50,000 in Ala. could lose jobless benefits

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An estimated 50,000 to 55,000 Alabamians are among nearly 2 million Americans who face the loss of extended unemployment compensation, some within days but others not for several months.

Unless Congress approves more funding, benefits that had been extended up to 99 weeks begin to run out Wednesday.

Tara Hutchison, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, says the majority of Alabama's unemployed receive an average of 15.6 weeks of unemployment benefits.

The state's unemployment rate in October, the latest month available, was 8.9 percent, representing 189,358 unemployed Alabamians.