Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2010

  • Date: April 07, 2011
  • Source: Admin
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State Extended Benefits

Extended unemployment benefits are available to workers who have exhausted regular unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment. The basic Extended Benefits program provides up to 13 additional weeks of benefits when a State is experiencing high unemployment. Some States have volunteered to pay up to 20 weeks’ extended benefits during periods of extremely high unemployment.

Federal Extended Benefits

In addition to state extended unemployment compensation, there may be additional benefits funded by the federal government, including Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits.

Update on Unemployment Extension Legislation

  • Unemployment insurance benefits have been extended through 2011. This implies that federal extended unemployment benefits (which are available up to 99 weeks in states with high unemployment) will be available until 2011. 
  • Unemployed workers collecting one of the four tiers of benefits (ranging from 34 to 53 weeks) under the EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) will be able to move to the next tier.
  • Workers collecting benefits under the EB program will also continue to receive benefits.
  • Unemployed workers who are currently collecting 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits will be able to move into the federal unemployment compensation program once they have used up state benefits.

Features of the Act

The important Sections are:


Section Number

What it deals with


Coordination of emergency unemployment compensation with regular compensation.  Amends Section 4002 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008.


Requires States not to reduce regular compensation in order to be eligible for funds under the emergency unemployment compensation program.


Budgetary provisions




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