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Unemployment extensions end Nov. 30

By: 17 November 2010 9 Comments

The Unemployment Compensation Act of 2010, passed by Congress and signed into law on July 22, expires on Nov. 30. This law extended Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC, or extension) benefits for the nation’s unemployed. It is unknown when – or if – Congress will take action to extend the EUC program.

What this means for Arkansans is that if your regular benefits exhaust during the week of Nov. 27, you will not be eligible for an unemployment extension at this time. If you are receiving a Tier I or Tier II extension (three “tiers” were available based on the state’s unemployment rate) that exhaust during the week of Dec. 4, you will not be eligible to roll into the next tier.

In Arkansas, there were 102,800 members of the state’s labor force drawing unemployment benefits in September. The state’s unemployment rate in that month was 7.7 percent.

To preserve your potential rights to benefits, you should continue to file weekly claims until the EUC program is passed by Congress, or until it is clear that the program will not be extended.

The last week that the $25 FAC (Federal Additional Compensation, or stimulus) will be paid in addition to the regular weekly benefit amount is Dec. 11.

Contact your local Department of Workforce Services office for more information.

About: Theresa Komor:
White County resident, freelance writer, photographer and blogger. Email her, visit her at A Bumpy Path and Out in the Back Yard for more neurotic enlightenment and visual stimulation.


  • Philip Brandon said:

    I have been out of work for a year and seven months. I’ve applied for everything under the sun and gotten nowhere, only two interviews which turned out to be for jobs that didn’t really exist at all. Employers are playing games with the unemployed and Congress is stepping all over them by letting the lifeline benefits expire. We’re not out here just milking the system like they claim. I would love to have a job…any job at this point, but what can you do? I have skills and want to make a contribution, but there are just too many people out there for the few jobs available. Someone is going to be left out and it’s not a 5 person for every job ratio like the government claims. It’s more like 300 people applying for every position that opens up. With numbers like that, who do you think is going to get hired? Friend of a friend…cousin…someone with a connection inside the company. Congress needs to wake up and really focus on fixing things, but until that happens, those extended benefits are a necessary evil. But if you happen to be one of those people who disagrees…fine…when my lifeline gets cut…I’ll just survive by preying on people who have jobs…maybe you. After all, I didn’t buy a house I couldn’t afford or dig myself a debt hole I couldn’t climb out of. I had eight years of seniority and still got laid off when the economy tanked. So those of you with jobs and high and mighty attitudes beware. Shall…we…play…a…game? I suggest hide and seek. You go hide. I promise I’ll find you. Heh, heh, heh. Think about that while you do your Yuletide shopping.

    Nemo (the evil Captain, not the cute fish)

  • Theresa Komor said:

    Here is our government in action, with the media finally picking up the story: Jobless benefits to expire as Congress debates tax The first round through the House failed, opposed by the Republicans, the article says, because they didn’t have the chance to attach spending cuts. Instead, they debated the issue of extending the Bush tax breaks to the wealthy.

  • hsr0601 said:

