Ed. Note: As of January 25, 2014, an additional 300,000 Americans will lose their emergency unemployment benefits, bringing the total to 1.6 million Americans who will have lost a critical lifeline as they continue to look for a job. As congress continues to fail to act, this number will continue to increase.
Last month, Congress failed to extend funding for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which serves as a critical lifeline for families struggling to pay the bills and put food on the table after losing a job through no fault of their own.
In December, the White House issued a report detailing the many negative consequences of failing to do so. On Dec. 28th we saw the most immediate consequence when 1.3 million Americans were cut off from these benefits even as they continue to search for work.
Want to know how this failure is affecting families near you? Here are the latest state-by-state estimates of people who have been impacted, or will be in the near future:
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