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Federal extended jobless benefits will end on Dec. 28

12/20/2013, 6 a.m.

More than 39,000 long-term jobless workers in Georgia will see their federal extended unemployment benefits end on Dec. 28.

The state Department of Labor said on Dec. 18 that the end of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits will impact 39,559 workers in Georgia.

EUC is a federally funded benefit for long-term unemployed workers who have exhausted regular state unemployment insurance benefits. The maximum weekly benefit is $330, while the most recent average weekly benefit is $253.

Extension programs are enacted by Congress. If legislation is passed to extend the EUC program, the state Labor Department will inform affected workers by an announcement on www.employ

georgia.com and its Interactive Voice Response system.

GDOL resources are available to help them with their job search. Job seekers may visit any of the department’s career centers throughout the state or the Spotlight section at www.employgeorgia.com.