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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 9:00 pm | Updated: 10:12 am, Fri Dec 27, 2013.

With New Mexico still teetering on the edge of recession, more than 5,000 job hunters are set to lose their unemployment benefits since Congress has decided not to extend an emergency program meant to get workers through the recession.

“Nationwide, we are all watching. The benefits are set to end Dec. 31,” said Joy Forehand, deputy director of the state Department of Workforce Solutions.

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6 comments:

  • Randall Dean posted at 5:28 pm on Fri, Dec 27, 2013.

    ddaarr Posts: 5

    I feel Government holds people hostage. If i was receiving a check from the government i wouldn't look for a job. I guarantee this will motivate them to look ASAP.

     
  • Alfred Padilla posted at 4:29 pm on Fri, Dec 27, 2013.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 271

    [thumbup]

     
  • Destiny Baca posted at 3:12 pm on Fri, Dec 27, 2013.

    destiny baca Posts: 29

    Well now you are even punished if you don't apply for unemployment immediately. Crap....I was trying to find a job on my own and now that's a bad thing????

     
  • Michael Grimler posted at 12:02 pm on Fri, Dec 27, 2013.

    shooter Posts: 151

    Agreed. Also, one might have to move to where jobs are rather than depend on finding something where you are tied to.

    Years ago, I had to move from MA to CA to find a job. Presently, more and more people are moving to TX because job opportunities are more plentiful there.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:30 am on Fri, Dec 27, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1166

    "...Congress has decided not to extend an emergency program meant to get workers through the recession."

    Is the recession not over?

     
  • Pam Walker posted at 5:02 am on Fri, Dec 27, 2013.

    lilbit Posts: 56

    Enough is enough. I can see extending it to 52 weeks in a tough job economy but not 99 weeks. If you can't find something in that amount of time you aren't looking all that hard. And over and over I have seen jobs turned down because it didn't meet their standard. My step brother told me that he made more on unemployment than any of the job offers he had been given. The one time I was laid off I worked two part time jobs until I could find something. I had a child to feed and did not want public assistance.

     
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