019 (+3.4% up since February of 2018).

Total US Employment (non-farm, seasonally adjusted) in January of 2019. US economy has lost approximately 10 million jobs in comparison to pre-resession level.

Labor Force Participation Rate in February of 2019 remains unchanged at 63.2% or 3.0% below what it was in January of 2008 - the highest pre-recession employment level of 66.2%. 1.2 million of the high-paying US manufacturing jobs have been lost from the economy since 2007 (12.8 million in January of 2019 vs. 14.0 million in January of 2007), and instead, have been replaced by considerably lower-paying service jobs. This situation has improved in the past year as Manufacturing added +225,000 new jobs.

US Manufacturing jobs in February of 2019.

In-Focus Retail industry lost -90,000 and Wholesale -30,000 jobs since February of 2018. Information jobs increased by +56,000. A new high paying Machine Learning (AI) Industry has hard times establishing a sizable footing in the US with insignificant employment figures. Instead, the funding and employment opportunities keep on moving directly to China and India. China has announced a plan to dominate the AI industry by 2030. Outsourcing of High-Tech jobs destroys any hopes for US middle-class upward mobility. The long-term unemployed 1,271 (up by 19,000 in February and down by -54,000 in January) - out of work for 27 consecutive weeks or longer. Despite the full employment, this group finds it extremely challenging to find jobs, as employers perceive their skills as outdated. Currently, the US government contemplates developing skill-upgrade programs. Teenagers (16-19 years old) are still the most jobless population group with the highest unemployment rate of 13.4% 12.9% (up +0.5% in February, up 0.4% in January and down 1.0% in the past 12 months) and the lengthiest unemployment across all races, genders and age groups. The US government started offering a loan repayment program that can take care of student loans of up to $75,000.

Unemployment Rate and Number of Paid Unemployment Benefit weeks by State (non-farm, seasonally adjusted) in December of 2018

Changes in long-term unemployment in January of 2019: long-term unemployment (27 weeks and over) decreased by 54,000 in January of 2019; mid-term (5-26 weeks) is flat; short-term (less than 5 weeks) increased by 199,000. Over the past year, the number of long-term unemployed declined by 176,000 and represents 19.2% (down 1.5% in January) of all unemployed. Regretfully, many of these individuals ran out of benefits and consequently reclassified as not in labor force and get gradually replaced by those in the mid-term group. Opioid and Long-Term Disability (LTD) are among the main contributing factors. The number of not in labor force has decreased by 639,000 in the past 12 months. Latest studies revealed that publicly funded trade schools are one of the most effective methods of bringing unemployed back to the labor force.

Unemployment by duration of unemployment (non-farm, seasonally adjusted) in January of 2019 improved by 93,000 year-over-year: long-term unemployment (27 weeks and over) decreased by 176,000; mid-term (5-26 weeks) increased by 29,000; short-term (less than 5 weeks) increased by 54,000

Millions of adult Americans are still unable to find a meaningful full-time job, have given up looking for one or accepted unemployment as a status quo. This large group of adults represents a unique economic and political opportunity. It is our goal to leverage their skill and talent to produce economic benefits.

Hidden unemployment rate in the US in January of 2019 decreased to 6.8% (down 0.3%). A gap of 2.8% to official US unemployment. Real unemployment includes individuals who want work but are unable to find it.

Unemployment rates were lower in May in 14 states and stable in 36 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Eleven states had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier and 39 states and the District had little or no change. The national unemployment rate edged down from April to 3.8 percent and was 0.5 percentage point lower than in May 2017.

9 US states had their unemployment rates decreased, 3 states experienced increases, and 38 states remained unchanged. Unemployment rate in 10 states decreased from a year earlier, while 40 states experienced no change. The national unemployment rate increased to 4.0% (up 0.2%) from May, but 0.3% lower than in June of 2017.

In June of 2018, employment rose in 5 states, decreased in 1 state, and remained unchanged in 44 states. Over the year, 32 states added nonfarm payroll jobs and 18 states and DC were essentially flat.

Layoffs and Job Gains

In June of 2018, Hawaii has the lowest unemployment rate of 2.1%. Oregon`s rate of 4.0% is at historical lowest since 1976. Alaska has the highest unemployment rate of 7.1%. 16 states have their rates lower than the US value of 4.0%, 6 states have higher rates, and 28 states have rates at a national level.

9 states experienced decrease in unemployment rates, with the largest decreases of 0.2% in New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. 3 states experienced rate increases: Ohio (up +0.2%), Louisiana (up +0.1%) and Maine (up +0.1%). The remaining 38 states experienced no change in unemployment rate.

Unemployment rate changes from June of 2017: decrease in 10 states, including NM (down -1.2%), followed by KY (-0.9%).

