22,000 In Connecticut In Danger Of Losing Unemployment Benefits

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A not-so-happy new year could be in store for about 22,000 Connecticut residents. That’s how many folks will be cut off from receiving unemployment benefits if Congress doesn’t authorize a benefits extension by December 28.

If the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program expires, Connecticut residents will only be able to collect for Connecticut’s limit of 26 weeks, which would swell the number of those shifting to welfare.

Jessica Kruh, 27, of Rocky Hill, supports herself and her 5-year-old son, Jacoby, on $270 per week. And, thanks to her live in boyfriend, who helps pay rent, they are able to get by financially. And, if an unemployment extension does not happen?

“With our savings would pay all of our bills for two months,” said Kruh, who has been out of work for seven months. Her preference is entry level work.

“If I know about the company and what I need to do, I will do it to the best of my ability. And then I always strive to exceed my goals, not just meet them.” That’s a winning attitude. But, she’s only managed the schedule five interviews. Next week, she does have a second interview with one company.

Republican leaders in Washington say extending benefits would create an additional 26 billion dollars in debt and make job searchers pickier and less motivated. But, those in favor of an extension argue this would kill the U.S. economy because the over one million people nationwide that would lose their unemployment checks would lose their ability to spend.

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  • Tim Martin

    This is horse rear end and shit all over the place – Guess what ????? The company decide to let me go on November 2007 and I have looking for job since then…I guess that the most company want a young blood to work with them and also the Union rules work force will not allow any handicapped people to work anywhere in their work area…..I have NOT receive a single penny from the federal or the state all time..Even Senator Murphy or Senator "What his named" refused to help our family because I am strongly independence and also I am handicapped and I do not want the Unions to control my life on what they want me to do as family come first……….

    • Law Abiding Citizen

      Okay then. Stop complaining. If you can't abide by the rules that the people paying you require, do it on your own.
      Why do you keep mentioning that you're handicapped? EVERYONE knows that employers, by federal law, have to bend over backwards to accommodate someone with a disability. You sound like you think the world owes you something(a.k.a. a miserable ass).

  • mike

    Maybe your company wanted someone that could write legibly Tim? I never received any money from a senator either Tim? You have not been able to find a job, any job, in almost 7 years? what????
    …and this is why 3 months salary a year goes straight to the government

  • mike

    oh and just an FYI for jessica from rocky hill…probably should not have said on the news that your boyfriend helps pay the bills when your getting food stamps.