6,500 Alaskans losing long-term jobless benefits


by Your Alaska Link News Team

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Some 6,500 people in Alaska are losing their long-term unemployment benefits as a federal program expires.

Reports say the number represents about 25 percent of those in the state who receive unemployment checks.

Kodiak resident Marie Jmili says she doesn't know what she's going to do. She's been out of work since quitting a job in Anchorage to care for her aging grandmother. Without the $800 per month she was receiving, she's worried she and her teenage daughter will lose their apartment.

Nationally, 1.3 million people lost cash assistance when the federal program expired Saturday. Congress let the payments expire as part of a budget deal this month.


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