Mounting Impact: 1.7 Million Now Cut Off Unemployment Insurance

Feb 3, 2014

WASHINGTON – More than five weeks since the expiration of the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, nearly 1.7 million people have now been cut off their unemployment benefits, according to a new analysis from Ways and Means Committee Democrats. The estimate includes the number of people in each state who have lost coverage since the Dec. 28 expiration. Every week, 72,000 people, on average, are losing their unemployment benefits nationwide without an extension of the program. Meanwhile, the vast majority of Americans support an extension of federal unemployment insurance, which has never been discontinued with the rate of long-term unemployment as high as it remains today. House Republicans have blocked multiple efforts by Democrats to bring up legislation to extend the program on the House floor.

“Republicans in Congress must open their eyes and ears to the growing number of people who are desperately seeking work without any unemployment benefits,” said Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI). “Long-term unemployment remains a monumental challenge individually and for our economy, which is exactly why Republicans should quickly join with Democrats to renew this important program.”

State

Estimated Number of People Losing UI Thru Feb. 3

AK

6,454

AL

15,651

AR

12,569

AZ

21,427

CA

276,447

CO

25,852

CT

29,516

DC

5,908

DE

4,523

FL

91,327

GA

65,381

HI

3,015

IA

7,800

ID

4,715

IL

99,002

IN

24,085

KS

7,573

KY

21,385

LA

10,217

MA

69,238

MD

28,381

ME

5,012

MI

59,946

MN

15,750

MO

28,137

MS

15,746

MT

3,434

NC*

NA

ND

1,338

NE

2,796

NH

1,754

NJ

107,435

NM

7,865

NV

21,812

NY

152,638

OH

48,485

OK

7,772

OR

25,644

PA

91,195

PR

35,238

RI

6,612

SC

19,092

SD

354

TN

25,462

TX

84,852

UT

4,365

VA

15,835

VI

1,531

VT

1,042

WA

31,645

WI

31,738

WV

8,865

WY

1,312

Total:

1,695,167

*North Carolina was ineligible for the federal unemployment insurance

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