Congress Fails To Renew Emergency Program For Unemployment, Benefits End Saturday

By Emily Dwire - 21Alive

Congress Fails To Renew Emergency Program For Unemployment, Benefits End Saturday

December 27, 2013 Updated Dec 27, 2013 at 4:56 PM EST

NATIONAL (21Alive) -- The year is ending on a bad note for more than one million out-of-work Americans.

Benefits end on Saturday for people who have been unemployed more than 26 weeks. Enrollees will lost their average monthly stipend of about $1,116.

Jobless rates could drop and analysts say the economy may suffer with less money for consumers to spend on everything from clothes to cars.

An emergency program, put in place five years ago, had been paying the benefits but despite intense political wrangling, Congress failed to renew the program.




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