A look at unemployment rates, the maximum number of weeks that unemployment benefits are currently available and the total number of weeks that would be available for each state if Congress renews federal emergency jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. States that have higher unemployment rates are eligible for additional weeks of federal jobless aid. The federal program expired Dec. 28. The Senate is considering extending it for another three months.
(asterisk)A final week of partial benefits is also available.
(asterisk)(asterisk) North Carolina residents have been ineligible for federal unemployment benefits since July 1, when the state Legislature voted to reduce the amount of benefits provided by the state. That move disqualified the state from receiving federal emergency unemployment funds.
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report for November, U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means Democrats.