Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Congress Fails To Extend Unemployement Benefits To Arizonans This Holiday

A dark cloud is circling over the heads of 17,000 Arizonans this holiday, as they face the end of their emergency unemployment benefits on December 28th. Congress has failed to extend those benefits before leaving on its holiday break. Rebekah Friend with the Arizona AFLCIO says the emergency unemployment – put in place in 2008 at the beginning of the Great Recession – still is needed for thousands.
 
Arizona pays a maximum weekly state unemployment benefit of $240 – almost $70 less than the national average. The federal emergency benefits are intended to help people who still cannot find a job when state benefits run out after 26 weeks.

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