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How Many Unemployment Extensions Can I Get?

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Americans have suffered through some rigorous and difficult economic changes over the past few years - this recession period has left many men and women struggling to cope with the financial pressures caused by layoffs or general unemployment. To augment traditional benefits and help people through this dark period, the government has put in place a series of federal extension benefits that offer added financial support to single people or families. Normally, 26 weeks of employment is the norm for UI benefits; now, up to 72 additional weeks of UI benefits can be accessed through a series of isolated, or separate, extensions. Of course, each extension will requite paperwork, and the adherence to a new set of government rules and regulations.

The US federal government has deemed their new set of UI extensions the "Fed Ed" benefits. These extra weeks of unemployment insurance provide a safety net or cushion to struggling Americans facing mortgage payments, grocery bills, rising fuel costs, and other expenses related to medical insurance, the cost of living, and childcare. All in all, almost 100 weeks of benefits are available to the unemployed in America, as long as they fulfill all of their obligations by reporting honestly to the government during applications for extensions and UI benefits, and by following each stipulation and guideline to the letter.

Now and then, government regulations will change to reflect new political leadership, economic realities, and other variables, such as federal budget woes. For this reason, it's always smart to check directly with the federal government before assuming anything related to unemployment insurance benefits - get the facts from a government representative before you apply for an extension. Currently, under President Obama's leadership, there are four extra tiers of extensions in place to assist Americans who are unemployed and eligible for UI; however, this situation may not last forever!
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Yes, you can get an extension on your unemployment claim. The way to do that is to call your local call-in center. The option you want is "open new claim". Then when you talk to a representative, explain that you are still unable to find work and your previous claim has expired; you need an extension. They should start a claim for you on the spot. If there is a balance on the old claim, they will have to send you that money before the new claim check. However the checks come within a few days of each other.
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Well will this be passed. There are 1.5 million of us that will lose our employment. Do you know what that will mean.... Living in a shelter and no food and will not be able to pay bills. I'm ashamed of you Mr. President and Congress and  the Senate... We elect you for your positions..... Help us not as much as you do the other countries..... I'm helpless.... And going to lose my apartment and no place to go.....

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