Extended Unemployment Benefits to End Sooner

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Extended benefits for the long-term unemployed are set to be phased out sooner than the end of the year.

Today's New York Times reports that even though Congress renewed the program of extended benefits that was supposed to expire in February, it also reduced the number of weeks of extended aid and made it more difficult for states to qualify.

More than 100,000 of the nation's unemployed are expected to lose their jobless benefits sometime this summer.

The number of people out of work more than six months has declined a little, but it remains far higher than it was before the recession.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • The number of people out of work more than six months has declined a little, but it remains far higher than it was before the recession.

From April 7-May 12, about 370,000 people in 23 states stopped getting benefits, according to the National Employment Law Project. For states to remain eligible for the extended unemployment benefits program, unemployment over any three-month period must average at least 10 percent more than the same period in any of the previous three years.