By Holly Quan

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)- If you think times are tough now, they’re about to get tougher for nearly a half million unemployed Californians whose jobless benefits will run out by the end of this week.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

150,000 Californians who have been relying on unemployment benefits may see their last $300 check this week, now that Congress has failed to extend long term benefits by a midnight deadline. Another 300,000 people have until the end of the month.California is facing the third highest unemployment rate in the nation, a fifth of the state’s jobless, 450,000, are going to see their 99 weeks of benefits shrink to 26 weeks.”Unemployment benefits really can be a lifeline to let people retool for the jobs that do exist, accepting that the jobs they had are likely never to come back,” said Abby Snay with the Jewish Vocational Services in SF, a job placement group.Congressional Republicans blocked the extension saying they want to see spending cuts to offset the costs, a move criticized by California Senator Barbara Boxer who says allowing the benefits to lapse will send more people into poverty.

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Comments (8)
  1. CC says:

    Congress seriously needs to get their act together!

  2. HC says:

    Congress, BAH! HUMBUG!

  3. mcoville says:

    I can’t believe Democrats are holding unemployment benefits hostage so they can try and get Republicans to raise taxes on Americans.

    “First of all, Democrats still hold the majority in the House and will do so until Jan. 3. They also know that most Republicans (and a few conservative Democrats) will vote against unemployment extensions that aren’t off-set or funded in some way. H.R. 6419 was such a bill. Republicans complained after the rushed vote that Democrats pushed for the vote, purposely attempting to make Republicans look callous toward the unemployed, and not allowing Republican lawmakers the opportunity to offer clauses and addenda that would make the bill more palatable to conservatives (such as paying for the emergency unemployment benefits with unused stimulus money so as not to add to the deficit or the national debt).”

  4. Patricia Steele says:

    If ‘con’ is the opposite of ‘pro’, then it seems appropriate to say that congress is the OPPOSITE of progress!

    1. mcoville says:

      If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?

      Sorry, but I love that one.

  5. tricky says:

    Thanks a lot Congress! Remember us? We are the people that put you in office, thanks for having our backs. It must be so easy for you to dictate the fate of others when you have a steady paycheck, and have ABSOLUTELY no idea of the reallity that we unemployed face everyday. Whatever happened to a Government of the people, by the people, for the people? I guess this means I can come live with you guy’s when I loose my home at the end of the year JERK OFFS!!

  6. george robinett says:

    hi my name is george robinett i have been on unemployment now for over a year (almost 2) in addition to that i have a double major and still havent been able to find work (i have been out looking) and have been uncissesful it payed some of my expensess but now that im at the limit i will no longer be getting those cheks. my question is why doesent those lazy ass old men in congress do less chit chatting and more action instead? thank you

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