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Thousands could lose unemployment benefits

12:23 PM, Dec 31, 2012   |    comments
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is warning that federal extended unemployment benefits are about to expire.

Congress created the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program in 2008 to provide unemployment benefits to workers who had exhausted their state benefits. The legislation has been amended 10 times since it became effective, but it is set to expire on Jan. 2.

About 30,000 Tennesseans currently receive the benefits.

Labor Commissioner Karla Davis said in a news release that claimants can get help finding jobs by using the Jobs4TN.gov website or visiting one of the department's career centers.

After Jan. 2, Tennessee will return to a system in which new claimants receive a maximum of 26 weeks of Tennessee Unemployment Compensation benefits.

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