COLUMBUS (AP) — Unemployed Ohioans are beginning to lose their jobless benefits because of a stalemate in Congress.
Republican Sen. Jim Bunning of Kentucky today again blocked the Senate from extending the benefits to Americans, saying it would add $10 billion to the budget deficit.
As a result, people who exhausted their benefits Saturday can’t seek an extension.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says even if Congress later acts to restore the measures, thousands of Ohioans will see a lapse in benefits, beginning with 20,000 people this week and about 24,000 each week after that.
About 432,000 people receive unemployment benefits in Ohio, which has an unemployment rate of 10.9 percent.