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Labor Warns Of Extended Unemployment Benefits End

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is warning that federal extended unemployment benefits are about to expire.

Congress created the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program in 2008 to provide unemployment benefits to workers who had exhausted their state benefits. The legislation has been amended 10 times since it became effective, but it is set to expire on January 2.

About 30,000 Tennesseans currently receive the benefits.

Labor Commissioner Karla Davis said in a news release that claimants can get help finding jobs by using the Jobs4TN.gov website or visiting one of the department's career centers.

After January 2, Tennessee will return to a system in which new claimants receive a maximum of 26 weeks of Tennessee Unemployment Compensation benefits.

Information can be found online at tn.gov/labor-wfd or jobs4tn.gov.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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