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Most Federal Unemployment Extensions Set To Expire

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, November 29, 2010

Unemployment benefits usually last 26 weeks, but because of the recession the federal government tacked on several extensions. That meant people were eligible for up to 99 weeks of benefits. Not anymore. Loree Levy is with the Employment Development Department. She says Sunday was the last day to qualify for most federal extensions. 

"We have 1.4 million people certifying for benefits. All of them will experience some sort of limitation in their benefits if Congress doesn't take further actions. It's just a matter of how quickly that will impact people all depends on where they are in their claim."

Levy says it's unclear when Congress will decide whether to extend benefits again.

The final set of federal unemployment benefits, known as Fed-Ed, which serves the long-term unemployed, is set to expire next week.

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