SACRAMENTO, CA - An estimated 400,000 Californians stand tolose their federally extended unemployment benefits by the end of the year unless Congress moves to extend them, state officials warn.
Even if recipients have a balance remaining on their federal extension claim, the benefits will end Dec. 29, according to the California Employment Development Department (EDD).
SinceJuly 2008, there have been four tiers of federal jobless benefit extensions and a separate California benefits program (FED-ED) that have paid out between 73 and 99 weeks of financial assistance, EDD reports.
Regular California benefits are for up to 26 weeks of assistance.
EDD says nearly 900,000 Californians have used all available federal jobless benefits. More than $40 billion in federal unemployment assistance benefits has been paid to Californians since 2008.