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Unemployment battle continues as nearly 800,000 Ohioans face cuts
Saturday is the last day for the extended unemployment Ohioans
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Boehner's video blames Democrats in Congress and the president for unemployment rates.
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Tens of thousands of Ohioans are expected to begin losing extended unemployment benefits as of Saturday. WKSU’s M.L Schultze has more on the political and economic battle leading up to the date.

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Ohio has ranked 10th in the country in the number of people who get the 26 weeks of federal unemployment benefits after the state’s 26 weeks run out. But hopes of continuing that ended when House Speaker John Boehner laid out terms for the extension in the new budget bill.

“I said that we would clearly consider it as long as its paid for and as long as there are other efforts that will help get out economy moving once again.”

States with the most people receiving extended unemployment benefits since 2008: 

  • California: 3,158,520
  • New York: 1,735,848
  • Florida: 1,566,719
  • Penn.: 1,438,326
  • Texas: 1,201,076
  • Illinois: 1,117,929
  • N.J.: 1,071,279
  • N.C.: 1,058,734
  • Michigan: 960,747
  • Ohio: 790,103

Still, pressure on Boehner has continues, boosted this week by a new poll from the liberal group Public Policy Polling in Boehner’s southwest Ohio District and four others.

It found about two-thirds of the voters in those districts approve the extension.

Boehner has launched a counterattack, a minute-long YouTube video claiming Republicans are trying to overcome Democratic obstructionists to get the economy going again.

Public Policy Polling on unemployment:
http://aufc.3cdn.net/efec1dc0a7e2dc0346_qbm6bnpbj.pdf

“The American economy, the greatest in the world, is truck in a new normal. High unemployment, stagnant wages.”

Nationally, about 1.3 million people who have been out of work for extended periods will lose benefits.

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