House Votes To Extend Jobless Benefits

The House has voted to provide another 13 weeks of unemployment benefits to workers in those states hardest hit by the prolonged economic downturn.

The Washington Democrat who sponsored the bill, Rep. Jim McDermott, says it could help more than 300,000 jobless workers expected to lose their unemployment compensation by the end of September.

The legislation, if also approved by the Senate, could also prevent more than 1 million in danger of exhausting their benefits by the end of the year.

The length of unemployment benefits is already at a record level, reaching up to 79 weeks in states with high unemployment.

McDermott's bill extends benefits in the 27 states where the unemployment rate is 8.5 percent or higher.

The unemployment rate in NC was 10.8% in August.


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  • by Sherrie Location: Asheboro, NC on Sep 25, 2009 at 11:50 AM
    I was wondering if this extension would include me? My benefits ran out at the beginning of August.
  • by Mimi on Sep 24, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    This would be very helpful to me and my family. I am a single parent with 2 kids & my benefits are about to expire. I have asked & applied but nothing out there full time. Better off to stay on unemployment than work part time. Somethings not right in the system !
  • by CopperPot Location: g-vegas on Sep 23, 2009 at 03:49 PM
    Whould this benefit me?My unemployment ran out in july.If all possible might someone from WITN whould cofirm this for me and respond much thanks.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2009 at 07:15 PM
    it would help witn, if you would include what NC's unemployment rate is.
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