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About 40,000 Ohioans could lose unemployment benefits
Congress did not extend payments before their holiday recess
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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About 40,000 Ohioans will lose their unemployment benefits later this month because Congress did not extend the payments before their holiday recess.
The 26-weeks of federal unemployment kick in after the first 26-weeks of state benefits run out. Democratic lawmakers vow to quickly take up the issue when they return to Washington next month.
Meanwhile, Ronald Crockett of Cleveland has been on unemployment for eight months after his temporary jobs dried up. And he’s worried about what will happen if the federal extension isn’t approved.
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Cuyahoga County’s unemployment rate is 6.9 percent, below the state’s 7.5 percent. Nationwide, an estimated 1.3 million people will lose their unemployment benefits when the extension expires Dec. 28.
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