The Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, first enacted in 2008, has indirectly helped save jobs in many local communities. By providing modest income support to the unemployed while they continue to look for work, people are able to buy food for their families, keep a roof over their heads and/or maintain their medications − among other essential needs. That means these dollars make their way to the local grocery store, pharmacy and other businesses, which in turn helps those businesses maintain jobs.
A recent White House report on the consequences of failing to extend the program detailed the impact on employment by state. Here’s how many jobs could be lost across the country:
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