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1.3M Americans losing unemployment benefits Saturday



Published: Fri, December 27, 2013 @ 6:22 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend, with potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy.

A tense political battle likely looms when Congress reconvenes in the new, midterm election year.

Nudging Congress along, a vacationing President Barack Obama called two senators proposing an extension to offer his support. From Hawaii, Obama today pledged to push Congress to move quickly next year to address the "urgent economic priority," the White House said.

For families dependent on cash assistance, the end of the federal government's "emergency unemployment compensation" will mean some difficult belt-tightening as enrollees lose their average monthly stipend of $1,166.

Jobless rates could drop, but analysts say the economy may suffer with less money for consumers to spend on everything from clothes to cars. Having let the "emergency" program expire as part of a budget deal, it's unclear if Congress has the appetite to start it anew.

An estimated 1.3 million people will be cut off when the federally funded unemployment payments end Saturday.


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1ozzrr66(30 comments)posted 12 months ago

Heed that warning, Youngstown! Thieves of all kinds will come out of the woodwork more than ever. I just saw some shady character walk down my street looking up and down each one of my neighbors' driveways. They scope it out in the daylight, and strike at night. Leave the porch light on and keep an owl's eye on your neighborhood.

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2lumper(284 comments)posted 12 months ago

good, nothing motivates a person to get a job better than no more free money.

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