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Unemployment checks extended

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A lot of Georgians who have been unemployed for a long time will get extra unemployment benefits starting later this week.

Last month the state announced it would provide up to 20-weeks of additional benefits to people who have exhausted all state regular unemployment insurance benefits and the first and second tier of Emergency Unemployment Compensation.

Those who qualify should have gotten a letter. At the Albany Department of Labor Career Center it's taking many people a little longer to find a job. 

"It's up to 20 weeks based on the time of their original claim so that will provide so assistance to help people stay afloat as they're continuing to look for work or if they're continuing their education," said Robert Gordon of the Department of Labor. 

The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there are now 5.4 job seekers for every job opening. That's up from 4.8 in March and 1.7 in December 2007.


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