Millions of jobless workers still face loss of benefits in 2010


Jobless workers who saw the clock ticking on their unemployment benefits likely breathed a sigh of relief earlier this month after Congress overwhelmingly agreed to extend unemployment insurance payments for as many as 20 weeks. But a nonprofit labor watchdog warns that millions are still at risk of losing that financial lifeline if lawmakers don't renew a key unemployment provision contained within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Even with the latest extension, jobless benefits contained within the recovery act are set to expire at the end of next month, resulting in 30,000 unemployed workers losing benefits each day starting in January, according to the National Employment Law Project. The group projects the number will rise to nearly 3 million by March.

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