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February 12 Update:  Unless Congress passes another unemployment extension, the  extended unemployment benefits program will expire on February 28. Unemployed workers will start receiving notices from their state unemployment offices letting them know their benefits will end. This will happen, even though benefits may be extended when Congress returns from recess on February 22, because states are required by law to inform unemployed workers of the status of their benefits.

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February 11 Update:  The latest version of the bipartisan Senate Jobs bill includes a three month unemployment extension.  The legislation, if passed, would extend the federal Extended Benefits Program, the Federal Additional Compensation (extra $25 per week) benefits, and the 65% Cobra health insurance subsidy through May 31.  However, a vote on the legislation is not expected until the week of February 22 at the earliest and the current extension expires on February 28.

February 1 Update:  The current unemployment extensions are set to expire on February 28. The Senate and House Jobs Bills may include an extension, but they have not been finalized.  It’s important to let your Senator know that continued extensions are critical. Here’s how to contact the Senate (from the National Employment Law Project):

January 20 Update:  The National Employment Law Project is urging Congress to continue the extended unemployment benefits program, including full federal funding of Extended Benefits, the $25 per week in Federal Additional Compensation, and the 65% 15-month COBRA subsidy through the end of 2010.  Action is needed now because the current unemployment extensions are set to expire at the end of February.  Here’s how to send a message to Congress ask them to extend benefits for workers who are going to run out:  http://www.nelp.org/page/speakout/FederalUI2010

December 22 Update: President Obama has signed legislation extending unemployment benefits, including extended unemployment benefits and the COBRA subsidy, that were set to expire at the end of the year through February.

Eligiblity depends your tier of benefits plus state guidelines, so when the legislation is passed, check with your State Unemployment Office website for details on who qualifies and when and how benefits will be paid.

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Unemployment Extension News originally appeared on About.com Job Searching on Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 05:00:33.

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