Long term unemployment checks to end

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Some south Georgians will see an end to their unemployment checks Saturday.

Long-term unemployed Georgians will no longer get extended unemployment benefits under the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

Since Georgia's unemployment rate has dropped below 9 percent, the state no longer qualifies for the extra money, but the benefits could kick back in if the economy worsens.

"If the rate goes back up and the 3 month average goes back above that 9 percent then the fourth tier will kick in again," said Sam Hall, Georgia Department of Labor, Director of Communications.

Congress established the EUC program during the recession in 2008.

It's set to expire at the end of this year.

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