64,000 people in Texas set to lose coverage statewide

64,000 people in Texas set to lose coverage statewide
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POSTED: Friday, December 20, 2013 - 11:30am

UPDATED: Friday, December 20, 2013 - 12:11pm

New county-by-county data from the Texas Workforce Commission lays out the local impact of the Dec. 28 expiration of the emergency Federal Unemployment Compensation program.

Republicans last week blocked an effort by House Democrats to extend the program into 2014.

Below is a breakdown, based on the total number of people in Texas currently receiving federal unemployment insurance.

The information was provided at the request of House Ways and Means Committee Democrats.

Overall, more than 64,000 people in Texas are set to lose their insurance coverage immediately on Dec. 28, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

An additional 106,900 people in Texas will lose their coverage in the first six months of 2014 if Republicans continue to block an extension of the program, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The average benefit in Texas is $338.

In El Paso, 2,573 people will loose unemployment insurance December 28.

Federal unemployment insurance took effect in 2008 and has been reauthorized several times since as Americans continue to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

Despite the real progress the economy has made since its near collapse in 2008, there are still 1.3 million fewer jobs than there were before the recession began and long-term unemployment as a percentage of the unemployed is 37 percent, near historic highs.

“The financial stakes could not be higher for so many families just as the holiday season approaches,” said Ways and Means Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-Mich.).  

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