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How do you apply for an extension to unemployment benefits in Tennessee?

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Unemployment extensions are not available in Tennessee as of April, 2015, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Unemployment benefits are paid for a maximum of 26 weeks. Previous extended benefits that were available under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation expired in January, 2014.

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The U.S. Senate voted not to extend EUC by a vote of 58 to 40 on February 6, 2014, according to CBS News. EUC is a 100-percent federally funded program that provides benefits to individuals who have run out of regular state paid benefits, notes the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The program was created on June 30, 2008, and was modified several times. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the expiration date of the EUC program to January 1, 2014.

Tennessee has other benefit programs that may be available to unemployed workers, according to Benefits.gov. The Tennessee Family First program may provide temporary cash assistance, and the Tennessee Food Stamp program may provide nutrition assistance to the unemployed. Other programs that can be of help to the unemployed in Tennessee include the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, TennCare health insurance for those eligible for Medicaid, and school lunch programs.

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