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Unemployment Benefits Extension Confusing


The additional $25 weekly payment added to unemployment benefits will stop at the end of this week. It was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Also, Congress continues to debate extending the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program, through December 31st of 2011. The program being considered would not add weeks of benefits to the unemployment program. It would only extended the deadline in which a person could file for benefits. So people who had exhausted all 53 weeks of benefits, would not get additional benefits. But they could be eligible for high-extended benefits, a program that allows for up to 20 additional weeks of benefits.


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