Unemployment Benefits Would Be Retroactive

March 02, 2010 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

Here’s some good news for the long-term unemployed poised to exhaust their jobless benefits in the midst of Sen. Jim Bunning’s (R-Ky.) one-man stand against a temporary filing extension: the Senate’s long-term extension to file for UI benefits, expected to pass the upper chamber this week or next, would provide additional funding — including an extra $25 per week — retroactively beginning March 1, regardless of when the bill should become law. (The National Employment Law Project estimates today that the provision would benefit 200,000 workers set to exhaust their benefits this week alone.)

That marks a break from the UI extension Congress enacted in November, which didn’t provide retroactive benefits at all.

Update: To clarify, the Democrats’ proposals *[would not create additional tiers of benefits](/77922/unemployment-extension-does-not-create-additional-benefits), but would only extend the filing deadline for existing benefits, which came and went Feb. 28.*