Nonfarm Payroll Employment

In June 2018, 5 states had over-the-month increases in nonfarm payroll employment with the largest increases in MA (up +21,400), IL (up +18,100), and GA (up +14,200). Percentage-wise, the most significant improvement took place in MA (up +0.6%), TN (up +0.4%) and GA, IL, and NC (up +0.3%). WV lost jobs since May (down -8,000, or -1.1%).

Thirty-two of all states experienced increases in employment in June. The largest job gains took place in TX (up +359,500), CA (up +269,100), and FL (up +170,500). Percentage-wise, the largest gains took place in ID and UT (up +3.0%), followed by TX (up +2.9%).

Unemployment News & Resources

June 17, 2015: Improving unemployment claims figures and a 15-year low unemployment rate are not the best indicators of the health of the labor market. In fact, the insights they provide are inadequate to determine why unemployed individuals may no longer be in the labor force. For example, 6.5 million of US unemployed are still looking for jobs but no longer considered part of the 5.3% May unemployment rate. Continue reading

May 26, 2015: While over 50% of all low-end jobs at Fortune 500 companies are occupied by women, only 1 out of 7 corporate board and executive roles are held by women. Women are also more pre-disposed to get trapped in low-paying jobs than their male counterparts. Here are some answers. Continue reading

May 2, 2015: Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that the oil and gas industry lost roughly 2,000 jobs. That announcement came as a shocking surprise to individuals affected by layoffs in that industry. Based on alternative sources, the job losses were significantly understated in comparison to what was actually taking place. Industry review published by Challenger, Gray & Christmas proclaimed shocking 21,300. The drop in oil price alone accounted for 20,000 lost jobs in Texas. Here is why the figures are so different. Continue reading

April 27, 2015: 2016 presidential race is heating up. Four major contenders, among them one Democrat and four Republicans, have already tossed their hats into the ring. Here is how these four presidential hopefuls propose to tackle the unemployment. Continue reading

April 20, 2015: In spite of multiple warnings that number of states have overpaid millions of dollars in unemployment benefits, they have continued issuing such benefits to state employees, prisoners, and even the dead individuals, while 3 million people who are considered long-term unemployed receive no benefits at all. Continue reading

April 14, 2015: A new research conducted by the Emory University of Atlanta found that depression among unemployed young adults is three times as high as that among their employed peers. The study suggests that a high unemployment rate isn’t just an economic issue. It is also a public health problem. Continue reading

April 6, 2015: Despite weaker economic growth in the 1st quarter of this year, eight states have already reduced the unemployment benefits to less than 26 weeks, while others are exploring the possibility of either decreasing the number of weeks or cutting the weekly amounts. Much of this notion is driven by the fact that lately claims have experienced a significant decline. Continue reading

March 29, 2015: Unemployment numbers reported in February exceeded the expectations of economists and asserted that unemployment improved to pre-recession level. While this is certainly good for the U.S. economy, the long-term unemployment figures have changed very little. There are currently 2.7 million long-term unemployed that account for 31% of all unemployed Americans. These individuals may experience a reduction of their wages up to as much as 10% for as long as ten years after getting hired. Continue reading

March 18, 2015: A new study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research claims that Congress’s decision not to extend unemployment benefits in 2014 truly helped workers and created 1.8 million extra jobs. So what is the conclusion? Cut the unemployment benefits and unemployment will go down. The facts, as it turns out, are far more complex. Continue reading

March 3, 2015: Long-term unemployed or recently lost your job? Depression and suicidal thoughts start invading your mind? Well, you are not alone. According to the latest study conducted by Swiss scientists, about 20% of all suicides are linked to unemployment. Also, if you can recommend any local suicide help services, support groups or hotlines, please forward this information to us and we will share it with those in need. Continue reading

February 18, 2015: In the past 13 month, the economy added almost 3.5 million new jobs, including 750,000 in November and December. The labor participation rate grew to 62.9% from 62.7% in December. Also, here is why the unemployment rate increased to 5.7% in January. Continue reading

February 8, 2015: Regardless of the fact that over 2% of the country’s labor force is still unemployed for more than six months, the steadily declining weekly initial unemployment claims signify an ever strengthening employment market. Our analysis indicates that Republicans will be focusing on cutting expenses rather than funding EUC this year. The overall expectation is that the unemployment rate will drop so low by mid-2015 that employers will start hiring long-term unemployed. Continue reading

January 29, 2015: What will the US unemployment situation look like in 2015? Let’s take a look at some of the most important unemployment predictions. The economy generated an impressive 2.95 million new jobs. Joblessness rate fell to 11.2%. People are getting hired, but wages are still stagnating. Projections indicate that wages will increase by 2.5% this year. Continue reading

January 22, 2015: “2014 was a truly outstanding year for the labor market,” James Marple, an economist at TD Securities, explained, “Companies are increasingly looking to hire.” Economists forecast that in 2015, the U.S. economy will continue powering ahead of other large economies, notably those of Europe with the grow of more than 3%. Long-term unemployment fell by 27% last year. Still more must be done to boost stagnating wages. Continue reading

