Updated: December 28, 2013 1:14PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — 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 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.”