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Unemployment benefits may soon run out

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- Meet Geraldine Greene. She has been unemployed for almost two years. Green has relied on unemployment to help make ends meet.

"Some people are to turn to those resources, but I would say its okay to do that especially in these times, its okay to receive help until you can get back on your feet," Greene said.  

But come this Friday, all of this could change. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, funds for extended unemployment benefits will come to an end, unless Congress acts.

"As of next week all of those people who were drawing extended benefits will no longer be able to draw those benefits," Georgia Department of Labor Mikell Fryer.

Benefits that people like Greene look forward to.  After she was laid off, the company that Green worked with sent her to school.  Greene says that, with her primary benefits cut off next week, she's still getting an education.

"Even though my unemployment will be cut off, I will still be able to get a weekly allowance and my school will be paid for," Greene said.

And Georgia department of Labor Regional Director Mikell Fryer says that people should pay close attention, because not everyone will be affected.

"It has nothing to do with our regular state benefits, it's just those people who are drawing on the federal extended," Fryer said.

For now, Greene is thankful for her children being grown and supports them.  She says she'll keep the faith that everything will work out.

"When you have bill that need to be paid, you don't have food on the table, he [God] always provides," Greene said.

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