January 15, 2015: As a result of high student loan burdens, in conjunction with high rates of unemployment and underemployment, 7 million Americans or 18% of all education debt holders defaulted on their student loans. With over 60 percent of employers checking credit scores before hiring or promoting, ineligibility for some federal jobs, and withheld educational transcripts, those who need employment most desperately, suffer the most. Continue reading

January 7, 2015: While the short-term unemployment rate is on the decline, over 2% of the labor force remains long-term unemployed. What is even worse, finding and keeping jobs can be particularly problematic for the long-term unemployed. 30% of the long-term unemployed that eventually find a job lose it within 12 months. Studies reveal discrimination towards the long-term unemployed, also known as an “unemployment trap”. Continue reading

December 30, 2014: While the unemployment rate may have settled at a 6-year low, it can certainly be argued that the need to extend unemployment benefits still exists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the long-term unemployment situation hasn`t improved and approximately 2.8 million people or about 2% of the country`s workforce remain unemployed for more than 27 weeks. Continue reading

December 22, 2014: With 40% of workforce underemployed, Wal-Mart is notorious for its practice of intentionally low working hours and cuts in health care coverage. While the underemployment crisis might seem like a problem of individual employees, it has economic implications for the entire country. Continue reading

December 15, 2014: Colorado’s unemployment rate is down to an impressive 4.3 percent. That is the lowest level since March of 2008 and down from 4.7 percent in September of this year. Here is what keeps it so low and also why this may actually hurt Colorado`s economy. Continue reading

December 8, 2014: In November, President Obama announced that he will use his executive powers to provide immigration relief to an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants. Will Obama’s Immigration Action Mean Fewer Jobs for Americans? Continue reading

December 2, 2014: These 9 cities weathered the Great Recession and now boasting the lowest unemployment rates in the United States. Out of work for over 26 weeks? Why not to consider moving there? Continue reading

November 26, 2014: According to the Labor Department, African-American unemployment rate still hovers above 10%, while Caucasian men in America are unemployed at a rate of roughly 4.4 percent. Studies show that white applicants with a criminal record are more likely to get employed than a black applicant with no criminal record. Continue reading

November 18, 2014: Recently, there has been little word from either side of the aisle regarding a possible extension of unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless. At the same time almost 150 workers of Fusion Paperboard received notice that they will qualify for extended unemployment benefits. After exhausting their original 26 weeks of unemployment benefits, Fusion Paperboard employees will qualify to receive additional two and a half years of benefits. Continue reading

November 11, 2014: Citizens and politicians alike are quick to gripe about the United State’s seemingly high unemployment rate. Are things really so bad? Take a look at these four countries with outrageously high unemployment rates. Continue reading

November 5, 2014: Now that Republicans declared a victory in the House of Representatives and national unemployment rate is at 5.9 percent, emergency unemployment benefits (EUC) may never see the light of day. Either way, it is now up to Republicans to deal with the current economic issues. Continue reading

November 2, 2014: Unemployment rates for America`s least educated workers with high school diploma declined much sharper - from 6.2% to 5.3% because most of the post-recession economic growth took place in low-wage sectors. Here is how this will benefit you. Continue reading

October 20, 2014: 20% of Workers Laid Off in the Past 5 Years Are Still Unemployed Today. Unemployment rate among the workers who remain jobless for more than six months is among the most persistent, negative effects of the Great Recession. Long-term unemployment remains above pre-recession levels in 41 states. Continue reading

October 15, 2014: Will the Unemployment Extension be renewed in 2014? Here’s why Obama and Boehner blame both the unemployed as well as lengthy Congressional recesses for missing the Unemployment Extension bill. Continue reading to find out.

October 8, 2014: Some call them “the lost generation”. Many believe their "wage scars" will last upwards of twenty years and they will never be able to retire. It is estimated that federal and state governments are losing approximately $8.9 billion in revenue each year because of them. They tear at the very fabric of American society. Continue reading to find out if you are one of them.

September 23, 2014: While the resession may not be over yet, the unemployment rates inch up and there is still no sight of an unemployment extension 2014 bill. According to the Census Bureau, the poverty rate in the United States declined to 14.5 percent, showing 0.5% year-over-year decrease. Continue Reading

September 18, 2014: US unemployment rate is perceived as a major indicator of economic health. It is cited more than any other statistical figure in the world. But now its accuracy has been challenged and here is the reason why. Continue Reading

August 26, 2014: "Human Capital Dynamics and the U.S. Labor Market" report recently released by Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta indicates that the unemployment extension had no positive impact on employment rate. Continue Reading

August 8, 2014: The portion of Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 who were working in April fell to a five-month low of 75.5%.
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July 22, 2014: 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: Federal Funding Available for College Course. Pell Grants Give Up to $5,500 for Training.

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

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

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

Federal tiers are determined by the state`s unemployment rate where the unemployed individual chooses to file for benefits.
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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

  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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:


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