SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Kimberly's Tainter's mother, Bonnie, no longer receives unemployment benefits. After ten years of working in alterations she lost her job and began receiving unemployment benefits. That was about two years ago -- now she's known as a 99er.
So, what's that? A 99er is a person who has received unemployment benefits for up to 99 weeks. At that point they have exhausted all avenues of unemployment limits. They have also reached the legal limit a person can receive benefits.