Pennsylvania County-By-County Breakdown Shows the Harm of Not Extending Unemployment Insurance

If Congress fails to extend the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program approximately 73,000 people in Pennsylvania will lose their insurance coverage immediately on Dec. 28, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. An additional 92,900 people in Pennsylvania will lose their coverage in the first six months of 2014 if Republicans continue to block an extension of the program, according to Department of Labor estimates.

Federal unemployment insurance took effect in 2008 and has been reauthorized several times since as Americans continue to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Despite the real progress the economy has made since its near collapse in 2008, there are still 1.3 million fewer jobs than there were before the recession began and long-term unemployment as a percentage of the unemployed is 37 percent, near historic highs.

Failure to extend federal unemployment insurance would also hurt job growth throughout the nation, costing the economy 240,000 jobs, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers. The CEA estimates that in Pennsylvania alone, failing to extend the program will cost 15,200 jobs.

County

# of People On Federal Unemployment Insurance

Adams County

370

Allegheny County

6,390

Armstrong County

370

Beaver County

930

Bedford County

290

Berks County

2,320

Blair County

680

Bradford County

260

Bucks County

3,010

Butler County

860

Cambria County

910

Cameron County

40

Carbon County

440

Centre County

340

Chester County

1,630

Clarion County

190

Clearfield County

530

Clinton County

260

Columbia County

340

Crawford County

430

Cumberland County

940

Dauphin County

1,550

Delaware County

3,020

Elk County

150

Erie County

1,660

Fayette County

810

Forest County

20

Franklin County

610

Fulton County

70

Greene County

150

Huntingdon County

280

Indiana County

550

Jefferson County

240

Juniata County

130

Lackawanna County

1,530

Lancaster County

2,080

Lawrence County

520

Lebanon County

650

Lehigh County

2,140

Luzerne County

2,580

Lycoming County

840

McKean County

210

Mercer County

490

Mifflin County

270

Monroe County

930

Montgomery County

3,650

Montour County

60

Northampton County

1,270

Northumberland County

690

Perry County

190

Philadelphia County

11,910

Pike County

180

Potter County

100

Schuylkill County

1,050

Snyder County

150

Somerset County

580

Sullivan County

40

Susquehanna County

150

Tioga County

280

Union County

140

Venango County

370

Warren County

170

Washington County

1,090

Wayne County

220

Westmoreland County

1,970

Wyoming County

160

York County

2,100

Other

3,800

TOTAL

73,330