November 18, 2009 at 9:07 pm(1) Rogersays:Leave a Comment
It looks like no unimployment until after christmas. It is going to be another bad year for my 3 kids.November 18, 2009 at 9:11 pm(2) Rogersays:
I was hoping to finally get the extension after thanksgiving. We were going to have a late thanksgiving, looks like it will be turkey pot pies.November 18, 2009 at 9:29 pm(3) WHAT IS THIS GOVERNMENT GOOD FOR?says:
IN EIGHT YEARS I HAVE NOT ONCE FILED FOR UNEMPLOYMENT THIS GOVERNMENT STINKS WE NEED TO MARCH OUT ALL THESE “OFFICALS” AND MAKE SOME CHANGES THIS IS RIDICULOUSNovember 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm(4) Kevinsays:
I bet if it were some rogue nation they would have been standing at there door with a check, but heaven help something bad happen to the working people the ones that keep this country moving.November 19, 2009 at 7:48 pm(5) kensays:
So looks like people who exhausted their 79weeks before dec,31 get 16+4 more weeks. But those of us on EUI benifits and my tier 1&2 (33weeks) run out in Jan.Which means I only get 59weeks. That means even tho in my state the unemployment of 11.2% doesn’t affect me and jobs are plentiful but those who get 20 more weeks after dec,31. thay have it rough. If they had not have passed the 14+6 ext. I would have been eligible for the 20week Extended Benefit period. This is so stupid.. So I see the plan. Once everyone who drop off uenemployment in Jan makes it look like the unemployment numbers are dropping and jobs are plentiful…November 19, 2009 at 7:58 pm(6) Dougsays:
I fill you my man i’m in the same boat.November 19, 2009 at 8:09 pm(7) Johnnysays:
I am lost and confused here. I understand it will take several weeks to get the program written but they should be able to get it done in 1 week it is not that hard to write the program. And should send out all the claim forms due at once from Nov 8th and not make us wait to get our checks. It is not our fault they aren’t ready we need our money some of us are starving and living in their vec’s.November 19, 2009 at 11:32 pm(8) Mariesays:
This is so confusing. So if you have exhausted all your benefits already, you will now be eligible for 14+6 weeks?November 19, 2009 at 11:47 pm(9) Tonneesays:
So if you run out of benefits before Dec. 26th, you get another 20 weeks. So because I took a temp job and stopped collecting benefits for 3 months, I will now not run out of benefits until January. So because I took a job instead of continuing to collect, I am being penalized. Whereas the person who turned down a job to collect more benefits, now gets more benefits!!!November 20, 2009 at 12:33 am(10) Mariesays:
I don’t think it is a matter of people turning down jobs on the off chance they may provide further extensions to Unemployment. I think most of us would have done the same and accepted even a temp job if offered.November 20, 2009 at 12:45 am(11) kensays:
Anyone know if congress is looking at extending the expiration deadlines or looking at this issue. extending the recovery and re-investment act unemployment insurance..November 20, 2009 at 1:03 am(12) stansays:
anyone notice how the rich are having a great time spending this year. but us working/middle class have to beg for every penny we get. maybe we can get back some of the 900 billion Bush and the republic party gave to the rich since 2000 in tax cuts.November 20, 2009 at 1:32 am(13) Jaded Citizensays:
I don’t understand some of the confusion here.
Unless I’m missing something — no where does it say you’re not going to get a check until after December 31. What it is specifying is that if you have already or are going to run out of benefits before December 31 you will be eligible for the new extension. Those on benefits lasting until after 12/31 will be SOL when they expire unless the government acts to rectify the situation.
It is up to your state office to get their cpu’s up to par to distribute the new funds. I call B.S. on a lot of the things I see in this country, but I don’t see that taking until after the new year to accomplish. As far as I can tell, those of you (like myself) who haven’t had a check for nearly two months should relax. We should be back in business soon.November 20, 2009 at 8:22 am(14) distressedsays:
What about us who have been out of work since when this all began. We exhaust everything in February 2010.And 20 year old unemployed felons they throw our applications in the trash can.November 20, 2009 at 10:35 am(15) ticked!!!says:
If this is the best that the U.S. Government can do, why we are paying the taxes?November 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm(16) College Grad.says:
I was laid off in 2006. I went back to school on TRADE and every time an extention was granted during those two years they said that money had to be used first so by the time I graduated all my Unemployment benefits were exausted and all money was cut off the day I graduated. Since then every extention has been denied. If I had known that I would have to pay back the TRADE money with all my future benefits, I would not have taken them. Everything they explained about the program was a lie and my degree has not helped me find even an interview!! After 35+ years of continious employment without drawing unemployment, I think I deserve better treatment. At least honesty!! Who do you think is benefiting from all the unemployment benefits that were paid in on my behalf?November 20, 2009 at 12:47 pm(17) Sharonsays:
I am completely confused. I have been unemployed since last year and have exausted all but with this new extension will I get it? I just exhausted this month and I am trying to go back to school can someone please explain this to me?November 20, 2009 at 1:22 pm(18) Brandonsays:
I ran out of benefits the 1st week of sept and according to the guidelines, Im eligible for the new extension, however, in my state, NORTH CAROLINA, they say it will take 6 weeks from NOV 18th to update and change things so I can receive it. That means I will have to go without any money from Sept 6th til Jan and that is just so wrong. I BLAME the deadbeats in the senate for this delay and I HOPE everyone who is in the same situation as me will vote OUT the ones responsible and get people in office who will actually help the people who put them there.November 20, 2009 at 2:30 pm(19) priscillasays:
merry christmas to everybody, santa is without a job, and no benefits to help. Choke on your turkey, washington.November 20, 2009 at 2:48 pm(20) North Carolinasays:
For everyone who voted for Obama’s CHANGE, I hope your happy. The only CHANGE Ive seen are things getting worse by the day. This week Dell closed down a plant in my state, putting 900 people out of work so they could move it to another country. Maybe I dont understand the logic but it seems to me, Pres Obama would want to stay in the states to help out the people who put him in office vs traveling all over the country. I was also told it would take 6 weeks to update their program so people who was eligible could start receiving bebefits again.HR3548 should have been put into law BEFORE people ran out of benefits, not make them suffer and do without money months after the bill was signed into law. I was offered a temp job but was told if I accepted it, once it was over I would loose my benefits. Getting penalized for taking a temp job just doesnt make good sense to me. I dont see things getting better as it seems the ONLY thing the deadbeats in Washington care about is Health Insurance reform. When I go to the polls at the next general election I will vote against ANYONE who is in office, especially our lame Governor Purdue in NC, who has done nothing but hurt the NC citizens. I wish everyone the best and just pray things will CHANGE, but in a positive manner.November 20, 2009 at 3:33 pm(21) LDAsays:
My benefits also expire in January and I don’t think it is right that some get 59 weeks and some get 99 weeks. I don’t see the logic in that. I hope congress does something soon because I’ve been diligently looking for a job. It’s bad enough my job has been shipped overseas. Now I feel like our government is turning their back on the unemployed and trying to sweep us under the rug! They need to get to work on extending these benefits right away!November 20, 2009 at 4:00 pm(22) North Carolinasays:
This is the message the NC Employment Security Comm has posted on their website:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE NEW UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EXTENSION ENACTED ON NOVEMBER 6, 2009
A second tier extension enhancement and a third tier extension for North Carolina unemployment insurance benefits has been enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. The US Department of Labor has developed procedures that each state must use in order to begin paying these benefits. NCESC staff is working to implement the procedures as quickly as possible. The current estimate is that it will take six weeks from November 18, 2009 to implement information system and program changes for the release of benefit payments. NCESC will mail notices that include instructions for filing to all unemployment insurance recipients who are potentially eligible for the tier 2 and tier 3 extensions.November 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm(23) Fen 1961says:
#20 in N.C. How old are you? It takes about 5 years before the work of the president begins to show and take effect! The people running out of unemployment now lost there jobs while Bush was in charge wise up Ilost my Job March 15 2008 Keep your political prejudices in the proper place not here this is for people trying to get information on unemployment Benifits and also it was a few republicans that have held up the latest extenssions WAKE UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!November 20, 2009 at 6:08 pm(24) North Carolinasays:
TO:: FEN 1961……Im 51 yrs old, also a republician, however I vote for the person, NOT the party. This is America FOOL, I can say whatever I desire and express MY opinions as I wish. I dont have any prejudices, except for idiots like you who try take away peoples rights. Since its pretty clear you cant understand english, let me spell it out for you FOOL, I did give credible information about unemployment, straight off NC’s website. Im also aware who held up HR3548 and come next election I will vote against them, including your ‘BOY’ in the white house. So, maybe instead of running your mouth, you will WAKE UP FOOL!November 20, 2009 at 6:22 pm(25) Connorsays:
I agree with you North Carolina in regards to your reply to Fen1961. Its jerks like him who feel people cant express theirself, so maybe hes the one who needs to WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!! I called the local ESC in my state today, was told my benefits was being delayed because of the DOL.(dept of labor) I also agree with you, the President should have planned ahead for people running out of benefits and got people on the ball. He sure didnt have a problem talking to congress pushing his health care bill. I think he needs to get his priorities in order and take care of Americans instead of jet setting across the country.November 20, 2009 at 7:36 pm(26) kensays:
Hey N.C. right on!! Fen is forgivably ignorant. He’s like the three little pigs. He will build his little house where it isn’t suppose to be and when it blows over he’ll find someone to blame but his own stupidity. Besides Yes things slid downhill with Bush and even Clinton , BUT FEN remember, The president said ” I will create 4 million jobs then it went to 5 million. Then he said OH! I will save 2 to 3 million jobs. But instead of taking ownership for his failure he uses the excuse “WE INHERITED THIS”November 20, 2009 at 7:51 pm(27) ruth mezasays:
I live in texaS nd have already started getting my checks starting getingchedks. (GOOD LUCK0November 20, 2009 at 9:05 pm(28) Jasonsays:
Everybody, this is not Obama’s fault, nor his administration, get that clear, this is the Senate and local/state governments to blame for this poor excuse of extension explanation. Obama has signed every extension presented to him, and he will sign more. our local senators need to get off their asses and make sure the federal government takes care of its people. Stop generalizing, and blaming the president. He doenst control anything, he is just the talking head and the signing hand. There are thousands of other people more powerful, that are denying the unemployed benefits because their departments are broke due to mis-management in the past.November 21, 2009 at 1:14 am(29) Debbiesays:
I became unemployed (NC) after years of WORKING. I was on Tier 2 EUC08 when my benefit year ended July 25, 2009. Had to file a “new claim”. Because I had wages in their base period, 17 weeks worth, I did NOT qualify for ANY extensions. I was short 3 weeks of the required 20 weeks needed. Of course I was short 3 weeks, I was ON UNEMPLOYMENT AND HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FIND A JOB. However, before the 17 weeks, I had YEARS of working weeks. They did not count this. The 17 weeks was the same employer and same wages from my immediate previous claim (my benefit year just ran out). NOW, I do not qualify for extensions BECAUSE I WORKED. If I had NOT worked, I would have just rolled into extensions in the “new benfit year claim”. This system is seriously flawed. I have NO income now. Single female, no children, no nothing. If I were an illegal or a foreign somebody, I would get help from this Government. However, I am an American Citizen, daughter of a passed 28 year Army veteran, college educated and now have NOTHING. I built a home and will lose it. I will lose everything I worked for because of this 20 week requirement. I have much more than 20 weeks, years, but THE BASE PERIOD THEY USE DISQUALIFIED ME FROM EXTENSIONS. Tried to appeal and rather then have a hearing, they just denied me again. SERIOUSLY FLAWED SYSTEM. I have NO INCOME folks. What do they want us to do????November 21, 2009 at 10:22 am(30) kensays:
Everyone must e-mail or call their legislator to voice their issues. I have called both senate reps and the house. Funny I sent a e-mail to senator bayh about the arra and unemployment (sole subject) he responded back addressing total healthcare, did not mention the ARRA and unemployment!! So I sent one to Santa Claus..November 21, 2009 at 10:45 am(31) Jay jaysays:
No wonder people can’t get jobs like the bad attitudes on here. You will never get a job if you are so irrational and blame the current administration for this mess we’re in. This mess is Bush’s era, not Obama’s.
Bush screwed this whole Country and now we’re paying for it.
So dilusional and North Carolina is just a racist illiterate trailer scrub.
jayNovember 21, 2009 at 10:51 am(32) Jordansays:
I agree with Jay.
Blaming our CURRENT President for our troubles is unsophisticated and not thought out very thoroughly.
Probably the one’s that get SSA and Unemployment at the same time but still bitch.
Just want Government handouts.
JordanNovember 21, 2009 at 10:16 pm(33) Bobsays:
I received a determination today concerning the new extension. (MICHIGAN) It said I would receive 8 weeks. This sorta corresponds with the end of the year. Does this mean I will receive another 12 afterward, or that I did not qualify for all 20 weeks or because (NELP) runs out unless extended at that time?November 22, 2009 at 2:31 am(34) Jillsays:
It is NOT Obama’s fault the bill was not passed sooner to those who are putting the blame on him. It is Congress that held it up. Learn Government 101 before you begin spewing your racist and prejudiced idiocy!
Corporate greed and the Republicans behind them have gotten this country into this mess financially.. When Clinton left office, our country’s budget was not at a deficit.
Not so funny is how years ago companies were not as greedy and were able to pay a decent wage and benefits to their employees. Then the union-busting Reagan and the Republicans came along and all of a sudden companies cry poor and say, “take pay and benefit concessions or we may have to let people go.” Now, the high wages go to only the very top people in the companies and the laborers took all the cuts. Greed, people, greed is what caused this!November 22, 2009 at 7:45 am(35) Kellysays:
I don’t care who’s problem it is. What good does it do to blame anyone? Fact of the matter is, I am unemployed. All I can do is try to find a job and deal with what’s in front of me today. Tax revenue is down. Some of the stimulus money went to saving jobs for teachers, fire fighters, policemen and other public servants. Our state and local politicians earmarked projects for stimulus money. I’d like to know who’s holding them accountable. The president doesn’t know what work needs to be done in Nebraska or North Carolina. He depends on Congress who depend on state and local authorities to tell him. I understand the frustration because my benefits run out in early January, but who knows I might have a job by then. Good luck everyone! I’ll pray that things turn around for you as they turn around for me.November 22, 2009 at 10:12 am(36) bRANDXONsays:
I saw some people freaking out saying they won’t get money till next year, thats not true your state just needs to get their system up and running and your benfits are paid back to the week on NOVEMBER 8,2009 so if it takes till Dec 2 ,2009 for your first check to come that means you will be a bigger check , so don’t freak out and be a fool file your weeks and you will get paid for them Ohio told us that as long as we file we get paid just we need to wait for the systems to get updated good luckNovember 22, 2009 at 10:27 am(37) kensays:
Bob your in the same boat I am. You have whatever extension you are on an it ends end of Jan, then its over. I was eligible for the EB of 20 weeks but now lose it. I don’t understand how they could let those who exhaust benefits in dec get 20 more weeks but we in Jan are no better off but lose our remaining benefits. If this goes on they have taken our benefits and given them to the one’s who’s already collected 79weeks and now another 20 weeks. I hope this is an oversite and they will vote to renew the ARRA program into next year and when it ends all will have benefit of equal number of weeks and it’s over then or we HOPEFULLY find a Job…..No one can answer if congress is aware of this and will address this problem!!!Anyone know???November 22, 2009 at 11:32 am(38) dansays:
i do not see any legislatoin to extend the dec 31 2009 to dec 31 2010 i been looking but i just do not see any activity to that end. http://www.opencongress.org/issues/alphabetical/Athat is a link to the open legislatoin in congress.there you can find out who voted how.and all that is going on in congress,it is a complete record of congressonal activity. if you do a little bit of research here you can see who is voting for what and who is voting against what.then you will know who to vote out at the next electoin based on their performance to your stantards.November 22, 2009 at 1:38 pm(39) fedupinNCsays:
Brandon and NC – the NCES site says it will take up to 6 weeks. No where does it say 6 weeks from the 18th. http://www.ncesc1.com/individual/UnemploymentExt11062009.pdf
I’m still confused if I get the extension or not. My last filing was today, my last check from EB will be direct deposited on Tuesday. I’m not sure what will happen or if I even qualify.November 22, 2009 at 1:57 pm(40) Davidsays:
Here in Maryland, no one answers the phones, all we get is a message that if we are eligible we will be getting information mailed to us!
This is from Maryland’s website: Which was posted around Nov 18th , not on the 9th.
EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION UPDATE (EUC) – November 9, 2009
CLAIMS FOR THE EXTENSION CANNOT BE FILED VIA THE INTERNET.
Individuals who have exhausted EUC benefits will be contacted by mail as soon as these benefits are payable, notifying them of possible eligibility for this fourteen-week extension. The letter will contain instructions on how and when to file claims. Do not contact the claim centers at this time as they do not have any additional information. If you are currently receiving your first twenty-six (26) weeks of benefits you will be notified when these benefits are exhausted.November 22, 2009 at 10:40 pm(41) ohiosays:
Was able to file for first weeks of estension over the phone last Thursday the 19th at that time I was informed that we would not get our first check until 11/27 and that would be for only one week. Also was told that we may not get another check until Dec. 18th due to some glitch.. I was told to continue filing additional weeks on the online system starting today but as of yet the system is still not updated and is not working…. will try to keep you postedNovember 23, 2009 at 12:20 am(42) Tom Lsays:
This is what NY Unem Site shows. Unless it is incorrect, people are wrong about this. This recent extension falls under Emergency Unem Compensation (Emergency Benefits) and THEY run out in June 2010.
EXTENDED BENEFITS, which I am on right now, run out 1/3/10. It all depends on when people started collecting. See below. Then scroll down and see details. READ THIS CAREFULLY.
See breakdown of the maximum number of weeks a claimant could potentially receive based on the effective date of the Original Claim (OC)*, AND provided that:
the claimant has been claiming full weeks of benefits since the beginning of the claim and there are no breaks in their claim
* An Original Claim’s (OC) effective date is the Monday of the week in which the claim is filed.
*OC effective May 1, 2006 – June 23, 2008 26 weeks of regular UI20 weeks of EUC-Tier 113 weeks of EUC-Tier 220 weeks of EB14 weeks of EUC(13 weeks Tier 3 and 1 week Tier 2)
93 weeks total
*OC effective June 30, 2008 – Sept. 8, 2008 26 weeks of regular UI20 weeks of EUC-Tier 113 weeks of EUC-Tier 29-19 weeks of EB (payable up to 1/3/10)14 weeks of EUC(13 weeks Tier 3 and 1 week Tier 2)
73 weeks plus 9 – 19 weeks of EB based on last payable week
*OC effective Sept. 15, 2008 – Nov. 3, 2008 26 weeks of regular UI20 weeks of EUC-Tier 113 weeks of EUC-Tier 214 weeks of EUC(13 weeks Tier 3 and 1 week Tier 2)
73 weeks total
*OC effective Nov. 10, 2008 – Feb. 2, 2009 26 weeks of regular UI20 weeks of EUC – Tier 114 weeks of EUC – Tier 2
60 weeks total
*OC effective Feb. 9, 2009 – June 22, 2009 26 weeks of regular UI20 weeks of EUC – Tier 1
46 weeks total
*OC effective June 29, 2009 and later: 26 weeks of regular UI only
UI = Regular Unemployment Insurance BenefitsEUC = Emergency Unemployment CompensationEB= Extended BenefitsNovember 23, 2009 at 12:24 am(43) Tom Lsays:
The additional 67 weeks of benefits are currently provided under two separate programs that allow unemployed individuals to continue receiving benefits after running out of their regular state benefits. These programs are:
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) – providing 47 weeks of emergency benefitsExtended Benefits (EB) – providing 20 weeks of extended benefits.
It is important to note that each program has its own timeframes and deadlines, and therefore, not all claimants are eligible for the full 47 weeks of Emergency Benefits and the 20 weeks of Extended Benefits. See below for the breakdown of each program, and important information and dates related to each: (see chart on maximum number of potential weeks)
Emergency Benefits are provided under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Program. There are currently three (3) tiers of EUC, providing a total of 47 weeks of emergency benefits:
Tier 1 (20 weeks) – to be eligible for Emergency Benefits under Tier 1, an individual must:
Have filed initial claim for regular unemployment effective on or before Monday, June 22, 2009.Exhaust regular benefits on or before the week ending December 27, 2009Start claiming Emergency Benefits on or before week ending January 3, 2010.
Tier 2 (14 weeks) – to be eligible for Emergency Benefits under Tier 2, an individual must:
Have filed initial claim for regular unemployment effective on or before Monday, February 2, 2009.Exhaust all 20 weeks of Tier 1 Emergency Benefits on or before week ending December 27, 2009.Start claiming Tier 2 Emergency Benefits on or before week ending January 3, 2010.
Tier 3 (13 weeks) – to be eligible for Emergency Benefits under Tier 3, an individual must:
Have filed initial claim for regular unemployment effective on or before Monday, November 3, 2008.Exhaust at least 33 weeks of Emergency Benefits (20 weeks Tier 1 and the first 13 weeks of Tier 2) on or before week ending December 27, 2009.
Because of timelines under the current federal legislation, some individuals start receiving Tier 3 Emergency Benefits right after exhausting Tier 2 Emergency Benefits, while others start receiving Tier 3 Emergency Benefits right after exhausting Extended Benefits. The reason for this is:
NOTE*****If you claimed at least one week of Extended Benefits by week ending November 8, 2009, you will continue claiming remaining Extended Benefits before you can start claiming additional emergency benefits.
If by week ending November 8, 2009, you had not claimed any Extended Benefits, you will then continue claiming any additional Emergency Benefits available to you, and will not be eligible for Extended Benefits.
** Note: The last payable week of Emergency Benefits is the week ending June 6, 2010.
Extended Benefits are provided under the Extended Benefits (EB) Program. There are currently 20 weeks of Extended Benefits available. However, to be eligible for any Extended Benefits, the individual must:
Have filed their initial claim for regular unemployment benefits effective on or before Monday, September 8, 2008.Exhaust 33 weeks of Emergency Benefits on or before week ending November 1, 2009.Start claiming Extended Benefits on or before week ending November 8, 2009.
** Note: The last payable week of Extended Benefits is the week ending January 3, 2010.November 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm(44) juliesays:
it was wonderful to read today that our government is paying millions of dollars for some heathens in afghanistan not to raise poppies…thank you president obama.November 23, 2009 at 1:01 pm(45) Khrissays:
I got layed off may of 2008, and just hit week 79 with unemployment benefits. In the state of Mass. were the unemployment rate just hit 9.2%.I have been told that I am eligable for up to 20 weeks and this would be “automatic” and I would not have to open another claim??? – thoughts or insight anyoneNovember 23, 2009 at 3:02 pm(46) MassMansays:
Khris, did they happen to tell you when we will get a check? I’ve been on a starvation diet for 4 weeks, and what crumbs I have left run out tomorrow. There is a positive side, I suppose, I won’t be gaining any weight during the holiday season, this year.November 23, 2009 at 4:41 pm(47) Randysays:
There are jobs out there for some. You just can’t expect that you will get the exact job you want or the pay you used to get. Even when the economy turns around you will most likely never make the same money you used to. My advise is that you take whatever job you can instead of sitting around waiting for your benefits to expire. Eventually everyone will realize that they need to take whats out there, then there will be even more competition for the few jobs that are available. Beat them to the punch and take the job.November 23, 2009 at 6:08 pm(48) Dianesays:
I been reading all this stuff about benefits. I was laid off in Oct. 2008. I have collected unemployment(NC) since then. My benefits run out in March, 2009. I have religiouly been looking for work, I hate not working. I am 57. No one wants to hire a female at my age. I was chosen for the Jobs Now program and if they will let me, I’ll go back for more training. I had gone back to school in 2003, OST certified and it didn’t do me any good. No one wants to hire you with no experience. Manufacturing is gone. I don’t know if I will be eligible for the new extension, I can only hope. I don’t expect to get the greatest job and best money but I need a job.November 23, 2009 at 6:19 pm(49) georgiasays:
I filed last week for tier 3 extension in ohio. and they told me that i would get 14 weeks and to continue filing on the phone every 2 weeks until they get the computer system updated. Tier 2 extention was from the state where tier 3 extention is from the fed. goverment.This is why it is taking so long because the computers has to be all switched over. They also said that the first check I will get will be for all back pay. There was no time given when this will all take place. My heart goes out to all of you, and I guess that all we can do is pray.November 23, 2009 at 9:22 pm(50) Donna NYsays:
I’m in NYC, got laid off from my job end of March. Despite the high unemployment in the NY area, my one UI extension runs out in January. I have been nonstop in job search and networking since fall last year. There are few marketing professional jobs in the area. I am facing losing my UI, facing losing my COBRA subsidy–and BTW, should I mention the job offer I got, was about to accept and then lost because the parent company of the company I’d be joining laid off 1200 people and they withdrew a WRITTEN OFFER? And BTW, the layoffs were DIRECTLY DUE TO ‘HEALTHCARE REFORM’ ACCORDING TO THE PRESS RELEASE.
I don’t understand why this administration is pushing ‘reform’ that will cost trillions, cause businesses to lay off more workers–and can’t move to extend UI and COBRA subsidy.November 24, 2009 at 2:17 am(51) shareviasays:
I say that nobody really know what really going on everybody saying different stuff and its confusion everybody basically what we all need to do is stop stressing over the new extension. Whenever its come which I hope it would be soon we all need to just pray to God to help everybody that is struggling and that things will get better and not worse we are here are going though it we just gotta hope for the better.I live in Atlanta ga and yet I still havnt heard from anybody regarding the new extension but I just know that it will be here soon but I hope for the better for everyone take care and always keep yo head up and keep faith into the lord.may God bless everyone.November 24, 2009 at 9:13 am(52) kevin kellysays:
Why is it the Dems will not pass a pure jobless ext.Why is it this latest extension has 2 billion for unemployed and 33 billion in a carryback provision for Homebuilder speculators?Theyre getting their backtax refunds as we speak,and the rest of us have to hope and pray.November 24, 2009 at 9:50 am(53) kensays:
Diane and others I feel your pain.. I lose my extended benefits in Jan. and my cobra, I also am 62 and when I walk in for the interviews (2 i’ve had) they act startled when they see a 62 yr. old showing up for the interview. You see they can’t ask your age when they call in response to your resume. I don’t like handouts but I agree they should vote to extend the ARRA expiration deadline so all could get the equal number of weeks. Those who qualify for the 14+6 weeks will have benefits of 99 weeks. those of us who lose in Jan received the 26 week or the EUI for a total of 26 or 59 weeks. They passed the latest extension due to states with high unemployment rates but why do they feel we who lose our benefits in Jan are better off than those in Dec, who get the extensions..November 24, 2009 at 10:34 am(54) Ron (MD)says:
What are we to tell our creditors while we wait on extension update? My EUC ran out in early October. Haven’t had a check since. Told to sign up for welfare by UE office. Are we to give up everything, including our pride? All of our lawmakers will have a Thanksgiving meal. I will not. Enjoy Washington !November 24, 2009 at 1:37 pm(55) cheesphhtsays:
Now do you people understand that there is and was a conspiracy to overthrow the middle class of America all along? This is the result of ignoring the warning signs that were given right in front of you all along and voting for the same traitors that are responsible for America’s plight to an eco-tsunami in the next couple of years.
Look up Lindsey Williams and read or look at what he has to say that’s coming up next on the doomsday docket!November 24, 2009 at 2:33 pm(56) gracesays:
I finally got through on the phone to someone at the employment department (edd) after several days of trying. I am on my first extension which will take me through the middle of January. I was kind of worried because it says on their web site that in order to qualify for the second extension if you do not exhaust your first extension by the 27th of December you will not qualify for the second extension. I was told that needs to be updated because it is not correct and it’s confusing a lot of people. she said I will receive something in the mail after I get my last check and as long as I am meeting all the qualifications as far as looking for work, etc. I will continue on to the second extension. She said the extensions are there to help all of the people who are unemployed, and as long as the extensions have been approved and you qualify you continue getting a check.November 24, 2009 at 8:24 pm(57) kensays:
Grace, Its like this. If you are/were one of those who used all Ui benefits and extensions by the end of Dec,2009 then you qualify for the last approved extension of 14+6 weeks. But for those whose regular 26 weeks of UI or those on extensions currently, they will continue to run until those weeks are exhausted then you get no more benefits unless congress approves the dec 27th. expiration deadline. So say for those on their first unemployment claim of 26 weeks and just so happens they finish their 26 weeks anytime after Jan, 1st. then thats it. You don’t even get to apply for the next extension called EUI of 33 total weeks. On my state employment website it clearly defines as of Dec,26th. it’s over unless congress votes to extend.November 24, 2009 at 10:24 pm(58) Sandysays:
I’m confused and need some help. I live in Kentucky. I have already recieved the first 26 weeks of regular unemployment and now on the 33 weeks. It ends Jan.3. What’s next if anything?November 25, 2009 at 5:32 am(59) prmavensays:
Can you clarify the extra 6 weeks for those in states with unemployment above 8.5%….I just received an e-mail from NELP saying that if the NAARP isn’t extended then we will not get the extra 6 weeks. So, my first question is this true? Secondly, if so, then why did they provide for an extra 6 weeks? Makes no sense!!November 25, 2009 at 7:17 am(60) Montysays:
Thank you, “(38) dan”, for posting a link to the open legislation in congress. I’m gonna post it again in case people overlooked the link:
You can verify how your gravy-train “representatives” voted on the issues before them.November 25, 2009 at 9:41 am(61) Mikesays:
I understand the frustration that those people have that are having trouble getting the extensions that they need. Realize that my regular 6 month unemployment runs out in February 2010. I will get “nothing” beyond 26 weeks and will lose Cobra 65% discount I desperately need. I am over 60 years of age and landing jobs with benefits in this time is really bad. Please extend these programs congress or a lot of good people will lose it all.November 25, 2009 at 9:53 am(62) Mikesays:
Lets all start doing crime!!! We need to eat!!November 25, 2009 at 5:17 pm(63) joe!!!!!says:
i started drawing unemployment at the end of july,2009 and got 20weeks and its about to end the 2nd week of dec,2009..so what kind of extends do i get? can anyone help me?November 25, 2009 at 6:24 pm(64) lsmftsays:
Sen. Reid says no unemployment help until he gets his health care bill passed. He sets the order of the bills and he wants power. As the Pres. said earlier this year, there will be change and “all will sacrifice”.November 25, 2009 at 8:09 pm(65) mikesays:
Has any one noticed that may be Obama is just another suit like all the former presidents before him. Do you really think he makes the decision on the U.S. position in the middle East. Follow the money people. We are spending Billions that end up in the pockets of the real decision makers pockets such as Martin Merrietta, General Dynamics and Haliburton Ect.. People you have been hood winked. Soon we all will be starving in this country unless the people wake up.November 25, 2009 at 9:20 pm(66) Montysays:
“(65) mike”, I think you are right.
Take a look at the booklet, _War is a Racket_, by the late retired U.S. Marine Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, one of only 19 people to be twice awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
His book was one of the first describing the workings of the military-industrial complex:
If Obama and his partyers on the gravy-train *don’t* approve of additional unemployment aid, it’s projected that over 3 million people will be without work come March 2010. He and the gravy train *WILL* approve of more aid.
No problem. They’ll just print more money.November 26, 2009 at 3:18 am(67) hurricane1951says:
Thanks to all for the comments on the status of the unemployment benefits. It helps tremendously. To all those blaming the politicians, I think that enough blame is to be had on all sides and all politicians have e-mails. I have sent my share and will continue to send. You all have a lot to say
To cheesphht: What week of unemploymment is Lindsey Williams on? If your sending money to him stop it.November 26, 2009 at 3:37 am(68) D Asays:
Cheney worked for Haliburton….Cheney gets selected as VP running mate……Cheney gets millions of dollars in bonus on leaving Haliburton…..we go to war (how we got there makes one wonder!)….we have been at war for 8 years……the economy booms. When Republicans took over we were in an economic melt down after the Clinton administration. Maybe war is a racket! Interesting that Smedley’s book was in the early 1900’s. War was evidently always a racket from the beginning of time. I only read a synopsis. I need to get the rest of the book. He says how Capone only racketed in three neighborhoods while he racketeered on three continents. Really interesting thought!November 26, 2009 at 12:21 pm(69) mommy4ncsays:
Im in NC and agree with the commenter that corrected “6 weeks from Nov. 18th”..it doesnt say that and common sense tells you they mean 6 weeks from when the extention took effect..stop making people feel worse and panic worse than they already are..this whole situation is hard enough..and for the ignorant people posting comments everyone eligible for an unemployment claim has to be out of work through no fault of their own so that handout speech you keep talking is bs..you better hope the shoe is NEVER on the other foot and its YOU who is in this predicamentNovember 26, 2009 at 5:12 pm(70) jeffsays:
i have asked this question once already and have not gotten any help..i know some people get like 79-99 weeks of unemployment for the past 2yrs..whats happens if u just started getting unemployment this past july and its about to run out the 2nd week of dec..do i get any of those extends? can anyone help me with this question????November 27, 2009 at 5:07 am(71) sandra dorseysays:
I think this entire country (usa) should do exactly what Belgium did years ago when they got tired of the BS of the government, crappy jobs, bad benes, crappy pay..
Everyone across the board are out of work anyway/losing jobs left and right and dont seem to be any improvements..Everyone in the USA that are currently working/pay taxes should just walk off ALL the few jobs left in this country and bring this country to a complete stop..keep it like that for months..Everyone is losing their jobs, homes, and everything else anyway..SOME danged this this country and these businesses in this country should know and realize that without the lil worker bee working their fanny off ..paying into the taxes..to support the President of the USA, the Senators, and all politicians, the military folks/their families, and all the freebees on welfare (that really dont need it) and those on SSI (and there are plenty on that that really shouldnt be..Disabled means not able to take care of oneself..bedridden..NOT with a twisted toenail or a bad dream)..Without the lil worker bee supporting all the rich and lazy in this country..would literally bring this government, etc to its knees..What do we have to lose anyway? Everything we have is being taken away as it is..November 27, 2009 at 7:31 pm(72) Montysays:
From a former Washington insider:
“I had been consulting for the government . . . Eisenhower, Kennedy, and now Johnson. And I had seen a lot of classified material by this time . . . and had been in a position to compare it with what was being said to the public. The public is lied to every day by the President, by his spokespeople, by his officers. If you can’t handle the thought that the President lies to the public for all kinds of reasons, you couldn’t stay in the government at that level, or you’re made aware of it, a week.”
” … The fact is Presidents rarely say the whole truth—essentially, never say the whole truth—of what they expect and what they’re doing and what they believe and why they’re doing it and rarely refrain from lying, actually, about these matters.”
-Daniel Ellsberg(I’d always thought he was a hippie. No. He was the ultimate Washington insider:
One thing you can count on: Obama’s approval ratings are dropping. He does NOT want 3 million ANGRY laid off “lil worker bees” attacking his behind. Out of self-interest, he and the gravy-trainers HAVE TO extend benefits. They will print more money and increase the national deficit. NO PROBLEM. That’s been this administration’s answer to everything.November 28, 2009 at 11:41 am(73) joelsays:
OK.. THIS DOES NOT REALY HELP ANYONE UNLESS YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT RAN OT ALL READY, THEUY NEED TO GET THERE HEADS OUT OF THERE BUTS AND FIX THIS. WHAT IS THE POINT OF AN EXTENSION IF IT IS NOT GOING TO WORK. I LIVE IN NY AND I AM NOT SURE WERE U ALL LIVE BUT PLEASE EMAIL YOUR SENATOR AND PLEASE EMAIL SENATOR HARRY REID AT http://reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm OR CALL HIM AT202-224-3542. THIS GUY FOUGHT HIS TEETH OUT FOR USNovember 28, 2009 at 8:18 pm(74) Kamsays:
I bet it’s the Indians or Chinese who the government has updating all the unemployment systems software since that’s where all the IT jobs are going. Hopefully you’ll be able to understand the directions since they can’t speak english. Or as they say, “I having some doubts”.November 29, 2009 at 1:51 pm(75) SUSANsays:
I have been on Unemployment since Nov-2007. I HAVE COLLECTED ALL 79 WEEKS AND THAT EXPIRED IN SEPT-2009.YES, I AM RELIEVED THEY PASSED THE EXTENSION. HOWEVER, I STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH THE MIND SET OF ANY EXPIRATION DATE FOR THOSE WHO’S BENEFITS HAVE NOT EXPIRED AND WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO THE SAME BENEFITS I WAS ABLE TO COLLECT. I GUESS THAT WILL LEAD HARD WORKING PEOPLE TO WELFARE AND LOSS OF DIGNITY AND THE HUMILIATION ASSOCIATED WITH THAT TERM. I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND PEOPLE WHO CRITICIZE THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING NOW BUT, MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE FUNDS TO EXIST. GOD HELP US ALL, WE NEED IT. WE SURE DON’T SEEM TO WANT TO HELP ONE ANOTHER, JUST SAVE CORPORATE AMERICA AND DENY THE ONE’S WHO WORKED TO MAKE IT ALL POSSIBLE. JUST A THOUGHT FROM LOUISVILLE, KY. MAYBE I SHOULD NOT HAVE NAMED MY STATE. AFTER ALL, WE ARE JUST HICK’S HERE.November 29, 2009 at 6:16 pm(76) Jericsays:
Hi Folks, After someone runs out of the 26 weeks months. Which my 6 months runs out October 4. How many weeks is the next extension?Is it 7 or 13 weeks?November 29, 2009 at 8:32 pm(77) kensays:
I sent senator Reed an e-mail hoping he’ll get it, asking him to consider the ARRA extension and how those of us who lose our benefits in January are no better off than those who got the 20 weeks in December. Hope congress will consider. I can’t beleive they could pass extensions for those in December and thumb their noses and take away our benefits in January. Doesn’t make sense. people who get the extension of 20 more weeks can’t be anymore dire than those of us who lose them in january..I urge all to click on the http tag on joel’s number 73 line it will open to Senator Reeds address, please send him an e-mail…November 30, 2009 at 2:22 am(78) Bethsays:
We’re in the Orlando area and my daughter has been out of work for a year and has been waiting for this latest extension since her benefits ran out in late October. Meanwhile, she needs $90/wk for meds. I’m a widow on SS and after rent and utilities there’s nothing left. We’ve been selling anything we can on CraigsList, which isn’t much, and having yard sales but if the unemployment checks don’t start soon, she’s going to end up in the hospital. I’m so stressed worrying about her and paying bills. I’ve been around a long time and never have seen things this bad. I already lost my house to a hurricane, then had to go through bankruptcy for medical bills, and now this…enough already.
The hell with the Health Bill, put the money towards getting people back to work first and then address healthcare.November 30, 2009 at 9:48 am(79) Samsays:
I have been unemployed since April 2007 when the factory I worked in Kentucky moved to Mexico. I went to school and will graduate in 2 weeks. My TRA was cut off on Nov. 7 without notice. The information about the extension came out in the local newspaper on Nov. 17. When I went to request a check, I was informed that the benefits had stopped. I have been looking for a job, but I am also 57. It is so hard to find a job at this age. What are we supposed to do? I have always felt like it was unfair for people 65 and over drawing full benefits of unemployment and receive full social security benefits. My daughter went to work part time while going to school and her benefits were cut off when she reached her BYE date because of a part time job. If you try to work and make any money, your benefits are cut off but you can draw full SS benefits and still get unemployment. How fair is this? This morning I went back to the unemployment office and they told me the same thing about waiting for a letter that they said will not be mailed out until approximately 2 more weeks. This is ridiculous.November 30, 2009 at 12:26 pm(80) fedupinNCsays:
NC Unemployment EB Phone line states that there is a 6 week delay from November 18th. Why is that not 6 weeks from November 8? What did they do those 10 days? So we get a check what, Christmas eve? I’m so upset I can’t stand it. I don’t know what the hell to do. I’m on the verge of accepting a job in another state but don’t have money to get us there (company paying for relo but not transpo) I’m stuck. This is awful.November 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm(81) kevin kellysays:
Dear Fedupinnc how much money do you need?I can help.November 30, 2009 at 3:37 pm(82) penny2mynamesays:
I live in NC and have tried for weeks to get some sort of concrete information about when the latest extension payments will be disbursted. So far all I’ve gotten is more confusion and a lot of dead ends. I’ve called and emailed the ncesc and no one obviously knows what’s going on. I’ve read the other comments of six weeks from Nov. 18 and then six weeks from the time the extension was passed. Does anyone really know?November 30, 2009 at 8:03 pm(83) Patriotsays:
2 co-workers and I are american veterans who were working for UPS. We were over the age for UPS to promote us so we joined the other 80% of UPS work force and unionized. UPS laid us vets off on the 4th of July just to show us and make an example to scare the remaining non-union work force back into hiding in their cubicles. UPS is sending American jobs overseas to China and laying off Americans so the CEO can get his 6 million dollar bonus again this year. The Chinese radical muslims are probably installing bombs in the aircraft during repairs since there is no security measures at their airports like we maintain here. They will set them off over your city is my theory. It is a lot cheaper to run an airport without security. Anyway, don’t support UPS sending American jobs to China! Voice your opinion shut UPS down…November 30, 2009 at 9:42 pm(84) keri drexelsays:
How about if someone came in and told the president he was layed off and he had to live on unemployment and then his family has to suffer then. lets call a spade a spade. the government is all out for themselves and they dont care about the american working people. thats called politicsNovember 30, 2009 at 9:44 pm(85) keridrexelsays:
how about the president get laid off and let him sit on unemployment. oh no that would never happen. thats called politics. the government doesnt care about the working american people.December 1, 2009 at 12:17 am(86) fedupinNCsays:
Pennytomyname – I talked to NC Unemployment today – it is 6 to 8 weeks from NOVEMBER 18 – so we are looking at the earliest possible check coming on Dec 28th or 29th.
Kevin Kelly – don’t tease me. It’s too painful.December 1, 2009 at 4:33 am(87) Roland (tx)says:
Can someone help me out. I am confused. I am goin to request my last payment december 27th 2009. Will i get the extension. What do i have to do?December 1, 2009 at 9:54 am(88) kensays:
I urge people go to line 73, click on the http address for senator reid and it will go to his e-mail page and fill it out and urge passing the ARRA deadline extension.. If you do not then don’t complain. I read democrats are addressing cobra and unemployment at the summitt this week.December 1, 2009 at 4:26 pm(89) m t sharpsays:
I just left a message for Harry Reid. The liberals are amazing. People are starving to death and they are worried about Government Health Care.December 1, 2009 at 4:58 pm(90) kensays:
I left e-mails for harry reid X2 and nancy pelosi 1. My worry is they’ll ignore or won’t even read the e-mails. But all I can say is I can’t imagine how congress can be concerned about those losing benefits in December and acting to protect them but ignoring those 1 million losing in January and up to 3 million by March if nothing is done!! Would not make any sense. I mentioned to Pelosi that if unemployed people can continue on their extensions equally as the economy looks brighter it will help the economy grow, but if millions lose their unemployment in January it will certainly worsen any growth in the economy and even increase job loses and we will spiral deeper into a worsening economy..I am a conserative but I heard the republicans do not support any extensions beacuse it will drive us further into debt. My message to that stupid thinking is helping the unemployed is a necessity even if it leads further into debt. and should be their first priority, and focus on the other foolish spending on other debt programs. They need to learn on how to focus on a win win situation. supporting the unemployed is a win win and would help the economical outlook while trying to cap the other unnecessary spending programs. Unemployed people will not forget who helped them and who hurt them at election time!!!December 1, 2009 at 5:32 pm(91) Jennsays:
I have not been unemployeed in over 19 years and at times work 2 jobs. The company (that went under) for over 13.5 years, and some part time jobs on the side. I am planning to move after the first of the year to a much better state, but the extention info is not making any sense. My employement office told me to look in the mail on this Thursday for a letter telling me if mine is extended. If it is in the mail should they not be able to look it up and tell me something today, not make me wait. I have only had one extention. And it just ran out. Never drawn welfare, but I will go for everything if denided. I pay my taxes, so it will be my turn. Although it will be embaressing, I don’t care. Something has got to give!!!December 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm(92) cbr6864says:
this makes no sense!! if your are getting extensions now you are ok. but if you dont use up regular unemployement and file before end of dec your screwed!
good luck contacting unemployement office! my benfits run out dec 4 i was told to wait until i requested a payment which would be dec 14. then they would mail me paper work. by then it will be late.
this is crazzy all they want to do is hide the real numbers!!!December 1, 2009 at 7:59 pm(93) Wandasays:
I found this article on HuffPost: UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS EXTENSIONS: 100 Billion Safety Net In The Works…http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/01/unemployment-benefits-ext_0_n_375779.html.
