What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? New York State
I recently found out that even though I have unemployment extensions which would have lasted until august 2009, I had to file a new claim because of my year end date was last week. Because I worked for temp jobs for 3 months total last year I qualify for a new claim and no longer can take my original extension. Now my weekly benefit is 125 dollars less a week that what I was receiving before. I was told if I did not work last year then I could have continued my emergency extension which was enough for me to get by. Now, I will not have enough to pay rent and bills. I am basically being penalized for working. Is it me or is the system really messed up? I understand that's the way its ran but one would think I could continue my emergency benefits because it was much more that what I will be getting now. What do they expect? Since I could not work enough last year because of the economy how do they expect me to survive on this much lower amount. The amount I was getting before was based on the year 2007 which I worked most of that year. A lot of people lost their jobs last year and took temp jobs so they would not have to collect unemployment. I thought I was doing the right thing. Now I am being punished for that. It's so unfair. I have been in tears all day just trying to figure out what to do. No one is hiring and I have no idea...What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?