25,000 Marylanders Lose Unemployment Benefits, Hrant Jamgochian Calls for Action on Behalf of Vulnerable Marylanders
Bethesda, MD – Today, 25,000 Marylanders lost unemployment benefits as part of a federal sunset on emergency aid to the long-term unemployed, impacting 1.3 million Americans. Hrant Jamgochian, District 16 Delegate candidate, called for immediate action on behalf of the vulnerable Marylanders who lost their assistance.
Jamgochian noted that across the country, Americans are still facing the highest level of long-term unemployment since World War II. “In Maryland, long-term unemployment crosses socio-economic and educational lines, impacting everyone from professionals with graduate degrees, high school drop outs, two income families with children, older workers nearing retirement and recent college graduates,” said Jamgochian. “The decision to scrap unemployment benefits to 25,000 vulnerable Marylanders is about priorities which are misplaced. When we’re facing the highest numbers of long-term unemployment in decades, our priority needs to be standing with our fellow Marylanders and helping them as they continue to work to find new employment.”
Long-term unemployment has repeatedly been linked to a decreased likelihood of attaining new employment. On average, workers who have been out of work 27 weeks or more see their chances of securing employment drop to only 12% in any given month. Without congressional action, thousands more Marylanders and a projected 3.6 million Americans will see their unemployment benefits expire by summer 2014. In Maryland, the average unemployment benefit pays $313 a week.