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Thousands of Georgians to be without long term unemployment checks

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Close to 40,000 unemployed Georgians will now go without benefits, according to Brian Davis at the Georgia Department of Labor.

Those benefits came in the form of a pay check to the jobless for more than 26 weeks, which is the length of time regular unemployment benefits run.

This federal expansion was installed in 2008 at the beginning of the recession, when many were laid off work. Now Congress is putting an end to the extended benefits.

"It's going to hurt," Terry Jones says. "It means a lot of bad things."

Jones is still searching for a job in Savannah. He faces a lot of hurdles.

"You can't get anywhere, you can't function without a job," he says.

And after today, his pay check will be gone.

"You don't have much, and then you get cut off before a job comes in," Jones says. "It's kind of hard to look for a job when you don't have money."

Davis advises those who will not see another check until their next job to search fervently.

"They need to do everything they can right now to get back into school, or to find a job," Davis says.

He assures those on regular unemployment, which spans 26 weeks, that their checks will not cease. He says the majority of those he sees at the Career Center in Savannah fall into that category.

However, Jones is hoping Congress will allow a few more months for him to get back to work before taking away his pay check.

"If they cut off the benefits, then it's going to seem like they ain' working for no one but themselves," Jones says.

Congress will vote on extending the benefits for three months, in a few weeks. Until then, Jones will press on to find a job.



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