Federal unemployment benefits are set to expire

W. BALTIMORE, Md. - The federal emergency unemployment benefits are set to expire on Saturday.  They are long-term benefits provided once the state's 26-week unemployment insurance checks stop. 

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says about 5,000 people in the city and 25,000 statewide will be affected.  She joined leaders in the Mayor's Office of Employment Development to tout the centers across the city that help people find work.

Baltimore has partnered with five job hubs to provide free technical advice on creating resumes and looking for an employment match.  My Brother's Keeper on Frederick Rd. in West Baltimore is one of them. 

"It frustrates me sometimes when you talk about, you see on the news, the CEO's are making multiple millions and millions and millions and the stock market is going up.  Yes, it is.  And I'm happy for that success.  But there are so many people that the recovery has left behind," said Rawlings-Blake.     

The federal benefits range from 14 to 47 weeks and the average benefit check is $300. 

Congress extended or expanded the federal aid to the long-term jobless eleven times, but an extra lifeline wasn't included in the latest budget deal.  A bipartisan group of lawmakers has proposed a short-term extension for three months.  That will make it to the floor of the Senate, but not until Congress returns to work next month.

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