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2 Million People Cut Off Unemployment Benefits

Written by  Press Release | Ways and Means Committee Democrats

WASHINGTON – The number of people who have lost their unemployment benefits as a result of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program’s expiration has surpassed two million this week, according to a new analysis from Ways and Means Committee Democrats.

The estimate includes the number of people in each state who have lost coverage since the program’s Dec. 28 expiration. Every week, 72,000 people, on average, are losing their unemployment benefits nationwide without an extension of the program. House Republicans have blocked multiple efforts by Democrats to bring up legislation to extend the program on the House floor. Last month a measure to extend the program came one vote short of the 60 votes necessary to move forward legislation in the Senate.

“A financial crisis is confronting more and more families every day that Republicans fail to support an extension of this vital program,” said Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI). “One Republican vote in the Senate is all that stands in the way of two million people and their families coming one critical step closer to seeing their financial lifeline restored as they look for work.”

State

Estimated Number of People Losing UI Thru March 8

AK

8,608

AL

19,267

AR

15,838

AZ

25,754

CA

339,101

CO

31,468

CT

35,035

DC

7,215

DE

5,446

FL

109,654

GA

76,362

HI

4,131

IA

11,300

ID

6,831

IL

116,136

IN

28,969

KS

10,746

KY

24,769

LA

12,601

MA

79,777

MD

33,862

ME

6,723

MI

76,580

MN

22,269

MO

34,944

MS

18,092

MT

4,991

NC*

NA

ND

2,377

NE

4,392

NH

2,504

NJ

124,569

NM

9,731

NV

26,023

NY

178,177

OH

57,869

OK

10,638

OR

31,221

PA

109,061

PR

39,777

RI

8,323

SC

22,785

SD

508

TN

31,423

TX

105,409

UT

6,231

VA

21,969

VI

1,762

VT

1,485

WA

38,876

WI

39,777

WV

10,731

WY

2,023

Total:

2,054,110

*North Carolina was ineligible for the federal unemployment insurance

 

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