What is the Current and Potential Future State of Long-Term Unemployment Benefits?

By:  TIMOTHY C. HAUGHEE

JANUARY 10, 2014

As many who follow current events know, Congress is in the process of determining whether or not to extend long-term unemployment benefits to millions of Americans nationwide.  As the debate in Congress progresses, the Associated Press released this week a chart setting forth the unemployment benefits available by State.  The chart shows, for each State, the unemployment rate, the maximum weeks of unemployment benefits (known in Florida as “reemployment assistance”) currently available, and the maximum weeks of unemployment benefits available if Congress renews federal emergency jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.  The prior federal program expired on December 28, 2013, and the U.S. Senate is deciding whether to extend it an additional 3 months.

The AP’s chart can be found here.

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