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Table 1 Timeline of extended UI programs (available weeks and state triggers)

From: Recent extensions of U.S. unemployment benefits: search responses in alternative labor market states

Program Effective dates (plus sub programs) Maximum available weeks (and state triggers)1
Extended Benefits (EB)2 1970-Mar. 1993 Mar. 1993-forward 13 (IUR ≥ 5%) 13 (IUR ≥ 5% or 6%, or TUR ≥ 6.5%) 20 (TUR ≥ 8%)
Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) Mar. 2002-Mar. 2004  
  TEUC 13 (all states)
  TEUC-X 13 (if on EB or IUR ≥ 4%)
  Combined total 26
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) Jul. 6, 2008 - Nov. 22, 2008 13 (all states)
  Nov. 23, 2008-Nov. 7, 2009  
  Tier I 20 (all states)
  Tier II 13 (IUR ≥ % or TUR ≥ 8%)
  Combined total 33
  Nov. 8, 2009-May 26, 2012  
  Tier I 20 (all states)
  Tier II 14 (all states)
  Tier III 13 (TUR ≥ 6% or IUR ≥ 4%)
  Tier IV 6 (TUR ≥ 8.5% or IUR ≥ 6%)3
  Combined total 53
  May 27, 2012-Sep. 1, 2012  
  Tier I 20 (all states)
  Tier II 14 (TUR ≥ 6%)
  Tier III 13 (TUR ≥ 7% or IUR ≥ 4%)
  Tier IV 6 (TUR ≥ 9% or IUR ≥ 6%)
  Combined total 53
  Sep. 2, 2012-Dec. 28, 2013  
  Tier I 14 (all states)
  Tier II 14 (TUR ≥ 6%)
  Tier III 9 (TUR ≥ 7% or IUR ≥ 4%)
  Tier IV 10 (TUR ≥ 9% or IUR ≥ 6%)
  Combined total 47
  1. 1States-specific triggers are based on the Insured Unemployment Rate (IUR) or Total Unemployment Rate (TUR) and generally include “look back” provisions (comparison of the rate used for the trigger to its rate over the prior 2–3 years). See text.
  2. 2Optional state triggers for EB program indicated. Up to 1981, the EB program included a national IUR trigger.
  3. 3From Feb. 19 through May 26, 2012, Tier IV allowed for 16 weeks if the state was not triggered on EB.