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Will There Be A 4th Unemployment Extension In California?

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Yes but the way the bill drag out between the house and senate. Calif will not receive the extra 6 weeks.  Think they did that on purpose. Of course there were no hitches on them voting themselves a raise......as for calif they new it was coming but made no effort to get ready for it until after it passed so this will drag out for several more weeks after christmas most likely...I want to wish all these un qualified government workers a bad  christmas....and wish they would all quit there jobs so we can get real people in there from the layed off workers who would do a much better job.
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I just got a letter from EDD informing me that I am eligible for the 4th extension of benefits. But right now EDD can not file any extended claims until necessary programming are in place. They still have to implement it in their system. It might take a week or two before they can start processing. I you want more information you can log in at EDD website.
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According to a NYTIMES article, August 1, 2009 by Erik Eckholm, a bill will be put on the floor when Congress comes back in September by Jim McDermont, Dem from Washington, proposing an extension of 13 weeks for states with more than 9% unemployment rate. Have heard other mutterings too.
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My daughter says she heard of one when she called EDD, a recording.
I haven't checked myself to see.
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CNN had something about a 4th extension coming the 1st of September. Someone at the unemployment office said they saw the something so it looks like it but I'm not sure.
thanked the writer.
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Yes, there is a 4th extension, but it will be passed when congress comes back from vacation in september, you can also go to nelp.org to see updates
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It Finally past! 14-20 weeks extended.. Depending on ur state..
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Go to Congress website and you can view what is being said regarding the fourth extension.
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Finally the Senate signed it Wednesday and Obama signs it this morning, 20 more weeks.....its in all of the newspapers in California today
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By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer   – Mon Sep 21, 3:32 pm ET

WASHINGTON – Despite predictions the Great Recession is running out of steam, the House is taking up emergency legislation this week to help the millions of Americans who see no immediate end to their economic miseries.

A bill offered by Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., and expected to pass easily would provide 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits for more than 300,000 jobless people who live in states with unemployment rates of at least 8.5 percent and who are scheduled to run out of benefits by the end of September.

The 13-week extension would supplement the 26 weeks of benefits most states offer and the federally funded extensions of up to 53 weeks that Congress approved in legislation last year and in the stimulus bill enacted last February.

People from North Carolina to California "have been calling my office to tell me they still cannot find work a year or more after becoming unemployed, and they need some additional help to keep their heads above water," McDermott said.

Critics of unemployment insurance argue that it can be a disincentive to looking for work, and that extending benefits at a time the economy is showing signs of recovery could be counterproductive.

But this recession has been particularly pernicious to the job market, others say.

Some 5 million people, about one-third of those on the unemployment list, have been without a job for six months or more, a record since data started being recorded in 1948, according to the research and advocacy group National Employment Law Project.

"It smashes any other figure we have ever seen. It is an unthinkable number," said Andrew Stettner, NELP's deputy director. He said there are currently about six jobless people for every job opening, so it's unlikely people are purposefully living off unemployment insurance while waiting for something better to come along.

The current state unemployment check is about $300 a week, supplemented by $25 included in the stimulus act.

That doesn't go very far when a loaf of bread can cost $2.79 and a gallon of milk $2.72, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said at a hearing last week on the unemployment insurance issue.

"We need to keep our unemployed neighbors from falling into poverty. We need to figure out how best to make our safety net work," Baucus said.

The jobless rate currently stands at 9.7 percent and is likely to hover above 10 percent for much of 2010. Gary Burtless, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said at the Finance Committee hearing that, according to Labor Department figures, 51 percent of unemployment insurance claimants exhausted their regular benefits in July, the highest rate ever.

"It is likely the exhaustion rate will continue to increase in coming months" as the unemployment rate continues to rise, he said.

Stettner predicted that Congress will likely have to continue extending jobless benefits through 2011.

McDermott in July introduced a more ambitious bill that would have extended through 2010 the compensation programs included in the stimulus act. Those benefits are now scheduled to expire at the end of this year.

But with a price tag of up to $70 billion, that bill would have been far more difficult to pass. McDermott instead decided to offer the scaled-down 13-week extension to meet the urgent needs of those seeing their benefits disappear this year.

McDermott said his bill would not add to the deficit because it would extend for a year a federal unemployment tax of $14 per employee per year that employers have been paying for more than 30 years. It would also require better reporting on newly hired employees to reduce unemployment insurance overpayments.

Three-fourths of the 400,000 workers projected to exhaust their benefits this month live in high unemployment states that would qualify for the additional 13 weeks of benefits under his bill, McDermott said.

They include Alabama, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Other states could qualify for more benefits if their unemployment rates are approaching the 8.5 percent threshold.

(This version CORRECTS average unemployment benefit in 9th graf to $300 a week instead of a month.)
......Sage from California.....

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