The U.S. House is working on a bill to extend unemployment benefits.
The bill would extend unemployment benefits by 13 weeks for some jobless Americans. The extension would cover people who live in states where the unemployment rate is at least eight and a half percent and whose benefits run out at the end of the month. This includes North Carolina with an unemployment rate of 10.8%.
The extension would supplement the 26 weeks of benefits most states offer and the federally funded extensions of up to 53 weeks that congress approved last year.