Federal Jobless Benefits Ending

Extended federal unemployment benefits will soon begin to start running out, despite a decision by Congress to renew the program. The federal benefit extensions supported unemployment payments for up to 99 weeks to help the unemployed until

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Extended federal unemployment benefits will soon begin to start running out, despite a decision by Congress to renew the program. The federal benefit extensions supported unemployment payments for up to 99 weeks to help the unemployed until the job market improved. When the program expired in February, Congress renewed it, but reduced the number of weeks payments could be sent and made it difficult for states to get the maximum amount of aid. Since then, 23 states have lost months of benefits and roughly 500,000 people are expected to lose their jobless benefits prematurely this year, including 70,000 in the next month alone.

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