Massachusetts Unemployment Extension

If your Massachusetts unemployment benefits have run out you may be eligible to receive extended unemployment benefits through one of the state or federal unemployment extension programs.

This federal unemployment extension programs is called Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (Also known as EUC08).

Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08) includes 4 stages, or tiers. Each tier has a different maximum time period for which your unemployment extension will last:

Tier 1 EUC08: 20 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 2 EUC08: 14 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 3 EUC08: 13 week maximum unemployment extension.
Tier 4 EUC08: 6 week maximum unemployment extension.

If you use up all of your regular unemployment benefits, normally you don't have to apply for an unemployment extension because the system automatically applies for you, if you are eligible. It is very important that you keep track of your benefits to make sure you receive your unemployment extension if you are eligible.

If you get close to your unemployment benefits running out, give your unemployment counselor a call to check to see what you have to do in order to get they unemployment extension.

There is another type of unemployment extension called Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED), more commonly referred to as Extended Benefits (EB). You will only qualify for the EB unemployment extension if you have used up all of your regular unemployment benefits and also used up all of your EUC08 unemployment extension.

If you qualify for the EB unemployment extension you will receive additional benefits equal to 20 weeks or 80% of the maximum benefit amount on the original unemployment claim, whichever amount is less.

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To go back to the Massachusetts Unemployment FAQ Page, click here: Massachusetts Unemployment FAQ

To go the main Massachusetts Unemployment page, click here: Massachusetts Unemployment

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# Maria t. 2011-01-09 21:31
What is the federal additional compensation benefits ending ends on December 11 2010. For how long is this extension and how does it work. What happens if I don't claim it if aim not working?
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# Terry L 2012-07-29 09:08
I was laid-off in 2009 and found a job in april of 2010 i never exhausted my (EB) and now i'm laid off again in oct. of 2011 and instead of giving me a new (EB) they put me back on my old (EB) do i find out how much longer i'm eligable for Unemployment? because this old EB is about to run out of funds...please help.
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# Dawn 2013-02-13 16:37
This is the unemployment hand book, why is it so out of date??

I am trying to find information and it's old and good for nothing
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# MoniqueDV 2013-06-14 11:00
I was laid off in 2010, exhausted initial benefits, received first extension, then inquired about 2nd extension. The unemployment rep mistakenly approved me for a new claim, unbeknownst to me, from which I collected for 35 weeks. This was a total of 87 weeks from the start. I called to inquire if I was eligible for an extension and they said no, and that I should not have been collecting, it was their error, but "don't worry", I would probably just have to sign a waiver regarding the error, soon to arrive in the mail.

Instead, I received notice that I was overpaid, and was required to pay 23k back unless I filed for an appeal. I did so, and they "affirmed" the decision that although it was DUA's error, I was still "overpaid," and I received a bill to pay in full by 6/30/13.

I am allowed one more appeal and filed that application today. I believe I would have been eligible for an extension, and that MA DUA will be able to retroactively determine which program (tier 2? 3?) I should have collected from, then they can receive reimbursement from that, rather than from me. Do I have a good case here? I tried to research exactly what programs were available in Nov 2011 but can't find that on the web. And should I get a lawyer? Any advice appreciated. Thanks.
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