More than 19,000 Indiana residents are facing new financial challenges now that their federal extended unemployment benefits have come to an end.
Long-term jobless benefits expired Saturday for an estimated 1.3 million Americans, including more than 19,000 Hoosiers who will no longer be receiving unemployment checks that average about $1,080 a month in Indiana.
While the Obama administration and congressional Democrats want to continue the program, the extensions were dropped from a recent budget deal and Republican lawmakers have balked at its $26 billion annual cost.
Indiana Department of Workforce Development spokesman Joe Frank tells The Journal Gazette (http://bit.ly/19SFuaI ) the state agency added alerts on its website and other correspondence about the approaching end of the long-term jobless benefits. He says "people have been prepared for this."