Without extension, a million will lose unemployment benefits
Robin Valentine has worked for more than 20 years in the manufacturing industry for different companies in the Southern Tier. But when she was laid off in March by VMR Electronics, she never expected to still be job searching in December. "I'm far from a lazy person, I hate being stuck home," Valentine said. "Making less money than I brought home with my paycheck certainly was an adjustment to my lifestyle." Valentine is on emergency unemployment compensation after collecting the first 26 weeks of regular benefits. EUC benefits are 7.2 percent less than initial benefits and can be claimed for up to 53 weeks. However, if Congress doesn't pass a bill extending EUC benefits they will end for everyone collecting on Dec. 29.
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