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The Unemployed Thankful for Continued Benefits

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn-Job seekers at a local career center are glad that Wednesday night's decision by Congress will help keep money in their pockets. This reaction comes after the House and Senate finally reached a deal to avert the fiscal cliff and allow the continued extension of unemployment benefits.

Job seekers say receiving unemployment benefits helps them cut down on some of their stress while looking for a job.

"It really stresses people out if they don't know if they can pay their bills or eat," said Patricia Arthur, a Jackson resident.

Mark Chandler, the Director at the Jackson Career Center, said they notified job seekers last month, about the possible changes to their unemployment benefits.

"People were concerned," said Chandler. "There are a lot of people in the state depending on those benefits."

Officials at the Tennessee Department of Labor urge those who receive unemployment benefits to refer to their website for further information and updates.
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