Julie M. Whittaker Specialist in Income Security
Katelin P. Isaacs Analyst in Income Security
113th Congress may face a number of
issues related to currently available unemployment insurance programs:
Unemployment Compensation (UC), temporary Emergency Unemployment Compensation
(EUC08), and Extended Benefits (EB). With the national unemployment rate decreasing
but still high, the weekly demand for regular and extended unemployment
benefits continues at high levels. Congress deliberated multiple times on
whether to extend the authorization for several key temporary unemployment
insurance provisions in the 112th Congress and
may do so again in the 113th Congress.
The signing of P.L. 112-240 on January 2, 2013, now means that the EUC08
program expires the week ending on or before January 1, 2014. The 100% federal
financing of the EB program expires on December 31, 2013. In addition, the
option for states to use three-year EB trigger lookbacks (the period of
time considered in determining an active EB program within a state)
expires the week ending on or before December 31, 2013.
The 113th Congress will face these
expirations as well as likely unemployment insurance policy issues,
including unemployment insurance financing. Among other items, policy
discussions may focus on the appropriate length and availability
conditions of unemployment benefits.
This report provides a brief overview of the three unemployment insurance
programs—UC, EUC08, and EB—that may currently pay benefits to eligible unemployed
This report will be updated when relevant legislation in the 113th Congress is introduced.
Date of Report: January 25, 2013
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