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January 7, 2003

Albany- Tuesday the U.S. Senate approved a five month extension in federal jobless benefit for Americans.

The bill must also pass the House and, it must be signed by the President by Thursday in order for to avoid an extended disruption in payments.

Labor officials warn the unemployed not to depend solely on benefits.

"We always encourage individuals to continue their job search even though you have that money that's coming in. The law does require you to do a job search. Keep networking, come to places like the Department of Labor, check the newspaper, check websites," says Department of Labor Career Center Manager, Michael Flowers.

The extended benefit package will cost 7 billion dollars. The bill is expected to go to the House Wednesday.

Posted at 9:45 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com