Federal unemployment benefits were meant to tide over those who lost their jobs until the economy improved — for up to 99 weeks if necessary. But it remains unclear whether or not the economy is improving, and in February Congress renewed the program. But that renewal came with a caveat: fewer weeks of aid. Next month, 70,000 people will be cut off from unemployment before their 99 weeks are up, and nearly 500,000 will have lost aid this year earlier than they expected.
Christine Owens, the Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project, discusses the ways in which fewer weeks of aid will impact unemployed Americans. Joe Sangataldo, an unemployed resident of New Jersey, will lose his benefits within the next few months.