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Jobless benefits to be cut; 11K people locally could be affected

Updated: Monday, December 23 2013, 07:28 PM CST
Reported by: Kyle Rogers

HARRISBURG -- Almost 11,000 people in Central Pennsylvania will lose their jobless benefits by week’s end, unless Congress decides to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program.

On Dec. 28, those who rely on the program throughout the country – including 70,000 in Pennsylvania – will face a sudden loss of those benefits.

The program, which started in 2008 under President George W. Bush, provides the benefits to help those coping with the recession. President Obama had extended the benefits in the years since -- until now. 

Throughout central Pennsylvania, nearly every county has a population impacted. Dauphin, Berks, Lancaster and York counties will see nearly 7,000 affected.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, vows those in Washington would make a deal by the first of January, despite the opposition Democrats are facing from Republicans Casey said.

“They’ve got to come forward with an explanation if they pose this, why they would oppose something that will insure and help, not just for those without work, but also a great impact for the national economy. 

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Jobless benefits to be cut; 11K people locally could be affected

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