CA.GOV | Posted 10/17/2011
New Developments on Federal Unemployment Extensions
(Updated October 11, 2011)
10/11/11 11:30 a.m.
Updated: Number of individuals who have run out of benefits is now over 538,000.
The American Jobs Act of 2011 proposed by President Obama does include an additional year to access current federal unemployment extension benefits. However, it does not include any additional weeks of benefits to increase the maximum of up to 99 weeks of benefits that are available now. The President has submitted his package to Congress and it will require members’ approval if it is to become law. The EDD will be monitoring developments closely regarding unemployment benefits as well as potential enhancements in training and job search assistance. We encourage you to watch for updates on this EDD website and on our EDD Twitter and Facebook pages.
In the meantime, here are the details on what is currently being offered in federal unemployment extension benefits.
CURRENT BENEFITS STATUS
Currently, there are more than 1.1 million people certifying for benefits in California. The majority of these customers are collecting on a federal extension claim while the remainder are somewhere in the midst of a regular unemployment claim. A regular claim provides up to 26 weeks of benefits and federal extension benefits provide up to another 73 weeks of benefits, provided by the federal government due to the length and severity of the economic recession. Between regular and federal extension benefits, the EDD has paid a total of $12.6 billion in benefits so far this year (as of September 14, 2011), and is currently paying about $350 million a week. These benefits provide critical sustenance to unemployed workers and their families, in addition to local businesses where much of the benefits are spent on basic needs.
For now, the deadline for starting any new federal extension claim is coming up at the end of 2011. <!–
FILING DEADLINES FOR FEDERAL EXTENSION BENEFITS
CURRENT UI EXTENDED BENEFIT DURATION & CLAIM DEADLINES
Here is a breakdown of the filing deadlines for federal extension benefits:
|UI Claims||Maximum Weeks of Benefits Provided||Deadline for Starting This Type of UI Claim|
|Regular UI Claim||Up to 26 weeks of benefits||Once someone becomes unemployed|
|1st Tier of Federal Extension||Up to 20 weeks of benefits||December 25, 2011|
|2nd Tier of Federal Extension||Up to 14 weeks of benefits||January 1, 2012|
|3rd Tier of Federal Extension||Up to 13 weeks of benefits||January 1, 2012|
|4th Tier of Federal Extension||Up to 6 weeks of benefits||January 1, 2012|
|Separate FED-ED Extension||Up to 20 weeks of benefits||January 1, 2012|
|POTENTIAL TOTAL MAXIMUM BENEFITS||Up to 99 weeks of benefits|
customers who have run out of maximum benefits
The maximum total of unemployment benefits remains up to 99 weeks of benefits. As of October 10, 2011, there have been more than 538,000 unemployed workers in California who have run out of all available benefits, up to the 99 week maximum.
Unemployed individuals may be eligible for assistance to meet basic needs as well as other services such as health care, counseling, employment and training assistance. For more information, read the Assistance for Unemployed California Residents flyer and the Job Dislocation Brochure: English | Spanish.
For any further developments in the Unemployment Insurance program, as well as all other EDD programs and services, we encourage our customers watch for updates on our Website and on our EDD Twitter and Facebook pages.