Good luck you guys, I’m in the same situation, it has been 2 years for which I was on my job for 15 years until I was laid off and I’m still looking for employment.December 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm(94) cherylsays:
My question is are there any extensions for people whose benefits run out in Jan 2010December 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm(95) mikesays:
Wake up people The fat politicians of our country are well aware that a national health care bill will never be passed. They have proved time after time that they don’t have a clue what they are doing. Do they really care? Hell no! They give the American people the impression they are working so hard to help you with this health care sham. They gave billions of Tarp money to the very people who have been skewing the public for years and not one bank that received it made any loans to the millions of small businesses that fuel this economy. That’s why we are unemployed. Why didn’t the government set up hundreds of branch offices of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and issue refinancing on mortgages and issues business loans direct to the public and eliminate the middle man bankers who they claim are to big too fail. Wake up people we have a corrupt and incompetent Govmt. Do they care that we are unemployed and starving? Hell no there pay checks are received every two weeks and on top of that we pay all there expences.December 2, 2009 at 2:29 pm(96) m t sharpsays:
Amen brother you hit the nail on the head. They were chastising companies for giving big bonuses but our politicians who have run this country into the ground are still giving themselves big raises. It is a joke and every single one of them need removed from office and have all their money taken from them because they have not EARNED a dime. I have never been unemployed for even a day in my life and lost my job 2/2/09 and mine runs out first week of January and then it is only a one week pay. I can’t find a job and taking care of 4 kids on my own. I will not take food stamps and have maintained my bills because I live lean but until economy improves it looks like I will be out of luck. I hope they realize how stupid this is in time.December 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm(97) cbr6864says:
sorry to say your out of luck as it stands now. your regular benifits must run out before end week of 27 of dec and you must apply before dec31 also you must have started your claim on or before june 22. and that is just to get tier 1.
all they are doing is cooking to books unemployement numbers will look great jan/feb because around 1 million people will be cut off!December 2, 2009 at 2:39 pm(98) Floridasays:
I would like to know if anyone has went to to the website for eligibility for emergency unemployment please let me know what did it say when you typed in your SS# and pin number Its supposed to tell you if you are eligible for EUC benefits. I called unemployment office today I was told no one in Florida has received a letter yet she told me it could be the 3rd week of December before you even receive a letter that means we wil not receive a check until Jan 2010. I REALLY NEED MY MONEY! PLEASE HELP! GOD BLESS! I WILL KEEP PRAYING FOR EVERYONE! I HOPE THINGS GET BETTER!December 2, 2009 at 8:21 pm(99) m t sharpsays:
Well 2/2/09 is before June 22nd so really what I need is for them to include the rest of us in this extension and we will be ok. I for one believe that they will and we will be ok in the end.December 2, 2009 at 10:48 pm(100) mass03says:
Due to the complex nature of the procedures required to implement the program, interim measures have been undertaken to ensure that claimants are paid as quickly as possible. Eligible claimants who have exhausted all benefits prior to the most recent extension will be issued check payments based on this schedule:
First payment issued on December 15. This check will include payments for up to 4 weeks of benefits, including the weeks ending November 14, 21, and 28, and December 5. Claimants must be eligible for the most recent extension in those weeks and certify for those weeks.Second payment issued on January 5 for 3 weeks ending December 12, 19, and 26.The approximately 230,000 claimants who have not yet exhausted their first 59 weeks of benefits (26 weeks of regular unemployment insurance and 33 weeks of EUC – Tiers I and II) will not be impacted and will continue to certify for and receive payments weekly.December 2, 2009 at 11:52 pm(101) kensays:
WoW Mass03, Your right on, But be reminded as we certify and will continue to receive payments weekly!!!!!!!!when they end Its over. We do not get the next tier of benefits such as EB or the latest 16+4 extensions. So for those WHO EXHAUST our 59 weeks drop off the scope of benefits unless congress act quickly to extend the ARRA that is unless you know better!!! I find it facinating I watched the public channel on house members voting on an issue and they voted to adopt a resolution to accellerate the voting on NAMING A POST OFFICE IN ARK…KNOW WHERE THEIR PRIORITIES ARE!!!December 3, 2009 at 4:37 am(102) Stephaniesays:
I just checked out the Maryland Unemployment website and it is updated about the new 14 week extension!!!! The letters for us that qualify went out today December 2nd, so that means we will be getting this week, we open our claims early next week and get our money then too! It will be back dated to week ending 11/14, for those of you that get your money on the VISA CITIBANK card, the money is there within 48hrs of your call to re-open your claim, so we will have the money in time for Christmas! There is a catch, the website mentioned that the EUC benefits will fade out the week ending 12/26, which to me sounds like some of us will only get it till then, which is only 7wks. I don’t understand that, last year I was getting an extension during the year change and I just had to call and open a new claim for the new year and it help a 2wk payment up a week or so, I hope that’s all that will happen, but I am not sure, so make sure when you guys call and open the initial claim for the extension that you ask about that, so you don’t get screwed up in anyway! Good luck to everyone!December 3, 2009 at 10:27 am(103) cbrsays:
the whole thing makes no sense for those of us on our regular benefits that are due to run out just after dec your screwed but if you have been collecting extension after extension your in the clear.
all the want to do is drop people off of unemployement. unstead of worring about EB the should have past something for those of us on regular benefits that are due to run out leaving us with nothing.December 3, 2009 at 11:27 am(104) Debbiesays:
If you ask me I think everyone should be able to draw unemployment until the economy gets better.No one ask to be put out of a job. and it is going to continue to be hard to find a job for awhile until thangs can get better, when ever that maybe. and I feel that its wrong for the Americanpeople to have to go through so much HELL do to the fact someone was elected a second term and made life hell for everybody. And now the lower class people are suffering even more like if they wasnt be for. Its a damn shame America has come to this, and more of a shame that everybody wants to holla bout they “change” Obama. Obama didnt get us in this situation so dont go blaming him. He’s doing what he can do 1 step at a time. Its said people are lossing homes, cars, cant keep their lights on or nuthing hardly cause its so rough out here.Landlords dont want to hear you cant pay, light company dony want to haer you cant pay,they just want their money. If you ask me it need to be a law passsed on that. That noone should be evicted from their property due to the fact they cant pay due to the economy, noone should not have to have their lights cshut off due to the economy being the way it is. Like I said noone ask to be put in this situation, in so many people are suffering due to this and its wrong. and the people who seem to dont care all they care about is getting their money is gone have to anwser for it one day believe that. all I can say is pray for America cause its going to be awhile before anything gets better.December 3, 2009 at 1:08 pm(105) m t sharpsays:
I am in the same boat as all of you but this problem we are having has nothing to do with George Bush. When the Democrats thought to just give a mortgage to anyone whether they could afford it or not and taught people to be irresponsible it put us where we are right now. The collapse of Fannie and Freddie lead to the collapse of housing which lead to the collapse of the banks and here we are. I was a 20 year mortgage banker. I never made a non conforming or high risk loan because I worked for a very conservative bank but 2/9/09 ended my run of never being unemployed for 20 years and I am 40. It is a tough pill to swallow and I watch our current president worry about being a CEO of GM and forcing banks to take stimulus money etc etc. Where there is suffering, there is government taking your liberties and your freedoms and becoming more and more powerful. This was all methodically planned out for many many years I just never thought I would be caught up in it. It’s sad for all of us normally useful citizens hoping and praying for a check that will barely get us by but at the same time beggeing for it otherwise we can’t eat. I share your pain everyone but we are all in this together. We need to all make as much noise as we can and not just sit and wait. Be active, call radio shows, write letters to the editor, contact your congressman and senator. People need to know that we are not just going to lie down and die.December 3, 2009 at 1:51 pm(106) m t sharpsays:
Hey folks, there is hope. Today at the “showboat” job summit which is nothing but a pile of crap, one of the ideas was extending unemployment for the people that fall off the rolls in January. There will be over 1 million people including me and you that will run out of benefits. I can say that at least it’s on the table. I have a job summit for the government. Quit taxing small business to death and penalizing them for hiring and that will be the end of the high unemployment levels we see today. You have to have money to give jobs. The government needs to just waive all taxes to business for awhile and there will be a hiring boom you would not believe and we would all be back to work:)December 3, 2009 at 3:47 pm(107) kevinsays:
To commenter 105 I have never before seen such ignorance about the causes of our current economic collapse.Keep your partisan lies to yourself as to not reveal your obvious delusion.December 3, 2009 at 3:48 pm(108) Tell-It-Like-It-Issays:
People are leaving comments here as if Bush and Obama were two completely different politicians… they are not. Please wake up! They are both puppets for the ruling cabal standing behind them. Of all the great minds in the world, why else would every new president staff their cabinets with the political hacks from prior administrations? Why else would we never have major changes in policy when a new president comes in? The obvious answer is that it is the exact same rulers with a different figure-head/puppet/president taking orders. Therefore, it is completely appropriate to blame Obama for the failures of Bush. They are one in the same.December 3, 2009 at 3:57 pm(109) Sandysays:
People are leaving comments here as if Bush and Obama were two completely different politicians… they are not. Please wake up! They are both puppets for the ruling cabal standing behind them. Of all the great minds in the world, why else would every new president staff their cabinets with the political hacks from prior administrations? Why else would we never have major changes in policy when a new president comes in? The obvious answer is that it is the exact same rulers with a different figure-head/puppet/president taking orders. Therefore, it is completely appropriate to blame Obama for the failures of Bush. They are one in the same.December 3, 2009 at 8:05 pm(110) kensays:
you are correct 105 and 106December 3, 2009 at 9:04 pm(111) fedupinncsays:
I am literally 2 weeks from possible eviction (only paid half on the 1st and promised the other half on the 15th) I don’t know where that other half is coming from. There is NOTHING. Oh and to qualify for emergency assistance it takes THIRTY DAYS for Family Services to investigate if you need EMERGENCY services. Because I don’t have small children, there is no urgency for my situation.
Christmas? Yeah, ho ho ho Unemployment. Thanks for everything.
I’ve sold everything I have to sell. I just don’t know what’s going to happen to me. This is what I get after working 25 years and never filing unemployment before this.
I’m very close to driving off a bridge. And no, that’s not a joke.December 4, 2009 at 12:01 am(112) jay bsays:
It’s worse than you people know. I called my rep. here in michigan and was told the extention is only from Nov. 8- December 31. So if my math is correct that will only be 7-8 weeks. Unless the lazy democrats and Pres. Obama don’t act to extend it into 2010 that is all we will get. I don”t know if they will have time as they prepare to go on their well earned christmas recess. HA HA HADecember 4, 2009 at 12:09 am(113) jay bsays:
Maybe if we are smart next year we can send Sen. Reed and Rep pelosi on a permenant vacation. They don’t do anything except take away more and more of our freedoms. The GOP hasn’t done a great job, but at least they didn’t take over banks, car companies, and now theyare attempting to take over health care(scare). They also didn’t raise the national debt four fold and if they keep going people they will make the depression in 1929 look like prosperity!!!!!!December 4, 2009 at 7:21 am(114) KTKELLYsays:
To 113 you have a right to your opinion but not to your own facts.I can remember the same problems now that we had during Reagan.Banking collapse.banking bailout.quadrupling national deficits.Get your facts straight,George Dumbya took a 5.6 trillion dollar surplus and gave us a 11 trillion dollar national deficit plus 2 wars unpaid for.Also all those bailouts for banks and auto comp. stated under Monkey Boy.At least learn the truth before you speak!December 4, 2009 at 7:45 am(115) m t sharpsays:
Bottomline is we are all going to be ok in the end at least as far as unemployment goes. The new bill will get passed and eventually we will get money. The problem is and remains to be, jobs. I am not a Democratic and I am not a Republican. Both parties are a major part of the problem. I am a Conservative and always have been. I believe in freedom and limited government. Limited goverment means limited taxes on business. Don’t hate the people who make money, love them. A poor person has never given people jobs. I don’t think any of us want government telling us what do but we allow partisan politics split us. Come on you guys, I believe someday we will have to fight for our freedoms all over again. Obama is a Socialist and if you can’t see that then you aren’t paying attention and when you don’t pay attention, bad things happen. He is also a Muslim and you may want to be “politically correct” but there are not ANY good muslims. They ALL hate America up to and including Obama. We need to unite together and forget politics and keep it simple, FREEDOM. Every freedom they attempt to take away from us, we need to stand up and fight it. Health care needs to be voted down. One thing at a time people. The focus right now is Health Care. If it passes, the government now runs the entire economy and I don’t know about you but I don’t trust the Republicans or the Democrats to run my life.December 4, 2009 at 8:14 am(116) KTKELLYsays:
You’ve been brainwashed by Fake News and what you said about Pres. Obama being a socialist and a muslim shows your true colors. I bet you also think Alaska Barbie will be our next Pretender and Thief.December 4, 2009 at 8:37 am(117) m t sharpsays:
KT Kelley, now who is the one that has been brainwashed? Very sad, Liberals never have anything to say so they resort to non intelligent phrases like human garbage. Go back to your slumber and keep watching the mailbox for your check. There is no hope for you…..December 4, 2009 at 8:41 am(118) Job Search Guidesays:
I know this is a stressful for everyone, but please don’t personally attack other people who post. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and everyone is concerned about unemployment.
So, as my mom would say, if you don’t have something nice to say about someone, don’t say anything.
Thanks very much.December 4, 2009 at 8:58 am(119) m t sharpsays:
Point well taken and I for one will apologize for anything negative I have said. It is a passion of mine but what makes this Country great is everyone is entitled to their opinion. Once again my deepest apologies.December 4, 2009 at 10:07 am(120) KTKELLYsays:
Its not about the negative things youve said,its about the lies youve repeated.Out of the last 29 years of Administrations the republicants have occupied the whitehouse for 20 years.So when you need answers to the question of what political philosophy has destroyed this country,take a look in the mirror.December 4, 2009 at 10:19 am(121) kensays:
As the top page of this site says James McDermott has introduced a bill HR 4183, It went to the ways and means committee for evaluation of the financial impact and IF approved I guess it will be submitted for votes. I am only guessing as to these formalities. I urge as many as possible to e-mail Harry reid, and Nancy Pelosi, and senator McDermott and voice your concern,and urge approval, If you can’t do that then you should not complain or whine!December 4, 2009 at 11:17 am(122) m t sharpsays:
kt kelly please research how many of those years that the Republicans occupied the White House,and had majorities in the House and Senate? When you arrive that those answers please post them honestly. The President legislates nothing without the House and Senate…..December 4, 2009 at 11:28 am(123) KTKELLYsays:
I knew that would be your response.Was it the legislature that lied us into war in Iraq,was it the congress that provided trillions for their friends in the banking industry?For someone that calls themself a conservative thats a typical talking point.Hey heres a fresh idea,how about thinking for yourself rather than repeating what your buddy beckerhead says.December 4, 2009 at 11:41 am(124) m t sharpsays:
You’re in luck because until you answer that question I am out:) When having a political discussion you must be factual. I think the Republicans are just as much at fault as the Democrats. Conservative = Less Government. If you are for more government then I will never change your opinion and we will just be on opposite sides. Honestly though good luck to you in your job search and I hope you have a Merry Christmas.December 4, 2009 at 11:52 am(125) ktkellysays:
Government expanded at its most ever under Reagan Bush1 and Bush the sequel.I dont care what you think your party is for its the reality in their works.Fiscal Conservatism is a contradiction in terms!December 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm(126) Jimbosays:
I live in NC and I’ve gone through regular unemployment, Tier 1, Tier2, and extended benefits. I got my last check on Nov. 24th, do you think I qualify for the extension?? I have been searching every where but there is just nothing available as far as work goes. I have called the unemployment office and everyone I talk with knows absolutely nothing about it. As i read the bill I am eligible, but what is going on? You would have thought Moses would have been more prepared!!!December 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm(127) kensays:
WOW! i talked to a person who ran out of benefits in december and his office notified him he gets the 16+4 weeks BUT!!!!! he also gets an additional 13 to 14 weeks for some homeowners act!!!! So they get up to 6 months, but I guess it’s hell with you guys in January.You don’t need any help!!! If Jim McDermotts bill fails we in janaury who lose the remaining benefits are in trouble!!!!December 4, 2009 at 2:01 pm(128) Jimbosays:
Ken what state was that in?? NC is supposedly running way behind and we may not get extension till end of December Thanks for the infoDecember 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm(129) cbrsays:
Debbie says “And now the lower class people are suffering even more”
how is that?? most do noy own a home so they have no house note, nost do not own a new vehicle so no car note. they get sec 8, HUD housing, reduced utilites, reduced daycare, free/reduced health care, food stamps, wic, chips.
its the middle class that is hurting with unemployment. when you dont get all the social programs. when you go from 50-75K to 21-22K your going to eat through you savings really fast trying to keep paying the house note alone!
“Its a damn shame America has come to this, and more of a shame that everybody wants to holla bout they “change” Obama. Obama didnt get us in this situation so dont go blaming him. He’s doing what he can do 1 step at a time”
do you have any idea how much obama has spent compared to bush?? the man has been in office for almost a year now what has he done that he pledged he would. teh man has done nothing to encourage economic growth outside of his group of friends that have become outrageously wealthy.
“If you ask me it need to be a law passsed on that. That noone should be evicted from their property due to the fact they cant pay”
i dont even have anything to say to that other than i bet you voted for obama didnt you.December 4, 2009 at 3:09 pm(130) sammy deansays:
Jay b said:
It’s worse than you people know. I called my rep. here in michigan and was told the extention is only from Nov. 8- December 31. So if my math is correct that will only be 7-8 weeks. Unless the lazy democrats and Pres. Obama don’t act to extend it into 2010 that is all we will get. I don”t know if they will have time as they prepare to go on their well earned christmas recess. HA HA HA
You interpreted it wrong. This is the timeframe for filing, not the timeframe solely for getting benefits. I you can file anytime between Nov 8 and Dec 31 you will get the full extension of whatever extension you’re on.
Just want to make that clear.
SammyDecember 4, 2009 at 3:47 pm(131) fedupinncsays:
Jimbo – I’m also in NC and in the exact situation you are – mine stopped the same day yours did. Drop an email so we can compare notes
will be happy to talk to you about it.
I THINK we are eligible but there could be a loophole. I saw on the Unemployment Stories page that a guy was told by NC that he didnt’ qualify cause he didn’t have enough months from his EB cause it used a different quarter to qualify him – omg I pray that isn’t the case.
When I called unemployment at first I was told “Oh no, that extension is for folks whose year ended but they still have funds to draw off off” I said “No Sir, this is for people who have EXHAUSTED their benefits. He replied “Sounds like you know more than me”
The way the voicemail at the EB office sounds, we won’t see anything till the week before or week after Christmas. I’m afraid that may be a little too late for me. I’m terrified.December 4, 2009 at 4:11 pm(132) m t sharpsays:
(127) ken says:WOW! i talked to a person who ran out of benefits in december and his office notified him he gets the 16+4 weeks BUT!!!!! he also gets an additional 13 to 14 weeks for some homeowners act!!!! So they get up to 6 months, but I guess it’s hell with you guys in January.You don’t need any help!!! If Jim McDermotts bill fails we in janaury who lose the remaining benefits are in trouble!!!!
I may be wishful thinking and I am down to a one week check on January 3rd or 4th but I can’t imagine NOT passing the glitch and the extension for all of us. If they want to see the economy completely collapse, just try not giving an extension to the January people and beyond and it will do just that.December 4, 2009 at 6:28 pm(133) cbrsays:
yea yea we are all saved. if by saved you mean waiting around fro this bill to be passed. they are going to pass something they have no choice.
if they dont keep paying unemployment they know there will be riots, if they give out real unemployment numbers there will be riots. thats why they came out with thier new bs numbers!
lets see they claim we lost 11,000 (ya right) no one is hiring but yet unemployment went from 10.2 to 10 come on are americans really that slow? if they claim we lost 11,000 and we still went to 10% there must have been a lot of companies hiring!BS!December 4, 2009 at 6:40 pm(134) m t sharpsays:
cbr, I couldn’t agree more.December 4, 2009 at 6:55 pm(135) kensays:
I hope I read right,on HLN for whatever its worth, the ticker at the bottom said congress moving to extend unemployment benefits. So hopefully they mean the expriation deadline! Because they already extended 16+4 weeks.we’ll see…..December 4, 2009 at 7:24 pm(136) 2four7says:
i ask this question of Mr.Boles in the NC House of REPS.HR 4183 was introduced 12/2/09 to reauthorize ARRA and extend unemployment benefits out through March 2011. We need this past by Christmas. THE REPLY I GOT WAS I will forward your request to Jamie. Unfortunately the legislature has adjourned for the 2009 session and will not reconvene until May 2010.December 4, 2009 at 7:27 pm(137) kensays:
If 1.6 million NEW jobs were created and if the total of unemployed were 15 million that would be 11% of the 15 million even tho the 15 million is all of those unemployed including those collecting benefits and those who are not collecting. And if the 10% unemployment rate is roughly 6.5 million people (those collecting benefits) and the administration created 1.6 million jobs that would be 13% of the 6.5 million and the unemployment rate would be 8.9%…Otherwise who got the jobs created? If it wasn’t the unemployed????????? Do the math…December 4, 2009 at 7:55 pm(138) kensays:
Sorry, the 1.6 million jobs translates to 24% of the 6.5 million unemployed. who got the jobs? if unemployment dropped .2% of 6.5 million that is 130.000….who got the 1.47 million jobs.December 4, 2009 at 9:40 pm(139) Montysays:
(133) cbr and (134) m t sharp,
My thoughts exactly about the b.s. stats regarding the “decline” in U.S. unemployment from 10.2% to 10%.
If that’s true, then where are the job postings?
One thing for sure, I no longer believe anything the mainstream media says about our national economy.
Depending upon the numbers you choose, statistics can be manipulated so that they appear to support any general claim you’d like to make.
Until me and the guy across the street get decent-paying real jobs, I won’t believe the stats. we’re fed by the mainstream media.December 4, 2009 at 9:57 pm(140) Montysays:
Folks, every election, let’s try to VOTE OUT ALL INCUMBENT elected officials, whether Democrat or Republican.
No more “Lifers” in Congress, please. Having “Lifers” is just a recipe for entrenched, entitled corruption.
Let’s see how the congressional gravy-train feels about losing their own jobs.
America’s Founding Fathers never intended for our Congressional “leaders” to be LIFETIME CAREER POLITICIANS. Members of Congress were to be chosen from all walks of life.
(Personally, I like the idea of treating congressional work as similar to “jury duty”–an un-sought, temporary, civic duty performed by randomly-selected U.S. citizens from all types of jobs.)
Currently, we have face-lifted (think Nancy Pelosi) LIFETIME CAREER POLITICIANS with NO REAL WORK EXPERIENCE riding a gravy train for decades–a gravy train paid for by increasingly stressed middle- and upper-class taxpayers.
We need to do what we can to:
(1) Get real people in office, and then
(2) Get them out again after 4 years.
No more “Lifers” in Congress!!!December 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm(141) cbrsays:
obama is the greatest man alive!! sure they spent millions on the job summit, but look at the results just one day later and unemoloyement drops to the best levels since December 2007!!
WOW how does he do it? it must be magic since no jobs were created and we still dropped from 10.2 to 10%. keep it up obama you sir are doing a great job!!December 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm(142) cbrsays:
the sad thing is most people dont even know what the unemployment rate means. who cares if it dropped .2%! the unemployment rate is only the % of those who are unemployed who are seeking a job. it dropped by .2 because people are not able to collect unemployment any longer not because the ecomomy is getting better. this job summit was nothing more than a dog and pony show to make the masses happy.December 7, 2009 at 10:19 am(143) Amandasays:
I love how so many comments are about the rich not affected and they just get to spend money. Are you kidding me? The “rich”employ a lot of people, they pay the largest amount in taxes. They are feeling this Obama economy. The job summit was a joke, where were the small business owners? He had the union leaders not small business owners. Get the government out of the way, lower the tax burden on business and watch how the unemployment rate changes. I have been laid off from an executive position since Feb ‘08 but I am not belly aching about how the middle class is getting screwed. There is not much one can do about it except vote people out of office for 2010 and continue in the job hunt. No one is addressing the massive job loss in white collar non manufacturing jobs. It is hard for all of us who have been laid off. Continue to network and maybe it is time to start your own business. This will end eventually, it just may take a few years.December 7, 2009 at 10:42 am(144) m t sharpsays:
Amanda read comment 115. We are on the same page at least when it comes to taxes and government. I am a single father of 4 children and they don’t have a chance of becoming anything with the direction this country is heading in. It is sad to watch and what is worse is how many people are taken in by this and just don’t care. If we have the American Revolution today? We would still be answering to the King of England.December 7, 2009 at 10:44 am(145) m t sharpsays:
PS…I was a white collar worker who lost his job……It’s affecting everyone. I am 40 years old and about starting over and about to start my own business. You hit the nail on the head on many levels.December 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm(146) cbrsays:
Amanda says:“I love how so many comments are about the rich not affected and they just get to spend money. Are you kidding me?”
i guess we have a differnt view on what rich means, banker’s bonuses are 40% bigger this year. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley said they stand to spend $35 billion combined this year on employee compensation.
i only wish i was suffering as bad as they are!December 7, 2009 at 1:01 pm(147) Amysays:
I am on Tier one benefits that run out the first of January because it is not a week before I do not get my extension but everyone else that was a week before does, somehow this is so not fair there are people who have been on it way longer than me, and the unemployment rate it worse than it was for them, are they going to extend it by the end of the month?December 7, 2009 at 2:03 pm(148) cbrsays:
this was done for a reason they want you to drop off of unemployment so thier numbers look good next year!December 7, 2009 at 4:04 pm(149) Jeannine Dsays:
I get more confused every time I call my UE office and could use some help. Currently I am waiting to hear if I’m getting approved for any additional benefits as my claim year ended at the beginning of November.I was told I will either be able to open a new claim for less money or continue the rest of my EUC (Tier2) benefits, if approved at all. I was also told I needed to have earned 2012$ in the last year to qualify to open a new claim which I obviously have not.My question is – if I am able to continue my original claim and finish out my Tier 2 benefits what comes after that?December 7, 2009 at 4:58 pm(150) cbrsays:
Jeannine D says
Tier 3 (13 weeks) – to be eligible for Emergency Benefits under Tier 3, an individual must:
Have filed initial claim for regular unemployment effective on or before Monday, November 3, 2008.Exhaust at least 33 weeks of Emergency Benefits (20 weeks Tier 1 and the first 13 weeks of Tier 2) on or before week ending December 27, 2009.
** Note: The last payable week of Emergency Benefits is the week ending June 6, 2010.Extended Benefits are provided under the Extended Benefits (EB) Program. There are currently 20 weeks of Extended Benefits available. However, to be eligible for any Extended Benefits, the individual must:
Have filed their initial claim for regular unemployment benefits effective on or before Monday, September 8, 2008.
Exhaust 33 weeks of Emergency Benefits on or before week ending November 1, 2009.Start claiming Extended Benefits on or before week ending November 8, 2009.
** Note: The last payable week of Extended Benefits is the week ending January 3, 2010.December 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm(151) Jeannine Dsays:
Thanks cbr but I am still confused LOL
My benefit year ended before my Tier 2 had run out and I have no way to check how many weeks I had left.
Tier 3 is what the President signed into effect, correct?
It seems to me that the notes contradict the top statement but perhaps I am just reading it incorrectly. According to the notes I am ineligible since I filed my claim in Nov 08 plus I didn’t exhaust my 33 weeks before Nov 09 but according to the top part I just need to have my Tier 2 run out by Dec 27th.December 7, 2009 at 6:10 pm(152) THORsays:
MOST OF YOU PROBABLY EARNED ABOUT 500-600 A WEEK AND RECEIVE 200-400 WEEK IN UNEMPLOYMENT(2/3 OF YOUR PAY). MY WIFE AND I MADE 2000.00 A WEEK AND BOTH HAD OUR INCOME CUT 60%. YES, WE’RE STILL WORKING , BUT ARE LOSING 4-5000/MONTH IN INCOME. DID’NT QUALIFY FOR THE “OBAMA” PLAN TO MODIFY OUR MORTGAGE (MORTG MUST BE > 31% OF INCOME) .SO WE LOST OUR HOME OF 5 YEARS AND 2000/MONTH PAYMENT. INSUR IN FL WENT UP 60% IN THOSE 5 YEARS. WHEN YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT RUNS OUT THAT WE CANT GET, COME JOIN US ON THE STREET!!! QUIT COMPLAINING !!!!December 7, 2009 at 6:13 pm(153) cbrsays:
it is very hard to get a clear answer!
what state are you in? depending on where you are some states will just have you continue (re-open) your first claim if there have been no earnings. then your tier II would keep going.
if you had any earnings you will have to file a new year, they will need to do a monetary determination and use a different base period and you will only get 26 weeks. as it stands now no claim after may09 gets any extensions, any extensions your on as of jan 1 2010 will be the last extension you getDecember 7, 2009 at 6:23 pm(154) cbrsays:
if you really were making that then you and your wife combined were only making $105,000 a year or about $50,000 each right? so you should have plenty saved up as you seem to want to come across that you were making such a vast sum of money when in reality $50,000 a year just isnt that much today, especially depending on wher you live?
i still fail to see your point as im a commercial electrician and have made nore than $50,000 for some time now up until current. so with all your boasting of of how well of you are and how others are below you, you only served to make yourself look like a fool!December 7, 2009 at 7:48 pm(155) Jimbosays:
CBR what state are you talking about? Thanks JimboThis is the best explanation I have found it is from Pa but explains it pretty well.Background: Regular PA unemployment compensation (UC) benefits provides up to 26 weeks of benefits for unemployed workers, based on their earnings prior to becoming unemployed.
Emergency Unemployment Compensation Tier I provides up to 20 weeks of federally-funded unemployment benefits for unemployed workers who exhaust their regular state UC benefits and are not eligible for a new regular state UC claim. The first week for which Tier 1 EUC was payable was the week ending July 12, 2008.
EUC Tier II provides up to 13 weeks of federally funded unemployment benefits after a person exhausts their EUC Tier I benefits and are not eligible for a new regular state UC claim. The first week for which Tier 2 EUC was payable wasthe week ending January 24, 2009.
State Extended Benefits (EB) triggered on in February 2009 and provides up to 13 weeks of federally funded benefits after a person exhausts EUC Tier II.
High Unemployment Period Extended Benefits (HUP EB) triggered on in August 2009 and provided up to 7 weeks of federally funded benefits aftera person exhausts regular state EB.
Both EUC Tier 1 and EUC Tier 2 benefits begin phasing out by December 31, 2009. The last payable week of EUC is the week ending June 5, 2010.
Changes Made to EUC Benefits – 11/6/09: On 11/6/09, the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-92) was enacted into federal law. The following information explains how this law expanded benefits currently available under the EUC, effective with the week ending November 14, 2009.
Tier I EUC: The maximum amount of Tier 1 EUC benefits available to claimants does not change. Claimants who exhaust their 26-week regular UC entitlement may continue qualify for a maximum of 20 weeks ofTier 1 EUC.
Increased Tier II EUC: The maximum Tier 2 EUC benefits for all EUC claimants increases by up to one more week. Claimants who exhaust their 20-week Tier 1 EUC benefits may now qualify for 1 more week of Tier 2 benefits, for a new total of 14 weeks of Tier 2 EUC. The new law allows states to pay the additional week of Tier 2 after the payment of Tier 3 benefits.
New Tier III EUC: A new Tier of EUC benefits, EUC Tier 3, is now available. Claimants who exhaust their Tier 2 EUC benefits and claimants who exhaust their state EB benefits may now qualify for up to 13 weeks of EUC Tier 3 benefits.
Continued Payment of EB to Claimants: As permitted under new EUC Law, PA will continue to pay EB and HUP EB, if in effect, to current EB claimants before any new expanded EUC benefits . When such claimants exhaust all EB and HUP EB, they will qualify to file for EUC Tier 3 benefits.
Trade Readjustment Act Claimants: If current TRA claimants qualify for more EUC benefits, their remaining TRA entitlement must be suspended until they have exhausted all such available new entitlement.
EUC Program Phase-out: EUC Tiers I-III have an expiration date. As of now, all EUC benefits are due to expire 12-31-2009. If you are already collecting EUC benefits that week, you may continue collecting the weeks for which you are entitled under that current Tier. You will be unable to begin the next EUC Tier after that week –the week of expiration. You may apply for EB, if payment under the EB program is still available.
Claimants that have a new regular UC claim for benefits effective on or after 6-14-09 that are eligible for 26 weeks or claimants with a 16 week claim effective on or after 8-23-09, may not qualify for EUC benefits under the current phase out provisions.
Regular EB is payable while PA remains in an EB Period. However, the last payable week of HUP EB is the week ending January 2, 2010. After that date, only regular EB may be payable if PA remains in an EB Period under the requirements the PA UC Law.
Who is Eligible for the New EUC Extension and How Will They Be Notified?
Those who exhaust their Extended Benefits (EB) in 2009, may qualify for the EUC extension.
Approximately 35,000 unemployed workers who have exhausted all their unemployment benefits may potentially qualify for the new EUC extension.
If you have exhausted all benefits, you will receive a letter in the mail with information and instructions about the new EUC benefits and when to claim the benefit payments.
If you are currently collecting state unemployment, EUC Tier I or Tier II, EB or HUP EB; continue to claim those benefits. You will receive instructions as you exhaust those benefits.December 8, 2009 at 9:01 am(156) Bettyesays:
How do you survive after unemployment terminates. I have no relatives to pay my bills.December 8, 2009 at 9:52 am(157) kensays:
well looks like the end of december is near and no word on voting on extending the unemployment benefits extension into 2010 or 2011 guess they are only interested in the health care bill.Thanks Jimbo for the book you wrote. But you only GET a letter if you have an extension to qualify for. if no letter by now its over!!! person I know exhausted his benefits 3 weeks ago got his letter and they extended his benefits 14 weeks and 6 weeks ALSO since he is a homeowner he got 13 to 14 more weeks… FROM HIS LETTER… So again if no letter ,its over after your current benefits end! Unless they vote the extension also the 25.00/week is gone after dec 26th…..December 8, 2009 at 11:08 am(158) cbrsays:
Jeannine D has came to an end of her benefit year she will either have to file a new claim if she has had any earnings or continue or re-open her first claim. sh ewill end up with one or the other. states like NJ just let you re-open claim. depending on how far along you are in the tier it might be better to try and get new claim as it pays 26 weeks but as it stand snow you wont get any extensions if you doDecember 8, 2009 at 11:10 am(159) cbrsays:
i just called monday here in TX if your balance reaches zero on or befor dec 26 call dont wait for letter!December 8, 2009 at 11:29 am(160) Ksays:
I was just on the phone with PA unemployment … my claim will not exhaust until the week of Jan 9, 2010. The man on the phone told me that as of right now there is no news on an extended deadline. SO if my unemployment is not exhausted by:
DECEMBER 19th, 2009 …
… then I will not be eligible for unemployment once I run on out 1/9/10. He said that even if they do pass something that extends the date past 12/19/09 … I might have 3-4 weeks of NO payments before an extention kicks in and I start getting paid again. All of it a big IF…. and why is this so HUSH HUSH? My company just had its 3rd sweeping layoff and we are an international company – I have no hope of ever getting back in there either. There is nothing out there… PA UC has risen this fall and it’s just getting worse. Without an extension come late winter and early spring we will be in a full out depression that will rival that of the early 20th century. THANK GOD THE BANKS WERE BAILED OUT THOUGH – HOPE THOSE CEO’s have a GREAT HOLIDAY… since my son is getting 1 present for his birthday this week and 3-4 for Christmas and we are foregoing our holiday party this year. THE HIGHER UPS ARE SCREWING UPDecember 8, 2009 at 11:30 am(161) Jeannine Dsays:
It looks like I am back on Tier 2 – I have money pending in my bank – I’m on hold with UC now to find out when my Tier 2 runs out to see if I will make it in time for the next Tier or not. The information isn’t available (balance etc) on the UC website for me.
I am in PA, by the way.December 8, 2009 at 11:46 am(162) Jeannine Dsays:
Just got off the phone…it seems they are still reviewing my claim. If it’s been determined I made a certain amount of earnings between Nov 08 and Nov 09 I will be put on a new claim, if not I will be put back on the old claim and my Tier 2 runs out in 6 weeks from the beginning of Nov, I believe.
I’ve not made the amount of earnings they are looking for to qualify for a new claim.December 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm(163) ktkellysays:
I just recieved info from columbia sc that they areDecember 8, 2009 at 12:06 pm(164) ktkellysays:
I just recieved e-mail from south carolina office saying they are still updating the system.Once that is finished notification will be sent out.December 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm(165) Big Dan in Gastonia, NCsays:
call local ESC office today, asked about new extension, they said nothing has mailed and no claims processed yet. the couldn’t give info if i even qualify. all of me benefits ended in April. Our local unemployment rate is around 15%. We are sinking…..December 8, 2009 at 12:56 pm(166) cbrsays:
it might be better if you end up back on old claim because you still might get extensions past jan10 if the senate gets going on this issue. i believe all the people being put on new claim may be out of luck as far as extensions go.
it kills me you turn on news nothing about cap and TAX, copenhagen treaty, or unemployment all you get is tiger woods who cares!!! it sas if they are putting this junk in teh news to distract peopleDecember 8, 2009 at 8:28 pm(167) m t sharpsays:
Still talking about socialized health care and ignoring jobs and unemployment. Nice.December 8, 2009 at 9:09 pm(168) Sharisays:
I am in the boat of regular PA Unemployment benefits about to expire…when I called yesterday to inquire I was told I was supposed to be looking for FT work. Well that is just great advice, as if I haven’t been doing that all along and with my PT job I still won’t have enough money to pay my bills etc. So what are we to do…we have to wait for Senate to make up their minds to extend benefits for those recieving regular UC benefits. I was only able to find a little PT job which acutally hurt my situation and I would’ve run out already and qualified for the Tier 1 and 2 benefits. And I thought I was helping my situation by showing my willinness to work and support myself. And now I will be way underemployed.December 9, 2009 at 7:51 am(169) m t sharpsays:
If you guys want to track the new bill every inch of the way, here is a link.
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-4183December 9, 2009 at 10:04 am(170) Teresa Setzersays:
I live in North Carolina. I have exhausted all of my benefits including all extended benefits as of October 10 2009. I have to file a new claim I guess it is like a regular claim. I have looked very hard for work. Nothing is out there. My claim says I am monetarily ineligabe. But I am still filing a weekly certification.They tell me I stand a very slim chance of receiving the latest extension. I am so confused about this. Could anyone give me a clear understaning about this I don,t know what to think about it.Or why am I wasting my time still filing a claim when I have nothing in my base period.Thanks for any info.December 9, 2009 at 10:40 am(171) penny2mynamesays:
Hi Teresa Setzer. I am in NC too and it seems to me that it’s all just a waiting game. My benefits exhausted the same frame as yours did. The only response that I ever get from ncesc is to wait on a letter for further instructions and they will automatically claim the weeks back from when the extension was passed if we’re eligible. I wish I had better news.December 9, 2009 at 11:17 am(172) ktkellysays:
170 and 171 if you exhausted your extensions you are eligble for this latest ext.That is why its called the thirdtier emergency extended benefits.This latest extension is for those people that have exhausted tier 1 and tier2.Do not take any info from your state as credible because they are confused.December 9, 2009 at 11:31 am(173) ktkellysays:
Let me add another piece of advice to you guys,Dont ever take the initial decision about your eligibility as final.Appeal any denial of benefits.What states are doing now is delaying implementation of this latest extension to force more people off the roles.They figure desperate people will do desperate things that would in turn disqualify them.Keep your chin up!December 9, 2009 at 11:36 am(174) ktkellysays:
OH YEAH HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS CAUSE I SAID SO.I LIVE IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND THAT WILL BE A VERY HARDUOUS TASKDecember 9, 2009 at 12:04 pm(175) Big Dan in Gastonia, NCsays:
this is what the NC ESC sent to my in box…
Daniel,As you know, there was a new set of extensions passed by the FederalGovernment, however, the State of NC will need approximately 6 weeks(from 11/18/09) to implement any new extensions. I would hope that byJan 3rd you are notified reference you extension status (right nowthere is no was to verify when and who will set up on the latestextension in NC, till after that date).Good luck everyone.December 9, 2009 at 12:11 pm(176) Big Dan in Gastonia, NCsays:
I just keep checking my debit card. the last time they gave some money to me in June. I had no clue it was on there, and then they sent a letter saying I had to file a claim….called them and they said the money had already been applied to the card.I really hope it shows soon, on a payment plan with duke power and cant pay, oh s..t it’s gonna get cold and dark soon.December 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm(177) TSsays:
When my claim run out in October they made me file for a new regular ui claim. Will this disqualify me from getting the new extension.Thank youDecember 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm(178) KKELLYsays:
TS THEY WILL DO THAT JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR PAST EMPLOYERS CANNOT BE CHARGED FOR ANYMORE OF YOUR CLAIM. ONCE THAT INFO HAS BEEN ACQUIRED YOU WILL EITHER CONTINUE REGULAR CLAIM OR START YOUR EXTENSION WHICHEVER TIER THAT WOULD BE.December 9, 2009 at 3:24 pm(179) kkellysays:
I went to that site for tracking HR 4183 and I discovered that all the sponsors of the bill are DEMOCRATS,go figure;the party of no is now the party of hell no!December 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm(180) Tired of the blame gamesays:
My heart truely goes out to the senior citizens who are out there looking for work and getting denied.As for the rest of you, give me a break. Stop playing the blame game and take responsibility. If you are healthy and have any kind of skills at all then, you can find a job. Trust me, they are out there. Of course, it’s not a cushy gig — you might have to clean bathrooms or belt out “Hi, can I take your order.” But, at least it would be a job and a source of income until you can find a position more in line with your career. Now, I can say all this because I was like you all. It’s funny how my family and friends all had jobs or found jobs with no problem but, with me, I was crying that I couldnt get anything and collecting unemployment. Truth be told, I put myself there. I’m the one who made a decision to ruin my credit and to not finish college. So no, I have to deal with it. I know now, that I will not get so lucky and find a position like the one I had before. Point is, suck it up and be prepared to take a 50% pay decrease and make sure you don’t ever put yourself in this position again. Unemployment benefits were never meant to last this long…so, get out there and get any type of job you can get and work yourself back up to the top. There is no conspiracy. If you really want to go that route then, fine. Suck up all the unemployment you can and then hit the welfare system but, just know, you truely suck at life…Again, my heart does go out to the elderly who are having to fight for jobs out there and my rant is not directed at you.December 9, 2009 at 6:56 pm(181) cbrsays:
Tired of the blame game
“My heart truely goes out to the senior citizens”why thier house should be paid for by now and no kids to take care off?
“If you are healthy and have any kind of skills at all then, you can find a job. Trust me, they are out there. Of course, it’s not a cushy gig — you might have to clean bathrooms or belt out “Hi, can I take your order”
i take you dont own a house or your on some type of social aid (hud housing/food stamps) because when you have a house note $400 a week does not cut it. no there arent any jobs out there, service industrty jobs do not count. have you seen the latest BLS report we lost real jobs in construction and manufacturing these jobs pay around $50K they can not be replaced by a job at taco bell.
get a clue our economy has been destroyed by plan the jobs arent coming back!December 9, 2009 at 8:41 pm(182) Tired of the blame gamesays:
Actually, I had a VERY cushy job and made more than the $50k you speak of. My point is, people have to do whatever they can to survive. How long do you expect our Goverment to support you while you try and find that “50k job?” Stop complaining and get 2-3 service type jobs to pay your bills until the economy gets better. AND yes, the economy will get better in due time. I strongly suggest you get a job to pay your house note or you will be on the street. Although, according to you…that’s better than taking a service type job. Get off your high horse and start making a living again on your own. Or again, suck the unemployment dry and get on welfare.. Personally, I would work 3 jobs if I had to in order to pay my bills.December 10, 2009 at 7:26 am(183) m t sharpsays:
I was once where you are 182 giving advice on what people should do in order to find a job. I have never been unemployed in my life and I am soon to turn 41. I have 4 children I raise on my own and receive a good chunk of money on unemployment because I made over 90k per year. Hmmm let’s see, I will take a job making 25k to 30k, lose it and watch my income evaporate to nothing? Get off your high horse and don’t make general comments. Until the economy improves, I can’t raise a family on 250 per week. On paper your comment sounds noble but from where I sit it was without thinking.December 10, 2009 at 9:17 am(184) cbrsays:
Tired of the blame game
just because you make 50K doesnt mean you have an easy job im a commercial electrician and have made 50K-75K depending on overtime and time off.
i dont know about you but i have a savings account. you might want to get one! i would have to work 4 jobs to get what i was making. im going to tell you right now your full of shit! dont give advice to others on how they should live thier life when you know nothing about them.
m t sharp is right on, on this one a job at taco bell or walmart would cost more than what i made. bottom line your not going to pay your house note with $8hr even if you had two jobs! this economy isnt coming back and im not going to play thier game by accepting a min wage job!
Tired of the blame gameits a rule of mine not to feed trolls good day to you.December 10, 2009 at 9:32 am(185) cbrsays:
people please dont feed the trolls
IE…….Tired of the blame game
thank youDecember 10, 2009 at 9:37 am(186) m t sharpsays:
CBR, I understand. Funny but aggravates me because I put a truck load of money in this system so they aren’t going to make me feel like they are giving me anything but MY OWN MONEY BACK. Ok, troll fed but now I will let it starve.December 10, 2009 at 10:03 am(187) cbrsays:
m t sharp
i here you i posted another comment but i guess i didnt show up. this person is either a troll or hasnt a clue! there would be no point in getting a job at walmart i would have to work 3 shifts to make what i was. i for one am not going to play there little game and accept a low paying minn wage job at this point in my life! right now im living off of my savings and that joke of a check. all these people thinking we are just sitting around loving life on unemployment have no idea. i mean the unemployment checks all put together dont even cover house note. it is truely sad to see every thing you worked for go away.
these bail out were a joke they did nothing
we have spent to date 2.3 trillonif we gave every working adult that 2.3 we would each get a little over $10,000 how do you think th eeconomy would be doing??
they have allocated $11.5 trillion i wonder ho wthey are going to waste the rest
CNN Money releases a handy visual showing how much money has been devoted to “economic stimulus
http://www.everyjoe.com/articles/economic-stimulus-update-how-much-has-been-spent-on-bailouts/December 10, 2009 at 12:36 pm(188) Jeannine Dsays:
So it seems the big hold up with my claim is determining whether they put me on the old or new. I do a small work at home job that they are calling a sideline business even though I do not own it. Now they’ve sent me a questionnaire asking me the same questions I’ve already answered over the phone. I don’t know if I should call them again or just send it back wait.December 10, 2009 at 1:06 pm(189) Raysays:
Hey I have read some of these comments,but I will tell you if it wasn’t for these benefits and extensions, I would not been able to put food on the table and keep a roof over my family.I am very thankful and hope to get back to work soon. Keep the faith peopleDecember 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm(190) m t sharpsays:
Amen Ray, it’s a necessary evil.December 10, 2009 at 1:31 pm(191) cbrsays:
why would you report it?December 10, 2009 at 4:32 pm(192) Melvinsays:
What are you all complaining about? The BANKERS are getting their CHANUKA/X-MASS/KWANZA bonuses, and the Politicians will vote themselves some new PERKS. Eat your cat food and be thankful.December 10, 2009 at 5:58 pm(193) Sharisays:
Thank you “Tired of the Blame Game” I have a PT job, as that is all I could get right now, and they have been cutting my hours each week so maybe you can tell me how I can pay my bills with $80 a week.December 10, 2009 at 8:02 pm(194) Michellesays:
Mine runs out january 3rd do you guys think there will be an extension for usDecember 10, 2009 at 8:08 pm(195) kensays:
House just passed omnibus bill that has several spending projects in it. Now it goes to senate for debate but the reps. have aphilibuster and 60 votes are needed to pass. I think it will .It includes the emergency extensions into 2010 or 2011 depending which bill they may pass. 4183 bill or s.2873..Sounds hopeful!!! before end of year!!!December 10, 2009 at 8:11 pm(196) fedupinNCsays:
TiredoftheBlameGame -Did you really think about what you said? One of my favorite posters on here is the single dad of 4 children. So he goes out and gets 3-4 jobs to pay his house note. 4 children. 2 of those 4 jobs will pay for the childcare he requires let’s not mention NOT seeing his children. So instead of single parent, they have no parent.
I have already lost one car, my savings is GONE. My mother in law died 3 weeks ago, the day before my last check and my husband lost 9 days for the funeral (he and his sister were 100% responsible for paying) travel & holiday (unpaid mind you) I live 4 miles from a bus line and all I want is a job. I would love to earn the 52k I earned before losing this job, but I can’t even find anything at 25 or 30k.
There are far too many factors involved before you jump on your soapbox and preach that we should get 3-4 jobs to pay our house payments.
My question for you is this: Is your life SO empty that you have to go on an Unemployment site to harass people when you apparently have a job? Why don’t you take all your wonderful success and ‘hard work’ and help mankind? Give a blanket to homeless person, pay a senior citizen on a fixed income’s electric bill, hold the door open for someone at the store. Do something NICE.
Despite the unknown, despite this feeling of fear I have, and despite feeling like I’ll never work again… I STILL don’t have the bitterness in my heart that it takes to be an unfeeling person to another living soul. Shame on you. Happy Holidays Tired of the blame game – I hope you enjoy your warm toasty house and holiday dinner. Oh, and I hope that paycheck continues because you NEVER know what tomorrow brings. I hope we don’t see you behind us in the unemployment line.December 10, 2009 at 8:11 pm(197) kensays:
House just passed omnibus bill that includes unemployment extension into 2010 or 2011?? Now senate must debate and hopefully pass. They are trying before end of year!!!December 10, 2009 at 9:56 pm(198) m t sharpsays:
That is good news. Hey, no matter what our polical beliefs we are all in this thing together. We live and die together and some of you have kept me from losing my mind. It has been a tough year but making it by the skin of my teeth. Funny, at one time I watched my money grow and somehow became obsessed with it. I was wrong and I see that now. I pay my bills, I buy groceries and if I have 50 bucks left over I am happy. I mean legitimately happy. I used to drive a brand new caddy and now I drive a 1999 Crown Vic. Haha. My kids make fun of it but it gets me from point a to point b. I really believe I wasn’t truly living before, but strangely feel like I am digging in for a fight and things can only get better. Thank you guys for everything you put on here. I have developed many compulsive disorders since I lost my job and I clean and cook. I went from 240 pounds to 183 pounds since February (by design) and when I get tired some of you really keep me going and make me laugh:)December 10, 2009 at 11:51 pm(199) Monysays:
Does *ANYONE* know of *ANYONE* in any state who has begun receiving Tier III payments?
The only positive indication I personally have received was an automated phone message several weeks ago that told me to keep filing for unemployment even if my funds had run out.
Other than that, I am completely in limbo about whether or not this Tier III is for real or not.December 10, 2009 at 11:53 pm(200) A.P.says:
In MA I just started the latest unemployment benefit extension. I called and was told that the checks would be issued up to 4 weeks worth at a time(the weeks will be combined together) one check Dec. 15 then another Jan. 5-they told me when i called, this is because the new extension is NOT programed into the system yet and hopefully will be fixed by January check. They said to meantime still call in every week as usual. The only thing I still don’t get is: I was supposed to have a differant extension start last week which was supposed to be the last extension before this new one just signed into effect recently. Now, I was told that anyone about to start that particular extension will automatically be put on the newest one instead-losing up to 20 weeks of compensation. Other people used that extension and then got this newest one-I and (and i’m sure many others) just have unlucky timing I guess, so we get up to 20 weeks less than others did to find work? Do I have that right?My state’s website is not updated to say this, by the way-so it may come as unpleasant surprise to some people -especaily this holiday time of year.-sorry to run on like that…Now because this new extension is not in the system, my health insurance says that I am NOT on unemployment anymore and canceled me. I called and explained, but it was useless-the system says that I am NOT on unemployment. Shouldn’t they have been notified that this was going to happen? I am confused I think I should still have my insurance-since I really AM still on unemployment, no matter what the system says. Now I have no insurance. I am healthy, but you never no what will happen. Anyone else run into this problem with insurance?December 11, 2009 at 12:08 am(201) Montysays:
m t sharp:
You are a bright spot yourself!
