Time's Up: Extended Unemployment Benefits Expire - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

As we head into the holiday season, nearly 2 million people won’t be so jolly.

The Senate’s decision not to renew federal extended unemployment benefits became a reality when Tuesday’s deadline hit. The congressional decision worries many state unemployment agencies, whose responsibilities include distributing state unemployment checks to those who are out of work, because most of the recipients count on those checks to pay for essentials such as food and rent.

“It’s a critical safety net program,” said Nancy Dunphy, New York State’s deputy commissioner of labor for unemployment security, to CNNMoney.com. “This is the worst time of year to be running out of benefits.”

Next April, another four million people will join the pool of unemployed whose benefits have been axed. Unemployed Americans whose state benefits have run their course are already blocked from entering the federal system in many states, and after this weekend, those already in a federal emergency benefits system will not be able to move to the next tier to receive compensation.

Are you currently receiving unemployment? Be sure to check with your state agencies to see whether or not you should still file claims or what steps you may be able to take to continue to receive your beneifits.

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With a focus on news and the under 35 crowd, Martinez develops engaging, daily reports for BlackEnterprise.com. She also pens the blog, After School Daze: Life After Undergrad, where she delves into the day-to-day issues and concerns of recent graduates trying to adapt to life off campus. Prior to Black Enterprise, the Bronx, N.Y. native contributed to Latina, Latina.com, Honeymag.com, Syracuse Record and The Post-Standard. When she's not writing articles, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion.   Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and sociology from Syracuse University.

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