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New York Extends Jobless Benefits To 250,000

job.jpgNew York State began notifying out-of-work residents Monday they may be eligible to collect an additional 13 weeks of unemployment checks, according to a report in the New York Times.

The report said the extended benefits could go to more than 250,000 New Yorkers, with 112,000, or about 43 percent, in New York City.

The commissioner, M. Patricia Smith, said the Labor Department would send notices to residents who are eligible for an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits under an extension President Bush signed on June 30. Ms. Smith said 112,000 potential recipients, or about 43 percent of those eligible in the state, live in New York City.

Ms. Smith estimated that the additional checks would spur more than $850 million in spending — on rent, food and other necessities — in the state, over the course of the extension, which expires in March.

(Source: NY Times)

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  1. However it will cost the average New Yorker billions in new taxes. This was the same stragedy that FDR used during the Great Depression but it only exacerbated and elongated it.

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