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Is Their Another Extension After Tier 2 Unemployment Benefits?

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Emergency unemployment compensation currently has four levels: Tier one, tier two, tier three and tier four. The emergency unemployment compensation 2008 is an extension of unemployment that was authorised in 2008 under Federal Law. If you filed an initial claim that became effective on or after 7th May 2006, then you could be eligible for emergency unemployment compensation. If you move up another tier in the emergency unemployment compensation system, it means that you exhaust your previous benefit amount on a regular basis, not just if you exhaust it once or twice.

Tier one of emergency unemployment compensation provides a maximum of 20 weeks worth of benefits to people who claim regular unemployment benefits but regularly exceed them.

Tier two will provide up to 14 weeks of benefits who regularly exceed the amount distributed in Tier one. There can also be an additional 14 weeks of benefits in every state in the United States.

Tier three will give you 13 weeks of benefits if you regularly go over the amount given in Tier two. Up to 13 weeks extra benefits may also be given, but only under certain conditions. Firstly, there is a 13-week insured unemployment rate of at least 4.0% or secondly, there is a 3-month seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate of at least 6.0%.

Tier four will give you 6 weeks of benefits if you go over your Tier three amount on a regular basis. However, there are also conditions to this Tier, similar to those for Tier three. Firstly, there must be a 13-week insured unemployment rate of at least 6.0% or secondly, a 3-month seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate of at least 8.5%.

In order to receive emergency unemployment compensation, then you must exceed the amount of your regular benefits and your weekly claim must end 24th December 2011 or before in order for you to qualify for Tier one. If you are already on Tier one or another tier, then your weekly claim must run out in the week ending with 31st December 2011 or before in order to qualify for the next Tier.
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I sent an appeal letter to the texas workforce commission asking for the federal benefits last week. I said I wanted gov rick perry as an adverse witness. I wanted to know what law gave him sole right to deny my federal benefits. I also wanted to know how come I will have to pay taxes on benefits I or others in texas cannot receive but other states can.
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I'm on teir 2 my last unemployment check is june 7th for 1 dollar, will I get another extention 3
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NO I was told by my unemployment office that if you got the extension that President Bush passed you CAN NOT get the one that President Obama passed so for us that used the Bush extension and when that runs out we are out of luck for anymore unemployment checks
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Nobody has a freakn clue...and the ones that are answering are not apparently from tx and if they are...they arent receiving unemployment.  All I know is my 26 (reg) + 13 (bush) + 7 (obama) ran out 2 wks ago...and I'm going to keep filing a claim every 2 wks and job hunting!  See which one pays first!  Ha!
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I have exhausted the 26 weeks along with bushes 13 weeks along with the 7 weeks . Texas hit tier 11 april 12. Will I get any more unemployment funds from that? I am still unemployed.
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I've heard and read a lot of conflicting information on the status of the unemployment extensions. One thing is for certain - it is an extremely confusing situation. Part of this is due to the ongoing uncertainty of unemployment extensions as legislation is currently pending in Congress, but part of it is that the system of tiers is complex and not well publicized or explained (at least in my experience).
The Miami Herald had a nice explanatory item recently in response to a confused reader. Here's the situation regarding the unemployment extensions:

"State/regular benefits (paid from the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund) -- for up to 26 weeks.

These extensions are paid from federal funds:

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Tier I is for up to 20 additional weeks;

Emergency Unemployment Compensation Tier II is for up to 14 additional weeks;

Emergency Unemployment Compensation Tier III is for up to 13 additional weeks;

Emergency Unemployment Compensation Tier IV is for up to six additional weeks.

Under the latest extension, customers must exhaust available state/regular benefits on or before Feb. 20, 2010 to establish Emergency Unemployment Compensation Tier I.

Customers must exhaust Tiers I, II, or III by Feb. 27, 2010 to be eligible for the next tier.

Whichever tier a customer is at on Feb. 28, 2010 will be the tier they complete and they will not be eligible for any additional tiers. The last week for which Emergency Unemployment Compensation could be paid is the week ending July 31, 2010."

As the system stands right now (assuming no further changes from pending legislation) it is set up such that only a certain subset of unemployed who fall into a "sweet spot" timeline of exhausting their third tier of benefits before Feb 27, 2010 will be eligible to receive the fourth tier, and thus the total of 79 weeks* of unemployment benefits. This is approximately two years of unemployment prior to Feb 27. What this means is that the "super" long-term unemployed (before 2008) won't receive additional help, and the medium- to long-term unemployed will not be eligible for further help either, as they won't be able to exhaust their extension tiers before the Feb 27 deadline.

There's an additional caveat for those in the short term, who haven't exhausted their state/regular benefits before Feb 20: These people will not be eligible for any of the EUC tiers.

Confusing and clearly insufficient to accommodate the vast numbers of unemployed which will likely persist throughout 2010 and into next year.

