Around 500 unemployed local workers will no longer be getting unemployment benefits after Dec. 28. They're among the 800,000 or so who'll be losing benefits nationwide.
Those who will be affected have already collected 26 weeks of unemployment, and currently collecting 13 extra weeks of extra benefits. Congress passed that earlier this year.
But the U.S. House and Senate have not struck a deal on approving an extension of those benefits. That means come Dec. 28, those extra benefits run out.
Officials say those unemployed workers come from places like Nemanco in Philadelphia and the Quitman Knitting Mills. The extended benefits run out Dec. 28 whether a person has been collecting them for one week or 13 weeks. And that can't change until at least next year, when Congress goes back into session.