19K Hoosiers see end to extended jobless benefits

Checks averaged about $1,080 per month in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS - More than 19,000 Indiana residents are facing new financial challenges now that their federal extended unemployment benefits have come to an end.

Long-term jobless benefits expired Saturday for an estimated 1.3 million Americans, including more than 19,000 Hoosiers who will no longer be receiving unemployment checks that average about $1,080 a month in Indiana.

While the Obama administration and congressional Democrats want to continue the program, the extensions were dropped from a recent budget deal and Republican lawmakers have balked at its $26 billion annual cost.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development spokesman Joe Frank tells The Journal Gazette (http://bit.ly/19SFuaI )  the state agency added alerts on its website and other correspondence about the approaching end of the long-term jobless benefits.  He says "people have been prepared for this."

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Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net

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