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19,000 Hoosiers Lose Long-Term Unemployment Benefits

House Republicans say the unemployment benefits will be reinstated only if accompanied by federal spending cuts.

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Economists say the loss of benefits will force many to find under- or low-paying jobs.

An estimated 19,000 Hoosiers lost their long-term unemployment checks after a federal unemployment extension expired on Saturday.

Some economists say cutting benefits will force many workers to accept either part-time or lower paying jobs just to get by.

The jobless rate in Indiana has declined compared to last December, when 122,000 people collected unemployment benefits.

House Republicans say they’re open to extending benefits when Congress reconvenes, but only if they’re accompanied by spending cuts.

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