12 Million To Lose Jobless Benefits The Day After Christmas Unless Congress Acts

The day after Christmas, millions of Americans will lose their jobless benefits, according to a new study. And that could spell financial ruin for many people, like 44-year-old Todd Anderson in the small town of Mackinaw City, Mich.

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Chris Arnold
National Public Radio (NPR)
November 19, 2020
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Tags: COVID-19, Unemployment, Unemployment Insurance


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Millions of people all over the country are living similarly close to the edge.

“Congress is set to cut off 12 million Americans from the only thing holding them back from falling into financial wreckage and disaster,” says Andrew Stettner, a co-author of the new study from the progressive-leaning think tank the Century Foundation.

Stettner says two important federal pandemic jobless relief programs have been a lifeline for people such as Anderson who have exhausted their state unemployment benefits or didn’t qualify.