When Extended Unemployment Benefits Expire, Which States Are Hit Hardest?

State-by-state look at where the impact will be felt most

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On Sunday, almost 1.3 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits when the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expires.

Normally, jobless benefits last up to 26 weeks, but Congress passed the EUC program after the great recession to allow states to extend them for up to 73 weeks, although the exact length varied by state. Now that law is expiring.

The long-term unemployed - those out of work for more than 26 weeks - have a particularly difficult time finding a job. Studies have shown that employers often do not even consider long-term unemployed applicants for a position. These benefits help keep the long-term unemployed out of poverty while they search for work.

Republicans have shown little interest in extending the EUC program for an additional year, which would cost $25.1 billion, despite the fact that the recovery is still slow and there are still 4.1 million people who are long-term unemployed. Democrats are expected to push for an extension after New Years.

From the Pew Charitable Trusts, here's how the expiration of the EUC program affects each state:
Pew Charitable Trusts
Pew Charitable Trusts

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Chelle Lynette Duniv

such insensitive people. I hope and pray that your business stays in business and Never lays you off or never down sizes. what is wrong with helping a fellow american during there time of need?? my friend worked 13 years at a job and was terminated because of various reasons, medical, age, etc. and he was working 12 hour days. and he wanted no part of welfare, but had no choice. He had to survive. he has been looking since he got terminated in March of 2013 for a job and can not find anything. WHAT IS HE SUPPOSED TO DO????????????? SINCE YOU PEOPLE HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS. ITS EASY TO SAY FIND A JOB. WHEN YOU HAVE PUT 100'S of applications and resumes in for ANY ANY JOB not just one in his field, but ANY ANY JOB that he can make money. he is very frustrated very very frustrated.

December 30 2013 at 12:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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youb24

I totally agree with you. And as I have said before people who have worked for years and years pay into unemployment every paycheck right. So in reality the ones who lost there job have already paid for there own unemployment benefits. So who is anyone to say you can't have what you have been paying for.

January 07 2014 at 6:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sheena.miles

Wow with umemployment at all high I would recommend working at home online from a company that pays you commission! I have a few resourcses for anyone who would live to have more info http://5543871.dailydollardash.com, http://largedoe.iprofitapp.clicksurecpa.com

December 29 2013 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

99 weeks is more than enough free money. At this point, it has become welfare for the perpetually lazy. Enough is enough.

December 28 2013 at 5:43 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
dodie1990

No matter how long the unemployment benefit lasts the plain truth is that your next job will probably pay less than the one you lost. No one understands that some unemployment checks are higher that 28 hours at Wal-Mart at 8.00 per hour. Whether you go to Wal-Mart at 26 weeks or 73 weeks you will still make less than on unemployment. Most folks can do the math and will ride unemployment for as long as they can before thking that dead-end job at Wal-Mart or Burger King. Capping the benefit at 26 weeks changes nothing

December 28 2013 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Molly

One of the biggest problems is that people got used to the 2-paycheck family and they never even considered that the dance would ever end. After NAFTA passed, the jobs in the US starting flowing off-shore. Some people didn't believe in the old saying "saving for a raining day."
I know people who were on unemployment benefits and they turned down jobs. One person was offered a six-month gig with the Census Bureau. She was offered $12.00 an hour. She told me she didn't feel like walking around.

If you insist on making the money you used to - you better rethink your life. Take a low-paying job and it may lead to something better. Sorry, but you can't expect the government or tax payers, to support you forever.

December 28 2013 at 4:12 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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youb24

First of all people who have worked for years and years pay into unemployment every paycheck right. So in reality the ones who lost there job have already paid for there own unemployment benefits. So who is anyone to say you can't have what you have been paying for.

January 07 2014 at 6:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wmichalek

It was noted in an article in the LA Times about 4 weeks ago that the unemployed will not even be considered by most corporate recruiters. As for these jobs that these unemployed folks are supposed to take, no one will hire an unemployed middle manager for a position on the counter at McD's or Starbucks. All you folks who say take any job just don't get it. And then some say start a business-with what money? Or some say go back to school-with what money? We are in a major restructing of the economy, and many of the good paying jobs will not be back, and anyone over 50 is considered too old. These are the facts folks-in spite of the nonsense many of you baggers post.

December 28 2013 at 3:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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youb24

I agree they don't get it

January 07 2014 at 6:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Foxette336

Enough of extensions for unemployment. It has become a form of welfare. In addition they get food stamps and free medical care. I'm happy to help those in need, but not those who just won't work. If you want a job, get a job - any job, and hope it leads to something better. When you work you feel a sense of accomplishment....what can you get out of being a drain on society?

December 28 2013 at 3:19 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Jim

There are some jobs but not enough real jobs that pay enough to survive for everyone on unemployment. We need to bring back the CCC work camps that Roosevelt had or something like that or we are going to see a crime wave caused by desperate people trying to survive. Unless you think maybe the working poor and homeless will just give up and jump off a bridge like lemmings.

December 28 2013 at 3:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jose Ahmed

Those days are over with those big fat check for upper middle class, welcome to the bottom, if you don't have a B.S OR MASTER , in education, the right color of skin , and the last name, the chosen one, get ready to down size on home, car and food and don't have more than one child, look around and you'll see who is making the top money...and most of them aren't as qualify as you,but they they have pull.

December 28 2013 at 2:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
leedeertalbot

go to work freeloaders, there are jobs> TOO MANY WANT A POSITION NOT A JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 28 2013 at 2:35 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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wmichalek

You are posting nonsense. These people cannot even be considered by the average corporate recruiter, or 20 year old hiring for McD's or Burger King.

December 28 2013 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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