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Expiring unemployment benefits could affect tens of thousands of Louisianans

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Tens of thousands of Louisianans could be left without unemployment benefits after congress failed to extend the program Monday.

The federal government saved an estimated $12 billion, but some believe the move could hurt the economy.

Representatives in Washington couldn’t agree to extend the benefits and chose to focus on food safety bill following their Thanksgiving break.

Louisiana currently has about 61,000 people that will no longer be able to collect unemployment following the end of their term, regardless of whether its a state or federal term.

Furthermore, new applicants can no longer apply for any federal benefits, but those who are unemployed can still apply for state unemployment insurance, which can keep you afloat for up to six months.

“They can still receive their benefits so they can sustain themselves and their families,” Tina Johnstone of the Lafayette Career Solutions Center said.

Johnstone added, the state benefits will be the only option for those who haven’t applied or extended their terms for federal benefits already.

Johnstone also says there is still a chance that congress could reach an agreement and reinstate federal unemployment benefits at any time.

“When it did pass, it retroactively was able to, from the date it ended, they were able to go through and reinstate their claim,” Johnstone recalled.

However, these claims, at least in the meantime, will go unpaid.

Written by demon53

December 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm

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