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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Extended federal unemployment benefits end tomorrow for more than a million jobless Americans.


More than 39,000 in Georgia will see their last check early next week unless congress passes a 3 month extension.

Congress has extended federal unemployment benefits 11 times over the past 5 years, but for those out of work the number isn't what's important.

"It's definitely a challenge," said Kenji Smith, who is looking for a job. "Some people refer to it as a place in between blessings because of the financial challenge and difficulties you have."

Smith has a biology degree and is working on her re-certification for laboratory technologies and education. She says jobs in her field are hard to find locally.

"It's a job but it's a process. You just can't quit- you have something to be motivated about."

Anthony Parker has been searching for work since mid-October and says it can become discouraging, but notes that you can't be too picky.

"Anything is good, As long as it pays a decent wage and gives me benefits. Other than that I'm just looking for something right now."

Sam Hall from the Georgia department of labor suggests taking advantage of opportunities from career centers.

"Search for a job everyday just like it was a full time job. Maximize the resources available through the state department of labor. Talk to friends and relatives and neighbors to see if they know of any jobs that are available. It's called networking and that's one of the most effective tools to find a job and try to remain positive," assures Hall. "It may take a while but somewhere out there is a job."

Smith says when the benefits stop, making ends meet and paying off her student loans may be a challenge. 

"Until the senate decides to include us in there, I won't be able to make payments. You can either work with me or not," said Smith.

A bipartisan group has proposed a short term extension that the President says he will sign if it gets to his desk. Congress returns to work in January.

Department of labor career centers can help with resumes, assist with registering for classes, as well as on the job training.

 

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