More than 14,000 unemployed workers in Broward and Palm Beach counties will lose federal emergency unemployment benefits on Dec. 28.
In Broward County, about 8,600 laid-off workers will lose their benefits. Palm Beach County, about 5,700 people are affected , Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity said Wednesday.
Federal unemployment insurance was not included in the budget deal worked out between Congressional leaders last week and both the U.S. House and Senate have adjourned for the holidays.
That means that at year-end, 1.3 million Americans will lose their extra benefits paid when state benefits expire.
In Florida, that's 73,000 residents, according to the Democrat's House Ways and Means Committee. Another 95,000 in the state will see their benefits expire during the first six months of 2014.
State benefits also decrease in January to 16 weeks from 19 weeks, which means anyone unemployed for more than four weeks will lose all benefits if federal unemployment insurance is expired. Under Florida law, weeks paid are tied to the unemployment rate.
In Florida, workers were unemployed for an average of 48.7 weeks in the 12 months ending in October, with 36.6 percent unemployed for nearly a year, according to state data. On a more hopeful note, 17 percent found a job in less than 5 weeks and nearly 22 percent in 5 to 14 weeks.
Under the federal unemployment insurance program, an additional 25 weeks were available after Florida benefits expired.
When Congress reconvenes in early January, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he will push for a retroactive extension of the benefits.
About 24,600 workers remain on Florida’s state benefits as of year-end, the state said.
Florida’s average unemployment payment is $230 a week and the maximum is $275 a week.