Tempers Flare As Unemployment Benefits Near Expiration
Employment benefits for more than 100,000 people in both Kentucky and Indiana could run out in a matter of days if Congress doesn't act.
By Eric King/WLKY
POSTED: 12:59 pm EST November 29, 2010
UPDATED: 6:27 pm EST November 29
Many people are filing for benefits, others are looking for jobs, but with the threat of benefits running out, tempers are flaring.
In the time that a WLKY reporter was at the Louisville Office of Employment and Training, at least two people were escorted out.
Congress could take up the issue as early as Tuesday.
Even if both houses of Congress move quickly, there will still be administrative odds and ends that will likely delay checks for at least a few weeks.
"There aren't any jobs out here. People come out here everyday. Half of these people don't have any money to buy their kids any Christmas. They didn't even have Thanksgiving. It's pitiful," said Izile Leucas, who is unemployed.
"Going into the holiday season, they're all concerned. They're wondering how they're going to provide for their kids over Christmas and that's a sad story. It's a sad situation. We can just stress to them that we will do everything we can to help them find a job," said Gary Wise with the Office of Employment and training.
A rushed effort to fund extended benefits failed in Congress earlier this month.
The unemployment rate in Kentucky was 10 percent in the month of October and 9.9 percent in Indiana.
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