YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The failure of Congress to pass legislation to fund an extension of unemployment benefits means the cutoff of benefits to more than 2,500 unemployed workers in the Mahoning Valley region, and more than 52,400 around the state, figures released today by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office show.
On a conference call with reporters, Brown pressed for an extension of unemployment insurance benefits and called for implementing familiar measures to help create jobs, including passage of his "Sectors" legislation to help train individuals for high-tech jobs.
“People should be able to focus on finding work without the added stress of whether they can pay the rent and put food on the table,” said Brown, D-Ohio.
According to statistics emailed following the call, congressional deadlock over extending unemployment insurance meant benefits were cut off for 1,119 recipients in Mahoning County, 1,069 in Trumbull County and 357 in Columbiana County. If unemployment insurance isn’t extended, 1.3 million Americans could lose benefits by the end of the year, including 128,000 Ohioans.
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