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Unemployment Benefits Running Out

August 3rd, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

Florida workforce offices will share three million dollars in Federal money to help people whose unemployment benefits are running out. Nationwide, a million-and-a-half people are expected to exhaust unemployment compensation in September. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the money couldnt come at a better time for Florida.

14 thousand Floridians have already exhausted all of their unemployment benefits. Davin Bowers is about to become part of that statistic.

Ive got one more check, actually,” Bowers said. “One more check and then its out.

What do you do after that?

I dont know. I guess keep coming to Workforce and looking,” he said.

Most unemployed are eligible for up to 26 weeks of state paid benefits and up to another 53 weeks of federal extended benefits.

By the end of the year, one of every four unemployed Floridians will have exhausted every bit of unemployment available.

Statewide, almost a million people are looking for work. Renard Harden has some time before his benefits run out, but, with no job prospects, hes concerned.

Id rather be working. Its a help. Its not going to pay all the bills but its a help, Harden said.

Florida just received 3 million dollars in Federal money to help people whose benefits are gone. Kim Moore of Workforce Plus says the cash will pay for one on one counseling.

The coach will look at your specific situation, help develop a plan of action as far as where you go next, look at the strengths that you bring to the table, assesses the weaknesses that you probably need to work on, Moore said.

Counselors can expect to be busy. 22 thousand Floridians are expected to run out of benefits each and every month through the end of the year.

The maximum unemployment benefit is three hundred dollars per week, paid every other week.

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