Unless Congress acts, Unemployement Benefits will end on Dec. 28

When much of the country was facing substantial unemployment, the federal government approved emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) benefits to help displaced workers weather the recession.
Now, those benefits are due to expire before the end of this month, cutting off 20,900 Oregon workers, about 157 of which live in Crook County. The EUC program provides unemployed Oregonians up to 73 weeks of additional benefits beyond the 26 allotted by the state in four tiers. The program has faced similar deadlines in the past, at which time Congress voted to extend the program. Continuing the benefits beyond Dec. 28 will again require approval from lawmakers.


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