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Unemployment Benefits to End With "Fiscal Cliff"

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, November 19, 2012

The federal extension of benefits provides up to 73 weeks of assistance for the unemployed once state benefits run out.

Given the uncertainty of the fiscal future, the California Employment Development Department is sending notices to alert the nearly half million Californians whose benefits could end.

The Department's Loree Levy.

LEVY: "So that means no further federal extension benefits can be paid even if someone has a remaining balance on a federal extension claim and because of that sudden stop in those benefits we really want to make sure people understand that this is coming up and they have the time to plan accordingly."

The federal extension program has paid more than $40-billion in benefits to jobless Californians over the past four years.
The state will still provide up to 26 weeks of assistance for the recently unemployed.
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