I, too, drive a ’90s vehicle (1993). Whenever some college student makes a wisecrack about my car (as they sometimes have), I just tell them, “Hey, it’s paid for.”
Remember Ross Perot’s remark about “that giant sucking sound” of America’s jobs disappearing because of NAFTA? He was right on the money–just didn’t get the sucking direction right (China and India).
Obama had promised to close the “tax loophole” that made it easy and profitable for American companies to outsource manufacturing overseas.
I remember hearing one *tiny* peep about him trying to bring that up with Congress this year. There was absolutely no follow-up–just the one Yahoo! news article.
So, I wonder what incentive$ members of Congress get for crushing discussion of that “tax loophole” and for crushing efforts to bring manufacturing and IT jobs back to U.S. soil.
***In our lifetimes***, all of us saw America go from the most powerful, wealthy country on Earth to a debtor to former Third World countries.
We need to ask ourselves, “How did this happen?” Congressional Lifers sold our jobs overseas. That’s how.
Amanda (above) is right. In 2010, we need to vote out all incumbents. Let ***them*** feel the pain of job loss. Maybe they should pick up some “real” skills.December 11, 2009 at 12:35 am(202) Montysays:
If I were you I would call my health insurance company back and find out *EXACTLY* what documentation you need from Unemployment Benefits to prove to the health insurance company that you are still unemployed, receiving compensation, and should still be insured ***WITHOUT A LAPSE IN COVERAGE***.December 11, 2009 at 12:59 am(203) A.Psays:
Monty,They were rude to me that I decided to try to call unemployment office first and ask them how I can prove I am still on unemployment before calling about insurance again. I couldn’t get through, every time I called today, I got a recording saying to call again the next business day. I will try again tomorrow. Oh, and my insurance is Blue Cross-it was done through the unemployment division, so they SHOULD understand what is going on with the new extension, but it doesnt look like they do.December 11, 2009 at 6:05 am(204) Thomas Petersonsays:
I just got done looking at this stupid tier system and how stupid it is designed. I thought in the U.S. everybody was treated equal, but according to this system it isn’t true.When a person collects unemployment for 70 weeks and gets 20 extra weeks, because he/she was on unemployment longer, then a person who started collecting unemployment 26 weeks ago and they are shut off. I read where EUC is designed to help the people in the worst hit states. When people who get the max EUC were at a 5.5% or 6% unemployment rate for the state. The people laid off 26 weeks ago or until now have an unemployment rate of 8.5 to 15% and because they were not on one of the tiers, there children go hungry, because of some bean counter in Washington.How hard is it to come up with a system where everybody receives unemployment at the same time until times are better?December 11, 2009 at 7:50 am(205) TS IN NCsays:
Good morning everyone. I was just wondering if anyone received a letter from ESC saying if they apply for a pell grant then they may keep receiving UI benefits. My EB ran out in october.I’ve been hoping to get the new extension but not a word yet. I have already applied for the pell grant and will be starting back to school in Jan,Does this sound like I stand a pretty good chance of getting the extension. Or just another tease.Thank you for any information.December 11, 2009 at 9:24 am(206) ncsays:
i feel for all you people i really do not know who to blame , but some people really screw ”us” up . but we can thank god we were not those people we have no shame we are hard working americans and in judgement day we will have the truth keep postive pray and have a blessed christmas money they can take away jobs they can take away , but dont let them take away dream remember dreams dont die we kill them i am in the same boat i read all your e mailsDecember 11, 2009 at 5:53 pm(207) Briesays:
Okay, so I’m on Tier 3 of the unemployment benefits. Never thought I would have to depend on this for so long. Right now, there is about $6k left for Tier 3 (emergency benefits) but, I got a letter saying my benefits would stop cold on Jan 2nd. How can that be when I have funds left in that Tier? After speaking with a REP at TWC they informed me that I would forfeit the rest of the money. Is there anything left after this Tier or am I just SOL come Jan? BTW, I’m located in TX. Has anyone else experienced this?December 11, 2009 at 9:54 pm(208) cbrsays:
that is just the way the bill was written. be glad you made it to tier 3 a lot of people wont even see tier 1 because of dec dead line.
lets just hope the senate gets something goingDecember 12, 2009 at 3:23 am(209) Montysays:
Since it’s so hard to get a human when you phone Unemployment, I recommend calling Blue Cross again.
However, this time, *as soon as you get a human*, BEFORE YOU GIVE THEM ANY INFORMATION, ***GET THE HUMAN’S NAME AND EMPLOYEE NUMBER***. Say, “Before we begin, may I please have your name and employee number?” Read it back to them to make sure you have it correct. Verify that you’ve spelled their name correctly (most likely, they’ll only give you their first name.).
Make a pen-and-paper note of the date and time (EST, MTN time, etc.) of your conversation.
Then and only then, well-fed and adequately-coffeed, proceed with asking them about the documentation you will need to supply in order to have your health coverage reinstated without any lapse showing in that coverage.
If the human who answers gets rude to you during the conversation, you already have their name. If they hang up on you, as I have experienced, you can call back and ask immediately for a supervisor.
Expect to do this with *EVERY* human you deal with. It’ll be like climbing a mountain. Claw and document your way to customer satisfaction!!!
EVERY SINGLE TIME SOMEONE IS RUDE TO YOU, you will already have their name. Call back and complain articulately to a manager/supervisor.
“YOU HAVE TO FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO PARTY!!!”
And, as a taxpayer, it is your right and due to obtain the information which you will have to REPEATEDLY, POLITELY REQUEST.
You WILL get your coverage back!!!December 12, 2009 at 3:29 am(210) Montysays:
Yes, Blue Cross SHOULD understand what you need.
However, my experience with health insurance companies (I used to be with Aetna and, believe it or not, they are MUCH worse than Blue Cross–I call them sh*tna.) is that they will play dumb and make you do all the work.
Remember, they DON’T want to help you. They just want to collect premiums.
With health insurance companies, it’s ON YOU to force their hand.
Be like the Colorado River that carved the Grand Canyon. It may take time but, hey, you’re unemployed, you got nothin’ but time!!! Sink your teeth into Blue Cross’s jugular and DON’T GIVE UP UNTIL THEY GIVE YOU THE ***SPECIFIC***, ***CLEAR*** INFORMATION you will need so you can get unemployment to tell them to reinstate your coverage.
Good luck! Dig in your heels!!!December 12, 2009 at 3:38 am(211) Montysays:
As I understand it, the benefits that “stop cold on Jan 2nd” of 2010 are State Extended Benefits. These are state benefits, and differ from the federally-funded EUC benefits, of which Tier III (1+13 wks) and Tier IV (+6wks) are part.
Although you say you are already on Tier III benefits, I think that you actually are on State Extended Benefits. This is because, as of this week ending Saturday 12 December, only 5 states had successfully BEGUN to pay out Tier III.
So, it sounds like they’ll terminate your State Extended Benefits on 02 Jan 2010. At that time, your Tier III payments should begin.December 12, 2009 at 11:17 am(212) Tiredsays:
I’m so tired of fighting for the chance to survive, maybe that’s what they want, for all of us just to give up.All my benefits had been exhausted in October. Then on November 30, my state said we could file for the new extension of 20 weeks (I live in a state with 10% unemployement)When I went to my home page to file the first time for the extension, there was not 20 weeks of money there. After several attempts to contact the office, they said that all benefits for the extension will expire on December 31, 2009. Heck that’s only 1 month, 4 weeks………… what happened to the 20 weeks?????They said the government had not approved anything past December 31, 2009.Well if it wasn’t available until November 30, 2009 and not approved past December31, 2009 where the heck are the 20 weeks? Or at least the other 16 weeks that were approved.What is going on??? Does anyone know? Can anyone explain in non leagelize terms?December 12, 2009 at 2:40 pm(213) A.Psays:
I was told today by unemployment office that there was a mistake made by the last person I talked to and I am getting both extensions after all(good news), but that there is still nothing (so far) that they can do about my health insurance until the new extension is finally in the system.They said keep calling insurance company till they figure it out-but they are closed today. I am sure that if I keep at it, it will all work out eventually.December 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm(214) A.Psays:
Tired,I was told by unemployment, that the reason that people getting new extension were not in the system(see my first post)was because the government put the wrong date on the paperwork-saying it expires Dec, ‘09-ooops, BIG mistake if it is true. So, if this is the case, it may be the cause of your problem.December 12, 2009 at 5:36 pm(215) Davesays:
on the paper that i’m allowed for this new extension, total amount and how much i get a week only adds up to 10.79…weeks. i thought i was supposed to get 14 and then another 6? how did they get less than 11 weeks? i’m in ohio and it’s a high unemployment state. what the heck is wrong??December 12, 2009 at 11:38 pm(216) Montysays:
That is great news!!! Some good news for a change. Keep calling the health insurance folks and keep fighting for your benefits. “The squeaky wheel … “December 12, 2009 at 11:41 pm(217) Montysays:
A.P. could be correct about that governmental mistake, so don’t bum out prematurely.
You are not alone, remember. There are *millions* in our shoes.
Millions of unemployed people with “nothin’ but time” are a huge political force to be reckoned with!December 13, 2009 at 3:00 pm(218) fedupinNCsays:
I got a new message when filing this week. Normally I get a message that says “You have successfully filed your claim for week ending ____ however your benefits have been exhausted, please call XXX for further info” and this week I got the following message:
The week for which you are trying to file, 12/5/2009, has already been claimed on another benefit year. If you need further information, please call the Remote Service Center at 1-888-737-0259.
any thoughts? This is for North CarolinaDecember 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm(219) scaredsays:
i’m scared because i will lose my home in feb. 2010 if the extension is not approved in jan. my benefits expire jan.3 2010. i won’t be able to pay my rent or eat or anything!December 13, 2009 at 6:42 pm(220) cbrsays:
senate passed $1.1trillion it appears the have money to spend. with all the wasted bailouts they should have given every working american $10,000. our economy would be going strong by now!December 13, 2009 at 6:47 pm(221) Tatsays:
Can someone please help me? I am so lost. I lost my job, December 8, 2008. I’ve been on unemployment since then. I just went to file and received the message, “Your benefit year has ended.” No weeks to file. I went and applied for an extension but I don’t know that, that is what is needed. I am guessing I have used 51 weeks up to now or 52. Am I eligible for any extensions and why am I stopped dead in my tracks from doing any weekly certification?December 13, 2009 at 6:52 pm(222) Tatiannasays:
I also live in North Carolina.. and am sooooo confused. I lost my job December 8th, 2008 and was approved for unemployment. I went to file my weekly certification today and received this message,”Your benefit year has expired.” No more weeks to file, and gave a number to contact..So I guess I have used 51 or 52 weeks?? What does this mean and why am I not entitled to an extension? Any help would be greatly appreciated. My heart goes out to everyone in this situation. I’ve never been out of a job. I am 46 and have worked all of my life. It’s very demeaning and depressing to be in this situation.December 13, 2009 at 7:00 pm(223) cbrsays:
TatiannaYour benefit year has expired, you will either get a new claim or re-open first one based on any wage earnings that you might haveDecember 13, 2009 at 7:07 pm(224) Tatiannasays:
cbr, I haven’t earned any income this entire year. Does this mean I continue on with my initial claim and regarding extensions, what does that mean to me exactly? Initial claim is 26 weeks, right? So I was on the first extension of 33 weeks when my benefit year ended? This is all so confusing.Thank you for the quick reply.. I really appreciate your help.December 13, 2009 at 7:41 pm(225) cbrsays:
call them ASAP they need a little push, if you had no earnings they will re-open your old claim. as far as how long this takes depends on the state your in.December 13, 2009 at 7:44 pm(226) cbrsays:
Tatiannaa lot of info about unemployment here
http://www.city-data.com/forum/unemployment/823029-questions-regarding-starting-new-benefit-year.htmlDecember 13, 2009 at 8:30 pm(227) Tatiannasays:
cbr: ::::hugs::: Thank you so much..:-)December 13, 2009 at 8:56 pm(228) Mista Guysays:
I worked since I was 16 & I live in south east FL, after hurricane Wilma in 10-26-05 I applied & got 6 mos’s std(max u get in good ol FL is 275 a wk + now 25), then after my mom passed away 06-06-07 I re appied ,due to the fact we had a family business, I was able to have my wifes pay doubled to then have almost a supplement because who can live on 1100 a mo in southeast florida, soon after we closed our business after 30 yrs so now I really need this money anyhoo there was 6 months of bene’s, then in late summer 08 a new & 1st 13 wk emergency extention bush passed came in , then after that I did a whole new application, got my 1st 6 mo’s, then a 20 wk exention minus the amount I got from 1st late summer 08 i guess that was the 1st one, then I got 2 more 13 wk exentions 05-20-029 & 07-20-09 around feb they passed the extra 100 a mo so that made it 1200 a mo, well then in 10-20-09 I got another determination that i was eligible for 20 more wks which i am using my bal on that now , then they told me on the phone I will get the nov 6th extention when this runs out, I even said is this a mistake that i contionue to get money for almost 2 yrs strait well minus when it ran out from 12-07 – 07-08, plus evey other extention say for 13 wks it will say 1st name then last name on mail & printed on checks then when that bal runs out the next extention will say last name 1st then 1st name last which I have no cashing issues, I mean im not complaining ,my brother & fater are also are on fl ue benes but my brother got the 1st 6 mos then the 30 wk bush passed in nov 08 then he got 2 13 wk extentions then he was cut off & put on the states stadard EB not emergency passed by govenor where u have to go into the office for like job search activites,resume & interview classes,ect because when they refilled his account for 20 wks of state eb he got a letter stating its madetory to attend & his case worker says “oh ill call & tell them your not attending & u will be cut off” plus u have to fill out there goofy worksearch proof forms they send out to fill in detail the 2 places you “searched for work” per week & mail them in, where forever you just checked yes you looked for work as instructed, people think they send those to you 2 times a mo & have to get the worksearch forms in to them & so called verified before a pair of posted weeks is convertd into a printed check,but he gets them eary , I mean he gets his 2 wk chek then they send a form for those 2 wks & u send it back.its all so confusing all for 1200 a mo,thanks obama for a extra 100 a wk since he came into office & signing into law a couple tiers that seem to take a month or more to apply & restart your benes,southeast florida tri county,miami to west palm is high cost of living how can they give more to smaller states with lower taxes , its all a mess .All i can say is Ive been lucky where my determinations & extentions have just been applied automaticly, but for instace since this teir 3 has passed in past mo just this week my dads & bros check insted of going out on monday ,the day u post them like always have then they show on thurs then the one of 2 50$ separate checks come the next day,they werent sent till wends ( I called & they told me that it was the application of new extention switch over when they both has like 3 grand left in their balances,why didnt it wait till the balance was at 0, who knows) & showed up sat 3 days late I guess its better than 3+wks late like californias mess.hang in there fellow unemployed poor ppl happy holidays & god bless.December 14, 2009 at 5:43 am(229) Davesays:
that post by mista guy is hard to read. can anyone help me?December 14, 2009 at 9:43 am(230) annasays:
My heart goes out to every one. This time of year is hard to begin with. I’m 56 yrs. old and have never been with out a job till now. It’s been over a yr. now and I have filled out so many app’s it’s not fun. My son is 18 and out of school and he can’t find a job either. Doesn’t give much hope to our future. I hope each snd ever one of you try to keep the faith and you all keep letting the goverment know were here. We can’t be forgotten. We have spent our lives supporting them and there rich way of life and here we are trying to figure out how to buy xmas for our children and grand children, How many of them do you think are worried our sad that there xmas will be a bust. Yes they gave us another extention but what happens after that? Keep making noise and don’t let them forget us. Atter all this is a goverment that’s run for the people by the people so they tell us. god bless you all and marry xmas one and allDecember 14, 2009 at 11:59 am(231) krissays:
I would just like to say that they have launched satellites even sent space shuttle & crew to fix hubble in less time than to start sending out these new benefits. If your not the one hurting then you dont care.December 14, 2009 at 2:07 pm(232) Jimbosays:
KrisAmen don’t tell me that the system should not be up and running by now!December 14, 2009 at 2:33 pm(233) kevinsays:
I just want everyone from SOUTH CAROLINA that I was notified that the system has been upgraded and is being tested as of dec.14th 2009December 14, 2009 at 4:46 pm(234) krissays:
my benefits ran out at the end of sept. i’ve had a job since i was 12, now 34 never filed for UI benefits before this ,if it wasn’t for the pawn shop i would really be in trouble.worst thing is it will take probably 3 months to get my stuff back. i really dont know what im going to do about X-MAS for the kids if these letters & money dont get here soon.December 14, 2009 at 6:09 pm(235) Tatiannasays:
Isn’t it horrible how they timed this with Christmas?? Amazing isn’t it? You can’t tell me they didn’t see this freight train coming.. and no, they don’t care that our children and grandchildren will not have anything for Christmas this year.December 14, 2009 at 8:10 pm(236) Jimbosays:
TatiannaWhy would they care about us at Christmas, they get that FAT Taxpayer check and think of their own Christmas! Have you ever spoken in person to these people? Makes you wonder who they know to get those jobs, it can not be education! I have worked for over 40 years and with all I’ve paid in taxes, you would think it’s coming out of their own checking account!December 15, 2009 at 11:40 am(237) Eagle in Californiasays:
Good Morning. Good news, latest web update California EDD, posted 12/14/09, checks are in the mail. Confirm by calling your own check status using 24 hour number! Best wishes to all and hope for all a better year. Good luck everyone!December 15, 2009 at 1:33 pm(238) m t sharpsays:
Hello everybody. Where is the current bill for the extension for us expiring in January? Does anyone know?December 16, 2009 at 1:14 am(239) Eddie Harrissays:
Can anyone provide any information as to when will the extended benefits that were passed in November will be given to the unemployed who are waiting in Florida?December 16, 2009 at 10:15 am(240) n c R.E.H.says:
well as of today nothing in N.C. december 16 2009 i have used up every thing waiting for the nov 2009 ter i talked direct to a person that has always gave me good info at the employment office he sayed N.C. might not be up and running completely until the last week in december , about 18,000 have started getting there money all ready. i was told 99% i would get money . so americans hold on 5 states have started getting money ,S.C. IS SENDING OUT LETTERS SAYING THEY ARE TESTING THE SYSTEM NOW FOR PAYMENTSDecember 16, 2009 at 10:24 am(241) penny2mynamesays:
Hi n c R.E.H. There was a news report on just recently that stated the NC ESC will be sending out letters this week. Have you heard any information about that?December 16, 2009 at 10:49 am(242) Teresa Setzersays:
Does anybody on this site have any update information on North Carolina.There are alot of people in divers need here. Thanks for any info.December 16, 2009 at 11:39 am(243) Teresa Setzersays:
TS of NC.I was just told by esc that it would be the end of December before letters go out. What news station was you listening to.December 16, 2009 at 12:17 pm(244) penny2mynamesays:
Hi Teresa Setzer. I’m sorry, I’ve read so many articles it’s getting confusing. Here is the link to the article that I read recently.http://www2.journalnow.com/content/2009/dec/14/without-action-by-congress-extended-unemployment-b/December 16, 2009 at 12:24 pm(245) m t sharpsays:
help is on the way for us running out of benefits in January.http://www.rwbpress.com/2009/12/16/six-month-unemployment-benefits-extension-attached-to-defense-bill-must-pass-before-december-18th/December 16, 2009 at 2:34 pm(246) Bern in nYCsays:
I hope this last bill passes. Per CNN Money we should have an answer by Next Wednesday. My benefits expired on Jan 3 2010, Per the NY state unemployemnt I do not qaulify for an extenstion. Something needs to be done. some many people are out of work and the same job posting are on the websites. And the said thing about all this is the max payment for NYC is 4405 a week and food stamps will not help you if you are getting that much. Can you believe this crap? We pay taxes and our goverment can even help us in a time of need.December 16, 2009 at 8:16 pm(247) Larrysays:
it passed the house!!me and the three kids are praying!!!December 17, 2009 at 2:09 am(248) Helensays:
I started working from age 15 to 46 and I worked for over 31 years straight without a break. I was laid off in August of 2008. You would think by me paying into the system for 31 years that the system would take care of me in my hour of need. I will exhaust my 3rd extension in March of 2010. Even with all my years of experience, I still cannot find a job. This 4th extension is confusing the hell out of me.December 17, 2009 at 11:24 am(249) A.P.says:
Hi all,Just wanted to let every one know that the extension checks are arriving(I am in MA). I just got mine today for up to the week ending 12/12. It actually didn’t take too arrive after they sent them out on the 15th.December 17, 2009 at 1:55 pm(250) lindsaysays:
I have read all of these posts and i need to know if anyone has done an interstate claim? I got out of the Navy last year and have been looking for a job since then I filled for unemployment in June of this year. my husband was transferred to Hawaii and deployed this year and I came home to Kansas to find work since could not even get a interview in Hawaii, When I filed my interstate claim they stopped my checks and put me under review. I have not received benefits since beginning of November and am in a tight spot with cash i would have exhausted my benefits by the end of the year if they did not start this review but since they have I will not be eligible for the extended benefits and I am going into debt with no money, my parents are helping me and my children but, there is only a little to go around someone please if you have any advice I would greatly appreciate it. I am desperate and I have applied everywhere I hold medical certifications and the hospitals and nursing homes say I have not had enough experience to obtain a job at this time. Is there any relief for a vet!December 17, 2009 at 8:54 pm(251) cbrsays:
your best bet is to re-upDecember 18, 2009 at 9:37 am(252) m t sharpsays:
Two months? Really? How am I supposed to find a job in Ohio in 2 months? I am not saying that 2 months is better than nothing but why keep everyone worried and scared for the worst all the time. There is absolutely no jobs out there at all. I have searched high and low and just nothing especially this time of year and they give us 2 months?December 18, 2009 at 11:53 am(253) Teresa Setzersays:
TS in NC, I just viewed my claim profile and it says because I have nothing in my base period that I can’t receive anymore extensions because I have been out of work since october 07.Why is this I thought this extension was for the long term unemployed.But with no money in base period you just myswell forget it. Does anyone have any answer for this.Thank YouDecember 18, 2009 at 12:39 pm(254) penny2mynamesays:
Hello Teresa Setzer. Go to this website and I’m pretty sure you’ll get the answers that you’re looking for.http://unemployed-friends.forumotion.com/north-carolina-f36/December 18, 2009 at 1:31 pm(255) dansays:
so with this two month extension.. I run out of tier 2 in NY on Feb 7th, this extension then moves me to tier 3 without complications, right? Its tier 4 that may be a missDecember 18, 2009 at 1:40 pm(256) m t sharpsays:
Ok, here is a question for anyone that can help me. I was laid off 2/2/09. I received my unemployment from work and currently on federal extended until January 3rd in which I get one week on the 3rd. What do I have left? I really do not understand the tiers. I believe I have only been on tier 1 since I started in February. Do I have anything left after the 3rd other than this measly 2 month extension? I live in Ohio and unemployment is 10.6 percent. It is important I know because I am raising children by myself on this check and cannot find a job. Can anyone please answer this for me. Please?December 18, 2009 at 3:16 pm(257) cbrsays:
m t sharp
if you started on 2/2/09 you had (26 weeks) of regular benefits that would bring you to 2/27/09. then you would get tier 1 for (20 weeks), which would put you at 12/7/09. from there you would go to tier 2 (14 weeks) which should put you into march.
im no pro at the unemployment thing here so no one beat me up if im wrong.December 18, 2009 at 6:46 pm(258) m t sharpsays:
Thank you CBR, you da man.December 18, 2009 at 8:26 pm(259) Anthonywoosays:
Hello all… I want to be clear about this mess
I filled for the first time 8/15/2009 – after working for the company for 3.5 years. Now the question is… with the current extensions in place today does this mean I am not eligible for any extensions? Also I live in WI. and unless it has eludeded me my benifit timeline seems to be a dollar amount…
Weekly Benefit Rate: $363.00Remaining Benefit Amount: $2,178.00Benefit Year Start: 03/29/2009Benefit Year End: 03/27/2010
… so with my math I have 6 weeks left. Meaning thats only 24 weeks. The question is… is the benefit time dictated by the dollar amount? With my assumption that I will exhaust my benifits 1/23/2010 (no more money) when do I file for an extension? Clearly stated do I apply for an extension before there exausted or the week after. I guess I’m asking if I have to wait till the last minute?
That said… I want to remind you all (myself included) that any attitude of entitlement equals the same outcome… hence even us low/middle class folks need to be humbled. We are no better than the Corprates that laid us off with some of the attitudes displayed here. We need to try (as best we can) to have faith in God and the systems in place. We’d all be reading a whole different story (as other countries are) if our government was doing nothing. Most of us didnt get our jobs for the unemployment benefits… we should be greatful that we have some! I am in no way a political person so please save your insults about my ingnorance as I will admit to them. I am just greatful that we have what we have and I most certainly do not feel entitled… people are much less fortunate than we around this globe!
We need to be thankful to God, for life! Remember that if it wasnt for government we would not get unemployment in the first place.
Thanks for listening and for any help!! God bless you all!December 18, 2009 at 8:48 pm(260) shekera brownsays:
I had exhausted my last 3rd unemployment benefits so now whats the effects on the tennessee computer glitch i already had apply for the fourth extended EUC08 Tier3 so when we receive our checks and the responding letter. I shekera from Nashville,TNDecember 18, 2009 at 8:55 pm(261) Shekerasays:
effective date is the Monday of the week in which the claim is filed.
*OC effective May 1, 2006 – June 23, 2008 26 weeks of regular UI20 weeks of EUC-Tier 113 weeks of EUC-Tier 220 weeks of EB14 weeks of EUC(13 weeks Tier 3 and 1 week Tier 2)
93 weeks total
*OC effective June 30, 2008 – Sept. 8, 2008 26 weeks of regular UI20 weeks of EUC-Tier 113 weeks of EUC-Tier 29-19 weeks of EB (payable up to 1/3/10)14 weeks of EUC(13 weeks Tier 3 and 1 week Tier 2)
73 weeks plus 9 – 19 weeks of EB based on last payable week
*OC effective Sept. 15, 2008 – Nov. 3, 2008 26 weeks of regular UI20 weeks of EUC-Tier 113 weeks of EUC-Tier 214 weeks of EUC(13 weeks Tier 3 and 1 week Tier 2)
73 weeks total
*OC effective Nov. 10, 2008 – Feb. 2, 2009 26 weeks of regular UI20 weeks of EUC – Tier 114 weeks of EUC – Tier 2
60 weeks total
*OC effective Feb. 9, 2009 – June 22, 2009 26 weeks of regular UI20 weeks of EUC – Tier 1
46 weeks total
*OC effective December 29, 2009 and later: 26 weeks of regular UI only
UI = Regular Unemployment Insurance BenefitsEUC = Emergency Unemployment CompensationEB= Extended BenefitsDecember 18, 2009 at 11:05 pm(262) mikejamessays:
is that including your wating week?December 19, 2009 at 12:01 am(263) N C R.E.H.says:
I HAVE NOT HEARD ANYTHING ON THE RAIDO MON I AM GOING TO CALL THE NCESC OFFICE AND ASK. I DO KNOW THE NEWS JUMPS THE GUN SOMETIMES BUT I DO KNOW THIS MY BENFETT YEAR RAN OUT IN N C IN JULY 2009 AND I STILL HAD MONEY COMING NC EXTENDED MY BENEFT YEAR UNTIL JULY 2010 BUT I HAD TO CALL AND GET THIS DONE IF THERE IS ANY PROBLEM CALL THE REMOTE CENTER THEY HAVE BEEN VERY HELPFULL FOR ME THE NUMBER I ALWAYS CALL IS 1 888 737 0259 I HAVE HAD TO CALL SEVERAL TIMES ABOUT EVERY TIME MY CLAIM EXTENTION RUN OUT I HAVE BEEN RECIVING MONEY FROM O4–2007 UNTIL NOW THERE HAS BEEN TIMES DURING THIS TIME I HAVE RECEIVED NOTHING I AM NOW TOLD I AM SUPOSE TO RECEIVE 20 MORE WEEKS THAT THE GOVERMENT IS WORKING ON THE 2010 PROBLEM SO WE CAN RECEIVE ALL 20 WEEKS BUT UNTIL THIS IS FIXED WE WILL NOT GET ANY MONEY IN 2010December 19, 2009 at 7:13 am(264) n c R.E.H.says:
1N 1984 WHEN WE HAD SAME PROBLEM BUT NOT AS BAD I WAS MAKEING $23.00 PER HOUR HAD A LITTLE COMPANY SMALL $400, MORE PER WEEK 12 CARS IN MY POLE BARN A BUNCH OF CREDIT CARDS BILLS LOST MY COMPANY LOST MY JOB NO UNPLOYMENT I WAS SELF EMPLOYED HAD TO RENT MY HOUSE OUT MOVE IN WITH FRENDS AND EXCEPT A $6.00 HOUR JOB 2 YEARS LATER GOT A GOOD JOB IN N C STILL LIVING IN MICHIGAN DROVE HOME WITH MY SON EVERY WEEK END LATER GOT A GOOD JOB IN N C $FIRST WEEK TOOK HOME $1000.00IT TOOK 5 YEARS FOR THIS TO HAPPEN BUT I NEVER LOST MY HOUSE DID NOT LOSE ANY OF MY CAR COLLECTION BUT I DID GO TO CREDIT COUNSLING FOR MY CREDIT CARDS WICH WAS OVER $25,000 TORE UP MY CREDIT CARDS NEVER USED THEM AGAIN THIS TIME AROUND NO CREDIT CARDS LOSE JOB GET UNPLOYMENT NO PROBLEMS PAYING BILLS I DONT HAVE ANY THANK FOR THIS. JUST REMEMBER PRAY FOR WISDOMDecember 19, 2009 at 11:07 am(265) m t sharpsays:
I am with you. I luckily sold my house to the man my wife was cheating on me with and paid off all my bills and have no debts. I decided to rent and not get stuck with a house I couldn’t get rid of if I have too. My wife took everything else except for the kids of course. Funny thing, her boyfriend lost the house. He never made a payment.December 19, 2009 at 12:15 pm(266) cbrsays:
what i dont get is the child support. i have an order for $875 for 1 kid they are taking 50% of my unemployment right now. before any one says it i went to court to try and get it lowered they didnt work with me at all. its just crazy she doesnt work or spend the money on my daughter.
all our govt wants is your money we are all slaves. the court told me flat out they dont care if i lose my houseand have no where to live! this whole govt needs to be brought down! our founding fathers did it so can we!!December 19, 2009 at 1:49 pm(267) kev kellysays:
Dear Teresa at 253 your claim for the first 26 weeks uses the base period to determine your eligibility and benefit amount.These last 3 extensions all fall under the federal emergency unemployment insurance to which you should be eligible for.Go down to your UI office and make a claim and after you receive an official determination if its a denial,appeal,appeal,appealDecember 19, 2009 at 2:01 pm(268) kev kellysays:
To everyone,the latest extension til Feb. is whats called a stop gap temporary extension until Congress comes back from break.It will be the first order of business taken up after holidays,where Mcdermotts 8143 will be voted on.This 2 month stop gap is for the EUC and once you file before that date you are eligible for all 4tiers of EUC.It is not a question of the money.All four tiers will be there if you file before Feb. deadlineDecember 19, 2009 at 6:08 pm(269) m t sharpsays:
cbr…..Wow, that is a pile of crap. No way you should still be paying 875. You have a right to live and there is no way that it takes 875 for one child to eat. There is no justice is some cases. I have all 4 children and I get zero child support. She has a job and her boyfriend has a job and she just informed me that she is buying none of the children Christmas presents this year. She is a piece of work.December 19, 2009 at 11:17 pm(270) Juanita09says:
Thank you Jason #28 for clearing that up. The economy was already in an economic downturn before Obama was elected in office and the president is doing everything he can right now to extend benefits and even create jobs.December 20, 2009 at 4:01 am(271) 007elevinsays:
I was just told that my Soc. Sec. # is not on file and that I don’t have an active claim when in fact I do…is this the case with anyone else who attempted to file online?December 20, 2009 at 9:55 am(272) m t sharpsays:
Please, please don’t hand me any Obama doing the best he can garbage. Everything he has done is the opposite of what makes the Economy pick up. Waive taxes on business for 10 years. We will all be back to work and the economy would take off. He is turning an “economic downturn” into a disaster that will destroy this Country.December 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm(273) cbrsays:
you are right bush left us with a leaking ship all obama had to do was fix, but he decided to just blow the ship up!!December 20, 2009 at 2:15 pm(274) Betty Josays:
has anyone heard of anybody getting the new money in North Carolina yet? Beside the 19k that are getting it with the EB option they used to keep those unemployed people .
any tier 3 yet?December 20, 2009 at 2:38 pm(275) Jeff S.says:
Can anyone on this sit leaving comments help me understand this? Reside in Georgia. I was laid off June 15 2009 and applied for unemployment on July 9, 2009 (received my first check in early August). I was too proud to go in at first and thought ‘d be rehired by another firm almost immediately. Anyway, my 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits are finishing up with my last check due the first or second week of January 2010. Am I going t be able to file a claim for extended unemployment benefits as soon as my regular benifits run out?????? Someone told me there was a deadline of the end of December to exhaust my regular benefits, and if I didn’t, I was out of luck with getting any extended benefits. I am still unemployed and don’t quite get why some people are getting tons of extra weeks of extended benefits but tat because I will miss the deadline by 2 weeks, I am screwed. Can anyone clarify for me? I also heard Congress may extend the filing deadline into 2010…?? ThanksDecember 21, 2009 at 12:52 am(276) sarahsays:
I filed for unemployment Jan 30th.I was approved in Feb and received my regular unemployment benefits and one extension of 20 weeks.I had one payment left that I filed for and is showing as sent to my bank on the Ohio unemployment site. I never received any mailing about unemployment benefits running out or extensions but I get these messages. “No Weekly Claims can currently be filed”” You have exhausted your Total Benefits Payable ” The last payment date shows as 12/19/09.I have tried to call unemployment several times unsuccesfully.Can anyone let me know if anything will be available? I thought I was eligible for more weeks because i depleted the 20 wk extension before 12/26.December 21, 2009 at 6:12 am(277) m t sharpsays:
Jeff I believe you still would qualify for the original 20 weeks of federal emergency unemployment.December 21, 2009 at 9:23 am(278) Teresa Setzersays:
TS OF NCDecember 21, 2009 at 10:30 am(279) penny2mynamesays:
Does anyone from North Carolina have any information about the latest extension? The only response that I can get out of the NCESC is a computer programming problem. It’s been well over a month now and still no information.December 21, 2009 at 3:21 pm(280) yvonnesays:
Im confused and don’t know if this bill that passes with the extensions apply to me if anyone knows can u please advise. Im in Texas. Ive exhausted everything all tiers, state extended benefits, and I’m recieving from the last bill that was passed. Ive only recieved 7 weeks worth. I file my last week of HUP (which began on November 8th, 2009) on December 28th for the remaining balance of $12.00. My question is will I get the remainder 13 weeks or an extension once the bill is signed?? Any information would be greatly appreciated because I can’t get through on the phoneline to speak to a representative. I feel for everyone on unemployment, I know the feeling. Our newspaper employment section is only 2 columns. May god bless you all.December 21, 2009 at 6:24 pm(281) Mr Mike TNsays:
As far as N.C. and T.N. unemployment info I got some news.I live in TN but worked in NC. My girlfriend is drawing from TN I am drawing from NC.T.N. is now letting you call in your unemployment vouchers if you were exhausted and waiting on newest extension. They told her she should start seeing checks next week.My NC claim & extensions ran out for me 2 weeks ago and I was told today by NCESC that I qualify for the newest extension but it could be another 2 weeks (or more) before they get letters sent out and not to wait for the letters,, but I am to check NCESC website everyday and see if it allows me to file my weekly. They also told me it could be 2 to 4 more weeks before NC starts paying the newest extension but they hope to have it “up n going” before then.Whats scares me is my NCESC tells me “Our records indicate that your benefits are exhausted for the benefit year ending 1/2/2010.”And shows my info as::Benefit Year Start: 01/04/2009Benefit Year End: 01/02/2010Claim Status: BENEFITS EXHAUSTEDActive Issues: NO
I can just see how this will work, the computer wont like my claim due to me being already exhausted and now a delay in back paying the newest extension, plus I probably wont see the extension money till after my “end of year” So either I will never see any of the money or it be like when I first filed, 4 Months later they started paying my benefits.
Kinda funny.. TN uses very little “computer web based ability” as compared to NC unemployment system.But little O’L TN got their new benifit extension program already underway!But I wish the best of luck to everyone else!I’m pretty good at gettin everyone elses BAD LUCK so maybe Ya’ll will get just the good luck!December 21, 2009 at 9:02 pm(282) Wiesesays:
You should qualify for the next extension since the deadline has been pushed to the end of February.
Does anyone know about CA extensions? The 3rd was 20 weeks until they passed that last bill and now they say it’s only 13 – it doesn’t make sense…December 21, 2009 at 9:06 pm(283) Wiesesays:
You should qualify for the rest of the weeks alloted since you didn’t get them all and they pushed the sunset to the end of February.
I would expect that another bill will have to get passed before the end of Feb to take care of eveyone who will run out again – I don’t see jobs coming that soon. It’s the republicans holding it up and only allowed the Feb deadline instead of another 6 months.December 21, 2009 at 9:15 pm(284) Wiesesays:
Re Obama and tax cuts, here’s a cut and paste from an article:
“A major part of his package includes new incentives for small businesses, which account for two-thirds of the nation’s work force. He proposed a new tax cut for small businesses that hire in 2010 and an elimination for one year of the capital gains tax on profits from small-business investments. Obama also proposed an elimination of fees on loans to small businesses, coupled with federal guarantees of those loans through the end of next year.”
Keep in mind this is the 3rd year of this recession, and that we’ve been prevented from a full out depression. Obama has done the very same strategy that Reagan did and jobs were the last finally come around for Reagan, which is the same situation now, only on a much larger scale since things are far worse.December 21, 2009 at 10:11 pm(285) south carolinasays:
the goverment was trying to pass this 2009 extention in 08/2009 it had 3 parts at that time in november one part was removed the three part are1- 2009 extention2-home buyers help3-was acorn funding –check on the web about acorn –
there was a problem passing the bill because of acornthe rep did not want acorn on this billthe demc wanted it onthey were fighting over this while we need helpwhen acorn was removed in november the bill passed quicklydo you know who was is involved in acorn the presidentonce the bill was passed did any one make sure the states got the payments out on time [[ no ]]maybe the 2009 extention would not have been in such a mess is the rep and demc were not having a isssue over acornand pay attention to the bill they could have had a lawyer look it over i sure no one study this billnot putting blame on any one you make your own decesion and that is the rest of the storyDecember 21, 2009 at 10:40 pm(286) andie in illinoissays:
hi, could somebody answer my question? i’ve been unemployed since 7/6/2007, was receiving checks (with a 6 month break) up until october of this year when all the benefits available to me were expired. do i qualify for this new extension and what should i do now- reapply or just wait for a letter? i have not received any letters yet. thanks!December 22, 2009 at 1:58 am(287) Pujasays:
Will I get another new claim for unemployment?
I live in California My first unemployment extension expires in early Jan 2010, and my claim expires in early Feb 2010. My questions are:Will my second unemployment extension start after my first extension expires or in Feb 2010?Do I need to file for a new claim or will the unemployment dept take care of it? Does the State refuse new claim and on what grounds?Also, will my weekly benefit amount remain the same in the new claim?
Also, I came across the following on the EDD (unemployment website). I do not understand the part about ‘must have worked and earned’ since I am unemployed from Jan-end 2009 and also do not understand the part about ‘during the benefit year of your original claim’. I am pasting the EDD info below. Please help
Requalifi cation Requirements: To requalify for another claim youmust have worked and earned at least (1) $1300 in one quarter, or(2) at least $900 in your highest quarter and a total of 1.25 timesyour high quarter earnings during the benefi t year of your originalclaim. (In some cases, Workers’ Compensation or DisabilityInsurance benefi ts may be used in place of earnings.)December 22, 2009 at 11:16 am(288) N C R.E.H.says:
i just this morning talk to north carolina ncesc i ask if they could set me up so i could start filling for my back weeks they told me no not until the computors are up and running i am waiting for the 2009 extention i was told MAYBE NOT UNTIL after THE FIRST OF THE YEAR BEFORE WE CAN FILE so if they do not have the biil passed to extend the 2009 extention before the first of the year , these are my thoughts [[[[[[ we might have to wait until they fix the 2009 extention this is a goverment issue. if north carolina ncesc office down loads the wrong info because this is 2009 and this extention ends midmight 2009 the competor might not allow any payments at all for n.c. until the new bill is passedDecember 22, 2009 at 7:36 pm(289) lost in ncsays:
I ust received a letter today (with a mailed date of 11/02/2009!!!!) stating that I’m monetarily eligible for Second Tier EUC benefits. Nothing has changed at the NCESC website, however. I still get the “your benefit year has expired” message. My last week of payments was 12/05/2009, and with the lack of specific info that we’re all getting, I have no idea what’s going to happen. It sure would help if NC was more forthcoming, and it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if the delay is intentional.December 23, 2009 at 11:27 pm(290) Jeannine Dsays:
So I got a letter saying I was not approved for a new claim due to insufficient earnings…in looking at the number they came up with they didn’t account for the total I have made over the past year – just the amounts I had stubs for and read to them over the phone. /bangs head on desk
In any case, on the phone 2 days ago I was told I was being put back on my original claim though my account online stills says it’s being reviewed. I guess I”m due to make another call in the morning to see what’s going on.December 24, 2009 at 3:37 am(291) raymcphsays:
andie in illinois, I’m in Washington state and I don’t know how Illinois works, but I think you should contact someone by phone if you can. Here in WA. they’ve got things up and running pretty quickly I think. I was allowed to start claiming online for the week ending 11/14/09, finally got my first check on 12/02/09 for the Three weeks I’d claimed on. The only problem I’m having now is that I thought I’d be getting 14 wks plus 6 wks 20 wks total, but they sent a letter saying I only get 10.5 wks ?? I’m working on getting this clarified. But at least I finally have my weekly check coming in, so I’m grateful. I can’t believe what I’m reading on here. It shouldn’t take that much time to get our checks to us. Our Senators and Congressmen should all be canned the next election, we really need to clean house. No incumbants, no lawyers and no one with any corporate or political history or connections. It’s the only way we’ll get any real change. I voted for Obama but I’m a little disappointed, he seems to be more and more just another politician. I’m starting to refer to him as Uncle Obama, SADLY. Hang in there everyone, help is on it’s way. I hate to think of all your kids and what a hardship it is on them. That’s what makes the lack of concern by our elected officials a serious crime I think. God Bless and Protect You and Yours.December 24, 2009 at 10:40 am(292) Jersey Joesays:
anybody in North Carolina get money yet? NO….. This waiting sucks, awww shucks…redneck computers.December 24, 2009 at 10:43 am(293) NORMAsays:
waiting in NC, Christmas eve and nothing, anybody from NC get anything yet, I dont understand the delay, anyone know why its taking this long?December 25, 2009 at 7:37 am(294) Big Dan in Gastonia, NCsays:
Norma, The only they sent me was a reply email stating if i dont here from the bu 1/3/10 to contact them. I am very disappointed in this delay, but know it will come in soon. good luck to you. Merry Christmas.December 25, 2009 at 11:43 am(295) NORMAsays:
Thank you DANDecember 25, 2009 at 12:27 pm(296) Natesays:
coming from ohio the cutoff dates for all the tiers
• Must exhaust Regular UC benefits by 2/20/2010 in order to be eligible for Tier 1 (20 weeks).• Must exhaust EUC Tier 1 benefits by 2/27/2010 in order to be eligible for Tier 2 (14 weeks).• Must exhaust EUC Tier 2 benefits by 2/27/2010 in order to be eligible for Tier 3 (13 weeks).• Must exhaust EUC Tier 3 benefits by 2/27/2010 in order to be eligible for Tier 4 (6 weeks).December 26, 2009 at 3:34 pm(297) NORTH CAROLINAsays:
THANK GOD THERE IS STILL SANTA BECAUSE I SURE DO NOT BELEVE IN THE GOVERMENT ANYMORE HMMMMMM I GUESS I NEVER REALLY DID WONDER WHY WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY MESSED UP 6 WEEKS HOW STUPED DO THEY REALLY THINK WE AREDecember 27, 2009 at 10:30 am(298) Dansays:
I only have $100.00 left next week and I have been searchinging despartly for a new job. What can I expect next week and what if anything do I have to do to have my benefit’s extended into next year?December 27, 2009 at 6:26 pm(299) Mary from NCsays:
I have read all the comments on this site. It appears that I am also in the same boat as every one else(the sinking one). I have also contacted NCESC and have been told all about the computer issues and about the “letter”. It is obvious to me that it will be after 01/02/10 before we really know anything. Maybe I should say that I hope that we hear something by then.
My last visit to ESC in November I met w/ a lady that looked over my work search records. During our conversation she explained that she would be retiring the following week and I said that I would like to fill out an app for her position. She asked if I had a bachelors or masters degree because to obtain work w/ ESC it was required. That answered a lot of questions as to why the computer programs are taking so long. My little associate degree wasn’t good enough. I am proud of my degree and I am also proud of the people that were able to obtain a bachelor or masters degree. After my consultation I decided that I would sit behind the computer, listen and watch. I didn’t hear or see one thing being done that a person with an 8th grade education couldn’t do.
I shouldn’t complain, I do have a roof over my head due to a friend being kind enough to take me in after my home was foreclosed and sold on the courthouse steps. My son and his wife were able to give the grandkids a decent Christmas with the money that his wife inherited from her mother who passed away. Her inheritance was a whooping $400.00. I couldn’t afford to visit them for Christmas. I now live in a rural section of NC and 3 households counted our change and came up w/ enough money to buy and cook Christmas dinner. We were blessed to have leftovers and each household carried something home. I feel that we were blessed.
Now we are going to have a health care reform shoved down our throats. Ofcourse Obama couldn’t be there. He had to spend Christmas w/ his family. 2010 is going to be an interesting year. Ringing in the New Year will not be with fireworks and a toast. Our fireworks would have to be the firing of shotguns or rifles but we need to hang on to our ammunition. As far as the New Years toast we will have a bottle of homemade wine which we will drink from our mason jars.
My prayers are w/ all of you. Hopefully all computer programs will be complete shortly and we will have some cash flow. Yet, be frugal, very frugal because by 2011 the USA may be a third world country. Sad, very sad.December 28, 2009 at 4:10 am(300) Montysays:
(299) Mary from NC:
Thank you for the slap upside the head. I began collecting Tier III and was so excited that I bought several expensive items I didn’t need (They were ***GREAT*** deals, but I can live without them.)
You’ve reminded me that, if it’s not for food, (necessary) clothing, shelter, or ammo., I should not spend foolishly.
By the way, I read that Obama, his family, and friends are renting several houses in Kailua, on Oahu HI, for their Christmas vacation. The rent for the house in which Obama is staying is $7,000.00 per day, just for that one house.
We had microwaved burritos for Christmas dinner, I feel Obama’s conspicuous consumption is like Marie Antoinette saying, “Let them eat cake!”.December 28, 2009 at 7:40 am(301) wolfsays:
blame bev purdue she don’t care they knew the extensions were going to pass should have been ready as far as i’m concerned she needs to find a new job governor is not it more concerned about cons than about getting the money out before christmas will we get interest on the money lolDecember 28, 2009 at 10:40 am(302) Rob_NCsays:
hello, can i leave a comment?December 28, 2009 at 4:47 pm(303) 26 year Veteransays:
I served my country proudly until that idiot Mr. Bush came into office and pist off the world with his stupid decisions of having a war in a country that had nothing to do with 911. all he did was give our money to his rich buddies with that war. I am unemployed because I refuse to represent those useless killings that he wanted us soldiers to do. I had a great career until he came in and mis represented what the US is all about. Then you have idots that make comments about The real president obama who is in there trying to clean up the mess that mr. Bush made. You complain to the only person qualified to save this country because of what he spend his money on? Mr. Bush was never in the white house. All he did was party. You will never see him. He and all his rich buddies got all our tax money somewhere living it up. They’re laughing at all you idiots who’s blaming President Obama for taking too long to clean up all the mess that they made. Wake up america!December 28, 2009 at 5:12 pm(304) Mary from NCsays:
Yes, frugal is the word that we must abide by Monty. So you spent a few extra bucks on GREAT deals. I find that understandable. I will most likely do the same should I ever receive a check. It will be for the grandkids though and hopefully EBay will fill my request at a decent price.
