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October 1, 2014 Update: Federal Unemployment Extension. According to the US Department of Labor, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 293,000, representing an increase of 12,000 over the previous week. The previous week`s unemployment claims level was revised from an initial 280,000 to 281,000. The DOL also reported that the four-week average declined to 298,500.

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September 28, 2014 Update: Unemployment claims in the United States declined last week, according to the U.S. Labor Department. Initial unemployment claims declined by 36,000 to reach 280,000, returning to a downward trend. During the previous week, claims for unemployment insurance benefits had jumped well above the average trend to reach 316,000. More news

September 18, 2014 Update: The US Department of Labor reports that applications for unemployment assistance increased by 11,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 315,000. This is the highest number since the end of June. The four-week average for applications increased 705. Year over year, the average is 7.1 percent lower. More news

September 16, 2014 Update: Figures released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in late August revealed that Texas created 46,600 new jobs for the month of July. After momentarily giving up the number one spot to Florida in June, Texas emerged as the overall winner for the year, producing more jobs than any other single state. The wide variety of jobs created included minimum wage, middle management, and higher paying positions. The hospitality and recreation industries as well as the oil and gas industry remain some of the strongest contenders in the new job creation efforts. Throughout the month of July, well over half the nation saw increased job openings. In total, 36 states recorded newly added jobs for the month. More news

September 14, 2014 Update: Governor Pat Quinn announced a few weeks ago that at 6.8%, the unemployment rate in Illinois is at a six year low. With the rate staggering around 10% about a year ago, the significant drop is quite impressive. The flip side of the shiny coin is that many Illinois residents are leaving the state to look for opportunities elsewhere. This means that the available jobs are simply going to the remaining workers according to supply and demand. Despite the slight exodus from the state, there are many factors that entice newcomers to the state as well as root existing residents who say they are staying put.
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September 23, 2014 Update: 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 Update: 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 Update: "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 Update: 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 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 August.
Reported in September of 2014, 142,000 new jobs were created in August. The unemployment rate slightly declined to 6.1%. Non-farm, seasonally adjusted employment grew to an all time high 139.1 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

  • 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:


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.