With national unemployment at 9.8%—and NYC unemployment at 10.3%—many have been wondering if (and hoping that) unemployment benefits will be extended. Now it's reported that the Senate has reached a deal to continue benefits for another 13 weeks.
WABC 7 reports, "A vote is expected later this week" in the Senate. Originally, Congress suggested extending benefits to those states where unemployment is over 8.5%, but lawmakers representing the under 8.5% unemployment rate states were (naturally!) unhappy with that. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH, where the unemployment rate is 6.8%) is working to extend benefits for all states, "Jobless workers in every state of this nation are facing the worst job market we have seen since the Great Depression."
But the haggling has a price: If it passes this week, people scheduled to get their benefits next week won't.