*I believe the "99 weeks" number often quoted is the maximum possible available due to individual state extensions that are not available to everyone on a federal level. So the maximum federal unemployment extension is 79 weeks.
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Well, I hate to hear about more or higher unemployment rate in Texas, but I am hoping that texas would go into second tier.
Do you think that we would average higher than 6%?
What about Gov.Perry denial of federal funds?
Where can I find the newly-announced number?
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Due to the Texas unemployment rate being higher than 6% for 3 consecutive months, Tier 2 benefits—13 weeks—have now been triggered and will begin on 04/12/2009, which includes the extra $25 per week from the Federal Stimulus Package authorization.

By the by, there are two sets of unemployment numbers: The one that you hear and the one that you don't hear; the one that you don't hear is the true unemployment rate, which includes those unemployed longer than a year, those NOT receiving benefits, those working part-time just to get by, those that were self-employed that are not currently unemployed, etc. That true unemployment rate is close to 17.4%, NOT 8.1%. Open you eyes and ears, and you will find out the truth (e.g. The Federal Reserve is a private bank).
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The second Tier begins on April 12 for those who exhausted the first and after that the state can again trigger on for EB which is different than EUC which is currently what people are getting from either tier 1 or 11. Hopes this helps!
You make about 50% sense.
1)Texas doesn't currently have any EB in place as Gov perry refused the funds.
2) You have to exhaust tier 2 first to get EB anyhow
3)Texas has not even got tier 2 yet
4)Nobody in Texas has gotten tier 2 yet much less EB
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I also received a letter today (4/16/09) from Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) with directions to call a 866 number and give information regarding my employment status. I made the call and was told (via recording) that I'll receive another letter from TWC letting me know IF I qualify for Tier II and, if so, what amount I'll receive (total amount and weekly amount). Let's hope this is good news for all of us that have lost jobs and are struggling to find new ones. Good luck to all!
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I am from Texas. My benefits including the extension exhausted in January of 09. I just received a letter in the mail from the Texas Workforce Commission telling me to call to see if I qualify for the Tier II benefits. The way I took it is that you have to still be unemployed or took a cut in hours from your job, and you regular benefits have to be exhausted to qualify. I may not be correct, but this is what the 800 number ask on the few questions. I hope this helps some of you.
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There is in a couple of states. At least that's what I found on another site. In New Jersey, Florida and Illinois. My Tier 2 runs out in three weeks. I live in texas. I asked the same question on another site. If I get any good answers I'll repeat them here. It's next to impossible to find a job in the location I live in Texas.
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Texas is in teir 2.  My benefit amt. Info is already available on the TWC phone line.  You don't get paid for prior weeks that your benefits were exhausted though.  First week of additional 13 weeks starts as of yesterday, 4/12  and first payments sent out 4/26 or week of rather...depending on what day you submit your payment request.  I always submit on sunday.
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The governor of the state of Texas doesn't want to accept the funds for more unemployment benefits from the stimulus bill that was signed into law on Feb 17,2009. The reason this Texas governor doesn't want to accept these 100% paid by the federal gov't funds to help the unemployed of Texas is because he is saying it will increase the business UI taxes for employers when the stimulus funds run out. He forgot one thing any state can make a sunset clause in their laws to have a ending date at any time.
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Tomorrow the 27th the numbers will be released and we will average 6% over the last 3 months, thus initiating us into tier 2 for another 13 weeks.
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December figures were revised downwards to below 6% so I think we have to wait another month.
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The extra $25 per week, from the Federal Stimulus Package authorization, is actually for regular benefits, not emergency benefits.
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Actually that is not true that the $25 a week is only for regular benefits.  I received the additional $25 back dated 5 weeks at the end of my 20 week extension.
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When the hell is texas going to get its first tier 2 check? My benefit year isn't expired until august 30 of this 2009 and it still says there is no benefits left on my claim. Shouldn't tier 2 kick in soon?
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I wanted to ask about your source of the earlier post taht the benefits will kick in for texas on the second tier on april 12? Where did you get this info? I looking online no luck. Are we getting second tier or not?
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The second Tier begins on April 12 for those who exhausted the first and after that the state can again trigger on for EB which is different than EUC which is currently what people are getting from either tier 1 or 11. Hopes this helps!
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Sounds good, I received the same letter. Do you think the $25 would be added to what we used to receive?
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There is no tier 3 in jersey. Nor is there any news of one in the making. Same for rhode island once tier 2 is gone your homeless. No more help is coming according to the Governor of both states
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I live in Texas and got my first unemployment check in  January and they just ran out will I be eligible for extended benefits or tier 2?
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In SC my 26 weeks ended 4/26/10. I was granted tier 1 EUC starting 4/26/10. Why am I being told no benefits after 7/6/10, after only 10 weeks?
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I live in virginia ,    I have exhausted my 26 weeks of unemployment in november of 2009, I received 20 weeks emergency unemployment extension. That runs out march 20, 2010. Will I receive the additional 13 weeks extension.
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I rec'd a letter from TEC today requesting I call them to see if I qualify for Tier II benefits. So yes we have Tier II in Tx.
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26 weeks regular Unemployment (UI), 20 weeks Emergency UI Tier l (ECU), 13 weeks Emergency UI Tier ll (ECU), and up to 13 weeks state extended benefits. Up to a total of 72 weeks.
www.twc.state.tx.us

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