11.06.2009

Senate Passes Legislation to Extend Unemployment Benefits

On November 4, 2009, the United States Senate voted 98-0 to extend the current unemployment insurance benefits program. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives.

The Senate bill would extend unemployment benefits for up to 14 additional weeks in all states and up to 20 weeks in states with a three-month average unemployment rate of at least 8.5%. Ohio falls into the latter category. This bill is more expansive than the one previously passed by the House of Representatives, which only would have extended benefits by 13 weeks in states with a three-month average unemployment rate of at least 8.5%. As with the House version, the cost of the extension in the Senate bill is offset by extending the Federal Unemployment Tax through June 30, 2011.

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