Wed., July 21, 2010 4:25pm (EDT)

Relief Coming To Unemployed
By Noel Brown
Updated: 4 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
Hundreds of thousands of unemployed Georgians could get back unemployment benefits if the U.S. house votes to extend them.
Hundreds of thousands of unemployed Georgians could get back unemployment benefits if the U.S. house votes to extend them.
According to the Department of Labor close to 7,000 Georgians lose their benefits each week federal lawmakers fail to approve an extension.

This week the U.S. House is expected to pass a bill that would change that.

That's good news for 48 year old Minnie Cunningham who lost her benefits in May.

She says getting back the roughly $300 a week will help her continue looking for work.

"Just for the gas for your travel and for the car insurance to make sure you could travel to get to where you needed to go and simply keeping the lights on and keeping the utilities on," Cunningham said.

Nearly a quarter of a million Georgians depend on benefits as the state’s unemployment rate continues in the double digits.

Both Georgia Senators voted against the extension saying it would add too much to the federal deficit and the U.S. can't afford it.


Contributors: Mellissa Stiers