Extended Unemployment Benefits End
About 30,000 Tennesseans and 24,000 Kentuckians are set to lose extended federal unemployment benefits this Wednesday. Congress created the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program in 2008 to help workers who had exhausted what they were receiving from the states.
The legislation has been amended 10 times since becoming effective, but is set to expire Jan. 2. After Wednesday, Tennessee will return to a system where new claimants receive a maximum of 26 weeks of unemployment compensation.