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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.