Wolf, I agree w/ you 110%. Atleast Easley did fight for a federal extension. Perdue doesn’t have a clue. Often times I wonder what it would have felt like to be born w/ a silver spoon in my mouth like she did. Believe me, I no longer procure Perdue chicken at the local market. Yet, I do remember how to wring a chickens neck. Bev are you reading this?Interest on the money? I agree…LOL.
Rob_NC, you certainly may leave a comment. Atleast we still have some rights. So let us hear from you.
Oh, oh, oh…everyone from NC remember to log on to the NCESC site and try to do a weekly certification or open a new claim. Also remember to read the PDF from 11/06/09 to see if there have been changes to it. I am being a smart mouth now…lol. Seems to me that NCESC has enough problems with their computer programs yet they want us to visit the site daily. Heck of a way to pass the blame back to us because we overloaded the servers.
As always, my prayers and thoughts are with all of the NC unemployed.December 28, 2009 at 6:47 pm(305) WaitinNCsays:
Spoke with the ESC today here in NC, story from them is letters are still on schedule to be mailed this week if you are eligible. Keep your fingers crossed and good luck.December 28, 2009 at 7:26 pm(306) Dan From Gastonia, NCsays:
i’ve read that NC had until December 26th to get all computer issues correct. check out nelp.org read the article dated 12/7, page 7…If I am reading correctly NC didnt have to flip the switch until that day because it is the last to file a federally funded claim, i suspect as others do that our ESC or Govt. has been holding this money to fatten their wallet. I’m flat out broke, in foreclosure, and feeling the crunch from all sides. I am very upset that rich people are in the position to pull my strings. I hope that we all hear something good this week.Good luck to everyoneDecember 28, 2009 at 7:35 pm(307) Abel Camachosays:
I still had about 3,000 left in extended benifits last month here in florida and then they tossed that out and started me on tier 3 emergency unemployment benifits 13 weeks worth,and then when thats done i start tier 4 euc which is another 6 weeks i believe.My question for you good people is when i exhaust tier 4 euc,will i get the remainder of my extended benifits that i had? In other words are they going to re-instate extended benifits for those that still had it prior to tier 3 being applied?December 28, 2009 at 7:39 pm(308) Mr Mike TNsays:
Well lets hope NC NCESC get on the ball and gets those letters out ASAP!!A few other sites that are posting about this very issue are stating that the “NC letters” will be in the mail by the 31st.Then in about 2 more months NC will start getting around to maybe possibly paying the newest extension after they flash alot of smoke and mirrors to scare the natives.NC’s new motto ” Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!!” (Wizard of OZ)SIMPLY AMAZING that TN has already done it and has paid my girlfriend a little over $1000 in back pay from November’s extension start.Its very frustrating knowing that I am EXTREMLY FULLY eligible for the extension and still robbing Peter to pay Paul to make my yearly Insurance payment.But Im sure other have it far worse.December 29, 2009 at 7:33 am(309) margsays:
to kevin in south carolina. how long did it take you to get your checks started if they have started. my money ran out in november 26. o9 i went back and open a new claim. they put $6400 in. they know me to call it in every sunday. its been 4 weeks. i still havent gotten a check. i saw on the news where some people had gotten checks. i went back to the unemployment office they told me the same thing. its december 29th still nothing. send me some feedbackDecember 29, 2009 at 9:32 am(310) Kevinsays:
Dear Marg I received a check for the backdated dates to Nov.14 to Dec.18,which was 5 weeks.What you could try is to file your claim online at SC ESC.You can also monitor your benefit status.December 29, 2009 at 9:40 am(311) Kevinsays:
I went down to file my claim on Friday Dec.18th and received a check on Wed. the 23rd.You will get all those checks.There are a lot of confused people working at these offices and sometimes they make untrue statements.Keep your chin up.I hope this helps you.December 29, 2009 at 12:31 pm(312) kimsays:
Nc is something else.Unemployment ran out Nov 6,2009 And my husband ran out Dec 6,09 with benefits left in tier 2 and EB benefits and they have know answers.Well next week without rent money will be on the streets.I just wished someone can give us a answer beside you just have to wait and see if your getting a letter.December 29, 2009 at 3:16 pm(313) Mary from NCsays:
To: 26 year Veteran. Are you 26 or did you serve for 26 years? First and foremost, thank you for serving our country. I understand that Obama is trying to fix the problems that the Bush Admin. created. Yet, calling us idiots due to us mentioning Obama, please understand that all the unemployed in the USA couldn’t help but note Obama’s holiday. It’s human nature.
Dan, thanks for leaving us the site. I took a look at it and sorta freaked when I saw that NC ESC is using COBOL. COBOL was released in 1959 and I know that there have been many revisions an add on’s to the program. I am in no way a programmer but I believe that there are many newer programs that could be used. Leaves me to wonder if someone is in someone’s pocket. By the way, you DID read it correctly. Regarding the foreclosure, have you read the notice on the NCESC site? It might help. Sad to say that it wasn’t available when I went into foreclosure. Foreclosure is one of the worst feelings anyone can have. It is gut wrenching. I will make sure that I include you in my prayers.
Kim, a friend of mine was in the same situation that you are in regarding rental housing. She printed a copy of her benefit eligibility to show her landlord and he is working with her so that she and her son are not on the streets. Maybe you should do the same. Just a suggestion.
I have just spoken w/ the remote service center for NCESC and all they could say is that I should have a “letter” in the mail soon. Same story I received on the 11th of December except that day I was told the “letter” would be here in 2 weeks. This appears to be a hurry up and wait situation. Yet, it didn’t take the state long to get the signs made regarding the workforce enactment. I noted one of the signs being put up on I40. There were 3 state trucks and about 10 men there. 2 of the 10 were actually doing the work while the other 8 stood around and watched.Our taxes at work!!!!
As always, my thoughts and prayers are with all of us.December 29, 2009 at 3:33 pm(314) Mary from NCsays:
I just read this on another site and thought I would copy and paste it for others to see.
Our programmers have been working feverishly to get the new extension implemented. Once the programming is ready for anyone to be paid from the newest extension program, everyone who appears to be in the population of eligible claimants will be mailed a letter to file a claim to determine eligibility. We had said this could take up to six weeks initially, and we are currently (as of Dec. 28) in that sixth week.
If eligible, that will begin their claim and they will begin receiving EUC08, Tier III benefits retroactive the week beginning Nov. 8. There is no priority of over groups who will be automatically transition onto the program.
Once we are ready, claimants will transition onto EUC08, Tier III after they exhaust EUC08, Tier II. We expect this to be a seamless process. At the beginning, anyone — whether just finishing Tier II, or already on EB — will have to apply to see whether or not they qualify.
Unfortunately we have no bearing on what other states are doing. We can only focus on what we can do. And our staff is working hard to get this extension implemented.
Larry ParkerPublic Information OfficerEmployment Security Commission of
December 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm(315) MR in NCsays:
I am in NC…my Tier II extension ended on Oct 17 after opened a new year on Oct. 4 which allowed me to collect the last 2 payments of Tier II. I have been without an income since and told that on Jan. 2nd legal process would start to forclose on my mortagage..I explained to him the hold up and he said he didn;t care “I just want my money NOW!” Never thought I would reach 44 years old raise four great kids and then end up in broke and homeless..all for trying to do the right things…So I guess I could find a job a Mcdonalds..part time is all those company’s offer..and forfeit the 3rd extension and still be put out on the street…So when..thats all they really need to tell us WHEN! will we get a check! Maybe I could at least sleep at night instead of pace the floors trying to come up with an idea that actually works for me…December 29, 2009 at 6:01 pm(316) Dan From Gastonia, NCsays:
Hello to all of us!This a email i received today from the Gaston County ESC.
Daniel,I have been told they are running a program to determine who may beeligible at the end of this month. It should generate letters to thoseclients who are qualified (hopefully that will include you). If you aretold you are eligible, you can call the number provided in the letter,and they may be able to backdate your claim to start 11/08/09. However,due to the complexity of verifying every one in NC who is eligible forthe 3rd Tier extension, that date could change (but for now it is setto start identifying eligible persons starting 12/31/2009, and could bea several day process).
I think if we are proved eligible, we then have to file a new claim and wait again, then we only get weeks going forward, maybe no back money. We’ll see.
Again good luck everyone.December 30, 2009 at 12:00 am(317) Rob_NCsays:
why are none of my comments showing up?December 30, 2009 at 12:35 am(318) FedupinNCsays:
MR in NC
Why aren’t you on EB? When my 2nd tier ended I had to call them and they pushed a few keys and said that I was qualified for EB – I had to skip a week but then got it (a higher amount to boot) for 13 weeks. That ended Nov 22 and I’m also waiting to see if I qualify for Tier 3.
We have lost our home – nothing we could do. We are moving Jan 5 into my mothers home. The home I grew up in. I’m 45. I have 1 in college and 1 is a senior in High School that I need to leave behind so she can finish her last 5 months. I have to put most of the belongings from our 2500 sq. foot home into a 1000 sq foot basement (finished of course) I am VERY blessed I have somewhere to go and family that will take hubby, 4 cats and myself in without thinking twice. To complicate matters, hubby lost his job on Dec 14th. He’s in a holding pattern for UE but wants NO part of it. He wants a job NOW (welcome to the club huh?) Anyway, many more oppronities for us in MD and the unemployment rate here in NC is TWICE what it is there.
I wish you luck my friend and you will be in my prayers.December 30, 2009 at 9:06 am(319) GovBevPerduesays:
Oh hey i thought I heard my name. I’m working for you guys in NC (go heels!) and once i get back from india and finish the office fabric coordinates and redecorating I’ll be sure to look into some of your concerns. Thanks for electing me. I look forward to serving you all.December 30, 2009 at 12:53 pm(320) MR in NCsays:
Hey there FedUpinNC, thanks for the input and good luck for you and your family…It may just be your exit from NC will lead you to an entrance to something better than you even hoped for…The reason I am not still collecting is tier II ended Oct 17…which would not allow ongoing payments for the new extension..so have to wait..I was although able to go online this morning and apply for the EB…that was one step closer…it wouldn’t allow me to do that till today…now i can wait again I guess…not sure what happens at this point..but my claim profile still says I am eligable for Extended Bebefits..at this poiint if it don’t pay back pay to the 16th of Nov…I am still facing some troubles..otherwise if it does than we will be ok…at least til the end of this and hopefully I will be back to work somewhere and put all this behind us..thanks againDecember 30, 2009 at 1:36 pm(321) Teresa Setzersays:
TS from NC. I just talked to esc again today and they said that they would start mailing out letters on the 3rd 4th and sixth of next week. They said only 30.000 letters will go out altogether. I ask the lady if that means only 30.000 will be eligable for the new extension. She said I don’t know what the criteria will be.It will be updated today and tomorrow in their system. Giving full information. This doesn’t sound good there are over 80.000+ that has run out of benefits.That means that not even half will qualify for it.If you have any other information let me know Thanks.December 30, 2009 at 1:45 pm(322) penny2mynamesays:
Hi Teresa Setzer. I got some different information. Letters are being mailed today. As soon as you get the letter you are to either go to your local office or call the Remote Services Center. All letters will be sent by the middle of next week. There are over 72000 letters that are to be sent and they are going to send them out in groups of (3). It’s either going to be distributed alphabetically, social security, or some other code. But, letters will start being received as early as tomorrow.December 30, 2009 at 2:01 pm(323) Teresa Setzersays:
Hey Penny,I hope yours is right.If not a lot of people will be in a sinking boat.But that’s what my local esc told me. But they don’t seem to know more than we do. Thanks for your replie.December 30, 2009 at 2:30 pm(324) penny2mynamesays:
I got my reply from the Raleigh office. Other unemployed people that I know of have been getting the same information that I have gotten. A lady told me that she called her local office in Chapel Hill and they told her that they are telling people to come in on Thursday to reopen their claims. I also called the hotline and the guy that i spoke with told me the same thing. Everything is on schedule for the extension to be paid.December 30, 2009 at 2:49 pm(325) cindysays:
i have 26 weeks, in tennessee the week ends on sat.i am in my last week which will end on sat. JAN 2, 2010. i,ve been told THAT<S TOO BAD. if i would have expired benefits by DEC 31, 2009 i could had got and extension. i miss this by 2days! why do some get 33 wks some 79 wks???? and i get TOO BAD?MY bye is JUL 3, 2010. i have worked for over 35 years never unemployed. first time on unemployment i quess i don,t understand the system and how they choose who get what and for how long.December 30, 2009 at 3:20 pm(326) Charlenesays:
I think that we all should get together and startup on our own with a good Network Marketing company and show Washington, NC, SC TN, FL all the states just what we are made of. Hell show corporate America what they have lost. Take back our lives “Own Our Own Lives”. I went to a meeting the other week and there were several people there that were just like us and they got together as a group joined the company and some are now making what they were making when they got laid off except now they are their own boss. I don’t know about you guys but that really sounds great to me because I have applied so many places, more than once and I about tired of the rejections. Future headlines “Financially Successful Entrepreneurs who was once Unemployed due to the Economic Meltdown and who are now making more than they did prior to loosing their Jobs”… I heard its being done everyday people. They say that its over a million of us out there and movements are formed everyday why not us. I don’t know about you guys but I’d like a success story told about me in the near future.
is gamed if anyone out there is…….December 30, 2009 at 8:17 pm(327) Kris Rsays:
The North Carolina NCESC.com website has changed its message on the home page, it says that they will be sending out the letters for us to file for the extension benefits on 12-31-09, but from what I understood you cant do it online or on the automated system it says it could mess up and delay payment further… check it out it looks like the same message but its not.. NCESC.COMDecember 30, 2009 at 8:51 pm(328) Teresa Setzersays:
i JUST VIEWED MY ESC PROFILE AND IT SAYS THAT AN ERROR HAS OCURRED.TO TRY AGAIN LATER IS ANYONE ELES HAVING THIS PROBLEM.THANK YOUDecember 31, 2009 at 12:31 am(329) andreasays:
hello,i would be grateful if somebody could help me understand the eligibility for the new extension- if i lost my job in JULY 2007, do i still qualify for the extended benefits? (i live in illinois) also, i am totally confused about all those “tiers”, whatever they are. it’s impossible to reach anybody at the dept. of employment security… i’d appreciate any help with this question!December 31, 2009 at 6:11 am(330) n.c. r.e.h.says:
i saw on website [[[[ do not try filing on line or by voice actvaction it will cause you a problem ]]]] i am not waiting for a letter in the mail i am calling this morning will let you know what happen laterDecember 31, 2009 at 8:17 am(331) jamessays:
called ncesc this morning, they knew that i called yesterday and told me i would have to wait for letter. the rep seemed to be a little miffed that i called again today but iwas a different person i talked to yesterday. are they keeping tabs on who calls ? something really is not right with our employment security system.December 31, 2009 at 9:22 am(332) MR in NCsays:
Well I filed online tesyerday and everything seemed to process fine…then they posted the updated notice indicated it would cause an error or delay…so I called this morning to remote services and she said everything was fine, to just start filing my certifications on each sunday. I asked about the back pay from Nov. 8 and she said she didn’t know what they were doing as far as that goes… I would just have have to wait and see what they would be doing about that…December 31, 2009 at 10:19 am(333) Rob_NCsays:
has anyone in NC got their letter yet? I’m trying to file online every day and keeps saying benefits exhausted. I guess I will have to wait until the letter arrives.Those of you who get the letter, please post it here and let us know what it says and what contacts or phone numbers are on it. I’m down to zero money and need it asap!December 31, 2009 at 11:26 am(334) Teresa Setzersays:
I CHECKED MY CLAIM THIS MORNING IT WAS UPDATED WITH RETRO BACK TO NOVEMBER THE 15TH. I CALLED ESC TO SEE ABOUT FILEING ON LINE AND SHE SAID I ONLY HAD ONE MORE WEEK TO FILE A TOTAL OF EIGHT WEEKS. I THOUGHT WE WAS SUPPOSE TO GET 20 WEEKS.BUT THEY WILL PAY RETRO.December 31, 2009 at 1:20 pm(335) Dan From Gastonia, NCsays:
to Teresa,i have had similar problems with the past extensions. NCESC told that because my claim ended…when they opened another claim with another calendar year that I only qualified for 14 weeks of regular UI insted of 26. Then the extensions came along, since then they only say I get half the weeks as I would normally get. I think if and when I hear something about this new I’ll probably only get the 1 extra week for teir 2 and 7 for teir 3. North Carolina qualifies for an additional 6 weeks too. You should at least qualify for them. I hope it all works out, and we all can get out of this hole.
good luck!December 31, 2009 at 2:02 pm(336) Rob_NCsays:
It appears NC is going to steal about half the funds that are coming from the FED to help the unemployed. I”m sure they’re doing this to get as much money as they can to fix the budget shortfall. We should all file a class action lawsuit against the state of NC.December 31, 2009 at 2:08 pm(337) Teresa Setzersays:
Thanks Dan,from Gastonia. My claim now shows regular active. Do you know if I will receive a letter for the other 6 weeks or will I have to go to the office.I hope your right.I will be going back to school next week.Hoping this will help.December 31, 2009 at 5:53 pm(338) WaitinNCsays:
Well we haven’t got a letter yet BUT, and thank you Teresa, for giving me the idea of checking again…the status is back from exhausted to regular active and it let me go on and file for the weeks I had missed. Hopefully the state will have already ironed out whatever issues the 4th tier might be.December 31, 2009 at 6:16 pm(339) Rob_NCsays:
I see some NC people are filing online now,and getting retro pay. I guess I don’t qualify for this extension because on the website it still says benefits exhausted. I’ll be under a bridge and freezing in a month I guess. Oh well atelast i get food stamps one more month.January 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm(340) RN2B2011says:
To everyone who is waiting,Good Luck to you and your family in 2010! I am also waiting to see what is going to happen but I am blessed to have a husband with a secure job that allows me to finish my degree in Nursing while taking on a PT job. I sometimes think of what it would have been like if I was not married and had to maintain on my own with two kids. I would be back at home with my mother until I could finish my schooling. I too had a really good job in which I was employed for 11 years and downsizing took that security away,however, I saw this a a blessing as it gave me the opportunity to pursue a career in which my heart was truly into. I can only say to keep your head up and better things will prevail. Again Good Luck and God Bless!!January 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm(341) Mary from NCsays:
I have read through the latest comments. I filed or it let me file before receiving the notice about on line filing. After I filed I tried to do weekly certification and it showed exhausted. I tried again the following day and it says all weeks are current. So I will wait until I receive a letter. Once again it seems the programmers had to have made an error. It should have never let me file on line if there were issues. Or was this just a way to let the state procure more time? I can only assume that they have already collected 2 months of interest on the money. I am getting a bit tired of waiting. Just as everyone else is. What scares the hell out of me is what happens when these extensions expire? Employment isn’t on the rise and the few jobs that are available are being bombardied w/ apps and resumes. Employers can hire the cream of the crop, just like housing is a buyers market right now. Ah well….reckon we will cross that bridge when we get to it.
Certainly would be nice to get a good nights sleep instead of worrying. My friends I wish you all a Happy New Year but most of all I pray for prosperity for all.January 1, 2010 at 8:32 pm(342) CCsays:
To RobThe updated site says for people NOT to file on line or call in. The letters started going out on the 31st. Once you get it, a CSR will help get it filed for you.. Just be patient and if you exhausted all your benefits you will get it..ok I exhausted Nov 8th I have faith.. Bit I do think it will be 6 weeks before we get paid though by what the site says
God BlessJanuary 2, 2010 at 5:15 pm(343) N.C. r.e.h.says:
I HAVE GOT PAID FOR SEVERAL WEEKS AT ONE TIME BEFORE AND I HAVE ALWAYS HAD TO PHONE THE REMOTE CENTER. AND AT THIS MOMENT THE INFO IS SAYING WAIT UNTIL YOU RECIVE A LETTER AND CALL IN I REALLY BELEVE WE SHOULD. WAIT BECAUSE THE INFO SAYES IT CAN DELAY YOUR PAYMENT [ [ [ IT MIGHT BE THE WEEKS THEY OWE YOU ] ] ] IF YOU FILE ON LINE OR BY AUTO VOICE YOU MIGHT GET ONLY ONE WEEK PAY , AND BECAUSE YOU OPEN THE SYSTEM YOUR SELF YOU MIGHT NOT GET PAYMENT FOR 11/08 /09 UNTIL DECEMBER 24 /09 BECAUSE YOU STARTED A NEW CLAIM YOU WILL STILL GET ALL YOUR WEEKS PAY 20 WEEKS BUT NOT IN ONE LUMP SUM I AM GIONG TO WAIT FOR MY LETTER AND BE SAFE HAPPY NEW YEARS MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALLJanuary 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm(344) Teresa Setzersays:
I just wanted everyone on this site to know that I received 2 letters today from esc.In the past week esc had changed my claim from a monetary ineligible claim to a regular active claim and also showed on my payment history that they had paid retro to Nov, the 15, 7 weeks of back pay. I called esc and they said that was correct but I only had one more week I could file this Sunday.It was going to be on a debit card. I said OK if that is all I qualify for. I thought everybody was suppose to get up to 20 weeks. When I got these 2 letters today one said I was not monetary eligible for euc and the other one said.In accordance with the unemployoment compensation extension act. To be eligible for second tier emergency unemployment compensation you must exhaust your first tier emergency unemployment compensation on or before Dec.31,2009.In which mine was exhausted back in October.It also stated that I had a right of protest if I believe this determination was not correct. I had 10 days to go to the local esc or mail in a protest with explaination.What I don’t understand is it shows the payments on my claim that is processed and is suppose to be coming on a debit card which I never used before it always was drafted into my banking account.Does anyne have an answer to this it does’t make any sense at all or are they still just jerking us around.Thank YouJanuary 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm(345) WaitinNCsays:
I wish someone from NCESC would get on here and tell us wth is going on. My status went from Benefits Exhausted, to Active Claim, now back to Benefits exhausted. We got a weird 315 deposit on Friday to the Debit Card and it processed my claim for one week, I hope that will be deposited Monday. Who the crap knows anymoreJanuary 2, 2010 at 11:12 pm(346) N.C. r.e.h.says:
THE MONEY MIGHT STOP UNTIL THEY UP DATE FOR THE YEAR 2010 BECAUSE THIS WAS A 2009 EXT THE LAW WAS PASSED UNTIL THE END OF FEBURARY BUT IT MIGHT NOT BE IN AFFECT YET I THOUGHT THIS MIGHT HAPPEN SO WE WAIT AGAIN FOR THE REST OF THE MONEYJanuary 2, 2010 at 11:20 pm(347) Deesays:
Everyone I am also hurting but remember don’t blame the President the Party of NO (Republicans) were the hold up in the Congress this is why we have not received our extensions. They have to pass it then the President signs it. He has kept us from a Depression and employment is the last to recover in this trying time.
I was impressed that I wrote the President and received a letter of encouragement and also called the Governor of NC to let her know that I could not get my calls through and heard from the White House before I could her from my state.
I got a response from NC ESC within 30 minutes, so to all of you I believe things are going to get better and I wish all of you the BEST OF LUCK 2010.HAVE JUST A LITTLE MORE PATIENCE WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT BUT REMEMBER, THE PRESIDENT CAME IN A MESS.
WATCH YOUR CONGRESSMEN AND SEE HOW THEY VOTE THEY ARE THE CULPRITS.January 2, 2010 at 11:47 pm(348) debbie flsays:
just so everyone realizes, alot of these problems have trickled down from the other democrat presidencies. Like Carter, Clinton, a home for everyone Clinton said, PresBush ended up with this in their lap and it snowballed from there. Granted his admin should have realized what was happening and did something to try and stop it but what is happening now is not helping. WE NEED JOBS pRES OBAMA OR AT LEAST A WAY TO PAY OUR BILLS. THE ILLEGALS GET IT ALL AND WE WHO HAVE WORKED GET NOTHING!January 3, 2010 at 7:36 am(349) N.C. r.e.h.says:
some of you say do not blame the president he sent me a wonder letter of encourgment DID YOU GET ANY MONEY no all we have got is promises starting 08/2009 SOME THING IS MESSED UP HOW HARD CAN IT BE SOME ONE TO BLAMEJanuary 3, 2010 at 8:30 am(350) kevinsays:
CAN ANYONE GIVE ME ONE EXAMPLE OF ANY KIND OF LEGISLATION THE RETHUGLICANTS HAVE PROPOSED OR PASSED THAT EVER BENEFITTED THE OTHER 99% OF AMERICANS IN THIS COUNTRY?STOP YOUR NONSENSE ABOUT HOW TRICKLE DOWN FROM CARTER AND CLINTON EFFECTED THIS COUNTRY NEGATIVELY.yOU NEED TO COME TO TERMS WITH THE FACT THAT REPUB. IDEAOLOGY HAS DESTROYED THIS COUNTRY FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF US.January 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm(351) kris rsays:
i received my letters from NCesc 1 says i dont qualify for euc the other says i qualify for 6.5 weeks, thats how much money the letter has max ben. amount. but it says for tier 2 euc. it doesnt say 1 wk tier 2, 13 wks tier 3, or anything about tier 4 anyone have any info???????January 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm(352) mikebsays:
amen…deregulation and massive tax cuts for the rich in the 80’s under Reagan… leading to mega wealthy businessmen and bankers control of government policy…leading to dissolution of the middle class….FDR helped create the 40 year heyday of the greatest middle class in the history of the world… only to have the country taken over by neo-con thugs who have methodically strove to dismantle the middle class and every FDR common man protection that had been put into place. If a republican were in office now, there would be no further unemployment extensions to be hoping for. They are the reason the legislation was held up for two months…causing thousands like myself to exhaust benefits for those 2 months that are not included in the retroactive payments if we ever get them….The republicans love to take a hard line on the people…cause divisiveness amongst the people…and give all the money to themselves with no compassion….There’s 16 million + unemployed with 3-4 million available jobs…thus there will be 12-13 million still unemployed regardless how diligent the unemployed are in trying to find a job….The republicans always imply there’s a laziness and incentive problem in extending unemployment…in reality, there are very few jobs!!! …unemployment is barely an existence, it isn’t a life…I have a BA and nearing completion of an MS-trust me I’m used to making much more and would much prefer more…The overwhelming majority of the unemployed would much rather have a job…Just wait til later this year when all the so called fiscally responsible congressmen and pundits push for the halting of extensions…The unemployment benefits that go immediately back into the economy will halt and even more will get laid off from the loss of spending/profits from unemployed. It’s amazing how those that vote for 800 billion in tarp for bankers without a seconds thought cry and scream over 10 billion to help the unemployed people who are hurting much due to those pathetic crooked bankers…You know what else…production is up in the country…employers are just getting more out of the employees they kept thus the margins are up as well….remember this: DEMAND creates jobs and ONLY DEMAND creates jobs…its not tax cuts…an employer will only hire enough to meet demand regardless of how much profit or tax savings they get. Put 12-13 million on welfare and demand will go down and more will become unemployed… but don’t think employers can’t afford to employ right now…such as due to tax burden bs…they are meeting production demand with less employees making them work harder and with tech advances and cheap outsourcing. The republicans have been in power for 28 of 40 years and there’s still people uninformed and misled enough to think that its the 12 (13 now) years of democrats that caused all the problems….yeah right! A HOUSE (nor country) DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF CANNOT STAND!January 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm(353) Kevinsays:
Mike your comments were spot on but the people on this forum do not have the attention span to read all of what you said,let alone realize its accuracy.No what they obviously want by a majority of what their comments have expressed is another Rethuglican in the white house and a majority in congress,so they they can destroy even further the fabric of civil society.They have learned 0 from the last 8 years or the last 30 for that matter.I am not saying to vote for dems but in no way on earth should this Repub.Party ever be restored to power ever.January 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm(354) Teresa Setzersays:
Has anyone received a letter in the mail from esc like this.
In accordance with the unemployment compensation extension act, to be eligible for second tier EUC you must exhaust your first tier euc on or before Dec.31. 2009
It goes on to say that I can have 10 days to protest the determination.
My last extension was back in October. I was on EB then which I thought that was the last tier. So why would I be getting a letter like this.Does this sound like I qualify or disqualify for the new extension. I’m confused. Any information would be helpful. Thank YouJanuary 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm(355) Michaelsays:
Just abit confused like all us Americans on umemployment. I live in Las Vegas and our numbers are running over the 10%rate for unemployment. I lost my job December 8, 2008 and was approved for 26 weeks of benefits effective Jan 4,2009. After those benefits ended i was approved for Tier I and Tier II which gave me an additional 33 weeks of benefits which became effective July 5,2009. Those benefits will run dry the last week in Feb 2010.My question is Will i be eligible for the Tier III for an additional 20 weeks of benefits ? At this point in my career i have been in the food and beverage industry for over 25 years in Vegas and unfortunatley i’m over 40 and have no luck in finding a position anywhere in this town. It is definitely a young persons world and pretty much need that young persons look to work for the resorts out here. Not blaming the young people for my situation i love the younger generation they rock but for us kids of the 80’s were starting to feel the effects of getting older and not being as suitable for positions in the resorts in Las Vegas.So if anyone has any info on the Tier III extension for Nevada i would surley appreciate it.Good luck to all of you…Michael…January 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm(356) Dan From Gastonia, NCsays:
Nothing in the mail yet from NCESC, nothing has changed on my claim profile, still says benefits exhausted. My brother is in the same boat, nothing has changed.I hope there are more letters to be mailed…..did anyone get a letter with a phone number to call to open a new claim for this new money, if so please post it…North Carolina…please. I will call to see if I even qualify. I did get tier 2 benefits..thanks.January 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm(357) penny2mynamesays:
Hi Dan from Gastonia. The new phone number that people are calling now is….866-795-8877My profile still states “benefits exhausted” also. I’m waiting to check the mail tomorrow and if nothing, I’m calling. Some have already called without the letter and got their claims up and running again. Good luck to you.January 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm(358) jamessays:
thank you pennytomyname, i just called the # and there is a recording that says it is the emergency hotline. i will call first thing tomorrow at 8.January 3, 2010 at 8:54 pm(359) Dan From Gastonia, NCsays:
Penny2myname—-Thank you, I hope you here something good this week, something has to give.
my hard luck story got even worse today, our car froze up last night, when I finally got it thawed out something broke, now it’s pouring water out. Now i’m stranded Dan in Gastonia!
good luck to you too.January 4, 2010 at 10:47 am(360) Rob_NCsays:
I’m stranded to DAn. My radiator cracked and is leaking yesterday mornng when I cranked it. I was going to buy some antifreeze before the cold hit, but didn’t have the money! Now this morning I called ESC number above and got my claim rolling, and still haven’t got a letter yet. She said I get the first 4 weeks manually entered by her and that the last 4 weeks I will claim online this Thursday. Finaly some good news! Now i have to buy a radiator, which wouldn’t have happened if the state had been faster with all this!January 4, 2010 at 11:58 am(361) Kathy in Sacsays:
It’s January 5th and still no unemployment check (3rd Tier, 13 weeks). I haven’t rec’d any $ from unemployment since Oct. 31, 2009–even though CA EDD web site says checks were sent out December 15th! I finally got a letter saying I qualify and heard on Thursday they were going to put my check in the mail on Saturday (though I don’t know if they really mail on Saturday!).
The CA EDD is so messed up and the web site isn’t admitting that they haven’t sent all the eligible people their checks yet. Thought I’d share. Any other CA horror stories out there?January 4, 2010 at 12:05 pm(362) Ryansays:
Ok here it is. The government extended the benefits in Novemember. Payments didnt start going out until mid December. They extended the extension to people for the end of February 28th to qualify for this extension. Myself i qualified for my benefits but only 14 weeks even when my state has an unemployment rate of 10.4% why its cause they screwed up the law again. The law states after Feb 28th you cannot transfer over to a new tier and this new extension is 14 weeks + 6 weeks which puts the 6 weeks in a new tier. So even tho they did extend benefits for 20 weeks with states with an unemployment rate of 8.5 or higher nobody will qualify for it cause you have to exhaust your other tier before transfering to the other tier before Feb 28th. So nobody will qualify for the extra 6 weeks that was such an issue to begin with. My question is how do you screw up emergency unemployment benefits???????????? Good job law makers good job thats our tax money working for us.. LMAO… They all need to be kicked out of office and NOWJanuary 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm(363) MRinNCsays:
Actually Ryan….If yo are getting paid from Nov/15/09 14 weeks puts you in the middle of February ,,..which in turn you will still be able to rollover to tier 4…we are all trying figure out what has already been put in writing…its just taking them a long time to process this…which keeps us in suspense with questions…and in fear we are going to be able to pull out od our individual situations..January 4, 2010 at 12:26 pm(364) Dan From Gastonia, NCsays:
I spoke with a rep today, he manually had to enter my info for the last 8 weeks. you know the 5 questions they ask each week….did you work, get retirement money, and so on.the troubling part was he said they was no money in my account earmarked for tier 3 benefits, but the supervisors review all claims. He did file claims for each week back to 11/15/09, and said if I qualify i’ll get a lump sum payment and to begin filing online starting this Sunday. I called the number that is list above, it took about 1 hour to get through.
good luck!January 4, 2010 at 12:55 pm(365) Ryansays:
My benefits ended Dec 17th so i should still qualify for my 20 weeks 14+6 but cause i exhausted my benefits so late i miss out on my 6 extra weeks even tho when all this was passed the law was for me to get 20 cause my state was over 8.5%. So now i get penalized cause of them even tho its them that told me i would get it due to the law but now i dont get it cause of the way its writen. Thats BS… Plain BS… I will miss it by what 2 weeks?????? That is just wrongJanuary 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm(366) Randisays:
Does anyone know what’s going on with the NJ extension? They’re website still says Dec 21 as the cutoff to receive an extension and I’ve been trying to call all day, but it’s been busy.
Any info would really help.
ThanksJanuary 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm(367) N.C. r.e.h.says:
HI DAN WELL I JUST TALKED TO A LADY AND SHE WOULD NOT HELP ME BECAUSE MY MONEY IS ALL GOING SAYED I HAD TO WAIT UNTIL I GOT A LETTER MAYBE UP TO ANOTHER THREE WEEKS SHE SAID LETTERS WILL BE SENT OUT ISN;T THAT SPECIALJanuary 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm(368) Dan From Gastonia, NCsays:
N.C. r.e.h…..I feel for you, I know a bunch of people who are smarter than most of the people that work for ESC, and their out of work.When i was finished with the claim guy, I handed the phone to my brother, he was told he’d get money this week. In my case he said there was no money for me. I do not think the workers have all the info, this guy said to me he only had info on how to file a claim, no info on who qualifies!! Man, this is frustrating, I’d really like to get this behind me and find a job.
good luck!January 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm(369) Ryansays:
Basically what they did was extend the cutoff date from Dec 27th to Feb 27th so people can qualify for the 14 weeks but everyone and everyone who exhausted there benefits after NOVERMBER 21st WONT QUALIFY FOR THE EXTRA 6 WEEKS OF BENEFITS CAUSE ITS A NEW TIER AND YOU CANT TRANSFER TO A NEW TIER IF YOU BENEFITS END AFTER THE CUTOFF DATE. They knew what they were doing trust me. Basically pretty much everyone will get 14 weeks and a very very very small percentage of people will actually see the extra 6 weeks…..January 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm(370) Dan From Gastonia, NCsays:
i’d be happy with 1 week right now!January 4, 2010 at 10:30 pm(371) cantcatchabreaksays:
is there anyone with any good news in NC?January 5, 2010 at 6:22 am(372) N C R.E.H.says:
[[[[[[[[[ NO GOOD NEWS ]]]]]]]]]]January 5, 2010 at 8:56 am(373) Betty Josays:
Nothing good yet, in NC….this is sucking big time. I cannot get a half intelligent person to speak with. Lord, help us!January 5, 2010 at 9:13 am(374) Dan From Gastonia, NCsays:
I checked my claim this morning, changed from benefits exhausted to regular claim, however no payments were made. I clicked the file your weekly certification and it states my 1st week to file is over 4 weeks old and to call the remote service center, I thought this is what I spent hour and a half on the phone for.I am thinking the state is putting up these road blocks to try to keep as much of this money for themselves, i wonder what happens to this money when the feds release it? does it just go into a huge pool and the state collects the leftovers. that would be a shame, NC recently jacked sales taxes to almost 8% tax the crap out of us for everything.January 5, 2010 at 11:16 am(375) NCESCsays:
Dan, the NCESC has an in house proprietary algorithm calculating that approximately 65% of potential eligible claimants won’t seek out the end-user responsibility of filing the claims due them. In other words, the state is banking on not giving out about 35% of the Fed’s money to the states recipients. The leftovers of the money unclaimed will be delegated for other programs and budget shortfalls.January 5, 2010 at 2:16 pm(376) N C R.E.H.says:
I NOW THIS YOU CAN NOT COUNT ON OUR GOVERMENT WHERE DID THEY GET THERE HELP , I THINK THEY ARE GETTING PAYED TO BE STUPED, I NEVER IN MY LIFE HAD A JOB WERE BEING STUPED WAS PAID SO WELLJanuary 5, 2010 at 2:19 pm(377) N C R.E.H.says:
[[[[[[[ OK BOYS LETS CHECK OUR MAIL ]]]]]]January 5, 2010 at 3:57 pm(378) LARRYsays:
Im On tier 3 in ohio they have my claim so messed up they say my claim is broken and have to reopen my claim every other week and have to call in every other weekand takes me 2 days to get through.anyone else having this prob. in ohio???Who are these people???Im dumb and clueless can I have a job working for gov.???Noooooo I cant even get a job at a lemonade stand right now!!!!!!January 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm(379) kris rsays:
ATTENSION NC people i got my letter on saterday had to wait until monday, called ncesc and it took about 10 minutes to reopen my claim to get the tier 3 benefits. then you have to wait 3 days so they can pay your back payments then you can file your weekly certification to get caught up… now this is what they said ,so i guess i will find out for sure on the 7th……January 6, 2010 at 1:32 am(380) ccsays:
When did your benefits exhaust? and how long have you been unemployed..???Im worried since I havnt got a letter. I have been out of work Since Jan. 2008 and exhausted my benefits Nov 8th. My year ends April 2010..Im so confused , not sure if I qualify… NC ESC is no helpJanuary 6, 2010 at 9:34 am(381) ccsays:
Still no letter, I got tired of waiting so called the number above to the Emergency extention hotline.. They reopened my claim and manually filed for 4 weeks back and said to go online on Sat to file the other 4 weeks. Then start filing on Sundays as I prev did in the past. But my sister called this morning and they told her only 8 weeks was approved !!!! so im lost again.. I thought 14 weeks was approved and some states an additional 6 weeks?????? This is such a head acheJanuary 6, 2010 at 10:43 am(382) kris rsays:
To CCmy benefits ran out on september28,09 i have been on unemployment since march08. i had used up all extensions, i got my letters on dec.31 called monday and they reopened my claim and i just checked this morning and it shows they have paid me 2 weeks so far, but they told me to wait it could take 3 days to get all my back payments to nov.8. after i get all my back pay up to 3 weeks ago then i can start filing weekly cert. online.January 6, 2010 at 10:47 am(383) kris rsays:
CCas far as the 8 weeks being aproved that might be how many weeks they are behind on payments, they owed me 8 weeks back pay, but one letter said i would only get 6.5 weeks.January 6, 2010 at 11:41 am(384) kris rsays:
one thing i noticed was when they reopened my claim for these extended benefits is my benefit year changedfrom march09 to march10, it changed to nov.09 to nov.10 dont know whats going on there. just giving info as i get itJanuary 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm(385) Dan From Gastonia, NCsays:
called ESC Monday, they reopened claim and manually entered the 8 weeks that NC was behind. Yesterday my claim changed from benefit exhausted to regular claim. Today a payment was made for 7 weeks, not 8. My claim has gone back to benefit exhausted. I haven’t received a monetary determination letter yet, I suspect i’ll get that today, will more than likely say that I only qualify for these 7 weeks. I dont understand why I haven’t ever received the whole amount, I had same thing with teir 2 only got half. I guess i’m on the wrong end of the stick again!
I suggest to anyone in NC dont wait for a letter…oh yeah, got that letter yesterday, after i opened a claim!January 6, 2010 at 12:45 pm(386) WVH in NCsays:
I have Exhausted all Extended Benefits, Tier 1 and 2 as of September 09. I have been waiting and reading all the comments, so I decided today to take a chance and call. I got through after about 10 minutes. I was told that my claim was re-opened, and the weeks of Nov. 14-28 were being processed. On Friday I have to go in and process Dec. 19-26. Then on Sunday I need to file again. So it looks like I am only getting 6 weeks, but won’t know for sure until Sunday to see what weeks I’m filing. Either way I am thankful for 1 week.January 6, 2010 at 1:08 pm(387) Charlene NCsays:
I apologize if this comes through twice. I received an error comment.
I was wondering if anyone knew if they were going by last names or how the process was? I ask because in some of the statements from people that are having success if perhaps (fingers crossed) if your last names are at the beginning of the alphabet? Surely something needs to be done about this slow process. I think it says nothing good about our system. I’m glad for those of you that have had success. I will continue to call but I just can’t seem to get through. Since Monday I’ve been getting a busy signal each time and believe me I’ve called that number many times.January 6, 2010 at 1:16 pm(388) WaitinNCsays:
ok NC peeps, more computer glitches… per the lady at the ESC we spoke to this morning, there is another glich in the computer system, for some reason, even if you’re approved for T3 extention, have received a payment AND have had your status go from exhausted to active, it’s switching those people BACK to exhausted. She said they are working to correct it and hopefully it would be by the end of the day, but she didnt sound hopeful about it.January 6, 2010 at 1:48 pm(389) Mandy in OHsays:
Does anyone have a clue when or if Ohio has paid anyone on tier 3 yet? I have 7 weeks of claims that say pending, but no payments, and anytime I call (over and over for hours trying to get through then at least an hour on hold) I get told that they have not made any payments to anyone on it yet, is the truth??January 7, 2010 at 11:46 am(390) SYE in NCsays:
I am also living in NC and have exhausted all of my benefits by the 2nd week of November. I have been unemployed since December 19, 2008 and haven’t had luck finding a job that will work with my schedule. I am a single mother of one and also taking care of my mother, who became a paraplegic back in October due to a back surgery gone wrong. I can only work certain hours a day which doesn’t help my job hunting because most jobs want you to be flexible when it comes to their scheduling shifts. So I’ve been struggling with money just like the rest of the people in the world who are unemployed. Basically everyday I have been checking the NC ESC website for any updated news about the tier 3 extension. Its just the same message, it will take up to 6 weeks from November 18th to update the system for all eligible unemployment claims. Everytime I called their 1-800 number, it is always busy. But I just keep dialing the number until I get through. I’m basically being told the same thing everytime, it looks like I am eligible for the tier 3 extension, we are just updating the computers and won’t know for sure until the letters go out. After crying and praying, I finally got a notice in the mail from unemployment but it was for tax withholdings from my unemployment checks. I figured well maybe they have finally updated the system and its finally showing in their system that I am eligible instead of being potentionally eligible. So I spoke with a worker this morning and he did say that I was approved for the extension but for 6 1/2 weeks and to start claiming on Monday morning. I thought that the extension was for 14 weeks but 6 1/2 weeks is better than nothing. I read somewhere that the weeks are not retroactive and I was kind of upset about that. But like my mother always told me, just pray about what you need and leave it in God’s hands. I’m finally taking her advice and it has been working. Since when is the mail delivered at 8 in the morning? My mail doesn’t get delivered until maybe around noon. But something told me this morning to check the mailbox and surprisingly the unemployment envelope was right on top of the stack. I am hoping that I will be approved the remaining 8 weeks after the 6 weeks are up. The worker told me that there is another extension being worked on and we’ll receive yet another letter in the mail if eligible. So I will leave it in God’s hands and hope for the best.
I know that we are ALL going through troublesome times, whether its financially or healthwise, etc. Just hang in there. If you need to cry, pray, and hope for the best. Good luck to all!January 7, 2010 at 1:57 pm(391) ktkellysays:
Sye that was a very heartwarming testament and Id say GOD bless you,but he seems to already have.I hope things work out for you and your family.January 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm(392) SYE in NCsays:
Thank you Ktkelly. I’m glad that you found my story touching and I wish you the best in everything as well.
I did receive a few notices in the mail yesterday afternoon stating that I wasn’t monetarily eligible for Emergency Unemployment Compensation due to lack of wages last year. That’s because I was unemployed and collecting benefits. Today I finally received the Tier 3 extension letter. I have been calling the unemployment hotline all morning and its been busy. I finally got through and waited on the phone for 15 minutes, the phone rang twice and it hung up. So now I’m still calling to see if I can get through. I just want to be sure that it states in their system that I am getting benefits for the next 6 weeks because these letters are saying that I’m not. But I’m trying to stay positive and hope for the best. After reading so many stories on the site from people going through a rough patch, I said a prayer for them. No one should have to deal with these issues alone and we all deserve blessings from time to time.January 11, 2010 at 1:06 am(393) Montysays:
You guys have a genuine complaint. It looks to me like most states have finally come through with Tier III, and that NC and, possibly, OH, are the last.
This is INEXCUSABLE! People’s lives, self-esteem, homes, and sanity are being jeopardized by the incompetence of the North Carolina Department of Unemployment.
The inadequate computer programs they are using in NC are a lot like the inadequate dikes that burst in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
I suggest that you all draft a group petition to the Governor of North Carolina describing the problem–that every other state in the US of A has its citizen receiving Tier III, *except* NC and, possibly, OH.
Get the name of the head of NC Unemployment. Their head should roll. They, and every manager “down the food chain” to the head of the computer programming department deserve immediate termination.
People’s lives are at stake. This has made me so angry.
You all are wonderful examples of grace under terrible pressure. I could not handle myself as well, were I in NC.
God bless you and keep you!January 11, 2010 at 11:48 am(394) Charlene NCsays:
For those of you that haven’t received your letter. It looks like you won’t. According to Raleigh all the letters have gone out to all who are eligible for the extension. Also said was that they use a formula when determining who is eligible. I don’t have to tell you guys that I was just dealt a very bad blow because I haven’t received a letter. Please pray for all of us that find ourselves in that category. AND if there are any out there that have been told differently please respond.January 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm(395) WVH in NCsays:
I still have not received a letter yet but I did call last Wed. and they filed 4 weeks for me, I filed four weeks on Friday and this last week on Sunday. I did not wait on a letter, she asked if I had received one I said I had not been to the mailbox everyday, its too cold, but the recording says if you think you’re eligible a rep. will assist you. 8 weeks have been processed on the site, only four deposited into my account. Don’t give up hope…in Sept. 09, I received EB that exhausted in Sept. 09. I was told I would only get 6.5 weeks….just checked, 8 wks been deposited into my account! When I filed yesterday, it said I have 2 wks or less remaining.January 11, 2010 at 6:55 pm(396) WaitinNCsays:
we are STILL vicitims of some stupid glitch here. I’m not sure how long it’s supposed to take, last week they said they’d have it fixed, now today they’re saying hopefully this week. I’m about to the point of giving out this ladies direct extention to the bill collectors. The mortgage company called 5 times today alone, after I spoke to them last week and explained what was going on.January 12, 2010 at 8:37 pm(397) Tiff from Illinoissays:
Does anyone know how Tier two and Tier three work for Illinois residents?
I have not received my letter yet. The suspense is killing me wondering if I will continue to receive EB…
The waiting sucks January 13, 2010 at 7:27 am(398) Montysays:
Here is the web site for Emergency Unemployment in Colorado.
Some of the information (such as filing on “CUBline”) will be irrelevant to non-Colorado-residents.
However, my IMPRESSION is that the timetables and definitions of Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III benefits should work for all states, since these are FEDERALLY-FUNDED benefits:
I hope that this will help. It sounds like everyone should keep receiving payments who has been laid off through no fault of their own, who is able to work, who has been looking for work, and who has been filing for unemployment payments.
The only difference is that some states seem to have really poorly-run, CHAOTIC Unemployment Departments, that put out confusing information on their web sites, and that have badly-designed computer programs for setting up payments to those who qualify.
I hope that this Colorado site helps, if not, please ignore.January 14, 2010 at 6:02 pm(399) Joe in NJsays:
Looks like NJ just updated their site. Confirmed benefits to July 10, 2010January 15, 2010 at 1:50 am(400) Montysays:
“”None of this will seem quick enough if you have a loved one who’s trapped, if you’re sleeping on the streets, if you can’t feed your children . . .”
Barack Obama on the delays getting Tier III payments to America’s unemployed??? No . . . wait . . . it’s Barack Obama addressing (for the third time in as many days) the difficulties of getting the “***initial*** $100 million” in aid he pledged to *Haiti*.
