Who is counted as unemployed?
It does not matter whether the person is getting unemployment benefits, nor how long he/she has been unemployed.Persons are classified as unemployed if they do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the prior 4 weeks, and are currently available for work. Actively looking for work may consist of any of the following activities:
An employer directly or having a job interview
A public or private employment agency
Friends or relatives
A school or university employment center
Sending out resumes or filling out applications
Placing or answering advertisements
Checking union or professional registers
Some other means of active job search
So, if the failure to pass an extension will lower unemployment, it might be by encouraging people to take a job, any job, rather than have no income at all.