In Philadelphia, A Call For Restoration of Extended Federal Jobless Benefits

CBS Philly

By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The federal budget deal, approved by the House and now before the Senate, contains a harsh blow to the unemployed: extended benefits for them will end just days after Christmas.

Today, advocates for the unemployed gathered at 30th Street Station to urge the program be restored.

Bill Paci is among an estimated 86,000 Pennsylvanians who will lose extended unemployment benefits December 28th, despite the fact that the long-term unemployment rate is higher now than when the program was created under Pres. George W. Bush in 2008.

“The jobs aren’t out there,” he said this morning.  “I send out résumés, beat the streets, nothing comes back.”

John Dodds, of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, said, “It’s ironic that we’re standing under a Christmas tree, that this holiday season Congress has chosen to end this program, and families and millions of children are going to have…

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