Unemployment could run out soon for nearly 40,000 Tennesseans

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Unemployment insurance could soon expire for nearly 40,000 Tennesseans who are currently receiving federally extended benefits, the Tennessee Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development warns.

“There is no indication that there will be another extension of these benefits,” said Labor Commissioner Karla Davis. “It’s important for claimants receiving federal benefits to understand this safety net will no longer be available.”

The agency said those who have exhausted their 26 weeks of state benefits and were being paid from federal funds will stop receiving benefits following the week of December 29, 2012, "no matter how many weeks they were initially notified they would receive, what tier of EUC they are in, or the amount of balance in that tier" (emphasis theirs).

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