You may wonder how to get an unemployment extension if you are nearing the end of your benefits. At times, the federal or state governments establish an unemployment benefits extension program.
However, federal unemployment extension programs are only available during periods of high unemployment. Currently, no unemployment extension programs is active in the United States.
To assist in answering these questions about an unemployment extension, we’ve provided helpful information below.
- Learn About Requesting an Unemployment Benefits Extension in Oregon
- Federal-State Extended Duration Program in Oregon
- Past Emergency Unemployment Extensions in Oregon
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Learn About Requesting an Unemployment Benefits Extension in Oregon
During times when the jobless rate remains high, the United States Congress can vote for an unemployment extension to avoid economic depression. Unemployment benefits extension programs are available through both the state and federal governments during periods of high unemployment.
Extended benefits may be available to workers who have run through their regular unemployment insurance benefits. The basic Extended Benefits allows for 13 additional weeks of benefits if a state is experiencing a period of high unemployment.
The weekly benefit amount of extended benefits is the same as the amount the recipient receives for regular unemployment compensation.
Not everyone who qualifies for regular benefits will qualify for extended benefits. If you are unsure about whether you might be eligible for an unemployment compensation extension, you can always contact your unemployment counselor to check on whether extended benefits are available.
Federal-State Extended Duration Program in Oregon
The Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED), also called Extended Benefits (EB), may be available during high unemployment periods.
When activated, you can only qualify for an EB extension if you have exhausted all of your regular unemployment benefits. If you qualify for an EB unemployment extension, you will receive additional benefits in the amount of 20 weeks or 80 percent of the maximum benefit amount on the original unemployment claim, whichever amount is less.
Remember, you cannot initiate an unemployment benefits extension in Oregon. If you are eligible for an unemployment extension, the government will notify you by mail.
If you are curious about this program, it is suggested you contact Oregon labor authorities or follow developments in the national news.
Past Emergency Unemployment Extensions in Oregon
There was a federal unemployment extension program that was formerly active called the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08). This program expired in 2013.
And in 2020, the federal government initiated the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
In general, if you have exhausted the resources granted through your unemployment benefits claim, you normally do not have to apply for an unemployment benefits extension because the system automatically applies for you if you are eligible.
If you approach the point where your benefits will run out, contact your employment counselor to see what you have to do to receive an unemployment extension.
Last Updated: March 1, 2023