After some false starts, Congress has passed a bill to renew the extension to federal unemployment benefits. Federal benefits begin when state benefits end. With the extension in effect, jobless individuals qualify for benefits for a total of 99 weeks. The most recent extension expired on June 2, and this new bill extends the deadline retroactively.
Anyone wishing to claim unemployment benefits can now do so until the end of November.
I am sure there are some people who use unemployment benefits as a crutch. They may be less motivated to find work if they have a check from the state coming in each month, even if that check is small. The majority of former workers just want to get back to work. Unemployment is detrimental to future career growth, even if that unemployment is not the fault of the employee. With few jobs and many applicants, employers can be very selective with their new hires, and unemployed job applicants can’t get in the door because their resumes doesn’t look as attractive as those of applicants with continuous employment.