Of the roughly 1.3 million people whose unemployment benefits will run out Dec. 28, 127,100 are in New York, according to a state-by-state breakdown by the Washington Post. Another 132,800 in the state will lose benefits in the first half of next year, according to the article.
Sixty-three weeks of unemployment assistance currently available, and that will drop to 26 weeks after Dec. 28, the Post said. New York’s unemployment rate is 7.6 percent.
Members of Congress will leave Washington this month without taking any action on extended unemployment benefits. Democrats want to continue the additional benefits, and “Republicans are open to the idea as well, within limits,” the article said.
“When the White House finally called me last Friday about extending unemployment benefits, I said we would clearly consider it, as long as it’s paid for and as long as there are other efforts that will help get our economy going again,” House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters. “I have not seen a plan from the White House that meets those standards.”
California, which has an 8.9 percent unemployment rate, will be more hard hit than New York. In that state, 214,800 people will lose benefits immediately and 325,800 could lose them in the first half of 2014 unless Congress acts.
States that are worse off then New York in terms of unemployment include Nevada (9.5 percent); Georgia (8.7 percent); Illinois (9.2 percent); Connecticut (8.1 percent); New Jersey (8.5 percent); Rhode Island (9.1 percent); and Michigan (9 percent).
The Washington Post used data that was compiled by Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee using U.S. Department of Labor data.