Almost 411,000 Californians face loss of unemployment benefits
November 15, 2010
Approximately 410,695 Californians are facing the potential cutoff of unemployment benefits if Congress fails to act before the end of November. [Orange County Register]
In July Congress approved a bill that allowed unemployed workers to collect up to 99 weeks of jobless benefits through the end of this month.
However, the balance of power in the House shifts to Republicans in January and Congress remains deeply divided over another possible extension of benefits. Analysts wonder whether supporters, including Cong. Lois Capps, can muster the votes for a new bill.
Officials at the National Employment Law Project, an advocate for workers, estimate that without further Congressional action more than 2 million jobless workers nationwide could be dropped from the unemployment rolls by the end of the year.
A spokesperson for California Employment Development said that a letter will be sent to all current unemployment recipients, explaining how they may be affected if Congress doesn’t act.