Unemployment Extension Made Official November 5, 2009

Unemployment benefits extended 13 weeks

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The unemployment extension, passed November 5, 2009, was included in a bill with the homebuyer tax credit, and now millions of Americans can continue to collect benefits. The homebuyer tax credit was extended to 2010 in April. The unemployment extension means workers whose unemployment insurance was set to run out before the end of the year can collect benefits for an additional 14 weeks.

In states with especially high unemployment rates, the unemployment extension includes six weeks in addition to the 14-week extension. People collecting unemployment in states with rates higher than 8.5 percent will be eligible for a 20-week unemployment extension after the president signs the bill tomorrow morning.

Who is paying for the unemployment extension?

Don’t worry, you won’t have to go into tax debt because of this bill. The government isn’t taking money from tax payers just to turn around and give tax credits to those same taxpayers. The unemployment extension will be paid for the same way unemployment insurance has always been paid. That wouldn’t make any sense. CNN reports:

The proposal would be funded by extending a longstanding federal unemployment tax on employers through June 30, 2011.

How many people does the unemployment extension cover?

Nearly 2 million people collecting unemployment in the U.S. are scheduled to have their benefits expire before the end of the year. The sad thing is, if Congress had agreed on this bill sooner, 200,000 Americans could have gotten their unemployment extension, too. CNN reports:

The Senate had been bickering over the details since September, and that cost more than 200,000 people their benefits. Some 7,000 unemployed Americans run out of benefits each day, according to the National Employment Law Project.

The national unemployment rate now is 9.8 percent, the highest it has been in 26 years. Tomorrow, the day the president signs the bill, new unemployment statistics will be released. I wonder if that had anything to do with Congress finally deciding to pass the unemployment extension on November 5, 2009.

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