Unemployment Benefits: What if my benefits end?

Unemployment Benefits: What if my benefits end?

Kai Dickerson
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April 8, 2020
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At some point in time, your unemployment benefits will come to an end as they are designed to be a temporary solution as you search for employment.

If yours are about to end make sure you prepare early to lessen the impact when your benefits do run out. Here are somethings to consider.

The amount of time that unemployment benefits will be paid is determined by your state. For YOUR state's specific information, click here.

  • Usually, most states pay benefits for a period of 26 weeks, but they may extend benefits when there is a high percentage of unemployed workers.

  • If you currently receive benefits and the state chooses to extend the benefits program, your unemployment insurance agency should contact you.

  • You can contact your state unemployment insurance agency to ask about extending your benefits.

  • In the worst case, if you become eligible you can enroll in state and federal welfare programs for assistance.

Some guidelines have changed

Due to COVID-19 and passage of The CARES Act, the federal government has changed some guidelines to allow states to increase and extend benefits:

  • Workers can now get an additional $600 per week for up to six months.

  • If you are currently receiving benefits from your state, they can be extended for an additional 13 weeks.

Have other questions? Check out these informative articles.

Stay strong and remember to check out all the resources available to you!

How has the unemployment process been for you so far?

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Pamela Gelvin
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Thank you to everyone for the articles and comments - it's very useful.

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Albert Little
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The UI Benefits have been a HUGE HELP for me and my family, since I have been Unemployed for about a month now.

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Dwynne Plowden
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I been locked out of my account I don't know what to do I called no answer can someone please give me a number I live in Georgia

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Irene Harris
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I live in Illinois and have been trying to file unemployment would not let me put in my state ID num keep saying invalid what can I do had been since late March help me please

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Jinkees Turner
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I have been locked out of my account... no one answers the phone everything is automated and hangs up when finished. I received no email or text or letter in the mail of my benefits running out. Finally got through to someone, the phone hangs up on his end while he was explaining to me a lot of people are going through this... have been in limbo since (yes i have also been looking for a job, but now jobhunting on the web is a game of pop ups and fake opportunities. This is horrible.

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KIm Aregis
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Where is the call back info for phone. I get thru and then hung up on

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Sherrie Sanders
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What if you go back to work does the remaining funds stay in your account or does that go back to state.

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Mary Davis
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I see unemployment is extended for 13 weeks in ohio when that runs out and this coronavirus is still going on are you gonna extend it longer I see in ohio sometimes they extend it for 20 weeks during high unempliyment is that gonna happen in this case??

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April Lindsey Burgamy
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Georgia unemployment doesn’t care!! I have been out of work 13 weeks( No fault of my own) and applied for benefits. I have NOT received a letter, email, money...NOTHING! I have called everyday and left messages NO CALL BACK ITS BEEN 13 weeks of calling! My online just tells me what I can receive weekly. I did everything I was ask and have claimed each week. We are in the middle of a crisis and this is how we are treated !! I have worked all my life to lose everything I work for because there under staffed! Top of all this I have lupus and it would be nice to be able to buy my medicine!

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Chris Wells
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it's been a real good experience and really nice to have an income for me and my family while I'm unemployed during this covid-19 thanks everyone in Jackson Mississippi and I'm right down 55 from y'all in McComb I do appreciate it thank you all and it's been a great experience hopefully mine will be extended for another 13 weeks if not God bless all and thanks again !!!

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