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Illinois Members Release County-By-County Numbers of Those Affected by Not Extending Unemployment Insurance

Dec 18, 2013
Press Release

On December 28th almost 82,000 people in Illinois are set to lose their unemployment insurance coverage because House Republicans blocked an effort to extend the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program into 2014.  An additional 89,000 people in Illinois will lose their coverage in the first six months of 2014 if Republicans continue to block an extension of the program.

Failure to extend federal unemployment insurance would hurt job growth throughout the nation, costing the economy 240,000 jobs, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers.  The CEA estimates that in Illinois alone, failing to extend the program will cost 13,345 jobs.  The county-by-county breakdown, based on the total number of people in Illinois currently receiving federal unemployment insurance, is below. The information was provided by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

“Three days after Christmas, 1.3 million people will lose their emergency unemployment benefits,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky.  “That is inexcusable and Congress has an obligation to ensure that millions of people can keep their modest benefits.  I continue to urge Speaker Boehner to call the House back into session to take a vote on extending these crucial unemployment benefits, which if not extended will harm both families and local economies, and result in the loss of 240,000 more jobs.”

“Unemployed Americans shouldn’t have to wait around for Congress to do the right thing and protect the most vulnerable among us,” said Rep. Mike Quigley.  “Failure to extend the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program would hurt job growth and devastate recipients in the Chicago area at a time when they need this critical benefit the most.”

“I am very disappointed that Congress went home for the year without extending unemployment insurance,” said Rep. Bill Foster.  “Our economy is still recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression.  Now is not the time to pull this important safety net out from under thousands of Illinois residents who are still searching for employment. ”

“It's simply unconscionable to think that, as we head into the holidays and with the economy continuing to slowly recover, Congress would fail to act to extend these critically important emergency unemployment benefits,” said Rep. Brad Schneider.  “Many of the families in my district and throughout the country continue to struggle and depend on these benefits, which is why I call on all of my colleagues to support an extension as soon as possible.”

“With our economy still recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression, and with far too many families across our region still looking hard for work this holiday season, now is not the time to cut off this important lifeline,” said Rep. Cheri Bustos.

“While national unemployment is improving, Illinois' unemployment rate of 8.9% is still well above the national average. Unemployment insurance is a critical lifeline for thousands of Illinois families who are working hard to get back on their feet in this economy,” said Rep. Robin Kelly. “Now is not the time to pull the rug out from under these families. We must extend unemployment insurance to give them the support they need to find work as our economy recovers.”

 

County

# OF PEOPLE LOSING COVERAGE DEC. 28

Adams                             

258

Alexander                         

33

Bond                              

92

Boone                             

328

Brown                              

13

Bureau                            

205

Calhoun                           

27

Carroll                           

50

Cass                              

76

Champaign                         

789

Christian                         

233

Clark                             

62

Clay                              

62

Clinton                           

158

Coles                             

218

Cook                               

38,260

Crawford                          

92

Cumberland                        

55

DeKalb                            

538

DeWitt                            

89

Douglas                           

59

Du Page                            

4,965

Edgar                             

92

Edwards                           

13

Effingham                         

165

Fayette                           

146

Ford                              

52

Franklin                          

349

Fulton                            

243

Gallatin                          

39

Greene                            

68

Grundy                            

320

Hamilton                           

43

Hancock                           

52

Hardin                            

34

Henderson                         

10

Henry                             

226

Iroquois                          

146

Jackson                            

233

Jasper                            

39

Jefferson                         

227

Jersey                            

130

Jo Daviess                        

52

Johnson                           

66

Kane                               

3,086

Kankakee                          

838

Kendall                           

717

Knox                              

281

La Salle                          

933

Lake                              

3,546

Lawrence                          

54

Lee                               

206

Livingston                        

147

Logan                             

134

Macon                             

1,161

Macoupin                           

291

Madison                           

1,618

Marion                            

231

Marshall                          

71

Mason                             

95

Massac                            

48

McDonough                         

87

McHenry                           

1,642

McLean                            

572

Menard                            

55

Mercer                            

40

Monroe                             

88

Montgomery                        

191

Morgan                            

187

Moultrie                          

58

Ogle                              

326

Peoria                            

1,546

Perry                              

131

Piatt                             

78

Pike                              

59

Pope                              

10

Pulaski                           

34

Putnam                            

44

Randolph                           

152

Richland                          

73

Rock Island                       

515

Saint Clair                       

1,667

Saline                            

220

Sangamon                          

1,059

Schuyler                          

38

Scott                             

26

Shelby                            

113

Stark                             

29

Stephenson                        

337

Tazewell                           

891

Union                             

101

Vermilion                         

533

Wabash                            

19

Warren                            

53

Washington                        

56

Wayne                              

65

White                             

62

Whiteside                         

351

Will                              

4,474

Williamson                        

440

Winnebago                         

2,388

Woodford                          

193

   

Total

81,867

 

 

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Robin Kelly

 

 

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