Do you think Haiti will take care of us when our economy goes belly-up with that massive deficit???
Way to take care of your own, Obama.January 15, 2010 at 5:33 pm(401) Mary from NCsays:
Larry ParkerPublic Information OfficerEmployment Security Commission of
I had posted this earlier. I don’t know whether it will help anyone or not. I have not received any letters from NCESC. As I stated earlier, I opened a claim prior to the notice of DO NOT OPEN a claim online. Thusfar, I file electronically weekly and it shows up as EB with no active issues. I have no earthly idea what the folks at the remote service center are doing. Every time I call I get the same reply…wait. I am receiving weekly benefits. Oddly enough all my benefits were exhausted in Nov. 2009. The letter that I get will most likely say,WAIT,WE MADE AN ERROR, YOU OWE US! If it happens that way I will return my certificate stating that I would not do harm to myself or others. This is a certificate that I had to sign via my psychiatrist after NC ESC drove me crazy.
Look out Bev. Should I receive a letter stating that the state made an error, I will be on your doorstep the next morning along w/ a following of folks that the “system” has driven crazy. I WILL be sure to post should it come down to that.
My Prayers are with all the unemployed.January 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm(402) johnsays:
Could some nice person out there explain Tier 1..tier2… tier3 to me. In Illinois we have REG. (first 26 wks) EUC08 (next 33 wks) then EB (next 20 wks) but thats it. No talk about an extension thru Feb. 28 and absolutely no talk about any extension thru June 10th… Please help me try to understand what the government passed in DEc. 2009?????January 16, 2010 at 3:38 pm(403) JON of MICHIGANsays:
Forget about any future extension, we are spending the money on Haiti! Not to say that people shouldn’t care. Haiti has been one of the most conrupted government in the world. Much of that money will never reach the people and now since 72 hours have passed, few if any will ever be pulled out of any rubble. Where is China and the EU. Haiti was a French Colony.
When are we going to stop foreign imports into America and Wal*mart. These imports and Free Trade helped caused this mess. Without people working mean less tax dollars for all the states and nation.
I live in the third world state called Michigan, and one of the most depress areas called Port Huron. It was once a blue collar victoria community that Thomas Edison grew up in. Now its empty factories and a empty downtown. It never had those high paying jobs from the auto companies. Most of the jobs were 8-13 dollar a hour jobs in many of the plastic plants and auto fabric plants. Most of the plants are now gone, many overseas. Stimulate money, hmm. It’s going to build a new bridge plaza to Canada. So we can process those imports faster. Not to mention the 400 Trash semi trucks that dump Canadian Trash in our landfill. At less we didn’t get sewer waste like downriver Detroit. But nobody can stop it, “it’s free trade!”
One day, I can young American children in our landfills ripping Chinese E waste and computers apart for there gold. Why wait, China is starting early with lead toys.
Both political parties have failed us! We need to elect anybody but the Republicans and Democrats. That will be when real change happens in America. Port Huron needs to declare a disater and get world aid! How about your community. We have over 25 percent unemployment and we are a normal middle America city and county with a 140,000 people.January 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm(404) Montysays:
Ditto. Jon of Michigan. You speak the truth.
Vote out all incumbent Senators and Members of Congress! Get rid of that Obama-spendthrift-egomaniac.
Obama’s only good for hemorrhaging money (1) to Big Banks, (2) to people who foolishly took on too much debt by buying overpriced houses they couldn’t afford, and now (3) to a corrupt, terribly-organized overseas country which was colonized by Europeans.
Who’s helping America’s heartland???
Who’s helping family farms in foreclosure???
It’s not P.C. to help America’s family farms. The media doesn’t give it enough knee-jerk liberal publicity.
Down with incumbents in Congress!Down with Obama!Down with the mainstream media!
It’s time for the Libertarian cause and Ron Paul. Let him into the next presidential debates, for God’s sake!!!January 18, 2010 at 5:20 am(405) Me in OHsays:
what gives? i started my claim all the way from mid-november, and now after this last week, i only have one payment remaining according to remaining balance. ummm, i thought we were to get 14 weeks? am i missing something? i only got 10 total after this new week. please can someone explain? i don’t know but 10 weeks is NOT 14.January 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm(406) John-Ncsays:
NC is picking and choosing who gets the bloody extension I got my letter and said I did not qualify for Tier 3 and 4 this is BULL NC said I did not make enough money HELLO I have been unemployed since oct 08 I ran out the first week in Jan I emailed Senators Hagan and Burr this is Horrible .. my wife and I will be facing eviction and her car taken from her because we can not live on her salary alone. NC is so screwed up They pick the people they want to get this extension
I sent a protest letter to them the next day after I received a letter. so I am waiting on the answer from them I am sure I wasted my time but these stupid people need to help us we all need money we need to survive, Our lives are at stake here. Creditors call all the time Get in Line.. I am sure this is the same for all out there. God help us. I am tired of this stress. This country needs to take of us NOW not later.January 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm(407) kt2kellysays:
Monty at 404 If you got your wish and Ron Paul was President he would abolish the labor dept. and do away with unemployment insurance all together.Please pay attention.January 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm(408) chrissssays:
I just ran out of regular state UC the first week of january. What am i eligable for now? this is all so confusing? From what i understand, everyone that has been collecting since June is safe and the people like me that just ran out are screwed? Help because i dont understand at all.January 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm(409) ME in OHsays:
what gives? i started my claim all the way from mid-november, and now after this last week, i only have one payment remaining according to remaining balance. ummm, i thought we were to get 14 weeks? am i missing something? i only got 10 total after this new week. please can someone explain? i don’t know but last time i checked 10 weeks is NOT 14.January 18, 2010 at 10:46 pm(410) UnemployedinFLsays:
I’ve been unemployed since March 2009. I started training through worksource for a new career and graduate at the end of this year. I am actively applying to every job posting and calling companies to see if they’re hiring. No job yet. Does any one know how long FL gets unemployment benefits? My first extension runs out on the 26th of January. Please help.January 19, 2010 at 7:34 am(411) Digital Nationsays:
i opened the window and in flew a duckJanuary 20, 2010 at 12:53 pm(412) stephsays:
I just ran out of my regular unemployment benefits last week, does this mean I can’t get any extended benefits since I didn’t run out before 12/31/09January 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm(413) ME in OHIOsays:
what gives? i started my claim all the way from mid-november, and now after this last week, i only have one payment remaining according to remaining balance. ummm, i thought we were to get 14 weeks? am i missing something? i only got 10 total after this new week. please can someone explain? i don’t know but last time i checked 10 weeks is NOT 14. please someone help!January 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm(414) Charlenesays:
Perhaps this will help some. I went to my local office because they said that I didn’t qualify and according to the description they gave of who would qualify I did qualify. So the local office manually entered the first couple of weeks for me and when they did that the system then went to active status. I never received a letter but I was tired of waiting especially after Raleigh said that all the letters had gone out. So I would suggest to all that if they haven’t received the letter to go to your local office and see if they will help you like they did me. The system stinks I agree because today it went back to Benefits Exhausted….. Go Figure.. We all should get together and start up on one of these Multi-Level business that has a great product. ) Anything is better then dealing with our government.January 23, 2010 at 4:42 am(415) joesays:
who pays for unemployment extensions? the employer or the gov?January 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm(416) mattsays:
To me it don’t do anygood for them to pass another extension, the states is not going to give it to us until we have lost everything, the president need to get on the states and make them release the money. Thats the problem, in ga they claim they don’t no anything thats not true.January 23, 2010 at 11:57 pm(417) Hortenciasays:
Question, I hope someone could answer it. If my working hours have been reduce from 38 to 23 or 13. Could I get unemployment compensation or help? Thank you.January 25, 2010 at 11:37 am(418) Tiff from Illinoissays:
Dear John: (402)
Monty was very nice to help break down the difference between the various Tiers. He was also able to provide a link to a website to give a better visual as well.
FYI. Don’t pay any attention to the state because it really just breaks down the meaning about the various Tiers.
I was also able to retrieve a direct line to the Illinois Unemployment Information Benefits Line for Illinois residents asking questions about the Tiers and how long they may even have left. The number is 3127935280.
Hope this helps January 25, 2010 at 11:44 am(419) Tiff from Illinoissays:
Dear (417) Hortencia:
Yes, you can receive benefits while still working; especially, if your work hours are continuing to get lower and lower.
I have experienced that as well, and I was able to receive unemployment benefits while I was employed as full-time; but worked only part-time with less than 25 hours weekly.
I would just also check with your State Laws too. But this is usually general information that is universal no matter where you live. I have plenty of co-workers whom are currently on this as well.
Good Luck and hoped this helped! January 25, 2010 at 12:03 pm(420) Frank Dsays:
I was layed off in feb.2009. My first extension of 20 weeks expired Jan. 16th,2010. I’m being told there are two 13 week extension and one 20 week extention available to me if I do not find work. Is this True? Very confused. FTDJanuary 25, 2010 at 8:34 pm(421) Stevesays:
Thought I would drop in to say how poorly this continues to be handled. I know a lot of you have also been unemployed a while, I have been unemployed since July of 08. That’s a year and half, I couldn’t imagine hitting July again and it being two years. Anyway, My current benefits will run out at the beginning of March. Because of that and the fact the presidents signed extension on January 22nd only extends claims to the end of February I cannot claim the final extension if I need it. Great that benefits were extended at the end of November, but so many people will not be able to claim them because of the initial recovery act.January 26, 2010 at 6:20 am(422) husky67says:
did every one get the retro pay in nc i didn’t since i reopened my claim online i guess nc needs a little more intrest on our money. boy bev purdue needs to go, sorry she has on another vacation with our moneyJanuary 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm(423) unemployed in ohiosays:
Obituary from The London Times
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn’t always fair;
- and maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I’m A Victim
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.January 27, 2010 at 6:21 pm(424) Ms San Josesays:
Doesn’t anybody here understand that Obama is trying to clean up the mess that Bush made, and this is the thank he gets. He walked into a big mess and we haven’t heard him complain because what is that gonna do right. So people let the President do his job and take a while to clean up a big mess and we all should know this man.January 28, 2010 at 12:42 am(425) singlemomof 3says:
I am a single mom of three children on the last extension. I have no family to lean on for help, so when this last extension runs out, I will not be able to pay my rent or put food on my table. I have lost our house and we are now living in a small two bedroom apartment and I sleep on the couch.
I have been out of work since 2008 and have sent out 1,009 resumes and have only had 8 interviews and no offers. I am either over qualified or under qualified. I am willing to work doing anything and still unable to find work. Right now the unemployment is the only thing that is helping keep a roof over our heads and food on the table.
I would give ANYTHING to work again and be able to provide again for my family, till then does anyone know if IL is implementing the additional six weeks of benefits from the last tier?January 28, 2010 at 10:45 am(426) adam efthimiousays:
I have been working everyday since I was 13 years old I am now 30, I have 17 years of solid work history and have never filed for unemloyment in my life. I didn’t even know such a thing exsisted. When work was slow times were hard and when work picked up it was good, unfortunately I have been out of work for almost 2 years now and a friend had mentioned unemployment benefits to me so desperate as I am I filed only to find out I cant recieve benefits because I’ve been out of work too long As if my 17 work history means absolutely nothing, some system we got here. I’m sure I’ve paid my dues to unemployment yet i can’t receive them when I desperately need them because I didn’t file sooon enough. If there is any other help I can get I would greatly appreciate it, MY email is
January 28, 2010 at 2:16 pm(427) Mr. San Josesays:
Dear Ms. San Jose (424):
You are an eternal optimist and positively delusional if you seriously believe Obama is going to clean up this “mess”. Obama is protecting the financial thievery by the Bush-Clinton Crime Family and their associates.
Are you even aware that Obama managed to double the federal deficit in a mere 8 months? Where do you think that money went?
Obama further supported “bailouts” which have all but destroyed the US dollar. To date, 144 banks have failed since the start of the recession. Banks have been incapable of providing loans to industry. That’s a major factor why people keep losing their jobs.
The country is beyond bankrupt; it’s insolvent, and there’s no incentive for the banksters to improve it for the common folk.January 29, 2010 at 12:52 am(428) Mary in CAsays:
In May 2008 I became seriously ill and had to leave a full time job where I had worked for over 13 years. Collected State Disability for 1 year, then after waiting for 3 months (15 months not working) was told that I could return to work.
Former employer had filled my position and did not have openings for even part time work. Applied for Unemployment and collected for 3.5 months. Now I receive a letter that I do not have earnings in excess of 40 times my weekly benefit amount to receive the extension on my regular claim.
So this is what I get, after working for 35 years (of which 8 years were active duty military). Can’t apply for welfare or WIC because I own a home, which is now in foreclosure status while the bank lets us continue to occupy until we have a buyer. All the while I ‘m looking for a job.
Don’t know what my daughter (12) and I are going to do. This just sucks!January 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm(429) Dsays:
Ms San Jose, you sound like your quoting Obama. You are best to not differentiate yourself by parties, and continuously assume that the party that you side with is “the good guy”. Realise that Bush, Clinton, Obama, and Bush Sr. have been doing this. It is not a single parties fault. This government is terrible. Get over your Obama worship.January 29, 2010 at 3:10 pm(430) ktkelltsays:
Why the hell do you include Obama in your group??She should of said that the destruction of the working middle class started when Reagan started his tax cuts for the rich continued by Bush and Bush.Now we have trillions that would otherwise be used to keep our economy running along in offshore accounts that our corrupt IRS(go after the little guy)wont seize.January 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm(431) ktkellysays:
Who ever you are at 427,heres a new idea;try to post some facts in your next comment.Its a wonder how ya all omit the Clinton years of Surplus that was squandered by monkey boy and friends.Stop hiding your hatred of our black(he has a white mother)president in your lame concern for this countryJanuary 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm(432) ktkellysays:
And another thing,stop defending corporations and rich people who stack the courts and create loopholes for themselves and become even richer.They do not need your support,they already have your future in their pocketsJanuary 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm(433) SteveTsays:
Anyone blaming Democrats for their unemployment benefits problem:
Look at the recent Senate proposal to extend unemployment benefits for ALL of 2010. It’s sponsored by Kristen Gillibrand of New York and signed by 30 other Senators. Everyone of them a Democrat!January 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm(434) John.says:
America will be destroyed if the current unemployment extension date of Feb 27, 2010 does not get pushed backed through all of 2010 & 2011January 29, 2010 at 8:21 pm(435) Dsays:
Its simple, the Dems want your freedom and some money, and the Republicans want your money and some freedom. That pretty much leaves you broke and with dwindling rights, which is where were at right now. People can go back and forth on the facts of who spent what and who signed what bill but where the hell does it get us? You are wasting your time memorising facts that serve no more purpose than memorising baseball stats. I would say 85% of our government wants your rights, money, property, your first born, and damn near your eternal soul. Why do they take so much and give so little, BECAUSE THEY CAN, and we let them. So instead of arguing about who did this right and that wrong, voice your opinion to those whom need to know that you are not going to accept their blatant disregard for you human and constitutional rights. Or keep living the lie that you have become accustomed to. 430 remember that you only have half the facts and the other half lie on the other side. That why I say government reform, and I mean the whole god damn thing!January 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm(436) Robinsays:
I have been out of work since May 2008. My life will depend on yet another extension. As of right now I have benefits through April 2010. Crossing fingers for either more benefits or many more higher paying jobs .January 31, 2010 at 6:28 pm(437) Ameliasays:
If our country ever makes it through this economic disaster, half of us our going to have a nervous breakdown just trying to relax! It’s a yo-yo when it comes to figuring out unemployment, even a rocket scientist couldn’t do it! Then let’s add the mountain of mortgage companies that DON’T participate in Obama’s plan and rely upon the non-existant information that is given out my UI, god help you if you can’t show 6-months of benefits because extensions don’t last that long. Honestly, I’ve been on UI for 1 year and I have a constant head ache. I cannot find a job, full time, part time, in my field, or even another. Can’t even flip burgers cuz I am a professional, not a high school kid. It’s sad. It would be nice if they plan for change had some longevity to it – not a stupid 7, 13, 14, or 20 weeks dependent upon what state you just happened to live it. Let’s face it, not all industries are equal.January 31, 2010 at 9:09 pm(438) Tenneseesays:
I am just wondering if there is any help for people who are losing there initial benefits in march 2010February 1, 2010 at 10:57 am(439) any hope in NCsays:
WHere can we contact to get some actual concrete information as to my current situation? I am getting nowhere with the local office. I have been unemployed since August 2008. I was told that I had to file a new claim after a full year. SO I did. Was that true? Did I really have to file a new claim? Subsequently my benefit got cut almost in half. I still had half of tier 2 and once Obama passed tier 3, I had tier 3, but….because I filed a new claim I was not able to get any of those benefits. SO now, my 2nd claim has ended (3 weeks ago), and I don’t qualify for any other extensions because I didn’t make enough money! Well duh! I was unemployed! Now they give me the run around saying that MAYBE I might be able to get some of the benefits from the tier 2 that I had not used up on my first claim. Well does anybody know if this will happen or if this can even be possible? I am going crazy here trying to find work and am afraid of losing my house and car etc. Please let me know if you have any info that might help me. I am in western NC. ThanksFebruary 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm(440) unemployed in ohiosays:
Wow! I had no idea that so many people were in the same boat! I was feeling very alone until now, at least that is one good thing, I guess. I’m not sure that complaining about who made this mess is going to solve anything..I feel the pain of unemployment, BELIEVE ME! At the very least, you should be sending e-mails to your congressmen and women. I have sent emails to my congress people & you should too! The link is at the top of this page. Call whoever you can, send letters, e-mails etc.. etc…Don’t stop pushing for the help we need, it only takes a few to really get results. Obviously, if things continue the way they are, the unemployed voices will be the majority, not the minority. So, start yelling to the right people. We voted for these individuals who are making the rules for us to live by, let them know what is going on before we end up on the street & in food lines. We need each other in this, so stop the bickering at each other! This is a really bad time for all of us, so offer SOLUTIONS!! Trust me, if this boat tips over, we are all going to drown! If that happens, can you say that you did anything to help keep it afloat?February 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm(441) harleycharliesays:
help i am going to run out unemployment insurance end of feburary whats next????????????????February 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm(442) raul liconsays:
I worked a two week try out job in oct 2008 after being laid off sept.2000. I was told I needed to file a new claim sept 2009.I was into my 3rd week of 2nd extension.Now that my payments do not end before late Feb I am being told I will not qualify for the balance of extensions. I would have collected benifits for a longer period of time if I did not take the two week trial job .BEWARE !!!FIND OUT HOW A TEMP JOB CAN AFFECT YOUR BENIFITS IN THE LONG RUN. THINGS ARE NOT GETTING BETTER IN CA.February 1, 2010 at 11:36 pm(443) Goergoasays:
I can’t believe they don’t tell us unemployment benefits are about to end. It’s sickening. We’re left in the dark, no support from our politicians. We’re left to guess. It’s an emotional roller coaster, they’re putting us through.
Jeeez, you’d think we’ve been through enough. But no, we’re the Rodney Dangerfield of America: we get no respect!February 2, 2010 at 8:57 am(444) unemployed in ohiosays:
Right now, we are at the mercy of the rulemakers in congress. There are sites that alllow you to tell your situation to Obama and his constituents. I have done that twice now. All I can tell you is to keep calling your state agency & get someone who is informed on the matter. All these tiers can be confusing, however, you need to bypass your local office if they aren’t giving you straight answers. You should have numbers to your state office, thats where you should call. If & when your benefits run out, make an appointment with your welfare office to find out if you qualify for food stamps, as well as cash & housing assistance now that you have no income at all. I know that seems awful, but what choices do you have at that point? You just gotta do it. Also, make calls to your morgage lender and any other bills you have. Tell them what has happened, in many cases car lenders will give you a 2 month waiver.At least these options will buy you some time. Trust me, they are willing to help because they are seeing it everyday!! Hope this helps!February 2, 2010 at 9:33 am(445) ktkellysays:
There is a site called Unemployed Friends that has a e-mail form letter for your specific state and also a very good place to find out information on current bills in Congress.Check it out.February 3, 2010 at 4:10 pm(446) Lori - CAsays:
I’ve been looking for work since late 2008…and I’m about to exhaust ALL of my 99 max weeks in March. Right now I’m almost at the end of the first 14 weeks — waiting to be then notified of the last add’l 6 (for CA). At that point, if I still haven’t been hired, I will have NO INCOME AT ALL, once these 99 weeks of benefits ends. I see that there is talk in the Senate about extending the other unemployed so that everyone will qualify for the 99 week maximum, but my question is WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE OF US WHO EXHAUST ALL 99 WEEKS? IS THERE NO HOPE FOR EVEN A SHORT EXTENSION? Or possibly even an extension that would include a smaller weekly benefit check? Even if I had to take 1/2 of my weekly benefit check, it would be better than NO income at all. ANY info that anyone has about there possibly being ADD’L WEEKS added for those of us who may end up exhausting the 99 week maximum…would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!February 3, 2010 at 7:48 pm(447) TOMsays:
enough is enough enconomy sucks and the politicians know it. People it is time to stop the deadlines exhausting these benefits before they start. We need an extension that will allow the economy to pick up. Untill we are back to work it just not going to happen. The poiticians need to do the right thing and extended the unemployment long enough at least till the end of the 2010 year so we can have a lifeline to look for work otherwise we are headed for disaster if we are not already there.February 3, 2010 at 11:28 pm(448) CAsays:
As of this moment, there isn’t any legislation that would add a new Tier 5 (which is what both you & I need). My benefits also expire in March, and it’s frightening, because there so few jobs. I call recruiters, but there are so many people applying to the same position, it’s almost unreal.
It’s really hard to believe that it has come to this. Our politicians seem to have no heart, no sympathy, no understanding of the seriousness of the matter. They take a small uptick in GDP and think everything is going to be OK, but we’re losing jobs to other countries at a rapid clip. There’s a wage war going on out there, and the developing economies are winning. IBM, for example – layed off 20,000+ people last year, and moved the jobs overseas.
Our leaders think there won’t be ramifications, but there will, and it won’t necessarily be quantifiable.February 4, 2010 at 8:25 pm(449) Jeffreysays:
At least some people are extended thru march 2010, I recieved a letter in the mail yesterday and said I have 1 week left, ( was supposed to get 6 more if our state fell into that category,8.5%, wis. is at 8.2). wtf, don’t these people know that things are pretty bad out there. what is .3% anyway, 10 to 20 more jobs lost. come on, give us a break. I worked for 38 years straight, and never relied on anybody’s help for anything. I have been unemployed for almost 2 years now, the company I worked for closed the doors without warning putting 35 people out of work. I worked there for the past 10 years. I have a disabled wife who can’t work and a house i’m afraid is going to leave us if this extension doesn’t get passed. now that the people of this country needs help, and jobs, nobody’s doing a damned thing to get it going. SO, lets give big money to banks who sit on it and collect intrest or insurance companies and auto companies, instead of the people who are eventually going to pay it back. this country needs an attitude adjustment, and quickly.February 5, 2010 at 1:34 pm(450) unemployed in ohiosays:
Just so you are aware, this notice was sent to me today from unemployedworkers.org (their link is at the top of this page):“First and foremost, the Senate is ready to introduce a bill that would extend the federal UI programs (EUC, EB and the extra $25 per week) and the COBRA subsidy through the end of May. We are disappointed that it’s not a longer extension and are not going to stop calling for the program to be extended through the end of the year, but this is good news in the short term because it keeps the programs up and running, and guards against 1.2 million people losing their benefits in March alone. The new NELP analysis, released on Thursday, shows that almost 10 million workers will prematurely lose out on their federal benefits if the program is not extended through the year.
Senate leadership is hoping to get the bill to the Senate floor next week, have an expedited debate, and pass it in enough time to get it over the House of Representative so that both Chambers of Congress can pass it before they recess on February 12. This will ensure that the state unemployment offices keep the programs up and running without any interruption.
The Actions You Can TakeWe want to make sure that no procedural games or delaying tactics slow down the passage of this bill. Those in favor of the bill need to know that they cannot let anything derail it, and those who are not supportive need to know that NOW is not the time for games or delaying – this bill must pass. Therefore, EVERY Senator needs to hear from his or her constituents one way or another. Make your voice heard by participating in our Action Alert here. Please share this action alert widely with your friends, family and other networks of people concerned with the plight of the unemployed.
The Message: Your Senators need to know:1. It remains important to extend UI and COBRA through the end of 2010 because we all know that unemployment will remain high throughout the rest of the year;2. While this bill doesn’t go far enough, at least it keeps the programs up and running – they MUST pass this next week, in time for the House to do the same. You will not accept any procedural maneuvers or games from either party that result in any failure to pass this Bill in a timely fashion;3. There is NO BETTER economic stimulus for the communities in which you live and that the benefits you receive and spend will both save and create jobs.
Day of Action – next Wednesday, February 10th:In addition to using the link provided above, we are working closely with the Jobs for American Now coalition, http://www.jobs4americanow.org , to organize a National Day of Action to call for a year-long extension of UI and COBRA. We will be posting information on this website and sending you an email with all the information you need to take part in that Day of Action. The over 60 member organization will be working to mobilize unemployed workers and constituencies from around the country and we hope the over 20,000 of you who are members of this website will lend your voices to the campaign.
ADDITIONAL RELEVANT INFORMATION:
The President’s BudgetIn other news, on Monday, the Obama Administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2011 (October 1, 2010 – September 31, 2011). In that budget, close to $50 billion million is allocated for UI benefits extensions, and also allocated funds necessary to cover the 15-month COBRA subsidy for workers who lost their jobs prior to January 1, 2011 http://www.treas.gov/offices/tax-policy/library/greenbk10.pdf . Although the funding for the extensions should have been greater for the measure to last through the end of the year, the President’s budget signals This signals strong support for unemployed workers and the extension from the Administration and now puts the burden on Congress to do the right thing.
New Housing LegislationSenator Bob Casey (D-PA) is also working hard on behalf of unemployed workers. He introduced the Homeowners’ Relief and Neighborhood Stabilization Act, which would provide $3 billion in loans for the unemployed and underemployed who are struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments. You can find out more about this bill by clicking here
New Debit Card ProtectionsFinally, many people have begun receiving UI benefits via a prepaid debit card over the last year or so. In general, NELP believes that this is a good option for many workers, especially those who do not have bank accounts, but that workers should be given a choice of whether to get benefits via check, direct deposit, or debit card, and if the debit cards are used by states, then they need to contain adequate consumer protections to make sure that the banks issuing the cards don’t charge unfair fees for the services offered. We have partnered with a few other organizations to help design a bill introduced by Congressman Sander Levin (D-MI), H.R. 4522, The Benefit Card Fairness Act), that would make sure these cards are used only voluntarily and would have adequate consumer protections. You can find the full text of the bill at this here.”
NOTIFY YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPS PEOPLE!!!!The fact that only 20,000 are doing the work of millions on this matter is inexcusable!February 5, 2010 at 2:15 pm(451) Nathansays:
I REALLY hope that congress moves with a sense of urgency for the unemployed AMERICAN worker, the same way they moved to supply the Haitian’s with ridiculous amounts of money.February 5, 2010 at 7:41 pm(452) tom in ohiosays:
This next extention if any needs to be till the end of the year. Enough of the 13 here 7 here bit. The economy is not getting better. Say it enough you will beleive it.February 5, 2010 at 9:46 pm(453) unemployed in ohiosays:
If you really want to see something crazy regarding the unemployment numbers in our country, go to this website and click on the “play” button under “Geography of a Recession” map.The map will reveal the unemployed numbers from Jan. o7 to Nov. 09. You will be shocked!http://www.aflcio.org/issues/jobseconomy/jobs/americaneedsjobsnow.cfmFebruary 7, 2010 at 8:48 pm(454) tomsays:
Thank you you unemployed in ohio for this information. This is sad that EB benefits were cut and people did not realize this. And I found out that most people started tier 3 on Nov 8th 2010 I talked too. How did this happen when all the people did not get laid off at the same time. I know for a fact either the systems is messed up or the people running it is. We do not have time to worry about these type of tactics at ODJFS. The rate of unemployment is worse now since 2009. We need jobs and benefit extensions to the end of 2010 and stop 6 weeks, 13 weeks and taking benefits from us.February 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm(455) Russsays:
Has anyone heard about any new extention of unemployment in massachusetts? My benies end at end of month and ill be homeless with 2 kids and a dead beat mom!February 8, 2010 at 11:34 pm(456) CAsays:
In Congress, it’s decision time on long-term unemployment benefits – February 9, 2009
Contact your representatives!February 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm(457) michael rhodessays:
if they dont put another extinsion on unemployment every one on it needs to go to washington and camp out in front of the white house!its our house anyway.lets go camping im game how bout you!February 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm(458) Melissasays:
After exhausting my second claim, it makes no sense to me why I am now not entitled to extended benefits off my newest claim because I must go back and finish the 6 weeks left from my first claims extension. By the time those weeks are used, I will have missed the Feb. 28th deadline. Putting a timeline on this is ridiculous, when we have worked long enough to open a claim but then cant get the extensions for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!February 9, 2010 at 7:56 pm(459) Danny in OHIOsays:
I have a question that I noticed going around about EB state benefits which I found is absolutely might be true. I was appoved for EB benefits in Sept. I called ODJFS because I was not sure where I was on EB still or next Tier 3. They said Tier 3 but what was funny is that my remaining balance from EB was still going down and no adjustment was made back to what I was approved for in the Tier 3 benefit claim. I was still pulling down from EB remaining balances. This shortened my Tier 3 claim. Has anyone check their claims to see if Tier 3 was still claiming EB remaining balances ? ThanksFebruary 9, 2010 at 8:29 pm(460) danny in Ohiosays:
Just to add to my comments I just taked to a couple of freinds who are laid off and in tier 3 benfits also. Their claims never got adjusted to tier 3 benefit claim they are pulling from remaining balances from their state EB claim. People you should look at this and make sure you are not being shortened if so you need to call ODJFS because it looks like a very large screw up on their part not adjusting to the correct amount of benefits when tier 3 took over they keep pulling from EB remaining benefits. This is why people have been shortened on the benefits. Check yours and see..February 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm(461) Vickie in OHIOsays:
Well…I started receiving 20 weeks of state EB with week ending 10/10/09…then received a letter dated 12/16/09 stating that state EB were expiring and needed to be transferred to the 13 weeks of emergency extended unemployment. Well, what they did was backdated the emergency extension back to week ending 11/14/09….so therefore I actually only drew 5 weeks of state EB…..lost out on 15 weeks…I had called the number that was on my letter since the office where I normally call have you on hold forever and do not return phone calls…the gal I spoke to there (actually in Columbus, OH) said the reasoning for this was because the state of OHIO is broke and is NOT paying anymore benefits. I guess then what I don’t understand is why does it state on the Ohio unemployment webpage that Ohio EB was extended thru 2/27/2010? I called again last week to see if I’ll be entitled to tier 4 and the gal told me I would be….but that is all of the extensions at this time. Guess I don’t understand how some in Ohio are drawing state extended EB and others are not. Something is not right!February 10, 2010 at 11:25 am(462) jim in ohiosays:
Well it apperars people are just asking to be treated fairly on the EUC to Eb and back to Tier 3 benefits and this did not happen people it is good you are check on this. And why would you receive a determination pdf in the system in december when most people was receiving these befenfits early november. I will tell you why because most people were receiving benfits they trusted the source and when it was too late they fianlly found out they had been reduced in benefits. Also the is no dought we are going to get even farther in a recession because republicians are not going to try to govern this country right. I am not say democratics are perfect by no means but this president is not going to get us out of this mess in the short period he has been in office. Give him a chance even if he spends alittle. It takes money to make money that is how it always works. And if you are opening your ears and listening as well as tracking past votes you would be on the street right now if republicans was in office. Check the votes on unemployment bills and see how many voted to provide yo u a lifeline very few. I think it is time to clean house starting with Republicans and then if this president does not make ground it is time for democratics to go. Clean it all out it is getting entirely rediculus of the same old politics it is time to goovern and get theis country moving forward.February 11, 2010 at 10:31 am(463) dick in ohiosays:
This is the first time on this site and I see the comments from Tom, Vicki etc. I am working part time but i will tell you I maybe off the system but this job i have will not pay my rent and other bills I have. My employer even if i get full time which is not going to happen I could not make a living. These types of issues are going to continue if we let the system corrupt america. I have talked to many people in about 1 out of every 5 has been laid off this is a shame and are from different states. Most of them who are laid off the ODJFS will not allow them to continue calling in their claims even if they are not receiving benefits. This is why it appears things are picking up. People you need to contact your state representatives and not give up and let them know of this issue. I know you are frustrated but your frustration is going to hurt you even worse because the systems wants you to be so you just fall off and make it look like things are really picking back up. Prove to these people in government that these false claims of business picking up are not going to be continuing and the actual issues are not going to be going away until we get full time permanent living jobs to pay our neccessary bills to live. And get rid of these temp part time gov job boards. Sorry i so frustrated as well. Good LuckFebruary 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm(464) johnnysays:
Nice!looks like they threw adding the EUC extension this out of the bill. I have 4 weeks left on my regular state UI, so it looks as I stand I am SOL-No advancing to Tier 1 or EB. I have been sending resumes left and right no responses. Why did they only extend the deadline for only 2 months in DEC!!! Seems like something so important as this they just over look, same with this HAMP program I am going through getting my homeloan modified. with a 9.7% unemployemnt rate! come on!February 11, 2010 at 10:23 pm(465) Marc in Mainesays:
Yes, the bipartisan jobs bill that included extensions for unemployment compensation has been tossed out. Harry Reid wants a simpler bill, so you can all thank him for this one. Still no work for me but I should just barely squeeze into tier 2. If you haven’t hit any of the tiers then your benefits run out on the 22nd. There’s going to be a lot of people losing their homes if we don’t get an extension quick.
“The original bill had won support from across the political spectrum, from President Barack Obama as well as conservative Republicans in the Senate, offering the promise of a rare bipartisan package in a Congress that has been gripped by partisan fights.” “The bipartisan agreement is off. But Democrats say they now have a package focused solely on creating jobs”
Right, focused on “jobs,” just not on helping those who don’t have one.
Spotted it here http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100212/ap_on_bi_ge/us_congress_jobsFebruary 11, 2010 at 10:36 pm(466) ECsays:
I’m in Calif, unemployment rate is 12.5%. I’m at end of my first 26 weeks and screwed because the Calif. website says that no claimants are eligible for ANY extensions if they filed their claim after August 16, 2009. I filed mine on August 23. I should have asked my company to lay me off two weeks earlier!!!! That is twisted. If the US has so much money to help other countries, why aren’t they helping their OWN people? I feel for people who have been out of work longer than I have, but I have bills to be paid too! I hope they give the extension, but even then, I don’t even know if I would be eligible. Getting through to the Unemployment department is not possible.February 12, 2010 at 2:54 am(467) Blaine7says:
How Not to Write a Jobs Bill
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/12/opinion/12fri1.htmlFebruary 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm(468) unempsays:
Congress Warned Not to Forget Long-Term Unemployed
http://washingtonindependent.com/76460/congress-warned-not-to-forget-long-term-unemployed?dsq=34036542#comment-34036542February 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm(469) Cherylsays:
A Youth-Led Jobs Revolution
By Leo W. Gerard and Fred Redmond
On Feb. 1, 1960, when four African American college students sat down at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., they ignited a youth-led movement to challenge racial segregation and injustice in the South.
The freshmen refused to stand and eat at the F.W. Woolworth counter as the policy of that time required. They were denied service but remained in their seats. The manager left the students alone hoping they would eventually leave.
He assumed wrong.
The following morning, 23 other men and women joined them. Within a week, the demonstration reached at least 1,000 people. Students in other North Carolina towns launched their own sit-ins. Within two months, the sit-in movement spread across the South. Within six months, the Greensboro Woolworth lunch counter was desegregated.
The “Greensboro Four,” as they were known, began a wave of nonviolent protests against segregation across America. The sit-ins came just as the demand for civil rights grew into a mass movement, one that changed our nation forever.
The involvement of young people in that movement—along with religious, labor and other community leaders—cannot be underestimated. Young people stood together to fight for a better future. They forced America to change for the better, to change for them.
Five decades later, it’s time for America’s youth to lead another revolution, one that forces the nation to solve the critical civil rights challenge of this time: good jobs to enable all America to thrive into the next century. Good jobs provide health insurance. Good jobs create strong communities. Good jobs support a high-quality educational system for all children.
Consider this: Of the more than 46 million uninsured Americans, 13.2 million are young adults—the fastest growing segment of citizens without health benefits. Hispanics and blacks are disproportionately impacted: one-third of Hispanics and one-fifth of blacks are uninsured compared to 13 percent of whites.
Behind the sobering statistic of 10 percent nationwide unemployment is this harsh reality: 20 million workers ages 16 to 24 were jobless last year. That’s more than 50 percent of all people in that age group. Unemployment rates for blacks and Hispanics are double that.
Sisters and brothers of the next generation, it’s time for a revolution. It’s time to stand up and be heard. It’s time to mobilize online and in the streets. Together, let’s tweet, facebook and text. Let’s rally, vote and, where necessary, sit in. Let’s lead the civil rights movement 2.0.
Let’s do more than celebrate Black History Month. Let’s respect that history by emulating the leadership and courage of the Greensboro Four, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., A. Philip Randolph and so many other giants.
They all knew that justice began with economic justice—that equal opportunity for everyone to work hard and provide for their families and communities would mean a better nation. They knew that good jobs provided a pathway to a better life, including racial harmony. They all knew that justice—as righteous as it obviously was—wasn’t going to happen without coordinated, sustained and organized action.
They knew they had to do something. And they did. This generation of activists went on to become America’s business owners, politicians, educators, doctors, lawyers, preachers and, yes, labor leaders who helped build this country and the middle class.
It’s time for another youth-led revolution.
If America is going to be prosperous, its young people must have the same opportunities we did, as our parents and grandparents did. Together, we need to revitalize the middle class and American communities. We need to make unions relevant to the workers of tomorrow and ensure opportunities for youngsters to grow and thrive.
At the United Steelworkers (USW), we believe manufacturing is the great equalizer, just as it was during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. But get the old, inaccurate, smoke stack-blowing stereotypes about manufacturing out of your head.
We’re talking about new, high-tech, clean, efficient and world-class manufacturing. The making of wind turbines and solar panels to power the clean energy industry; hybrid and electric cars; components for iPhones, laptop computers and other electronics; materials for energy-efficient office buildings, homes and roads. Parts needed for high-speed rail, modern schools, updated water lines, sewer systems and other infrastructure that’s costing us money and precious time in the fight against global warming.
When America invests in manufacturing, everyone benefits. Check this out:
Every manufacturing job supports five more jobs, compared to just one job supported by a service sector position.Manufacturing jobs pay an average 10 percent to 50 percent more than service sector jobs.
Creating 2.5 million new manufacturing jobs would mean at least $100 billion for the American economy over the next decade.
Domestic manufacturing is the green economy—it’s among the cleanest, most efficient and productive in the world.
Factories in places like China do not have to follow environmental or health or safety rules, putting their workers and our environment in danger. The influx of imported toxic toys, poisoned dog food, tainted medicine, malfunctioning cars you’ve been hearing about? Cheap imported goods have a high price tag.
Manufacturing post-World War II and after the civil rights movement created the black middle class, and manufacturing’s demise has been devastating to black families and communities. African Americans working in manufacturing declined from 23.9 percent in 1979 to 9.8 percent in 2007, the largest drop of any group.
Black workers who belong to unions earn wages that are 12 percent higher, about $2 per hour more, than those of their nonunion counterparts.
In fact, most union workers earn more than nonunion workers. More importantly, they have a voice to help win health care, stronger safety and health protections and retirement security. Just as Wall Street shareholders are entitled to a share of profits, the hard-working employees who help businesses succeed should get their fair share as well.
America needs a youth-led revolution for manufacturing.
Imagine the opportunities. Think about the difference in your lives, in your communities. America needs you in this fight, and you need to be in this fight.
As North America’s largest industrial union, we vow to be there for you, with you. Let’s work together to mold our proud grassroots traditions of getting things done with your generation’s emerging online- and technology-based mobilization that was such a force in the 2008 elections.
Let’s honor Black History Month in a way that would truly make the Greensboro Four and so many other heroes proud. Let’s begin a revolution.
Leo W. Gerard is president of the United Steelworkers and Fred Redmond is USW’s vice president for human affairs. This is a cross-post from The Huffington Post.February 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm(470) unemployed in ohiosays:
Not sure what that is about..? I think many new manufacturing jobs is what Obama has in mind anyway… but that is going to take time, long term it may work putting people back to work, regardless of color. But many on this site do not have the luxury of time.. myself included. Many cannot see three or four years down the road because the looming threat of losing unemployment benefits are a much greater and realistic problem right now. Retraining the unemployed/underemployed also takes time.. hard to do when you don’t have a home or a car because no money is coming in. Let’s be practical and focus on the here and now, there are no jobs out there right now, otherwise, people would be working and unemployment rates would not be at 10, 11, 12%.February 15, 2010 at 10:25 am(471) penny2mynamesays:
Hi all. I’m in North Carolina and just received my last Tier 3 payment last week. Now my claim says benefits exhausted. I was under the impression that it would be an easy transition to receive the (1) Tier 2 payment and then the remaining (6) weeks from Tier 4. I called the NCESC and a representative told me that there is no Tier 4. With obviously that is BS because it clearly states Tier 4 (6 weeks) on the NCESC website. Does anyone else from NC have any insight on what’s going on?February 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm(472) unemployed in ohiosays:
Dear Penny in NC:Did you you call the local dept or state dept? If you called your local dept of unemployment, you probably got a newbie.. call your state #. If their website says there is a tier 4 then you should be eligible for it. Make sure to check the cut off dates on the site too.February 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm(473) Jared Brisonsays:
I am very confused. I am receiving my tier 2 benfits in ohio i still have around 7 weeks left and a balance of $2,000. Today was my benfit year end date( its been exactly on year since my unemployment began)…it now says to file a new claim and shows no more weeks can be filed…but yet i should still ahve 7 more weeks and 2,000 more dollars…will the system fix this problem or what?>.i know of another person this happened to?…SOMONE HELPFebruary 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm(474) kevin ksays:
to the person who said taking down the middle class is RIGHT!!!! , DO NOT VOTE FOR ANY REPUBLICAN NEOCON!!!! they are the ones doing this , and they will not help obama to get help to us!!! , I too lost a good job that allowed me to live and be a home owner for a while till my job was outsoarced! now I live with my mother and miss being on my own! WE MUST HAVE OUR VOICES HEARD! WE NEED GOOD PAYING JOBS AGAIN!!!!!!!February 15, 2010 at 11:35 pm(475) kevin ksays:
oh and dont support any of the tea baggers ether , THEY ARE REPUBLICAN NEOCON SUPPORTORS ALSO!!!!!!!! , AND THEY ARE NOT MIDDLE CLASS SUPPORTERS!!!February 16, 2010 at 12:13 am(476) frustrated!says:
It’s frustrating for me because I haven’t (and currently will not) receive 1 federal extension on unemployment benefits, and am due to run out the first week in March of 2010. People that were laid off earlier than me will be able to file for extensions. I don’t think they should cut off all extensions at once, it’s unfair and we’re still in just as an unstable job market as we were a year ago. SHAME ON OUR US CONGRESS AND SHAME ON THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA! BOO BOO BOO!February 16, 2010 at 10:40 am(477) AlexisBsays:
Is there anyone who has begun receiving tier 4?February 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm(478) unemployed in ohiosays:
Yes, I have just filed for my last tier. (4) What do you want to know?? I am in Ohio.February 16, 2010 at 5:51 pm(479) david in ohiosays:
If Eb could have been left alone and transitioned over to fed benefits and not shortened and let the benefits take their course then maybe we would not be in this mess and maybe some people would have found living jobs Since these lifeline benefits are ending you bearly can feed yourself and if these run out it will look like everyone suddenly got back to work. Everybody ending with Tier 4 if there is one and you might not get the 6 weeks as described because of the other lifeline benefits were taken away why not the last Tier. This rediculus people if you have to keep filing then this is what you will have to do. Unemployment is not at 9.7% we know this it is a number that if you see it enough you beleive it. Keep calling your reps and hound the hell out of them until they get thing going if not tell them you get someone in who can if this keeps up you want a job to support yourself and family is this asking too much. Tell them get rid of these phony bills and extend unemployment until the end of 2010 with no short comings or ending earlier unless you find employment. Enough is enough of the games. Good luck to all in Ohio and other states.February 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm(480) Jim n Ohiosays:
I ran out the tier3 this past week, called unemployment, they said just to keep filing like usual and everything should be ok…February 16, 2010 at 9:37 pm(481) merrysays:
I lost my job May 2008, and have applied at so many places you would not believe. I JUST WANT A JOB!!
My favorite candy has always been YORK Peppermint Patties, I refuse to buy them now, in 2009 YORK closed the plant in the US and moved it to MEXICO, we (Americans) need to unite and support each other.
Please pray that we all get through this mess, oh also, my income was half of my families income, we are being foreclosed on and need to be out by March 16th.February 17, 2010 at 12:48 am(482) To ktkelly (431)says:
“Who ever you are at 427,heres a new idea;try to postsome facts in your next comment.”
Hm, perhaps you should worry about yourself and follow your own advice.
“Stop hiding your hatred of our black(he has a white mother)president in your lame concern for this country”
Oh sure, it’s always about racism, isn’t it? I don’t believe anything in the post you reference remotely indicates hatred for the black race. If you honestly believe racism has anything to do with concern over Obama’s clear inability to serve as the nation’s president, you’re an ignorant boor. The bloke’s partly Indonesian, anyway.
Also, kindly learn to use English grammar with a bit more authority than a grade schooler. You’re welcome.February 17, 2010 at 8:10 pm(483) mauricesays:
my unemployment has run out my lights will be going off i cant pay rent i was denied unemployment and i am attending technicle college now i dont have the gas to go back and fourth to college the is going to be bad for all workers that been laid offFebruary 17, 2010 at 8:45 pm(484) Lydia .OHIOsays:
JARED ,I’m in a same position as u are .Have no clue what is going on ,did not receive any payments for a month ,when I check it just shows “pending ” status ,..Please ,If anyone knows what is going on ,please HelpFebruary 17, 2010 at 8:53 pm(485) lyly -OHIOsays:
JARED ,I have a same problem.Did not received any payments for a month now,when I checked it says “pending ” and that is it .I’m on my wits end ,can’t pay my bills .,have a child in college and husband whose job is not looking promising ,I just do not know what to do .Trying to find a job for a year now ( I’m medical coder ) ,NO LUCK so far…If anyone know what is going on with these benefits please HELPFebruary 17, 2010 at 10:29 pm(486) Montysays:
Career incumbent Democrat and Republican politicians have lined their pockets year after year and sold American jobs overseas via a “tax loophole”.
Didn’t Obama promise to fix the “tax loophole” that sent our jobs to India, China, Mexico, etc.? Where did *that* promise end up?
At any rate, I believe that many of us are Libertarians but don’t know it.
The Libertarian stand is for (1) minimal government, and (2) strict adherence to the Constitution of the United States of America.
*IF* Libertarians were granted a word in edgewise in presidential debates, Americans would understand that Ron Paul’s message is Libertarian. Ron Paul would have made a much better president than that quasi-socialist, “Spendulus Package” Obama.
I also wonder whether Obama’s Secretary of the Treasury, Geithner, ever paid the more than $35K in back taxes he owed at the time of his appointment….
The American worker has been so shafted.February 18, 2010 at 11:19 am(487) Harsh Truth about our Economysays:
http://www.alternet.org/story/145667/the_economic_elite_have_engineered_an_extraordinary_coup%2C_threatening_the_very_existence_of_the_middle_classFebruary 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm(488) Broke In NCsays:
Has anybody in NC received tier 4 benefits yet? I only was eligible for 7 weeks of tier 3, wondering if I’ll get 3 of the 6 weeks for tier 4??? Anyone heard anything. Been on Hold with NCESC for 45 minutes.February 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm(489) Broke In NCsays:
well, 55 minutes on hold finally talked to a rep who told me that Tier 4 has not been enacted yet in NC…..NC will do whatever it takes to make a dollar off the back of someone else, they are more than likely sitting on the money.February 19, 2010 at 8:21 am(490) Jim Ssays:
I was forced to appeal my EUC denial because my employer failed to properly report my income. I won my appeal last month, and the referee ruled I am to receive my benefits. BUT it’s been 2 months since I received my last regular UC check and I was told I may have to wait another 3-4 weeks before payments (retroactive to Jan 2) resume.
