Thursday, December 20, 2012
Unemployment Benefits May Expire After Fiscal Cliff
After a 30-year career, managing housekeeping staff at a retirement community, Duckett was laid off last year. Despite looking for a job every day, she hasn't been able to find work. Duckett says if her unemployment benefits run out, she and her 14-year-old grandson, who lives with her, won't have enough money to eat.
"It's been a very difficult year," Duckett said. "The check keeps a roof over our head. ... I can't even imagine what we're going to do without that check."
She is among 2.1 million Americans who will no longer be able to apply for unemployment benefits in the New Year. Another 1 million people who don't have jobs will also exhaust their state benefits in early 2013 and lose their benefits, according to the National Employment Law Project, an advocacy group. Read more >>