For about 2,500 long-term jobless Idahoans, this is their final week of federal extended unemployment benefits, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.
Those claimants were notified in mid-December that their weekly jobless benefits, averaging $262, will end this week.
Congress did not renew the extended benefits program, which began in mid-2008 to ease escalating unemployment during the recession. The extended benefits kicked in after workers had exhausted the state's 10- to 26-week benefit period, and they added up to 73 weeks of payments for unemployed workers.
About 100,000 Idahoans have collected more than $790 million in federal extended benefits, according to the department. Idaho's long-term unemployed workers also collected $68 million in supplemental benefits from a second program, which ended last year.
Almost $1.47 billion has been paid in regular state benefits since the beginning of 2008, the department said.
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