I find it unsettling that my former employer FAILED to report employee income quarterly as required by state law, but I am the one getting hosed.February 19, 2010 at 10:24 am(491) Raysays:
I read so much how it’s infair that some get 79 weeks while those recently laid-off are not eligible for the full benefits. My regular pay was 4 times the unemployment benefits before I got laid off. Given the choice, I would prefer to make 4 times the UE benefits from 2008 till now than settle for 1/4th of my salary collecting UE. For those who claim they’re deprived and lost their jobs recently, weren’t you making regular income while we were collecting? SO how were we better off than you? You should have made more and saved more than those who started collecting UE earlier. Take some time to do the math. Add your income and compare vs UE benefits in the same period. What’s better?February 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm(492) Michigan unemployed workersays:
I am so disappointed in the lack of concern for unemployed workers. This extension should have been passed at the beginning of this year, it was obvious there would be no economic changes by February 28, 2010, which is when the extension ends.
The Senate needs to get on this NOW!! As they relax in the comfort of their warm homes, parents are trying to figure out how to keep their gas and lights on through the end of the week.February 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm(493) Montysays:
(492) Michigan unemployed worker,
My thoughts exactly. Here again is the link from the “Feb 1 Update” at the top of this page:
”Here’s how to contact the Senate (from the National Employment Law Project):http://www.unemployedworkers.org/page/speakout/FederalUI2010”
I’ve sent emails to my House and Senate Reps three times via this link–it can’t hurt.
Each time, I’ve personalized the ‘Subject” line, and the beginning of the message reminding my ***elected public servants*** that they were voted into power, and that, come election time, the many unemployed will remember whether they do or do not help us NOW in our time of need.
It can’t hurt!!!February 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm(494) Montysays:
(492) Michigan unemployed worker said,”I am so disappointed in the lack of concern for unemployed workers. This extension should have been passed at the beginning of this year, it was obvious there would be no economic changes by February 28, 2010, which is when the extension ends.
Yeah, but those knee-jerk liberals in power sure acted fast about throwing money off-shore to Haiti, see “US Aid to Haiti Tops $450 Million”:
It wasn’t that easy to find a site that gave an estimate of the aid America has sent to Haiti. I’m sure it’s much more, but the press is keeping mum to keep Americans from rising in revolt.February 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm(495) Montysays:
I’ve felt the following for a long time. Our “elected public servants” don’t care:
”(487) Harsh Truth about our Economy says:http://www.alternet.org/story/145667/the_economic_elite_have_engineered_an_extraordinary_coup%2C_threatening_the_very_existence_of_the_middle_class“February 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm(496) Mike in Ohiosays:
It is a shame that all your officials are worried about is elections. Same old story I hope we learned something way back from other elections. It is time to clean house and stop thinking this is going to make a difference. We gave tax break to companies before enough of this, we ship jobs still across seas, the businesses took away retirement benefits from people who supposedly locked and earned it away from them, people earn less today than years ago, cars are just as high as they were before. If you think these things are changing for the good you better wake up. You voice needs to be heard clean the house out, congress, and the government let us start new. They want change will give it to them. Be smart it does not matter which individual you are for you need to make them do what they say they are going to do and follow them through. Insurance as whole is taking over this country. Healthcare is doing things inside those comapnies that you would not want to know and you are footing the bill. This has to change people if this does not get changed you deserve what you get. The unemployment rate is worse than 2009 and now your being cut off the lifeleine beacuse they know how bad it really is. What till the repubicans get in you think things were bad when Bush got done wait till this happens. I am not a Democratic or Republican I look and support what right for this country not what poitical points I want. Good luck on getting an unemployment extention it is not going to happen. These people only want a job and for you to pay taxes no matter at waht expense. Good luck to everyone it is time to wake up young and old..February 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm(497) Chrissays:
Thank you for this site. You have the most current information. Today I received a determination letter saying I do not qualify for benefits and my claim status is on hold. This seems crazy because I am on week 6 of tier 2. I read on your site that this letter was a result of a pending vote to extend benefits. Nowhere on the Kansas Unemployment site explains why everyone is getting this notice. The website is always behind and it is impossible to call and ask questions. Thank you for getting the much needed information to the unemployed.February 20, 2010 at 7:17 pm(498) george in ohiosays:
I see this CPAC group with Glenn Beck before a close supporter of the republican party now stating he is a neutral supporter. What a hypocrit? He said that he liked Dick Chaney and how he operated? And now he is neutral. He also does not support unemployment for the less forunate as he. It is a shame that these people lose sight of where they come from. These type of people need a good thump on their head and removed from the main stream. They need to lose their job and be pulled back a few notches and see really what struggly families are going through today. It a shame our country has our own people thinking this way. When it comes to war these people are going to run.February 21, 2010 at 5:53 am(499) Montysays:
I might be wrong, but I think I read today that the jobs bill and its associated additional funding for EUC is stalled in the Senate due to partisan politics.
The Democrats crafted the jobs bill in secret, when they had their 60-vote filibuster-proof “super majority” and could afford to ignore the Republicans. The Massachusetts special election for Ted Kennedy’s replacement reduced their super majority to a simple majority of 59, and now the Dems *need* Republican support of this jobs bill, into which the Republicans had no input. The Republicans want input, and the Dems say no.
The U.S. Senate are a bunch of spoiled kids who just can’t comprehend that ***it’s not about _them_***. It’s not about “making history”. It’s about regular people losing their homes and pride ***through no fault of their own***.
Right now, it doesn’t look as though *any* of those Senatorial fat cats on the gravy train is even entertaining the idea of QUICKLY separating a bill for additional EUC funding from the rest of the legislation. That, I think, is what the National Employment Law Project (NELP, at the top of this page) is trying to get them to do, so you and I can do “luxurious” things like pay the rent or mortgage, eat, and take our children to the doctor.
Although the House passed the bill, those Senators are too interested in their egos to be able to empathize with jobless Americans who want to work, who have no prospects, and who live EUC check to EUC check for the brief periods when those checks are available.
As yet, there has been no single, lucid voice in the *Senate* (again, the House passed the bill weeks ago) telling everyone to cut the krap–that this is a question of people keeping their *homes*!!!
REMEMBER THIS, next November. REMEMBER THAT OUR ***SENATORS*** failed us in our darkest hour. REMEMBER that and turn all those crooks out of Washington. They don’t deserve to hold office.February 21, 2010 at 5:54 am(500) Montysays:
DITTO!!! Thank you for this site!!!February 21, 2010 at 7:50 am(501) Ron allensays:
Give more money to the banks so we can pay them overdraft fees ! ! ! Al the while they’re doing WHAT with the money we the people have paid in to the government ” ALL OUR LIVES ” !It’s NOT like any of our utility companies have had any compassion to ease the tension either ! All the while congress is rich w/ not a care in the world w/ the money we give them ! ! ! What’s WRONG w/ this picture !February 21, 2010 at 6:41 pm(502) terry in njsays:
Jared in Ohio, After collecting 52 weeks of unemployment I was not able to get the remaining 7 weeks of the tier 2 benefits. I kept getting the notices to call up and claim the benefits but after going through the prompts I would get a message stating that the benefits could not be paid at this time. I called the NJ state unemployment office and spoke to an agent and was informed that after 52 weeks you must file a new claim. If you have enough money (work credits) to collect on a new claim then you will be paid from the new claim. If you do not then you will collect the remaining money from the first claim. The only problem is that with the new claim your weekly benefit amount might be smaller than your original claim since it is based on your earnings during the new base year. Also when you file the new claim you should make sure that the start date of the new claim is the day after the end date of your first claim, otherwise you will not receive any money for the period between claims. You should probably contact your unemployment office and speak to a claim agent to help you.February 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm(503) John in Ohiosays:
I have seen the comments and apparently some of you have contacted the ODJFS and your state rep about being shortened on EB instead of properly phased over to FED Tier benefits. I think your words maybe working I was told today from some friends that they were re-adjusted occordingly and maybe the system or the problem was fixed during their tier 3 to Tier 4 benefits. I say keep an eye on your benefits this is a must and make sure these are adjusted properly once a benefit is transpodes over or benefits change to tiers. Also keep on your state Reps these benefits are ending and we need an extension with no timeframe before you can even start them. With the economy and job placements we need a extension to at least the end of 2010. Good luck job hunting..February 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm(504) Marc in Mainesays:
Ok so I am confused and would appreciate any help from anyone who has gone through this. My benefit year will expire somewhere in the middle of my tier 2 claims (as must happen to everyone who is collecting/collected tier 2). I understand that you are then sent a notice that your benefit year has expired.
Do you have to apply for a new year then or do you continue on with the tiers and either way do your benefits decrease? Because that’s what scared me. I’m barely surviving now looking for work, if my benefits drop I’ll be pretty much dead. So for anyone who has already gone through this please answer. I appreciate your response.February 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm(505) joshua jamessays:
It’s a blessing to have unemployment in the first place! I don’t think they had it in the great depression! But I am just about to run out of my first 26 weeks in Michigan and there are no jobs! So the Government bails out the banks! And they intern rip us off with there foolishness!….. I wonder if they don’t continue unemployment benefits, what will happen to people stability!… I don’t want to live in a cardboard box!……But Congress is nice and comfortable! Why should they care? Many people got a year or more of unemployment…… Shouldn’t I be granted the same privilege?February 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm(506) Chris (Ks)says:
I was on week 6 of tier 2 when I received a notice on Friday saying “Your claim is not entitled, a letter will be mailed to you”. Anyone know what this means? Why would I get kicked off in the middle of a tier?February 23, 2010 at 9:38 am(507) ARTHUR ACTION JACKSONsays:
The Senate once again ignored the needs of the people, and passed a jobs bill, which provides taxe breaks usable down the road for small business.
They just don’t get it, The Jobs Bill as late as Saturday included Extension of Unemployment Benefits set to expire Feb.28, 2010 for Millions of Americans.
Now Mothers won’ be able to pay their rent or mortage, fathers won’t be able to pay their childrens tuition and families will not have money for food, medical needs and other human needs, while they continue to seek employment.
I can upon all Americans for flood The US Senate with telphone Calls for Action Now by The US Senate to Extend Unemployment. Call 202-224-3542 Today.
If you have a Facebook or MySpace page, pass this information and The Senators Telephone Number to your Page Friends 202-224-3542February 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm(508) Tanyasays:
OK!! I recently talked to my local unemployment office(Florida) and was told the following:My last claim is the 9th of March. Since I have not claimed all of the amount by the 6th of March then I am not eligible for the next tier.
Just got off the phone with the US SEnate and they said that they are attempting to extend it by 15 days by the end of the week. Asked her to be a little more specific, does that mean that we get 2 more weeks to claim or does it mean that we can file for the next tier and she wasnt sure. Gues we will have to wait and see. Thats our government for you!!February 23, 2010 at 7:06 pm(509) Lesliesays:
Has anyone heard that if the two week extension is not passed that some may be cut off in mid-tier?
Even if they are on a tier that payments will stop?
Any insight will be appreciated.February 23, 2010 at 7:14 pm(510) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guidesays:
It looks like the 15 day extension is now 30 days which, if passed, would go into effect on March 1.
However, I believe the legislation would extend benefits for those who are running out of extensions at the end of the month, rather than adding new weeks to those who are running out all together.
This is a stopgap measure to ensure that the extended benefits program doesn’t expire on 2/28, while a longer term extension is being legislated.February 23, 2010 at 7:18 pm(511) 44mxsays:
The long-term unemployed need a “NEW” tier — an extension to the end of the year will not help.February 23, 2010 at 8:47 pm(512) Macadoo1976says:
Comment# 508- Tanya- who did you call? what did you say? I wasn’t able to get to my Senators today to do the ‘call to action’.
So what does this 30 day extension mean exactly? I’m in PA and my regular first 26 weeks ends 2/26. If it goes into effect March 1st, does that mean that I would only have the State EB and not the Tier 1 EUC? The State EB benefits (although I am thankful for them) is an exercise in how humiliated you can be.- being forced to mail in a paper with signatures of where you interviewed/went to is just degrading. It’s what they make the criminals on work release do. On top of that, my UC office told me that I had to take ANY offer, even if it was less than my UC- so i’m up the proverbial creek if i have to move to the State EB and not get the EUC.February 23, 2010 at 11:35 pm(513) Montysays:
The following post is worth copying and emailing to everyone you know. It was orginally posted by, “(423) unemployed in ohio”:
Obituary from The London Times
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn’t always fair;
- and maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I’m A Victim
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.February 24, 2010 at 1:52 am(514) Montysays:
HURRY! Read it now before Obama’s army of censors takes it down
(Tue 23 February, on YAHOO! News),
“Wall Street bonuses shoot up 17 percent in 2009″:
“NEW YORK – Wall Street bonuses climbed 17 percent in 2009 to $20.3 billion as many of the investment banks that were bailed out at taxpayer expense reported blowout profits….”February 24, 2010 at 4:45 am(515) Montysays:
Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:
“However, I believe the legislation would extend benefits for those who are running out of extensions at the end of the month, rather than adding new weeks to those who are running out all together.”
Sorry, Alison, I don’t understand what you were trying to say in your post (510).
What does the Jobs Bill that just passed mean for someone who will have exhausted Tier III Extended Benefits at the end of this February (and who lives in a state whose residents don’t quality for Tier IV)?
Thank you again for your low-key ownership of this forum.February 24, 2010 at 12:36 pm(516) Big Dan in Gastonia, NCsays:
this is a copy of a emailed sent to me from NCESC concerning 4th tier benefits. I have exhausted all of tier 3, only received 7 weeks of that. Get a load of this crap…. Clearly they have no clue what they doing…my original weekly benefit was $250 a week, they only gave me 1/2 weeks benefit. I am disgusted by NC ripping off the poor, hurting people. read on…
Dan,The Tier 4 is actually just on add on to Tier 2 benefits, which increased Tier 2 benefits from “50%” to “54%” from your original claim, which was the $110.00 check (plus $24 stimulus add on) posted on 02/17/10.
dan wrote:> North Carolina qualifies for a 4th tier of extensions, I have exhausted tier 3, when will I begin receiving the 4th tier? My claim says exhausted, and will not let me file a weekly claim. Please provide me some info as how to go about getting this 4th tier of benefits.>>>February 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm(517) penny2mynamesays:
Hi Big Dan in Gastonia NC. I am also a resident in NC and have exhausted the tier 3 benefits. After I exhausted it a few weeks later I was able to file for the 1 week from tier 2 and after that whenever the program has been implemented for tier 4, I should begin receiving that. Try emailing this lady from the NCESC. She gives you a response very fast and she’s very helpful. Here’s her email address.
Good luck to you.February 24, 2010 at 6:19 pm(518) John in Ohio says:says:
Well I was wrong after my friends received EB Ohio benefits stated on their bank account and thought that these shortened benefits that was to be phased over to fed and the mistakes were caught and corrected this was not the case the amount was re-adjusted again. It is a shame that this is happening but it is. Well I feel sorry for a determination of benefits does not mean you get them. Can government stop being so ovious on what they are out to do to america and the american people. Well it will get better wait till the party who started this mess gets back into office. They will finish what they left off. Wise up people clean it all out and forget the parties.February 24, 2010 at 9:15 pm(519) Montysays:
At the top of this page, Alison Doyle said:
“There is no news, to date, on adding an additional tier of benefits for those who are already collecting extended benefits.”
I guess the money for Tier V and up has already been sent to Haiti!February 24, 2010 at 10:35 pm(520) justinsays:
So people who are already on extended benefits wont qualify for any additional extensions?February 25, 2010 at 7:05 am(521) Montysays:
I think Alison is saying that, if you’re *already* collecting Tier III or Tier IV benefits, there’s no news about a Tier V.
However, if you’re on Tier I or Tier II then, I don’t know.February 25, 2010 at 7:56 am(522) Larrysays:
Im In Ohio and on teir three My benifits are ending this week and with three kids dont really know what im going to do,but Im Very Thankful to God And Gov for carrying me this far..Im putting my Faith in God he will carry me through:)February 25, 2010 at 9:22 am(523) Job Search Guidesays:
That’s what it seems like. From what I understand, there has been no discussion of extending benefits for those who are already on the last tier and will run out of all benefits…
What they are discussing now it an extension for those who run out of benefits on 2/28, because the original extended benefits package (which was passed last year and extended in December) is going to expire.February 25, 2010 at 11:33 am(524) Big Dan in Gastonia, NCsays:
to penny2myname…thanks for the email info, I’LL post again when and if I get a reply.
Good luck to you as well.February 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm(525) Big Dan in Gastonia, NCsays:
penny2mymane….I got the answer back real fast, thanks..read her reply to me..
The UI payment that you received on 2/17 was for the small percentage that the new legislation added to EUC08, Tier II. It was for 4% of the duration of your original UI claim. In your case, 4% of 14 weeks was .56 of a weeks. Therefore, .56 of $197.00 was $110.00. Of course, you also received the $25.00 that comes with every weekly payment.
When we have EUC08, Tier IV programmed, up, and running, it will be for 24% of the duration of your original UI claim. In your case 24% of 14 weeks will be 3.36 additional weeks. Our current estimate for Tier IV is 3 to 4 more weeks. Of course, with testing involved, anyone’s guess is as good as our IS people’s.
I hope that this answers all of your questions. If not, send me another message with more specific questions. I will attempt to ensure more training for your local office contacts by copying in our Employment Service Deputy Director.
Jane W. GreenDirector of Constituent ServicesEmployment Security CommissionFebruary 25, 2010 at 2:49 pm(526) penny2mynamesays:
Hi Big Dan in Gastonia NC. I’m glad you got the answers that you were looking for. Out of all the NCESC reps that I’ve dealt with, Jane is the only one that gives a quick and accurate response. I’m glad I could be a help to you.February 25, 2010 at 5:44 pm(527) ktkellysays:
Republicans Kyle and Bunning are holding up any extensions because they want a repeal of the estate tax for billioaires and millionaires;so they can leave their wealthy estates to their survivors,tax free.Nothing like holding the unemployed hostage to ensure the riches for their donorsFebruary 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm(528) john in Ohiosays:
Well it looks like we are only going to get 1 month based on republicans views are these poiticans nuts. Like most of the unemployed will have jobs in one month. People you better wake up and get hold of these people who continue to put this country last and for their special interests. And on this Health care summit if you watched it today republicans no dought do not want insurance companies to be held responsibile for wrongful doings. If reform does not happen your children, including you will suffer. Go ahead and continue to ignore it. It will be to late if it is not already. I have to say I do not spend much time watching TV anymore because all you see is AARP or some kind of insurance adverstisement. This is getting absolutely ridiculus in this country.February 25, 2010 at 6:56 pm(529) Garysays:
Isn’t it ironic that the same people that are holding the unemployed of this nation hostage have stable positions with no term limitation, that also allows them to vote themselves annual raises.
In the 21 months of my unemployment, I’ve applied for more than the required jobs, offering to relocate anywhere in the continental U.S. for the right position, completed training (at my own expense) to re-tool my skills for a job, been continually misled and deceived by recruiters that don’t bother to read my resume, and promised positions that never materialized.
What has congress done in that time? Bailed out a bunch of corrupt bank executives that hold their board meetings in Barbados or other resort locations, and that give ineffective workers huge bonuses.
Somehow the logic of all of this escapes me.February 25, 2010 at 9:48 pm(530) William Jacksays:
Hi, please help me understand as I never collected unemployment until this past July. My UI of the first 26 weeks is ending this coming week. If this extension bill is not passed, I can not even get tier II benefits, am I correct?February 25, 2010 at 10:37 pm(531) Maureensays:
Is anybody watching C-Span seems like the House passed the extension but, the Senate Kentucky Rep. Bunning turned it down. Explain does he have the final say ???February 26, 2010 at 2:56 am(532) yvonnesays:
I hope we get the benefits extended, but we shouldn’t blame our president, he is just trying to clean up the mess that the former president left behind.February 26, 2010 at 7:27 am(533) Job Search Guidesays:
As of last night, Senator Bunning, Kentucky, was the holdout against approving an unemployment extension. The National Employment Law Project is suggesting calling your Senator, as well as contacting the Senate Republican Leadership, Senators McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-2541, and Kyl, (202) 224-4521. Senator Bunning’s number is (202) 224-4343.February 26, 2010 at 9:09 am(534) cathy bryantsays:
Hey why are you people, breaking down president obama, president bush left us in this mess. I don`t see anyboby breaking him down. if it wasnt for president obama. we would have not gotten the fourth tier. so give the man credit.February 26, 2010 at 10:29 am(535) johnsays:
Nice! I hope they get something figured out, news flash unemployment is far worse now then it was in 2008 when they introduced this bill. What gets me is we can spend 500 billion a year in Iraq, Bail out these backs. but now its time to belly ache about 10 billion dollars to help your own citizens who are out of work.Lesson this unemployemnt extension should of been extended for the whole year with a much stronger bill to put us all back to work. I was unemployed 23 weeks ago now I have 3 weeks left with no options after that. I have work 50 plus hours a week at the same job for the last 15years, biz closed. Never been on unemployement. I would be gald to take any of the senators jobs, that I can do a much better job then any of these Bozos.Obama at least he is for the people, if it was up to him soley this deal would of been done.God Bless America!February 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm(536) Alison, Job Search Guidesays:
Everyone – Please – this is a tough and stressful situation already, please don’t make it worse by adding negative personal or general comments about other people who post. This isn’t the purpose of this discussion and they will be deleted. Thanks so much for your cooperation.February 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm(537) jimbosays:
#530 If your claim balance is consumed before the deadline this month, you will get the first tier of extension benefits (20 weeks). If you were furloughed in July last year, your claim should have expired last month provided you didn’t work since your layoff. As matters stand, further (appropriate) legislation will be needed for you to obtain the second tier.
#536 Don’t forget forced vaccinations. The H1N1 hype sham is far from over. Americans are going to have their hands full within the next year or two.February 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm(538) William Jacksays:
#537 Jimbo, Thank you so much! I did work a couple of weeks and I did a couple of freelance gigs… I am trying to work but both of those employment opportunities did not work out. On Sunday I will claim the last of my 26 week unemployment from the state. Do you think I will still be eligible for the first tier even if the vote doesn’t go through? I am just trying to stay in the present and not worry yet.
I aslo did something today which I have never done for any cause but #533 left the phone numbers of the three Senators numbers and I called all 3. One I spoke to someone, one I left a message, and one either keeps ringing or is busy all the time. So thank you #533.February 26, 2010 at 6:04 pm(539) tom in ohiosays:
I am sorry to sound rude but thank God I am working but this is the first time I think on this site. It is a shame that republicans or if it is democrat would block a lifeline for people who put them in office making 180,000 or more just because of deficit they and others created. You would think the american people would be top of the list when they need a hand up. You can now see these type of government people care only for themself. People continue to file and change these types of tactics in washington. It is a shame that if we were at war people in our country just beacuse of their politcal views would go against their own people. It is time to look at the facts and put these people out. Good luck to everyone and keep on your representatives and keep filing to show them the true numbers are not going away until good fulltime jobs come back.February 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm(540) AnGiEsays:
Thank you to the GREAT Senator Bunning from KY who blocked the extension, he doesn’t give a hoot, he has a paycheck coming in… but, hey why not give how many more millions to AIG!!February 26, 2010 at 8:48 pm(541) jimbosays:
In reply to #537: Hi William Jack, thanks for your note. From my information, 2/21 was the deadline for filing for tier 1 (for additional tiers the deadline is 2/28). Since you are currently on your base UI retaining a claim balance, you presently would not be eligible for an extension. However, hang loose, as it appears a more reasonable extension package is in the works.February 26, 2010 at 9:38 pm(542) Skrewy Louiesays:
I am terribly disturbed by the events that happened today in Congress. 99 senators voted to approve the 30 day extension of the Extended Unemployment Benefits, however one objection by Republican Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky killed the deal. And when Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon begged him to drop his objection, Bunning replied: “Tough sh*t!”
Please remember that this is a serious issue when while in a public office, a senator used his powers of a congressman, to retaliate against other senators, at the cost of unemployed americans, all for petty things such as missing his basketball game. For the sake of your fellow americans, some like I who volunteered to serve in our nations armed forces, why wouldn’t you vote yes to keep them feed and out of the freezing cold? How do you enable the unemployed to survive and look for jobs where there are no jobs? Certainly not by taking away there bread and butter. But for Senator Bunning (who by the way, was a professional baseball player and was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame), it was without consideration for unemployed americans to say the verbal remarks he is used today in regards to the position he took when he voted against the extension of EUB. Shame on you!
My friends, I live in Los Angeles, and the unemployment is so bad that now many employers who would pay you top dollars to sit and babysit their retail stores are now only offering employment on a commission basis only. We’ll as a salesman, I can’t sell big ticket items to people who don’t walk in the store, and most of us, including myself, can just barely afford food. So I emphasize with all of you. My 3rd extension doesn’t end until mid May, but I still pray for all of you who will lose your benefits next week because some blockhead moron from Kentucky missed his basketball game.
If any of us would have pulled the same stunt, they would have fired us and placed us in a lock –down ward undergoing a psychological evaluation.
Good luck to you all and God Bless!February 26, 2010 at 11:05 pm(543) CarlaBsays:
“…Bunning vowed to fight the extensions as long as they add to the deficit, though he acknowledged they will probably eventually pass…”
“…Bunning said his only objection to the bill is its impact on the deficit. He proposed paying for the extensions with unspent money from the massive economic recovery package enacted a year ago, but Democrats objected…”
“…I believe we should pay for it,” Bunning said. “I’m trying to make a point to the people of the United States of America…”
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/02/26/politics/main6246198.shtmlFebruary 27, 2010 at 12:04 am(544) margsays:
The people of Kentucky need to send Senator Jim Bunning to the unemployment line!February 27, 2010 at 2:32 pm(545) Kimsays:
I have 2 kids and cant find a job anywhere. I am even trying to go to school and change carreers for some glimmer of hope of getting a job but that is going to take another year. So what r we suppose to do with no car, no food no home to live in ?? I am sure Bunning is resting easy in his multi million dollar home and driving his lexus to work while we are eating ramen noodles and woried we r not going to a warm place to sleep!February 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm(546) Kimsays:
Another thing where does say in the constitution that 1 DUMB A** can control millions of lives? For what? He claims the reason he doesn’t want to approve it cause he doesn’t want to add to the Deficit. What?? we r trillions of dollars in debt what another couple of million and cutting off unemployment isn’t going t ofix it so let us have it. Obama set back 49 million for unemployment so why not give it to us. It is all ready bad, but we will give Haiti money and now we r proabally going to give Chile money but let’s not help our own people from living on the streets ok? They will approve a travel to the US bill to promote traveling to the us why? so other countries can laugh at our homeless and a government that doesn’t care about our own people? I think this is wrong and I will actually say if they don’t approve this to the end of the year then this country really sucks! But br sure to give our money to the ilegals and the other people out there, OK? God bless America, no it’s more like DAMN AMERICA . R men and women r dying fro a los cause but lets not do nothing about our own ok? We need them here , protect us from the jerks like Bunning, he is the enemy!February 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm(547) johnsays:
I am unemployed and Bunning is not all at fault here. But his choice of words and behavior was in the wrong. I truly think and extension will be past next week, Bunning dose not want people out on the street IMHO-but there has to be a fall guy and Bunning is it.Now I feel the blame goes more on Harry Reid, this guy is a complete idiot he is the one who striped it out of the Jobs bill in the first place knowing this is EUC is expiring 28th. House passed it with the extension and I am sure in a close battle the Senate would of passed it too.So what dose Reid do for a good chuck of the week, sits with Obama chatting about heath care reform, while his dumb A$$ should of been working on unemployement extension. Oh and Obama BTW should postphoned his heath care chat-so Reid can get this done and fix his error. I have been on umemployement for 20 weeks and if stands will not be able to advance to teir on unless this gets passed. but now we will probaly have to issue blank check to Chili ect with this earth quake.also we shold own IRAQ, DUBAI, SAUDI, KAWAIT AND ALL OF THERE OIL RIGHT NOW.February 27, 2010 at 6:35 pm(548) CarlaBsays:
Bunning: My Obstruction Of Unemployment Extension Made Me Miss My Basketball Game
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/harry-reid/February 27, 2010 at 9:45 pm(549) Gloriasays:
Wow what can we do to stop this crazy man from Kentucky that obviousely is oblivious to the financial crises going on in this country right now. I guess he has a job gets paid well by tax payers and has great government insurance so who cares about the peoples money that brought those great benfits to him.February 28, 2010 at 2:16 am(550) Scarlet Feversays:
Horrible times, horrible unemployment rates and not because people don’t want to work! Businesses are closing, laying off and this includes large corporations!
I had to take a job with NO benefits of which I was glad to accept. Unfortunately I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer so now I’m on disability/mediaid. Fortunate there in that way but my cancer is terminal, just can’t get a timeline from the Doc. I worked all my life, paid in, 3 jobs overlapping to raise my daughter alone via a deadbeat dad/x.
There are those than look for the loopholes in any government system (supplier) for shelter, food and welfare money. There are the majority that work hard all their lives and companies in the last few years go belly up, lay off, close. I’m 47 years old and have never seen such high unemployment rates from every State! Even smaller businesses are going under because everyone is holding on to the money they do have in fear of what’s to come. Stimulous? HA All the money we send to other Countries, all the money for other’s wars? I was shocked that Chili after the earthquake said they appreciated but not need any help! What? Wow! A Country beyond the U.S.A. can take care of their own for a change? This is a first? Not that I am not human and care but the great American U.S.A. always comes to the rescue of other’s outside our own Country and yet we have people homeless, starving, families loosing their homes etc…. I always believed that before you can help anyone else you must get yourself straight and that includes the once great U.S.A. Stop the extention of unemployment? What are they trying to corrupt those to rob, steal, more crime as alot will do to take care of there own?
It’s fend for yourself these days! Also there is no such thing as retirement, if you have a “nest” egg so to speak you will loose it when your retired if you even can retire at a decent age of let’s say 70. I say this because the health care will break you and your immiediate family before any other benefits will kick in!
I say take care of the United States of American tax paying Citizens before we wire billions of U.S. Tax dollars to other Countries less fortunate! In return for these actions all we get is hire taxes, insurances premiums etc….
So to Uncle Sam, were really seeing you as Uncle Sam from H*ll that you and your buddies in Political stance have deemed us! Keep taking your perks though as it’s all about you and your power!February 28, 2010 at 6:04 am(551) Montysays:
(551)Scarlet Fever said,
“…diagnosed with stage 4 cancer …my cancer is terminal, just can’t get a timeline from the Doc…I worked all my life, paid in, 3 jobs overlapping to raise my daughter alone via a deadbeat dad/x.”
Doctors’ prognoses aren’t always set in stone. You and I have both heard of people beating the odds.
Raising your little girl alone despite a deadbeat dad means you’ve got the strength to do ANYTHING.
Thank you for sharing your story. You are in my prayers, young lady.February 28, 2010 at 10:45 am(552) Randysays:
So I am a small employer. In the past three years the government employment insurance has paid out a total of $200 for workers that used to work here. I am in the top rated tier.
This year the insurance rose 300%. That’s not a typo. I literally know people who do absolutely nothing to find work yet unemployment benefits are paid the first 26 weeks by the state and the next 99 weeks by the federal governement. Folks, that’s about 2 1/5 years!
Gee whiz!February 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm(553) tom in ohiosays:
We have to get our facts straight first of all Bunning in Kentucky wanted to get to a college game this is why he blocked it did you watch him? Stop playing around to protect your political party. And as far as crying on this small business man talking about how long the american people been on unemployment believe me we would work for them to make them money if we could but our books always have be open. Lets try opening their books for a change and see the real profits. Stop this back and forth you know the real truth why the economy has got this way shipping jobs across seas, etc. Good luck to everyone..February 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm(554) Doe in NCsays:
Well, After yesterdays earthquake. Heres goes our money again. Obama saying we will help you. I say anyone getting unemployment dont donate! I cant afford it, I cant get it back and they damn sure not gonna give me an extenstion for it. Give up the money that I cant seem to live on anyway. I am trying to pay my important bills like lights, telephone, gas and car insurance and rent. Oh yeah forgot food. Thats why I go to Dollar general and Dollar tree and hopefully the store employees keep an eye on Expired food so that dont kill me first. I try to find coupons to use but since I cant afford the Sundays Paper I come across very slim chances of getting the good coupons. But then again who can afford Name Brand coupons? I have four more weeks of Unemployment. I dont know what to do. Last time I went to strip club looking for work I wasnt thin enough. Well, with Unemployment going bye,bye I will have good diet to go by this month its called ” Starve yourself to make the food last longer”. And I am sure I will be thin enough then.February 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm(555) tammysays:
does the unemployment extension affect people who are currently receiving unemployment benefits or is this for opening new cases?February 28, 2010 at 3:56 pm(556) Alison, Job Search Guidesays:
The extension would be for people who are currently collecting unemployment, but are going to run out because the extended benefits that were in place expired this weekend.February 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm(557) Williamsays:
The notion that our economic meltdown is the fault of “Republicans” or some nebulous “corporate greed” is a fantasy. Toxic mortgage assets precipitated this economic failure, and those toxic assets stem directly from the Federal government mandating that lenders give mortgages to people who, by all objective criteria, were unqualified to receive them. You can thank Barney Frank, Christopher Dodd, and Jimmuh Carter for setting this stage over the past 30 years. Last time I checked none of them had a (R) next to their names. Do you not remember Bush raising the issue of Fannie Mae in 2005, only to have Barney Frank dismiss those concerns as unfounded?
If you force lenders to give billions of dollars in loans to people who are demonstrably unlikely to pay them back, and those same people then start defaulting on those loans, you can’t blame anyone but the government for sticking its meddling hands into the mortgage business. “Corporate greed” my a**. You Obamatons were probably the same ones whining about stringent credit history requirements for borrowers being “unfair” and now you actually try to pin the blame on the lenders for simply doing what the Federal government made them do against their own better judgment. Ridiculous.February 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm(558) jimbosays:
If they do (as they should) extend UE benefits, they ought to stop playing games with these one or two month extensions because, quite honestly, the need for Congress and the Senate to meet so frequently over the status quo is preposterous. They ought to extend the benefits at least 6 months and reconvene then.February 28, 2010 at 4:58 pm(559) kaydeesays:
What are those of us who are now using the six weeks extension for hard hit states suppose to do. I certainly hope and pray that they extend the benefits for those who can still use the other tiers but what can we do to get more help. They are not even considering us at this point but there are still no more jobs to be had out there than there was a year ago.February 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm(560) Dave in Ohio and workingsays:
The unemployment needs to be extended for those more than 6 months it needs to be at least one year. These 6 weeks, 12 weeks is not going to do it. Everyone I talked too who is on it or barely working right now and in poverty says this and this is fact. The people in America make america and in order to get this country back they need a hand up until this economy gets back. the jobs offered are only short time not fulltime perm. The only ones prospering is the contractors or small business owners using experience people as the tool for their pockets. We need fulltime perm hiring with good paying jobs to pay taxes and allow them to afford our goods. Until we smarten up just small businesses in the country will not do it. Good luck to all and do not get discourage on the these people making you feel bad on what they and the governemnt caused in this country!February 28, 2010 at 6:01 pm(561) judysays:
the people in government are out of touch with the rest of us and we lost a giant when Kennedy diedFebruary 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm(562) A Zimmermansays:
Here it is, Folks! Write Senator Bunning directly at his office and tell him what you think of his decision! Let him know while he missed his basketball game, we’re all missing our lives the way they used to be. What a SELFISH and IRRESPONSIBLE man!http://bunning.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactFormFebruary 28, 2010 at 11:34 pm(563) jimbosays:
In reply to #562 – look on the bright side. Bunning’s denial provides the opportunity for a more substantial and needed extension package to be passed. What good is another 30 days, anyway?March 1, 2010 at 12:03 am(564) Stephensays:
When you have imbeciles like Jim Bunning holding up UI benefits that will effect millions of Americans and hasten us into poverty it is time he’s thrown out of this country. I heard the Taliban is hoping Jim Bunning will join them so to find out if he has other ways to hurt as many Americans as possible.March 1, 2010 at 9:26 am(565) Cindysays:
I am so sick and tired of this country picking on the working class. We are the one’s that keep this country going and pay the high salaries of the people who are supposed to be looking out for our best interests. And what happens when we are down? They push us down even further. I have contributed to the system my entire life (31 years working) and never took a dime from unemployment or anywhere else. The abuse of power and the waste of money that goes on everyday has to stop. Why doesn’t our government start looking at the abuse of the WELFARE SYSTEM. I don’t ever see that being cut yet there are generations of families who have never contributed a penny to the system colleting lifetime benefits. IT IS DISGUSTING. And don’t forget all the aid to other countries or the illegals that take our jobs and give NOTHING back. It is out of control and we are in serious trouble. But of course, who will pay the price? The working class. It makes me sick. At least our current president has tried to help us out.March 1, 2010 at 11:14 am(566) kaydeesays:
The bill they are talking about right now will only help those people who have not used tiers 2,3, and 4. The tier 4 is the extra six weeks for hard hit states that passed in Nov. 09. Are they considering anything for the people who have used up the first three tiers and are now using the extra six weeks?March 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm(567) jimbosays:
#565 Cindy – You make some good points. Here’s a bit of information that Americans should know about:
http://www.numbersusa.com/content/nusablog/beckr/august-19-2009/125000-brand-new-foreign-workers-work-permits-each-month-heres-proof.hMarch 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm(568) CHRISsays:
HOW CAN PEOPLE WANT THE PARTY OF NO BACK IN POWER WHEN UNEMPLOYMENT IS SO BAD? BUNNING SHOWED HIS TRUE COLORS AS FOR ALLTHE GOP/TEA PARTY LOVERS.OBAMA IS DOING A GREAT JOB CONSIDERING THE MESS HE INHERITED. PEOPLE SOON FORGET THINGS WERE NO BETTER UNDER BUSH/GOP CONGRESS,SO WHY DO PEOPLE THINK THE GOP COULD DO ANY BETTER.I SUPPORT HEALTHCARE&EUC BENEFITS BECAUSE IM UNEMPLOYED ALSO.WE NEED THESE BENEFITS TO SURVIVE TILL THINGS GET BETTER&THEYWILL.SO DONT BELIEVE EVERYTHING FOX NEWS&SARAH PALIN OR RUSH[BUSH] LIMBAUGH SAY.March 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm(569) Phil in Ohiosays:
I just wanted to pass this along on what I am seeing on the TV that makes me absolutely sick to my stomach. I am working part time and can not pay my rent but I can eat. I seen on csnbc or another cable network that they had someone on stating that everyone should find jobs by now when we have not even come out of this economy down fall. These media people are a joke. Do they actually think you can live on what little you get on these benefits. We have a society now that does not care about humanity. All they care about even if you can not live is just to take anything. If you could do this you would. If jobs were so plentiful we would be there people are not going to not look for work. Get your facts straight and stop using politics as best interests and views or do not report it.March 1, 2010 at 8:30 pm(570) CHRISsays:
THE TEA PARTY IS A COSERVATIVE MOVEMENT BACKED BY FOX NEWS, BIG CORPORATIONS&THEGOP.I PAY TAXES EACH WEEK ON MY UE BENEFITS/DIDNT CARE TO PAY TAXES WHEN I WORKED.IF YOUR AFRAID TO PAY YOUR TAXES YOUR EITHER RICH OR HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE.IF THE BUSH TAX CUTS HAD NEVER BEEN DONE /SPENDING ON PROLONGED WARS THE DEFECIT WOULD NOT BE AS BAD NOW.SO DONT COMPLAIN ABOUT TAXES WHEN MOST PEOPLE GET REFUNDS ANYWAY.I AGREE WITH PRES.OBAMA THOSE THAT HAVE SHOULD PAY. AFTERALL THEY HAD THEIR TIME NOW IT IS OUR TIME.GOD BLESS AMERICA&PRES.OBAMA. YOUR DOING A GREAT JOB.HE CARES ABOUT AVERAGE WORKING MIDDLE CLASS AMERICAMarch 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm(571) cbrsays:
Without Congressional action, Extended Benefit payments will end on February 27, 2010. We will continue to pay benefits remaining on current Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) claims. Please continue to request payment every two weeks as scheduled in case the deadlines are extended.
this is what texas is showing my question is what are Extended Benefits are they tier 1-3 or are they the something else.
sorry if this has been addressedMarch 1, 2010 at 11:25 pm(572) Alliesays:
I’m afraid that a lot of jobs aren’t coming back, because so many of them have been outsourced or lost to technological advances. Every time I start daydreaming about a new career path, I look into it and quickly find out that it’s no longer an option for an American citizen. Now it’s all done by computers or by someone over in India.March 2, 2010 at 12:24 am(573) Doe in NCsays:
Heres Burns looking like he’s big and bad. And dont want any press asking him questions.
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2010/03/01/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry6256349.shtmlMarch 2, 2010 at 7:08 am(574) Barneysays:
The “War” did not begin on 11 September 2001 but around 1916 when the UK and France secretly planned to divide the Arab lands among themselves during World War I.
http://www.krysstal.com/democracy_whyusa.htmlMarch 2, 2010 at 8:09 am(575) burnning sucks windsays:
Tough s–t to Bunning. Another reason why the Republican Party is dead or should be. These arrogant SOB’s are just afraid to lose the money they receive from prostituting themselves to corporate power. Let Bunning go back to whatever backwoods, redneck friends he has waiting in the wings
COMPLETELY SENILE AGE LIMITS ARE CALLED FOR.March 2, 2010 at 11:53 am(576) CHRISsays:
I SAY TO PEOPLE BUNNING CANT WIN THIS FIGHT. HE DOESNT CARE FOR THESE REASONS:1HES REPUBLICAN2RETIRED RICH BASESBALL PLAYER3 RICH SOON RETIRING CONGRESSMAN.PRES OBAMA WILL STEP IN IF NEEDED I BELIEVE. THEYRE SO CONCERENED ABOUT THE DEFICIT I SAY THIS TO SEN [BUT] BUNNING END THESE STUPID WARS IMMEDIATELY&BRINGM HOME NOW GIVE NO MONEY TO HELP OVERSEAS BESIDES NO ONE MENTIONS THIS HOW MUCH MONEY DO OTHER COUNTRIES OWE THE U.S. MAYBE ITS TIME WE COLLECT&FORECLOSE&TAKE CARE OF OUR OWNMarch 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm(577) SHIRLEYsays:
This is the concern on healthcare. If these doctors would quit milking the Insurance Companys, then the Insurance companys would not hike the Insurance up. I worked in a factorie here, then got laid off. The Insurance Company raised the Insurance on the employees, there deductable is now 5000.00 per person, then they raised the weekly payment on there insurance if they have health problems. I think it is getting out of hand. I think they need some healthcare for people who can afford it.March 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm(578) John Sturgillsays:
To CBR: I’ll believe the answer you wanted on tier 1-3 is this. Tier 1 was the orginal extension by the government of 20 weeks. Tier 2 was a 13 week extension by the government… in Illinois its referred to as EUC-08. a total of 33 weeks. Tier 3 was a 13 to 14 week extension signed into law by Obama on Dec. 22nd. All states that had a unemployment average over 8.5 at that time also recieved a 6 to 7 week extension that I believe is called tier 4… I have read that depending on when you filed has something to do with how much you will be entitled to… JESMarch 2, 2010 at 3:02 pm(579) CHRISsays:
WE NEED LEADERSHIP THAT CARES FOR THIS COUNTRY AND MIDDLE CLASS IT’S TIME TO STAND UP FOR OUR RIGHTS PRES. OBAMA WILL DEFINITELY SEE WE ALL GET MORE BENEFITS AND HE IS THE BEST PRESIDENT SINCE GEORGE W BUSH AND I WILL SHOUT UNTIL HE SEES TO THIS GOD BLESS AMERICAMarch 2, 2010 at 3:07 pm(580) John Sturgillsays:
To CRB: I should have read your question closer. Extended Benefits (EB)are benefits that was given to many by the State Government not the federal.. After you exhusted Tier 1 and 2 (33 weeks) you could get a EXTENDED BENEFIT of 20 more weeks. So it’s not really a TIER at all…. JESMarch 3, 2010 at 6:40 am(581) Montysays:
(580) John Sturgill is right. You get as many as 20 weeks of State Extended Benefits (SEB) if you live in a hard-hit state like Michigan or California. Other states’ residents qualify for as many as 13 (I think) weeks.
SEB has different rules than your “Tiered” federal unemployment.
In Colorado, the minimum number of weekly job applications was doubled, and you had to physically check in at the Workforce office every two weeks. You might want to make sure you know *exactly* what your state would like for you to do, so you don’t get shafted.March 3, 2010 at 7:59 am(582) Chucksays:
576 Chris we owe more then other countries owe us so its not as simple as collect what countries owe us, If China did that to us we would be bankruptMarch 3, 2010 at 8:53 am(583) sdclokesays:
@MonteSince it appears you are in CO, I have this question for you; I exhausted Tier III last week on Sat I received an automated call telling me to keep filing my claims “as congress is working to extend EUC benefits”. I also received a letter 3-4 weeks ago stating that I may be eligible for State Extended Benefits (SEB), but when I looked at the web site it said the SEB would not be paid after Feb. 27. Was that because the funding was going to expire? or was it just a coincidence?March 3, 2010 at 9:48 am(584) Shawn_willis2001says:
I was wondering does this extension include people that have exshuasted all their tiers or just the people that still had tiers left prior to the feb.28,2010?March 3, 2010 at 10:03 am(585) Corasays:
I was wondering the same thing as Shawn….Is this for people that have exausted all their Tiers? It seems like the aspect of the long term unemployed hasn’t even been considered or discussed. Will the 30 day extension apply to long term?March 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm(586) verypoorsays:
I received my last payment of the last tier (4), on 2/16/10. I called Maryland unemployment this morning and I asked if I would be given the 30 day extension passed by Congress. She told me my benefits had exhausted and then asked me if I would like to have her put me in for this new 30 day extension….???? Yea…….hello…so of coarse, I said yes, but she could not tell me if I was eligible or not!!!!! She also said that because it was so new that they did not really undersand how these benefits would be paid or exactly who was eligible!!!!!! On their website it states:
“The United States Congress has extended the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Program. The current extension is for 30 days while a longer extension is considered.
With the 30 day extension, claimants who will exhaust their first 26 weeks of Maryland unemployment insurance (UI) benefits through the claim week ending March 27, 2010, will now be eligible to file for EUC benefits. Claimants will receive notification in the mail that they are eligible to file for these benefits. Claimants who are currently receiving EUC benefits will continue to receive them at this time.
We will provide updated information concerning the continuing extension of the EUC Program, as information becomes available.
The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is committed to ensuring that you receive all benefits to which you are due and we will continue to work with Congress to extend the EUC Program. ”
I have no idea if I am going to recieve these benefits or not. I went back to school and I am a single parent who is desperatly holding on! I have worked since I was 14 years old and have never been without a job. Its taking its toll and even hard to concentrate on final exams and stuff when I am worried if bills will be paid! I am a believer….so I try to remind myself God only puts in front of us what we can handle. I pray for all the unemployed and their families.March 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm(587) ktkellysays:
This extension is a filing deadline ext.and will allow those that exhaust tier 3 and those that will exhaust their regular benefits,to collect these benefits.Those that filed for tier 3 or tier 4 before the last deadline of feb.28 should have still been receiving those benefits without disruption.March 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm(588) JTsays:
I’m on Tier one euc right now, and it expires on march 21st for me,and before this was passed,it said if i diden’t exhaust it by feb. 27th, i would not be eligible for tier two only state extended benefits. since now that it is extended for 30 days,am i now eligable for tier two than?March 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm(589) Lindasays:
I live in Nebraska, and I contacted my State office for unemployment. I asked them what steps need to be done for this “new” extension. My last week to claim was the week of 2/13/10, thus giving me a last check on 2/17/10. They told me that it will only apply to those that have NOT EXHAUSTED their current claim. HOW DOES THAT MAKE ANY SENSE WHAT SO EVER. IT’S A “FEDERAL EUC”!!!!!!!. Infact, here is there actual word for word given:
At this time, the extension is only for those individuals that are eligible for an extension and have not already exhausted the current second extension of benefits. I know Congress is still looking at another extension, but that may be a few weeks before they make a decision.
