Unemployment insurance is one of the benefits that it going to fall off the fiscal cliff in 2013. Unless Congress enacts legislation to continue the federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation program (EUC), no federal extended unemployment benefits will be payable to any unemployed worker effective January 1, 2013.
This has, in fact, already gone into effect. Workers laid-off starting in July 2012 are only eligible for a maximum of 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits. Workers who are currently collecting extended unemployment benefits will stop receiving compensation effective the end of December 2012.
The National Unemployment Law Project (NELP) reports that three million unemployed workers will lose benefits in the early part of 2013. They have started a campaign to Renew Unemployment Insurance for 2013 to save federal emergency compensation benefits.