As most of you know, Congress passed the the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on January 1, 2013 which included a provision for the extension of unemployment benefits through 2013. (Keep reading for more Unemployment extension information 2013)
That is good news for many; however, it is important to understand that no changes were to made to the program. It just extends it, in it’s current format, for another year.
This is important to understand for those seeking Unemployment extension information 2013.
We suspect there might even be some confusion down the line interpreting it, since in the American Taxpayer Relief 2012 simply extends the deadline from 2012 to 2013. Nothing more – nothing less.
Changes made in 2012 included a different amount of weeks that someone was eligible for when they first transitioned to a tier so each quarter had a different eligibility. Carrying that over to 2013 is just silly but because it was simply extended and not thought out.
To see for yourself you can read the full text of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, from Politico, starting on page 80 that pertains to Unemployment extension information 2013.
As it stands now, based upon the information on the from the California Unemployment website, someone collecting on one of the tiered extensions at the beginning of 2013 will be eligible for more weeks than they would have in December 2012 because they are using the complicated provisions that were put in place for 2012.
California also lists they will be offering State extended benefits in the early part of 2013.
Currently, after someone exhausts their initial unemployment claim which currently is between 16 and 26 weeks, depending on which state you are collecting from, the claimant is eligible for Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) as well as State Extended Benefits (SEB)
EUC is a tiered program with 4 Tiers. Major changes, that were demanded by Republicans, had been made to the program for 2012. The changes tied in tiered extensions to the unemployment rate in the state for tiers 2 though 4.
An example is that in 2011, there was no state unemployment percentage required to collect Tier 2 benefits. Due to the changes that were demanded by Republicans, that changed in 2012. Those transitioning to Tier 2 could only collect if the state in which they were collecting benefits from, had an unemployment rate of 6% or more. Tier 3 and Tier 4 rates increased to 7% and 9% respectively.
The other change that was mandated last year, that continues on, is that the total amount of weeks of the four tiered extensions has decreased.
For those of you, who have been unemployed long-term, seeking Unemployment extension information 2013 regarding State Extended Benefits, the bad news is that you will likely not be able to collect the State Extended Benefits unless you are in California or New York.
A state like Nevada which is still in the double digits as far as unemployment goes, cannot tap into these benefits yet California can, even though California has a lower rate of unemployment than Nevada.
There is a convoluted formula that calculates a state’s eligibility. The formula takes into account the previous 3 years and compares rates.
Many think this should have been extended to 4 years, when the nation was ‘healthier”. As it stands now, the comparison uses a rate when unemployment was high, therefore very few states, if any, other than New York or California possibly, meet the threshold.
A four year look back might have provided a truer pictures of comparing a healthy economy to an unhealthy one whereas the current formula provides a comparison between a very unhealthy economy to simply an unhealthy one. Because of that, the unemployment rate, in most states, dropped more than 10% (which could only be a difference of slightly over 1% and most states were cut off).
The various states have started to update their websites. California was one of the first – they are very proactive in that area, whereas Nevada was one of the last to provide any information on their site.
If you are seeking information on the Unemployment extension information 2013, your best bet is to start with your state’s unemployment website.
The United States Department of Labor website provides links to the various state’s websites and other important information.
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