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December 28, 2013


Benefits End for One Million Unemployed

"An emergency federal program that acts as a lifeline for 1.3 million jobless workers will end on Saturday, drastically curtailing government support for the long-term unemployed and setting the stage for a major political fight in the new year," the New York Times reports.

"The program, in place since the recession started in 2008, provides up to 47 weeks of supplemental unemployment insurance payments to jobless people looking for work. Its expiration is expected to have far-reaching ramifications for the economy, cutting job growth by about 300,000 positions next year and pushing hundreds of thousands of households below the poverty line."

"When the federal program expires, just one in four unemployed Americans will receive jobless benefits -- the smallest proportion in half a century."

The Los Angeles Times has "six things to know about why long-term jobless benefits went away and who is affected by the change."












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