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Wayne Post
  • Emergency extension pushed for unemployment benefits

  • Of the 127,000 New Yorkers who lost benefits, nearly 40 percent live in households with children and depend on the benefit to fund basic housing and living expenses.
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  • U.S. Sen. Schumer announced today he is pushing fellow senators to pass legislation to extend unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans.
    Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) lapsed at the end of 2013 and more than 127,000 New Yorkers lost the benefits. Of those, nearly 40 percent live in households with children and depend on the benefit to fund basic housing and living expenses.
    Schumer stated the emergency compensation can only be given to those who are actively looking for work and the benefits account for just 43 percent of basic household costs per month though acting as "a vital lifeline for laid-off workers," stated Schumer.
    According a report by the Council of Economic Advisors and the Department of Labor, an extension of the benefits would help keep New York families out of poverty and save about 19,826 jobs.
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