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CRS – Unemployment Insurance: Programs and Benefits

Unemployment Insurance: Programs and Benefits. Julie M. Whittaker,  Specialist in Income Security, Katelin P. Isaacs,  Analyst in Income Security. February 12, 2014

“Several types of benefits may be available to unemployed workers to provide them with income support during a spell of unemployment. The federal-state Unemployment Compensation (UC) program may provide income support through the payment of UC benefits for up to a maximum of 26 weeks in most states. Prior to its expiration on December 28, 2013 (December 29, 2013, in New York state), the temporary Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) program provided additional unemployment benefits of up to 47 weeks, also depending on state economic conditions. Unemployment benefits may be extended for up to 13 or 20 weeks by the permanent Extended Benefit (EB) program under certain state economic conditions. Certain groups of workers who lose their jobs because of international competition may qualify for income support through Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) programs. Unemployed workers may be eligible to receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits if they are not eligible for regular UC and if their unemployment may be directly attributed to a declared major disaster. Former U.S. military service members may be eligible for unemployment benefits through the unemployment compensation for ex-service members (UCX) program. The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 1991 (P.L. 102-164) provides that ex-service members be treated the same as other unemployed workers with respect to benefit levels, the waiting period for benefits, and benefit duration.”

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