    1. The rebs have chanted : Are you listening to American people ?
    The majority of Americans support the idea of extending unemployment benefits to the jobless, according to a poll out from Hart Research Associates.
    Nearly three-quarters of the 802 registered voters surveyed agreed that it was “too early to start cutting back benefits for workers who lost their jobs.”
    2. Are the reps listening to America people ?
    According to CNN polling, voters said that unemployment is roughly twice as important as all other top issues combined.
    Despite the fact that unemployment remains above nine percent, the incoming House majority has made it clear that jobs and unemployment are not at the top of their to-do list.
    3. Are the reps listening to the outcry from their conscience ?
    (a). The reps shipped decent-paying manufacturing jobs overseas to lower production costs and eliminated the need to comply with those pesky environmental laws.
    (b). The recession caused by the reps wiped out as many as 8.2 million jobs, but they don’t care !
    (c). Throwing people out into the streets in the cold this holiday season, the heartless, cold-blooded death panels are having a good night’s sleep.
    (d). Never before has Congress decided to cut-off extended unemployment benefits when the jobless rate was so high. And not since the 1930s have so many unemployed job-seekers been out-of-work for so long.
    (e). The 154 members who voted against the extension may find their principles are very costly indeed—far more than the $12.5 billion their yea votes would have cost.
    4. Are the reps listening to the various reports ?
    (a). Ending federal extensions would drain the economy of $80 billion of purchasing power, according to a report by the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee. Every dollar spent on benefits increases the gross domestic product by $1.60, the report said.
    “Workers receiving unemployment insurance payments are typically cash-strapped and will spend their benefits quickly,” the report said. They spend about $6.5 billion a month on the local economy to buy essentials such as food, clothing and utilities.
    “A failure to extend the unemployment insurance program could hamper the fragile recovery,” the report said. It predicts that consumer spending will fall by $50 billion over the next year if benefits are not extended, and that economic growth will be reduced by 0.4 percentage points by February 2011.
    (b). Bloomberg News reported that some economists estimate not passing an extension might result in the economy growing 0.4 percent less between December and February, a significant bite when GDP growth has been hovering in the anemic 2 percent rage
    (c). The CBO reports that the BEST WAY to spur growth is to increase aid to the unemployed. Other efficient ways to grow the economy is by investing in infrastructure and providing more aid to the states.
    The CBO also says that without extensions in 2009, the poverty rate might be 15.4 percent, more than a full point higher than it is.
    (d). A similar report from the California Budget Project said that unemployment benefits put $225 million into the nation’s economy every day in 2010.
    Some economists worry that if jobless workers keep receiving extensions, they will stop looking for work. But the dearth of jobs in the labor market makes that point moot, the California Budget Project said.
    “Cutting off federally supported unemployment insurance benefits would make unemployed workers more desperate to find work, but it would not make them more likely to find work, because jobs are scarce,” the report said.
    At a time when there are five unemployed workers for every available job, it seems inconceivable that these unemployment benefits would be allowed to expire.
    5. Are the reps listening to the denouncement over their duplicity, two standards ?
    (a). The Bush tax cut for the greedy without providing a way to pay for its costs will add an additional $700 billion to the deficit over a decade,
    (b). Republicans have trumpeted the need to extend huge tax breaks to the wealthy and to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Both actions would significantly increase our nation’s debt and lead us down the road to bankruptcy, another major concern for voters.
    (c). On the one hand they want to provide $700 billion in tax cuts for the wealthiest, but not pay for them. On the other hand they demand that unemployment benefits for the middle class be paid for. It’s kind of like someone on a diet ordering a Diet Coke and a Big Mac simultaneously.
    (d). Back when Bush was pushing his tax cut packages through Congress in 2001 and 2003, supporters said the cuts (which weren’t balanced with spending reductions) would initiate an era in which the American economy would grow so robustly the nation would be running a surplus of more than $5 trillion at the scheduled expiration date. U.S. now runs a deficit of about $1.3 trillion
    In sharp contrast, Former President Bill Clinton left a record surplus, despite the warning of potential economic disaster over tax increase for the wealthiest.
    (e). Since the you-fix-the-deficit puzzle went online, there have been more than one million page views, and more than 11,000 posted Twitter messages about the puzzle, most including their own solution.
    The most popular option among all respondents? Reducing the military to less than its size before the Iraq war — included in about 80 percent of the solutions posted to Twitter.

  • Sunny said:

    Well, this really sucked. Went to file today for an extension and of course was told denied until congress votes for the extension. I have five children to feed, my other half just lost his job last week, and now have absolutely no income. The saying, “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer”. Well, I think that is true.

  • Ethan C. Nobles said:

    Hang in there, Sunny. The economy is an absolute mess and it’s absolutely painful to see things get worse for a lot of people. We knew things would get bad, but this bad? Cutting unemployment benefits right before the holidays after a couple of years of extreme deficit spending that did little to address the fact that people need jobs? God bless you and your family and I hope we all make it through this mess OK.

  • Theresa Komor said:

    Right, technically you are “denied” an extension because none exist. But, the state encourages you to file for that extension and keep filing your weekly claims as long as you are unemployed to preserve your right to receive the extension benefits for those weeks, should Congress pass the legislation. Keep in mind that the same eligibility requirements exist – namely having 20 weeks of work in the base period of your regular benefit claim. Eligibility won’t be determined until extensions are back in place though. My thoughts are with you, Sunny.

  • James said:

    Im in the middle of finishing school have two weeks left and they want to cut benefits before christmas and before i even have time to find a job with my new skills .That is messed up dont worry everyone the congress has plenty of money to pay their bills and drive their fancy cars and live high off of the tax payers money so what the hell are they worried about they got it made .. who give a shit about the little man we got it made ill tell u what this government we have now blows my top and this country has gone to hell. Its like they said lets send all our jobs over seas and to mexico so we can get rich.. what happen to the american dream.. there is not one any more its like were just trying to survive. all i can say is Lord help this Country we are in dying need of a massive change.

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