Just doesn’t make any sense at all, I now believe that they just MAKE UP their own rules with each new FEDERAL EXTENSION, not doing it the way it is suppose to be done. And most of all, why not extend it for the whole year, why bother doing it every other month, that is more a waste of time and money then anything at all.March 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm(590) ktkellysays:
JT the answer is yes,because if you exhaust whatever phase you are in during that deadline timeframe,you are eligible to move on to the next tier.It means you have another 30 days of breathing room.I am pretty confident the Dems will extend this til the end of the year and also add at least a tier 5 or extend the tier 3 program that was issued to all states by 26 weeksMarch 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm(591) JTsays:
Thanks KtKelly.. Another question i was wondering. when my year is up (april 24th) am i still eligible to keep collecting the tier two or does it stop, and do i have to refile again? also what happens when my year is up and i have been totally unemployed yet,how do they calculate how much your going to recieve bi-weekly if there is no 4 quarters of work that they can go by from me since i haven’t worked,do i still keep recieving what i’ve been recieving the past year?March 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm(592) ktkellysays:
JT,you are actually on tier 3 EUC and you will be able to collect that in its entirety.Once that ends;if there is not another tier added onto the EUC program,you will be able to collect your EB benefits,since that is a state run program.EB benefits can be collected,when no other federal benefits exist.There is also a tier 4 for eligible states with high percentages of unemployed.March 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm(593) ktkellysays:
When you are paid under a federal program like EUC,your weekly benefit amount will equal your weekly benefit amount you received under regular unemployment benefits because the federal gov. pays rather than your state gov.March 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm(594) Alison, Job Search Guidesays:
Just to clarify, the unemployment extension that has just been passed does not include a “5th tier” or any benefits for the long term employed beyond the federal extensions already in place.
The best thing everyone can do is contact your Senator and Member of Congress and urge legislation that will provide more coverage. The National Employment Law Project has a form you can use to easily encourage action:
http://www.nelp.org/page/speakout/FedUIBenefitsNowMarch 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm(595) ktkellysays:
The Emergency Unemployment Compensation is a federal program that only deals with extensions,so when your benefit year ends in April and your receiving an EUC benefit,this will reflect your same benefit amount you receive under regular jobless benefits.When your on EB benefits,you follow your particular state law for that program.Usually your state will notify you of what you need to do to move from one program to the next but stay engaged and keep your head up.March 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm(596) sdclokesays:
The reason for the 1 month extension is a “stop gap” legislation to buy some time to put together a more comprehensive bill.There is a bill co-sponsored by Sen. Baucus (D Mont.) and Sen. ____ (D Nev.) that will extend benefits though the end of 2010.That bill ONLY EXTENDS BENEFIT EXPIRATION DATES there are no provisions for added benefits or “Tiers” for the long term unemployed, those people who have or will exhaust all of their EUC benefits will begin dropping of unemployment roles @ a rate of approx. 1.2 million/ month!
That is the way it is, unless the bill is changed.March 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm(597) cbrsays:
can some one please help me figure this out im on tier 1 right now and should use all my benefits at end of april which means ill miss the tier 2 cut off date of april 3 2010
does this mean that this is it because i cant for the life of me understand how some are receiving almost two years of unemployment. if that is the case the whole thing is screwed up as it seems if you recently lost your job your screwed but if you have been collecting for some time now you will still be able to collectMarch 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm(598) tcssays:
This is a great forum and thank-you all so much for all the information. Now, I’m not sure what tier I’m on? My benifits ended this week and my year (embarrassingly as I’ve always been a hard worker) was up jan 15, so yes, I’m confused if I will be included in the new bill after the 30 day extention. I also want to say I wish the best for everyone and God Bless all of you.March 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm(599) sdclokesays:
I’m sorry I was drawing a blank when I posted my last comment.The bill extending benefits until the end of 2010 is sponsored by Sen. Baucus (D Mont.) and Sen. Reid (D Nev)March 3, 2010 at 7:47 pm(600) Montysays:
1. If you received an automated call telling you to keep filing, please do so. I hope you will agree with me that CO has, so far, been on the ball with taking care of its unemployed. If you got a call, it means you have more money coming!
2. At one time, at least, my understanding was that State Extended Benefits (SEB) expired on Feb 2, 2010, regardless of the number of weeks paid out to a payee.
I stopped keeping track of SEB after hearing that. Subsequent legislation may have reactivated SEB, however.
–> I recommend calling the “Workforce Center” in the county in which you reside, and asking to speak with the “Employment Center Manager”. *THEY* and their staff are the ones with whom you will interact for your SEB claim, anyway. I think they will know better than anyone else whether or not SEB is still alive.
They should do right by you. If they do not, please let us all know here on the site.March 3, 2010 at 7:50 pm(601) Montysays:
Are you hiring?
If so, let us long-term unemployed, who *would* like to work, know so we can all apply at your company!March 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm(602) Nikkisays:
i exhausted my benefits february 20 and should’ve started received what i guess was tier 2 (13 weeks) i know the bill was passed tuesday for a month extension. am i supposed to call the esc office nc or should i just be patient and wait for it to kick in by itself…its so confusing.March 3, 2010 at 9:36 pm(603) Jasonsays:
Please can someone clarify what the hell is going on here?
From my research online: IF YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIM STARTED AFTER AUGUST 20TH, 2009, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE AN EXTENSION BECAUSE OF THIS BILL. THIS BILL ONLY EXTENDS UNEMPLOYMENT FOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR JOB BEFORE AUGUST 20TH, 2009.
if I am incorrect can someone please clarify.
My 26th week of regular unemployment ends next week, will I get an extension?March 3, 2010 at 10:35 pm(604) Rogersays:
I hope everyone on unemployment understands that this new Extension passed on March 2nd, 2010 ONLY extends benefits for those who lost their job BEFORE August 2009.
I REPEAT, IF YOU LOST YOUR JOB AFTER AUGUST 2009, THIS FIRST 2010 UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU AND YOUR BENEFITS ARE GOING TO EXPIRE.
The only way we are going to get extensions is if congress adds a new Tier of extended benefits, or Tier 5. I dont understand why nobody in the media is explaining this!!!! it is so important. this bill only helps a small fraction of the unemployed, it does nothing for those that lost their job after August 2009!!!!!!March 3, 2010 at 11:46 pm(605) Montysays:
REGARDLESS of whether you think you are or are not eligible for Tier blahblahblah or State Extended Benefits, I think it is VITAL THAT WE ***ALL*** KEEP FILING FOR BENEFITS. Even if we are working part-time, KEEP FILING.
DON’T FADE AWAY into the background. The government would love nothing more than to be able to brag that “the number of Unemployment Claimants DECREASED by blahblahblah percent”. Don’t let that happen!!!
KEEP FILING NO MATTER WHAT!!! (Well, unless Congress starts bringing good jobs home from overseas.)
We all need to pressure our elected “representatives” to CLOSE THE TAX LOOPHOLE which makes it advantageous for American companies to outsource top jobs, and to outsource manufacturing.
Until I hear the president and Congress making loud noises about closing the tax loophole, I don’t see an end to chronic unemployment.March 3, 2010 at 11:54 pm(606) sdclokesays:
@MonteThank you for the reply, I believe you are correct about the Feb. 2 SEB ending date. Unfortunately, I now live in AZ, (well, always have and work out of state for the most part) and collect benefits from CO. Thank God, because weekly benefits here max out @ around $220/week from what I have heard!March 4, 2010 at 12:00 am(607) sdclokesays:
I agree with Monte… If you keep filing at least you will still be counted instead of dropping off the list of the unemployedMarch 4, 2010 at 12:08 am(608) sdclokesays:
I apologize for misspelling your name in past posts.March 4, 2010 at 12:13 am(609) WOWsays:
Roger, that’s horrible. My 99 weeks are up soon, and it’s a nightmare out there. I can’t sleep, as many others out there…..
Anyway, I really feel for you. That is unfair!
I’ve said this before, we need 125,000 jobs a month just to keep up with population growth. So anything less than that, won’t put a bloody dent in the 8 million that have lost their job since the recession began 2 years ago.
And they want to pretend that all is wonderful, and not extend benefits? UNREAL.March 4, 2010 at 1:23 am(610) Kimsays:
Well, my last week on tier 4 is next week, so I guess that is it for me! They are really ignorant (congress), can they not see that if they shut everyone off, the economy will get worse than ever? For years, employers have been paying FUTA and SUTA taxes for each employee, so there should be no issue at all. Each state alone should have enough to pay each person for years, but of course they used the money, and now they need to get it from somewhere else. I have struggled along making it on my 217 a week by straggling bills every month, but I got a letter just yesterday they were going to start foreclosure proceeding on my house! All I can even say to them is I can’t make another payment unless they extend unemployment again, and they sure don’t care, they all have a job!March 4, 2010 at 1:44 am(611) Michelesays:
Hello, I was wondering if someone could please help me. I live in Oklahoma. I just used my final 26 weeks of starting my UI. I tried to call the UI office waited 2 hours never got through my question is since my benefits are exhausted am I eligible to file for Tier 1 benefits. Thank you very much for any help with this confusion. MicheleMarch 4, 2010 at 2:56 am(612) Rogersays:
If your unemployment claim started AFTER August 20, 2009 you will not be getting an extension and your unemployment will expire… The bill that was just passed in congress on March 2, 2010 was ONLY TO HELP SOME PEOPLE ON EXTENDED BENEFITS. This bill was not passed to help the majority of those on unemployment, BUT THEY DID NOT TELL US THIS WHEN PASSING THE BILL. And to add insult to injury, they only passed this extension for 30 days.
Get a clue congress, EVERYBODY ON UNEMPLOYMENT IS HURTING, NOT JUST SOME OF THEM.. WHY GIVE AN EXTENSION TO THOSE WHO HAVE CONTINUED TO GET EXTENSIONS, BUT NOT GIVE EXTENSIONS TO THOSE THAT HAVE NOT RECEIVED ONE YET!?!
What is wrong with this country. If i lose my house i’m going postal….March 4, 2010 at 3:09 am(613) Rogersays:
People please keep in mind Congress is fully aware of what they are doing. They are playing dumb, and intentionally letting 100’s of thousands of people slip off of unemployment for 2 reason: 1. It makes the unemployment numbers look better. 2. it saves the ALOT of money.
Each state is finding it harder and harder to get funding for unemployment, and some states have already went bust. The only thing they feel they can do now is start dropping claims, and that is what is happening with these bills that are being passed. CONGRESS FULLY KNEW THAT OVER A MILLION PEOPLE ARE GOING TO LOSE THEIR BENEFITS IN MARCH BUT DID NOTHING TO STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING.
Please understand the bill that was just passed only helps a small portion of the unemployed. Something is drastically wrong with this situation. Congress is definitely up so something fishy here, any one else see this?
Do you realize the Democrats could have passed the unemployment extension without Bunning’s support? They had 59 of the 51 votes needed to pass it, but did not have “unanimous” support of 60 votes, all that was wanted was the irrational senator from kentucky’s vote, Jim Bunning. but no, the Democrats decided to let us go another night with no sleep wondering how our kids are going to eat next week, how we are going to pay our rent 2 weeks from now, and only have 1/2 the rent saved from the last unemployment checks we received.
Something is going on here people, and i dont like what I see.March 4, 2010 at 7:04 am(614) sdclokesays:
I would like to wish everyone who has posted on this site good luck and god speed on finding new employment. When you do find new employment please never forget about this experience. I know it is very easy to become complacent when everything is coming up roses. I mean how many times did you think about the unemployed or about yourself becoming unemployed before this happened. I have read some very informative posts here and you may want to include the link when writing your congressmen, if you choose to do so.March 4, 2010 at 7:58 am(615) dmrw2625says:
Is there anyone out here from NC? I haven’t received any payments for over a month now. Has Tier 4 started? They said I qualify.. Is there a number I can call? Thank you.March 4, 2010 at 8:48 am(616) dkingsays:
I’m on my last tier in Florida. Has anyone heard about more tiers being added? Have been out of work since 2/08 and see no hope of getting one in the near future. We need help from the goverment and NOW PLEASE! I will be losing my house, car and not be able to feed my family real soon if we don’t get more tiers and help. Good Luck Everyone.March 4, 2010 at 9:50 am(617) JAMESsays:
Can anyone help me? If your on EUC,and your year end claim is up,like mine is in april (and im still fully unemployed) ,but i’ll beable to get EUC till june 27th,do i have to submit a new claim again in april, or do i keep collecting the EUC to it runs out in june? And also if you have been unemployed for your whole claim year when your claim year is up, but your still collecting EUC yet,do you still get the same amount that you have been collecting bi-weekly for the past year,or is it less cause my year is up and i have been still unemployed,so how do they calculate that on what they give you? or doesen’t it matter if your year end claim is up and your on EUC,that you still keep getting the same amount no matter what until the EUC totally ends that i have to go to state extended benefits?March 4, 2010 at 10:34 am(618) Michael Turnersays:
quit helping other countries out first help the usa out of the mess the Bushes screw up this country so bad it will take 10 years to straighten out.we need the unemployment benefits package and the hell with other countries problems eartquake Helpppppppp the people of The USA is #1March 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm(619) ARsays:
I contacted Durbin’s office regarding using the exisiting stimulus money to fund extending tier 4 –the response from the staffer was, “had not heard that one – will pass your message along to the senator.
My hope is this, the hoopla from getting the 30 day extension is beginning to die down — and people like Ralph are realizing that the Democrats did not give a good explanation as to why the exisiting stimulus money was not used.
Maybe the republicans can use the same tactic the Democrats used on them — let them say that the long-term unemployed did not benefit from “your” extension, so we (republicans) propose that we do “care” about the long-term unemployed, so we are requesting that the “exisiting” stimulus money be used to further extend tier 4. Since you (democrats) care so much about helping the “long-term” unemployed, I am sure there will be no objections, right?
This strategy would definitely put some of the repubs who are up for re-election in a better light.March 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm(620) Yvonnesays:
Im in Texas I have been exhausted all tiers available to me, including emergency extended benefits and all that. My last day to file is the 8th of March and at that it is only 83.00 dollars. Does this extension apply to me??March 4, 2010 at 8:06 pm(621) Stephensays:
I have to correct what has been mentioned several times by other individuals commenting on this website regarding those that filed and began receiving unemployment after August 2009. My unemployment (26 weeks) ends on 14 March 2010. I filed and started receiving unemployment after August 2009 (second week of September 2009). I have recently been extended for an additional 20 weeks under Tier 1. I live in New York and those who filed for unemployment from 18 May 2010 -21 September 2010, will receive an addtional 20 weeks of EUC under Tier 1. Consequently the extension DOES effect those who filed and started receiving unemployment after August 2009.March 4, 2010 at 8:19 pm(622) CarlaBsays:
Yvonne, are you on tier 4?March 4, 2010 at 8:24 pm(623) Stephensays:
I’m not on Tier 4. This is my first extension (Tier1). Hope this updated information helps others.March 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm(624) Carolsays:
I served 14yrs in the military and got out Jan 09. I filed my claim 24Jan09 and have used up only Tier 1. I sent an email to EDD (CA) to make sure that I was eligible for Tier 2; was told yes that it would kick in automatically. That was in Jan which was when I received my last check. Took a week of calling before I got thru and once again I was told that yes I was eligible and they would send out the paperwork; there had been a problem since I was military. Today I received a letter stating that I’m not eligilbe for UI benefits anymore because I didn’t make $1300 last year from a job. Am I wrong in thinking that these Tiers are for people who haven’t found a job? How am I to make $1300 if I didn’t have a job? I am a single mom of two who gave 14yrs of my life to this country but yet I don’t know how I’m going to pay my rent, buy food, or pay for the utilities next week because I am dealing with people in the Government who don’t seem to care. What is wrong with our country?March 4, 2010 at 9:59 pm(625) Montysays:
Our elected “representatives” don’t care about us. They only care about big corporations and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey who donate BIG to their campaigns.
We must, NO MATTER WHAT, KEEP FILING FOR UNEMPLOYMENT!!! Keep those numbers up!
Keep contacting your “representatives”. Many of those self-interested scum will be up for “re-election” this November. We can use that as leverage (and then shove ‘em out the door anyway, come November).
Congress is trying to play dumb, “If we ignore the unemployed, they will go away”.
SILENCE IS DEATH!!!March 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm(626) Mommyof2says:
Anyone in Massachusetts here? Did you get your check this week?March 5, 2010 at 7:34 am(627) Dianesays:
Mommyof2Yes, I got a check this week from MA. Called today because that check exhausted my unemployment tier and was told it would take 3-4 weeks before I got another check if I was eligible because they have to input info into the computer because of the lapse caused by the Senator. So depending on where you stand, you will see this weeks check but then have to wait for a bit for any others.March 5, 2010 at 11:59 am(628) CarlaBsays:
Is anyone contacting their House and senate representatives in regards to adding additonal weeks to tier 4 and removing the percentage requirements?
There are many who are finding out that their states do NOT qualify for tier 4 — remember, in order to qualify for tier 4 your state’s unemployment rate must be 8.5% and higher.March 5, 2010 at 12:01 pm(629) Jeromesays:
My unemployment ends in 4 weeks,end of march..this will make 1 yr on unemployment for me and end of tier 1(esc office said)…but they wont tell me if ill draw another extension or not…i know other ppl draw thru tier 2,3 and 4..but i dont know if i will meet that…can someone give me some insight, break it down alittle more easy to understand..yes or no, and how many weeks..and what i need to do? thanksMarch 5, 2010 at 12:57 pm(630) CarlaBsays:
Jerome, I think the next tier would be state “EB” –I also think it is federally funded, so I am not sure if it is available at the moment.
However, since the temporary extension passed, you should be able to go to tier 3 — currently, unless they extend the extension to Dec. 2010, you won’ be able to go to tier 4 — since the current deadline is only until April 5th — and remember, you can only receive tier 4 if your state’s unemployment rate is 8.5% or higher.
I am not 100% sure on this, so I suggest you contact your DOL for confirmation.March 5, 2010 at 1:19 pm(631) Jeromesays:
Thank u, what is DOL and how can i contact them? Also, if i do get state funds, will the amount change? i live in NC..i think the rate is above 8.5 but not sure, you may know? if i go to tier 3 as u said i should be able to, how many weeks is that and is the amount less? thanks for ur help, its hard to understand how this all works clearly.March 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm(632) CarlaBsays:
@Jerome,I understand how all this can be confusing.
I don’t have the number, but I think the NC unemployment website is http://www.ncesc.com.
Tier3 is 14 weeks and tier4 is 4 weeks. Keep in tune to see if the senate passes the year end extension, because as it stands, you would have exhaust tier3 before April 5th in order to go to tier 4 – and that’s not likely since you have not started tier 3 yet.
Also, confirm your state’s unemployment rate — because if you are able to get it, you don’t want the NC unemployment office to try and pull a fast on you (smile).March 5, 2010 at 2:19 pm(633) CarlaBsays:
@Jerome, I forgot to add — if state EB is available, then your amount should not change.March 5, 2010 at 2:48 pm(634) CarlaBsays:
From the Georgia Unemployment website…
On March 2, 2010, President Obama signed legislation to extend the timeframe of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and full funding of State Extended Benefits (SEB) through week ending April 3, 2010. The new bill did not add more weeks of benefits, but extended the period of time someone could file for EUC.
State Extended Benefits (SEB): SEB provides up to 20 weeks of additional benefits to individuals who have exhausted all regular unemployment insurance (UI) ) and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tiers of EUC on or after February 15, 2009. Individuals who exhaust 4th Tier EUC benefits must apply by completing an online SEB application.
Individuals that established a State Extended Benefits (SEB) claim on or before November 6, 2009, and meet all other eligibility requirements, will continue to receive benefits under the SEB program. These individuals will not be eligible to receive additional EUC until SEB is exhausted.March 5, 2010 at 3:34 pm(635) CarlaBsays:
Oregon Senate also passes unemployment benefits extension bill
By Michelle Cole, The Oregonian
February 05, 2010– It seemed like deja vu in the Oregon Senate Friday morning, when lawmakers passed a bill extending emergency unemployment benefits to 18,600 Oregonians who have either run out of benefits or soon will.
Senate Bill 990 provides benefits to unemployed workers using $19 million from an emergency fund created by the 2009 Legislature. The fund is projected to pay two-to-six weeks of benefits per recipient.
The House passed nearly identical legislation Thursday with House Bill 3655. Leadership is expected to pick one that will move forward to Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
With more than 215,000 Oregonians out of work, lawmakers returned to Salem this month vowing to address the state’s struggling economy. The Senate voted unanimously Friday for the unemployment benefits extension.
“Oregonians — our state — is suffering,” said Sen. Diane Rosenbaum, D-Portland.
Republicans agreed. But a few argued during floor debate that extending unemployment benefits doesn’t help create jobs.
“This is compassionate and intelligent,” said Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day. “It is not job-creating.”
To that Sen. Bill Morrisette, D-Springfield, responded that the $19 million would go right back into the economy.
“I think these unemployment benefits will create jobs at the grocery stores and gas stations,” he said.
Under both the Senate and House bills, the extra emergency benefits would become available to unemployed workers in Oregon 14 days after one of them becomes law.
– Michelle ColeMarch 5, 2010 at 3:59 pm(636) Jeromesays:
Thanks again makes alittle more sense now…looks like i should get atleast a 14 week extension..thanks again!March 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm(637) CarlaBsays:
Jerome, you’re welcome.
I am going to continue praying for ALL to get tier 4 — and for additional weeks to be added — so ALL long-term unemployed will receive benefits until the economy turns around.
May the Lord continue to bless you and yours and sustain the unemployed.March 5, 2010 at 5:18 pm(638) Jeromesays:
Amen, ty!March 5, 2010 at 9:20 pm(639) Vickie in OHIOsays:
So, I’m on my 3rd week of tier 4….will I be entitled to the 30 day extension? I lost 15 weeks of the State EB….I still don’t understand how some are still drawing the Ohio State EB when I was told by the unemployment office that the State of Ohio was broke and was no longer paying any EB benefits….and they still have it on the website that it was extended also? Am I missing something somewhere?March 6, 2010 at 3:28 pm(640) Phil in Ohiosays:
I am not on unemployment I work part time and all I can do is eat and pay my utilities. I am in a business that associates with people everyday. The poltical people who govern needs to extend this for at least 1 year and stop the game playing. At least one out of 3 I talked to is unemployed. Contact your representative and stay on them and keep filing this is the only way this will happen and tell them to stop putting end dates and shortening benefits as well as changing the percentage rate of the nation unemployed. The only way this is actually going to change is when permanat fulltime work comes back to pay taxes and on goods and services. End of story . Good Luck..March 6, 2010 at 3:41 pm(641) shanesays:
I’m on tier 1 EUC,and it will exhaust on march 21st,and before this was passed it said if i diden’t exhaust my tier 1 EUC by febuary 28th i am not eligible for tier 2 benefits only state extended benefits..With this extended for 30 days now,am i now eligible for tier 2 EUC?March 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm(642) Sally Gillemsays:
My benefit year ended in 1st week in January…then i started receiving benefits under EUC..now today I get a letter saying I was overpaid from weel1 till now…what is going on? The letter also stated I could put in an appeal..for WHAT? why was i getting the money if I wasn’t suppose to get it? I am so confused..March 7, 2010 at 8:38 am(643) shawnsays:
Carla i was wonder would i qualify for state extended benifits? I stay in georgia,i don’t have any tiers left and i have had state extended benifits back in august of 2009. Would i have to reapply for the state extended benifits?i am alittle confused. thanks!March 7, 2010 at 9:12 am(644) CarlaBsays:
Shawn, good question.
The “wording” from the website implies that once you have exhausted tier 4, then you can apply for SEB. However, it also states that no “new” weeks have been added (99 weeks is the current max.– so, in that case, it would stand that only those who have NOT applied for SEB previously, are the only ones who can apply (those who have had SEB before and are exhausting tier 4 would already be at the 99 weeks limit).
If this is the case (I’m not saying it is), then that needs to be CLEARLY stated and defined on the web site, otherwise, it may lead to false hope for many.March 7, 2010 at 9:19 am(645) CarlaBsays:
To all those who are about to exhaust their benefit totally — below is a letter that is being to sent to senators, congressman, etc., regarding creating a “new” tier 5:
To: Sen. Harry Reid
Thank you for standing up for the millions of Americans who really need this bill passed. I have been unemployed for over a year and cannot find a job. The passage of H.R. 4691 will help my wife and I continue to keep food on our table, pay our creditors and keep a roof over our heads.
I have several friends and family who are also drawing unemployment and we feel that Congress should amend H.R. 4691 with the following.
This is what the unemployed citizens of America need their elected officials to do. We need an amendment to P.L. 111-92. The amendment should be,
(1) amend and add a Tier Vwith 20 weeks of unemploymentfor all 50 States.
(2) amend and extend dates tofor all Tiers in the billuntil December 31, 2010.________________________________________________
You can “edit” this message to fit YOUR situation, however, in whatever you do, PLEASE do SOMETHING to make an effort to contact your state senator, congressmen, and all the others across the country.
The unemployed need to speak – because no one else is going to speak for you.March 7, 2010 at 9:30 am(646) CarlaBsays:
In regards to the latest extension and “EB” — below is an excerpt of what is currently listed on Florida’s website:
EBThis week Governor Crist signed a law that extended Florida’s Extended Benefits (EB) program until February 27, 2010 for certain eligible unemployed workers who had exhausted all state and EUC benefits.
* The agency is notifying potentially eligible Floridians by mail. This includes those who received EB prior to November 8, 2009 but still have EB available on their claims after exhausting EUC Tiers III and IV.
* Payments for up to eight weeks will be made retroactively.
* Those who believe they may be eligible for EB may apply online beginning March 9, 2010 at http://www.floridajobs.org or by mail or fax using the application they will receive from the agency.___________________________________________________
I suggest that everyone check their state’s website for updated information on this subject — or, contact your state unemployment office for clarification and confirmation.March 7, 2010 at 10:12 am(647) Deansays:
Here’s a post I found on an Arizona business publication website/blog — it’s in response to Senator Kyl’s view that the unemployed are “lazy”, “unproductive” and “unmotivated” citizens of society
Below is the website/blog post:
I would also like to add that just like you have “unemployed” people who “milk” the system – you also have “employed” that do the same.
We have all heard how “lazy”, “unproductive” and “unmotivated” the unemployed are – however, I also remember working with some “lazy”, “unproductive” and “unmotivated” people at my former place of employment. You know the ones, they come in at 9:00, take a coffee break at 10:00, get on the internet until 12:00, go to lunch until 2:00, take afternoon break at 3:00, do actual “work” until 4:00, pack up their desk at 5:00 and get ready for tomorrow to do it all over again.
The point I am trying to make is that most unemployed people WANT to work – many people need this extension because it will enable them to survive, while providing them an opportunity to broaden their job searches to other states.
I recently found a job after two years of being unemployed. I had to travel to another state (Texas) because of the lack of jobs in my state of Ohio – I had one interview on a Monday and another on Tuesday – I slept in the airport and freshened up in the restroom – I didn’t care, I was desperate to work – just like so many other unemployed people out there who have yet to find a job. There are so many people who have been without a job for so long that it has begun to affect them emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Although, I have been blessed to find a job, I will never forget what these last two years have been like for me – and because of this, I will now and always fight for the rights of the unemployed.March 7, 2010 at 10:45 am(648) CarlaBsays:
Dean, this is a great letter — thank you so much for sharing.March 7, 2010 at 11:00 am(649) CarlaBsays:
From the Texas unemployment website:
On March 2, 2010, President Obama and the U.S. Congress extended the deadline to qualify for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and state Extended Benefits (EB) from February 27, 2010, to April 3, 2010. This change will allow more long-term unemployed recipients to qualify for the federal extension of benefits.
The extended deadline will affect claims as follows:
• If you run out of your regular Unemployment Insurance benefits on or before March 27, 2010, you can apply for EUC Tier 1. This extension provides up to 20 weeks of benefits. TWC mails you an application after you exhaust your regular benefits. You have until September 4, 2010 to collect the benefits on your EUC claim.
• If you run out of EUC Tier 1 on or before April 3, 2010, you may be eligible for EUC Tier 2, which provides up to 14 weeks of benefits. If you exhaust Tier 1 by the deadline, TWC will automatically add Tier 2 benefits to your claim. You have until September 4, 2010 to collect the benefits on your EUC claim.
• If you run out of EUC Tier 2 on or before April 3, 2010, you may be eligible for EUC Tier 3, which provides up to 13 weeks of benefits. If you exhaust Tier 2 by the deadline, TWC will automatically add Tier 3 benefits to your claim. You have until September 4, 2010 to collect the benefits on your EUC claim.
• If you run out of EUC Tier 3 on or before March 27, 2010, you may be eligible for state Extended Benefits (EB), which provides up to 20 weeks of benefits. If you exhaust Tier 3 by the deadline and have not already received EB, TWC will automatically add the state EB to your claim. TWC can pay EB through the week of April 3, 2010.
Extended Benefits (EB) pays up to 20 weeks of benefits or 80 percent of a regular UI claim, whichever is less.
Applying for Extended BenefitsYou do not apply for state EB. TWC adds state EB to your claim automatically if you exhaust all available regular and EUC benefits on your most recent claim by March 28, 2010, and you have not already received EB.Note: Continue to submit your Request for Payment, as required.
Eligibility• Your most recent regular claim must have exhausted regular benefits and any available EUC benefits by March 28, 2010.• The last week Texas can pay state EB is the week ending April 3, 2010.
http://www.texasworkforce.org/ui/bnfts/benefit_extensions.pdfMarch 7, 2010 at 11:01 am(650) CarlaBsays:
Per my previous post…
PLEASE NOTE: The state of Texas does NOT qualify for tier 4 benefits due to not meeting the minimum state eligiblity requirement of a 8.5% unemployment rate.March 7, 2010 at 11:08 am(651) Deansays:
FYI…Tom Delay was on CNN this morning and stated that the unemployed do not seek work nor do they want to work.
If you have not already done so, please start contacting your senators and congressmen immediately and push for a new tier 5, so you can “sustain yourself (and your family) while seeking a new job.
The unemployed’s voices need to be loud enough to overshadow the insensitive and stupid remarks made by those like Tom Delay and others (i.e., Senator Kyl-AZ).March 7, 2010 at 1:03 pm(652) fredoxsays:
We need tier 5 unemployment or 5 million will lose benefits by June. It is all ready starting to happen with long term unemployed. Please if you read this contact your reps and tell them to take action.March 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm(653) Jeromesays:
• If you run out of EUC Tier 1 on or before April 3, 2010, you may be eligible for EUC Tier 2, which provides up to 14 weeks of benefits. If you exhaust Tier 1 by the deadline, TWC will automatically add Tier 2 benefits to your claim. You have until September 4, 2010 to collect the benefits on your EUC claim.
That is where i am at, i will run out of Tier 1 the end of this month. so i should auto be put in for Tier 2? no wait or delay in checks? Again i am in North Carolina..if that makes a difference..i cant make sense out of the http://www.ncesc.com websiteMarch 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm(654) CarlaBsays:
Jerome, at the end of the month is before the new temporary deadline – so you should be good to go.March 8, 2010 at 10:58 am(655) Car Czar Consultingsays:
Email your 5 politicians in less than 1 minute.
Our battle has just begun.
We need more Tiers and/or more weeks added to existing Tiers.
Neither H.R.4691 or H.R.4213 will help the 15 million unemployed who have already exhausted all Tiers.
WE NEED EVERYONE’S HELP to get more Tiers added and/or more weeks added to existing Tiers.
Please keep calling and emailing your congressmen and senators to finish the job.
I suggest increasing existing Tiers to 26 weeks each.
And, those who exhaust all Tiers should be able to get food stamps AND cash assistance even if they don’t have any kids, when applying for public assistance.
Go to the following links and modify your closings as I have or in any way you see fit.Links automatically send emails to Prez, V-Prez, your Senators and Rep.
http://capwiz.com/iamaw/issues/alert/?alertid=14697101Your Closing:Increase existing Tiers to 26 weeks each. Sincerely,
http://capwiz.com/iamaw/issues/alert/?alertid=14697026Your Closing:And cash assistance for those without kids. Sincerely,
My e-mail messages were sent to:President Barack Obama (D)Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)Senator George LeMieux (R-FL)Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL 25th)March 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm(656) Philsays:
A couple of my friends have three weeks left on this last bill of Tier 4 in Ohio. Are they working on a longer bill this last one as most of you know is not going to get most people back to work especially in Ohio by then. I am working at least part time for now the politicans need to extend this for at least one year and stop the 1 month, 2 months deals.This will give time for people to look and maybe jobs will come back and people will drop out the system if things pick up. Forget what these republicans think the last word I heard from them and I do not even watch them anymore is they said people need to find work to pay taxes. This not what people just work to do. We do not work just to keep those people in great benefits and 180,000 salaries.March 8, 2010 at 6:58 pm(657) CarlaBsays:
Phil, if you look over the previous posts, you will see posters urging others to contact their senate and congressmen to either add additional weeks to tier 4 or create a tier 5.
You are going to have make your voice heard.March 9, 2010 at 12:50 am(658) Kimsays:
I am from Iowa, and although I lost my job in October, it took me until February to begin receiving benefits. But, I got backpay for 3 weeks of January too.
So there are many people out there who have received 50+ weeks and I’m on my 8th week and worried about running out soon. I think I have 5 weeks left, which leaves me at running out approximately mid-April.
Does anyone know about Iowa and if in this state I will be eligible for any tiers of extension…I am worried.March 9, 2010 at 6:57 am(659) CarlaBsays:
Kim,Do you know what tier of benefits you are on? If you got laid off in October, it sounds like you are on the 26 weeks original UI.March 9, 2010 at 9:30 am(660) CarlaBsays:
I have contacted the United States Department of Labor & The Georgia Department of Labor regarding SEB & EB benefit eligibility requirements:
Per these agencies, an individual can only claim SEB & EB benefits ONE time. If you were taken off SEB or EB during your claim and put on EUC then, it is possible that you may have a SEB & EB balance left — in order to confirm this, you will need to contact your local unemployment office.
This bears repeating — Even if a bill is passed to extend current benefits to the end of the year, it WILL NOT help those who have exhausted all their EUC benefits (tiers 1, 2, 3 & 4) and their SEB & EB benefits – I Repeat, an extension of year end benefits (in its current form) will not help you.
For those who are about to exhaust tier 4 and have used all their SEB & EB benefits, It is IMPERATIVE that you contact your state senators, congressmen, Reid, Pelosi, Obama and the media regarding adding additional weeks or creating a new tier.
…and above all else, PLEASE PRAYMarch 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm(661) shawnsays:
wow,thats not a good thing at all. i guess theirs going to be alot of disaster over this. people hoping that the senate will pass a bill for extending benifits for the unemployed will be heart broken.March 10, 2010 at 10:05 am(662) Davesays:
Can someone help me understand? I live in MASS I am on my first tier of EB will I be able to collect after this tier runs out. Move on to tier 2?March 10, 2010 at 10:10 am(663) angelsays:
I have sat here an read every single comment that has been posted from day one. I have been out of work since September of 08 and have received every extension that has come out. I will say this…. there is NO need to point blame and anyone because we will never know who the real blame is. All we can do an a people is continue to do what we must do to take care of ourselves and continue to pray and ask God to lead us and not only us but that He touches the heart of the “king”. I know it’s hard literally living from pay check to pay check but we can not afford to make ourselves sick and stressed out over something that we really hav no control over. I am at a point where I can not cry anymore and I don’t think it’s fair to my daughter to see my have a mental breakdown. All I can do is do what I need to do to take care of her and continue to trust and believe God for a breakthru.
I pray each of you survives and I know that we will get the breakthru that we need. Let’s try to focus on the positive. You all be blessed!
Also, to those of you who have posted links to various sites thanks because it really does help to get some sort of understanding.March 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm(664) ktkellysays:
There is no tier 5 and that means the really long term unemployed are doomed to homelessness,hunger and hopelessness.I can see where Harry Reid has changed his language on how he describes the long term unemployed.Before it was those exhausting the Emergency Tiers and now it is those who exhaust their initial 26 weeks.Did you all catch that folks?This is how they eliminate us from the rolls of the unemployed and even our existence as jobless.I suspect the this months job figures will look great because of the census jobs and that will be that.March 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm(665) TODDsays:
I 100% agree with you ANGEL!! My shop closed up back in may 2009 after I was there for over 27 years since i got out of high school and its tuff,but i try really hard for my wife and kids sake to stay positive,and because i am a Christian, My only hope is to keep praying and trusting God that he will help this all workout for me if i stay faithful to him !!!! I pray for everybody to do the same! I will pray for you all!!March 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm(666) DEBsays:
KtKelly, What does that mean for me? I’m just starting on tier 2 euc,am i still eligible for all 4 tiers? when my first claim year is up on may2nd,am i still eligible for all 4 tiers or do i have to re-file a new claim? I have not been employed since my first claim.. If i am still eligible for all the tiers after my year is up, will i still recieve the same as what i have been getting,or do i get less because my year is up? Thank You !!!March 10, 2010 at 2:07 pm(667) ktkellysays:
DEB,your fine,the senate is gonna pass legislation called the tax extenders bill 4213 which will allow you to collect your EUC tiers until Dec.31st of this year.I was only talking about those,like myself whose Emergency benefits have been exhausted.Currently there have been 3 EUC tiers created and a 4th for eligible states with high unemployment like mine in SCarolina.March 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm(668) DEBsays:
ktkelly, Thank you for that info.. But after my year is up in may for my first claim,do i still have to re-file a new claim again or does it stay extended since im on euc? #2, will i stay recieving the same amount that i have been recieving after my first year claim is up or does it go lower cause i have not worked for that whole entire year claim? Thanks !!! PS: I’m so sorry to hear about your situation..I will pray for you and the rest !!!March 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm(669) ktkellysays:
Deb,your benefit amount will stay the same and you should be notified by mail with instructions when moving from one tier to the next,Depending on your state.You stated your already on EUC,so you should move from tier to tier without problem.Thank You for your prayersMarch 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm(670) sdclokesays:
“ America touts itself as the land of the free, but the number one freedom that you and I have is the freedom to enter into a subservient role in the workplace. Once you exercise this freedom you’ve lost all control over what you do, what is produced, and how it is produced. And in the end, the product doesn’t belong to you. The only way you can avoid bosses and jobs is if you don’t care about making a living. Which leads to the second freedom: the freedom to starve. ”
— Tom MorelloMarch 10, 2010 at 4:02 pm(671) Bobsays:
Can someone explain this to me?
My benefits were due to run out Feb 28th and I got the mssg that my balance was zero. Then a week later (mid Feb) I got a notice saying I was eleigible for Tier 4 and I was able to continue filing. Whats weird is days later I got a notice saying I was elegible for Tier 2.
Any idea whats going on there?March 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm(672) CarlaBsays:
Bob, because of the recent legislation, you are entitled to “one” week from tier 2. After that, you will go directly to tier 4.March 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm(673) fredoxsays:
Long term unemployed are being thrown under the bus to bring down unemployment percentages.March 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm(674) CarlaBsays:
I hope my post does not offend anyone because this is not my intent.
It is IMPERATIVE for all the unemployed to educate themselves on how the unemployment tiers & process works (if you are educated I am not speaking to you).
The reason why this latest passage currently does not benefit the long-long-term unemployed, is because the people who were calling were not knowledgable enough about the tier/deadline process to intelligently request new weeks. The calls received in senate offices were NOT for WEEKS — but instead, just to extend tier 4 deadlines – which is why you have the bill you have before you.
So, now you have many, many people who have JUST come to the realization that this new bill does nothing for them.
I am not trying to be judgemental, however, I am saying that is important to educate yourself in all areas of the unemployment/tier process.
For those needing a tier 5, you need to continue to call senators and congressmen, do not stop now! Keep calling — Senators Schumer, Boxer & Durbin are key contacts for this issue.March 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm(675) fredoxsays:
I am well aware of how UI tiers work. I know that in MA we get 79 weeks…not 99 weeks. I know I want and need a job. I also know that if you stop filling every week you are not counted. So, long terms must keep filling whether you get a check or not. if you do not unemployment numbers will fall and you will get sh** on again.March 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm(676) jeff in Ohiosays:
I am recently a viewer of this site and I do work part time but I was on unemployment. I disagree on some of the posting on this new bill recently pasted if this is what you are talking about. This is incorrect to say people on tier 4 will not get their benefits. EUC, or federal extended benefits. The legislation extends deadlines for this program from February 27, 2010, to April 3, 2010 only. So if you are on these tiers you Must exhaust EUC Tier 1 benefits by 4/3/2010 in order to be eligible for Tier 2 (14 weeks).Must exhaust EUC Tier 2 benefits by 4/3/2010 in order to be eligible for Tier 3 (13 weeks).Must exhaust EUC Tier 3 benefits by 4/3/2010 in order to be eligible for Tier 4 (6 weeks) for everyone from ODJFS. Eb I repeat was not phase over from Eb benefits to Federal tiers correctly it kept pulling from the remaining Eb benefits which shortened your benefits. We need a tier 5 for at least one year things are no better than it was at the end of 2009. Does anyone know the new bill legislation to extend unemployment for everyone that is in the senate now ? Good luck and stay on your Reps.March 10, 2010 at 6:20 pm(677) CarlaBsays:
Jeff, the bill currently in legislation does not address or benefit those who are in need of a tier 5.
Here is the next bill slated to be introduced by the Democrats. I would suggest to continue calling reps to see if a tier 5 could be attached to this bill.
Democrats set to unveil $100B jobs legislation
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/85931-dems-set-to-unveil-100b-jobs-bill-for-local-governmentsMarch 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm(678) ktkellysays:
Ya know this bill the Senate just passed can have a tier 5 amendment added to it and if it passes, it can go to conference comittee and then to Obamas desk to be signed.March 10, 2010 at 8:30 pm(679) CarlaBsays:
EVERYONE Go to http://tinyurl.com/y9dwtzt VOTE on how long unemployment benefits should be extended. This is on MSNBC’s website which is good that we are getting the attention but so far there’s 7000 voters and so far Indefinitely is leading by a few % pts so lets show MSNBC there’s THOUSANDS & THOUSANDS of us.March 10, 2010 at 8:36 pm(680) Vickie in OHIOsays:
Is anyone in Ohio being paid the Ohio EB??March 10, 2010 at 8:45 pm(681) Kristinsays:
Great. Just flippin’ great! All my calls and e-mails to reps, all my friends & concerned family members’ calls & e-mails to reps….. & they pass this bill which helps maybe half of the people that are unemployed!!!It won’t help me and those like me. The ones who have been looking and trying to find work & can’t find it… does congress think the long term unemployed are more likely to find jobs than short term unemployed?? Do we (long term unemployed) have some magic wand or wonderful insight about where the jobs are just because we have been without a job longer??? I don’t get it. I just don’t get it. No jobs means no jobs. We just lost our good jobs sooner & not later, so I guess that makes us more expendable…? Someone please clue me in because I am at a total loss here. I could be wrong, but now they (congress) just leveled the playing field.. eveyone gets the same # of weeks now, or thereabouts. 99, so now noone can complain that (wah wah wah) I didn’t get my 99 weeks like those other people… that’s not fair… (wha wha wah) Give me a break! What’s not fair is now the long term unemployed are ready to head straight off a cliff. Being unemployed & receiving unemployment is the absolute worst, and those of us that are at the end of tier 4 can agree with that…. however, I never complained that I was eating ramon noodles, cuz it sure beats having nothing to eat at all.March 10, 2010 at 8:46 pm(682) tominohiosays:
How can unemployment an bill pass and some can get it and some can not get the benefit. I have not heard of this. I was told from ODJFS when a bill pass and are signed for your qualifying state everyone is entitled to that bill determination if you are still on the current process and is active. I am confused on this new bill it has to be a Tier 5 inclusion in order to include most of the majority or it is useless.March 10, 2010 at 9:01 pm(683) CarlaBsays:
tominohio, all this bill does in its current form is extend DEADLINES. It does NOT add weeks or tiers.
That is why you need to start contacting HOUSEmembers (that is where the bill is currently right now) to add a tier 5.
Also, just a note, if you have claimed SEB or EB once, you CANNOT claim it again (some of the updated state unemployment websites are misleading) – unless the law/reguirements change.March 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm(684) tominohiosays:
Thanks Carlab I understand this but the new bill extends unemployment through dec 31 2010. Most people who were considered in the recession long term era are about to run out as phil said. Read the dates on the recent bill for 30 days. It is not going to matter anyway unless everyone is extended. The bill is useless this is from the horse mouth. Everyone better get extended tiers aka tier5 , tier6 in the current bill and make sure it ends on dec 2010 or there will be another surpise you will deal with. Good luckMarch 10, 2010 at 9:19 pm(685) CarlaBsays:
Thanks. I know I read the bill. That’s why I have been posting so much because some people who are on tier 4 don’t realize that an extended deadline to December will not help them.
Another surprise some are finding out is that not everyone is eligible for tier 4. You can only get tier 4 if your state is at a 8.5% unemployment rate or higher.March 10, 2010 at 10:04 pm(686) fredoxsays:
The tier 5 thing needs some more press. Post it on your facebooks and my spaces get your friends involved. The MSNBC poll (http://tinyurl.com/y9dwtzt ) , spread that link. Looks like they are fishing for a story. All the players in the UI offices and most government people knew the numbers of unemployed who would be losing benefits. How could they not see 5 million unemployed slip through the cracks by June (if the numbers posted above are right). Well a tent city in the mall in D.C we can bum change from the tourist, get a hot dog, and go raise hell in the museums.March 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm(687) Philsays:
Tom is right the new bill today in its form is not going help anyone unless the tier 5 , 6 is inserted. with economy Ohio has results today that some cities has raised their unemployment to almost 14% but it did not reflect on any of the news repeorting changes of unemployment in Ohio. I work part time and just make enough to feed myself and talked to people everyday unemployed. Ohio and other states need unemployment extend for at least 1 year till the job market comes back and stabilizes if not there will be an esculation of issues if this does not include the long term extention. Most people who are on long term are on tiers anyway. Contact your reps to make them include the tier 5 , 6 to extend this until dec 31 2010. And forget the 99 weeks this was when the recession started we are not over it yet. Good luck..March 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm(688) CarlaBsays:
This was posted on another site:
The House may force this bill into a conferene committee with their Senate counterparts to iron out the differences. In fact, the new Ways and Means Chairman, Rep. Levin, said so here:
“And newly ascended Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin (D-Mich.) said Tuesday night he “wouldn’t be surprised” if the House forced a conference committee on the extenders bill to iron out the major pay-for qualms.”March 10, 2010 at 11:06 pm(689) mikesays:
Thank God for the NRAMarch 11, 2010 at 12:17 am(690) fredoxsays:
LOL@MikeMarch 11, 2010 at 12:41 am(691) fredoxsays:
Short interesting read.March 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm(692) ParentJobNetsays:
Add this along with that $15 billion job bill and you might see a possible increase in people applying for unemployment insurance.March 11, 2010 at 5:37 pm(693) Shirley in Floridasays:
My unemployment ends Friday March 12. I file on Tuesdays. I just got off the phone with the unemployment office in Florida. I am currently on Tier 1. He told me because of the month extention that was just passed I do qualify for tier 2. This will be 54 percent or 13 weeks. He said if they do not pass another extention that will be all for me. I was laid off in April 2009.March 11, 2010 at 9:00 pm(694) CarlaBsays:
Yes, Shirley. This is true. The current temporary deadline is April 5th. In order to qualify for tier 3, you would have to exhaust tier 2 before April 5th.
The bill (HR 4213) the Senate passed this week is now in the House. The House is currently reviewing it for additional amendments before going to the President’s desk for signature. Until the President signs the bill, it is not law.March 12, 2010 at 11:58 am(695) Mikesays:
It is a shame that your elected officials keep ploying with people who has paid taxes before and because of their error in judgement those people have to take the hit. I do not care how many weeks people have been on unemployment if the justifying fax are there. We were in the heart of a recession when the 99 weeks were introduced this does not mean this is a cure or over. Those people were in the heart of this problem do not cut them out to make it look like the numbers are getting better if you actually want things to get better tackle the issues that the government created jobs etc. Stop playing with those people and extend the unemployment for a 1 year and extend the tiers. If things are getting better as the fake stock market says you will see it out your front door.March 12, 2010 at 2:56 pm(696) fredoxsays:
interesting new forumMarch 12, 2010 at 5:03 pm(697) Alexissays:
I just wanted to make sure that everyone here was aware that bill HR4213 – that was passed by the senate earlier this week, is NOT law yet.
It has not passed the House or been signed by the President. At this time, UI benefit deadlines have NOT been extended to the end of the year.March 12, 2010 at 5:05 pm(698) lilbear68says:
congress better keep the unemployment goin till they figure out how to bring back the jobs they allowed to go overseas for the past 20 yrsand while ya think about that ask your self ‘when was the last time a bill came outta congress that actually improved the avg workers standard of livingMarch 12, 2010 at 6:08 pm(699) robsays:
i guess ther would not be anothe extention that bad for me cause i been collection fot over 1yr 3 month and i hae not been able to find a job. i fell we r not going to get any better until 2011 were job r going to kick back againMarch 12, 2010 at 7:32 pm(700) CarlaBsays:
I have read post where posters have mentioned they are Christians with Faith — which is great, however, “Faith without Works” is dead.
