Local Job Seekers Could See Cuts In Unemployment Benefits

Erica Williams

JACKSON, Tenn- Beginning this month, nearly 20,000 Tennesseans will see a decrease in their unemployment benefits; and some job seekers said it's coming at a time of year when finding a job is more difficult.

"A lot of times towards the end of the year, you see a lot of companies cut down on their hiring because they're coming near the end of their fiscal year and so they're not hiring," Mark Chandler of the Tennessee Career Center in Jackson said.

The state announced that starting October 5, extended unemployment benefits will be reduced by 4.4 percent, leaving some job seekers without any prospects for employment and less income.

"It's nerve-racking," Jordan Lawson, a job seeker said. "Because I'm trying to make money and survive."

Career Specialists are telling job seekers to utilize all resources during this time, including visiting the Career Center.

"We have specific programs that are geared towards those who have been unemployed for a long time, so that we can hopefully help them get back to work faster," Chandler said.

Aside from the news of a decrease, officials from The Department of Labor also announced that everyone receiving extended benefits this year will be cut off by Dec. 31.


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