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19,000 Hoosiers To Lose Unemployment Benefits In January

The federal government benefits up to 63 weeks have not been renewed for 2014.

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State unemployment benefits extend up to 26 weeks.

About 19,000 Hoosiers will lose their federal unemployment benefits when the year ends.

There are 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits for Hoosiers out of work.  The federal government extends benefits past that up to 63 weeks. Those benefits haven’t been renewed for 2014.

Beginning Jan. 5, Hoosiers will no longer be able to apply for benefits past week 26.

Department of Workforce Development spokesman Joe Frank says people need to visit the state’s WorkOne centers or jobs website as soon as possible for help finding work.

“There’s over 90,000 jobs at any given time on that and that’s the state’s jobs board so those are all Indiana jobs,” he says. “And we’re actually in a great place in Indiana right now to lose federally-extended benefits because there are a lot of jobs out there that are not going filled.”

Frank says out-of-work Hoosiers can also find free education and training opportunities at WorkOne centers, helping them obtain the skills necessary to fill some of those open positions.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Fish

    “And we’re actually in a great place in Indiana right now to lose
    federally-extended benefits because there are a lot of jobs out there
    that are not going filled.”

    BS! 70 percent of them are truck-driving jobs requiring a CDL-A license. Three quarters of the rest of them are $8/hour (maybe) jobs in warehouses, etc. You can look every day (as I do) and find maybe one decent-paying* job, if you’re lucky (*$12 per hour or more, which is less than $25,000/year).

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