INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - 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 told The
Journal Gazette 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.”