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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Unemployment Benefits: One Month Extension of Final Date

by Calculated Risk on 3/03/2010 08:06:00 PM

Just an update:

H.R. 4691: Temporary Extension Act of 2010 was signed into law last night.

Extends the final date for entering a federal-state agreement under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program through April 5, 2010.
From Ron Scherer at the Christian Science Monitor:
The extension means if an individual was about to exhaust their state benefits and about to exhaust a tier of emergency unemployment compensation, they are eligible to apply to move up to the next tier. However, if an individual is about to exhaust their final tier or extended benefits, this will not help them.

“This does not add more weeks of benefits, it just extends the deadline in which people can qualify for either Emergency Unemployment Compensation or extended benefits,” says Judy Conti of NELP in Washington.

The 30-day extension of the benefits will cost the federal government about $10 billion.
I wonder how many people have exhausted all of their unemployment benefits?