Jobless Claims to End for Many in January

A nonprofit organization on Friday said that more than one million Americans will run out of benefits by January if the Obama administration will fail to reinstate the jobless benefits for those who have lose their jobs during the recession.

The unemployment claims is currently being offered in stages in major states.

Unless the Obama administration can convince the US Congress to immediately extend its federal emergency aid, more than one million American will run out of unemployment claims by January, the National Employment Law Project (NELP) said on Friday.

Based on review by the NELP, majority of the states are only providing up to 26 weeks of unemployment claims, with checks ranging $200 to $300.

The US Congress has extended the length of the implementation for the fourth time since the recession has begun. On November 6, it has granted 14 to 20 more weeks of additional assistance to the jobless Americans, some 1.3 million people who have been out of work for more than one year.

However, the legislation failed to address the underlying problems, including that of the additional 73 weeks of unemployment compensation, which will also expire by the end of 2009.

With this, the NELP has estimated that the number of jobless people who wont get an extension in their coverage next year will reach more than 450, 000.Te NELP also said that more than 600, 000 people will also run out of extended coverage by January.

The nonprofit organization also pointed that the recipients of the extended benefits won’t be able to continue with the Congress’ amended resolution after January 1 if the government will fail to reinstate the program. This covers another 600, 000 more who will not be renewed.


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