Jobless benefits could end

Jobless benefits could end

The end of federally-funded emergency unemployment benefits could affect 76,100 Oregonians.

Extending the program, which paid Oregonians $23 million in November alone, became a bargaining chip last week during negotiations in Washington, D.C., over the federal budget. Lawmakers are attempting to reach a budget deal before the scheduled adjournment Friday.

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation program paid benefits to nearly 2,000 people in Central Oregon in November alone: more than $1.2 million. That money goes away Dec. 28 unless Congress extends the program.

Read more at The Bend Bulletin.