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Emergency Unemployment Benefits will End in December

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

Federal Jobless Benefits for the Long-Term Unemployed will end on December 28th with final payments to be made in January. The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, first signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008, will expire this month unless congress votes to extend it.

Although EUC typically lasts 47 weeks, the program's expiration will stop all payments regardless of how long a person has been receiving benefits.

80,000 Illinois workers are currently receiving EUC payments. The average weekly benefit payment is around $320 dollars, with the maximum weekly family payment at $562. Unemployment insurance is a temporary program designed to provide income during jobless periods if the job loss was at no fault of the recipients own. 

President Barack Obama is asking congress to extend EUC through 2014.

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