For those who are about to exhaust tiers 3 & 4, you must start calling your congressmen to let them know that you need additional weeks or a new tier.
I have contacted:
Congressmen – John Lewis, David Scott, Lynn Westoreland & John Linder.
Senators – Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Harry Reid & Dick Durbin.
From these offices, I was informed that HR4213 is not even on the RADAR screen for passage. The immediate focus now is healthcare.
People, if you don’t make your voices heard you will not receive anymore benefits after you exhaust your current tier.
April 5th is at hand — this is an urgent message for:
–Those who are about to exhaust tier 4
–Those who will not exhaust tier 3 before April 5th – you will not be able to go to tier 4
–Those who are about to exahust tier 3, but don’t qualify for tier 4 (remember, tier 4 is ONLY for those states that have an unemployment rate of 8.5% or higher)
The staff members from the offices I contacted stated that their phones have NOT been ringing in regards to a new tier or additional weeks – this should NOT be.
Please start calling.March 12, 2010 at 7:51 pm(701) Craigsays:
If your politicians pass this bill without extending this for at least one year for the long unemployed till the jobs come back to a stable unemployment rate the country will be in a world of hurt without these people paying taxes and contributing to our services and commodities we are going to go into deeper recession. This absolutely to vote on a bill without extenstions for those people incorporated in the bill. What is happening they think with these thousands of people not on the systems the unemployment will be at 4% to 6% which will make things look great. Hound the heck out of you congressman and representatives to show them their politics is not going to take this away only the truth and jobs.Good luckMarch 13, 2010 at 10:45 am(702) craigsays:
To add these so called electives are going to be going on a long recess so you need to get on them hard. They know jobs and the economy has not gotten better so we need positive long term action.March 13, 2010 at 11:37 am(703) Deansays:
In regards to a request (and a need) for a new tier, I contacted the following House members office staff, to find out how many calls they have received regarding this issue:
Below are the house members contacted:
Gene Green – TexasJohn Lewis – GeorgiaMarsha Blackburn – TennesseeHenry Brown – South CarolinaWilliam DeLahunt – MassachusettesLeonard Boswell – IowaLynn Jenkins – KansasAndre Carson – IndianaAaron Schock – IllinoisConnie Mack – FloridaEleanor Holmes-Norton – DCDiana DeGette – ColoradoJohn Campbell – CaliforniaSusan Davis – CaliforniaGabrielle Giffords – ArizonaMike Ross – ArkansasRobert Aderholt – AlabamaRon Kind – WisconsinMarcia Fudge – OhioLarry Kissell – North CarolinaGary Ackerman – New YorkBrian Higgins – New YorkBill Owens – New YorkCarolyn Maloney – New YorkHarry Teague – New MexicoDennis Rehberg – MontanaJohn Linder – GeorgiaLynn Westmoreland – Georgia
From the above list, I was told that either their office had received very few calls or no calls at all – with the latter being the majority.
While I may even believe that a few may not have been telling the truth, I still believe that most were.
What is it going to take to get people to call?March 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm(704) CarlaBsays:
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Since being kicked out of his foreclosed home on Jan. 17, the former corporate development manager has relied on all those miles accumulated during years on the road to find a place to stay — a Holiday Inn Express here, a Hampton Inn there and a Motel 6 in between.
Full Story & Video: http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/unemployed-homeless-man-lives-off-frequent-flier-hotel/story?id=10075366March 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm(705) BVsays:
Okay so I’ve read about 90% of these 704 comments and I still question the tier thing. I am currently on tier 2 EUC that is due to run out at the beginning of May (2010) and was told by the massachusetts unemployment office that I would not qualify for tier 3 because my tier 2 benefits did not end in time. From reading these other comments it almost seems each state is doing there own thing. Some say you automatically qualify, others say you qualify if don’t run out of what tier you are on and Massachusetts is telling me I have to run out. Should I be eligible for tier 3 benefits or not.March 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm(706) CarlaBsays:
BV, are you aware of the current temporary passage deadline? The deadline is for April 5th.
At the present time, HR4213 that would extend tier deadlines to December has NOT passed.
Since you will not exhaust tier 2 until AFTER the April 5th deadline, you will NOT go to tier 3.
HR4213 was passed by the senate on Tuesday, however, it must also be passed by the House and signed by the President before it becomes law.
This is why you see so many posts asking people to push their local house members to pass this bill.March 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm(707) CarlaBsays:
BV, another FYI – tier 4 is not for every state. Only states that have an unemployment percentage of 8.5% qualify.
In the event that HR4213 gets passed, I just wanted to make sure you understood that tier 4 is not an automatic tier – you/your state have to qualify for it.March 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm(708) Fredoxsays:
States that DO NOT qualify for tier 4 NORTH DAKOTANEBRASKASOUTH DAKOTAKANSASIOWAOKLAHOMAVERMONTMONTANAUTAHHAWAIIVIRGINIANEW HAMPSHIREMINNESOTACOLORADOLOUISIANAMARYLANDARKANSASWYOMINGMAINETEXASMarch 13, 2010 at 2:27 pm(709) CarlaBsays:
Thanks for posting, Fredox.March 13, 2010 at 5:10 pm(710) charliesays:
This is great information but the reason some of these states are apparently low is people are not filing their claims or have been given a reason not too. You must contact your representives and stay on them to show true numbers. Also these people who govern this bill are going to recess very soon this bill must be corrected for the long term tiers or expansion before they go on break or most people are out of luck then the numbers will look great to the market and the lying politicans. Keep filing and keep the people who govern honest..March 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm(711) Fredoxsays:
Up to date unemployment numbers by state http://www.bls.gov/web/laumstrk.htm
this has a lot to do with the states with low unemployment. Got to keep claiming stay counted.March 13, 2010 at 9:40 pm(712) philsays:
Thanks charlie you are right. People have fell off the systems or quit filing or told they can not file. In order to make your voice heard keep calling your congressman and tell him the situation you fell under. I know everybody gets tired of hearing this but it is a must.March 14, 2010 at 12:33 am(713) fredoxsays:
look at population figures for states that have low unemployment.March 14, 2010 at 12:40 am(714) fredoxsays:
You are welcome Carla. Here are some more links.
Up to date state unemployment numbers found here.
state population numbers here.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_populationMarch 14, 2010 at 1:14 am(715) fredoxsays:
Your welcome Carla March 14, 2010 at 2:06 am(716) Author BJ Leesays:
Fact: Once people run out of unemployment they will be forced to go on welfare and food stamps and public housing.Fact: There are so many people on welfare now who really cares if tehse rolls grow even more?Fact: Welfare is seen as a Good Thing and we spend trillions of dollars on it every year.Fact: As long as you are on UEI everyone will attack you and think you can snap your fingers and get a job that isnt there.Fact: Once you are on welfare you can relax. It never runs out. It goes on forever and ever. You will have accepted an inevitable fate.Fact: Lawmakers HATE those who have worked and draw insurance.FACT: Lawmakers love lazy asses who do nothing and drain the system of welfare and will continue to feed them like little baby robins with love and tenderness.March 14, 2010 at 2:23 am(717) Author BJ Leesays:
FACT: This is all part of the New World Order seeking ONE world government. The plan is to opress the working class time and time again, placing the blame for these messes squarely on the shoulders of the innocent, while patting themselves on the back and bailing themselves out with billions of dollars while diverting attention away from themselves and blaming (and sticking us with the bill) those who really had nothing to do with it. They ship all our jobs overseas and rebuild countries like Iraq. Didn’t you listen when I said all this ten years ago? Now it is too late. Wake up and smell the coffee. You are being controlled and manipulated and theres nothing you will ever be able to do about it. You will be poor and they will be Super rich. That has been the plan all along. Am I making sense yet? I have been called crazy and imbalanced at times, but when you lose your job and your house and your retirement, maybe one more person listens. Oh, I wish I WAS WRONG!!!March 14, 2010 at 9:15 am(718) ktkellysays:
BJLee, I think that scenario you described is dead on.I have always said that this very system that has been undermining our democracy for the last 30 years was a planned agenda by a shadow control system that shifts all the wealth from the bottom 98% of the people to the top 2%.If we examine this a little closer we will see how massive debt that is a result of bailing out the ultra-richs multi-trillion dollar schemes on wall street,leave them with trillions in false profits,while leaving the masses with unsurmountable debt,that could never be repaid,thus keeping us all in a control state.March 14, 2010 at 2:16 pm(719) fredoxsays:
Fact: Once people run out of unemployment they will be forced to go on welfare and food stamps and public housing.
I made too much money in the last year on unemployment to qualify for any of the above.March 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm(720) fredoxsays:
Please go here and do this……….March 15, 2010 at 11:32 am(721) jimsays:
These people who govern are going on vaction very soon if this legislation does not get revised it will be too late. If this does not get updated in this current economy these poiticians know it is as worse today as it was at the end of 2009. Good luck to all and may God help us all..March 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm(722) unemployed in ohiosays:
Dear Fredox (720)Just wanted to say thanks for the website you posted! I signed and passed it along to others! Anyone who visits this site should do the same. We need voices to make ourselves heard. SIGN THE PETITION BEFORE CONGRESS SHOVES US UNDER THE RUG!!March 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm(723) adrain williamssays:
I have been unemployed for 1 year and I have faith that the Lord will take care of our economy’s problem even in our time of needMarch 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm(724) fredoxsays:
Your welcome unemployed in Ohio, and Carla. Here are a couple more sites that are fighting with us that are worth a look.
If you have FB check this group out as well
99 Weeks Unemployed (99WU)March 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm(725) BVsays:
Thanks CarlaB. I just needed it all clarified. I have contacted the senators. Now I guess it’s time to contact the rest. And Adrian Williams, you are right as long as we keep trusting in God he will never fail us.March 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm(726) CarlaBsays:
Amen, BV. I remember how he didn’t fail us when we needed tiers 3 & 4, and he won’t fail us now.March 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm(727) fredoxsays:
Your welcome keep you heads up!!March 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm(728) JBsays:
E-Mail these people as much as possible if you want changes. Tell them to add teir’s 5&6!
Please do it.March 16, 2010 at 2:52 am(729) Montysays:
Thanks for posting the link. Anyone who hasn’t signed the petition, please go to the link in “(720) fredox”, above.
Also, KEEP FILING FOR BENEFITS!!! Even if you’ve no more money in your UB account, please remember to KEEP FILING. LET’S KEEP OURSELVES ON THE GOVT’S RECORD BOOKS!!!
CarlaB, you go, Girl!!! March 16, 2010 at 6:38 am(730) Yolanda in Arkansassays:
I live in Little Rock, AR Please help us with a tier 5 unemployment extension. I am a single mother and no one is hiring us in Arkansas. Please help us pay our mortgage and put food on the table.March 16, 2010 at 8:46 am(731) Sandysays:
I’m with you Yolanda!! My tier 4 is running out and no oneis hiring in FLORIDA!! They need to pass tier 5!!March 16, 2010 at 9:12 am(732) fredoxsays:
Your welcome Monty March 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm(733) CarlaBsays:
The following states’ TUR triggers will expire on March 13: Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia, and absent additional state or Federal enactments, the EB payable period will conclude on April 10, 2010. Please note that Idaho and Pennsylvania had their TUR triggers sunset but they currently meet the IUR trigger criteria to remain “on” in the EB program, so their EB periods would continue until they fail to meet the criteria to be triggered “on”.
The following states’ TUR triggers will expire on March 20: Arizona, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Ohio, and Virginia, and absent additional state or Federal enactments, the EB payable period will conclude April 17, 2010. Please note that California, Nevada, and Wisconsin had their TUR triggers sunset but they currently meet the IUR trigger criteria to remain “on” in the EB program, so their EB periods would continue until they fail to meet the criteria to be triggered “on”.
Emergency Unemployment CompensationBased on the most recent unemployment data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on March 05, 2010, the seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate for the 3-month period ending February 2010 for the Virgin Islands fell below the 6.0 percent threshold for a high unemployment period and will cause the Virgin Islands to conclude their payable period in the third tier of EUC effective March 27, 2010.
http://unemployed-friends.forumotion.com/wisconsin-f52/department-of-labor-no-longer-updating-euc-triggers-t5011.htm#47922March 16, 2010 at 12:42 pm(734) Billsays:
My tier 4 benefits recently were exhausted last week. I got a message saying “I spoke with someone today at the ESC and they told me I should be receiving a letter regarding tier 5 next week. Is there any hope for me? Is there hope for any of us?March 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm(735) AlexisBsays:
Bill, did the person actually say “tier 5″?
And you are sure you have exhausted tier 4?March 16, 2010 at 1:07 pm(736) csays:
Bill, yes…as long as you believe and have FAITH in GOD, there is HOPE…don’t lose your HOPE or FAITH. I don’t care what this situation looks like.
In times of doubt…and when you think a situation is over and “DEAD”…just remember the story of Lazurus. Jesus could have healed him while he was sick, but instead Lazurus died, and Jesus raised him from the dead – this was done to show the POWER of GOD.
Just like GOD displayed his power then, he will display his POWER NOW for the unemployed.March 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm(737) shellysays:
I find it funny but it does not surprise me that these numbers of unemployment are lowering when I have several friends in around several states to verify this. Check it yourself if you have them also. These numbers are made up and are not the total numbers of unemployed. These numbers seems like calculating census populations per state cap. The true numbers are the unemployed not population speak the truth from the BOLS. I realize this is all you have to go by but do you trust your Government number? I work part time and talked to people everyday coming in and out socializing. If the unemployed does not do something about most of the false claims you will be left out. The economy is not getting better most of my friends are working just part time and their employers feedback to them is that they are not looking to hire full time workers probably anymore because they can get more working them part time. The day of an american dream is probaly gone on the way these business owners think. It is also my understanding from a state source rep if unemployment does not get extended by next week we will be in trouble if we are not already. This source said these government officials are starting to leave and go back home with their high paying jobs and big homes the tax payer put them in. You must file your claims everyone if can not you must let your government officials know this is why they numers of unemployed are lower. Unempoyment must be extended for at least one year if the recession is over the people will drop off the systems by then then if not the true numbers will still be there. May god be with all of you looking for work to support you and your families.March 16, 2010 at 1:28 pm(738) jimsays:
There is no Tier 5. Bill, kindly verify your facts for accuracy, as such errors are ultimately inconsiderate to those in need. As for there being “hope” for you, try taking charge of your life and losing the “victim” attitude. Good luck.March 16, 2010 at 2:46 pm(739) Yolanda Fsays:
There is no need to be rude. We are all in the same boat here that is why we are on this page…Bill, just keep your faith in God and pray and contact your representatives and hope that another tier does become available.March 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm(740) fredoxsays:
here is more liksMarch 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm(741) fredoxsays:
Might help some in their job search.March 16, 2010 at 9:41 pm(742) kathysays:
I have read several post on this issue and have to comment on some of the new media post which I know some people who have jobs and work out in america today. The economy is not any better than it was in December 2009 I agree on this. Jobs offered are only part time if you get them. You can not make a living on most of the full time jobs offered less the part time offered employers know this this is why they are offering these positions. Now I see that the job less in the US is at 9.7% and less people are applying for unemployment insurance fell which is a absolute lie. People if you think that government is telling you the truth we must be really dumb. I guess if they say it enough we will believe it. It looks like from what I have seen that you really need to keep on your congressman and your government everyday if you have too if not they are slowly going on vacation one at a time. The news shows nothing on people surfing or running out of benefits the media has totally removed it like it has suddenly disappeared. Make your voice heard and tell them it is not going away until good jobs they shipped across seas come back to our country. So keep on them and good luck job hunting..March 16, 2010 at 10:10 pm(743) fredoxsays:
They new this was going to happen in January. Hence, they should have stared working on tier 5 then. As for the press I truly do not know WTF they are not all over this.March 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm(744) CarlaBsays:
Law Would Require Drug Test For Unemployment Assistance
By Nancy BadertscherThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionTuesday, March 16, 2010
A Toccoa legislator is sponsoring a bill to require random drug testing of recipients of unemployment compensation benefits and other government assistance.
HB 1389, sponsored by Rep. Michael Harden, would require that the cost of the drug test be paid by the recipient or deducted from his or her benefits. Failing the drug test could result in a loss of benefits.
Harden’s proposal calls for the Georgia Labor Commissioner to conduct annual random drug testing of unemployment benefit recipients.
Those testing positive for use of “marijuana, dangerous drugs, or a controlled substance” would be tested a second time, according to the bill.
Anyone failing a mandated second test would lose their benefits — and the ability to apply for benefits — for two years.
Refusing to submit to drug testing also would make a person ineligible for benefits, according to the bill.
Georgia unemployment rate currently is 10.8 percent, the highest on record and among the highest in the United States.
Harden could not be reached Tuesday night for comment.March 17, 2010 at 9:09 am(745) unemployed in ohiosays:
who can afford drugs?? Good Grief!March 17, 2010 at 11:24 am(746) CarlaBsays:
Everyone,Below is a new bill being introduced – other than the deadline, not sure how this bill differs from HR4213:
Chairman Levin Introduces the Continuing Extension Act of 2010
Provides a 30-day extension of unemployment and health benefitsMarch 16, 2010
By Lauren Bloomberg 202-225-8933
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander M. Levin (D-MI) introduced H.R. 4851 the Continuing Extension Act of 2010. The legislation extends critical unemployment and health care benefits, ensures that Medicare beneficiaries can continue seeing their doctors and extends other programs set to expire at the end of March.
“While the economy is showing signs of recovery, families are still finding it difficult to make ends meet,” said Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander M. Levin (D-MI). “This critical bill ensures that millions of Americans who have lost their jobs do not also lose the unemployment and health care benefits as they look for their next job opportunity. The legislation also ensures that millions of Medicare beneficiaries and members of the military and their families can continue visiting their doctors by preventing a drastic cut in the Medicare payment rate for physicians.”
Summary of the Continuing Extension Act of 2010
I. Extension of Unemployment Insurance Programs – Extends Federal Unemployment Programs, including the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program, through May.
FULL STORY:http://waysandmeans.house.gov/press/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=11069March 17, 2010 at 11:40 am(747) yolandasays:
I was reading about the new jobs bill that was passed by the senate and it stated:
“In addition to the hiring tax incentives and highway funding, the bill extends a tax break for small businesses buying new equipment and modestly expands an initiative that helps state and local governments finance infrastructure projects.
A far larger measure that would extend health insurance subsidies and jobless checks for the unemployed is in the works but has hit slow going. That measure has passed both House and Senate but is hung up as the rival chambers wrangle over how to partially finance the legislation, which also would extend a variety of tax breaks for individuals and businesses.
As a result, it may require a third temporary extension of unemployment benefits, which would otherwise expire at the end of this month.
The Senate vote comes as the House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to vote on a bill Wednesday that lawmakers hope will generate jobs through infrastructure spending and tax cuts for investing in some small businesses. The bill would exempt long-term investments in certain small businesses from capital gains taxes, and would expand the Build America Bonds program, which subsidizes interest costs paid by local governments when they borrow for construction projects.
The bond program would be extended through June 2013, at a cost of $7.6 billion. The entire bill would cost about $17 billion over the next decade.
Much of the bill would be paid for by limiting the ability of multinational corporations to avoid U.S. withholding taxes by shifting assets among foreign countries. The bill would also make it easier for the federal government to withhold payments from government contractors that owe back taxes.March 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm(748) unemployed in ohiosays:
I will applaud another extension, if it gets passed before people lose their homes. But another 30 day extension…?? COME ON!! I am really tired of worrying myself to death every time another 30 days is up..! My face hasn’t been this broken out since high school. Why can’t they give us the security of a 24 week tier 5?March 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm(749) fredoxsays:
30 Days?? that isn’t enough to catch up on the bills we already have. Furthermore, by the time we get a check the 30 days will be up WTF that make 0 sense.March 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm(750) jillsays:
The reason these 30 days extensions are done is because the minute it looks like the numbers go down by people not filing claims or told they can not things look great and delaying the true issue at hand. Look at the Dow 7 or 8 days it looks like money being poured into the systems. Where is it coming from ? I tell you where NO WHERE. You can make them look anyway you want them too. We are going into spring then summer and the same old song and dance again it looks like everything is starting to look good again. But the truth is the same old politics as usual. Things are not any better people working harder if they have a job for less and the employers putting strangled holds on what part time jobs if any are offered. Come on government do what is right for a change if you in fact stimulating the economy extend long term for at least one year so people can afford to continue to look for work and then these people who need a small lift can find gameful employment. Stop the undermining saying people are lazy they just want an american dream of living. if this keeps up maybe we need a bill to reduce their salaries to minimum wage working in the house and senate. I think this would provide the changes needed and they can see how the real life lives. Good luck to everyone and get something done by next week or we are in serious trouble since they are slowly going on recess.March 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm(751) CarlaBsays:
I just spoke with the assistant legislative director for congressman Sander Levin’s office. He said that the “new” temporary extension has just passed.
He also said that Sander Levin pushed through this measure because the Republican and Conservative parties were going to let the April 5th deadline expire until they could resolve HR4213 – which at this point could take weeks.
Sander Levin and Charlie Rangle had tried to push an amendment through to add 6 additional weeks to tier 4 in this current extension to at least provide those exhausting tier 4 more time to find a job – however, the measure was shot down by the republicans.
He advises to continue making your voices heard and supports the idea of contacting all media both large and small.
This was the first time I spoke with someone who actually showed feeling, emotion and disgust as to what is happening to the unemployed.March 17, 2010 at 4:12 pm(752) fredoxsays:
Thank you Carla for one keeping this thread going, and for the updates..I have started a Press campaign of my own using a Press release I found on the 99ers FB page. I have spread this to all my local news out lets…….and Michele Moore for what it is worth. I have also sent this release to just about every talking head I could think of, even Mr. Sitandspin Bill O……Keep the pressure on folks.March 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm(753) cindysays:
This is absolute shame that when the 99 weeks were introduced we were in the heart of a recession. Now we here that the 10% or over unemployment has went to 9.7% this is a disgrace. Do these politicians beleive if something is throwed out there that magically it ends at a wave of the magic flute. This recession is not over more and more states in the cities are loosing employment. We need to tell the people who govern if they stop thinking of the people who paid taxes before just beacuse they threw a smal bone out to fix the issues then maybe they are not the people for change anymore. We have had enough stop the 4 weeks here etc just because spring and summer is here and everthing looks brighter in thier numbers. Tell them it is not going away no matter what until jobs come back. We have had enough of the politics the past few legislations between both parties.March 17, 2010 at 7:45 pm(754) jerrysays:
First time on this site. I have 4 friends on unemployment long term all on tier 4. I am in retail sales which is not doing very well working part time. I noticed from talking to people there has been no information that people has drop off the systems in the media or courage of people loosing their benefits in this economy. I have noticed false numbers saying that people have found jobs one month we wer at 10.8% unemployment and not at 9.7% which is absolutely false. Where is the coverage is that the intial view that the conomy is better it must be because we are going into spring or summer again and that jobs suddenly appeared. Come on america wake up get in touch with the media on the false claims also make you voice heard. Unless you get good jobs back that the government ship out of the country the economy will never recover. And the high paying people who govern stop labelling the americans as lazy just because there are not any jobs to be found. Maybe these so called lazy people need to put a bill in to reduce your high salaries to min wage then you would know how a real american lives. Keep up the contacts whether it be media or president or your govern officials. We need wide spread coverage to show this type of problem is not going away until jobs come back to every state who needs them. Not contract but fulltime permanant jobs.March 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm(755) CarlaBsays:
I read this earlier from another board: posted today at 6pm
live on CSpan senator Bernie Sanders is the first senator to finally bring up the 6 million long termed unemployed that have run out of benefits. He is stating that something needs to be done and done fast.
someone got a reply back from Pelosi’s office saying: that any new extension or any new tier will not even be considered until after the Easter break
Nothing is confirmed. An ammendment was proposed by Sanders but no one knows yet what’s in it.
This is where I read it: http://unemployed-friends.forumotion.com/unemployed-long-term-f66/bernie…March 18, 2010 at 8:52 am(756) CarlaBsays:
Per my previous post, I contacted Senator Sanders office to say “thank you” for initiating an initiative to help the long-long-term unemployed – below is his contact info for anyone else who would like to do the same:
Washington, DC Office(202) 224-5141
Vermont Office(802) 862-0697
EMAIL:http://sanders.senate.gov/contact/contact.cfmMarch 18, 2010 at 10:59 am(757) cindysays:
Thank you carlB. I have read other post also there has not been any courage on CNN and other major networks which is true since the last month bill was past as if it looks like everything has just gotten better. It must be past on to them as well not just Cspan. Now again the same politics as we are aware of jobs claims are down. These are for new claims not long term unemployed. We must get these facts right to produce correct numbers. Good luck to everyoneMarch 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm(758) jimbosays:
The politicians are not trying to solve the unemployment crisis. They are merely managing it, blowing the occasional smokescreen to keep the masses appeased, as they further the agenda to incapacitate the middle class of America. The only way to resolve this hopeless fiasco is a revolution by the people.March 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm(759) CarlaBsays:
Below is a video of Senator Bernie Sanders on the Senate floor commenting on:
-The econonmy-Long-term unemployed-NO jobs-Out-of-touch politicians & CEO’s-The uninsured-Wall Street and more…
(Sander’s starts at 249:58 on counter time clock)
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/292568-101March 18, 2010 at 2:19 pm(760) JTsays:
Does anyone know if there going to try to extend the cobra subsidy insurance coverage longer than the 15 months we have now,cause alot of us will be running out on that really soon, and most of us won’t beable to afford health insurance anymore either?? ANOTHER UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM!!!!March 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm(761) CarlaBsays:
JT, that should be included when bill HR4213 is passed.March 18, 2010 at 3:36 pm(762) CarlaBsays:
JT, sorry…I spoke too soon:
Senate to pass jobs bill without Cobra and unemployment benefit extensions
The larger portion of the bill that would extend unemployment insurance benefits and the Cobra subsidy to the jobless to the end of the year is now in doubt. Reid is apparently daring the GOP to vote against this paired down version. Again, according to ABC News, He is virtually daring his colleagues on the other side of the partisan aisle to oppose a measure with the word “jobs” in the title at a time when unemployment remains stubbornly high.
As a result, to restore these benefits, it will require a third temporary extension of unemployment benefits, which would expire at the end of this month.
FULL STORY: http://www.examiner.com/x-31324-SF-Career-Coach-Examiner~y2010m3d17-Senate-to-pass-jobs-bill-without-Cobra-and-unemployment-benefit-extensionsMarch 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm(763) CarlaBsays:
Now with another possible “third” temporary extension & no COBRA benefits in the new bill — a new tier or additional weeks will almost have to be added.
Please try to contact Senator Bernie Sanders office thanking him for standing up for the long-term unemployed — and also expressing that in light of these latest developments, a new tier or additional weeks are needed now more than ever.March 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm(764) CarlaBsays:
Unemployment Extensions Needed For Benefits, Not Just To File For Unemployment
http://www.rwbpress.com/2010/03/17/unemployment-extensions-needed-for-benefits-not-just-to-file-for-unemployment/March 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm(765) KutDaCHekkssays:
i got my eb from may 09 till last week of august 09. obama signed bill in november. and i qualified for high eb. my last check is april 3. will i qualify for the new extentsion? i live in njMarch 18, 2010 at 8:36 pm(766) FriendlyWolfsays:
For those of you who need to extend your benefits beyond 99 weeks and therefore need to add another tier (Tier V)–please go to the site below to see the names of Senators we are calling to support an additional extension for the long term unemployed:
http://tier5.webs.com/apps/forums/topics/show/2262436-phone-campaign-to-begin-on-monday-3-15-please-join-us-?page=2March 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm(767) CarlaBsays:
KutDaCheck, it looks like you should be going to tier 4 — and that will depend on your states unemployment percentage – it has to be at least 8.5%.March 18, 2010 at 11:30 pm(768) Montysays:
Thank you for staying informed, taking the lead, and for sharing on the latest unemployment news.
I, for one, have learned a lot from your posts, and have just now emailed a thank-you to Senator Sanders using the contact information you supplied in:
Post “(756) CarlaB”, above.
You go, girl!March 19, 2010 at 12:15 am(769) Montysays:
I URGE YOU ALL to read posting:
and to view Senator Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vermont) address to Congress.
It’s a well-researched, POWERFUL speech which deserves to be spread around the internet.
Thank you, CarlaB!
You are going a long way towards keeping us informed.March 19, 2010 at 12:16 am(770) KutDaChekkssays:
CarlaB. My last check was in august 09. i didnt receive anything until november when obama signed bill. For states with high rates. nj unemployment rate was 10.1. Now my last check will be on apr. 2 2010 will i qualify for new extension?March 19, 2010 at 5:32 am(771) Montysays:
Another Change.org (thank you, Issa Decker!) petition for us all to sign regarding the need for Tier V benefits:
I say, sign every petition we can — Congress just doesn’t see the urgency!!!March 19, 2010 at 8:50 am(772) unemployed in ohiosays:
Well, done Monty! Another signature to add! Hopefully it is not falling on deaf ears.March 19, 2010 at 10:54 am(773) CarlaBsays:
Schauer Introduces Jobless Extension
The Enquirer • March 18, 2010
U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, D-Bedford Township, todayintroduced a bill to extend unemployment benefitsthrough the end of the September.
A jobs bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday didnot include a benefits extension, but a larger billapproved by the House in December did.
If Congress doesn’t extend jobless benefits bySunday, approximately 130,000 people in Michiganwill exhaust their benefits in March and another150,000 will lose benefits in April, according to arelease from Schauer’s office.
I just spoke with Eddie in Senator Schauer’s office, he said that the proposed bill (per the Battle Creek Enquirer story) is for those who will exhaust tier 4 benefits – this extension is for the long-term unemployed to receive benefits in addition to what tier 4 currently offers.
The bill is currently in committee for review and the Senator is pushing HARD to get it through.
His motivation? If nothing is done to provide additional benefits to those who exhaust tier 4, in Michigan alone it will equal a catastrophe, as Michigan’s current unemployment rate is almost at 16%.
Please call your senator (and others) to let them know that you need them to support Senator’s Sanders & Schauer in their initiative to assist the long-term unemployed.
And, if during your senate calls you receive a response that the senator “does not support this initiative”, then make sure you ask, WHY NOT?
Then you make sure you also let the senate staffer know then you will NOT be supporting them (senator) come re-election time.
Make these phones ring NON-STOP.
The strategy of some in DC is to keep passing these temporary extensions to “confuse” the unemployed – let them know you are not “confused”, you are “disgusted!”March 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm(774) RPM10says:
I hate to make all you people that have almost exhausted your 99 weeks of unemployment unhappy, but I’m fairly positive that there will be no extension for you. If you have’nt found a job in a year and a half, then thats because you havn’t put any effort into it. Any new extension that will go into congress will be for only the people that are just starting to exhaust their regular unemployment. Go look for a job today and get off your computers. The sooner that you come to terms that it’s only up to you from here on out, then the quicker you will find something.March 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm(775) CarlaBsays:
First, please ignore the post from RPM10 – don’t waste your efforts in arguing or giving place to this type of ignorance.
Secondly, my previous post should have read “congressman” Schauer not “senator” – I apologize for that mistake.
Lastly, this was posted on another board:
As a retired unemployment staff representative, there is one other thing you can mention in your calls.
For all the senators and congressmen who say that there is NO money to pay for a new tier — ask them do they know how much money it cost each unemployment office/state to print new letters each time they keep passing these darn temporary extensions? Letters, postage, stuffing, envelopes and not to mention the extra staff to handle calls!March 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm(776) jimbosays:
RPM10 – in this ridiculous game of musical employment chairs, statistically, there are nearly 6 individuals out of work for each available job (which may be worse as I don’t believe publicized statistics). To make matters worse, 125,000 jobs are given each month to foreign workers, and thousands upon thousands of retirement age are still working, consuming more prospective job availabilities for the younger generation. It’s not that people aren’t putting effort into job-searching; millions are breaking their tails trying to find work. I agree that people need to take responsibility for the future, but there’s simply too much control over what people are able to do for themselves nowadays.March 19, 2010 at 9:06 pm(777) Montysays:
I am re-posting CarlaB’s recommendation to watch Senator Bernie Sanders comments to the senate floor. Sanders presents several IMPORTANT, SCARY FACTS which I didn’t know.
Sen. Sanders mentions (my poor paraphrase) that there are fewer jobs in America now than there were in the year 2000. However, since then, 12 MILLION new workers have entered the workforce.
You don’t even need to do any math to see what is happening to job applicants in this kind of environment!
Without additional benefit tiers for the long-term unemployed, this country is going to bottom-out.
Here, again, is CarlaB’s extremely worthwhile post “(759) CarlaB”:
”(759) CarlaB says:Below is a video of Senator Bernie Sanders on the Senate floor commenting on:
-The econonmy-Long-term unemployed-NO jobs-Out-of-touch politicians & CEO’s-The uninsured-Wall Street and more…
(Sander’s starts at 249:58 on counter time clock)
IGNORE trolls who, desperate for attention in their empty lives, seek to put us down in our quest for help for the long-term unemployed.
IGNORE nay-sayers and follow the advice of the late Sir Winston Churchill in his October 29, 1941 address to students at Harrow School:
“Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up.”
I had to look this one up. Yup. Churchill used that many “nevers”.
What do we have to lose? Keep those phones ringing!!!March 19, 2010 at 9:12 pm(778) Montysays:
Here is another Change.org petition advocating further benefits for the long-term unemployed:
I say, do EVERYTHING YOU ***POSSIBLY*** CAN to communicate this information to the gravy-trainers in congress. Remind these fatcats that only those who support us in our time of need will get our votes!!!
Sanders and Schauer are on our side, and they will get our votes!!!March 20, 2010 at 4:47 am(779) Denversays:
Hi! One of the long term unemployed here. Well, I must say the news reporting and brouhaha regarding the benefit extension (that didn’t extend benefits) sure had me confused.
So my last benefit check arrived two weeks ago. I didn’t realize until today that was it! I have rent money for Apr, but that is all.
I never thought I’d be homeless . . .March 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm(780) cherylsays:
There is no sense in the heart of a 99 weeks recession and now apparently its over where are the employed jobs? Infact we and current workers who complain about the people who have exhausted the weeks I have one question. You do not think that the unemployed would like your job ? Stop the fighting you sound like republicans trying to protect special interests on the healthcare reform. Healthcare needs reformed and you know it. If it does not your deserve to get what is coming to you and it is. The politicans need to get a one year extention and if the economy is picking up they will drop out of the system but this president has not had enought time to accomplish anything due to the grid lock of republicans and you know know it. This is why the nation has become divide and people argue amongst each other and get nothing done. It needs to stop or we are headed in the wrong direction and have been for sometime. Good luck i hope everyone finds good fulltime employment.March 20, 2010 at 6:40 pm(781) CarlaBsays:
I hope that this media information is helpful to some of you:
. Media Contact Information
.comAl Franken firstname.lastname@example.orgAlan Colmes email@example.comBill O’reilly firstname.lastname@example.org
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thanks carla b for all your great info i seen on the ohios unemployment page that the end of the tier dates have changed from 2-27-10 to 4-4-10 which still dosnt help me i think? i am on my second tier that ends on 4-21-10 or around there
i wish they would extend our benefits cuz i need about 9 weeks to modify my mortgage but if i get the 9 weeks i am sure they will change the requirements
i just dont understand why some get the full 99 weeks and others only get around 60 weeks like myself ?
any ways i am thankfull to have found this site
any info would be appreciated ok thanksMarch 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm(783) CarlaBsays:
Larry, you are welcome.
Hopefully by the time you exhaust tier 2, both the congress and the senate will have passed a new extended deadline which will allow you to complete the remaining tiers (3 & 4).
The reason some unemployed are not able to apply for all the tiers is because of the “imposed” deadlines. These imposed deadlines are hurting both the newly and long-term unemployed.March 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm(784) CarlaBsays:
Also, I hate to keep repeating this but it bears repeating, tier 4 is NOT automatic – it is a “trigger based” tier – you can only qualify for this tier if your state’s unemployment is above 8.5%.
With that being said, for those who are contacting their senate and congressmen for additional weeks – please indicate that you want a “new” tier instead of additional weeks added to tier 4 – this way, ALL unemployed benefit from it – not just those with high unemployment rates.
Because if additional weeks are added to tier 4 only, then it will still carry the same eligibility requirements – which will hinder many from being eligible to receive it.March 21, 2010 at 12:59 am(785) larry in ohiosays:
hi carla b i dont know what state you are in but in ohio we are way over 10% so i should qualify for any extentions i hope
i have been mass emailing as many senaters, congreassman, vise president and the presedent as i can… i only got responses back from sherrod brown and betty sutton only thing i got from her is a proof that she got my email
i think we need to start protesting at actual official offices to be seen and heard
i dont know about others but i do have some free time, but we would have to do it in shifts because we all know that we have to keep applying for all these great if any jobs out there..
i will start calling these senators and etc.. on monday, but i heard that they are going on vacation?
and i think if they dont agree to a tier 5 we should strongly advise them to reconsider or we wont re elect them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but i guess that dosnt matter to that senator bunning or what ever his name is? if i lived in that state i would protest at his work , home or ( i am sure he has atleast one neighbor that dont agree with him)
here is what email i got back from senator sherrod brown
Thank you for getting in touch with me about Unemployment Insurance and for sharing your personal story. I understand the dire circumstances that many unemployed Ohioans are facing through no fault of their own.
I have been fighting to ensure that Congress extends Unemployment Insurance, particularly for high unemployment states like Ohio, before coverage expires on April 5th. This issue is currently being debated by Congress and I will continue working hard for a long-term extension through the end of 2010. Additionally, I support a Tier 5 and am working with other Senators to determine how many weeks would be feasible and how to pay for it.
To apply for unemployment or to learn more about Ohio Unemployment Benefits, you may wish to visit http://unemployment.ohio.gov/.
Thank you again for reaching out to my office on this topic that is vital to the strength of Ohio’s economy and workforce.
Sherrod BrownUnited States Senator
Stay connected with what’s happening in Congress. Sign up here for regular updates on the issues you care about the most: http://brown.senate.gov/newsletter/landingMarch 21, 2010 at 5:47 am(786) Briansays:
CarlaB thank you for all the information you’ve given me. I live in Arkansas the rate that i know of is 7.8%. I didn’t get the tier 4 benifits. Would i possibly get a tier 5 if it passed? Thanks againMarch 21, 2010 at 8:30 am(787) fredoxsays:
Im back had to borrow $100 to get my phone and internet back….deeper in the hole go figure….March 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm(788) CarlaBsays:
Brian, yes you will be eligible for tier 5 – those fighting for tier 5 are asking that it not have any “requirements” attached to it.
I saw this on your state’s website:
EUC supersedes all other types of supplemental benefits. For claimants who are eligible for EUC and are currently receiving benefits under the Trade Act/Training Assistance programs, you will be taken off those benefits and put on the EUC claim. You will continue on the EUC claim until you have received all benefits on that extension or the sunset date, whichever comes first. If you still qualify for the Trade Act/Training Assistance claim once the EUC benefits have exhausted or the sunset date is reached, you could return to the Trade Act/Training Assistance claim.
Per the above, would you be able to file under the Trade Act/Training Assistance claim? Since I don’t live in Arkansas, I did not know all the details/requirements.
I am praying that you do qualify — so that this may be a bridge for you until a tier 5 is created.March 21, 2010 at 8:40 pm(789) CarlaBsays:
“…extending weeks of aid to this nations displaced workforce, a lifeline in the form of providing additional weeks to the long-term unemployed…”
http://worldnewsvine.com/2010/03/health-care-reform-bill-final-vote-gop-prepares-its-next-battle-against-americas-workforce-unemployment-extensions/March 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm(790) CarlaBsays:
The link below provides a “Summary Chart” outline of the proposed healthcare bill – including how much the penalty will be for INDIVIDUALS who DO NOT purchase healthcare and employers who do not provide healthcare for their employees:
Chart: Highlights of Health Care Bill
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-03-18-health-bill-table_N.htmMarch 21, 2010 at 9:27 pm(791) CarlaBsays:
This article is about how Part Time employment and Census Bureau jobs and what effect they could have on unemployment.
http://www.examiner.com/x-35748-Indianapolis-Unemployment-Examiner~y2010m3d20-Census-Bureau-cannot-find-enough-workers-to-fill-12-millions-parttime-jobsMarch 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm(792) Kevinsays:
I’m a 34 year old father of three, and a provider for a family of five. I first felt the affects of the recession in early 2009 with a 10% pay cut. This was a temporary solution to a long term problem. In addition to the pay cut I saw my weekly hours cut from 40-45 to just barely 28-30. We hardly are what you would call a middle class family, and financially earn just above poverty. We get by on a paycheck to paycheck basis and struggle on though. I did not claim unemployment out of pride, and broken promises from my employer. It was not until Sep. 2009 that I was “officially” laid off and began collecting benefits. I started looking for work everyday. Usually sending out 8-10 applications/Resumes daily This task has gotten some what daunting with all the rejection and unanswered calls. Why hire me when there are 8-10 other canidates that can do the job better? Unfortunately, I am only eligible for the 26 weeks of unemployemnt that are allowed by my stste unless the extension bill can be passed. I had wanted to attend classes this Spring to possibly make myself more marketable to future employers but, with no source of income coming in, it looks like it’s McDonalds or Walmart for me.March 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm(793) CarlaBsays:
Kevin, when do you exhaust your 26 weeks?March 22, 2010 at 9:53 am(794) CarlaBsays:
Regarding the upcoming break for represenatives & senators — they only have one day off officially for Easter — the remaining time will be spent in their home state offices — this allows them time to catch up on their district business and re-connect with constituents.
This should also be a good time for the unemployed to contact their representatives LOCAL & DISTRICT OFFICES to voice your request/demand for a tier 5!
This is also a good time to contact the newspapers that service your house representatives districts and communities — so your reps cannot only HEAR about a need for a tier 5, they can READ it too!March 22, 2010 at 11:41 am(795) Mel7676Ohiosays:
I will receive my file for my final week of tier 4 on March 28. When I talked to the unemployment office about the EB extension they keep telling me different things, like one said I might get one week of eb since the deadline right now is April 3rd. But the next person says I won’t get it, even though I established benefits for it in October 2009, but was taken off of it and put on tiers, I have a 4000.00 balance left, it they pass the new extension will I be able to collect on it?
Please help me with this…..thanks so muchMarch 22, 2010 at 11:55 am(796) CarlaBsays:
Twitter Campaign to Congress – Extend ARRA and a Tier V!
The daily TWEET:
Washington indifference CHANGEs long term Unemployed from Jobless to Homeless http://tinyurl.com/yfpqk7d
TWITTER MEDIA CONTACTS LIST – lists over 2000 media contacts
http://mediaontwitter.com/March 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm(797) Marysays:
First time on this site a friend told me about it. I am working and I have several friends unemployed. I am concerned how come with the rising unemployment rates posted on CNN, CNBC or local news no one has heard of an unemployment extenstion for the long term ? This recession is not over ! it appears the politicians have ignored these people even when website are trying to post this information and people are trying to contact their congreessman and representatives. This will be an absolute shame if this does not get done millions will be left out without a lifeline so they can afford to look for employment if the so call recession is over.March 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm(798) FriendlyWolfsays:
hmmm this is the third time I tried to upload this–I think the comment box takes a limited # of characters…so I will put this in two comment boxes.
Here is a form letter and addresses of reps to campaign for extended benefits that is posted on Craigslist. Feel free to taylor this letter to your own situation if you wish. Every voice counts !!!
Contact Your Elected Officials For A Tier 5 (United States)
Sample Script (Feel free to use this script or your own words). Introduce yourself and state the reason for your call. It is a rarity that we can reach Congress members directly. Please leave a message if you are transferred to their voicemail. Take note of any information given to you by the operator OR taylor this as a written message:
“My Name is__________. I am writing in reference to an extension of an additional tier for federal unemployment insurance. Can you please relay the message to Senator _____________ that this issue is a very important and cannot wait until after the April break. Thousands of unemployed Americans are losing their benefits daily and it is important that Congress extends the weeks available to the jobless until more jobs become available. Thank you for your time and I strongly ask for your assistance on this issue.”
Contact the United States President
Barack Obama Web Contact: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Leadership of the United States House of Representatives
1. House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer, Phone (202) 225-4131 Web Form: http://hoyer.house.gov/contact/
2. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Phone (202) 225-4965 or (415) 556-4862Web Form: http://www.house.gov/pelosi/contact/contact.html
List of United States Members of United States Congress, Democrats & Independent
1. Akaka, Daniel K. – (D – HI) Phone (202) 224-6361 Web Form: akaka.senate.gov/email-senator-akaka.cfm
2. Baucus, Max – (D – MT) Phone (202) 224-2651 Web Form: baucus.senate.gov/contact/emailForm.cfm?subj=issue
3. Bayh, Evan – (D – IN) Phone (202) 224-5623 Web Form: bayh.senate.gov/contact/email/
4. Begich, Mark – (D – AK) Phone (202) 224-3004 Web Form: begich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=EmailSenator
5. Bennet, Michael F. – (D – CO) Phone (202) 224-5852 Web Form: bennet.senate.gov/contact/
6. Bingaman, Jeff – (D – NM) Phone (202) 224-5521 Web Form: bingaman.senate.gov/contact/
7. Boxer, Barbara – (D – CA) Phone (202) 224-3553 Web Form: boxer.senate.gov/en/contact/
8. Brown, Sherrod – (D – OH) Phone (202) 224-2315 Web Form: brown.senate.gov/contact/
9. Burris, Roland W. – (D – IL) Phone (202) 224-2854 Web Form: burris.senate.gov/contact/contact.cfm
10. Byrd, Robert C. – (D – WV) Phone (202) 224-3954 Web Form: byrd.senate.gov/contacts/
11. Cantwell, Maria – (D – WA) Phone (202) 224-3441 Web Form: cantwell.senate.gov/contact/
12. Cardin, Benjamin L. – (D – MD) Phone (202) 224-4524 Web Form: cardin.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
13. Carper, Thomas R. – (D – DE) Phone (202) 224-2441 Web Form: carper.senate.gov/contact/
14. Casey, Robert P., Jr. – (D – PA) Phone (202) 224-6324 Web Form: casey.senate.gov/contact/
15. Conrad, Kent – (D – ND) Phone (202) 224-2043 Web Form: conrad.senate.gov/contact/webform.cfm
16. Dodd, Christopher J. – (D – CT) Phone (202) 224-2823 Web Form: dodd.senate.gov/index.php?q=node/3130
continued in next message……..March 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm(799) FriendlyWolfsays:
I pulled this off of Unemployed/blogspot. For a list of contact information of Elected Officials and a sample script to call by telephone OR taylor to a written letter please check out this Craigslist post–Every voice counts !!
The writer states” I put this list way out in an area of Craigslist so that it should not bother anyone. It should be fairly printer-friendly. Print it out, please make some calls.
Taking action is the way to go…March 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm(800) CarlaBsays:
This was posted on another board – people are getting serious about this:
My cell number is 440-310-2315 and my email address is:
I want to go daily to the local FOX 8 news station here in Cleveland Ohio until they begin reporting on the plight of the long-term unemployed- us- and get the word out what the “unemployment extensions” contain. For a day- better for like a week or two- I’m up for it! Are you? I am willing to drive in a 30 mile (or so) radius for gas money, I have a van and several people could sit on the floor.Please post below with support and ideas for our signs~! Call me or write- I would like to begin on Wed or Thursday, but would like to consistently picket for several days at the least. I don’t know if you need a permit to picket- it would be on public sidewalks and is highly visible from the highway.
JOIN IN AND BE SEEN AND HEARD!I’m looking forward to meeting you!GinaFOX News Channel 85800 South Marginal RoadCleveland, OH 44103-1087March 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm(801) sherlysays:
I hope we finally get heard on the Locals, CNN, CBS, CNBC very soon if not this will a transparent thing. You need to let the governing people know this is not going away no matter what their fake numbers are or how they tweeak the systems. Until we get back to low uemployment americans have had enough. This is reality and true numbers ans stop the game playing anymore. We need real additional long term extention to allow the people to afford to look for work. Otherwise its time to put in a bill to reduce their pay as normal day to day workers or kick them out of office. This is not the change they talked about.