55,000 Ohioans lose jobless aid soon; Sen. Brown seeks extension

55,000 Ohioans lose jobless aid soon; Sen. Brown seeks extension

Associated Press

COLUMBUS

About 55,000 Ohioans among the long-term unemployed are expected to lose jobless benefits soon because of the end of federally funded aid initiated several years ago.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/V5DENH ) reports workers who used up six months of state payments could get 73 more weeks of aid under a federal benefits program extended several times. Some advocates want Congress to extend it again.

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown wants an extension included if Congress makes a deal to avoid the automatic tax increases and spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff.” His spokeswoman says too many Ohioans are still looking for work.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says nearly 134,000 workers get unemployment benefits. More than one-third of them receive federal benefits set to end Dec. 29.

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