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When Unemployment Benefits Run Out

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Job openings in Oregon are up but so are unemployment claims. Back in September, we heard from people who were worried about maxing out unemployment benefits. At that time, there was another federal extension on the horizon, but now that money is running out and, this time, it looks like Congress won’t extend benefits.

That leaves many people without a lot of options. Some of them have been receiving unemployment checks for as long as 99 weeks. Tom Fuller from Oregon’s Employment Department says that in addition to helping out with career advice, his department has also been pointing people towards resources like rental assistance and food banks to help them out when they’ve exhausted their benefits. 

Are you unemployed? Are you facing the end of your benefits soon or have they already run out? What will the end of unemployment benefit extensions mean for you?

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