New York Unemployment Benefits Extended 20 Weeks

Unemployment benefits are extended for another 20 weeks in New York State, Michael Thornton elaborates:

Unemployment benefits extended for another 20 weeks in New York State

On November 6, 2009, President Obama signed legislation that extends unemployment benefits for 14 weeks in all states and 20 weeks in states that have 8.5% unemployment or higher. Since New York’s unemployment rate currently stands at 8.9%, New Yorkers are eligible for the 20-week extension. That extension now allows some New Yorkers to collect up to 99 weeks of unemployment benefits.

One drawback of the legislation is that those who lost unemployment benefits since the last extension was exhausted – about four weeks ago – will not be eligible to collect benefits for those missed weeks. It’s important to know that if you did lose your benefits during that four-week period, you will have to reapply for the benefits extension.

Will the unemployment situation in New York state improve as a result of President Obama’s action? Only time will tell. For more information on Unemployment Benefits Click Here.

Sources: Quote by Michael Thornton of the examiner (


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